Interview with Kevin Kossouho
Kévin Kossouho, Shop Manager at Ski Republic in Val Thorens answer with his own experience.
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Interview with Kevin Kossouho, shop manager in Val Thorens
For how long have you been managing the Ski Republic shop in Val Thorens?
I have worked for Ski Republic for 4 years, and this is my second winter as shop manager in Val Thorens.
Ski Republic offers the possibility to book online. Do many of your customers use this service? What are the advantages of booking online?
Yes, more and more clients book online. In fact, the online bookings are increasing all the time. Around 70% of our bookings this season are made online, against 60% last winter. Customers save time by booking online. All their equipment is ready when they arrive in the resort they just need to collect it. For us it is also easier to manage, as we can prepare the equipment during our quieter times.
What is the different between your shop and the other rental shops in Val Thorens?
We offer better value for money.
I know that you are a snowboarder. Could you tell us if Ski Republic is improving its snowboard range?
Hiring a snowboard can be complicated. Today, most hire shop offers a very good range of skis, but very few have good snowboards to hire. Snowboarders usually have to go to pro shops to be able to find a good board to hire. Ski Republic has invested in new snowboards this season. For intermediate snowboarders, we have the Rhythm by Flow which is excellent. For advanced boarders, we have very good boards by Nitro. We also have junior boards.
Ski Republic’s Snowlib system allows clients to change their equipment whenever they want during their stay, and to swap from skiing to snowboarding. Do many people use this service?
Around 10% of our clients ski and snowboard in the same week. With Ski Republic, they make the right choice as they can have high quality skis and boards, and don’t pay extra to swap from one to the other.
Ski Republic offers free helmet hire to all its clients. Do many people take advantage of it?