How Technology is Transforming the Ski Resort Industry

Last week, Active Network held a customer conference in Squaw Valley where customers from ski resorts and other parks and attractions gathered to discuss the active entertainment world and learn new ways to use the RTP|ONE software system. There were some great technology discussions, skiing and snowboarding one afternoon, and socializing at night. Technology, skiing, and socializing – what could be better?

And yes, we discussed how the resort industry is changing, too. If you’ve been to a ski resort or theme park recently, you may have noticed some changes in your experience as a guest. Here are four ways that the resort industry is changing with new technology:

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ActiveX: Take A Load Off

I am seriously excited about the launch of the 2nd annual TALO program here at Active Network. As part of ActiveX, our employee wellness program, nearly 400 Active employees are taking on the 12-week Take A Load Off (or TALO) nutrition behavior program. More than 20 of our offices have participants working hard to acquire the tools to live a healthier, happier life by making a “food-mood connection” through nutrition behavior education, consistent exercising and group support. Last year, we saw many employees change their health trajectories and are living much healthier, more active lives. Awesome.

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Active Network Celebrates Getting Military Children Active in the Great Outdoors

The Sierra ClubArmed Services YMCABlue Star FamiliesNational Military Family AssociationOutdoors Alliance for Kids and the National Park Service are kicking off this month with an outdoor celebration for 350+ military children and their families this Sunday, April 1 at Prince William Forest Park in Triangle, Virginia.

Kids with active-duty parents will get to enjoy a day of hiking, learn how to cast a fly rod and pitch tents. These types of outdoor experiences give children an opportunity to relax and reconnect with each other.

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Pinterest for Recreation Organizations: Set your Images Free

I know what you’re thinking: “Just what we need, another social network to learn about.” And believe me, I hear you. But this one is getting popular quickly, plus it’s fun and based around images, so it won’t be too much work for you to keep it up to date.

Pinterest is a social networking site that is visual in nature and allows users to pin images to a variety of categories (or boards), follow other people’s boards, and allow others to follow theirs.  You can link your Pinterest account with Facebook and Twitter so your followers know when you have added a new pin. The site is popular because it allows you to organize your ideas and save links and images you find on the internet quickly and conveniently. Users love exploring other boards and allowing people to see into their visual worlds.

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Active Network Launches Online Camping Reservation System for North Carolina State Parks

Want to find the best camping spot in North Carolina? Look no further than the North Carolina State Parks website, where you can book a spot at more than 3,000 sites in 29 North Carolina State Parks. Our team at Active Network was thrilled to work with our friends at the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation to help them successfully launch their online camping reservations system last week. This online reservation system will allow customers to view photos of parks and sites, check availability, and make reservations. By end of day on go-live, March 21, approximately 900 reservations were made!! North Carolina has some fantastic campground getaways, including Mount Mitchell State Park, Pettigrew State Park and Hammocks Beach State Park. Check it out and book your summer camping trip now.

– Megan Lavine is a PR wizard and gets active by getting in touch with her inner yogi, lacing up her running shoes and putting her green thumb to work in the garden.

Think You Can Take Lance Armstrong?

You have the yellow LIVESTRONG bracelet. You avidly watch every Tour de France and Ironman World Championship. And yes—for you, it is about the bike. Now it’s your chance to live the dream and train alongside Lance Armstrong and other triathlon super stars.

Tour de Force and Active Network have teamed up to present “Swim Bike Run with Lance & Friends,” an intimate training camp for cycling and triathlon enthusiasts. The camp will be held—where else?—in Kona, Hawaii May 26-28th, 2012. “Campers” will get a once-in-a-lifetime, three-day opportunity to train with the legendary Lance Armstrong and a team of triathlon super stars including Craig Alexander, Chrissie Wellington, Dave Scott, Greg Welch and Jimmy Riccitello.

Continue reading Couch-to-5K® is an Appy Award Winner!

We’re thrilled to report that Couch-to-5K® won best mobile app in the Healthcare & Fitness category of the 2012 Appy Awards!

The Appy Awards, also known as The Appys, recognizes outstanding mobile, social and web-based applications. Produced by MediaPost Communications, the Appys are presented in various categories—creating a best-of list for the app world.

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PBS KIDS Day in the Park Encourages Outdoor Activities

Spring is here and an initiative by PBS and the National Recreation and Park Association promotes a fun way for families to get outdoors. From March 26 to April 20, 2012 (leading up to Earth Day), PBS KIDS is showing themed on-air programming and local events to encourage kids to explore the outdoors and learn about the environment.         Continue reading

NIRSA 2012 Conference: ‘Navigating the Future of Collegiate Recreation’

The National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) is hosting it’s annual conference in Tampa, Florida from March 27 – 30, 2012. For our campus rec people out there: will we be seeing you there? More than 2,000 campus recreation professionals and students will gather to discuss new innovations and more at the conference titled, “From Ideas to Innovation: Navigating the Future of Collegiate Recreation.”

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The City of San Diego Goes Paperless with Parks & Rec Software

The City of San Diego is making it easier for citizens to get active. By partnering with Active Network, Communities the city has decided to automate its parks and recreation operations to help P & R staff save time and make it easier for people to register online. From facility reservations and park permitting to payment processing and e-commerce, San Diego has decided to manage its operations through parks and recreation software. Check out more on our Communities blog!

– Henry O’Loughlin has a way with words and gets active by playing basketball and volleyball, surfing San Diego beaches and traveling as often as possible.