Tahoe Learn to Ski and Snowboard Package Deals


2017 – 2018 Ski Season Tahoe learn to ski and snowboard package deals and discounts for beginners to advanced

Lake Tahoe ski resorts offer learn to ski and snowboard deals and discounts for skiers and snowboarders through out the ski season with a few Tahoe resorts offering deals good on weekends and holidays.

Gather family and friends together to take advantage of these deals and introduce them to learn an enjoyable snow sports that will last a lifetime; plan a getaway; browse and book a Tahoe vacation rental.

Skiing and snowboarding can be an expensive sport especially for beginners without any gear but that doesn’t have to be true if you take advantage of Tahoe ski resorts introductory and promo deals. Discount learn to ski and snowboard package deals include ski / snowboard lessons, beginner’s lift ticket, and equipment rentals.

The Learn to Ski and Snowboard promos offer great value deals for children and adults who are first-time skiers to get started skiing and riding down powdery Tahoe scenic slopes without breaking the bank.

For last minute lift ticket deals, browse discounts at:

Best Tahoe learn to ski and snowboard deals:

(1) Boreal’s TAKE 3, RIDE FREE
Recognized as one of the country’s best beginner programs , this pre-paid package automatically enrolls you into the Take 3, Ride FREE program and includes (3) Single Day Half Day Lesson Packages and a FREE 2017-18 Season Pass on your fourth visit! What we like about Boreal Mountain resort is the fact that it is easy to get to with quick access off of Highway 80 on Donner Summit plus an added bonus of night skiing.

(2) Homewood’s $69 adult ski and snowboard first-timer packages
Homewood Mountain Resort offers the best learn to ski/snowboard deal in the Lake Tahoe region – for just $69. Sunday through Friday, non-holiday, first-timers will receive a half-day lesson package which includes an all-day equipment rental (helmet not included in package but available at an additional cost) and beginner lift ticket – It’s everything you need to make your first turns on snow!

Simply purchase your Learn to Ski or Learn to Ride package online, at least 2 days in advance of your desired lesson date to receive the special $69 price all season long.

What we also like at Homewood is their incredible lake views; skiing and riding down Homewood slopes gives you a breathe-taking view of the lake. Very beautifully scenic for a first timer. Romantic setting no less. 😉

(3) Learn how to ski or snowboard for just $99 when you book in advance at Alpine Meadows any day for ages 13+ thru March 30, 2018.

First time lesson package includes everything you need

+ Beginner lift ticket
+ Equipment rental (skis, boots, poles -or- snowboard, boots)
+ 2.25 hr beginner lesson

The advantage of learning to ski or snowboard on non-holiday weekdays is you’ll get more personal attention and with less folks at the resort, you basically have the whole mountain to yourself – less people on the slopes.

(4) Donner Ski Ranch offers perhaps the best deal all-around; even on weekends and holidays, the price is the same: adults, youths, and seniors can sign up for the learn to ski or snowboard deal package for $99 while child (ages 7-12) package is $79. Why pay the high price of big mountain resorts when you only need a bunny hill to learn on?

Designed for first-time skiers and beginners, our Learn to Turn package includes a restricted lift ticket, granting access to beginner terrain on the front of the mountain via the skiing moving carpet and chairlifts #4 and #6, ski or snowboard equipment rental package, and a 1.5 hour group lesson.


9 am, 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm

Lift tickets and rentals valid for full-day skiing and riding.
Anyone who purchases a Learn to Turn package may use the moving carpet to practice on one’s own prior to his/her lesson. Visit the ticket window to secure your space. Lessons will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

Looking to buy gear, skis, snowboard or snow sports clothing? REI is having their REI’s Winter Clearance Sale.

Save up to 50% on Cold Weather Clothing and Footwear. Plus Save 50% off or more at REI Garage! Shop early for the best selection. Free U.S. Standard Shipping on all Skis and Snowboards. Earn a $100 REI Gift Card when you apply for an REI Mastercard. Browse clearance sale items.

Discounted ski bus trips: check out the one day and overnight ski bus trip deals. Sleep on the bus, have a fun day of skiing and snowboarding and watch movies on the return bus ride.

♥ Share this page with friends and family via , twitter, facebook.




Tahoe Resorts Snow Report, Live Cams

tahoe resorts opening dates

Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts Opening Dates, Live Cams and Snow Report for the 2017 – 2018 Winter Season 

Plan a Tahoe getaway: browse Tahoe area vacation rentals or those with a season pass, join a ski lease to maximize your ski and ride days. Rideshare with folks to ski and ride your favorite Tahoe resort and to connect for trips to Utah, Colorado, Whistler, Europe, South America and other snow destinations. Join our happy hour meetups. For SF Bay Area to Tahoe ski bus deals, sign up for one day and overnight trips.

