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FATMAP: The New Ultra High Resolution 3D Ski App

clock 6th February 2015 | comment1 Comments

The new 3D skiing app, FATMAP is now available to download on iOS and Android. FATMAP allows you to view ski resorts in superb detail, track your runs with GPS and to find the best lines on and off piste.

One of the best features about the app is the awesome virtual reality 3D fly-throughs which will help you plan and experience your ski route before heading out, plus follow the lines easily using the GPS enabled navigation.

 


This app is set to revolutionise skiing or snowboarding by offering unique features that have never been seen before on a ski app. The ultra-high resolution 3D ski mapping technology will redefine skiers navigation. This unbelievable level of detail and the abilitly to move around the 3D world will change how users plan a day out on the slopes, both on and off the piste.

The app will first detail Chamonix, Verbier and Zermatt, with Espace Killy (Tignes and Val d’Isere) and Paradiski (La Plagne and Les Arcs) coming soon.

There are 2 versions of FATMAP – PISTE and FREERIDE, both offer high-res 3D piste mapping, detailed route descriptions, 3D fly throughs, interactive resort and conditions info, real time location sharing, plus ski tracking and stats. In addition, the FREERIDE version also details off-piste routes giving profile information and 3D fly throughs, gradient heat mapping, altitude segmentation, crevasse zones and avalanche zones so skiers can make better-informed decisions and explore safely.

More resorts including Espace Killy and Paradiski and an app version for Android and Windows phones will be available soon.

 

About FATMAP

FATMAP is based on the simple principle - Know more. Do more. They believe that uncertainty stops us from pushing our limits and finding out who we truly are. This belief is what drives every decision they make. It's about empowering skiers with the knowledge and tools to explore further, safely.

The team are an organisation of mountain guides, ski mountaineers and climbers based in the UK and French Alps. They know and understand mountains and the safety and navigation challenges they present for all mountain users, especially off-piste skiers. They are also working with national organisations, including the British Mountain Guides and mountain rescue professionals to test FATMAP and ensure it delivers the very best and up-to-date information needed by the mountain user.

FATMAP is launching for ski areas in February 2015 with hiking, trail running, mountain biking and more to follow later in the year.

 

 

Visit the FATMAP website for more information 



Top 5 ski and snowboard events to look out for in 2015

clock 16th January 2015 | comment1 Comments

Last winter our lives were taken over by the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. This year we can get engrossed in the many more ski and snowboard competitions and events that take place in Europe. Most kick off early season in January, getting us stoked up nicely for the rest of the ski season.

5. Innsbruck Air + Style

One for the snowboarders.

Innsbruck is the second stop on the Air and Style circuit, Emil Ulsletten stole the show at the first event in Beijing in December, and then next step will be Los Angeles in February. The World’s best snowboarders have competed in this big air event over the past two decades. Athletes are whittled down through 3 rounds before the 4 snowboarders battle in out in the super final. Athletes includes at Innsbruck include: GB’s Billy Morgan, Halldor Helgason, Sage Kotsenburg, Max Parrot, Stale Sandbech, Seb Toots & more.

Date: 16th & 17th January 2015

4. FIS Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships

One for the British Team

This year’s World Championships take place in Kreischberg, Austria. This is the first time that both freestyle skiing and snowboarding have been combined in a World Championships. After Great Britain’s success at Sochi we have a 22 strong squad of skiers and snowboarders competing in the event, including slopestyle, halfpipe, moguls, aerials and more. View the full British team line up.

Date: 14th -25th January

 

3. Suzuki Nine Queens

One for the girls

This is the 5th big air competition of the Suzuki Nine Queens in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, Austria. The world’s best female skiers and snowboarders are invited to this stunning pocket in Tirol for a unique event consisting of a series of jumps and features set around a huge sculpted ice castle.

Date: 15th – 20th March 2015



2. Swatch Freeride World Tour

For the utmost dedicated

This mammoth snow sports tour consists of five venues in Europe and the USA. 2015 is bigger than ever with two new stops on the Freeride calendar, Vallnord, Andorra and Alaska, USA. Last season more than 637, 000 viewers followed the finest skiers and snowboarders across this spectacular journey.

Taking part in the Freeride World Tour Competition will be 28 male skiers, 14 male snowboarders, 14 female skiers and 7 female snowboarders. Through the events the riders will be narrowed down to a limited few that will take part in the Grand Finale in Verbier.

The FWT season kicks off in the ultimate freeride resort, Chamonix, on 24th January, then heads to Fieberbrunn, Austria, on 31st January before Vallnord, Andorra for the first time on 14th February. Then it is off to Alaska on 14th March before the grande finale and the 20th anniversary of the Xtreme Verbier on 28th March.

Athletes that reach the Verbier climax will have to take on the legendary Bec des Rosses mountain face. Two-time winner at the Bec des Rosses, Sweden’s Reine Barkered is delighted to be part of the history of the “Bec”: “I'm excited to have the chance to compete at the 20th anniversary of Verbier Xtreme. Verbier is the crowning point for a freerider and I will do my very best to step up to the top of the podium here a third time.”

 

1. Hahnenkamm

One for the ski elite

Austria’s greatest ski festival is bigger than ever in 2015 as it is celebrating its 75th Anniversary. The Hahnenkamm race is one of the most famous alpine ski races of the world and is the highlight of the World Cup calendar. For Kitzbuhel, this is the best week of the year, as spectators and celebrities flock to the town to see the famous ski racers, as well as joining in the week of partying. The magnificent race features jumps up to 80m, steep slopes including peaking at 85% gradient on the Mausefalle, and skiers reaching speeds up to 140 km per hour along the run. The famous ‘Streif’ is considered the most spectacular ski runs in the world where only the elite can

Date: 20th - 25th January 2015

 


By Krystelle



Chalets With A View

clock 31st August 2011 | comment0 Comments
A great view is all about the location of the chalet, the direction it is facing and of course the use of huge picture windows and balconies. So, with this in mind what are the chalets with the best views on our site? [More]


Scotty's Guide To Skiing Bumps

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