I’ve got two passions in life: maps and backcountry skiing. There is an app that combines these two… Fatmap is a mountain resort skiing map app that brings skiing maps to the next level. The concept of virtual ski resort trail maps has been around for a while but it was notoriously unreliable and difficult to follow.
The app has been developed by London-based a group of tech entrepreneurs and Chamonix mountain guides. They’ve combined satellite imagery and aerial photography to build highly accurate three-dimensional terrain models of ski resorts that solved problems of previous maps and apps.
By combining GPS enabled navigation with detailed 3D maps, users can locate themselves in often complex terrains, plan their day’s activities, track their progress and meet with friends. 3D fly-throughs help skiers experience the slopes before heading out, and contextual data, such as weather, season and resort facilities, further enhance the user experience.
The app is a useful tool for all the resort skiers but also for off-piste powder skiing which often requires good preparation to get to know the terrain. With Fatmap you can easily preview the terrain using a high-resolution 3D data, and choose your line. In addition the app identifies avalanche risk zones, crevasse zones and slope gradients which increases the safety of backcountry skiing.
The app offers basic features for free and some more advanced functionality for a subscription fee that can be bought for one time trip as well as for the whole year depending on your needs.