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Skipodium Announces Strategic Partnership with Ski School Evolution 2 Tignes

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Evolution 2 Tignes has a highly certified and passionate team of 60 ski and snowboard instructors. (Photo courtesy of Evolution 2 Tignes)

Tignes is starting to see some snowfall, and opening day is just around the corner!

With 300km of pistes and 10,000 hectares (24710.54 acres) of off-piste terrain contained in Tignes-Val d’Isère, the ski area shared by the two resorts, there is a spot for every type of skier on the mountain.

Now you can book in advance a ski lesson with Evolution 2 Tignes through Skipodium.

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Tignes blanketed by heavy snow. (Ian A Gratton / Flickr)

Evolution 2 Tignes Ski and Snowboard School was founded in 1989 and has since become one of the most prominent ski and adventure schools in the French Alps.

Through small group and private instruction held by high quality instructors, Evolution 2 focuses on providing a hands-on experience for students that is progressive, educational and fun.

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Evolution 2 Tignes offers ski and snowboard lessons for people of all ages and skill levels. (@Evolution2.OutdoorSpecialists / Facebook)

Evolution 2 operates in 14 ski resorts across France:

They also host lessons internationally at resorts in Chile, Portugal and Morocco.

According to their website, Evolution 2 Tignes is “constantly researching and developing new products and teaching methods to ensure [they] remain leaders in the skiing world.

When asked how technology is currently shaping the ski industry, Douglas Favre, director of Evolution 2 Tignes and neighboring partner Val d’Isère, said. “Like in every other field, I think technology is here to facilitate the way we work, giving us time to focus on our products and of course our clients.

That is one of the reasons why Evolution 2 decided to partner with Skipodium.

Their goals for the season are to increase efficiency while communicating with partners, while also enhancing their digital development. As a result, they hope to reach more clients across the globe, through an innovative multi-channel selling platform.We hope that Skipodium can help us provide an easy system for our clients to book our activities with a modern and intuitive interface to manage in the back office”, Favre explained.

So far, the partnership is off to a smooth start. Favre described the ease in implementation of Skipodium’s management software at Evolution 2 Tignes, attributing it to the Skipodium’s team proactive customer service.

Evolution 2 Tignes joins the expanding list of over 150 ski schools worldwide who use Skipodium, the industry’s leading booking and management platform.

Book a lesson with Evolution 2 Tignes today!

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8 New Features for Your Next Winter Season with Skipodium

We have just released these 8 features to Whether you are a snowsports school, a ski resort or an independent instructor, these upgrades can make a difference in your online presence!

Register your winter sports business here !

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After 2016/17 winter season, we have developed several features to improve Skipodium. Check out these 8 new features.

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Meet PassionSki – St. Moritz, Switzerland

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Having fun on the snow with the PassionSki team, St. Moritz, Switzerland.

What we found remarkable about Christophe is the ability to turn all his life time passions into one great full-time job.

Christophe Steck – founder and ski instructor at PassionSki St. Moritz, Switzerland.

He’s a skier, mountaineer and climber, but also an experienced chef, wine and food amateur, and – last but not least – a successful business man and entrepreneur. In 2010, after completing his studies studies, Christophe managed to combine all of his passions together and give life to PassionSki – St. Moritz.

3 adjectives that best describe PassionSki:

Personal, flexible and professional

When was your school born?

The ski school was formally incorporated on 20th September 2010, but the idea had already been developing for awhile. The business was given a solid structure thanks to several years of experience and to my recent studies in Business Administration and Hospitality Management.

In which resorts do you operate?

During our daily instruction activity we cover all ski resorts of the Upper Engadin in the St. Moritz area, meaning Corviglia, Corvatsch-Furtschellas, Diavolezza-Lagalp and Zuoz. Our team is also available for teaching outside of those resorts and travel across Switzerland or abroad.

How many instructors does PassionSki count?

PassionSki counts 14 qualified and experienced instructors, each of them eager to share their enthusiasm for skiing. We are a young team, ranging between 25 to 45 years old – exception made for Jacques Savay, Class ’43, carrying more than 35 years of skiing experience around St. Moritz. Through his incredible carrier he taught skiing to an endless number of VIPs and famous people and he’s always happy to share some of his stories with our guests!

What languages can you accomodate?

With our instructors, we cover German, Italian, French, English, Spanish and Russian.

What are your strengths?

We employ the same group of certified instructors since 2010; this approach guarantees high quality instruction, as well as a certain continuity in the learning process of our returning guests. Our instructors are well trained at adapting their teaching based on the specific needs of every visitor, so to provide a more and more customized experience year after year. 

What differentiates PassionSki from others?

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Stopping by the igloo and enjoying a sunny day out with the PassionSki team in St. Moritz, Engadin, Switzerland.

