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does anyone else get exited about piste maps, i just love looking at them, even for resorts i will never go to, i love to see all those squiddly red and blue lines beside huge mountains and wondering what they would be like to ski, and when i see a long red or blue line i think that must be a lovely long run. i can ponder over a good piste map for ages, its like reading a good book, looking for mountain restaurants and seeing what might be a good view point.
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guilty.... Embarassed
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Collected piste maps wallpaper our downstairs loo...
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Here's a little feast for you.. https://www.perso-laplagne.fr/CollectionPlansPistes.htm
Click on each to open
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@Richard_Sideways, that sounds a great idea for use of old piste maps, may have to dig out any old ones I have and do this for my man cave (aka garage!!) will have to do online searches for resorts I have visited but do not hold the maps anymore.

hopefully there are other resorts with similar resources to La Plagne


the missus has done similar with old OS maps on recycled furniture for her "womans cave"
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Should we set up a "snowheads swapshop" for spare lift maps, like the kids do for their playing cards and so on?

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Want: Pas De La Casa 1998

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@nbt, brilliant!!

wonder which ones would be the rarest and possibly carry a premium, a bit like lionel messi!!!!


I have several of the following

Megeve/Combloux 2015/16
kaltenbach/fugen 2016/17
3valleys 2017/18

want the following
3valleys 1991/2
Breckenridge 1992/3
espace killy 1992/3
livigno 1993/94
sauze d'oux 1993/94
3valleys years 1994 through to 2006
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@nbt, Brilliant idea - I have several duplicates that I could swap for my missing ones, Ill post 'em up when I get back home..
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Oh dear. About a month ago I chucked a big box of old piste maps, going back to the 90's. Loads of old French and Austrian ones.

Does anyone remember those 3D piste maps - plastic fold out jobs - I used to have one for 3V. How many different 3D ones were there ?
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Good to know I'm not alone in this. My particular fetish: prior to going to a new area, I get the map and laminate it. Then I study it, so I know my way around. Its fun and pays dividends....fewer wrong turns etc.
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@Scooter in Seattle, How about this for geeky : On the last evening of our family ski trips, A few of the more sad types have to draw a piste map from memory as a competition ...
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But have you ever tried to improve on the resort issued piste map ?

Sounds sad but I did. The Madonna di Campiglio (Italy) map was very confusing so I drew my own one for the following year.

Instead of those awlful artistic impressions, mine was proper topographical. Just like the ones on open piste map now.

Mine also had symbols for 'relatively flat' (II) I.e. start poleing for blues that should have been green runs. It also had >> for quite steep.


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This thread Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing and I considered myself a bit of a skiing anorak snowHead
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This thread Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing and I considered myself a bit of a skiing anorak snowHead


Which bit? The little pocket for maps on the left sleeve?
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Here is one of my early older maps:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ha17XTfKb9uN3-1Sfxb01Is49oepdNF1
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@terrygasson, you really should check with your wife before publishing details of her 'lady cave' online...

I've been known to annotate maps before, useful stuff to know where the flats are on a snowboard. Thin tipped sharpie is a must.
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@Richard_Sideways, I would need an os map myself to locate her “woman’s cave” Laughing Laughing
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kezzy19661 wrote:
Here is one of my early older maps:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ha17XTfKb9uN3-1Sfxb01Is49oepdNF1


Excellent, I'm going to Folgarida this year so will come in handy - more so than the official piste map I've been struggling to understand. snowHead
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Wish I had kept all my old piste maps - love getting a pdf up on the screen and reliving runs and memories offseason.
Not so keen on the trend to interactive maps on the resort websites, nothing beats a beautifully rendered 3D view of a
resort. Zermatt/Cervinia is a favourite - take a look at https://www.piste-maps.co.uk for a large collection of maps
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Also guilty of map addiction, I always keep one from each resort ive been to stored in a box in the attic. One day I intend to wallpaper a room with them. Funnily Mrs Seahoob dosn't agree with this for some reason?
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............back from attic where I found 37 piste maps and caught frostbite.
That is 37 resorts I have skied in for a day or more.......I now realise where all my money went!
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My family rolled their eyes when I told them about this thread.
A different map fix I can highly recommend is the bergfex Touren app
The Austrian map o/S equivalent has all pistes marked on it, with slightly different gradings to the piste maps, so you can study in detail some of those reds that should be blacks etc. You can also waste hours of your life like I do, working out how they can connect ski areas, esp the smaller ones to give us all new fab places to ski.