Sunday March 4, 2018 Snow Totals for Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts is 4 to 6 feet of new snow.

On the Beyond Tahoe Snow Destination ‘Bucket List’: where can you ski and ride at midnight, soak in a hot mineral water pool, then follow that up with soju shots and BBQ eats? Dragon Valley, South Korea – site of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

2017-18 Lake Tahoe ski resorts projected opening dates, snow report and live resort webcams ..

Heavenly is opened Trail Map | Live Cams


Sierra at Tahoe Nov 25  Trail Map | Cam

Kirkwood is opened Trail Map | Cam


Squaw Valley USA is opened Trail Map | Cam


Alpine Meadows is opened Trail Map | Cam

Northstar-at-Tahoe is opened  Trail Map | Cam

Sugar Bowl Nov 24 Trail Map | Cam

Boreal is opened . Check their website for night skiing hours. Trail Map | Cam

Homewood Dec 8  Trail Map | Cam


Diamond Peak Dec 14 Trail Map | Cam

Mt. Rose is opened Trail Map | Cam


Tahoe Donner  Dec 9 Trail Map

Donner Ski Ranch early DEC Trail Map

Bear Valley  Nov 25 Trail Map | Cam

China Peak  early DEC Trail Map

Dodge Ridge early Dec Trail Map | Cam

Soda Springs  DEC Trail Map

Yosemite’s Badger Pass® Ski Area  DEC Trail Map

Mt. Shasta Ski Resort  Dec Trail Map | Cam | Extended night skiing/riding hours 3:30 PM to 9:00 PM.

Screen Shot 2017-11-18 at 3.24.35 PM – source: onthesnow.com

Want to sleep and let a professional driver take you to your favorite Tahoe resort? Book a discount SF Bay Area to Tahoe ski bus trip: one day and overnight bus trips. Enjoy a full day of skiing or riding; sleep on the way to Tahoe and watch movies on the return while enjoying complimentary snacks and drinks.

For last minute lift ticket deals, browse discounts at:

Check to see when the next snow storm is in the forecast. Browse traffic and road webcams. Check Caltrans live feed.

Tip: before you drive to Tahoe, Check Current California Highway Road Conditions & Traffic; Enter Highway Number(s)

Check weather forecast:

Cross Country Tahoe Ski Areas Opening Dates

Granlibakken Resort  DEC Trail Map | Cam

Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort  DEC Trail Map

Spooner Lake Cross Country Ski Area  DEC Trail Map

Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area  DEC Trail Map

Southern California/Sierra

Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort  Nov 9 Trail Map | Cam


*All opening dates posted above are based on snowfall and could change. Check with the resort before you go for the most updated information.

Driving to Tahoe often and interested in ride sharing? Join Snow Pals to car pool/ride share to and from Tahoe; share expenses and meet new friends.

Map of Lake Tahoe Area Ski Resorts

map source: unofficialnetworks.com

For a detailed listing of Tahoe ski resorts, check out our handy guide to all the Lake Tahoe area ski resorts! It’s the fastest way to scan lift ticket prices and compare the resorts to find the perfect one for you.

Looking to join a Tahoe ski lease? Browse our listing, or list yours.

Looking to buy gear, skis, snowboard or snow sports clothing? REI is having their REI’s Winter Clearance Sale.

Save up to 50% on Cold Weather Clothing and Footwear. Plus Save 50% off or more at REI Garage! Shop early for the best selection. Free U.S. Standard Shipping on all Skis and Snowboards. Earn a $100 REI Gift Card when you apply for an REI Mastercard. Browse clearance sale items.

♥ Share this page with friends and family via twitterfacebook.

*If you spot any error on this page or would like to make a suggestion, please email .  Advance thanks!


Enjoy scenic Lake Tahoe: hiking and snowshoeing


Snowshoeing is fun, easy and an inexpensive way to get out on the snow around Lake Tahoe to enjoy the great outdoors and partake in nature photography.

How to snowshoe?

Simply attach a pair of snowshoes to your waterproof hiking boots, and you are ready to go. It’s easy; if you can walk, you can snowshoe.

Where to rent or buy snowshoes?

For first timers, rent a pair of snowshoes at REI to try out snowshoeing. If you plan to go often, buy snowshoes at REI’s clearance deals (a quality pair of snowshoes will last you many years) or other sporting goods. Snowshoes are lightweight, easy to put on, and come with claws on the bottom for added hiking traction up and down hills.

Snowshoeing over packed snow is similar to hiking with large feet, but hiking through deep, fresh powder can be a good workout.

What to wear?