We are working hard to be perceived as more than (just) a ski school; PassionSki is sport and hospitality re-experienced. Our portfolio includes all kind of experiences in the Engadin Valley. One of our best selling packages is a day-out in the forest covered in snow: we guide our guests through the beautiful and untouched winter Engadin landscapes and stop by the PassionSki igloo – where visitor can take a quick break or spend the entire night! We also organize in-house and outdoor food events. 

What are your 3 best selling products?

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Snowshoeing through the Engadin Valley

Your first season using Skipodium: What did you like?

We are in a generation of change; new trends are shaping our future. Customer needs are not the same as 10 years ago and will be different again in a near future. Technology is moving fast, and we must embrace new trends if we want to stay competitive. Skipodium helped us optimize our booking processes, sales and communication channels.

We started cooperating with their young and dynamic team in winter 2016/2017. In just few months working together, we could already observe great improvements on the application. We are happy that the time spent together materialized in concrete steps forward for Skipodium.

We believe that technologies like Skipodium will have more and more important role in the future of the ski industry; we need to be prepared to face that and cooperate with them from the beginning.

What needs to be improved?

I am looking to have a booking system as simple as possible – Skipodium is getting there, but find some minor difficulties in the day-to-day processes. Though, we like their work philosophy, and their openness and forward-looking approach. They are the same as we are on the snow 🙂 Good luck and we are happy to work with you guys!

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Fun night out at PassionSki.

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Skipodium’s first winter season: how did we do?

It’s the end of our first winter season and our team can now look back and comment on the results. Overall, the newborn Skipodium has rocked the season!

While we have been developing our management software for the past 2 years, we only launched our e-commerce in October 2016. Unlike many might think, that was a smart choice.

Our achievements

Skipodium is a management software and reservation system for snow sports activities, and its ultimate clients are companies providing snow sports lessons. After 1 year working on the MVP, we gave our BETA software to few snowsports schools and spent another full year on feedbacks and corrections. After the official launch, we created a good provider base much faster than we thought.

We found 4 main reasons for that:

  • At the moment of the official launch, our software was actually ready and tested by schools with real day-to-day needs. That avoided us lots of troubles and discontent after launching.
  • Because of an end-to-end testing, we had a good idea of our strengths and weaknesses as well as the competitive arena we are playing into.
  • We spent a considerable amount of time with schools and instructors before opening the registration to all snow school and resorts. This helped us gain their trust and move faster with integrations.
  • Besides facilitating online sales, Skipodium is a tool to help snowsports schools with their business operations. Therefore we gave our software to several snowsports schools not (just) interested in selling online – giving us a larger audience.

What we need to improve

If we have done a good job with the software, we can’t say the same about Skipodium’s e-commerce. A 3 steps snow-commerce is not as straight-forward as it could seem, because of the following:

  • During our first season, we found pretty damn hard to get the complexity VS clarity ratio just right. It takes lots of effort and attention to build a site that really answers the questions that skiers are after. Assuming you have all data you need, it will surely take extra time to reasonably display it to the users.
  • Because winter sports fans demand customization and flexibility in the offline world, a website selling ski lessons has to offer the same possibilities. While we start with a fully regulated technical approach, moving forward, we loosened up the ends of our system and left more space to human-to-human interactions.
  • Building a community around our product has been and is crazy time consuming. No exact science here – just constant experiments (social, content marketing, PPC, etc).
  • Towards the end of the season we launched our website in German and Italian, and only then we experienced some success that localization can bring.

Check our results below!

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Skipodium’s first winter season results: check out our first year of activity at a glance!

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Why a blog?

Hello world! And welcome to our first blog post, you peeps!

Today we have decided that it would be a good day to launch our brand new Skipodium blog! So we did 🙂 The first time we internally talked about it was sometime last year but we never really had the chance to get down to work because the ski season was approaching and we still had toooooons to do with the site. By that time we definitely did not have a clear vision on where the site would be and how things would develop through the season. We went through so many changes and had so many news on a daily basis, that we did not really have much time to step back and sort of organize the thoughts to actually be any usable by our audience.

What the hell is Skipodium?

Right. Here some needed introduction:

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And this is our logo 🙂

…essentially Skipodium is the place to go to compare and purchase their winter sports lessons. We do not have our own school, neither have we our own ski lessons. What we do is to provide the technology to schools and independents around the world who want to sell their lessons online and help them vehicle their products to the Magic World of the Internet, hooking them up with people who need a snowsports lesson.

Why we are starting a blog?

  1. Should be fun?!
  2. It’s the easiest way to share news us and about our site.
  3. We want to stay in touch with you and know you better!
  4. We need a not-always-catchy-marketing  space where to share our passion for winter sports and technology.

Now sit back and relax.. We are gonna be back soon!