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Are Neilson being modest about their ski numbers?

Are Neilson being modest about their ski numbers?

TTG Digital recently carried a revealing interview with Richard Bowen-Doyle, chairman of Neilson Active Holidays since  their management buy-out from Thomas Cook last year.   More guests in winter, more profit in summer Among the interesting stats revealed include: The turnover is £75 million to £80 million They carry 40,000 passengers...
The Top 40 Ski Resorts on Facebook (Relatively)

The Top 40 Ski Resorts on Facebook (Relatively)

We have previously looked on Skipedia at which ski resorts in France, Austria and Italy and across Europe have the most Facebook fans. But how useful are absolute figures? Surely you would expect a resort with more visitors to have more Facebook fans? We thought we’d look more closely at the figures...
How well is the ski industry optimising for mobile?

How well is the ski industry optimising for mobile?

Last night I spoke at Brighton Social Media, looking at ‘How is the ski industry optimising for mobile?’ My presentation, which is available on Slideshare, and has been embedded below, took a look at the rapid increase in smartphone use in the UK, and its implications for businesses (as outlined...
12 Stats about Smartphone Use in the Travel Industry

12 Stats about Smartphone Use in the Travel Industry

We are currently researching for a presentation next week at Brighton Social Media on ‘How is the ski industry optimising for mobile?’ We’ll post our conclusions after the presentation, but for now here are twelve stats about smartphone use and the travel industry: Twelve stats about smartphone use and the...
21 Snowsports Retail Sales Facts from the SIA 2013/14 Report

21 Snowsports Retail Sales Facts from the SIA 2013/14 Report

Last week the SIA (Snow Sports Industries of America) released their report on the 2013/14 season, looking at how the retail market has performed. The key standout messages were: A new record revenue of $3.6bn was acheived Overall sales were up 7% Accessory sales were the biggest success area up...
19 Social Media and Digital Facts about Val Thorens

19 Social Media and Digital Facts about Val Thorens

Val Thorens has had a remarkable year, winning a number of awards, most significantly ‘Ski Resort of the Year’ at the World Ski Awards. When we interviewed Gregory Guzzo  director of the tourist office in December 2012 about their rebrand to ‘Val Thorens United’ it was evident that this was...
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...
Five winners from Channel 4's 'The Jump'

Five winners from Channel 4′s ‘The Jump’

If you are UK-based, then you probably watched (or have at least heard of) the Alpine-themed TV show’The Jump’, recently broadcast on Channel 4. Okay, so it’s not likely to win any BAFTAs, but for its genre – and for snowsports fans – it was decent entertainment. Watching C-list celebrities...
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...
The 100 Rouble Olympic Snowboarder (now available on ebay)

The 100 Rouble Olympic Snowboarder (now available on ebay)

To celebrate the impending Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Russia has minted a new 100 Rouble note with a snowboarder design. A mere 100,000 have been printed, with the snowboarder image on one site and the main stadium of the Games on the other side. Available on ebay If you can’t...
6 Ways To Grow The Snowsports Market

6 Ways To Grow The Snowsports Market

  The final session of the LISTEX 2013 forum was ‘Growing the Market’.   Iain Martin from Skipedia moderated a distinguished panel which included James Cove, Owner – PlanetSKI Tim Fawke, CEO – Snowsports England Gordon Ritter, Purchasing Director – Crystal Ski & Thompson Ski Dom Killinger, Publisher – InTheSnow Vicky...
Snowskool's great ski infographic gets the formula right

Snowskool’s great ski infographic gets the formula right

We all know infographics can be effective ways of generating inbound links, social shares and attention for your brand, but they are notoriously hard to get right. Great ideas in the meeting room often fail to translate to that super-viral piece of content you were looking for. Snowskool get it...
Crystal Ski Industry Report shows growth in market for first time in five years

Crystal Ski Industry Report shows growth in market for first time in five years

Crystal Ski today released their annual ‘Ski Industry Report’ with positive news that the overall size of the market has grown for the first time in five years.    Helped by ‘good snow at the right time’ growth was modest at 1%, however Simon Cross from Crystal Ski claimed that...
A Ski Resort Rebrand Case Study: Val Thorens United

A Ski Resort Rebrand Case Study: Val Thorens United

Last week Skipedia met with Gregory Guzzo, director of the Val Thorens Tourist Office to discuss the process and rationale behind their recent rebrand to ‘Val Thorens United’. Skipedia: What were the reasons for this change? Gregory Guzzo:  The ski market is approaching maturity.  Competition within travel, particularly on the...
Have Les Arcs made the worst ski resort ad ever?

Have Les Arcs made the worst ski resort ad ever?

Sometimes we see ads that impress us (like this easyJet ad).  Sometimes we see ads that don’t (this Three Valleys ad or this from Les Menuires). But rarely have we ever seen any promotion in the world of snowsports quite as bizarre as this from Les Arcs. Even without the inevitable thoughts...
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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Latest in the social skiing legal case in France (14 May 2014)

Latest in the social skiing legal case in France (14 May 2014)

We have received this update from TUI about today’s court case held in Albertville regarding the ongoing ‘social skiing‘ debate: Today (14 May 2014), the case about social skiing being illegal was due to be heard at the Court of Appeals in Chambery. The case was referred from November 2013 at the joint request of...
26 Snippets from the LISTEX Summer Session 2014

26 Snippets from the LISTEX Summer Session 2014

Yesterday saw the first LISTEX Summer Session – an opportunity to network and chat about industry matters, as well as get in a few runs in the UK on real snow! We were delighted to be asked to moderate the forum, which saw two sessions on the Sochi Legacy and Ski Safety. Here’s 26 snippets...
Forget brainstorming, you need to be brainwriting...

Forget brainstorming, you need to be brainwriting…

Last week I attended Brighton SEO. This superb event is not only on my doorstep, but it’s free to attend (assuming you are super quick off the draw – this one sold out in 11 minutes). I always come away from the event with a long ‘To Do’ list with lots of great new tools and...
British Snowboarder Jake Terry Aims to Emulate Olympic Success on Junior Freeride World Tour

British Snowboarder Jake Terry Aims to Emulate Olympic Success on Junior Freeride World Tour

After Jenny Jones’ tremendous success at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, interest in snowboarding in the UK has never been higher. With three top 10 finishes in the slopestyle, there’s clearly plenty of talent in the UK, but not all of it is in the Olympic events. Jake Terry – up and coming junior snowboarder...
Five Snowsports Videos of 'Happy' by Pharrell Williams

Five Snowsports Videos of ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams

‘Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof” We all know the lyric, we all know the song.  Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ has been a phenomenal global success since it was released in November 2013. A massive improvement on the Harlem Shake No doubt inspired by the original collection of videos posted to...
Esprit Ski Hit The Spot With Great Video Content

Esprit Ski Hit The Spot With Great Video Content

With so much noise in social media to work your way through, it can be hard to make an impression. That’s why Esprit Ski has stood out for us this season for the quality and quantity of their video content. The best resource that most tour operators have is their staff that in resort. What...