Before you even take the first ride in a chair lift, iPhone users should download the free iTrail map app.
It's loaded with more than 750 resort trail maps, so you can easily download, eliminating the need to rely on a cellular connection.
Android users will enjoy the free ski trails map app that boasts the same functionality for over 1,000 resorts worldwide.
For those more adventurous skiers who like to chart their own territory, having a reliable 3D map at their fingertips is key.
Maps 3D pro shows trails, access roads and elevation.
The app will also track your speed and distance travelled.
And finally, whether you're on the trail or in the trees, it's always wise to know how safe the snow conditions are for that day.
Avalanche Forecast is a free download for iOS and Android users that gives danger levels for more than 100 different regions for that day, the next, and even two days out.
In San Francisco, I'm Kara Suboy, Cnet.com for CBS News