The search engine needs improvement.
I can only go to page x if I have viewed page x-1. If I want to go to the 10th page of a search, I have to go to the first ten pages. This makes browsing a search term when you know where your link is in the search results cumbersome if your link isn't on the first or second page.
I can't find the advanced search feature. If I don't like the results I'm getting, I cannot specify and narrow the search. If there is one, the link for it should be right next to the search button.
On a slightly different topic, while I am writing this, there is no blinking cursor. This makes it difficult to know where I am typing, especially when I'm trying to separate by line breaks or revise what I've written.
Now for the diatribe: If NS is having trouble producing the wherewithal to pay web developers to tend this sites structure, then NS needs to make more money. If NS can afford it, then this should be done now. Not addressing these issues is critical to staving competition. If I were a venture capitalist, I would be on the phone right now trying to gather some people to build a website better than this. There's no point in me acknowledging the successes of this website. This is constructive criticism. If NS doesn't get their stuff together, I will probably be making enough money and have enough connections in the next ten years to hire people to build a website far better than this one. I would also have people who are fluent in English write the articles.
I'm just saying... this is a bad economy, and everybody is trying to beat the next guy out for an extra buck. NS has had issues since day one. Every one of those issues should have been addressed. There are numerous examples of wildly successful websites that have been made in a fraction of the time that NS has been running. With kids seeing young website developers walk around with tons of money, they are learning how to make websites themselves. It's only a matter of time before somebody who likes action sports decides to build a website that caters as much to 'newschool' skiing as this one while providing the same atmosphere far other similar sports.
I like people who work harder as the get rich. It's easy to fly around and report on a sport that has a paltry market and a short season.
This website could bring more people into action sports, snow sports and skiing. The more people, the greater the demand. Then, it becomes easier for snow and action sport companies to finance more efficient methods of production as the market expands and they reap more cash. Those efficiencies would translate into lower prices. If NS could smooth out it's website, improve its reporting and aggressively improve what they can (search engines are improvable, we aren't moving mountains here), we may be able to pay, say, $150 for a pair of skis. I can imagine an automated process to press skis. It would just take a lot of money. NS could be a big player in the progression of not simply this sport, but the progression of the industry behind it.