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Happy Holidays from Mountain Dynamics
This is a Holiday newsletter from Mountain Dynamics, with the latest news on our growing family of SnowRanger GPS ski resort maps and web features.

It's been a busy month for us here at Mountain Dynamics. We finished the California set and sent it off to the CD duplicators in the early part of the month. Then I spent 5 days in and around Summit County, Colorado, meeting with retailers, skiing, and comparing the SnowRanger maps on a couple of different Garmin® GPS units. Finally, we got the California CDs in stock and have made a few changes to our website just in time for your final gift shopping!
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* California Map Set

The California set includes 13 resorts in Tahoe and the rest of Northern and Southern California, including all the major ones such as Heavenly and Squaw Valley USA. It's available for immediate download from our website, or if you want it on CD--or want to send it as a gift on CD, which we can still get out by the 24th--from Amazon.com.
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* Get paid for recommending SnowRanger!

The latest feature to be added to the website is a referral credit manager. When someone buys a $29.95 map set from and enters your username as the referrer, we'll credit $5.00 to your account for use in a future purchase from the site! So each time you recommend SnowRanger to a friend you'll be getting $5.00 off your next purchase of a set, or you'll be able to download a single resort map for free. And you can get as many referral credits as you want--refer six buyers and you'll have enough credit to get a whole set for free! Just tell them to enter your username where it says 'Referred By' when they are paying for the map.

* Colorado Updates

I took a pair of Garmin Rino 520s with me to Colorado and used them (with three buddies) for five days skiing at Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Steamboat, and Vail. I was disappointed by the Rinos--they were hard to use with gloves, had poor audio quality, and both units' screen would shut off periodically--although the ability
for each user to send his/her GPS position to the other unit worked well and was very useful. We've tweaked the maps of the above 5 resorts based on usability testing with the Rino, and also to add the new Imperial Express SuperChair to the Breckenridge map. If you've previously bought one the above maps (or the Colorado/New Mexico set) you can download the updated maps at no charge.
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* Coming soon

Right now when you upload a track (the 'breadcrumbs' trail of where you have been that your GPS keeps) to our website you can just view it drawn on top of a basic rendering of our maps. Soon we'll be adding a set of
tools to bring this record of your skiing/snowboarding to life: elevation profiles, speed graphs, overall stats like vertical feet, and more. You can start uploading your tracks now since the new tools will be able to pull all the information that they need out of older tracks.
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The next CD set to be released will be Utah/Idaho/Montana/Wyoming, available mid to late January. Look for some of the maps in the set to be released individually over the next few weeks.

We've had several requests for a version of the maps that will integrate into a customer's existing Garmin MapSource® sets of maps, so they can put a mixture of city/street, topographic, and SnowRanger ski maps onto
their GPSes at the same time. We're working on this, and expect to make it available as a free upgrade by mid-January.
12/19/05Montjoux
 
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