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GPS Assisted Skiing - SnowRanger v3 with Turn by Turn Directions!
Posté le 02 décembre 2009 à 15:24:00 par gpspassion. EN - Sport
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Updated December 2nd, 2009
This time it is "this time of the year" with a new ski season upon us as well as a new version of the SnowRanger Ski Maps for North America and Europe by Mountain Dynamics, and this year's addition is amazing: turn by turn directions like those we get from our AIOs or Smartphones when driving!

The SnowRanger ski maps leverage the large and colorful display of Garmin's handheld units, the Colorado and Oregon handheld systems or the nuvi 550 Crossover GPS. They can also use their shaded terrain feature for some pretty stunning rendering of the resorts and trails that are now color coded. The addition of Turn-by-Turn Directions is certainly quite intriguing, especially with voice directions on the vocal systems like the nuvis. I probably won't be able to test these maps live in the field until February but it if you do, make sure to leave a comment in the SnowRanger v3 - GPS Assisted Skiing topic of the "Sports GPS Systems" forums.

Mountain Dynamics also offer the free Snow Days service on their site where you can upload and share your tracks. This feature used to be limited to North America, but it is now available for 500 resorts worldwide, including Europe. Now let's see who can log in the most runs in this winter ;-)

Updated November 20th, 2008 - A new ski season is upon us and so is a new version of the SnowRanger maps by Mountain Dynamics...

...These new maps leverage the large and colorful display of Garmin's new units, the Colorado and Oregon handheld systems. They can also use their shaded terrain feature for some pretty stunning rendering of the resorts and trails that are now color coded. European users will also be happy to know that the Snowranger maps are available for Garmin units, previously you needed a Magellan GPS system. I probably won't be able to test these maps live in the field until February but it if you do, make sure to leave a comment in this topic of the "Sports GPS Systems" forums.

Updated February 10th, 2008 - While GPS is now used in many areas, driving, sailing, hiking, geocaching, geocoding, etc...there were no dedicated maps for skiing. The skiflash experience in Morzine four years ago (see below) was shortlived, but the new SnowRanger maps by Mountain Dynamics are quite promising. They don't provide actual guidance, which wouldn't make much sense on the runs, but thanks to their rich features (ski lifts, trails, lodges, parking) they make it easy to pinpoint your position on the mountain. They have coverage of most US resorts for Garmin and Magellan systems and Europe for Magellan systems. As a bonus, their website lets you browse through the resorts and upload and visualize your tracks on the Snow Days page....

... I'll be testing the European version at the end of the month in Chamonix, in the meantime you can use this topic of the "Sports GPS Systems" to view screenshots of Squaw Valley and Alpine and to discuss.

Posted January 11th, 2004 - Thanks to French forum member kalou60 who shared the news of this interesting initiative by the Morzine-Avoriaz ski resort in collaboration with Ski-Nav. The concept is simple enough, for 60 euros per week, you can be equipped with a GPS/Dell Axim 5 combo (one of the best "GPS PocketPCs"!) that will offer......:
- Electronic Trail Guide
- Guidance towards runs and services
- Personal stats (speed, distance)
- Ski resort stats

A great idea that will allow you to tour the "Portes du Soleil" areas (coverage permitting) without getting lost, a word of caution though, it might be best to keep your hands on the poles in the "Mur des Suisses" ;-)

I'll try to find out more about this exciting new system.

It's "pop-up" on the Morzine site, so here's a direct link

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