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October SnowRanger Newsletter from Mountain Dynamics
It’s getting to that time of year when the race between and 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 , , , and to our GPS ski resort trail map set, and [link "Grand Targhee" ""] to . 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 (featured in their October print edition and on their new 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 . If you qualify we’ll send you a free beta test version of the maps.

* Mash-Ups

On the website side of things we’ve been busy making "" with and . A mash-up—which , Flickr, , and other so-called 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 , together with one for each set (, , , and ). 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: , .

* 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 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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