Dress in layers with the outer most layer being a waterproof jacket so you can peel off a layer when you warmed up; wear sweat wicking inner shirt, lightweight waterproof gloves, a hat/beanie, and also remember to bring water and food. Bring along ski poles to use for trekking up and down hills.

Where to snowshoe in Tahoe? Flume Trail

My favorite spot for snowshoeing where you can enjoy panoramic views of Lake Tahoe is the Flume Trail. The Flume Trail is a 12.9 mile point-to-point trail located near Incline Village, Nevada. A great spot for picnicking is about 1 mile walk in where you can experienced beautiful panoramic views of the lake. Pack and enjoy a picnic lunch while taking in panoramic views of Lake Tahoe. If you are taking your date or significant other, this is as romantic and scenic as you can get for a Tahoe outing. In the off season, mountain biking the Flume trail is a popular activity.


The Flume trailhead starts right behind the Tunnel Creek Cafe at 1115 Tunnel Creek Rd, Incline Village, NV 89451. Follow the blacktop road behind the cafe to the trailhead’s gate. If you eat or buy a drink at the cafe, you can ask to park at the cafe parking free of charge. Otherwise, park across the street for free.



Check out REI for closeout deals on winter clothing and snowshoe clearance sale.

Look for hotels and lodging deals in the vicinity of Incline Village, NV, Kings Beach, Tahoe City, or Crystal Bay. For first time booking, get $25 off Tahoe area hotels.

Good value breakfast deal can be had at the Tahoe Biltmore Lodge, Restaurant, Casino: Bilty’s breakfast goes for $6.25 (served 7 AM to 11 AM) is the best deal which includes three eggs any style with bacon, sausage or ham. Eggs cooked just the way you like, accompanied by hash brown potatoes and your choice of toast. Or stop by on Sundays for their $9.95 all you can eat brunch! After snowshoeing, enjoy Happy Hour 7 days a week 3pm-7pm with $1 Draft Beer $2 Well, $2 Jager shots, and $4 Patron Shots.

♥ Share this page with friends and family via twitterfacebook.

How to join SnowPals

Life is about the friendships we cultivate, the places we visit, and the memorable experiences we share; SnowPals invite you to join us to share skiing and snowboarding experiences that will contribute to your collection of life’s treasured memories. Join us to connect with skiers and snowboarders of all levels for trips to Tahoe and to snow destinations beyond.

You know the story, after college, once settled in with a professional career, our circle of friends and activity partners become smaller by each passing year unless effort is made to reach out and connect with people who share common interests; well, here’s your chance. 😉 Btw, ski and snowboard friendships tend to last a lifetime building on a core interest.

“Create ski and snowboarding memories today so when you’ll look back through the years, those are the moments that will be most vivid and will likely to triggered joyful smiles.”- Snowpals

What adventure(s) have you checked off your bucket list this year?

How do I join? Is there a membership fee?

We have a one-time membership fee of $20. This one-time fee helps us pay for web hosting, technical website services, group management and various operations such as facilitating Bay Area-Tahoe ride shares and organizing social events. Our aim is to help you connect with like-minded folks whose interest is snow-sports, network with other Bay Area professionals, and generally, grow your circle of friends. Our activities include pre-snow season ski-and-ride movie screenings, social events, and ski season parties. SnowPals is a dynamic, fun, friendly and engaging alternative to traditional ski and snowboard clubs for busy Bay Area professionals. Members range from newbies to experts in snow sports. Members ages vary from 18 to well into the 70s (single people and married couples with and without kids).

Membership perks include:

✔ Access to our Tahoe ridesharing members network of 8,025 members as of March 2017 (a free alternative to fee-based Uber, Lyft and other ridesharing services)
✔ 10% off selected social events
✔ Swag and lift tickets raffle giveaway at our events
✔ In the off-season, we often facilitate connections for outdoors activities such as hiking, road cycling, mountain biking, wakeboarding, surfing, etc. to encourage an active lifestyle.

Founded in 1999 by a small group of friends; as of January 2018, we’re 8,037 members and growing. Join us to celebrate 19 years of snow sports activities and connect with members for Tahoe trips. Read some feedback from folks who’ve joined. Screen shot of SnowPals’ forum January 2018:


Screen shot of postings from our forum April 2017.

New Member Sign-Up

To become a member of SnowPals, submit this application and pay a one-time $20 membership fee payment using the PayPal payment button below. The fee is nonrefundable, however, your membership is transferable to another person if you so choose within 14 days of payment. Please note that, in accordance with our Privacy Policy, your personal info will not be given or sold to anyone.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

** Once you’ve submitted the above membership form, please send payment with the PayPal button below. Once payment have been processed, we’ll send you an invite to join the forum. Look for our invite in your inbox (with some email services, it may show up in the spam folder). Please note: allow up to 24 hours (Mon – Fri, non-holidays, 9am to 5pm) for your membership application to be processed and an invite to be sent to the email you specified in the form above.

