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post #31 of 39

 

 

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if a non local enthusiast will be acceptable

Hmm. Let's see if the locals have any objection. I don't have an objection, myself. I just want the page taken care of by someone who cares about the place. 

post #32 of 39

So, how does one add information to the lodging, restaurants, etc. area?  I checked Baker and the places that are listed aren't anywhere near the ski area and are really random.  Do businesses pay to be listed there and is that all that is allowed?  I see no way to edit them. 

post #33 of 39

The Edit button is on the upper right margin of the Wiki: Mt. Baker--you can't make a mistake because we can revert to an earlier version if you do, so have at it!

resortwiki.tiff

post #34 of 39
Thread Starter 

As I said previously in my comment to Nolo I absolutely support the "guide" idea that Epic has developed as a significant improvement of the existing ski area reviews. 

 

Some suggestions for topics that might be included in a guide, in no particular order:

 

1.  Where families can ski on the busiest of holidays with less fear of getting run over (how to avoid holiday crowds)

At least at Gore Mtn., the black diamond terrain isn't usually insanely crowded on holidays--it's the blue square cruisers that get dangerously packed.  Recommend trails/lifts intermediate skiers can use that are not generally sought out by the masses during holidays

2.  If there are many different resturaunts, which ones are good, or good for the price (everything is relative)? 

3.  List of best trails/lifts for each ability level, including marked glades

4.  Which lifts are most exposed when there is strong wind, and which lifts are sheltered

5.  Grooming policies--are there trails that are always purposely left ungroomed, trails that are always groomed, when does the mtn. groom

6.  Discount opportunities and deals--not just discounts published by the ski area, also things like the fact that the "group" lessons offered at Jiminy Peak on Sunday afternoons (at 3:30 p.m.), have very few participants.  There are usually just 2-4 kids in each lesson group, and adults often get a private lesson for the price of a group lesson. 

 

Regarding ratings, please consider changing the 1-5 stars rating system to a simpler "recommended" versus "not recommended" (thumbs-up vs. thumbs-down) rating system.  Then Epic could simply show how many reviewers (or what % of reviewers, if you prefer) gave each area a "recommended" ranking, and the nit-picky (yes, I mean me) will have less to comment about. 

 

Options include just having an overall thumbs-up or thumbs-down rating for each mountain, or continuing to include sub-categories and having "recommended" versus "not recommended" for each sub-category.  If you choose to keep the categorical reviews, I would leave an "overall" thumbs-up vs thumbs-down rating that is separate from the category-specific ratings in place. 

 

If Epic chooses to continue to include sub-categories, please consider separating "Downhill Terrain" into "Extreme Downhill Terrain," "Advanced/Expert Downhill Terrain," "Intermediate Downhill Terrain" and, finally "Beginner Dowhill Terrain."  That way it will be possible to more accurately portray the type of terrain that exists at each mountain. Speaking as a user, I would really appreciate this feature.

 

I would require people who post an overall "not recommended" rating for a ski area (or who post "not recommended" in three or more sub-categories) to include at least a couple of sentences of text explaining why.  Otherwise, the review should get tossed.  I would also require some minimum amount of posts in order to submit a review (10?  20?).  I fully support the suggestions above that people should be able to change/edit their own reviews.

 

STE

post #35 of 39

I posted a link to a review of a local restaurant (that I reviewed myself) on the page, will add more as we eat out so that they are RECENT reviews.  We don't go out often, so they will be slow to be added.

post #36 of 39

I think maybe sections for this need to be added to the templates so that people think to fill those sections in.  This is a LOT of info to provide without prompts.
 

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Originally Posted by Ski the East View Post

As I said previously in my comment to Nolo I absolutely support the "guide" idea that Epic has developed as a significant improvement of the existing ski area reviews. 

 

Some suggestions for topics that might be included in a guide, in no particular order:

 

1.  Where families can ski on the busiest of holidays with less fear of getting run over (how to avoid holiday crowds)

At least at Gore Mtn., the black diamond terrain isn't usually insanely crowded on holidays--it's the blue square cruisers that get dangerously packed.  Recommend trails/lifts intermediate skiers can use that are not generally sought out by the masses during holidays

2.  If there are many different resturaunts, which ones are good, or good for the price (everything is relative)? 

3.  List of best trails/lifts for each ability level, including marked glades

4.  Which lifts are most exposed when there is strong wind, and which lifts are sheltered

5.  Grooming policies--are there trails that are always purposely left ungroomed, trails that are always groomed, when does the mtn. groom

6.  Discount opportunities and deals--not just discounts published by the ski area, also things like the fact that the "group" lessons offered at Jiminy Peak on Sunday afternoons (at 3:30 p.m.), have very few participants.  There are usually just 2-4 kids in each lesson group, and adults often get a private lesson for the price of a group lesson. 

 

Regarding ratings, please consider changing the 1-5 stars rating system to a simpler "recommended" versus "not recommended" (thumbs-up vs. thumbs-down) rating system.  Then Epic could simply show how many reviewers (or what % of reviewers, if you prefer) gave each area a "recommended" ranking, and the nit-picky (yes, I mean me) will have less to comment about. 

 

Options include just having an overall thumbs-up or thumbs-down rating for each mountain, or continuing to include sub-categories and having "recommended" versus "not recommended" for each sub-category.  If you choose to keep the categorical reviews, I would leave an "overall" thumbs-up vs thumbs-down rating that is separate from the category-specific ratings in place. 

 

If Epic chooses to continue to include sub-categories, please consider separating "Downhill Terrain" into "Extreme Downhill Terrain," "Advanced/Expert Downhill Terrain," "Intermediate Downhill Terrain" and, finally "Beginner Dowhill Terrain."  That way it will be possible to more accurately portray the type of terrain that exists at each mountain. Speaking as a user, I would really appreciate this feature.

 

I would require people who post an overall "not recommended" rating for a ski area (or who post "not recommended" in three or more sub-categories) to include at least a couple of sentences of text explaining why.  Otherwise, the review should get tossed.  I would also require some minimum amount of posts in order to submit a review (10?  20?).  I fully support the suggestions above that people should be able to change/edit their own reviews.

 

STE

post #37 of 39

Great suggestions from STE! Maybe that could be part of a How-to-do-Resort-Guides wiki rather than in the template--the template is just the basics, but doesn't preclude anyone from adding categories to it. 

post #38 of 39

I guess you can sign me up for Wachusett Mountain.  I'll see about doing some updates.  (The overall description definitely needs work; they haven't had a superpipe in the terrain park in two years.)

 

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Question: why are the ski resorts listed as "products"?

post #39 of 39

Matthias99, I'll put you down for Wachusett Mountain. Thank you!

 

We're trying to remove all the product references ("owner" and "model"), but unfortunately the name of the database in which they reside is called Products. 

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