MAP MY SLIDE

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AVALANCHE MAP­PING OF­FERS USE­FUL NAV­I­GA­TIONAL TOOL TO BACK­COUN­TRY SKIERS.

“I started mak­ing maps back

in 2000,” says Dou­glas Scott, founder of Avalanche Map­ping in Boulder, Colorado. “I was chang­ing ca­reers from a ski bum, pa­troller, and com­mer­cial fish­er­man to a ge­o­graphic in­for­ma­tion spe­cial­ist.” His company draws highly ac­cu­rate slide-path maps of popular back­coun­try ski zones. In the years since his vo­ca­tional leap, he’s cre­ated dozens of dig­i­tal GIS maps of moun­tain passes, ski ar­eas, and heli and cat op­er­a­tions from hard-copy topos and field ob­ser­va­tions, and they serve as in­valu­able re­sources for back­coun­try skiers, searc­hand-res­cue work­ers, and DOTs. Maps are avail­able for pur­chase at avalanchemap­ping.org, and Scott ex­pects to have a phone app up and run­ning by the start of the ski sea­son.

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