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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Liftopia Raises Series A with Sand Hill Angels and former Expedia CEO

We’re really pleased to announce the completion of Liftopia’s Series A round of funding. We’ve spent a lot of time and energy towards raising this round of capital (Evan lost even more hair…). Last week we completed the final piece, and we couldn’t be happier to share the news with you. Below is a little background info:

Why did Liftopia decide to raise money now?
We did a “friends and family” seed round in 2005. The bulk of what we raised went to laying the groundwork for Liftopia. It allowed us to take our idea and turn it into something tangible. From the start, however, we’ve been dedicated to being flexible and adapting our model as opportunities presented themselves. The feedback we’ve gotten over the past two years from both our customers and our partners has been phenomenal, and we’ve taken a lot of it to heart, as well as to the drawing board. We decided that in order to grow the business in the direction we wanted it to go, we would need to work with more resources.

Who are your investors?
The Series A was lead by Sand Hill Angels, and joined by North Bay Angels, Erik Blachford (former CEO of Expedia and current CEO of Terrapass), and a handful of individual investors. It’s been important for us to find investors that understand our business model and share our vision for growth, and we think we’ve put together an awesome group of both investors and advisors.

How did you go about it?
A lot of legwork, a lot of networking, a lot of late nights, cold calls and cold emails, and pitching our idea and progress to different folks.

What do you plan on using the funds for?
We believe there is a ton of opportunity for the ski industry to continue to grow if given the right tools. While lift tickets are always going to be the core piece of Liftopia, we think there are many areas for our company to be of value to both our suppliers and our customers. We can’t go into all the details here right now, but keep your eyes peeled over the next few months for changes to the website, and later for an increase in our marketing exposure. A bit dodgy of an answer, you may say, but one of the best parts of being in a start up is that your direction can change at any time.

Now that you have some cash in the bank will you be hiring lots of people?
Why, you want a job? We intend to stay scrappy and lean and stick to the values that have gotten us this far. We’ll grow the company organically, and will keep you up to date on any hiring plans.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

$29 ski lift tickets for Leap Day (get it? 29th of February for $29…)

Hey everyone,

So we have been running around all week trying to line up some great deals, and have found some awesome options at resorts all around the country. For this one, resorts are taking advantage of the extra day in February (and the typical slow period after February vacation) by offering $29 discount lift tickets on Friday the 29th. We also have some other great deals this weekend, but check these resorts out for the $29 deal.

Resorts that have the $29 deal available are…

* Bolton Valley, VT
* Gunstock, NH
* Ragged, NH
* Jay Peak, VT
* Smugglers’ Notch, VT
* Mountain Creek, NJ
* Windham Mountain, NY
* Arapahoe Basin, CO
* Ski Cooper (not Copper…), CO
* Mt. Baldy, CA
* Powder Mountain, UT

Beyond these, there are some awesome other deals this weekend, so get out there and have some fun!


Saturday, December 1, 2007

Arapahoe Basin up to 58% off lift tickets

Arapahoe Basin just loaded a limited quantity (there are only about 20 available per day) of discount lift tickets on Liftopia, with discounts up to 58% midweek and 31% off on weekends.

Get out and enjoy the season, Arapahoe Basin has plenty of snow, have fun out there!

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Top Discount Lift Ticket Deals for Saturday, December 1st

Hey All,

Have fun out there this weekend, enjoy the snow...

Wildcat Mountain, NH: 59% off(!) - $23.99 (Saturday)

Ragged Mountain, NH: 21% off - $43.99 (Saturday)

Arapahoe Basin, CO: 20% off - $36.00 (Saturday)

Ski Cooper, CO: 18% off - $31.99 (Saturday)

Snowbird, UT: 42% off - $39.99 (Saturday)

Whiteface, NY (Lake Placid): 30% off - $35.00 (Saturday)

Apex Mountain, BC (Canada): 25% off - $42 (Saturday)

Sun Peaks Resort, BC (Canada): 13% off - $59 (Saturday)

Mt. Rose, NV (Lake Tahoe): 13% off - $53.99 (Saturday)

Moonlight Basin, MT: 8% off - $46.99 (Saturday)

Alyeska Resort, AK: 15% off - $42.75 (Sunday)

All of these deals and more discount lift tickets can be found at Liftopia.

Monday, March 5, 2007

Ever want to see a Liftopia employee take a fall skiing?

Great weekend in Tahoe, get up there!

Spring skiing is awesome... While it really isnt quite spring yet, Tahoe really gets you feeling like it is very early in the season. This Liftopia guy spent some time out there this weekend, a day at Alpine Meadows on Saturday and a day in the Tahoe backcountry on Sunday. Really great stuff.

Liftopia has some fun things lined up for this spring, so keep an eye out for some new and exciting deals on lift tickets, and hopefully we will bring more resorts on board in your area as soon as possible.

Until then, here are a couple shots from my weekend, which can be seen in the Liftopia Photo Gallery.

Great turns in the Galena Bowls.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

I know I know, it has been some time...

Please forgive me, I know it has been a while since I have written anything.

Things have been crazy lately, and we are psyched about how things are moving along this season. It is great to finally start being a value to different resorts and customers, and we decided we would share some Liftopia feedback with you to give you an idea of what some early experiences with our site are.

“The site is very easy, and the tickets are such a great deal. This was my 1 time trying out skiing and I was so anxious, but this convenient site helped out my anxiety a bit.”

"We bought tickets for A-Basin about 2 months before our trip to Colorado, at really nice discount from the full-price tickets. It was great knowing that the skiing had already been paid for and it was a breeze to pick up the tickets at the mountain. Had a great day of boarding!"

"Liftopia provided fast service and saved me money, which pretty much makes it a no brainer to use! I will definitely go back to Liftopia for lift tickets before my next ski vacation."

"Just a note about the service I got from Liftopia. It really impressed me that I was able to have an email conversation with one of the owners. The ticket was waiting for me and the price was great. Not often that one can talk to someone who runs the business."

We are obviously excited about our initial response to our service, and are committed to the best customer service possible. It is amazing how quickly the season moves along, and we should have some great spring specials coming out in March and April.

Have fun out there,

The LT folks...