It’s that time of the year again, when people who have a passion for going out on the slopes in spite of the cold can ski all they want. Not everyone has the luxury of being able to visit ski resorts as much as they want to, of course, but during this season, enthusiasts are the happiest. And Google eggs them on.

Google Street View for Skiiers

With the Street View special collection – the ski and snow edition, as the entry over at Google’s Official Blog calls it – Google Maps ups the excitement that ski and snow enthusiasts are probably feeling right now.

Whether you are actually planning a ski trip in the coming weeks and months, or you are content to go on a vicarious adventure, the Street View special collection will delight your senses. The team assigned to this task has been working on the project for quite some time now, since August actually. They launched their project by visiting the Canadian Arctici – you betcha it’s cold there! – and thanks to the help of some volunteers, they have gathered a lot of data to expand Google Street View in that part of the world.

Everything was documented, of course, so we have the advantage of enjoying some footage without having to dress warmly.

google street view for skiers

Tour ski resorts virtually 

As an avid traveler, I think that there is nothing like actually visiting a place, but there is something to be said about getting a feel for the destination before hitting the road. And that’s exactly what you can do with ski resorts around the world that Google has made available via its special collection. Here’s a sampling of what awaits the virtual explorer.

Google Street View Ski and Snow

Top of 7th Heaven

You can see the full gallery here.

Street View hits the slopes

To add a little more eye candy, here’s a video of the Google team doing their thing.

If you prefer water in its solid state, then you’ll have fun with Google Street View’s new feature.

 

[Images via Google Street View & mautz.deviantart]