Google Street View… for Ski Slopes?

February 9th, 2010 by Greg Goodson Leave a reply »
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Quick story: I am a half-decent skier… I can make my way down all the black diamonds at The Canyons Resort and feel relatively confident about my ski style. Last year I was skiing a few diamonds on a March afternoon when I thought “I think I’ll give 9990 a try”. 9990, named after the elevation of the peak, offers more advanced and technical terrain at The Canyons. As I was going up the lift, I started to get more and more nervous as the lift went higher and higher. Long story short, I made it down safely, but I wish I was able to see slope-side images before I got myself in over my head.

As usual, Google seems to have the answer. I recently discovered that Google is using their street view technology to attack the slopes. Naturally, with the Vancouver Olympics starting in a few days, they snowmobiled their way around Whistler Blackcomb resort, taking pictures in a ‘Google Street View’ fashion.

What they’ve done is set up the Google Street View camera on the back of a snowmobile, and took that baby for a ride around the slopes that were navigable. The result is Google Street View for ski slopes.

Google has created a street view gallery where you can access the slopes of Whistler Blackcomb, as well as street view technology associated with other Olympic venues, such as the bobsled course, the alpine skiing course, the ski jumping venue, etc. All can be found here: http://www.google.com/help/maps/streetview/gallery/#the-games

And if you’re curious how they were able to get these incredible pictures of the ski terrain in Vancouver, check out this behind the scenes video:

I hope the resorts out here in Utah can get in on this. It would help me and vacationers alike.

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3 comments

  1. Michele says:

    So freaking cool!!!!!

  2. Eric Hoffman says:

    Greg,
    I sent a request to Google regarding this very idea last summer and haven’t heard back from them. I’d love to have Park City Mountain Resort show up in Street View! I’ll let you know if I hear back…
    Thanks for the heads up to this.
    -Eric

  3. Greg Goodson says:

    I hope the Park City resorts get this done sooner than later… being the first mover on this amongst the US ski resorts could bring a boost to the PC economy.

    Let me know if and when you hear anything back, Eric 🙂

    – Greg

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