How to take a mini ski es­cape when there’s no snow to be found

The Washington Post Sunday - - TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION -

Des­per­ate to hit the slopes but don’t have the va­ca­tion time?

Pow­der-Alpine Sim­u­la­tor isn’t nearly as thrilling as a black di­a­mond run, but it may be able to help you get away for a few min­utes at least.

This sooth­ing game gives you a birds-eye view of your down­hill run, with the aim of get­ting as far as you can with­out hit­ting an ob­sta­cle. (An­other ad­van­tage of a vir­tual ski trip — no in­juries.)

This app is best played with head­phones to ap­pre­ci­ate the snowy sound ef­fects.

Play­ers pick up speed as they make their way down the hill, so be sure to ad­just your steer­ing ac­cord­ingly.

You can also hold your fin­ger down to carve into the moun­tain a lit­tle harder, or tap to jump over smaller ob­sta­cles.

It’s not quite the “sim­u­la­tor” that its name might sug­gest — you’d never mis­take play­ing this for racing down a hill.

But this sim­ple app is sur­pris­ingly calm­ing, and pro­vides a nice men­tal break for those mo­ments when you’d rather be on the slopes.

Free, for iOS and An­droid.

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