Sking Alta Shown in Google Earth

My family and I are taking a vacation in Utah for Spring Break. Today we went skiing at Alta – which has a well-deserved reputation of awesome powder. There was a 162 inch base, and we experienced 3 or 4 new inches while we were skiing. Naturally, I took a GPS along while skiing, and have generated a 3D track colorized by altitude and overlayed in Google Earth. It turns out Alta has pretty good high resolution data, although it’s a summer-time satellite photo, not winter. Check it out!
Used a Garmin 60Cx GPS and to do the track for Google Earth. Don’t be surprised if my articles this week are a little less predictable than normal.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. I wish the data in the Austrian Alps – where I went skiing a couple of weeks ago with my Garmin 60C – was as good as at Alta!
    I know what you mean about the summer instead of winter data though. I did map most of the ski lifts (beginning/end and a straight line path) and some placemarks. This increases the “Look, it’s really there!” feeling you get, even with the green mountains.
    Also, I have been looking for some decent satellite data of the area from winter, but have not been succesful. Maybe I’ll take a screenshot from Google Earth, edit it to take the greens to white and put it back into Google Earth a an overlay, just to get the white view of the ski slopes. 😉

  2. Part of the reason I got the 60Cx is that the “x” series have a new antenna technology which picks up satellites much better. Even in the trees and on the sides of mountains.

  3. Jarno Peschier says:

    I meant the Google Earth data, not the 60C data. No problems whatsoever with reception.

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