Your Name & Email
Your Phone; Best Time To Call

* Please note: the group’s name was changed from Ski Pals to Snow Pals to include all snow sports (ski, snowboard, cross-country, telemark, back-country, and snowshoe).

Got a question? Drop us a line via  and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

♥ Share this page with friends and family via twitterfacebook.




Booked my Whistler Blackcomb Ski Trip with my Crypto Asset Portfolio Earnings

This is my story of how 2017-18 will be the ski season when I get to check one item off of my bucket list:

Ski and Stay at Whistler Blackcomb ski resort in British Columbia

Over the years, I’ve watched countless ski videos of Whistler and only dreamt with these two words of promise: “one day” which prompted me to dutifully add it to my bucket list. My hopes of skiing Whistler remained elusive until this summer when the Ethereum asset (a new digital technology blockchain platform that enables businesses to build scalable and secure applications) I invested in reached an all time high, going from $7.98 per share on January 1, 2017 to $395.69 per share on June 13, 2017. I gleefully cashed out my investment in my Crypto Asset Portfolio which netted me a tidy sum. This return on investment gave me the funds to book this year’s ski trip to Whistler at a discounted preseason ski and stay package which was an additional unexpected bonus.

Here’s what I booked:

Fairmont Chateau Whistler

✔ Fairmont Chateau Whistler for seven days ski and stay package in November 2017
Village: Upper Village
Six nights of lodging and seven days ski lift tickets with the following benefits: access to both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains including the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, Terrain Parks and Superpipe, along with complimentary Mountain Orientation Tours.

“Nestled at the foot of Blackcomb Mountain, Whistler’s landmark ski-in, ski-out Chateau delivers the perfect holiday destination. An all-season getaway famous for its impeccable service, outstanding cuisine, and luxurious resort accommodations. Whether you’re skiing to the patio of the slopeside Mallard Lounge, relaxing in the soothing waters of the mountainside whirlpools, sharing stories of the day’s adventure around the outdoor fire pits, exploring with our very own Whistler Experience Guide, you’ll create your most unforgettable vacation at Fairmont Chateau Whistler.”

The plan:

Fly SFO to Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
Rent a car and drive the scenic route to Whistler (manageable 2 hours drive time depending on road conditions)
✔ Checkin to the hotel then change into swim trunks, head to the outdoors slopeside hot whirlpool to enjoy a soak, down some tequila shots and warm up with a hot chocolate cocoa drink while taking in the breath taking panoramic views of the ‘sugar’ powder covered mountain range to start my six nights and seven days of skiing

If plan to you go, some useful links to check out:

+ Early Ski and Stay Booking Specials and Discounts
+ Ski Maps and Lift Status
+ Apres Ski/Ride Nightlife
+ Compare airfare pricing on Google Flight for SFO to YVR
+ AWD, 4WD car rental availability at Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
+ Maps, Driving Directions from Downtown Seattle or Vancouver International Airport (YVR), Road Conditions

About Whistler Blackcomb

“It’s official. Ski Magazine’s resort rankings are in, and Whistler Blackcomb has been named North America’s #1 Resort for the 2016-17 winter season. This marks the third year in a row, and fourth time in five years as part of Ski Magazine’s 29th annual SKI Magazine Reader’s Poll.

While we’re proud of the accolades, we’d like to take a moment to focus on the immeasurable. That bigger picture. That feeling you have when you’re here, and when you leave.

Make this the year to come and experience Whistler Blackcomb for yourself.”

Why Whistler Blackcomb? Gain perspective at: www.whistlerblackcomb.com/whywhistler


+ Check out our upcoming ski and snowboard preseason kick-off parties with door prize raffle giveaway

+ Watch a ski n ride movie screening and score lift tickets

+ ENJOY FOUR HOURS of wine and beer tasting plus free lift tickets; get 1`/2 off SNOWBOMB SKI SNOWBOARD FESTIVAL SHOW TICKETS

♥ Share this page with friends and family via twitterfacebook.

Good value alternative to VRBO and Airbnb


Reach Your Audience Using SnowPals' Lake Tahoe Vacation Rentals + Ski Leases

Are you looking for a good value alternative to listing your vacation rental or ski lease on HomeAway, VRBO, Flipkey or Airbnb? We have a simple, low, and flat $35 ad listing fee; notably we do not charge renters and we’ve been connecting owners with renters since 1999.

Are you not getting noticed because your listing is on sites next to 100,000 other properties? What does it matter if nobody can find you?

