Google Maps Goes Skiing (With Your Phone)
Yes, Google is mapping everything. Back in November, the tech giant turned its many-lensed cameras on the slopes, photographing and mapping runs and lifts at ski resorts around the world. Last week, the company announced the addition of 38 new resorts, including many of North America’s most popular, like Whistler Blackcomb, Squaw Valley and Big Sky.
The maps are handy for cubicle-based virtual skiing (or day dreaming, if you prefer), but are best used as real-time on-mountain ski maps, since the slopes are enabled on Google’s apps for Android and iPhone. Runs are marked in traditional green, blue and black, and lifts are shown with red dotted lines. It’s a pretty cool tool, but we pity the poor suckers who had to shred any big Western black diamonds wearing a 40-pound pack stuffed with a pricey, 75-megapixel camera.