New Lookout Pass Runs

Open December 26, 2003

These topographical animations were carried out between the publication of the Final Environmental Impact Statement by the Forest Service on August 16, 2002, and the announcement of their Record of Decision on February 5, 2003. The purpose was to illustrate the art of animating USGS Digital Elevation Model (DEM) data, as well as to show the spectacular scenery revealed by the new expansion of the ski area. The virtual ski runs were constructed so that the viewer never sees beyond or beneath the surface of the DEM data. Obviously, the structures shown on Greg's Run are totally fanciful.
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The current weather at Lookout Pass
Lookout Pass weather

This Expert run drops
a 1000 feet to the proposed
lift above St. Regis Creek.
The above AVI file is 3.44 Mbytes
a LARGER high resolution animation
may be opened in a new window.

This Intermediate run ends
where I origially thought the new lift
terminal should be built.
The above AVI file is 3.17 Mbytes
a LARGER high resolution animation
may be opened in a new window.
This animation models the expert run directly to the left of the proposed new Montana lift shown in the Final Environmental Impact Statement, Alternative D, page 2-12. This animation models an intermediate run that first heads southwest, then drops more to the south beside the wetlands shown in the FEIS, Alternative D, page 2-12.
The animations were made using VistaPro 4.0 and USGS Digital Elevation Model data for the Lookout 7.5 minute quadrangle. The trees are individual fractal equations, so I have reduced their number so that individual frames take less than an hour to render. Therefore, expect to see more trees on the mountains across the way when you ski here. The river is a mathematical function that flows downhill regardless of the weather, but don't expect to see much of it when you are skiing here for real.
Click to enlarge this 1995 aerial photo of Lookout Pass (4 meter resolution) in a separate window. Comparison with the FEIS figure above shows the location of the Buzzards Valley and Hoot Owl runs added in the 1998/99 and 2001/02 seasons. The actual tree density is also apparent.

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