SnowRanger Ski Resort Maps for Garmin® and Magellan® GPS
|January Newsletter from Mountain Dynamics|
|After looking a little patchy at Thanksgiving, snow country from Alaska to Maine is now covered with a thick blanket of the white stuff, and sales of our SnowRanger GPS ski resort trail maps have been fantastic, as has been customer feedback.|
*** SnowRanger Europe
Our SnowRanger Europe maps, produced in conjunction with Navionics S.p.A. and Magellan Inc., are ready! A massive collection of data, with over 420 resorts across 5 countries, these are packaged into ten 'resort complex' sets (Paradiski, Espace Killy, Trois Vallees, Portes du Soleil, 4 Vallees, Via Lattea, Zermatt/Cervinia, Klosters-Davos, Evasion Mt Blanc, and Ki-West), 4 national sets (France, Italy, Austria/Germany, and Switzerland), and one, super-sized, Europe set. These are available on SD card from Mountain Dynamics now, and as a download from Magellan by late January.
We've added shipping options for 50 countries so that we can get the SD cards out to our eager buyers. SnowRanger Europe is compatible with Magellan's popular eXplorist, CrossoverGPS, and brand new Triton series.
*** Consumer Electronics Show (CES)
We made our annual pilgrimage to the giant CES show in Las Vegas last week. This is a chance for face-to-face meetings with partners such as Navionics and über-bloggers such as Rich Owings at gpstracklog.com, and to see the new hardware from the major GPS vendors.
Magellan were showing off the features of the Triton series of outdoors handhelds, which not only can load SnowRanger maps but have the ability to take actual enhanced US topographic maps from National Geographic's Topo! series.
Garmin were highlighting their upcoming Colorado series, which are intended to replace both the eTrex and GPSMap series and include some innovative 3D topographic views.
There were also more models announced in their hot nüvi series of personal navigators. We've been using our nüvis more and more on-mountain with SnowRanger, enjoying the big touch-screens, MP3 players, and Bluetooth speakerphones.
*** FUNfinder GPS
Mountain Dynamics' partner FUNfinder Inc. has gone live with its GPS rental service at Vail and Beaver Creek, CO, with Keystone and Breckenridge to follow in the coming weeks. FUNfinder have combined SnowRanger map data with a custom GPS that not only shows the actual official resort trail map on the screen (and your live position on it of course!) but also does turn-by-turn routing based on your skill level. So you can, for example, say that you're a blue level skier/rider, and ask for directions from Blue Sky Basin, Vail, to Lionshead, and get on-screen and audio directions across the entire mountain!
FUNfinder GPSes are available for rent at a wide variety of ski shops in each resort's village and base areas, and also include detailed off-mountain points-of-interest and complete roads maps of the region.
Enjoy the winter, and don't get lost!
Montjoux, Mountain Dynamics Team Leader
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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.