In association with Vail Resorts, EpicMix Racing will allow users of the EpicMix platform to see how their performance stacks up with the legendary alpine skier. The comparison results can then be shared with family and friends via the user’s social networks.
This is no easy feat, as Vonn is the most successful woman skier in American history.
EpicMix explains how the comparisons will be created:
Lindsey Vonn will set the pace for all of EpicMix Racing and we will have race pros from each of our resorts race against Lindsey to get their own â€śseconds behind Lindsey.â€ť Then, each day at each of our resorts, one of our race pros will race each EpicMix Racing course and we adjust their time to get to Lindseyâ€™s time for the course.
Racers atÂ Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone in Colorado and Heavenly and Northstar in California and Nevada will all be able to participate, with gold, silver and bronze digital medals being awarded forÂ achievementÂ to the fastest racers.
The best of the best will be invited to theÂ Lindsey Vonn Race Series, where all skiers and riders will be ranked based on their best 10 races of the season. Vonn herself will host the top racers from across the six resorts at a grand finale event in April 2013 on the world-famous Birds of Prey World Cup Course at Beaver Creek.
â€śMaking ski racing fun and engaging for kids and families is an exciting opportunity and a real passion of mine. Growing up racing, I always looked forward to telling the stories of my races and being able to track my progress and see how my friends were doing. The opportunity to make that happen using the latest technology in social media is absolutely the right next step for ski racing and I was thrilled to be able to work with Vail Resorts to make this happen.â€ť
Rob Katz, Vail Resorts CEO and Chairman:
â€śWe created EpicMix to bring together the digital and physical experience of skiing and riding and make it easy to share your story with friends and family. In its first season, we tracked your vertical feet and awarded digital pins for your special accomplishments on the mountainÂ and in the second season, we re-imagined how we captured and delivered your vacationÂ photos.
For our third season, we have brought amateur ski racing into the 21stÂ century with EpicMix Racing. Working with World Champion ski racer Lindsey Vonn, we have completely redesigned how skiers can fully utilize the latest digital technology to compare themselves against the very best, seamlessly track and share all of their accomplishments and compete against racers from six world-class resorts.â€ť
Vail Resorts will also be donating 1% of revenues to create scholarships at theÂ Ski & Snowboard Club Vail for aspiring young ski racers.
EpicMix provides a seamless way for active skiers and snowboarders to track and share each day’s performance on the slopes. We wrote about their use of RFID tags earlier this year, which is how the platform tracks each user’s movement across the mountain. A quick swipe when getting on and off slopes, and the system calculates speed, distance covered, altitude reached, etc. The data is then displayed on a dashboard for social sharing.
In the 2010-11 season, nearly 100,000 guests activated their EpicMix accounts, delivering a 15-percent adoption rate and more than two million photos shared on social networks.
These statistics alone show the value in what Vail Resorts has created. By completely rethinking their approach to marketing, they’ve created a tool of true utility for their most passionate guests which is much more powerful and authentic marketing then spending an equivalent amount of money on traditional advertising.
Ski season is coming up, and we’ll soon find out what sort of return the resort sees on this third season of EpicMix.