Tag Archives: Google Fusion

Hinton Nordic Centre Map Hub

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Due to a mid-winter heatwave (chinook), last week was too hot for cross-country skiing. I found myself with plenty of spare time on my hands to think about cross-country skiing, though. That led to me checking the Hinton Nordic Centre website, which resulted in me looking at the ski trail conditions (a text table), which made me want a map showing groomed trails, which prompted me to build one (here).

The map shows:

  1. Grooming history (symbolized by days since last groomed) – currently I’m the only one keeping this data, stored in a Google Fusion Table, current. If you’d like to be able to edit the table, let me know and I’ll set you up with a password.
  2. Trail difficulty (from here)
  3. Dog friendly trails (from here)
  4. Optional nordic centre overlay map

There is also a Twitter feed, showing tweets containing the hashtag #hintonnordiccentre. I seriously hope people will tweet the current temperature from the trails, since there can be a drastic difference between the nordic centre and town.

Like any of my other Nordic Centre maps, this is entirely my own personal project (i.e. not made by the Hinton Nordic Centre), not to be confused with an official Hinton Nordic Centre project, and hopefully I’m not stepping on any toes with this (especially the groomers, you’re amazing human beings).

Country Quiz

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How well do you know your countries? Find out here. This web app chooses a random country from an XML list, uses a reverse geocoding service to map the central point, finds the matching country name in a Google Fusion Table, and maps its boundary. Click the point when you’ve decided, and watch as the map changes to the usual road map.