FATMAP, a new ultra-high resolution 3D ski mapping app, officially launched this week at three European resorts. The app offers unprecedented accuracy and detail, with a resolution of 2m (compared to google maps’ 30m), as well as numerous other features that are “set to revolutionize skiing and snowboarding”, say the creators.
Detailed freeride mapping shows exactly where the hidden off-piste lines are, including information on steepness, length and difficulty. FATMAP also has detailed terrain intelligence that identifies avalanche risk zones, crevasse zones and slope gradients, allowing users to explore the mountain more safely.
The coolest feature? 3D fly throughs, allowing skiers to experience the line before heading out into the mountains. They can then be followed with ease with accurate GPS-enabled navigation, all in ultra-high resolution 3D.
Other features include location sharing, social sharing, interactive resort information, as well as ski tracking and stats. The app is completely off line, so you don’t need to use data (except for the location sharing feature).
Misha Gopaul, co-founder of FATMAP and member of the British Ski Mountaineering team, said of the launch:
“FATMAP is based on a simple principle. ‘Know more. Do more.’ We believe that uncertainty can often stop skiers and snowboarders from challenging their limits, so we created FATMAP to empower them with the tools and information, to explore further, safely.”
FATMAP has launched at Chamonix, Verbier, and Zermatt, and will soon include Val d’Isere, Tignes, La Plagne and Les Arcs.
FATMAP will be free to download, but users will have to purchase subscriptions to each individual resort on a yearly basis. Users can trial any resort subscription free of charge for 48 hours.