Vail Resorts will not have paper trail maps this season. Many resorts around the country will likely follow as Vail often sets the industry standard. We are in a technological era, and it is easy to access trail maps with a Google search, on apps, and even on Google Maps.
Paper trail maps are timeless. They help us find our way around unfamiliar resorts and are a fun souvenir for many. Collecting trail maps is fun—it keeps track of the places you have skied and you can make wall collages with them.
Cutting trail maps helps save on printing costs, environmental impacts, and helps prevent the spread of COVID-19. Cutting out paper maps will help Vail Resorts reach its Epic Promise Commitment to Zero goal.
Does this mean no more trail map wall collages? Will paper trail maps return next season? Let us know what you think!