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Les Arcs, Annecy, Montgenevre and other SkiDebrief 2017 Winners

Les Arcs, Annecy, Montgenevre and other SkiDebrief 2017 Winners

SkiDebrief – the end of season wrap-up by French ski resorts – took place in Val d’Isere at the end of April 2017. As well as being an opportunity to network and share best practice, the event also saw awards handed out. ‘Les Trophées de La Montagne Française’ were designed...
Behind the scenes at 'The Jump' 2017 in Kuhtai

Behind the scenes at ‘The Jump’ 2017 in Kuhtai

Last month Iain from Skipedia was lucky enough to be taken on a behind-the-scenes tour of ‘The Jump’ in Kuhtai.     The most entertaining season yet This fourth season of the show has perhaps been the most entertaining yet – probably because it has featured more skiing than in...
Facebook Live: Advice, Tips and Best Practice

Facebook Live: Advice, Tips and Best Practice

Since Facebook launched their live streaming service ‘Facebook Live’ in 2015, this year usage has increased exponentially. Facebook’s initial strategy was to persuade celebrities to use the format, before it was opened to all US users in February 2016 and then rolled out globally later in the year.    ...
Game of Drones: Using Drones in Snowsports

Game of Drones: Using Drones in Snowsports

Drones are becoming more and more popular. We look at how they can be used within the snowsports industry. Last month Iain from Skipedia presented at LISTEX about some of the new technologies available and looked at their applications. This is a reprise of that presentation, covering some the key...
What was Val Thorens' most successful Facebook post last winter?

What was Val Thorens’ most successful Facebook post last winter?

The season hasn’t quite finished yet in Val Thorens – the resort remains open until 08 May – but their most successful Facebook post is unlikely to change. There is of course no absolute definition of ‘success’ – what ranks more highly between Clicks, Likes, Comments and Shares? When it...
Interview with Thibaut Loubere, Community Manager, Val Thorens

Interview with Thibaut Loubere, Community Manager, Val Thorens

With 230,000 fans on Facebook, 20000 followers on Instagram and 15000 on Twitter Val Thorens is one of the most engaged ski resorts in the world. So during our recent visit to Val Thorens, Skipedia took the opportunity to catch up with Thibaut Loubere, Community Manager for the resort.  ...
Does size matter? Scaling the UK snowsports market.

Does size matter? Scaling the UK snowsports market.

The French are bigger than we are. So are the Americans. But does size matter? And to be specific, how big is ours? We speak, of course, of the size of the UK snowsports market. No more Crystal Industry Report In recent years the Crystal Ski Industry Report has always...
France Montagnes video goes viral

France Montagnes video goes viral

If you’ve been scrolling through Facebook in the last couple of days, you’ll probably have seen this great video from France Montagnes – currently going viral across the Internet. Overheard in Ski Resorts ‘Overheard in French Ski Resorts’ plays on the well-trodden meme previous seen in ‘Shit Snowboarders Say’ etc...
Should I buy a .ski domain extension?

Should I buy a .ski domain extension?

Since their official launch earlier this week, it has now been possible to buy a .ski domain extension. So for example it’s now possible to buy domains such as courchevel.ski or backcountry.ski And since that launch the most common question we’ve had at Skipedia is ‘Should I buy a .ski...
'I'm a modern-day Batman' says anti-ESF campaigner

‘I’m a modern-day Batman’ says anti-ESF campaigner

These are difficult days for the ESF in the UK. The current legal cases against Simon Butler and Le Ski have stirred up plenty of negative sentiment within the British market against the ESF. Both cases – which deal with different aspects of the law – are currently at different...
How MountainBase hit PR goldmine with promise to refund term time fines...

How MountainBase hit PR goldmine with promise to refund term time fines…

Marketing – sometimes the best ideas sink like a stone, sometimes they soar like a bird. In the last 24 hours MountainBase has transformed itself from a modest one chalet operator in Morzine to front page news, with press coverage worth tens of thousands of pounds. So, how did they...
How Tignes became sexy...

How Tignes became sexy…

We have noted before on Skipedia how sex sells, even in the snowports industry. Sex sells snow too… From the good old days of adverts for cigarettes to Oslo Vinterpark’s cheeky approach to marketing, sex has been a regular theme. But no one has outdone Tignes with their impressive and audacious...
K2 accused of using sex to sell ski boots

K2 accused of using sex to sell ski boots

K2 have been accused of resorting to sexist imagery to sell their ski boots. We feel its only fair to reproduce their ad, purely so you can make up your own mind about this gratuitous sexism: It appears creators of the K2 Pinnacle 130 ski boot have no shame, as they...
Why do chalet girls bake a cake every day?

Why do chalet girls bake a cake every day?

Okay, not strictly anything to do with marketing, but just for fun… So why do chalet girls bake a cake every day? As far as I know chalets have always left out a cake for their guests to tuck into for ‘afternoon tea’. After a long day on the slopes,...
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Watch how Verbier grows over 80 years (in 20 seconds!)

Watch how Verbier grows over 80 years (in 20 seconds!)

This superb graphic was created by Fiona Pia, an architect whose area of specialisation is alpine planning. Last year she published a PHD titled ‘Urbanizing the Swiss Alps: densification strategies for mountain towns’, which focused on Verbier. According to Pia, Verbier is a resort ‘that is reaching saturation point, with land availability constraints, road congestion and...
"We want Wifi, we want cell coverage!"

“We want Wifi, we want cell coverage!”

We recently came across this excellent video by French organisation Cluster Montagne – part of their Mission Benchmark Digital series.   The video includes interviews with ski resort professionals such as Earl Saline from the National Ski Areas Association, Leigh Hierholzer, Marketing and Communications Director at Arapahoe Basin and Jean-Pierre Chevalier, Marketing Director at Eldora Mountain...
Thames Meander & Bunbury Half Marathon Articles in Men's Running Magazine

Thames Meander & Bunbury Half Marathon Articles in Men’s Running Magazine

As well as writing about snowsports, Iain from Skipedia is a keen runner and takes part in a variety of races around the world. Last month he had articles published in the magazine and online about the Thames Meander Marathon in London and the Three Waters Half Marathon in Bunbury, Western Australia. Click on the...
“Pay for my Meribel ski holiday!” Probably not the best crowdfunding pitch…

“Pay for my Meribel ski holiday!” Probably not the best crowdfunding pitch…

Crowdfunding in snowsports is in vogue. Last year saw a hugely successful campaign organised by Joost Van Zundert in his attempt to protect La Grave from avaricious developers. That raised over €61,000 in a matter of weeks – principally because so many skiers and snowboarders out there feel strongly about La Grave – there’s an...
La Grave Crowdfunding Update

La Grave Crowdfunding Update

In the latest update from the ‘Let’s Keep It Wild’ La Grave crowdfunding campaign, it was revealed this week that Compagnie des Alpes (CDA) has withdrawn their bid to run the gondola in La Grave.   CDA or SATA were only candidates The commune had selected two candidates (CDA and SATA) a few months ago – controversially...
Tignes article by Skipedia in 'Men's Running' & 'InTheSnow' magazines

Tignes article by Skipedia in ‘Men’s Running’ & ‘InTheSnow’ magazines

In January 2017, Iain from Skipedia went out to Tignes to report on the inaugural ‘Indoor Sprint and Jump’. Iain’s interview with Christophe Lemaitre was published this week on the ‘Men’s Running’ magazine website.  You can read the full article here.     Iain also reported on the athletics for ‘In The Snow Magazine’ both...