Schuss-Perfect Software

When you're trying to figure out where to build your next ski resort, you don't have to use guesswork to pick the ideal spot -- there's an app for that.

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Geographers at the University of Delaware have developed a geographical information system (GIS) that can identify the location that would best suit your winter sport needs, whether you want a small, exclusive resort or a large, mass market venue.

Professors Jordan Silberman and Peter Rees have taken into account humidity levels most likely to produce snow, as well as road accessibility, slope geometry (to avoid avalanches), threats to wildlife, likely erosion from tree felling, and the availability of electricity to run the lifts.

"This lets us rank the locations for skiing, snowboarding, ice-climbing and snowmobiling," says Silberman.

So before you break ground for that chalet, consult this GIS-based model. It beats a Magic 8-Ball.

Links: io9, New Scientist, Applied Geography; image via Freaking News

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It's true, this project is not likely to aid the state of Delaware, at least until the next ice age, but it was designed to help former mining and ranching communities in the Rocky Mountains that might want to reinvent themselves as winter resorts:
http://bit.ly/67NJrs
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Can't the profs at the University of Delaware think of anything more practical for their state? The highest point in Delaware is 448 feet (ivory tower not included). If I was a Delaware resident I would walk over to the school to complain.
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