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Paper Maps vs. Digital

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 

Saw this video today by @FATMAP that somewhat humorously presents the issues with using a paper map. To me each side has it's pros and cons. I think a 3D digital map has advantages like being able to show the perspective and angles of a mountain better. On the other hand the cold kills my battery and it's hard to keep a phone screen dry enough to use on snowy days. 

 

 

 

What say you; paper or digital?

post #2 of 23

We'd be tempted to say digital :) 

post #3 of 23
Kinda hard to tack a digital map to the wall of your office...
post #4 of 23

I prefer to have the trail map on my phone. And I did use the GPS map that the Aspen app provides this past week too. It was OK, but not detailed or zoomable enough to always show the way (text stayed very small even when zoomed). So I also used paper maps a bit. Paper maps are also nice to look at with others - say, around the lunch table - since they're larger.

 

I have found that the battery power varies quite a bit with whether or not I have cell service. Putting it in airplane mode, if you don't need to get texts or calls, will save a lot of battery.  

post #5 of 23
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Whiskeyjack View Post

Kinda hard to tack a digital map to the wall of your office...

 

:dunno

 

(I'm actually disappointed I couldn't find a picture of an iPad literally nailed to a wall). 

post #6 of 23
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Originally Posted by tylrwnzl View Post




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(I'm actually disappointed I couldn't find a picture of an iPad literally nailed to a wall). 

This method gets a bit expensive if you want to display more than one at a time... tongue.gif
post #7 of 23

Check out the premium version for more detailed imagery, let us know if you would like a trial. 

post #8 of 23

I don't need no bleepin' map. I just find a set of tracks and follow.

post #9 of 23

I'm actually not a big fan of maps.

 

If I have races or course practice, I'll check where it is in the morning at the base.

 

If I'm free skiing, everything gets skied until I find a trail I like and then I abuse the heck out of that trail. Not map needed. Maybe check the one at the top at the very least.

post #10 of 23

Luddite-I'll take paper!

post #11 of 23

If I do need a map I prefer the billboard size ones at the top of the lift--I ski without my reading glasses, so the big maps are the only ones I can read.

post #12 of 23

I've skied Crystal Mountain for 50 years and still don't know the all of the many dozen names of the nooks & crannies off piste.  After recommendations from several patrollers, I popped for the enhanced version of Fat Maps.

 

It's really good at helping you visualize where everything is.   It allows you to change perspective really well.  And as advertised, it does have all of the arcane nomenclature.

 

The only improvement I can hope for is more detailed satellite imagery to better distinguish among the various clumps of trees and rock outcroppings.

 

 

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post #13 of 23
It only has one or two resorts on the east.
post #14 of 23
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Originally Posted by naja View Post

It only has one or two resorts on the east.

 

I believe their goal was for large/destination resorts so I'd expect in the east they'll only have a few places like Stowe and Killington. 

post #15 of 23
So far it looks like just Killington. They should def do Okemo, Stowe and one or two more - in other words the top five east coast resorts in terms of size/visitors.
post #16 of 23
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Originally Posted by naja View Post

So far it looks like just Killington. They should def do Okemo, Stowe and one or two more - in other words the top five east coast resorts in terms of size/visitors.


Rome weren't built in a day now.  :D

post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by Scott43 View Post
 


Rome weren't built in a day now.  :D


Roma also collapsed - lets hope that is not the case here ;)

 

It looks like a great app - of course it makes sense to start off with Vail over Sugarbush, but it would be nice to have more than one east coast resort.

 

Will def check back in a few to see what they've added.

post #18 of 23
Thread Starter 

@FATMAP see you need to keep growing! 

post #19 of 23

Paper maps for the slopes, digital for my computer.  Can envision dropping my phone in 20 feet of snow and it is hard to see the screen in bright sunlight.  Also have to put on reading glasses to see the screen.  The only app I use for skiing is ski tracks but I don't check it after every run.

 

Bill

post #20 of 23

I ski the terrain, not the map. If I go to a new mountain, I check out the map at the top of the lift to get a basic layout of the lifts and wing it from there. I know what closures and boundaries look like. Everything else is fair game. If I go somewhere that has access gates and will be side or back country, I will pick up a topo for the area.

post #21 of 23

I like the paper maps - I read them at a new/unfamiliar area and then use them to wrap my ski lock in my pocket while I ski to provide a little padding if I fall. I can't imagine carrying a smartphone while I ski - getting away from things like that is one of the reasons I ski.

post #22 of 23

Working on releasing more resorts, we started with the big resorts across Europe and North America. Head here to check out our resort launch dates and even vote for your favourite resort to be added http://fatmap.com/ski-resort-maps/ 

post #23 of 23

You may also want to check out Jollyturns, iPhone only for now. (Disclaimer: I'm the maker of the app.)

 

It shows your location, as well as your friends' location on the ski resorts map(s). It covers all the ski resorts in the world - some 2600 of them. It keeps track of your daily/season/lifetime statistics too. The jollyturns.com/resorts/ portion of the website provides a wealth of additional information which you can use to find ski resorts where you might want to go skiing/riding. We're working on a lot more features: detailed personal statistics, even more stuff on the website, and an Android version for next season.

 

Enjoy your turns!

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