Venturebeat: Liftopia slaloms into funding for niche ski-ticket site

March 15, 2008

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While large companies like Ticketmaster do a pretty good job of tying up the major event ticket sales market, there's plenty of industry interest in smaller markets, most notably for secondary event ticket sites like Viagogo and Seatwave (coverage here and here). Another possibility is niche ticket sales, which is what Liftopia does with discounted lift tickets for ski resorts. The site, which was founded in 2005, partners with resorts and allows them to make adaptive changes to ticket pricing according to weather conditions and other factors. Liftopia didn't disclose the size of the round, which was provided by a "multitude of individual investors", according to the release, including members of the Sand Hill Angels and North Bay Angels. The funding was the San Francisco, Calif. company's first.