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I am engrossed in a Ski Real Estate marketing project at the moment, so I will post a link to the Ski Maps website. These maps are truly works of art.

Ski Maps
http://www.skimaps.com

If you take a look at the Apex Alpine Ski Map you can see my Aunt and Uncle's cabin in the lower right hand corner near the green 'night skiing' label. I spent many Christmases at this cabin (and still do occasionally) and learned to ski at Apex, so it has fond memories. :-)

http://www.skimaps.com/map2520



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I like ski maps too, although I don't ski. I enjoy their realistic style and attention to geologic detail.

Most of this maps seem to have painted bases, in a Berann type style, see:

http://www.itp.phys....erann/panorama/

although a couple of folks have had some success in with this type of style using computer tools, such as VNS. Check this page at:

http://www.3dnworld....Pita&app=DOCSIM

I've seen a way better example of ski slope mapping on this site, but couldn't find it during my quick search. I'm sure it's still there be cause Mindy doesn't remove good work. Look around for it.

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I too have always admired ski maps, although I guess I see them more as illustration than cartography.
Not to disparage them in any way, to the contrary, I think it takes a special talent to render these mountain views and that is the main part of what makes them so great.
The views are optimized and probably cheated a little to get everything to be visible, so traditional GIS/cartographic techniques don't apply.

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It looks as though our firm will be kind of "backing into" the ski resort mapping business in the weeks and months to come, via a licensing agreement that we are establishing with a firm that has 27 ski resorts as clients for various mapping projects. Consequently, I will likely be wanting to talk to a few of you about "likes and dislikes" related to the ski resort mapping graphics we are inheriting for future updates/modifications, as well as what you think about many of the ski resort maps found on sites such as www.skimaps.com.

What a terrific resource! I cannot believe that our impending partner had not informed us about that site. It just goes to show you how valuable an experience it is to be participating on CartoTalk! :) I'll DEFINITELY be tooting this forum's horn LOUDLY on our new web interface for our company as soon as I can work all of the remaining web development issues out.
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I have been using ski maps for over 25 years and I think the best ones are made by James Niehues without the aid of GIS. If you have ever seen a good looking ski map, James probably made it (Park City, Big Mountain, Jackson, Alta, Taos, Telluride, Heavenly, Big Sky, all of Utah, etc.).

I think his maps capture aspects of the terrain that sometimes get lost in digital production workflows.

His artistry with an a airbrush and his interpretation of the terrain are very nice. Niehues has also made quite a few hiking maps. I think his skills are comperable to Berann in displaying landscapes. Lately he has made several interactive maps.

His website is worthwhile to check out on its own.

http://www.jamesniehues.com/
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There is a BC illustrator by the name of Mark Heine who has a few of these as well:

http://www.mheine.com/aerial.html

Has some other nice cartography illustration posted as well.
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There is a BC illustrator by the name of Mark Heine who has a few of these as well:

http://www.mheine.com/aerial.html

Has some other nice cartography illustration posted as well.

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There is a BC illustrator by the name of Mark Heine who has a few of these as well:

http://www.mheine.com/aerial.html

Has some other nice cartography illustration posted as well.

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OK, I guess none of us should feel too bad, this guy's dad is the foremost marine artist in Canada. Check out the Heine family art website:

Spindrift Studios


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