Alone, each of Whister and Blackcomb Mountains in British Columbia, Canada, would be among the largest ski resorts in North America, but after fully merging in 2003, the combination is undisputably the largest. Its 8000 skiiable acres is larger than Vail (5500 acres) or Big Sky/Moonlight Basin (6000 acres), both of which are available here at TinyMtn. In addition, Whistler-Blackcomb's true skiiable vertical is the second-highest in North America (1595m/5234'), only slightly less than Revelstoke, also in BC, Canada. The merging of the two resorts helped Vancouver clinch the 2010 Winter Olympics.
In 2008, the Peak 2 Peak Gondola opened and connected the two resorts high above Fitzsimmons Creek. The resulting gondola lift is not only the highest above ground (436m/1430'), but has the longest unsupported span (3.03km/1.88mi) of any lift in the world. Riding it requires either ignorance or a high degree of trust in the Austrian, Swiss, and Canadian engineers who built it, because for most of the journey, you are simply unable to see the ends of the cables that are supporting you.
This model of Whister Blackcomb contains the entire skiiable resort, plus some dramatic ridges above and behind the summits. To the Northwest, you'll find all of Whister and Whistler Creek, plus Alta Lake and Lost Lake. This is also the largest of TinyMtn's ski resorts, with 47% more area than our model of Vail, Colorado.
Model scale is 1:75000
Model measures 16 x 16 x 3.4 cm (6.3" x 6.3" x 1.32")
Original area is approximately 12 by 12 km
Altitudes covered: 614m to 2457m
There is no vertical exaggeration applied to this model. This is a true-to-life scale model of a real place.
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TinyMtn models are most affordable in the "Sandstone" and "White Natural Versatile Plastic" materials. This model is in "Sandstone," which is a glued gypsum material. When you receive the model it will be ready for display, though it may smell funny and need some time to air out. "Sandstone" models are much more brittle than "Versatile Plastic" models, but feel more like light stone. Do not soak it in water, though you can safely seal it with Polycrylic or a similar water-based clear spray sealant. Read more about this popular material here
All TinyMtn models have hollow bottoms - this is to save on weight, and thus cost. Many larger models also have extra flanges on their undersides to increase rigidity and strength. To make the model more solid, you should feel free to carefully pour resin into the bottom cavity, or glue a properly-sized slab of wood or another material into it.
These models have been optimized for the above materials, and are not offered in other materials for strength or cost reasons. If you need one in another material, please firstname.lastname@example.org
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Model created using GDAL, NetPBM, Gmsh, Carve, MeshLab, and other custom software
J. Takaku, T. Tadono, K. Tsutsui : Generation of High Resolution Global DSM from ALOS PRISM, The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, pp.243-248, Vol. XL-4, ISPRS TC IV Symposium, Suzhou, China, 2014. [PDF file]
T. Tadono, H. Ishida, F. Oda, S. Naito, K. Minakawa, H. Iwamoto : Precise Global DEM Generation By ALOS PRISM, ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, pp.71-76, Vol.II-4, 2014. [PDF file] https://doi.org/10.5069/G94M92HB
Data Access Acknowledgement: This material is based on data services provided by the OpenTopography Facility with support from the National Science Foundation under NSF Award Numbers 1226353 & 1225810
Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data from 2016
Copernicus Open Access Hub is https://scihub.copernicus.eu/dhus