I haven’t heard back from Sierra at Tahoe, will try a few other contacts there. Here is the letter I sent that anyone can copy/paste to their local ski resort. I’ll also send one to Bear Valley off highway 4 in CA, I’m not there as often but they are a small resort / mountain that may be interested.
To: ski resort emails
Subject: Partnership with Gotenna for mesh network communications
I’m not sure who to contact about this exactly, so thank you in advance if you can assist reaching the right people at ski resort name regarding this partnership proposal.
I’ve been a long time user of a product called Gotenna by a company of the same name. It’s a small radio device the size of candy bar that connects to your smartphone with bluetooth and lets you send text messages and share locations with anyone else that has the same device, no cell phone networks or internet required. I’ve been using it for a couple years while skiing at ski resort name, and in areas where there is zero cell phone coverage, I can still use my phone to text with my friends that have the same device to plan when and where to meet up. It works great.
They just started a partnership program to reach out to ski resorts, because their new product, Gotenna Mesh, can relay messages across multiple devices to create a “mesh network” to greatly increase coverage. So by strategically placing a few of these tiny Mesh units across the mountain, anyone that has one can relay private, group, or public safety messages to reach any other user anywhere on the property.
Copied below is the partnership message from them which is why I’m sending you this email. I’ve cc’d Gotenna so you can just reply all and let us know what you think.
Thanks so much for reading!
More about Gotenna is at http://gotenna.com
Hi all! We’re looking to partner with ski resorts and adjacent groups like ski shops, ski schools, ski patrols, heli guides, mountain SAR, etc. to build out custom solutions that ensure complete goTenna Mesh coverage this winter season, both to ensure a backup communications network in case of an emergency AND to cover “bald” spots of no coverage which is quite common when you’re not on a main run, off-trail, in bowls, on “the other side of the mountain”, or generally away from town or lodges.
The target, too, is to create a network that can be used by both public safety and consumers. The plan would be to set up strategic stationary relay nodes in addition to get mobile units in as many people’s hands as possible.
If you or anyone you know works in these areas and might be interested in talking with us, please let me know! Also generally excited to hear any/all ideas regarding this initiative!