Date of Award

5-31-2013

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

M.S.

Keywords

Ski area map, traditional topographic map, ski runs, elevation contours, shaded topography, skiers, snowborders navigation

Department

Geography

Abstract

Traditional ski area trail maps have remained mostly unchanged for many decades. Since the earliest maps were produced, they have shown picturesque panoramic views of the ski mountain nestled in with its the surrounding peaks. Trees individually painted on the slopes, pristine and snow-covered, the runs marked as a winter wonderland. These maps are each an individual work of art, painstakingly created by skilled artists but they are not quality maps. This project will present a new view on the ski area map, creating a more traditional topographic map depicting ski runs, elevation contours, and shaded topography. The project will also examine the potential for moving the new map into a mobile app to better help skiers and snowboarders navigate.

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