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Ski Club of Great Britain Chief Exec resigns

 Poster: A snowHead
Poster: A snowHead
pisteoff wrote:
It is shocking how many, including Council members and the GM, argued that you should be a member out of loyalty, giving no other good reason.


I'm not shocked, it's a typical upper class / public school refrain right up there with "let's not rock the boat old boy" and "try not to sh*t in the nest old chap" and other gems taken from rowing, cricket, dorm showers etc. They are bereft of talent and ideas, ill-equipped to steer a 21st century membership organisation.

Earlier I got a newsletter that starts:

As spring arrives and lockdowns begin to ease across the UK, we're excited about getting back out in the mountains and even back on skis or a board! Read on to find out more about skiing right here in the UK this spring, staying dry in all conditions, and a special feature from Bollé on their World Cup winning athlete, Alexis Pinturault.

WTF is that all about?

And then:

As England beings to emerge from lockdown, with the other four nations close behind ............

WTF is the fifth nation?

The lack of care or invention is palpable - a special (paid for) feature from Bolle? A thing on waterproofing?

Clueless.
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Pruman wrote:
pisteoff wrote:
It is shocking how many, including Council members and the GM, argued that you should be a member out of loyalty, giving no other good reason.


I'm not shocked, it's a typical upper class / public school refrain right up there with "let's not rock the boat old boy" and "try not to sh*t in the nest old chap" and other gems taken from rowing, cricket, dorm showers etc. They are bereft of talent and ideas, ill-equipped to steer a 21st century membership organisation.



Loyalty is for mugs. Everyone sees that everyday with most consumer subscription organisations from insurers to TV to phones. Your special loyalty renewal price always looks crappier than the honeypot offered to new subscribers. Unless of course you're subscribing out of love for something you value more highly than the mere price.
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
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WTF is the fifth nation


This was in the pub quiz - Think it's Berwick upon Tweed
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 Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
Ski Club Launch Exciting New Partnership with GB Snowsport
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You'll need to Register first of course.
Don’t bother with the survey, its the usual waste of time.
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 Then you can post your own questions or snow reports...
Then you can post your own questions or snow reports...
Pruman wrote:
... "... Read on to find out more about skiing right here in the UK this spring, staying dry in all conditions. ..." ..

Well, you get the first Saga magazine through the door and you try to ignore it.
Next it's the cruise holidays with skinny botoxed women helping old blokes into the next world.
Then there's the stair lift and walk-in bath promotions.

That the SCGB is advertising protective underwear for their aged clientele is perhaps not such a surprise.
Whatever you do, don't click the link, or you'll spend the rest of your days dodging pensioner promotions.
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 After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
@philwig, Laughing Laughing
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 You'll get to see more forums and be part of the best ski club on the net.
You'll get to see more forums and be part of the best ski club on the net.
Perhaps SCGB read that Mail article on how the GBSS extracts £35,000 from its members per year.
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Ski the Net with snowHeads
Alastair Pink wrote:
Ski Club Launch Exciting New Partnership with GB Snowsport


If that's the SCGB's definition of "exciting" I think they are already a bit shagged out after a long squawk and are soon to be pining for the fjords.
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Dave of the Marmottes wrote:
Alastair Pink wrote:
Ski Club Launch Exciting New Partnership with GB Snowsport


If that's the SCGB's definition of "exciting" I think they are already a bit shagged out after a long squawk and are soon to be pining for the fjords.


Yes, it's a very sad attempt at something or other probably not remotely interesting to members or potential members.

So joining a few dots, I think all this might just be a result of two pieces on Ski Sunday on LGBQT and the BAME community and the inclusiveness (or not) of skiing, presented by SCGB's President Chemmy Alcott and featuring Vicky Gosling the CEO of GB Snowsport. They've joined up to make it look like thy are doing something but the cynics (of which I am one) won't be amazed if it's just a big box ticking exercise with no discernable result.

Have you tried the survey? rolling eyes Can't wait for the inevitable big trumpeting of the report based on the usual small sample. What is Intersex? I think I tried it in Milan once.
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 And love to help out and answer questions and of course, read each other's snow reports.
And love to help out and answer questions and of course, read each other's snow reports.
I just got an email about their survey. Commendable that they are trying to investigate participation for various ethnicities, gender groups, sexual orientation etc but surprised they still call themselves ski club.