Snowpals’ listing is affordable, user friendly, and niche market targeted to Lake Tahoe Area Vacation Rentals and Ski Leases. We’ve been helping vacation rental owners increase their booking referrals since 1999.

Snowpals have been growing strong for 18 years. We’ve been connecting San Francisco Bay Area residents and visitors to the Tahoe area together for outdoor activities and snow sports. Snowpals average 2,000+ visitors daily with over 8,025+ members list as of September 2017 and a 10,000+ audience reach for social media and newsletter members list. Increase your vacation rental bookings by advertising on Snowpals to reach your target audience.

How Much Does It Cost?

We have a simple listing fee of $35 for the entire ski season for ski lease advertising, and until August 1 for vacation rental advertising.

Comparison Of Airbnb & VRBO Advertising Fees

AirBnB listing fees: Takes 3% of the overall rental price (plus added fees) as their charge. This includes credit card processing fees also. (note: guests are apparently charged 6-12% of the booking as a fee to them, so keep this in mind when pricing your home compared to your competition).

VRBO listing fees: They have the option of no listing fee and 10% fee per booking. This includes the credit card processing fees also. You can also choose to pay a yearly fee starting at $349 for the year. It says there’s a 0% fee, but it’s a bit misleading since you still have to pay for credit card processing. So in reality it’s a 10% fee with no yearly fee or a 3% with $349/yr. (or more depending on plan).

Snowpals is a good value alternative to listing on Airbnb and VRBO for the Lake Tahoe area; list your vacation rental or ski lease to get booking referrals. To get an idea of what people are listing; browse vacation rentals and ski leases.

Reviews And Feedback From People Who Have Listed With Us

“Our Snowpals ski lease ad listing worked great. We posted the ad on a Wednesday, and had filled the last 4 spots in our house within 6 days. We had plenty of responses which allowed us to be selective and ensure a good fit for the house. We would definitely use it again. Thanks!” – Kelle & Marc of Great Donner Lake Ski Lease 12/5/2017

“Snowpals offer a great ski lease listing service! I was uncertain at first about whether we’ll actually find someone we wanted to share a ski lease with, however lots of people ended up approaching me of all ages and backgrounds. Most of those seemed like they would be a good fit, and it only took me a single beer with one of the first responders to decide it would be awesome to share a lease with. I give SnowPals a rating of 10/10; would re-list next year if we need people to join our ski lease!” Jaco R. of Heavenly Kirkwood Ski Lease 11/18/2017

“I can’t say enough about how great my experience with Snowpals was! Snowpals made it easy and logistically possible to find cool ski / snowboarders for our house!! You know the people you find and who find your listing are like minded, and love to be in the snow! The vetting process is so much faster, and it’s a great community to get involved with.” – Michelle M. of Squaw Valley Ski Lease 11/08/2017

“Thanks to your wonderful website, our cabin is now full for this season. I don’t know how you do it, but with SnowPals we get only professional folks and most of them people familiar with snow country. We tried Craigslist in the past and mostly found party people who just want a cheap bed. THANKS!!” – JoAnn M. of Alpine Meadows Luxury Ski Lease 11/6/2017

“This is our second season using Snowpals to find the last couple members of our ski lease. It’s easy to post and we end up getting tons of responses! We’ve had so much success that every person we’ve found so far on Snowpals has joined the cabin for the next season! Definitely worth $35!” – Miriam M. of Alpine Meadows Ski Lease 11/02/2017

“For the second year in a row I found great tenants in less than a week on Snowpals aka SkiPals. So much more efficient than using Craigslist, which attracts all the international people on visas, and Airbnb, which attracts weekend rentals. Will continue to be my go to Snowpals to list my ski lease.” – Kathleen M. of Kings Beach Ski Lease 10/26/2017

“Listing my ski lease on Snowpals helped us fill the remaining 5 spots with cool people (and great skiers, even one woman who has trained with the US ski team!). It’s better than posting on Craigslist, because all of the people who reach out are actual ski/snowboard enthusiasts. Would definitely recommend, and $35 is totally worth it–just put it into your ski lease budget–a drop in the bucket for great ski members additions!” – Alan A. of Ski Palace Tahoe City Ski Lease 10/6/2017

“I’ve now used Snowpals two years in a row to fill my ski lease and it’s been an amazingly smooth process! There are so many fun people who share my enthusiasm for ski season – and are all courteous, helpful, clean, and overall a blast to hang out with. I can’t imagine going back to trying to hunt down unsure friends! Snowpals is now my go-to for filling my ski lease every year.” – Agatha of Heavenly Four Bedroom Ski In Out Ski Lease 10/5/2017

