nzXsports.com Ltd are the publishers of Snow.co.nz and Surf.co.nz. These sites are all at the cutting edge of their field in respect to the information supplied, design and interaction with the snow, surf and marine weather industry and public.
Former New Zealand Winter Olympic representative David Scott founded the predesessor to nzXsports.com, Snowco in 1996. Today, its six staff bring a wide array of talents. David Chalklen, our sales and marketing manager with a degree in Recreation Management and former lift technician at Cardrona. Tim Armstrong, our newest addition to the sales and marketing team, has a degree in marketing from Waikato University. Martyn Davies, who was the former ski area manager at Temple Basin and is now our snow content, web camera & live streaming manager. Matt Stinson, who keeps our websites latest projects and development tuned and humming along as well as Miles Finlay who is our IT, development and graphics technician.
New since 2006 is the introduction of Live Streaming events and web cameras. As broadband saturation and the internet reach further into people's homes, we at nzXsports.com are committed to supplying cutting edge surfing and snow sports events footage and delivering conditions as they happen. Watch 2007 as we deliver even more from the most remote spots in NZ. We have supplied radio stations, TV stations, magazines, local and international websites and newspapers with the latest snow and surf conditions, webcams, press releases, images and much more.
The Snow.co concept was developed from David Scott's thesis for the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology Ski Area Management Course in 1995. Since then the site has moved from being a static industry website to providing up to the minute and impartial snow reports, cameras and news articles. The site has received huge acclaim, including several Netguide awards, and has ever increasing traffic levels.
The Surf.co website was launched by Keith Redman in August 1996, and brought into the nzXsports.com group in August of 2002. The site has extensive sanctioned surfing information, news and photos from around the world.
The South Island surfcam idea was set in motion during Winter 2001 when Steve Nyhoff approached David Scott with the idea of setting up a live-feed webcam at St Clair Boardriders. This led to Steve working for nzxsports.com for the next 8 months as he travelled New Zealand setting up cams at Raglan, Waipu, Wellington, Tauranga Bay and providing reconnaissance on many other potential locations.
According to Nielsen Net Ratings, across all 3 sites we reach an average of 46,000 page impressions per day in summer and 58,000 page impressions per day in winter. With average unique browsers per month across all 3 sites over winter at over 9000 per day and at over 7000 per day in summer - advertising with us should be an important part of your annual strategy. For more information on advertising on any of the sites, please contact Tully Farrell.
nzXsports.com Ltd hosts the websites with OneSquared.
SNOWCO IS FOR SALE
Snowco continues to grow after a recent setback (the website was hacked in Nov 2012). It is a going concern with a short and long term business plan and strategy.
Snowco, first launched in June 1995 remains the premium snow website for New Zealand. The websites income streams include advertising sales, the sale of tourism listings and the distribution of collated snowreport and webcam data. It is currently run with a staff of two plus three technical and content contractors.
The assets for a sale are:
- the website software on a Bjango platform and hosted on servers in California.
- domain names snow.co.nz, ski.co.nz, snowboard.co.nz, nzsnowboard.co.nz, skinewzealand.com, skinewzealand.co.nz, newzealandsnow.com, newzealandsnow.co.nz, snownz.co.nz, winter.co.nz, skicam.co.nz, snowcam.co.nz, ohakune.co.nz, skiruapehu.com, skiruapehu.co.nz, skiwanaka.co.nz, skiwanaka.com, alpsports.co.nz, alpsports.com, skiresorts.co.nz, skishops.co.nz, snowshops.co.nz, snowstore.co.nz, snowco.co.nz, heli-ski.co.nz, heli-skiing.co.nz, heliskinewzealand.com, nzsnow.co.nz, nzsnowboard.co.nz & snow-sports.com.
- Community: Snowco has a huge following of committed and engaged followers. Annually we reach over 840,000 unique browsers with a combined reach of 11 million page impressions. Over 21,000 Facebook followers, 36,000 subscribers to our email newsletter, with lesser amounts of Twitter and ski.co.nz email participants.
- David Scott will continue to act as content manager and advisor AT NO CHARGE for the remainder of the existing season (as at 1 Jan on the year of the sale).
Reason for selling: nzXsports.com Ltd (the company which operates Snow.co.nz) is 100% owned by David Scott. After 20 years at the helm David is looking to move on to pursue other opportunities. Failing any interested parties coming forward David will be switching Snowco off on October 1st 2015 after completing 20 years and 21 seasons in operation.
Interested parties should contact David directly. With the signing of a non-disclosure agreement David will forward an Information Memorandum about the company.