From the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific coast - from New Mexico to Alaska
- 2 countries
- 12 US states
- 2 Canadian provinces and 1 territory
- almost 3 million square miles
- 246 ski resorts
- over 6,000 miles of slope
Hi, we are Lana and Stefan from Hamburg, Germany. We share a great passion for design, maps, geography, mountains, and skiing.
In 2015, we created the first map of the Alps with all ski resorts on it and founded Marmota Maps. As we were looking for new challenges, it was never a question for us which region we wanted to turn to next. Ever since we first saw the mighty Rocky Mountains, the Sierra Nevada or the Pacific Coast Mountains we were immediately under the spell of Western North America. That's why we wanted to create the ultimate map for ski and snowboard fanatics in North America: Ski Resorts of the West.
Ski Resorts of the West - the map
The map shows all downhill ski resorts in Alaska, Alberta, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and the Yukon.
We decided to use the Lambert azimuthal equal-area projection. The backbone of our map consists of contour lines for every 1,000 feet of height, which makes each mountain range plastic and visible. Then we added roads and waters, cities and mountains as well as regional and country borders.
Finally, with the data provided by skiresort.info, we checked and marked all 246 ski resorts on the map.
We distinguish between small ski resorts with a total combined slope length of less than 5 miles, medium resorts with a combined slope length of 5 to 50 miles, and large resorts with more than 50 miles of slope.
For each ski area, we list the state, province or territory, minimum and maximum height, as well as green, blue, and black slope miles.
Last but not least, you will find infographical information for both the Canadian and the American part of the map, and for each of the 15 states, provinces, or territories.
We love the mountains at Marmota Maps. So we illustrated 36 of the highest, the most beautiful and the most prominent mountains of the area:
Denali (Alaska), Mount Saint Elias, Mount Vancouver (Alaska / Yukon), Mount Fairweather (Alaska / British Columbia), Mount Columbia, Mount Fay, Cascade Mountain (Alberta), Mount Assiniboine (Alberta / British Columbia), Humphreys Peak, Mount Wrightson, Baboquivari Peak (Arizona), Mount Robson, Golden Hinde (British Columbia), Mount Whitney, Mount Shasta, Minarets (California), Mount Elbert, Maroon Bells (Colorado), Borah Peak, Castle Peak (Idaho), Granite Peak, Mount Gould, Mount Grinnel (Montana), Boundary Peak, Wheeler Peak (Nevada), Wheeler Peak, Organ Needle (New Mexico), Mount Hood, Three Sisters (Oregon), Kings Peak, Mount Timpanogos (Utah), Mount Rainier, Mount Baker (Washington), Gannett Peak, Grand Teton (Wyoming), Mount Logan (Yukon)
Marmota Maps has an inexplicable affection for marmots. That's why we also designed six postcards with all North American species of marmots:
Alaska marmot, Groundhog, Hoary marmot, Olympic marmot, Vancouver Island marmot, Yellow-bellied marmot
- format: 36 x 48in (ca. 914 x 1219mm)
- 195g/m² primo satin gloss paper
- high quality offset print
- format: ca. 11.7 x 16.5in (297 x 420mm)
- 180g/m² matt, coated paper
- format: ca. 4.1 x 5.8in (105 x 148mm)
- 350 g/m² matt paper
The maps will be shipped in stable cardboard tubes. Each map will be protected by an additional layer of paper surrounding it. All purchases during the kickstarter campaign will arrive at your door before Christmas. Each shipment will be trackable.
We hope you like our map as much as we do! Thank you for your support! And also a big thank you to everyone who helped us realizing this project!
Risks and challenges
We have earned a lot of experience with having our products printed and shipped over the last two years. We know how to ship a map to Hawaii or Siberia. So we are confident that we have minimized all major risks.
If there should be any open questions, please feel free to contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org .
- (32 days)