The new website of Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort, designed and developed by ISITE Design, has been named North American Travel Site of the Year by web content management software provider Sitecore.
The site was recognized for supporting an immersive, engaging and interactive online experience for skiers and snowboarders who visit Mt. Hood Meadows, a premier winter sports destination in the Pacific Northwest. The new site engages resort visitors before, during and after their trip to the mountain. It provides vibrant photos and videos, user-contributed media and stories, and real-time data on trail conditions, weather, lifts, and more. The site also integrates with business-critical systems, including Mt. Hood Meadows’ resort management system and ecommerce, helping drive strong customer engagement and online revenue.
“Mt. Hood Meadows had an ambitious set of site requirements. They wanted a great visual design, an elegant user experience for a wide array of visitors and new functionality like user-contributed photos and videos,” said Paul Williams, CEO and President, ISITE Design. “It was a tall order with a deadline of 4 months and the need to provide a highly scalable platform on which they could grow.”
Williams added, “The Sitecore CMS provided ISITE and Mt. Hood Meadows a flexible development framework to create a robust and engaging web experience that is easily maintained by Meadows staff.”
The website re-launch, coming just before the start of the 2009-2010 winter season, engaged customers immediately. The site reflects Mt. Hood Meadows’s status as a premier travel destination in the Pacific Northwest.
“We are extremely pleased with the presentation of content, imagery and the user experience that SkiHood.com delivers to our guests. The improved navigational system and one click ability to reach popular sections such as our conditions page, photo gallery, events schedule and online store has vastly improved the browsing experience, delivering the preferred content fast and efficiently,” said Dave Tragethon, Executive Director of Sales, Marketing, Communications and IT.
He added, “The Sitecore application allows us to decentralize the administrative task of managing our site to involve those who are most knowledgeable and excited about their specific sections of the site. The site has helped us accomplish our mission to communicate more immediately and accurately with our guests in both a proactive and responsive basis. This site is helping our guests to advance plan their trip and commit to visiting Mt. Hood Meadows, while setting the appropriate expectation of what they will experience when they get here.”
Sitecore’s Site of the Year contest recognizes customers who have leveraged Sitecore’s technology to develop the most outstanding websites.
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