As part of a business and management course in school, I'm tasked with creating a new product. I'm not actually going into a workshop and making it, but just coming up with an idea. I have a ski tuning related idea, and I'd love to hear what other skiers think.
The product is a waxing machine for skis. However, this waxing machine is installed on the slopes. Think of it as a car wash for skis. The skier scans his pass (which comes preloaded with a certain number of uses) and a gate opens. The skier then slides in and flips down a seat. After sitting down, the floor swings open and a block of wax attached to a motor rises. The motor spins while making one tip-to-tail pass. In order to ensure the right pressure is applied, the skis will be pushed up against metal bars, which flip down upon the skier sitting down. After the wax is applied, another motor comes up, this one with a large cork. The second motor also spins and makes a tip-to-tail pass, corking the wax in. Afterwards, the floor flips back up, allowing the skier to stand up. The front gate then opens, and the skier skis out.
This entire process should take about 30 seconds.
The main advantage of this product is that since it's situated on the slopes and it completely automated, it makes waxing a much quicker process. Placing about 5 machines in one area, and having a few areas per resort should minimize lines. Each day, the resort workers can place different waxes in the machine depending on the snow conditions.
Each use would probably cost around $8.
What do you guys think? Is there anything you would like to see in this product?