So why did we leave Meetup.com?
Lots of people have been asking why we’ve moved to our own website after 8 years on the Meetup.com social network. While we enjoyed our time hosted by Meetup and thank them for all they’ve done, the reasons are simple:
1. More features. More user control. Better trip planning.
To be the premiere ski & snowboard club for Westchester County and the surrounding tri-state area, we wanted to offer more to Members then just meeting locations and details. Meetup.com tended to restructure its website every few months. We just plain needed better ways to get plans to our Members.
Westchesterskiers.org lets Members more easily enjoy what's happening with their beloved club —along with a host of great features and content like user-friendly calendars, polls, blog posts, carpool maps, videos, tips, webcasts, special promotions, exclusive logo gear and more that we couldn’t do on our Meetup site.
2. To open up WSR to more people.
To be a Westchester Skiers & Riders Member via Meetup, you had to join Meetup first. But there’s a whole world of snowsports lovers in the world who aren’t on Meetup. We couldn’t leave them out of the loop! We want to be open to a wider community of people who want to learn, enjoy, travel, and band together. Westchesterskiers.org was created to give more Westchester residents access to that opportunity.
3. More committed and exclusive WSR Members.
Our Meetup page was great in welcoming many Members to WSR—sometimes hundreds of people. But, as any sports club organizer will tell you, a member who doesn’t participate (i.e. come on ski outings!) isn’t a useful member. At our new online home of Westchesterskiers.org, each profile is for an exclusive, genuine Member who's looking to have fun with WSR and be a part of our growing club. There are no “lurkers.” No clowns. No anonymous profiles. Involved, committed members help grow a club, and make trips more fun. When membership grows with participation, ski trips and events get cheaper for everyone.
I hope that you'll choose to become a full member immediately so that we can have more great times on the slopes together—as we have at Steamboat, Colorado, Mount Snow, Killington, Okemo, Gore, Windham, Smugglers—and all the rest.