About Shred Index

Find out more information on what Shred Index is about

Want to do a ski season somewhere?

Moving to a new ski resort โ„ is never easy, as there are so many things to think about. Once you have chosen a resort for the season, it's difficult to change it up.

  • ๐Ÿ’ผ What are the chances of me getting a job or finding accommodation?
  • ๐Ÿ’ธ Will it pay me enough?
  • ๐Ÿ›‚ What about my Visa limitations?
  • ๐Ÿ“ž What phone provider should I use?
  • ๐Ÿ› Where is the best hostel to stay at when I first arrive?
  • โœˆ๏ธ How am I gonna lug my gear from the airport to the resort?

The list is endless...

Imagine ๐Ÿ’ก if there was a one-stop place where you could find all the answers to all your problems from people who have already experienced it themselves? Better yet, what if you knew all the golden secrets of the resort before arriving?

The locals know best. ๐Ÿ‘‰ This is why Shred Index has made it possible for you to add your own opinions and ratings โญ  with the ability to upvote/downvote directly on the website!

Your opinions, votes, and ratings โญ will help many others!

What is Shred Index?๐Ÿค”

Shred Index involves the global ski โ›ท๏ธ and snowboard ๐Ÿ‚ community with relevant crowd-sourced ๐Ÿ“ฃ information provided by the public. In other words, what people think is best. The more people involved, the better it will be!

Why rank ski resorts?๐Ÿฅ‡

Ski Resorts are constantly changing, with resort development, job opportunities, housing availability, tourists and crowds. Having new relevant information is important for anyone wanting to work, live or visit there.

Being able to rank resorts on current (this year) information will help people make the right decision on which resort to visit.

How does it work?๐Ÿคท

Anyone that has logged in ๐Ÿ”’ will be able to rate a resort attribute, fill in some local information about the resort or upvote ๐Ÿ‘/ downvote an existing entry.

The more recent the rating is made, or the more upvotes the entry has, the more valuable they will be.

Who is involved in Shred Index?

Shred Index is a self-funded project designed and run by me ๐Ÿ™‹ (Tom Hansen)

Another close friend โค๏ธ of mine may become part of Shred Index in the future. Time ๐Ÿ•’ will tell if it grows bigger.

What inspired me to put together a website like this? ๐Ÿ˜„

Good question. ๐Ÿค”I was living in Whistler, Canada at the time and was having a hard time with housing and financials ๐Ÿ’ฐ, along with many others. Whistler is a great place, but it has quite a few issues for people arriving. There is a huge housing shortage ๐Ÿค, and fewer companies offer staff accommodation than at other resorts. So accommodation prices are hugely inflated and a lot of people end up leaving before the season even starts because they were unaware of how bad ๐Ÿ˜ˆ the situation was before arriving.

This wasnโ€™t new to me. I have done a few ski seasons in different places in the world ๐ŸŒ and each time I found it difficult to get a good idea in advance of what the resort is like to live in. Not to mention, find all the โ€˜hidden gemsโ€™ ๐Ÿ’Ž๐Ÿ’Ž๐Ÿ’Ž some of the locals know of. There are many ski websites out there that provide huge amounts of information, but they arenโ€™t easy to navigate, nor are they tailored towards people working and living throughout the winter season.

With this being the situation, I wanted to find the next best ski resort that had heaps of powder, cheap cost of living, and a huge amount of terrain to explore. After talking with a few others, I realized people come to the mountains for different reasons. Some come to shred, others come to party, some come with family, and some come for the outdoor lifestyle. I realized the community needed a directory that people could filter on using their own criteria and priorities. The idea came to me whilst listening to Courtland Alanโ€™s Indie Hackers podcast ๐ŸŽง with entrepreneur Pieter Levels, who made a directory of locations for digital nomads.

Hopefully, Shred Index can help people see what they are getting themselves into before arriving into a new ski resort and show other possible clear alternatives they may not be aware of.

Who will hopefully use Shred Index?๐Ÿ™

I hope seasonal shredders as well as tourists can use Shred Index to find the information they want, and help others in the industry find what they want.

Anybody can help by adding in their own thoughts of โ€˜what's bestโ€™ in the resorts they have been to.

A quick run through of the basic information someone who's looking to work in the ski industry can glean from Shred Index ๐Ÿ›ˆ

For someone who is looking to work and live in the ski industry, they should be able to:

Find in the resort:

  • ๐Ÿ’ผ Job postings
  • ๐Ÿ’ผ Job availability status
  • ๐Ÿ˜๏ธ Housing links
  • ๐Ÿ˜๏ธ Housing availability status
  • ๐Ÿ›ˆ Basic Information on getting set up in the resort townโ€ฆ for example โ€˜Best Phone Serviceโ€™

  • Sort from the highest rated resort for:

  • ๐Ÿ’ผWorking
  • ๐Ÿ  Living
  • โ›ท๏ธ Shredding

  • What sort of community are you hoping to build around Shred Index? โ›ฐ๏ธ

    This is a really important question because the community will determine the success of how useful Shred Index will be. The more people that use it, the more information will be available and the more accurate it will be. Itโ€™s likely the community will start out with seasonal workers and local shredders with the possibility to progress into tourists and daily commuters.

    Important Notes

    Shred Index is still in the development stage and will be constantly evolving. It is made for the community and what the community wants. Please give feedback on what you want as it will help the development of it. Some things to think about are, how you use the website and what are the most critical points of information you would like to find. Feel free to message me privately as I would love to help in any way possible.