Powder fans can turn to freshymap.com for up-to-the-minute snow data from ski areas right up the road to resorts around the world.
The site began in downtown Salida during the 2011-2012 ski season.
Chris Helm, Salida, received a master’s degree in geography from the University of Colorado, and he teamed up with meteorologist Brendan Heberton, Denver, to work on bringing real-time snow information to users’ fingertips.
The site features information about resorts in the United States, Canada and Europe, and Helm said the site grows as users request new resorts.
The two have begun pioneering the idea of asking skiers and boarders the conditions of the snow while they are at a resort.
“We want to engage users in a way that allows them to report what’s going on in real time,” Helm said.
He said the idea sparked as he exchanged snow information with friends who were trying to decide if they would hit the slopes or wait for that “epic day.”
“The real question we’re trying to answer is what’s happening at a resort right now,” Helm said.
The site goes out and “scrapes” information from other sites such as base height, new snow and current conditions.
It then consolidates information from many resorts, and Helm said he’s working on making the site’s resort connections as strong as possible so freshymap.com can present users with the most up-to-date, comprehensive information available.
Users currently send feedback about the site, and Helm said they review each request and either work to add a resort or make the site better based on feedback.
Helm said he wants to get to a point where users can review conditions while they’re at a ski area so others can see what people are saying about the snow conditions on a particular day.
“We are working on a mobile version that’s easy to engage people with what’s happening where they are,” Helm said.
For more information visit freshymap.com.