“You are guaranteed a solid 10 minutes to woo your target,” explain the organizers.“We had some serious snogging within the first 30 seconds on the lift last year.” If you meet your match, great, if not, go back down the mountain for another chance at love—or maybe just a make out.The idea came to Mike Keshian, founder of Luv Byrd, after attending an outdoor mixer at Crested Butte called "The Twist of Love." A 2004 graduate of Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs, Keshian was working as a rental tech in Crested Butte during the winters, and spending the summers in Alaska on a fishing boat.His fateful chairlift ride during the "Twist of Love" inspired him to try his luck as an entrepreneur and create a dating app that would bring together outdoor adventure enthusiasts.Though Colorado is by far our most popular base." And there is definitely a need for an outdoor-oriented matchmaking site.
The site allows people to filter potential matches by favorite outdoor activity, ability level and age.“The whole thing started as a joke really,” explains Heather.Having just relocated to Canmore, she was brainstorming ideas for a speed dating event in the area while skiing at Sunshine Village with a friend, co-organizer Jeff Siddle. But on a more practical front, she and Riddle agree that they are looking for a partner who can ski but the reality is, “you can put that in your profile but you may not necessarily ski.” This way Heather can see a potential dates skiing ability in action and test the waters for a spark face-to-face. They loved it and now it’s running for its third consecutive year.“All the interactions tend to be quite flirtatious.There is a lot of trust because a lot of people live in the Bow Valley,” plugs Heather, who plans to get some laps in on the speed dating chair herself.