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Ski Map View

Ski Map View shows winter colors and pistes downhill or cross-country, as well as cable cars, chairlifts, facilities and services nearby, which is useful for navigating destinations such as recreation areas, ski resorts and terrain parks.


OsmAnd Ski Map view plugin shows famous and popular slopes, officially approved ski areas and trail maps of most ski resorts. OpenStreetMap piste maps are the data source for OsmAnd ski maps. Combined vector maps with raster maps, the OsmAnd ski map is very accurate and will be useful for instructors, climbers, and winter sports enthusiasts.

The OsmAnd ski map is a part of the vector maps and does not require additional downloads. It is disabled by default. The OsmAnd Ski Map is one of Map Styles that provides additional features by highlighting some objects and making others less visible.

Two profiles are shown below: the one on the left is for skiing and the one on the right is for driving. The Skiing profile highlights trails, airways, winter colors, and all map objects useful for navigating the ski area.

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The following setting makes the OsmAnd Ski Map appear on the screen:

  1. Enable Ski map view plugin.
  2. Set the Winter and Ski map style for the required profile.
  3. If needed, combine maps.

Set Winter and Ski map style​

Winter and Ski map style highlights trails, ski touring routes, sledding trails and information related to winter and skiing.

To display style on the map, you need to make the following setting:

  1. Select the required profile.
  2. Open Configure map.
  3. Scroll down up to Map style/Map type, open it and check the Winter and Ski.

Check Winter and Ski in Map style:
Menu β†’ Configure map β†’ Map rendering β†’ Map style β†’ Winter and ski

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The Skiing profile is designed to be used in combination with the Winter and Ski styles. However, the navigation type for each specific profile can be changed and set individually, so the final configuration of the profile, map style and navigation completely depends on the user settings.

Combine maps​

The Vector map with Winter and Ski map style included can be completed with Contour lines and Hillshade. Below are two examples. The left shows tracks on the vector map which is displayed by default, and the right shows tracks on the vector map combined with Contour lines and the Hillshade raster map. In the second case, the map shows more elevation data to help estimate difficulty, risk, and distance.

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Disable Ski map style​

If removing trails and winter colors from the map are preferred, or the ski season is over, do one of the following:


The Ski map viewer plugin is a separate application, and disabling its display does not remove it. If you need to uninstall it, go to the Android settings using "Open Settings" in the plugin menu.

Skiing profile​

Winter and Ski map style can be enabled in any profile. But it is most valuable in the Skiing profile, where it is set by default. The Skiing profile is very comfortable for the Skiing navigation.

To select Skiing profile follow this path:
Menu β†’ Settings β†’ App profiles

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Ski map style​

Use the Ski map legend for any reference. It helps to identify the types of pistes on the map, as well as the types of airways and other characteristics that can be read from the map.

By reading the map, you can find out the details that are important to you, such as the difficulty of a particular trail, the type of trail, whether grooming is done, and whether the trail is lit at night.

The options described here are available in the Skiing navigation. The Skiing navigation sets the individual route options which apply only to skiing.


OsmAnd Ski Map is built as one of the rendering styles, that determines which objects to show on the map and the appearance of objects. All rendering styles are described in the Rendering.xml file. For the rules that define the internal structure of the XML file, see the Rendering documentation.

Pistes by difficulty​

The difficulty of traces is usually indicated by specific colors. The colors may be different in different countries and resorts. Below are some practical guidelines.

Beginner pisteGreen - Beginner piste
 Easy hillsBlue - Easy hills
Intermediate slopesRed - Intermediate slopes
Advanced difficultyGray - Slopes of advanced difficulty
Expert difficultyYellow - Slopes of expert difficulty

For more specific guidance for each trail difficulty type, see the OSM piste difficulty reference or any other source that also considers slopes, obstacles, and hazards.

Piste by types​

Pistes differ by type. A type represents different characteristics for a piste to meet the requirements of different winter related activities: alpine skiing, classic skating, snowboarding, sled riding, backcountry skiing, ski touring, mogul skiing, night skiing, etc. Understanding the type of the piste on the map helps to build an optimal navigation route.

  • Downhill/alpine skiing piste
    Used for Ski navigation. This piste type has direction and difficulty, and most often it is surrounded by the boundaries of the ski resort. When a downhill piste is selected for Ski navigation, the direction of the piste is taken into consideration. And in case the Departure and the Destination points are established opposite to the direction of the piste, the navigation goes along the nearest aerial way.
  • Nordic/backcountry skiing piste
    Also used for the Ski navigation. This piste type has no difficulty, may or may not have a direction, and most often goes beyond the boundaries of the ski resort. When navigating along this type of pistes, the Departure and Destination points often can be switched.
  • Ski touring piste
    Often used by skiers for a nordic ascent and a downhill descent. The difficulty of a ski touring piste is often marked with the respective color. The Ski navigation can build a route along this type of piste, which allowing you to combine the piste types.
  • Other skiing piste
    Piste types such as Hiking Trails or Sledging Trails can be used for skiing or hiking profiles.

Grooming trails​

Grooming is performed by special machines and ensures that the piste is ready for the appropriate activity: classic skating, skating and others. The same piste can be groomed differently in different areas.

To check on the map whether or not a particular piste is groomed, you need to enable Piste grooming option in the Details list opened from the Configure map menu, as follows:

Menu β†’ Configure map β†’ Map rendering β†’ Details β†’ Piste grooming

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Ski slope routes​

With the Skiing profile, the Ski navigation and the Winter and ski map style enabled, the Ski slopes routes show all types of pistes that the Ski navigation can use to build navigation routes along. Such Ski slopes routes, if enabled, are outlined with the violet color mostly outside ski resort boundaries.

To find out which pistes outside the ski resort you can navigate, you need to enable Ski slopes option in the Routes list, opened from the Configure map menu, as follows:

Menu β†’ Configure map β†’ Routes β†’ Ski slopes

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Night and lighting​

Winter and ski style can be used with the Night or Sunrise/sunset mode. A comfortable choice for those who prefer dark colors, or darkening the screen at night, as well as for those who practice night skiing. Together with the Night mode, OsmAnd Ski Maps also can show which pistes have lighting with Street Lighting option.

Both options are in Configure map menu.

  • To enable the Night mode option scroll down the list
    Menu β†’ Configure map β†’ Map mode

  • To enable the Street Lighting option open Details list and switch on option
    Menu β†’ Configure map β†’ Details β†’ Street lighting

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