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Street View Adds Special Collections of Ski Resorts – Finding Perfect Home with Google Fusion Tables

The Street View in Google Maps recently included a number of new “ski resorts,” so you can tour some of the world’s most beautiful ski terrain right from your browser.

“Whether you’re planning your annual trip to your favorite resort or hunting for an exciting new adventure, Street View can transport you to your desired destination,” said Ryan Falor, Product Manager, Street View Special Collections.

Here is the ski lift of the world famous Squaw Valley, in northern California. Squaw Valley has been a ski destination since it hosted the Olympic Winter Games in 1960.

Here is a video demonstration of the new collection of ski resports:

You can take a tour of a few special collections of ski resorts in the Street View gallery.

In other Google Maps new, Kathryn Hurley, Developer Programs Engineer, Geo DevRel, ia blog post how the Fusion Tables was used to find a perfect home.

For those new, “Fusion Tables is a data management web application that makes it easy to view tabular data on a Google Map. Columns with location data, such as addresses, points, lines, or polygons, are automatically interpreted and mapped. The map features can be styled according to the data in your table. It’s also simple to share the map visualization with others.”

Hurley writes that in just a few steps, we were able to convert our spreadsheet into a fusion table.

Per Hrley’s post:

“This was a great start, but what we really wanted was to quickly get a glimpse of this data on a map. All we had to do was select ‘Visualize > Map’ from the table menu and the data in the ‘Address’ column was geocoded (i.e. converted into latitude and longitude coordinates) and the markers were displayed on the map. Clicking on the markers showed additional information about the house pulled from our spreadsheet, including the pros, cons and ratings we inputted for each location.

Fusion Tables also allow you to style the features on the map according to data in a numerical column in the table. We had the perfect column to use for this purpose: the ‘Total Rating’ column!

In order to color code the map markers by their ‘Total Rating’ score, we customized the icons based on a range of scores, with red representing the lowest scores, yellow show mid-range scores and green showing the houses with the highest combined rating. After saving these new settings, the map markers were immediately styled:Our new map made it much easier to see what locations we were most interested in (the house just south of Redwood City) and the neighborhoods of low interest (those that were closer to the bay or hills).

Our map helped the realtor to refine her selection of homes she showed us.”

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house ratings in google maps after being converted into a fusion table

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