SnowRanger Ski Resort Maps for Garmin® and Magellan® GPS
|October SnowRanger Newsletter from Mountain Dynamics|
|It’s getting to that time of year when the race between Loveland and Arapahoe Basin to be the first North American resort to open for the season reaches a crescendo. Both Colorado resorts’ snowmaking was slowed by warmer weather last week, but have snow in the forecast for the next few days.|
* New Maps
We’re working hard getting ready for the start of the season ourselves. As promised last month we’ve added Whistler Blackcomb, Summit-at-Snoqualmie, Mt Baker, and Alyeska to our Northwest/Montana GPS ski resort trail map set, and [link "Grand Targhee" ""] to Utah/Wyoming. We’ve updated roughly half the existing maps with 06/07 changes, and anyone buying a set now will get any remaining map revisions at no additional charge as soon as they are released.
We’ll also be adding Big Mountain and Moonlight Basin to the Northwest/Montana set, and we’ve started work on an all-new Northeast set. The exact resorts to be included in this set have not been finalized, but the first one to be released will be Loon Mountain, NH.
With the addition of Whistler Blackcomb we now have maps for all of Ski Magazine’s Top 10 US Ski Resorts (featured in their October print edition and on their new www.skinet.com website), and with Big Mountain we’ll have 28 of their Top 30 western resorts.
* Magellan Support
Our Magellan maps are also almost complete and we are looking for beta testers. If you have been waiting for the Magellan MapSend version of the maps (last year’s maps were for Garmin only, while this year’s maps will be available for both) for your Magellan eXplorist please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you qualify we’ll send you a free beta test version of the maps.
On the www.mountaindynamics.com website side of things we’ve been busy making "mash-ups" with Google Maps and Flickr. A mash-up—which Google, Flickr, Yahoo!, and other so-called Web 2.0 sites actively encourage—is when a developer combines two sets of web information into one web page.
With Google we've used it to show all of our GPS ski resort map locations on one interactive Google Map, together with one for each set (California/Nevada, Colorado/New Mexico, Northwest/Montana, and Utah/Wyoming). We've also used it to give you driving directions from anywhere in the country to each resort's main village.
With Flickr, a popular photo sharing site, we’ve taken advantage of their new “geo-tagging” feature to show a gallery of pictures that have been taken at each resort. Geo-tagged pictures include the latitude and longitude where they were taken, allowing fascinating map-based browsing of all of Flickr’s members’ pictures. Examples: Jackson Hole, Whistler Blackcomb.
* Coming Up
In the next newsletter we’ll have:
- dates and resort locations for a series of on-mountain GPS treasure hunts that we call Skiocaching™
- a round up of which resorts are featuring our maps on their “trail maps” web pages (so far 14)
- a makeover of our Snow Day tracks web pages, which show your GPS track overlaid on our trail maps with vertical feet and speed statistics and graphs
- details of our first licensing deal (which we signed this week) to put our map data onto exciting new choice in handheld GPS devices.
Bring on the snow!
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