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What’s a Snowhead?
Sunday June 7, 2009 - Email this article to a friend

We all know what a snowflake, snowball and snowman are. Most of us have heard of the band Snowpatrol, but what on earth is a Snowhead?

It’s a person who uses the internet chat forum, Snowheads.

The site now has 15,500 registered users and last January had 200,000 people chatting, posting or just reading the comments.

The site started 5 years ago with 115 people posting in the first week.

It began after the Ski Club of Great Britain closed down its chat forum to non-members after a series of derogatory posts.

Those suddenly excluded were left without a means of communicating so they simply set up their own chat room and it has turned into the most popular chat forum for snowpsorts in the UK.

Tips on taking a 3 year old skiing, recommendations about the best travel insurance, the scariest road leading up to a ski resort, snow making in Zermatt and new lifts for La Plagne next season are just some of the subjects under discussion at the moment.

So are they all just a bunch of sad anoraks with no friends and too much time on their hands? 

To find out see the video below with the founder of the site, Graham MacMahon who has been talking to PlanetSKI at a Snowheads get together at the Hemel Hempstead Snow Centre.

Many of them met each other face to face for the first time.

“So that’s what you look like!” seemed to be the most common phrase used at the get together as many people saw each other in the flesh for the first time.

“You don’t look a bit like I thought you would,” was another; though most were far too polite to say whether it was a pleasant surprise or a nasty shock to meet up in person.

All in all it was great event and something the Snowheads say they will repeat.

If you want to join them check out the site here. Even if you don’t want to post it’s entertaining and there is a mine of useful information, though occasionally there are a few axes being ground.

The site has about a dozen moderators who take off offensive posts and calm things down when sporadically things get out of hand.

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