“We’ve used SnowPals for the last couple of seasons and compared to other listings it’s brought in the best leads by far. Keeping our listing up-to-date is always easy, and this year we didn’t bother to list anywhere else… it’s not worth the time or trouble vs relying on SnowPals.” – Robert H. of Beautiful NEW Truckee Luxury House 10/2/2017

“I think Snowpals is fantastic; I’ve actually been on both sides of Snowpals. We actually found this ski lease last year on Snowpals and the organizer from last year wanted to hit up North Lake this year, so we took over the lease. We included the $35 fee within our rent so actually the person who is leasing from us will pay that. We obviously didn’t tell them that, but I think $35 is a reasonable amount for someone to pay to alleviate the stress of finding the right fit. We filled the spot for the ski-lease quickly! Thanks for your help. We had so many people interested. My husband was telling me that he thinks Snowpals has great potential, and I agree with him. We had at least 25 people contact us, which means there’s a market for matching up owners of homes with tenants. Not sure if Snowpals has the capability to essentially be a management company to find tenants, but I do know our organizer last year actually found our place by reaching out to Airbnb/VRBO listings in Tahoe to see if we could take the house off their hands for the winter time. Just a thought. I am sure it would invaluable to an owner. Hopefully one day we’ll be coming to you to help lease our home in Tahoe 🙂 ” – Sally B. of Tahoe Heavenly Boulder Lodge Ski Out Condo 9/26/2017

“I am please to let you know that we filled our ski lease in Tahoe Donner. I am sold on Snowpals! Last time we were in the market for a replacement, we advertised on CraigsList and this was a much more pleasant experience! Thanks for your help.” – Laurie B. of Beautiful Tahoe Donner Ski Lease 9/22/2017

“Tim and the Snow Pals’ team have made filling our ski lease drop dead simple. One post and we fill our lease right up.” – Micaiah F. of Meyers Ski Lease 9/18/2017

“We have successfully used Snowpals to fill a few vacancies in our house over the years (pre-season and mid-season). We received multiple responses in a short amount of time, and nobody flaked (unlike experience with other sources). Snowpals is definitely worth the minimal advertising investment.” – Jen W. of Carnelian Bay Ski Lease 11/30/2016

“Snowpals is a great site to get quality referrals for our vacation rental. I received more than 23 different enquirers and had my vacation rental condo booked for as a ski lease within a month of posting. I am pleased with the professional renter we were connected with and look forward to using SnowPals again next year.” – Kathleen M. of Northstar Condo Vacation Rental 11/25/2016

“Thanks to Snowpals we went from 5 members and an expensive, empty house to a dynamic group of 11 consisting of regular and weekdays only members in about a month’s time. A $35 listing fee saved the original members over $1200 each, and we all made new friends!” – Kate S. of South Lake Tahoe Ski Lease with Hot Tub 11/24/2016

“Snowpals is a great resource which helped us to find additional members for our ski lease. We now have a fun winter to look forward to with a great group of skiers from San Francisco. Snowpals’ website was easy to use, and ad placement just took a few minutes and we got tons of responses. I would definitely use Snowpals again.” – Alexis R. of Tahoe Donner Ski Lease 11/21/2016

“I was astounded by how much high quality interest I got through Snowpals – I could have easily filled my lease twice over.  Tim at Snowpals was very responsive; great experience overall, would use it again and would be happy to recommend to others.” – Anne R. of Tahoe City Ski Lease Memberships 10/27/2016

“Snowpals saved our winter this year! We wanted to organize a ski lease but had friends who were unsure if they could commit. We listed our lease on snowpals in mid September and were able to fill it by the end of September. And the people we met are amazing! I would highly recommend using snowpals for anyone trying to organize a ski lease.” – Agatha B. of Heavenly Ski-in/out Ski Lease 9/28/2016

“Snowpals is just what you need if you are trying to fill your ski lease with quality members.  I posted an ad on Snowpals, and within 9 days I had received a dozen inquiries.  We were able to close out our roster quickly and conveniently.  I will use the site again for certain.” – Alex P. of Alpine Meadows Year Round Family Ski Lease 9/17/2016

“Thanks for running Snowpals’ website. Met some of my best friends on here when I found my first ski lease. This year we advertised on Snowpals and filled our ski lease memberships quickly.” – Justin H. of Alpine Meadows Ski Lease 9/20/2016

“Snowpals helped us find amazing families and fill our lease more quickly this year than we ever have in the past!  I highly recommend snowpals for anyone who is looking to fill a few spots in their ski house!” – John H. of Tahoe Donner Family Ski Lease 9/12/2016

“Thanks for listing my ski lease quickly – in the last 10 days I got a lot of people who where interested, so now I finalized and we’re full 🙂 !  Thanks again for your help and for SnowPals, it’s great to get this done so quickly!” – Jan V., Tahoe Donner Luxury Cabin

