For Christmas 2011, I Skied Val D'Isere France, to make my personal GPS system useful, I have created a set of GPS Waypoints marking the top and bottom of each lift in Val D'Isere/Tignes and a Google path for marking the line of each lift.

 

 

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Tracks skied.

24th December a quick warm up!

Christmas Day, skied most of the resort, the Grande Motte was closed!

26th December, skied most of Tignes, Le Sache was open!

28th December, should have put new batteries in the GPS!

29th December, a poor visibility day, skied a round Val.

The set of waypoints covers the Resort of Val D'Isere and Tignes, and covers the ski areas of Le Fornet, Val D'Isere, Solaise, Bellvarde, Grande Motte, Val Claret, Tigne, Tigne-Le-Lac, Tigne Les Boisses and Tigne Les Brevieres.

My personal GPS system is a Garmin Geko 301, its small and works well but unless you have waypoints loaded its not a lot of use skiing, you know where you are, but you don't know where to go!

There are a number of files available for GPS systems whilst skiing, most of them appear to be the recorded track of someone skiing the resort with a GPS system. These tracks are great to see the resort runs but not a lot of use for navigation using a GPS device. To navigate around a ski resort with the Garmin Geko 301 you need waypoints for the bottom of lifts. This is probably the same for other GPS device, even those with inbuilt maps.

To see your own recorded track,  the easiest software to use is probably Google Earth, as long as you have an Internet connection. To see your track clearly it helps to have waypoints for the top of the lifts and lines which mark the line of the lift run.

The aim was to create a set of waypoints and paths that could be used in the GPS system and used as markers in Google Earth and Google Maps.

To get these waypoints setup and converted into the correct format for the GPS system takes some time, I wanted the waypoints to be available in the GPS system, and in Google Earth/Google Maps, to achieve this, the following are the steps used.

The waypoints are created in Google Earth, then saved as a KMZ file.

The paths are created in Google Earth and saved as a KMZ file.

When all points are checked, both KMZ files are loaded into Google Earth and a combined KMZ file is produced.

To produce the Google Map, the combined KMZ file is imported into Google Maps and the map is produced, and the code is copied for the website.

To load the Waypoints into the Garmin Geko 301, the KMZ file needs to be converted into a format acceptable to the Geko.

EasyGPS is used to load the Garmin Geko, to convert to the Easy GPS format, GPSBabel is used for conversion.

The Garmin Geko is a RS232 serial device, as I wanted to use a laptop which only has USB ports it is a problem! The solution is that there is a cable available which has an inbuilt circuit in the plug/socket which creates a RS232 serial port (COM3) as an extension to the USB Port/Hub.

The KMZ files used to create the map are available for downloading, they work directly in Google Earth and can be converted and loaded into most GPS systems using GPSBabel and EasyGPS.

The files are free to download for your personal use, Enjoy your skiing!

Val D'Isere - Waypoints marking the top and bottom of the lifts Google Earth KMZ file format Waypoints in EasyGPS format

Val D'Isere - Waypoints marking the bottom of the lifts, in Google Earth KMX file format, waypoints in EasyGPS file format. This EasyGPS file is used to load my GPS system, you don't need the top of lifts when skiing!

Val D'Isere Lifts - a line for each lift in Google Earth KMZ path file format

The Latitude and longitude for each point marking the top and bottom of the lifts are:

Marmotttes T 45.440706 6.949107
Marmotttes B 45.448411 6.937646
Cugnai B 45.417904 7.007124
3000 T 45.418676 7.020040
3000 B 45.419282 7.015961
Funiculaire B 45.452236 6.899037
Vallon T 45.421031 7.033261
Solaise Express 45.434194 6.993534
Funiculaire T 45.424109 6.891657
Grande Motte 45.413582 6.874802
Leissieres Express 45.420844 7.013107
Glacier T 45.417544 7.016600
Madeleine Express T 45.421510 6.997501
Datcha T 45.424782 6.997191
Datcha B 45.431773 7.001197
Olympique T 45.443191 6.952309
Sache T 45.490202 6.914581
Funival T 45.442127 6.950272
Marais B 45.488773 6.915246
Aiguille Rouge B 45.488532 6.914648
Fornet T 45.442436 7.017731
Leissieres 45.421883 7.025442
Glacier B 45.427365 7.001212
Fontaine Froid B 45.432704 6.953334
Santons T 45.428208 6.942645
Santons B 45.432182 6.953361
Grande Pre B 45.430836 6.945330
Grande Pre T 45.422935 6.945634
Tommeuses B 45.458975 6.940972
Tommeuses T 45.456133 6.920210
Borsats Express T 45.433023 6.925498
Borsats Express B 45.449248 6.938159
Tichot T 45.455280 6.882650
Tichot B 45.453992 6.896907
Aeroski T 45.455696 6.919725
Aeroski B 45.468293 6.907331
Aiguille Rouge T 45.484277 6.903918
Chaudannes T 45.482153 6.905923
Chaudannes B 45.472298 6.910826
Lavachet B 45.471956 6.910870
Lavachet T 45.458498 6.914195
Bollin B 45.452950 6.898358
Bollin T 45.442155 6.925676
Claret B 45.454446 6.901045
Claret T 45.455187 6.920220
Madeleine Express B 45.429517 6.995421
Ouilette B 45.430140 6.995642
Ouilette T 45.431907 6.993845
Solaise 45.435049 6.992136
Solaise Express B 45.446697 6.977383
Solaise B 45.445560 6.977734
Manchet T 45.423807 6.995802
Manchet B 45.422859 6.972897
Grattalu T 45.461309 6.870247
Grattalu B 45.452019 6.881563
Col Des Ves B 45.451685 6.882463
Col Des Ves T 45.442509 6.863930
Merles T 45.459847 6.876203
Merles B 45.467395 6.888194
Grand Huit B 45.466540 6.885626
Grand Huit T 45.472207 6.878957
Aguile Percee B 45.475389 6.886049
Aiguille Percee T 45.484589 6.888771
Parlafour T 45.476248 6.893962
Parlafour B 45.469210 6.906463
Chardonnet T 45.469659 6.891688
Chardonnet B 45.467971 6.902307
Vallon B 45.442272 7.017804
Cema T 45.421074 7.033897
Cema B 45.421402 7.040076
Cascade Express B 45.421527 7.039958
Cascade Express T 45.422005 7.060459
Marais T 45.484204 6.888903
Sache B 45.506524 6.921006
Boisses T 45.490150 6.914899
Brevierres T 45.496508 6.922384
Brevierres B 45.506179 6.921167
Boisses B 45.498174 6.923567
Funival B 45.459175 6.964336
Daille B 45.460743 6.963944
Etroits B 45.460455 6.963923
Folie Douce 45.456671 6.943529
Daille T 45.456836 6.944531
Etroits T 45.456025 6.944409
Mont Blanc B 45.457507 6.941726
Mont Blanc T 45.449825 6.932671
Slalom T 45.450419 6.934286
Slalom B 45.449973 6.938484
Col B 45.429587 7.023778
Cugnai T 45.411585 7.010892
Montets B 45.424213 7.055914
Montets T 45.422599 7.065973
Coll T 45.422109 7.033657
Signal B 45.433963 7.029037
Signal T 45.434679 7.035333
Pyramides T 45.434375 7.028296
Pyramides B 45.442245 7.017282
Laisant B 45.447060 6.994307
Laisant T 45.436850 7.010030
Pays Desert T 45.421170 7.041141
Pays Desert B 45.417092 7.038965
Bellevarde Express T 45.445893 6.964303
Loyes Express B 45.442717 6.968344
Loyes Express T 45.442740 6.951688
Olympique B 45.446746 6.976586
Bellevarde Express B 45.447365 6.976505
Fontaine Froid T 45.442958 6.949545
Fornet B 45.450384 7.011616
Semanmille B 45.459894 6.945813
Semanmille T 45.457142 6.943582
Les Lanches B 45.452272 6.897601
Les Lanches T 45.430198 6.897369
Vanoise B 45.431497 6.899424
Vanoise T 45.423885 6.891089
Leisse T 45.423235 6.890770
Grande Motte B 45.423333 6.890476
Leisse B 45.419150 6.898316
Champagney T 45.415669 6.883019
Champagney B 45.421125 6.888019
3500 45.412715 6.889403
3500 45.410737 6.880821
Rosolin B 45.427424 6.885405
Rosolin T 45.419444 6.885662
Double Plan B 45.433404 6.897058
Double Plan T 45.425747 6.894166
Almes B 45.470054 6.906754
Almes T 45.473117 6.901290
Col Du Palet T 45.453356 6.864125
Col Du Palet B 45.451814 6.881517

 

 Val D'Isere March 2012

Val D'Isere Christmas 2012

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