Summit singles can log on for love
Summit County correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
SUMMIT COUNTY – Frustrated Summit County singles will have a new place to search for partners online starting Sept. 1.
It won’t be a standard dating website, allowing membership to a global circuit of singles, though. In fact, it’s quite the opposite, and it means to be.
The website, WildMoutainHonies.com ” the creation of Holly Vliet and Melody Shell ” seeks to specifically “connect mountain folks to others who share their love for mountain life,” rather than digitally introduce members to a seemingly infinite amount of people scattered across the globe.
People who live outside of mountain towns will be “politely” denied membership.
The website is substantially styled for people who live a mountain-oriented lifestyle. In addition to standard compatibility questions, the site places a heavy stress on the activities in which members most participate. A member’s “fun choices” are even listed in lieu of his or her income.
The motivation for creating the site, according to Shell, stems from the limited number of individuals who live in small mountain towns. It’s hard to meet new people if you’re with the same group every time you go out, Shell said. WildMoutainHonies.com intends to liberate its members from the banal rut in which many small-town residents find themselves.
Small communities are great for familiar love and support, but that doesn’t necessarily help a newcomer looking for conversation over a beer, or 12.
Furthermore, Shell believes members who start a relationship will be more inclined to move to their partner’s mountain town because the risk of a lifestyle sacrifice will all but diminish.
Shell is also quick to point out that the site is in no way limited to singles looking for a partner.
“The site is like a combination of Match.com and Facebook,” explained Shell.
Visitors unfamiliar with a particular mountain town could ask residents (who would also have to be members) about local attractions and hotspots. A Lake Tahoe resident, for example, could offer advice on good local bars in exchange for the best bowl to ski at Keystone after a snowstorm.
This type of interconnectivity among mountain communities is Shell’s goal. If it works, locals throughout mountain communities as far north as Canada will benefit, at least in theory, when visiting different areas.
As a warning, the website does charge for its use. Those interested in joining can do so by clicking the appropriately labeled tab in the upper left side of WildMountainHonies.com.
A group of local governments and agencies are developing a comprehensive recreation management plan to protect the experience and environment at the Maroon Bells Scenic Area.