“We found 4 great folks via Snowpals to fill up our ski lease. Totally worth the $35 ad listing fee. It usually took us longer to fill our lease with another listing service we had to pay a higher listing fee than Snowpals’. Thanks!” Mike M., Carnelian Bay Ski Cabin

“Last year we advertised on both Snowpals and Craigslist.  The Craigslist responders were to a person looking for the cheapest bed possible, with one scammer who wanted to come look at the house when we weren’t there, and tried to get all sorts of information from me. The Snowpals responders (last year and this year), were professional, business owners, professors, and high tech people. We will certainly be back next year!”- JoAnn M, ski lease organizer, Alpine Meadows Ski Lease

“I’m very happy with the quality of people referrals your site attracts. Keep up the good work!” – Sandy W., owner of Truckee Rental House

“It was awesome posting on Snowpals! Within 36 hours, I received a bunch of responses in my inbox, and our listing closed fairly quickly. All the emails were super nice and friendly, and many responses were from people already familiar with the Tahoe area and experienced in previous ski leases, which was a huge plus!” – Cindy L., Tahoe City Ski Lease

“Snowpals is a far better resource than Craigslist or the local papers. For several years running I’ve managed to find excellent full season renters in a very short time and with minimal hassle. Thanks Snowpals!” — Chris K., Markleeville homeowner

“We got about twice as many queries from Snowpals as from Craigslist. The queries seemed from ‘more normal’ people, and it was nice to not have to hit renew every few days.” – Trent G., Donner Lake Ski Lease

“Advertising my ski lease on snowpals was quick, easy and highly effective! In no time, I had responses from really nice, high-caliber potential ski cabin members. I filled my spots in no time with people I really like, who are a great fit for the cabin.” – Heather D. of Alpine Meadows Ski Lease

♥ Share this page with friends and family via twitterfacebook. List your ski lease or vacation rental. Browse ski leases or vacation rentals.



Favorite tropical retreat getaway


Have you ever thought about getting away from the hectic Western lifestyle where each day flashes by with little in the way of cultivating our inner soul and playful spirit?

When was the last time you’ve enjoyed some quality personal time at a writers’ retreat to tap in to your creative side or a yoga retreat for some much needed relaxation and meditation to re-energized? Or if food is your motivator, treat your palate to a Thai foodie adventure and add a side trip to learn how to cook Thai dishes.

For those yearning for a warm sun drenched tropical vacation where your dollar goes a long way, Thailand offers one of the best value getaway.


In particular, Prachuap in Thailand is our favorite quaint off the beaten path beach town retreat getaway which checks off our list of requirements:

✔ Swaying Palm trees
✔ Scenic beaches and warm ocean water
✔ Tropical warm sunny weather in an exotic locale
✔ Quiet, relaxing setting
✔ Inexpensive lodging (unbeatable price value comparatively)
✔ Inexpensive Thai food with availability of Western restaurant options
✔ Local small beach town charm
✔ Outdoors recreation: scuba, snorkeling, water snow sports, hiking, biking
✔ Night markets
✔ Open air farmer’s market
✔ Local music scene entertainment
✔ Inexpensive massages and spa treatments

For a $1,000 USD monthly retreat budget; this vacation rental in Prachuap, South Eastern Coastal Thailand checked off all of our requirements plus it’s comparatively inexpensive with prices starting at $19 USD per night so one month’s stay (31 nights) would cost $589 which leaves $411 for food, entertainment, and Thai massages, etc. In terms of food cost, a meal of savory grilled chicken or fish with sticky rice plus freshly made to order papaya salad and Thai iced tea will set you back only $3.50 USD.

If a non-touristy small beach town is attractive to you, Prachuap is that place.

This vacation rental retreat aptly named Baan Aomjai (which means “home of warm hearts” in the Thai language) is located in Prachuap Khiri Khan, a beach side town in Thailand accessible by inexpensive daily comfy air conditioned express bus directly from the airport. Fly into Bangkok International Airport (aka Suvarnabhumi Airport code: BKK) and take the express bus or take a taxi/Uber into Bangkok to take a scenic train ride to the friendly beach town of Prachuap.

Baan Aomjai is available as a nightly rental or long term vacation rental; great for all travelers and writers and it’s perfect as a retreat getaway from the busy city life in Bangkok. “Baan Aomjai consists of just five unique free-standing bungalows, varying from a petite 15 sqm studio to a spacious 80 sqm 2 bed, 1 bath bungalow, all equipped with WiFi, air-con, modern amenities, brick pizza oven and a covered patio.”

