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SkiTownConnect App launches in Eagle County

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EAGLE COUNTY — SkiTownConnect launched last week, allowing locals and newcomers to Eagle County with like interests to easily connect with one another through the social networking app. It is available for both iPhone and Android on the Apple App and Google Play stores. Either can be accessed by logging onto http://www.skitownconnect.com.

The goal with SkiTownConnect is to take the anxiety out of meeting people through an easy, fun and interesting 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. Although mobile apps have existed for tourists and for specific needs like lift tickets and trail maps, there has been no app until now that connects locals.

“Moving to a mountain town can be a little intimidating,” said owner Jim Fleischer. “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, which lists events and 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 Go-Pro, 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.

IDEA FOR THE VAIL VALLEY

The idea for SkiTownConnect was born when Fleischer was trying to get established in the Vail Valley after moving to the area from the Northeast. However, he identified with the frustration of trying to immerse into a new community and decided to do something about it.

Of the available advertising space on the app, 5 percent will be allocated to Eagle County nonprofits free of charge.

SkiTownConnect will be promoted in partnership with local Vail station 97.7 KZYR for the next 13 weeks. Also, find them at the Warren Miller Film Debut on Friday, Nov. 27, at 3 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 28, starting at 8 p.m., where they will be raffling off a pair of Fischer Alpine Skis.

SkiTownConnect also has plans to expand to Summit and Pitkin counties in Colorado, into the Wasatch mountain towns of Utah and into the Lake Tahoe region.