Lastly it doesn’t need to be a bloke thing but has any female even read this thread??

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@HugoC, yes, I am female, I have read the thread, and I love ALL types of maps...

One of my pre-holiday ‘musts’ when I go somewhere new is to buy a Wipeout goggle wipe piste map of the area - not always as up to date as they could be, but a useful and lovely keepsake. When I’m too frail to ski (!) I plan to sew them all together into one giant map Very Happy

On holiday, I mark up a copy of the paper piste map rating the restaurant stops (usually just a note of what was I ate, as it seems my belly has a longer and better memory than my brain), and I make a list of the pistes skied that day and their conditions. This one tends to gets a bit tatty, so I take a couple of unmarked/pristine piste maps home too... and wallpapering the loo with them sounds like a great idea!
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my friends are not in to skiing holidays, so i generally go on my own, if i"m in a catered chalet then i have company and everythings ok, but on the times i go to a hotel there are a few lonely nights, on one occassion i found a bar, got meself an extra large beer, and looked at a skiing map of austria, so i tried linking up as many resorts as possible, its amazing that on paper how many austrian resorts you can link,from linking ischgl to st anton in the west and just going eastwards towards salzburg, as you can imagine i"m great fun at parties
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Yes, I confess, I too have a piste map fetish. I will spend hours gazing at
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all those squiddly red and blue lines beside huge mountains,

this is especially useful before visiting a new resort.

The best site I have found is https://skimap.org. It has just about every North American resort and lots of European resorts. It also has older piste maps so you can see how resorts grow and change.
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I tend to spend a lot of time looking at a piste map of a fourth coming trip and searching out the runs on YouTube. I find this is really helpful when I actually get to the resort coz most of the time I know where I'm going.
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FrequentFaller wrote:
I tend to spend a lot of time looking at a piste map of a fourth coming trip and searching out the runs on YouTube. I find this is really helpful when I actually get to the resort coz most of the time I know where I'm going.


Why only the fourth trip? Smile
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Agreed, I can fritter away hours of my life looking at them. If you’re thinking of going to the Dolomites and you haven’t downloaded their 3D map then I urge you to do so. An excellent planning too and can spend hours looking at it.
And as your trip gets closer down forget to look at least 3 weather reports to try and work out what what’s likely to happen
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Guilty too.
Maps are ace.
I tend to be searching for holidays first, find potential destinations according to what meets my budget, then research the piste maps - always look for highest lift elevation (some kind of re-assurance), then where are the trees areas for bad weather.
Most important is lifts - i.e. how many drag lifts are there (one is too many Embarassed ). Will discount going to a resort on this fact, grew up with them in Scotland, do not want drag lifts on holiday.
Then what area of resort does the local area skipass cover.
Are there enough red and black runs, are there too few blue runs?
After that will be looking at resort reviews.
After that it's on to youtube for some actual footage of area.

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Most important is lifts - i.e. how many drag lifts are there (one is too many Embarassed ). Will discount going to a resort on this fact, grew up with them in Scotland, do not want drag lifts on holiday.

I am curious as to why. Is it because you are on your own?
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I can recommend setting them as the desktop on your computer at work - looks like you're working, when actually you're planning and imagining all the fun you'll have when you get there or reminiscing about past trips...
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johnE wrote:
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Most important is lifts - i.e. how many drag lifts are there (one is too many Embarassed ). Will discount going to a resort on this fact, grew up with them in Scotland, do not want drag lifts on holiday.

I am curious as to why. Is it because you are on your own?


Nothing to do with skiing alone, just at nearly 50 I ski for a week a year and my fitness is ok but rests are good, if I'm paying a good whack for a ski trip after long runs I really appreciate a rest via a chair or gondola back up, that's all. Drag lift is not a problem just prefer a seat! Love those high speed detachable chairs - relax and enjoy the view, find myself almost nodding off on some of them, so comfy! When I ski at home in Scotland it's 95% drag lifts. Little Angel


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@boredsurfin, Brilliant link. Thank you for sharing it. Looking at the very first one I see the runs are graded red, yellow, green and blue as the easist. When did the green, blue, red, black system come into being?
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@boredsurfin, Brilliant link. Thank you for sharing it. Looking at the very first one I see the runs are graded red, yellow, green and blue as the easist. When did the green, blue, red, black system come into being?
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I tend to spend a lot of time looking at a piste map of a fourth coming trip and searching out the runs on YouTube. I find this is really helpful when I actually get to the resort coz most of the time I know where I'm going.


Why only the fourth trip? Smile


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