Every resort has to name something sometime.
Sometimes, by the nature of the beast, you’ve just gotta get the concensus from your team directly. Other times, that requirement doesn’t exist. For the most part, lifts fall into that category.
Now, yes, there is always the chance of a Boaty Mcboatface…
…but remember, that was a brilliant PR move that created more visiblity than anyone could have dreamed. It was the reaction (not honoring the results) that made some call it a #fail (for the record, I’m not one of them…I still think it was a huge win).
Lessons learned from that, I think getting the community involved is an awesome way to strengthen the relationship between mountain and guest.
Loveland’s New Lift
Loveland was getting their first-ever high-speed lift. And, so being, they needed a name:
What should we call our new lift?If you have an idea for Loveland’s first high-speed lift, please go to https://t.co/sNBIonm8g9 with your suggestion.If we use your name, we will offer your choice of a season pass for the 2018/19 season or your very own chair from the old Lift 1. pic.twitter.com/KRY0MIGMxj
— Loveland Ski Area (@LovelandSkiArea) June 26, 2018
Now, notice a few things:
That last one is an important point. Notice that the tweet above was posted at the end of June and they didn’t announce the name until July 31.
It’s official! With great pride and joy, the Upham Family and Loveland employees dedicate CHET’S DREAM in memory of longtime owner, visionary, and ski area pioneer Chester R. (Chet) Upham, Jr. (May 19, 1925 – January 24, 2008).https://t.co/sMnbLROxVg pic.twitter.com/thBvgk2mQk
— Loveland Ski Area (@LovelandSkiArea) July 31, 2018
Was there a ton of “buzz” around the contest? Not necessarily. Did it “go viral” during that month? No. But that’s not how you should judge this effort.
A great name was chosen, the community feels ownership of the decision, and Loveland skiers were engaging with the mountain during the warmer summer months.
Sounds like a solid win to me.
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