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Snowbind.com - A new trail guide resource for skiers by skiers

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http://www.snowbind.com

 

Snowbind Media

A new trail guide resource for skiers by skiers

 

Before I bore you with details I would like to thank the admin team of EpicSki for allowing me to share this with you.  I am going down the road that I am sure many of you have thought about, trying to make a living within the skiing community.

 

Snowbind Media is a new resource for skiers and snowboarders alike.  It houses trail maps for a growing sample of your favorite mountains in one venue. These maps allow a user to upload there video media directly to the trail map.  Our goal at Snowbind is to create a place for snow enthusiast to share their on mountain experience with a larger community.  We are taking the old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words and running with it.  With your help and your videos we can make this the best venue to check current conditions, difficulty of terrain, and simply to see what a mountain has to offer you.

 

Take a look at Snowbind.com. As of right now we have (5) mountains available, Killington, Sugarbush, Windham, Mountain Creek, and Jackson Hole and Sugarloaf is coming soon.  The current site is only a beta but we are looking to get your suggestions on which mountains to put up next.  Our goal is to have between (40) to (60) resorts up and running by the beginning of the next ski season. 

Your help is appreciated and hope to see you skiing on Snowbind.com

Sincerely

Brian Eberhard (bcebby)

Founder of Snowbind Media


Edited by bcebby - 2/22/11 at 4:00pm
post #2 of 11

I think, since a lot of people don't always take videos of a lot of runs, that experiences on trails should be a cool feature too.

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I think, since a lot of people don't always take videos of a lot of runs, that experiences on trails should be a cool feature too.



It is a good idea, and is something that we may try and roll into the finalized version of snowbind.com  For the "Official Launch" for next season we are hoping to actually sponsor skiers, hopefully epic members, and snowboarders within several geographical locations to showcase featured video of the trails.  There will also be a social aspect to the site allowing the formation of networks of users within snowbind.com.  Pictures will also be allowed to be posted on the next version.

 

Thanks for the input

 

post #4 of 11

So what makes snowbind different than the other sites out there? That's something you really need to outline if you want to sell it (like, say, when you're pitching it on Epic...). Because the way you described it makes it sound about like half a dozen other sites I can think of (including Epic itself)--only in beta, with just 5 resorts.

 

Also inserting a live link in your post would save some time. And the site's not loading for me, so I can't really check it out.

post #5 of 11
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Snowbind is not a forum, but rather a venue to post video in a centralized location...we are looking for feedback, criticisms, anything that will help us when we push forward on our next version.  We are not trying to sell anything no costs no fees, just trying to create a venue that makes looking up and posting ski footage easy and organized.

 

http://snowbind.com

post #6 of 11

For what it's worth, a few of the mountains near me (Panorama and Kicking Horse, British Columbia) already have a very similar feature.

 

You can upload photos and videos to their websites, and link them to a specific spot on their trail map.

 

#1 biggest feature you can/should add to be successful in my humble opinion?  MOBILE APP.  the ability to download all of the trailmaps, and videos/pictures on your smartphone would be essential.  Sitting on the gondola at Kicking Horse, "hmm... where to hit?  check's phone - Sweet CPR Ridge looks AWESOME"

post #7 of 11

^

What he said!

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A mobile app is actually in production.  Should be ready for next season ... thanks for the feedback

post #9 of 11

The most important thing, like JoeUT said, is being different.  But, at the same time, you need to make sure that you do the things that all the sites do as well.  For example, conditions would be a nice touch.  Another thing that I'd LOVE to see is something like popularity.  For example, if you have locals uploading to a website they should say how much traffic they saw on a particular run on which day.  I'm always looking for runs without a lot of people on them, but simple maps don't ever tell you that kind of information.  You could take that a step further and find average usage so that people know to try out certain runs because in general they get less traffic than others...

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For the run traffic... say a 5-rating scale of crowdedness, as compared to all other runs at that resort alone on the same given day.  Users who have skied most of the mountain on at least several occasions should have a feel for this.  You could perhaps have an overlay on the trail map that would group the crowded or uncrowded runs by color.  Also, you could rank the crowded feel of the resort to other resorts you have been to.

 

Just some ideas... but real-time run conditions is definitely too much to ask of any site.

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Winterdude, if you want uncrowded runs just go to any ski resort in British Columbia, except Whistler or Fernie and Mt. Washington on weekends, at any time of the year. No need to go on line, just go.

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