Growing up I was obsessed with the section on resort websites that listed ‘Mountain Statisics’. I wanted to know how tall a mountain was, how much annual snowfall it received, and how many acres its boundary rope encompassed. If it passed my criteria, I would add it to a long bucket list of mountains I wanted to visit. Looking back my obsession with statistics had everything to do with my home mountain in Western PA. While I will always have a special place in my heart for every inch of the 470 vertical feet that Hidden Valley had to offer, I knew that I wanted to live in a place where I would spend more time skiing than sitting on a lift. I wanted to be in mountains that would push me as a skier and inspire me as a person.
Nowadays I get to live out my dream in a mountain town in Colorado, where I am lucky enough to ski roughly half the days in a calendar year. However, if you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to want a glass of milk; and so the story goes with my skiing. Every time I ski somewhere new it only furthers my desire to visit every single place on my never ending list. So when I first heard about Snowsearch, I was beyond stoked to learn of a website that offers all the information I am looking for when planning my next ski trip- all in one place.
Basically Snowsearch is a ‘Kayak for Skiing’- making it easier to plan trips to the slopes. You can find great deals on lodging/tickets, explore non-biased content from local contributors who actually have useful knowledge, compare all the multi-mountain passes out there, and a shit load more. Speaking of local contributors, SnowSearch will actually split the money they earn on bookings worldwide with those who contribute to their site. I personally think they’ve created a pretty sweet platform that will contain tons of unbiased content.
The two founders, Bryan and Luke, did a cool write up on Reddit where they summed up SnowSearch’s best features:
- Search from the widest-ever array of aggregated hotel, vacation rental, lift ticket, gear rental and gear shipping options at nearly 400 resorts across US, CA and JA
- Explore un-biased content from passionate local experts (no ads or sponsored content)
- Track event schedules, from USASA competitions to live music and apres ski parties
- Filter resorts by multi-resort pass
- View NOAA weather forecasts
For me, SnowSearch has the information I used to spend hours compiling by myself- all in one convenient location. For those who aren’t as fortunate as I am to live and breathe the ski industry every day, this website is super helpful when planning any sort of ski trip. It is bringing the ski travel industry into the 21st century. Anyways, when I first logged on it brought me back to my childhood days when I would obsess over ski stats and dream of all the legendary places I wanted to visit. Cheers everyone to ticking off that bucket list!
Check out snapshots from their website www.snowsearch.co