With 2018 upon us, technological advancements today have reached unprecedented levels of innovation and success. These have been introduced to industries and fields that may have never really harnessed the powers of technology before, and sports specifically are beginning to see the benefits of incorporating these breakthroughs.

Wearable technology has since become an enormous asset for fitness and sports enthusiasts. Individuals are able to track their progress throughout every workout including monitoring their heart rate, counting their steps, and recording the time spent performing each exercise. Winter sports is one of the newer categories to adopt wearable technology, with many skiers and snowboarders hitting the slopes equipped with a variety of gear.

One of the more popular pieces of technology that can be found on a ski resort is the GoPro. Advanced skiers often strap these small cameras to their helmets or body mounts to capture exciting footage of them racing down the slopes. Attaching a GoPro camera directly to the ski is an option as well, so long as the conditions are favorable. It’s a fun way to record a day’s trip, and create lasting memories.

Fitbits have become all the rage in the fitness world, but this technology can greatly benefit competitive skiers or snowboarders who are looking to improve racing times, in addition to monitoring their heartbeats to stay conscious of their health. However, it’s important to note that Fitbits were traditionally designed for mobile activities like walking and running. Skiing while wearing one can show dramatically different results, which is why the Trace Action Sport Tracker may be a much better option for athletes and winter sports enthusiasts.

Trace designed this piece of wearable technology specifically for those interested in action sports. Through advanced GPS technology, it is able to record accurate details on how you turn, flip, or jump. It can even calculate speed and rotation while mid-air. All of this data can also be uploaded to your smartphone for safekeeping.\

Helmets with communication systems designed within have become popular as well. The POC Receptor BUG Communication Ski Helmet for example, comes with built-in headphones created by Beats by Dre, and is Bluetooth compatible, allowing you to take calls directly from your smartphone. Not only that, but it’s a pretty advanced helmet without the technology. It’s outer shell is made with a Ventilated Double Shell Anti-Penetration system to give skiers and snowboarders optimal protection in the event of a fall or crash.

Though there are many more pieces of wearable technology that skiers and snowboarders can take advantage of, those mentioned above have been the most popular thus far. It’s exciting to see where technology is taking winter sports, and one can only imagine that more innovations will arise within the next few decades.