Swiss Ski Map

Amy Lee Walton knows Swiss maps have always been recognized for their accuracy and quality, and she set out to design a Swiss ski map using her resources at Mapbox Studio. The integrity and detail of maps created by Swisstopo (Swiss Federal Office of Topography) was an aspect Walton wanted to retain in her recreation, so she used Mapbox Streets and Mapbox Terrain tilesets (collection of raster or vector data broken up into a uniform grid of square tiles at 22 preset zoom levels) (“Tileset: Help”).

Typically, ski maps like these feature a general topographic map (showing elevation) and then include information about specific slopes and routes. Usually they differentiate between ski slopes and snowboard slopes (Walton). Contour lines are used and are more frequent in areas on the map with equal elevation. They help indicate valleys and cliffs and hills and slopes. Amy used line layer styling to create line variations to indicate locations of ski lifts and piste paths.

A lot of Amy’s work (including her design of Swiss ski maps) was achieved with coding. She is fluent in CSS, Node, SQL, HTML, JSON, and JavaScript. She created general contour layers and then added an index contour layer with JavaScript. She used the same method to indicate locations for chair lifts and gondolas. Lastly, she made her map interactive with the addition of .flyTo, a function that, when a user clicks on a new location, the map gently switches to view that location as if the user is flying over the space in between.


“Tileset: Help.” Mapbox, 

Walton, Amy Lee. “Designing the Swiss Ski Style in Mapbox Studio.” Medium, Mapbox, 29 June 2017,