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Non-TV Fun: Finally, Skiers Can Throw Away That Paper Trail Map They Use While Skiing to Pick the Best Way Down the Mountain as Google Maps Adds Trail Maps to 38 Popular Ski Areas ABC News

"Google announced on its blog today that its Google Maps app, available for free on Android devices and iPhone, now includes 38 new maps of ski runs and lifts from some of the most popular ski resorts in the United States and Canada," reports ABC News.

The story continues, "Forget squinting at faded ski-slope signs or fumbling with folded resort maps. The app marks green, blue and black runs -- the colors ski resorts use to indicate a slope’s difficulty -- which appear on the screen as solid colored lines. Ski lifts are shown as red dotted lines. The app can help get your bearings if you are lost, or it can help you plan your runs for the day before you set out."

Some of the resorts included are Montana’s Big Sky Resort, Vermont's Stowe Mountain and Okemo Mountain Resort, Sun Valley in Idaho, Aspen and Vail in Colorado, and Squaw Valley and Mammoth Mountain in California.

The article adds, "Some notable resorts missing from the list: Colorado’s Beaver Creek Ski Resort, Vermont’s Killington Resort and Mont Tremblant in Quebec.

"There are other apps out there that offer similar map services, but not, it seems, with runs as clearly marked as on Google Maps."