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Student App Aids Winter Sports Enthusiasts

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Student App Aids Winter Sports Enthusiasts
Posted on 01/03/2019
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Do you enjoy winter sports and recreation but are disappointed when you travel to an outdoor venue only to find that conditions there are not what you expected? If so, two Deering High School students have an app for you.

The free Winter Conditions app (https://winditions.com/) was created by sophomore Aidan Blum Levine to show user-collected real-time conditions at winter sports venues. DHS junior Riley Rheault is marketing the app.

“Our goal for the app is for people to have quick and easy access to real-time winter conditions [at various outdoor venues], and for them to also be able to update conditions as they change,” Riley said. “Currently it is being used predominantly in the Portland area, but we hope that if we can get the word out it will expand into other cities, possibly even statewide.”

At the moment, there are eight locations on the website, places where visitors can engage in winter sports that include ice skating, sledding, skiing and even using a fat bike. The locations range from Capisic Pond, a skating pond in Portland, to Pineland Farms in New Gloucester. “Aidan is working on adding a feature for users to add locations to the website that they wish to see and add ratings for,” Riley said.

She said Deering math teacher Jeffrey Borland, a winter sports enthusiast, encouraged Aidan to create the app because he knew Aidan enjoys web design. Borland then asked Riley, who aims for a career in marketing, to market the app.

“Aidan has learned some new techniques when creating or designing a website,” Riley said. “I have learned more about the responsibilities a marketing executive would have and just how important they are to the success of a website or app or company.”