So this morning I had a LinkedIn mail notifying me that someone added me to her LinkedIn network. I barely visit LinkedIn and have never done anything with it, I just accept the few "add me to your network" requests I get, time to time. I usually don't pay much attention to these few new connections either, unless I'm spoken to. But this time it was someone with a Portuguese name (I'm Portuguese too) working for a company named snowpass. I thought "this must be a snow-sports related multinational company with representation in Portugal" and wanted to know more so I went to their website to check it out and found out about the first European snowboard/ski pass!
That's right, snowpass.com is a freshly founded company that offers the first European ski pass, and they're now backed by FIS (international ski federation), the main regulatory body in the ski industry. This was probably the best endorsement they could have got as it gives the project a lot of credibility right from the beginning. Both, clients and resorts, seem to be looking forward for the inaugural season and to see how well it works.
The pass costs 895€ for adults and 695€ for children (born between 2007-2015 inclusive), but for the first 50.000 passes there is a (very) special price of 395€ for adults and 345€ for children. There are also passes for baby (born before 2006 inclusive) at 49€.
After knowing about the company and it's product I went on to learn about the people, about the company itself and it's short but strong history. It is a family company based in Portugal (Lisbon area, which is my residence area in the summer) doing it out of passion and doing it right!Snowboard/ski passes for multiple resorts are a reality in the US since about 2000 but in Europe it had never been done before, maybe because of more bureaucracy or because most of the resorts in Europe are public, until now!
You can get your European snowpass at snowpass.com