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post #1 of 24
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Don't know if this information was posted before but if you haven't downloaded the free version of Google Earth, you may want to. It gives pretty good resolution satellite photography of the Earth and it is great fun to check out various ski areas. Just go to http://earth.google.com/ and download the free software. You can zoom and tilt until you get what you want as a view of any place on Earth(like a ski area!) and can then save the image as a .jpg to your computer.

Some parts of the country have better resolution than others. One that is pretty clear is Little Cottonwood Canyon (Snowbird and Alta) southeast of Salt Lake City.

Have fun
post #2 of 24
Google Earth is pretty cool, I started playing with it after Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. Does anyone know how often the photos are updated? It would be really cool if there was some way to get close to real-time images.
post #3 of 24
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Originally Posted by iskitoofast4u
Google Earth is pretty cool, I started playing with it after Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. Does anyone know how often the photos are updated? It would be really cool if there was some way to get close to real-time images.
I think they are years old and are now where near real time capabilities. Hell, just go check out your house and if that old truck is in your backyard (and you got rid of it last year), then you can try to pinpoint the timing of the satellite photo.
post #4 of 24
If you go to Google Earth's website, you can download overlays (created by Google and by users) that allow you to see more detail/more recent images. There was one that overlaid satellite images of flooded NO.
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I think that Google Earth has extremely outdated satellite photo's. In our little town of Commerce, MI, it show a picture of a school that was demolished at least 25 years ago and is now the site of a Farmer Jack's and other retail outlets.
post #6 of 24
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Originally Posted by Snowmiser
I think that Google Earth has extremely outdated satellite photo's.
Google Earth is FREE. Mountains don't change much. Live with the age of the imagry and have some fun with it. (My deck is less than 2 years old and is clearly visible.) Or just keep complaining. No skin off my nose :
post #7 of 24
Truckeelocal: I think snowmisers point was just to let the other folks know that the photos are not real time - ie. - don't expect to be able to see if there was new snow on your favorite hill last night. I agree that it's a pretty cool tool, and the lack of recency does not bother me.
post #8 of 24
I have checked out a ton of major ski resorts with Google earth, its fun to try and find them. Anyway the one thing I noticed is you can tell how big an area is from google earth. One area that looked monstrous from it was the aptly named Mammoth.

Alfonse
post #9 of 24
Where is this "Earth" you people are refering to?
post #10 of 24
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Originally Posted by Snowmiser
I think that Google Earth has extremely outdated satellite photo's. In our little town of Commerce, MI, it show a picture of a school that was demolished at least 25 years ago and is now the site of a Farmer Jack's and other retail outlets.
The images of major cities are at most a couple years old. Hint: check the copyright date in the lower right hand corner, it's generally a reasonable indicator of the age.

They had brand new overlays for NO in days.

The images of my town in upstate NY are ~5 years old.

Anyone asking for real time imagery is, to put it nicely, uninformed regarding space technology (and the laws of physics).
post #11 of 24
I had a look at google earth, but was a little daunted by the memory requirements. How big is the program?
post #12 of 24
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Originally Posted by hep4186
Some parts of the country have better resolution than others. One that is pretty clear is Little Cottonwood Canyon (Snowbird and Alta) southeast of Salt Lake City.
The resolution of LCC is scary, I'm already using it to scope potential lines between Alta/Brighton/Solitude.
post #13 of 24

Google Earth is good, Google Moon is better!

Be sure to zoom all the way in to maximum resolution for the very best view. No download required; it's all browser based.

http://moon.google.com
post #14 of 24
Dude, that Moon-thing was sick-o... At first it appeared normal, but when u zoomed in at max, it turned the moon into cheese... Check it out, and i am not drunk...
post #15 of 24
Resolution varies with photo set. Check out Idaho Springs Colorado, it is half air photo, half satellite.
post #16 of 24
GE is alot of fun. Has anyone upgraded to the Pro version?
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I cant find alta/snowbird. can someone direct me in the right direction? I have not been there since they added the chairlift connecting alta/snowbird. I have a chance to go out there with school in the spring to go skiing but it is at the same time that i go to taos and i want to check out the new stuff that they have.
post #18 of 24
Type in Alta, Ut and just follow Rt 210 east to you come to Snowbird or you can type in Snowbird Summer Resort and that should take ya right there. Assume you can find Alta once you get to Snowbird.
post #19 of 24
The resolution varies considerably. My old house is pretty good, but the mall across the street that is there now is only under construction, making the picture about four years old. The one of where we are now is also about four years old. The ground is all torn up for construction, but no house is in place and it is REALLY fuzzy. The old house is so sharp it looks like you could peer in the windows and there is clearly one of us standing in the backyard.
post #20 of 24
but does it show Alpine Valley MI?

very bizzare for them to be open and NOT Alta....
post #21 of 24
Google Earth integrates quite nicely with the newest Mapsource program for my Garmin Vista GPS. I am able to view all my waypoints and tracks on it.

Just for fun, I loaded up some of my saved tracks from various resorts I've skied to see how they look. I'm able to really see the terrain layout in 3D. As you said, nice for scoping out potential new lines.

Tres kool, n'est pas?
post #22 of 24
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Originally Posted by wizard
Google Earth integrates quite nicely with the newest Mapsource program for my Garmin Vista GPS. I am able to view all my waypoints and tracks on it.
That's a cool new feature I strangely just read about on Garmin's website right before I viewed this thread. Evidently you have to have the latest release of Map Source to do it.
post #23 of 24

P.s:

Do all the Google Earth fans know there's a 'competing product' from NASA called World Wind? I've never seen it mentioned on here, and it's strange how similar it is to Google Earth, when you turn on the same views and layers. Makes you wonder if these two orgs. are in bed with each other.
post #24 of 24
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Originally Posted by ElkMountainSkier
Do all the Google Earth fans know there's a 'competing product' from NASA called World Wind? I've never seen it mentioned on here, and it's strange how similar it is to Google Earth, when you turn on the same views and layers. Makes you wonder if these two orgs. are in bed with each other.
NASA's World Wind was around for quite some time before "Google Earth". I put that in quotes because, surprise, Google bought the product. It used to be a commercial product called KeyHole.

I believe KeyHole was around before WorldWind. Given that KeyHole was a proprietary, for profit product, and World Wind was released free from the getgo, I would guess that there's no relation between the programs aside from the image data they use.

On another note - in one of the previous posts in this thread someone mentioned something about Google Earth overlays related to ski areas. Anyone have more detail, or pointers?

Most ski area's are pretty low res being that they're not near major metro areas. Whistler/Blackcomb and the areas around SLC are the exceptions I've found so far. That would be sooper cool if someone had put together an Earth overlay with higher-res images.
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