The article I will be discussing in this post describes the way technology has changed professional skiing events like the X Games. Only a decade ago, skiers and park professionals were drawing their ideas for jumps and other elements on paper. There was very little information to go on when deciding where to place these jumps or what angles to use. However, now that the skiing industry has integrated more and more technology into its operations, professionals use tools like Google Earth and Google SketchUp to create 3D models of the mountain and its terrain before building the park. These models enable the designers to analyze the terrain and find the best spots for jumps, rails, half-pipes, etc. In addition to helping them analyze and plan the park construction, technology is utilized during the construction of the park. The snow groomers are equipped with self-leveling lasers that ensure the edges are perfectly square. These details are very important as some jumps launch skiers more than 70 feet in the air and the smallest imperfections in the snow can cause serious injury. Technology has eliminated a lot of the guessing and failure in the design process through its accurate, to-scale models and the ability to create and test full parks before actually building them. Just one example of how high-tech solutions can be found in very low-tech industries.