By Heather Burke, Boston.com Ski Correspondant
So is this the next Tinder for skiers? Well, first and foremost, Snowflake is a location based app to meet new ski and snowboard friends, so its not a dating app for skiers per se. Leave it to a former snowboard instructor from Okemo Mountain to come up with this cool (literally) app to connect skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts. Catherine Marston dreamed up her meet-up in the mountains mobile app, working on the design this summer while longing for winter – she’s a USASA snowboardcross competitor and now clever ski app designer thanks to Kickstarter.
Snowflake is due to launch any day now, so you can sign up for free. Like similar apps, you post your photo, your home ski resort, along with your skiing ability, trail or terrain park preferences, to your Snowflake profile, and you’re on your way to having new ski and snowboard buds to hit the slopes with. You can even post that you are looking to improve in the moguls or glades for example, or offer to help someone with your tips or provide a newbie a mountain tour of your home resort, even find a backcountry buddy – so you don’t ski off-piste solo. Snowflake could be just the ticket if you need a midweek ski buddy or you have powder flu and extra seats in your SUV to fill with others plagued by the same sudden snowy epidemic.
As for the ski dating aspect, Marsten has a special “Singles Line” feature within Snowflake, which indicates your relationship status if you’re looking for après ski or more…
In addition to connecting skiers and riders, Snowflake will hook you up with deals at local ski shops, bars, breweries, as well as for gear and lift tickets. There’s an entire section dedicated to après ski and local spots in ski resorts across the US and Canada.
Curious? Want to meet new ski peeps and broaden your vertical horizons? Go to The SnowflakeApp.com and enter your name and email so you are in the inner ski circle when this ski app launches. Could be fun.
See you on the slopes.
By Heather Burke