Not very inclusive for snowboarders is it.
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 So if you're just off somewhere snowy come back and post a snow report of your own and we'll all love you very much
So if you're just off somewhere snowy come back and post a snow report of your own and we'll all love you very much
Dave of the Marmottes wrote:

Realistically if you were inventing SCGB today you'd make it mobile first/app based and free-to-play at a basic level. For that members would get peer to peer networking of some kind, a plug into individual resort APIs for lift maps, snow reports etc and some kind of diary function where you could see who would be in "your" resort at the time you were there. Tinder for skiers if you like. Then you might start layering on modest fees for "premium" content, like insurance deals or negotiated reduced price lessons or guiding. You'd make most of your money on backend commission/push advertising for the desirable demographic you'd captured in your app, in time this might turn into TO run holidays etc etc.


I had a look.
"We will soon be retiring the Ski Club chat forum. Keep up to date on our Facebook resort groups or on the new Ski Club App."



http://www2.skiclub.co.uk/skiclub/forum/

Or are they just reading snowHeads.

Looks like I'm late to this particular party. I downloaded the Ski Club App but then it wanted my membership number. Alas I cancelled the DD some time back. Looks like they've stuffed that up then.

Why have one App when you can have two.

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"09 January 2019
The Hangout Ski app will give you access to the latest up-to-date information for ski resorts.
Find out what’s happening in resort now with new deals and events sent straight to your phone. The Ski Club of Great Britain have partnered with Hangout Ski in two resorts: Zell am See and Soldeu, where our Leader service and Instructor-Led Guiding are very popular. This dedicated app will help you get the most out of your holiday with insider information at your fingertips.

For both resort pages , the app has a Ski Club leader who is available to chat to on the app’s Live Chat function. If you have any burning questions about the resort our Ski Club leaders will be able to respond to your query quickly with their expert knowledge.

As well as Ski Club resorts, there’s a total of 23 resorts you can access using the app. From well known Austrian and French resorts to smaller Eastern European resorts, discover a new resort at a click of a button. Check in and find out who else is planning to go to the resort this winter, which is a great way to arrange meetups with like-minded skier or snowboarders.

Find out the best places to eat, sleep or shop in the ‘Places’ section of the app. Users are encouraged to leave reviews so you get an honest opinion of the best places to visit in a resort. A seven-day weather forecast is also available, giving you access to detailed information about the type of weather and temperature for each day. A handy way to prepare for a trip on the slopes.

Get discount information tailored to unique resorts and places. Cut costs on restaurants, ski hire and shops whilst on a winter getaway. Looking for something to do when you’re not on the slopes? Check out the events calendar full of local meetups, festivals and more.

To get the most out of your winter holiday download Hangout Ski on the Apple App Store or Android Play Store.

On Facebook, the Ski Club has dedicated resort groups where you can post pictures, images or question on the discussion boards with other snowsport enthusiasts.


Sickening. Once I'd installed it, it seemed like just a tool to suck me in to some not-so-slick marketing. Only 23 resorts and quite a few I like were nowhere to be seen, so forget it. Possibly those are the ones where SCGB operates; I don't know. And I don't do FB.

And.
http://www2.skiclub.co.uk/skiclub/forum/discussion.aspx/Skiing-And-Snowboarding-general?discussionID=16552



Must go.
I need to get a tepid takeaway.
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
Alastair Pink wrote:
Marcia Nash, just a factual correction, D Goldsmith most certainly did NOT set up snowHeads. That was done by G MacMahon a few days after the club (without any warning!) suddenly closed its then thriving forum to non-members, and the many non-members who had been contributing to the club's forum had to move to snowHeads, which rapidly grew into the UK's largest snow activity related forum. The club's forum never recovered its previous numbers, even though a few years ago it reversed its decision to allow non-members to post again; the boat had effectively sailed to snowHeads.
@Alastair Pink, just a factual correction, snowHeads was not set up "a few days after", it was a few hours after Smile

...but on the rest you're spot on Wink
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 Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
@admin, my sincere apologies for my inaccurate description of the awesome speed with which snowHeads was set up. Embarassed snowHead
Glad I got the rest of it right though. NehNeh
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