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Re: winter backcountry ski resources?

Postby ajkagy » Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:37 pm

robco wrote:
Somebody should really create a google map overlay which shows slope angles in various colors (e.g., putting 30-45 degrees in an ominous red), which you could use to scout various routes during winter.


that is precisely what I do with the GIS mapping tool. Once you have the data you can specify a colored coded layout of the slope angles you want to represent on your overlay. I still think its the best way to survey an area before you've even seen it or set foot near it.
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Re: winter backcountry ski resources?

Postby llamaman » Fri Jan 07, 2011 8:02 am

While not exactly what the OP asked, both of these are relevant.

http://nebackcountry.blogspot.com/2011/01/how-steep-is-it.html

http://avalanchemapping.org/

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Re: winter backcountry ski resources?

Postby Carl » Sun Jan 09, 2011 8:59 am

realhillboarding wrote:What resources do people use to find good backcountry ski routes in the winter? Are there any that include discussions about max slope angle and typical snow coverage on routes? I've taken avy1 and have been out a handful of times in the winter, but I'm having a hard time finding information about good non-14er backcountry routes for winter (spring is easy)


Some friends have built (and are building/growing) a site that sounds like what you're looking for...
http://www.backcountrycoalition.com/

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Re: winter backcountry ski resources?

Postby cheeseburglar » Mon Jan 10, 2011 1:07 am

ajkagy wrote:
realhillboarding wrote:I use Microdem - Free download
http://www.usna.edu/Users/oceano/pguth/website/microdem/microdem.htm

Seamless server data is free
http://seamless.usgs.gov/website/seamless/viewer.htm

1. Load the Seamless server link. Zoom into an area you want to download data for
2. Select the rectangular download (you should get a popup now)
3. select modify data request
4. scroll down to the "Elevation" section and select the checkbox for the 1/3 Arc data (1 Arc is not detailed enough and 1/9 Arc data will not be mapped for most areas). Select the drop down for GeoTiff format in zip file format.
5. Unzip the file somewhere and open up Microdem and select "File", "Open DEM" and select the file with the "TIF" file extension.
6. Right click on the image and go to "Display Parameter" and then "Slope". From here you can define the color coding and degree of the slope angles you want to map.
7. Once you press Ok, you can then right click again on the image and go to Export, Map to Google Earth.

Wallah you got yourself a slope angle overlay of the area you'd like to check out.

Just keep in mind its a rough outline of an areas slope angle and definitely not a guide to avoid avalanche terrain.

Stay safe


I managed to make a pretty picture using this. Very cool.
Hopefully we'll see if this helps this week!
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Re: winter backcountry ski resources?

Postby timstich » Mon Jan 10, 2011 9:38 am

I skied Berthoud Pass for the first time and it's really, really nice. They have a large parking lot on the right at the top of the pass and a warming hut with bathrooms. The road up provides an easy walk up the hill to ski down the run that terminates at the parking lot. This run is very low angle, or can be done that way by zig zagging left and right. If you are looking for a place to practice ungroomed runs, this is a great choice.

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