Highlight an area on the map

How to show paragliding mountain take off and landing areas on the map?

I would like to mark commonly used take off areas and landing areas in the mountains. Commonly used spots get chosen because they just happen to be in the right place for the wind, or fewer rocks on the ground or a friendly slope angle. There are no obvious distinguishing features.

If you don’t know the mountain these spots aren’t always easily found so very handy to have them accurately marked.

There are tags for these areas but how to show them on the map?

That all depends on which “the map” you’re thinking of. There are countless different maps out there that use OSM data, all with their own style and preferences for how and what to show. You’d need to talk to the maintainers of the map in question to see if they can show these features.

Out of curiosity, what are the tags for these? I know of a couple of very popular take-off spots in my area that probably haven’t been mapped yet.

I meant the main online OSM map and any related layers. I’m in the Lake District and much of the mountains are shown as ‘heath’. That’s about right…so how to denote an area of ‘heath’ that just happens to be better for landing on?

I would like to see the areas show up in any topo maps generated from OSM data, that might be used whilst on foot.
eg OpenAndroMaps, OpenTopoMap, Talky Toaster maps, Thunderforest Outdoors and Landscape too, etc

Free flight tags - https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:sport%3Dfree_flying

OSM’s “standard map layer” is developed at https://github.com/gravitystorm/openstreetmap-carto/ . Once you’ve got a tag in mind you could lobby them to show it, but I suspect (based on previous conversations) that they might think that such features aren’t the sort of thing to show on a general pupose map.

That shouldn’t be a problem though, since there are lots of way of showing them - https://umap.openstreetmap.fr/en/ allows you to overlay data onto existing OSM maps, and it’s also possible to generate your own rendering for OsmAnd. The “Talky Toaster” maps just use mkgmap, and it’s also pretty simple to do that yourself (and include whatever extra features you want).