06
Feb
2013-02-06_13h08_23

A non-zero number of Android Police team members enjoy skiiing. Who wouldn't, right? Well, people who get lost for starters. Mountains can be mazes! However, Google did what Google does best and made some sense of the madness. Now you can find guides for 38 different resorts all on your mobile phone.

Lake Louise AB Canada Ski Screen Shot 2013-02-04 at 3.06.27 PM 

The runs are color coded by difficulty, as they normally are on the mountain. You can view them with GPS on your mobile phone, or even check them out on the desktop before you hit the snow. A few slopes even have a Street View preview (though they're not quite as thorough as regular Street View).

The maps are available right now. Here's the list of resorts that currently have ski slope data:

Have fun out there!

Source: Google

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • riger

    What about Switzerland ???

    • http://twitter.com/IamPeePay Tomáš Petrík

      I would say: what about anywhere out of North America?

    • Mr. Mark

      the company is based in America... why would they start with maps outside of america?

      • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

        I'm usually the first person who wants to slap every self-indulgent whiner that bitches about Google releasing stuff to the US first, but this is one spot where I can't fault them. There's no regulations, financial issues, legal requirements, contracts, trade negotiations, resurrections or blood oaths that went into this; they just mapped some mountain trails. I'll admit, this is probably a slow and semi-localized project because Google likely just sent a single team from one mountain to the next to get all of that data. Gee, who wouldn't love that job? Google paying for you to ride powder on a new mountain every few days... All the same, aside from airfare, there's really no good reason they couldn't have sent that team (or any of the several hundreds of people working in their Zurich office) out to the slopes in other countries to map it out.

        On another point...How the hell did they manage to map Mount Bachelor and didn't get Mount Hood?!?!?! Bachelor only gets people because nobody in Eugene or Bend want to drive to Hood. Also, just seeing the map of Mammoth makes me miss it.

  • Pete Van Wattingen

    I wish the Ski hills in Wisconsin/Upper Michigan were big enough where I could get lost without a map =/

  • Sootie

    Does this mean we can record speed data and have races... I mean use it for science

    • Mr. Mark

      Google's "My Tracks" would've allowed you to do that anyways...

  • Fellwalker

    OSMAnd hasOSMAnd ski maps available for European ski resorts. It shows lifts and pistes. Just used it in 3 vallees.