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Most beautiful ski map

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Inspired by the thread started by compostcorner, what is your favorite ski map?

My favorite is the map showing the whole Portes Du Soleil. Although I might be biased given that this was the first place I skied in the Alps, I still think it is a piece of art.

But what is yours?
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Any of the plan-view maps in the old Good Skiing Guides - so much easier to follow.
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@altis,
Yes +1. perhaps not ‘beautiful’ but beautifully clear and a great way to easily compare areas.
In terms of detail I think the old GSGs are yet to be bettered. Cool
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This thread is useless without pictures
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I could pore over piste maps for hours on end. The best are impressive works of art; the worst can make a ski area less enjoyable than it could otherwise be.

A good map should have:
- ALL pistes, plus their names or numbers
- lift capacities and types
- an attractive background which gives an idea of the terrain
- shadows to illustrate slope aspect
- clear marking of piste junctions to show exactly which pistes / lifts join up
- altitudes of resorts, peaks and other hubs
- toilets, restaurants, features such as boardercrosses

The Portes du Soleil whole area piste map gets marked down from me as it doesn't show piste names or whether chairlifts are detachable or not. Within the PdS I like the Chatel Liberte map which I think is attractive and very clear.

For an example of a good piste map for a big area, I think the 3 Valleys map is excellent. Saalbach is another favourite.


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More North American based, but anything by James Niehues. He came out with a coffee table book recently:
https://jamesniehues.com/pages/the-man-behind-the-map
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denfinella wrote:

The Portes du Soleil whole area piste map gets marked down from me as it doesn't show piste names or whether chairlifts are detachable or not.


How does knowing whether a chairlift is detachable change your plans?
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I remember the first detachable chairlift, in Val Thorens - was new technology back then, so kept breaking down for most of the 1st season, but seemed amazing when it worked! Similar to the step-up from 1 and 2-man chairlifts to 3-man... then to 4-man! How times have changed...
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@marcs44, Why did you have to go and post that.... I now have to spend a few days hovering over the Buy Now button before I inevitably click it... rolling eyes
*edit* $35 for shipping.... WAAAA ANOTHER DAY OF PREVARICATING !


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BTW, skimap.org is every ski nerd's dream site Cool
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@Richard_Sideways, Ha, sorry about that! It's a cool book. It's more on the art side of things as it doesn't name trail/piste/lift names and details but really nice to flip through!
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Red Leon wrote:

How does knowing whether a chairlift is detachable change your plans?


detachables are quicker, so an old-style non-detachable may be best avoided on a cold day
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denfinella wrote:

A good map should have:
- ALL pistes, plus their names or numbers
- lift capacities and types
-

I share your interest in piste maps but can't recall ever seeing one with lift capacity shown
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DCG wrote:
Red Leon wrote:

How does knowing whether a chairlift is detachable change your plans?


detachables are quicker, so an old-style non-detachable may be best avoided on a cold day


They also don't knock f*** out of your ankles.
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@DCG, lift capacity definitely shown on some, different icons for a 4 seater, 6 seater and 8 seater. Can't remember any examples, possibly some in Ski Amade and VT?

Edit: Aha, knew I'd seen them, this is from Kiroro. And it's definitely nice to know which ones have hoods Laughing
https://www.kiroro.co.jp/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/e90409406c6af72f284f39fec4be932b.pdf


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SnoodlesMcFlude wrote:
DCG wrote:
Red Leon wrote:

How does knowing whether a chairlift is detachable change your plans?


detachables are quicker, so an old-style non-detachable may be best avoided on a cold day


They also don't knock f*** out of your ankles.


Neither do the old style ones if you remember to take a step forward just before contact - as long as the people on either side don't do the same
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SnoodlesMcFlude wrote:
@DCG, lift capacity definitely shown on some, different icons for a 4 seater, 6 seater and 8 seater. Can't remember any examples, possibly some in Ski Amade and VT?


Ah. I'd assumed that capacity meant x,000 ppl per hour not whether it was an 8-man etc
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SnoodlesMcFlude wrote:
DCG wrote:
Red Leon wrote:

How does knowing whether a chairlift is detachable change your plans?


detachables are quicker, so an old-style non-detachable may be best avoided on a cold day


They also don't knock f*** out of your ankles.


Ankles?? How tall are you? Puzzled
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I fear some people may be taking a flippant remark a bit too literally wink NehNeh
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I recently got the one with 268 resorts from Marmota, they also have one with 609: https://marmotamaps.com/en/ski-maps
Just trying to convince the wife to hang this on the living room Laughing

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Woosh wrote:
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Many thanks. My life will never be the same again.
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@AndreSilva, Marmota maps have come a long way since 2015 and their kickstarter, still have the 609 map founder edition rolled away in tube - its a monster!
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Not a piste map per se but a beautiful photo https://www.instagram.com/p/CH5pLnUl0xI/
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extremerob wrote:
@AndreSilva, Marmota maps have come a long way since 2015 and their kickstarter, still have the 609 map founder edition rolled away in tube - its a monster!

I wanted that one but the size makes it a bit difficult when convincing the wife to hang in the living room Laughing
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AndreSilva wrote:
extremerob wrote:
@AndreSilva, Marmota maps have come a long way since 2015 and their kickstarter, still have the 609 map founder edition rolled away in tube - its a monster!

I wanted that one but the size makes it a bit difficult when convincing the wife to hang in the living room Laughing


Plus the cost of getting it framed makes you go - "I'll do it when I have a place to put it up!"
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extremerob wrote:
AndreSilva wrote:
extremerob wrote:
@AndreSilva, Marmota maps have come a long way since 2015 and their kickstarter, still have the 609 map founder edition rolled away in tube - its a monster!

I wanted that one but the size makes it a bit difficult when convincing the wife to hang in the living room Laughing


Plus the cost of getting it framed makes you go - "I'll do it when I have a place to put it up!"


I've got that original one too, still love it. Not got it framed (not least because I've moved a fair bit, so being able to roll it back up in a tube is helpful at that size) but do put it up poster style on the wall - using lots of command strips to avoid wall and map damage, and sit a bit nicer.
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Favorite piste map? The one in my head! snowHead
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 Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
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The 2010 piste map of abetone is absolutely excellent.
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