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Old 03-14-2011, 08:25 AM   #691 (permalink)
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Alpine is officially closed too.

No word yet on Brighton.

With Alpine & Holly closed, and rain in the forecast for much of this week, I'm kinda surprised that PK won't be open tonight & tomorrow night before the weather gets really shitty.

SHould I gamble on this weekend and postpone my trip to Crystal Mountain until next week, hoping that PK will re-open?
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Old 03-14-2011, 09:15 AM   #692 (permalink)
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i'd go up north! if pk is open, their conds still aren't going to be as good as crystal.
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SHould I gamble on this weekend and postpone my trip to Crystal Mountain until next week, hoping that PK will re-open?
Is crystal better then shanty? I'm thinking about going next tuesday.
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Is crystal better then shanty? I'm thinking about going next tuesday.
Jay I haven't been to Shanty ever. I used to go to Schuss a bunch as a kid but haven't been there in about 5 years so I can't say, but I always did enjoy it up there back in the day. Next tuesd don't look so good but then the 10-day forecast usually isn't very accurate.

I'm torn... kind of want to gamble on PK & hope they're open this weekend...
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Old 03-15-2011, 02:33 PM   #695 (permalink)
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I wish that I could reply to these on your site but my work PC is shite.

Why Isn’t Your Ski Resort Thriving?


I think Caberfae does it at least semi-right. They promo on their FB page weekly, complete with pics of the slopes. They beckon us to come up north and they highlight $9 deals when they have them.

C'mon the rest of you guys, step up! We *want* to be out there, we just need to know where we can go.
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I wish that I could reply to these on your site but my work PC is shite.

Why Isnít Your Ski Resort Thriving?

I think Caberfae does it at least semi-right. They promo on their FB page weekly, complete with pics of the slopes. They beckon us to come up north and they highlight $9 deals when they have them.

C'mon the rest of you guys, step up! We *want* to be out there, we just need to know where we can go.
A lot of the resorts do some things right, Caberfae is one of them (despite some of their facilities being a little ...er...ummm... "dated") that does a good job promoting itself and bringing people out to the slopes, they do a great job competing on price with the much larger and technically "nicer" full-service resorts in their neck of the woods.
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Old 03-15-2011, 10:11 PM   #697 (permalink)
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Why Isnít Your Ski Resort Thriving?


I think Caberfae does it at least semi-right. They promo on their FB page weekly, complete with pics of the slopes. They beckon us to come up north and they highlight $9 deals when they have them.

C'mon the rest of you guys, step up! We *want* to be out there, we just need to know where we can go.
Good article, and several good points! I know, at least in Marquette, the economy has finally caught up with the ski hills. A couple friends I have that work at Marquette Mtn. made it sound like business and attendance is definitely down this year.

Although, I do agree with the "website that looks like it's from 1999," comment...Seems to be a problem with most MI ski area websites
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Although, I do agree with the "website that looks like it's from 1999," comment...Seems to be a problem with most MI ski area websites
It's like people have no idea that for $12 per year you can register a domain with ICANN, and build a professional looking website on WordPress (for free)in a couple of hours, then self-host the content on their own servers (or lease server space for a few $ per month).

And I'm sure that they all have employees who would be more than willing to update the resort's blog, facebook or twitter. They don't need to hire a self-styled "social media expert" and they don't need to invent the next EpicMix or killer iPhone App. They just need to put forth a tiny bit of effort!
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It's like people have no idea that for $12 per year you can register a domain with ICANN, and build a professional looking website on WordPress (for free)in a couple of hours, then self-host the content on their own servers (or lease server space for a few $ per month).

And I'm sure that they all have employees who would be more than willing to update the resort's blog, facebook or twitter. They don't need to hire a self-styled "social media expert" and they don't need to invent the next EpicMix or killer iPhone App. They just need to put forth a tiny bit of effort!
Let's talk to Holly and get them to hire us Dave! We'll do their social media and throw events! Let's make it happen! Free riding fo life!
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Let's talk to Holly and get them to hire us Dave! We'll do their social media and throw events! Let's make it happen! Free riding fo life!
Honestly I would love to. Do you know how much it would cost to hire me? Comping me a season pass doesn't really cost them anything, so it basically would cost them nothing to "hire" a few idiots like us to do weekly riding, updates with pics & videos, the occasional silly gag & what-not. A small promotional budget would help get people out to events, etc. It's not rocket science.

Holly, Alpine Valley and Pine Knob are all owned by the same holding company which also owns Alpine Valley (WI) and Devil's Head (WI). That surprises me because, although I always assumed PK and Holly were owned at least partially by the same people, Alpine always struck me as independent. What really surprises me is that disparity in conditions, tech, and park at these three resorts, as well as the total lack of reciprocity in season pass offerings (the $150 surcharge for Holly/PK dual pass notwithstanding) given that they're all essentially the same company.
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