A new platform has launched to help connect skiers and snowboarders of similar ability and outlook to each other, enabling them to split the cost of private ski instruction and guiding.
Roped Up allows users to create their own unique profile page which states their level of skiing, posts photos and describes their ability levels in detail as well as what they enjoy doing at resorts. Users can then join groups created by other users, or create a new one. Instructor or guide bookings can then be made and paid for directly through the website.
The idea was dreamt up when Will Tyzack found himself in the Alps working one snowy weekend without his usual ski partner-in-crime and Roped Up Co-Founder, Archie Hardyment. Tyzack needed something then and there to connect him to others—a portal that reached skiers of similar ability to share in the cost of a local guide. Reunited in the UK, Tyzack and Hardyment developed the concept and set about building the site.
It’s simple and easy to use.
The service has partnered up with some of the top ski school and guide operations in the Alps, including Ecole du Ski Chamonix and Oxygène. The step by step process takes very little time for users to set up and includes a number of elements:
A ‘creator’ forms a group and ‘joiners’ find a suitable group and request to join it. Once the ‘joiner’ is accepted into the group, the group goes ‘live’ once a minimum number is reached. The ‘creator’ then chooses an instructor or guide.
Of the new service, co-founder Archie Hardyment said:
The idea is all about safe, fun, social ski days that don’t cost the earth, with the added visibility of who you are going to ski with. With the falling pound taking the news headlines recently, Roped Up offers a genuine way for skiers and snowboarders to save on group instruction and guiding.
Roped Up is currently available at Espace Killy, Trois Vallées, La Plagne, Les Arcs, and Chamonix in France, and Verbier and Zinal in Switzerland, with more resorts due to roll out soon.