SnowRanger Ski Resort Maps for Garmin® and Magellan® GPS
|November Newsletter from Mountain Dynamics|
|Thanksgiving may be the traditional start of the US ski season, but |
excellent snowfalls have allowed resorts in many parts of the country to
open early, and nearly all the rest will have very good conditions come
the holiday weekend. We've seen excellent pre-season sales of our
SnowRanger GPS trail maps and are looking forward to an exciting and
successful season. We'll be kicking-off with 54 resorts in 4 regional
We've been working over the past few months on our first licensing deal
for our trail map data, and we're excited to see the fruits of this now
on the market: SportsDo's Ski Resort Location Packs for GPS-enabled cell
phones. Each Location Pack puts a comprehensive set of resort-specific
'points of interest' onto the skier or snowboarder's cell phone. Using
the capabilities of the mobile phone, the SportsDo software can transmit
the skier's location in real time, allowing his/her friends to either
find him/her at the mountain, or follow his/her progress around the
resort. With the mapping data in the Location Packs this location
information can be labeled with whatever lift, trail, or other locations
they are near to.
The Location Packs are available now from SportsDo for £3 (currently
approximately $5.70 US), and their website has complete support and
SportsDo Ski Resort Location Packs
If you would rather buy SnowRanger map sets on CD-ROM rather than as a
download--for example as a gift item--the 2006/07 CDs are ready, and may
be purchased from Amazon.com or one of our 'bricks and mortar' retailers.
* Skiocaching™ and other Mountain Dynamics Events
Skiocaching is the name we have trademarked for a GPS-based treasure hunt
held at a ski resort. Now you can ski/snowboard while also testing your
wits and navigation skills! We are working on the calendar for the
2006/07 season, together with finalizing our partners, sponsors, and
prize list, but we have three events with firm dates:
- Northstar at Tahoe™, Friday January 5th
- Kirkwood, Saturday January 20th
- Kirkwood, Saturday March 3rd
We also will be joining up with Garmin distributor PMC for GPS
promotion and information events in Aspen's Gondola Square on Dec 22-23
and during the Winter X Games Jan 25-28.
* Website Upgrades
The resort map examples on our website are now fully interactive. You
can click on each chairlift or trail to get its name, type, and even its
average grade and elevation profile!
For example: Northstar
We are still working on improvements to our Snow Days Tracks web pages,
which show your GPS track overlaid on our trail maps, with vertical feet
and speed statistics and graphs.
* Resort Partners
Going into the 2006/07 season, SnowRanger GPS trail maps are featured as
a download format on the 'trail maps' web pages of the following resorts:
- Alta Ski Area
- Bear Valley Mountain Resort
- Big Sky Resort
- Crystal Mountain
- Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
- Kirkwood Mountain Resort
- Loon Mountain®
- Northstar at Tahoe™
- Sierra at Tahoe®
- Snowbasin Resort
- The Summit at Snoqualmie
- Taos Ski Valley
We are also working with ski lift ticket discounter Liftopia to interlink
our product offerings, and with GroundSpeak, home of geocaching.com, on
some ski-specific activities.
* Coming Up
In the next newsletter we'll have:
- Sales information on the Magellan version of SnowRanger, which has been
certified by Magellan and will be available from their MapSend website
within a few weeks now,
- Details on the Liftopia and GroundSpeak projects,
- And more...
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Mountain Dynamics Inc. is not affiliated with some of the ski resorts mentioned herein.
SnowRanger and SnowRanger Uplink are trademarks of Mountain Dynamics Inc.
Garmin is a registered trademark of Garmin Ltd.
Magellan is a registered trademark of Magellan Navigation, Inc.