Locals and newcomers to Summit County, including the resorts of Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin, Copper and Keystone, are able to connect with one another using the new SkiTownConnect social networking app, launched Nov. 30. The app is designed to connect mountain town locals and newcomers with like interests. It is available for both iPhone and Android on the Apple App and Google Play stores. Either can be accessed by logging onto www.skitownconnect.com.
The goal with SkiTownConnect is to take the challenge out of meeting people through a social networking app. It lets users create profiles and then links them to information on people, sports, events and activities in the area that fits their profile.
“Moving to a mountain town can be a little intimidating,” said app owner, Jim Fleischer, in a statement. “Everyone seems to know each other, and it can be tough to break into the ‘scene.’ SkiTownConnect gives you the tools and information you need to make your own scene with people you truly connect with.”
A key feature of SkiTownConnect is the events section. Not only is it a listing of existing events, it gives users the framework to put together and promote their own events. Need somebody to go mountain biking with? Users can put together their own Saturday morning ride. Powder is dumping? Friends can be invited to catch first tracks, grab a GoPro, head to the back bowls, shoot video of everyone and then post on SkiTownConnect. Not big on going to bars to meet people? Use the SkiTownConnect profile section to find somebody that would like to meet for a hike instead.
The idea for SkiTownConnect was born when Jim was trying to get established with work and socializing in central Colorado. Having worked in the ski industry for seven years in the Northeast, he realized his dream and moved west. As he met more and more locals and new people in the area, though, he identified with their frustrations trying to immerse themselves in a new community. He decided to do something about it.
In order to give back to the community, five percent of the available advertising space will be allocated to Summit County nonprofits free of charge.
SkiTownConnect is coming off an initial launch in Eagle County and is now releasing into Summit County.