The real Mountain View: on the piste with Street View

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 | 9:33 AM

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As the ski season approaches and you’re busy digging out your thermal underwear and snow boots, we hope to make your holiday preparations a little more enjoyable by adding some of the world’s favourite ski runs and resorts to Google Maps. Whether you’re looking to discover a piste you’ve never tried before, or just want to take in some of the breathtaking scenery to get in the mood for your trip, we hope you have fun exploring locations across Europe (including runs in Switzerland, Austria, Norway, Sweden, Italy and Spain), Canada (including runs at Blue Mountain, Lake Louise and Fernie) and the US (including runs in Utah and Michigan).

For example, take a look at Sölden, a popular ski resort in the Ötztal valley of Tyrol, Austria. It’s not just tourists who flock there every year, but fans of professional skiing - Sölden regularly hosts the giant slalom competition as part of the Alpine World Cup in late October.

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Or virtually visit one of the iconic resorts in Switzerland like St. Moritz or Zermatt.

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Whenever we launch new imagery, our users start to develop creative and inspiring uses for the images. For example, has integrated our snowy pictures into their web app which lets skiers virtually recap their day on the slopes.

Street View travels further north

Continuing the wintery theme, we’re introducing our first ever imagery in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago that lies about 400 miles north of mainland Europe - and the most northerly territory we’ve ever had on Street View. Svalbard was allegedly first discovered by Viking explorers in the 12th century, and now you can discover the beautiful tundras and harsh landscapes of the sparsely populated islands for yourself.

Svalbard is important today, hosting the Svalbard Satellite station, used by organisations like NASA and the ESA and the Global Seed Vault, a facility that provides spare samples of seeds found in gene banks all over the world.

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The ice roads

Finally, we’re also delighted to introduce some brand new imagery of the ice roads in Estonia, fashioned from the frozen waters of the Baltic Sea. Although these roads are only open when the weather permits and the ice is thick enough, we were lucky enough to capture the 10km ice road from Rohuküla to Sviby and the 3km stretch from Haapsalu to Noarootsi, among others.

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mountainemma said...


Can a ski resort submit to be added to the program of piste view that google is adding? I am a mountain guide in the French Pyrenees and it would be great to see our resorts represented. Places like: Bareges, La Mongie (Grand Tourmalet), St Lary, Luz Ardiden etc.