Google has announced today that ski run and chairlift maps for 38 resorts have been added to Google Maps, helping you ditch the paper handout from the chalet and navigate your way around the mountain with a little more ease.
Now, when you search for any of the new ski resorts in the Google Maps app, you’ll be able to see the standardized colored runs – green for beginners, blue for intermediates, black for experts and orange for terrain parks – as well as the ski lifts as red dotted lines.
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It’s worth noting that all of the new maps cover popular mountains in the US and Canada, so if you’re from Europe, you’ll need to learn the difference in color coding.
It should make a big difference for any skier or snowboarder that doesn’t want to carry around physical maps all the time, or perhaps if you’re visiting a new resort which your existing maps don’t cover. However, even if you’re a die-hard paper map enthusiast, it never hurts to have a digital backup, just in case.
The full list of new mountain maps available for Google Maps are as follows:
- Alpine Meadows – CO
- Alyeska Resort – AK
- Aspen Highlands – CO
- Aspen Mountain – CO
- Attitash Mountain Resort – NH
- Big Sky Resort – MT
- Big White Ski Resort – BC
- Breckenridge Ski Resort – CO
- Brighton – UT
- Buttermilk – CO
- Copper Mountain – CO
- Crested Butte Mountain Resort – CO
- Deer Valley Resort – UT
- Granite Gorge – NH
- Heavenly Mountain Resort – CA
- Jackson Hole Mountain Resort – WY
- Lake Louise Ski Area – AB
- Mammoth Mountain – CA
- Mount Bachelor – OR
- Mount Shasta – CA
- Okemo Mountain Resort – VT
- Panorama Mountain Village – BC
- Park City Mountain Resort – UT
- Revelstoke Mountain Resort – BC
- Schweitzer Mountain Resort – ID
- Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort – CA
- Snowbasin – UT
- Snowmass – CO
- Squaw Valley – CA
- Steamboat Ski Resort – CO
- Stowe Mountain Resort – VT
- Sugar Bowl Resort – CA
- Sun Valley Resort – ID
- Telluride Ski Resort – CO
- Vail Mountain – CO
- Whistler Blackcomb – BC
- Wildcat Mountain – NH
- Winter Park Resort – CO
It’s also worth noting that this data is available through Google Maps on the browser, so that if you’re planning a trip – or just want to see what the run offering is like at any given resort – it’s possible to do it from the comfort of your own home.
It’s even possible to get a Street View preview of a few specific slopes before you grab your gear and head for the nearest gondola.
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