Both the GoBlog and Gear Junkie are commenting today on the fact that you can now download trail maps for some of the top ski resorts in the U.S. and Canada to your iPod and iPhone. You can grab the maps at Podpro.ca.
The site offers up 8 maps for Colorado and Utah, and another 7 for California and Canada. Resorts such as Snowbird, Aspen, Alta, Mammoth, and Whistler Blackcomb are all available, with the ability to click and view a route from the ski lift all the way back to the bottom of the mountain. The iPhone version is obviously more dynamic considering it’s ability to use the Internet to stream data, such as RSS feeds of weather conditions for example. The iPod versions are video based but still give you a nice understand of what to expect at each resort.
This is a very cool idea, and one that I’d like to see expanded further. When I head out on a trail solo these days, I tend to bring my iPod along and having the ability to check out hiking trails would be far more interesting to me than these ski runs, but the potential is evident in these as well. Of course, any decent GPS device will probably already have the trail info already programmed in, but that’s another item I have to carry!
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