- Advertising: Does Ski Nation have advertising?
There will be various opportunities for companies to advertise or sponsor activities on Ski Nation. Examples include banner ads and promotions, but none will override the skier’s preferences or information. In no case will Ski Nation provide any user’s email or personal contact information to any person or company without permission.
- Backcountry: Are backcountry trails included?
Not at this time. Only operating ski areas (alpine, cross country, and ski jumps) are included. In future versions of Ski Nation, may be able to designate backcountry trails and create a pin to be collected.
- Business: How does a ski resort, gear company, retailer or any other company get information about participating in Ski Nation®?
For information about business opportunities to participate in and support Ski Nation, contact: Business@SkiNation.com
Include company name, business category (ski area, gear makers, retailer, media, sponsor, advertiser, etc.).
- Collecting Ski Area Pins: Can’t Collect Pin at Ski Area?
Make sure that your location services for Ski Nation are turned on in your smartphone settings. Try several attempts as there may be a problem with your provider’s service (you must have a phone or wireless internet connection). Try another location at the resort. If all else fails, use the “Contact Us”
form and we’ll check to see that the ski area’s GPS coordinates and radius are correct (Ski Nation is a work in progress… built by skiers).
- Changes: Will there be any changes to Ski Nation policies and practices?
Like all organizations, Ski Nation reserves the right to make changes that are needed to benefit Ski Nation and its members. The goal of Ski Nation founders is that individual skiers, regardless of their background, age, skill, or any other factor are the number one priority.
- Collecting Ski Area Pins for ski areas visited before (your history): How do I collect a pin for each ski area I visited in the past?
Previous visits to ski areas are counted by opening your Ski Nation mobile app, locating the ski area in the Directory, and using the “Select” function (upper right hand corner of the app). Simply check the ski area, use the “Collect” function and the ski pin for that area will be added to your pin collection and skier profile. NOTE: Collecting ski area pins for past visits does not give you credit for any ski days as those are collected in real time each ski season.
- Comments, Corrections and Updates: How does a person submit?
Use the online form on the “Contact Us” page at www.SkiNation.com. If you are an authorized representative/employee of a ski area, please use the “Ski Area Reps” page.
- Counting Skier Days: How does Ski Nation count skier days?
Your skier days are counted by opening your Ski Nation mobile app, locating the ski area in the Directory, and collecting the Ski Area Pin from the ski area’s page by a GPS read on your mobile device. This process will also count each day you ski at a resort for a season and it will be noted in your Pin Collection. If you are not at a ski area, you cannot collect a pin this way or get credit for a ski day. NOTE: If you are at multiple ski areas on the same day, you can collect a pin for each ski area, but your profile is only credited for ski day.
- Ski Area Type: What kind of Ski Areas are included?
All operating alpine, cross country, and Nordic ski jump areas are included. In the future we hope to add all “Lost Ski Areas” (historical ski areas that have closed). NOTE: There are a few ski areas listed for pin collection that closed recently (such as Ascutney, VT), but we included them for pin collection purposes to show areas you skied in the past.
- Ski Areas (Missing): What if a ski area doesn’t show up on the Ski Nation mobile app?
Use the online the form on the “Contact Us” page at www.SkiNation.com. If you are a representative of the ski area, please use the “Ski Area Reps” page.
- Gear Profiles: Are gear makers required to pay a fee to be included in the Ski Nation program?
NO! Ski Nation is not a “pay-to-play” system where only gear makers that pay fees can be included in your profile. Any company or brand, even homemade products, may be entered into gear profile categories.
- Honor System: How does SkiNation know if a person actually skied?
We don’t. Collection of pins is strictly on the honor system when checking ski areas off the directory list. When a ski area's GPS coordinates are read with a mobile device to collect a Ski Pin for the day, Ski Nation has no way to tell if the user is really shooshing the slopes.
- Information: How does a person, ski resort, gear company, retailer or other company get information about participating in Ski Nation?
Use the online the form on the “Contact Us” page at www.SkiNation.com. If you are a representative of the ski area, please use the form on the “Ski Area Reps” page.
- Location: Where will Ski Nation work?
Ski Nation will launch in North America (U.S. and Canada) but will be expanded to Europe, Asia, South America, Australia, and New Zealand as time and member support permit. Ski Nation will include every ski area regardless of size, both alpine and cross country.
- Opt Out: Can a ski area opt out of the Ski Nation list of places to ski?
No. All ski areas are included so that Ski Nation members can track all their ski days wherever they go. Ski Nation will not use any company’s logo, photographs, trail map, or other proprietary information without permission.
- Other Mobile Apps: Does Ski Nation conflict with a resort or gear makers own app?
Ski Nation is not designed to replace or conflict with resort or gear maker’s proprietary mobile applications. The idea is to provide additional opportunities for skiers to find information, including a resort or gear maker’s own mobile app.
- Privacy: How is my information protected?
All your personal information is confidential. No person or company can contact you unless you request them to do so. Ski Nation will not send notifications or email except to notify you of updates or to answer a question, comment, or request you submit to Ski Nation.
- Profile Information: Is it important to fill in all the categories for my gear, Home Mountain, etc.?
It’s not required, but it is recommended. Your Home Mountain, gear preferences, etc. make up your “Skier DNA” (genetic profile) – it’s what makes you unique and different from all other skiers. Complete and keep your profile information up to date. Our long-term goal is to create a way for you to review and accept offers / rewards from the mountains and brands that you support without ever getting solicited or spammed.
- Ski Area Payments: Are ski areas required to pay a fee to be included in the Ski Nation program?
NO! Ski Nation is not a “pay-to-play” system where only resorts that pay fees are included. Ski Nation automatically lists and tracks every ski area regardless of size or financial resources. Ski areas will eventually have the opportunity to upgrade their listing and features so they can provide more information, benefits, and offers to Ski Nation members.
- Ski Seasons: How does Ski Nation count ski season?
The number of ski seasons is based on the YEAR entered for “First Time On Skis” in your profile. Many longtime skiers will need to estimate this date, but as long as the year is correct seasons are accurately calculated. NOTE: Ski Nation cannot account for any seasons that you may not have been on snow. If you missed a year doesn’t mean you weren’t a skier at that time.
- Snow Tubing and / or Sledding Areas: Are they included?
No, unless skiing is also offered at such facility. Ski Nation is for skiers.
- Snowboarders, ski bikers, mono skiers, etc.: Can they use the Ski Nation mobile app?
Sure, there are many profile categories for gear, including snowboards, but the overall program is called “Ski Nation.”
- Vertical, Distance, Speed, etc.: Does Ski Nation track the number of runs, speed, route, vertical, etc.? Are there leaderboards that compare skiers?
Not at this time. Numerous mobile applications are available that track such data for skiing, running, bike riding, skateboarding, and even surfing. Ski Nation isn’t a competition against other slope riders… and it’s for skiers.
- Warning: Skiing is supposed to be fun and shared with friends.
The Ski Nation is not reliable for GPS navigation, planning your life, or a substitute for friends. Without skiing, however, some people have had changes in behavior, hostility, agitation, depressed mood, suicidal thoughts or actions. Some people had these symptoms when they learned to ski but could not get to the slopes on a regular basis, and others developed them after several weeks of summer or after stopping skiing. If you, your family, or caregiver notice agitation, hostility, depression, or changes in behavior, thinking, or mood that are not typical for you, or you develop suicidal thoughts or actions, anxiety, panic, aggression, anger, mania, abnormal sensations, hallucinations, paranoia, or confusion, call your local ski shop right away, plan a road trip, and get back to the slopes right away.