Two new adventure apps could appeal to Steamboat residents
February 17, 2016
Steamboat Springs — The developers of two new apps are hopeful their software will appeal to adventurous Steamboat residents.
RageLife is a social adventure app that allows users to connect with like-minded strangers and friends in the same area who share common interests, such as skiing, hiking or kayaking.
FATMAP is a GPS-enabled app that allows users to see high-resolution, 3-D maps of ski runs, including those at Steamboat Ski Area.
Both apps use location tracking to better serve users.
RageLife founder Mike LeBeau said he left behind a corporate job more than a year ago and used his savings to pursue developing the app. He moved from Denver to Steamboat in December and is hoping the app will take off here and expand to other communities, specifically the Front Range and Salt Lake City/Park City area.
"We have a focus on connecting people around their passions," LeBeau said. "This app is a platform for that."
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LeBeau said users can browse upcoming events, trips or meetups; seek out people with similar interests; or create their own events. The app is currently public, so strangers from the same area can connect with each other based on schedule and interest.
"Here in Steamboat, everyone is on different schedules," LeBeau said. "The app allows you to create an event really simply. In 15 seconds, you can create an event, put it out there and then anyone can see it."
LeBeau said that, although technology makes the app possible, the software really encourages people to get out and leave technology behind. The RageLife tagline is "Connect online. Go offline."
LeBeau is planning a non-traditional ribbon cutting to celebrate the app’s launch, tentatively scheduled for March 12 at T Bar at the base of the ski area.
FATMAP technical writer Ned Cremin said he is one of about 15 core employees of the app, which was developed in Europe and has now made its North American debut.
Cremin said the app offers real-time navigation through ski runs at various large resorts, allowing users to see which runs include moguls, steep pitches and other features. Skiers can also see off-piste sidecountry and backcountry runs off of some ski areas.
He said terrain in the Fish Creek watershed has been mapped by FATMAP but isn't yet available to users.
“We currently offer total terrain intelligence for a ski and snowboarding experience like no other app can provide,” Cremin said. “In the near future, FATMAP looks to offer the same user experience for the greater backcountry, including snowmobiling, hiking and the biking community, as well.”
RageLife and FATMAP are two of at least three apps with developers or key employees living in Steamboat. Scott Anfang, co-founder of GoSnow, a social app that specifically connects skiers, also calls Steamboat home.
LeBeau said he feels Steamboat is an ideal place for a location-neutral software developer, specifically those who create apps for outdoor enthusiasts.
"To me, it makes sense," LeBeau said. "If you're a location-neutral company, especially for ours that focuses on outdoors, to be in a place that's so active makes sense."
RageLife is available free from the App Store, and FATMAP is available on the App Store and for Android, with both a basic, free version and premium subscriptions to access more features.