Appreciate the reply. I understand the technical and logical complexities of administrating a site/community/of this magnitude. Add to this that it seems like the site administrators/moderators are volunteers doing this for their love of the sport and a user base that probably has a comment for everything. Perhaps a discussion titled "All things Jr." could be an appropriate place to start.
Originally Posted by Cirquerider
We have pretty strong involvement from teens and twenty-somethings here. Tyler was made a moderator at a very young age, but who knew? For the most part Epicski meets the needs of men, women, young, old and many other social groups through the common interest we have in skiing and snowsports. If you follow my drift, we should not care who you are, or how old you are. I don't see how a junior forum would fit into Epicski. So, I'm of the same mind as tylrwnzl above.
On the other hand, we have Social Groups here, and if you see a need for a place for the younger crowd to hang out, you can in effect create your own forum there.
I don't see how a junior forum would fit into Epicski. This doesn't make any sense and with all respect seems rather short sighted. Not having a dedicated Jr topic area clearly ignores a market segment that parents support and allocate a fair amount of disposable income and passion toward. I would submit that the parents of youth skiers on this site are equally if not more passionate about their children skiing and love nothing more than to share, provide advice and collaborate on the same topics as the adult counterparts.
As a parent I'm very valuable to the ski industry because there is a greater probability that I spend more money that a single or a couple. I'm the targeted demographic for travel, equipment and clothing because families offer more marginal revenue opportunities than almost any other demographics, luxury traveler is #1. So when other parents have questionse about what Volkl ski to buy, boot fitting questions, or is a POC Jr goggle worth the investment, the dedicated area makese sense.
As a long time active participant in the ski business as a child, former ski sales, college racer, and now weekend warrior with two young children I value the opportunity that Epicski.com provides by enabling me to communicate with other parents and learn from their experiences. While I just started asking questions that pertain to my 7 year old the immediate advice has been relevant, practical, and ultimately the type of comments that I have come to expect from this community.
As mentioned above, there clearly seems to be a need from some members to communicate about Jr. related topics. While such a section may not receive as much dedicated traffic as a thread about the same old tired topics like comparing the Volkl Kendo to a Stockli and some other high end ski, or someone looking for advice about what midrange ski to purchase it seems like . I'm not sure how a thread would be arranged or have any idea of the time allocation, clearly better left to the administrators. However, it seems that adding another area that has the ability to enhance the user experience while providing another value added resource seems like an interesting opportunity.
Again thanks for the time and comments. Again if this got lost in the message above, I love the community and keep up the good work.