Skill Review: Snow Report



VOGO Voice RATING                                3.6/5

Voice First                                                                  3/5
Display Friendly                                                        4/5
Performance/Ease of Use                                       3/5
Accuracy/Data Quality                                             4/5
Value Proposition                                                     4/5
snow report


Snow Report is an Alexa voice skill developed by Hilde Apps to inform skiers as well as interested parties on the weather conditions and snow reports. The most sought-after data during ski season often revolves around inquiries regarding daily snow and weather patterns. So to allow visitors to ski or snowboard, the aforementioned information comes as a life-saver for resorts that will help them plan accordingly. Having to battle climate change, resorts and eager residents often seem to greatly value the error-free dissemination of such details concerning snow layers and weather facts.

The top highlight of the skill is that it presents users with ‘Today’s Forecast’, ‘Temperature’. ‘Weekly Forecast’, ‘Forecast for a specific day of the week’ besides streaming reports on snowfall overnight, last 24 hours, season total, etc. Additionally, on the Alexa Skill Store launch page, the list of names of the resorts they support is given. This skill comes as a boon to the snowsports and winter recreation community for whom such smart voice apps are a friendly go-to source for weather forecasts and the like. Intelligent planning sure goes a long way, yet the Snow Report custom app aims to cut the downtime in retrieving helpful information and relaying it to users directly thereby allowing them to wisely foreplan their ski or snowmobiling adventures. All the more, the skill renders real-time updates on snow and weather forecasts, available in the format of daily and weekly wise data. Well, that being said, there seem to be a few downsides that could let down the users at times. First of the lot is the narrowed down list of resorts supported by the voice app, which may not always include the favorite spots of users thereby missing out on the opportunity to extend their reach beyond the select few. Another downer is that the skill lacks to offer returning users a memorable welcome back experience. To add to it, at random instances it fails to efficiently guide the conversation leaving a few halts in between where the user remains clueless as to what to ask for in order to proceed further. Last but not least, the app gives today’s forecast when requesting the next day’s.

The VOGO Voice team scores this skill 3.6 out of 5 stars based on our rating system. While the ‘Snow Report’ provides skiers with real-time updates on daily as well as weekly snow and weather forecast, you’ll have to see for yourself if it is a user-friendly voice app that will aid you to make informed decisions to plan a ski trip. Moreover, you’ll be able to find out how useful it is in planning your skiing; and whether the details provided are truly accurate and up to date. So why not try out the skill and see if it offers the enriching experience you had anticipated.

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