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FATMAP 3D Maps Now Available at OnTheSnow

11th October 2017 | James Robles

News Regions: United States, Canada, North America



Copyright: Liam Doran, FATMAP

Just HOW steep is that run you're about to ski? What aspect is that slope over there with the great-looking (but possibly brain-rattling) snow? Your on-mountain adventures aren’t one dimensional, so why should your trail maps be? FATMAP, a 3D map company, is reinventing the way outdoor enthusiasts explore and interact with their favorite mountain landscapes. By simply opening the FATMAP app, users are able to explore detailed terrain models of ski areas and backcountry routes (summer or winter) that are between 15 and 45 times more detailed than Google Earth.

And the great news is that these dynamic trail maps are now available via OnTheSnow, where you can now find every available FATMAP across global trail maps pages. Look for more maps to be added throughout the 2017/2018 ski season. 


Aside from stunning 360-degree imagery, users will find a handful of helpful tools to dissect and interact with their favorite lines up and down the mountain. By opening the terrain intelligence toolkit, users have handy features at their fingertips that improve mountain safety and awareness, including mountain gradient, aspect and avalanche risk zones—all of which are viewed as color-coded terrain intelligence overlays. 

Xavier De Le Rue, a three-time Freeride World Champion, said: “FATMAP has changed the way I see and act in the mountains.” Ben Tibbets, a filmmaker and IFMGA guide, agreed: “FATMAP dispels uncertainty.”

The terrain intelligence toolkit is a handy feature that improves mountain safety and awareness, including mountain gradient, aspect and avalanche risk zones.  - © FATMAP

The terrain intelligence toolkit is a handy feature that improves mountain safety and awareness, including mountain gradient, aspect and avalanche risk zones.

Copyright: FATMAP

For even more detail, click on any trail for immediate stats, including vertical drop, slope degree, terrain description, connecting chairlifts and a virtual flyover of any selected run. FATMAP trail maps denote more than just trails and chairlifts; expect to find everything from base area restaurants and shuttle locations to on-mountain ski patrol huts and lodges.

How it Works

FATMAP brings their stunning maps to skiers and riders via three components: imagery, topography and content. FATMAP partners with DigitalGlobe for its satellite data imagery and sources its topography from Intermap Technologies; the combination of these two sources allows for pinpoint trail statistics that are calculated automatically through FATMAP’s database.

FATMAP avoids crowd-sourced content and instead compiles its vast library of ski resort and trail specifics from recruited and licensed mountain guides, instructors and ski patrollers. This locally curated content adds invaluable insights to new adventures and mountain exploration. The result is an intuitive, seamless, multi-platform experience that works on Android, iOS and the web.



Copyright: FATMAP


Misha Gopaul, who came from a technology background and David Cowell, who came from a map building background founded FATMAP. The two noticed a lag in map technology and combined their professional experience with their love for the mountains to create an initial prototype map of Chamonix. The pet project was so popular among local guides that the duo decided to take the business to the next level, forming FATMAP in January of 2013.

Headquartered in Berlin, FATMAP currently offers 42 different ski area maps across North America and about 115 globally. FATMAP is aiming to have every resort mapped across the globe by the 2018/2019 ski season, effectively launching the highest resolution map of the Earth ever created.


FATMAP - © Liam Doran, FATMAP
FATMAP altitude tool - © FATMAP

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