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Hitting the slopes? New Google feature lets you scope out resorts in 360

When picking a vacation to a snowy, winter getaway, it’s important to know what you’re going to encounter.

From the type of terrain to the selection of chutes – wouldn’t it be great to know what to expect before you hit the slopes?

Well, thanks to Google  Maps, you can check out the slopes using Streetview – although they should really call it Slopeview.

Google announced on its blog that the world’s top ski resorts are now mapped in all their snow-covered glory.

That means you can scope out the runs from the comfort of your couch – or from the chill of the gondola before you unload at the top.

They say it’s taken the last year to capture all the imagery from top resorts in Canada (obviously), America, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Italy and Spain.

I wasn’t really sure if I should venture out to Panorama in British Columbia this year. But then I checked out their runs on Google Maps – and I might be booking some flights very soon.

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Strangely, one of the top resorts in the world – Verbier (Switzerland) isn’t mapped.

Will you scope out the slopes using Google Streetview?

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets



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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.