Twitter & Facebook for Ski Resorts

With social networking taking over the world and every man and his dog using it in one way or another, surely all the top ski resorts will have joined the bandwagon by now. As I am sure you are aware most skiers and boarders see their snow-filled holidays as much a necessity and addiction as anything else in their lives. We love to know where the best snow is, what’s going on in our favourite resort and when our usual traveling companions will be skiing.

With Facebook one of the most visited sites on the internet and the likes of Twitter and Bebo growing by the day, most tech savvy skiers will have access to at least one online social network. With online travel agents making the booking process easier we are spending more time researching and reading about skiing and snowboarding online.

Whether booking holidays, checking our resort reviews, or signing up to snow alerts all the info we need is out there. I decided to have a look into the so called big resorts to see who we can ‘add as a friend’, ‘like’ or ‘tweet’. With growing numbers of people using Facebook and Twitter to organise their holidays with friends there had to be a presence of info out there to help with our choices.

The first thing I noticed is when looking at the big North-American resorts such as Whistler, Breckenrige and Aspen they all use Twitter, Facebook, RSS feeds and weekly newsletters to maximum effect. With minimal effort you can find out where the snow, best deals and biggest parties will be.

In contrast the European resorts are a little further behind. The Three Valleys has so far abstained from social networking, with exception to the independently run LaTania.co.uk (though anyone who knows La Tania wouldn’t expect any less from Toffa). The Espace Killy have joined in the world of Facebook with posts in English, whereas you may need to brush up on your French when looking for your Les Arcs fix.

Below I have complied a list of the ‘big’ resorts social networking, though I will update the list with any comments you may have.

Andorra

  • Grandvalira: Facebook (Catalan/Spanish)

Austria

Canada

France

Spain

U.S.A.

Shaun White Snowboarding on the Wii

Following in the successful footsteps of Wii Fit and Namco-Bandai’s We Ski, Nintendo Wii owners can now look forward to the delights of Shaun White Snowboarding. Due to take advantage of the Wii Balance Board in a similar way to the undermentioned games, Shaun White Snowboarding was announced recently at a Paris Press Conference.

Shaun White Snowboarding on the Wii

Ubisoft will be behind the game and it’s expected to be demoed at this year’s E3 conference – an annual gaming event in Las Vegas. Players use both the board and remote at the same time to control and perform tricks.

It’s been a while since we’ve had a really decent snowboarding game, so hopefully this will fill the gap nicely. The addition of it using the balance board will definitely make it more interesting and it’s obviously nice and easy to market, too.

It will also be available on PS3 and XBox, but who wants to play with just a pad!?