Skiing has always entailed picking up a trail map at the lodge, especially at a resort that you aren't familiar with. Into the pocket it goes and it is referred to during the day to find out where you might be, and what run you will be skiing next.
Maybe most importantly, it shows where the lodges are so you can get a giant chocolate chip cookie and coffee as a reward for you morning of great skiiing.
Google Maps has caught up with the trusted trail map. For 38 ski resorts across the U.S. and Canada, your phone can now access the trail map. The maps show all of the runs at the resorts, plus some of the surrounding territory.
The introduction of this feature is a plus for skiers and boarders who carry their phones with them. That would mean just about everyone on the slopes.
While the paper maps still have an honored place out on the slopes, Google's maps add another dimension to the entire "Where are we going to ski next?" question.
Here are resorts in our area that Google covers:
A little bit out of our neck of the Sierra:
While the list is short relative to Lake Tahoe, if history is any guide, Google will launch all of them, probably sooner rather than later.