No matter what resort you're skiing at chances are you'll pass at least one or two trail maps as you make your way down the mountain. Providing us with valuable insight on the tricky trails below these maps have been around just as long as the resorts themselves. Have you ever wondered what your favorite ski resort looked like back in the day? SkiMap.org a website founded in 2008 collects trail maps from resorts all over the planet with some maps dating all the way back to 1936. Below Killington, Vail and Mammoth Mountain are showcased with trail maps from three different decades.
Killington Trail Map in 1960 - Photo Courtesy: SkiMap.org
Killington Trail Map in 1990 - Photo Courtesy: SkiMap.org
Killington Trail Map in 2015 - Photo Courtesy: SkiMap.org
Killington is one of the most popular resorts on the east coast and the lifts have been turning here since the late 1950's. But Killington wasn't always the beast that it is today. Back in 1960 the resort had a measly 25 trails in comparison with the 155 that they lay claim to today. Back then there were no gondolas at the resort and Killington only had a total of 7 lifts. As you can see in the 1990 map the resort expanded greatly over a 30 year period spreading across Killington peak to Skye peak, Bear mountain and beyond. Not much has changed since 1990 but Killington is still the biggest resort in Vermont.
Vail Front Side Trail Map in 1980 - Photo Courtesy: SkiMap.org
Vail Back Bowls Trail Map in 1980 - Photo Courtesy: SkiMap.org
Vail Front Side Trail Map in 1999 - Photo Courtesy: SkiMap.org
Vail Back Bowls Trail Map in 1999 - Photo Courtesy: SkiMap.org
Vail Front Side Trail Map in 2015 - Photo Courtesy: Vail.com
Vail Back Bowls Trail Map in 2015 - Photo Courtesy: Vail.com
Vail Blue Sky Basin Trail Map in 2014 - Photo Courtesy: SkiMap.org
Vail Resort located in Colorado is easily one of the most iconic resorts on Earth. Founded in 1962, Vail has grown from a small 3 lift resort into a massive area with over 30 lifts and 5,000 skiable acres. For years now Vail has been famous for the Back Bowls that offer amazing open fields of snow. In 1980 Vail only had 1 lift on the now popular back side of the resort. Today the bowls have 5 lifts servicing them as terrain has expanded vastly. The 1999 trail map mentions Blue Sky Basin which is another section of the resort which was opened in January of 2000. You can see the trail map for Blue Sky Basin today which features 3 lifts that access intermediate to advanced terrain.
MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, CA
Mammoth Mountain Trail Map 1976 - Photo Courtesy: SkiMap.org
Mammoth Mountain Trail Map in 1997 - Photo Courtesy: SkiMap.org
Mammoth Mountain Trail Map in 2014 - Photo Courtesy: SkiMap.org
Founded in 1953, Mammoth Mountain is located in Central California. Standing at 11,053 feet Mammoth is a monster of a ski resort. Today Mammoth has 25 lifts that access 3,500 acres of terrain. Back in 1976 only 16 chairs were available and Chair 23 one of the scariest chair lifts in America wasn't added until 1982. As the resort grew so did snowboarding in California with Mammoth introducing Unbound for the first time in the 1990's. You can see in the 1997 trail map that the terrain park was a big draw for the resort at the time as it is the most visible trail name on the map.