This air-conditioned apartment features free WiFi, a mini-fridge, towels, bed linen, terrace, free parking, washing machine​ ​and​ ​flat-screen TVs. Enjoy their ​​relaxing patio aka sala​ ​equipped with an​ ​opened kitchen and dining area.​ It is a very relaxing location surrounded by swaying palm trees. There’s also a swimming pool​, gym ​and ​restaurant ​​​​within 5 mins walk of the guesthouse apartment and the scenic Ao Manao beach is within a 20 minutes bike ride.

If you’d like a change from the local Thai food, there are excellent Western food options such as pizza, pasta (Italian), German and French food available​ ​in town.

The owners are helpful in getting you acquainted with Prachuap and​ ​can help​ ​you pick daily activities to enjoy your vacation or relax at scenic beach near by and ​go for a swim, get a tan and ​kick your feet up and relax up under a palm tree reading your favorite book.

Like to bike? Check out their fully supported fun bike tour adventures; sign up for their Ride, Eat & Sleep Package Tours.

Prachuap is a scenic beach town for those seeking an alternative vacation spot to noisy​ ​city life in​ ​Bangkok.​ Added perks include inexpensive Thai massages in town that start at only 150 Baht (which equals to approximately $5 USD) and enjoy night markets for good value tasty eats and a great place to buy souvenirs for friends and family.

This is a newly built August 2016 vacation rental; the property is well maintained with daily maid service. A great place to stay for couples, solo adventurers, business travelers, and families with or without kids.

Browse Baan Aomjai’s Website: https://www.baanaomjai.com

For short stays, check availability by browsing their Airbnb rental calendar at https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/14749791.

For stays longer than two weeks, make a reservation by contacting them on their Facebook page.

Foodies, explore and enjoy some of Thailand’s best street foods; watch the video below to prime your palate for a foodie vacation (for reference: $1 USD = 32 Thai Baht (as of November 2017); a bowl of Tom Yum Shrimp noodle soup will set you back about $2.50 USD or about 80 Baht; a freshly made to order Papaya Salad (som tum) will set you back about $1.25 USD or 40 Baht:

Check out Conde Nast Traveler’s list of “The Best Street Food in Bangkok” which serves as a handy guide to what’s best to eat while touring Thailand.

Baan Aomjai’s Vacation Rental Photo Gallery

If you plan to go, key resources to check out:

+ For a travel guide to the city of Prachuap, read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prachuap_Khiri_Khan_Province.

+ Browse airfare pricing from Google Flights from San Francisco (SFO) to Bangkok (BKK), Thailand.

+ Express Airport Bus to Hau Hin (check-in airport counter on Level 1, Gate No. 8), a beach side city close to the beach town of Prachuap. Check out the bus schedule and info at http://www.airporthuahinbus.com/V2/airport-to-huahin/

+ For transportation options from Bangkok to Prachuap, Thailand, read http://www.prachuapkhirikhan.org/practical-prachuap/transportation-prachuap-khiri-khan/prachuap-bangkok/.

+ Scenic aerial view of the beach town Prachuap:

Watch the video below for the key attractions and things to do if you’re planning a Thailand vacay getaway and aiming to check off traveler’s top ten to do list:

“Thailand, also known as the Land of Smiles, is a jewel of Southeast Asia. Developed enough to provide most comforts yet still wild enough to offer off-the-beaten path adventure, Thailand is a country ripe with opportunity for once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences. Whether you start with the scenically stunning world-class beaches in the south or the mountain villages in the north, Thailand will not disappoint.” -planetware.com

Btw, if you’ve seen the movie,’The Beach’ starring Leonardo DiCaprio filmed in Thailand, you might want to visit the famous FILM SET of Maya Bay on Ko Phi Phi Lay, an enclave of paradise on the coastline of Koh Phi Phi Leh in Southern Coastal Thailand. Imagine a stunning beach cove, located 30 minutes away from a populated island. A cove whose crystal blue waters are almost glowing (swim, scuba, snorkel to your heart’s content), the sand silky soft dancing between your toes, the surrounding cliff faces beautifully dominant in a protective hug and where the surrounding choppy waters protect the enclave from human invaders.

“You fish, swim, eat, laze around, and everyone’s so friendly. It’s such simple stuff, but… If I could stop the world and restart life, put the clock back, I think I’d restart it like this. For everyone.” – Alex Garland, ‘The Beach’.


What's your favorite tropical beach town retreat getaway?

Share yours. Share your favorite retreat getaway; have you experienced a stellar tropical getaway, such as a writer's retreat, relaxation / yoga retreat, cooking / culinary retreat, cozy small beach town retreat / getaway?
  • Drop files here or
    • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

    ♥ Share this page with friends and family via twitterfacebook.

    REI and REI Garage Clearance Sale


    Browse clearance and sale items at REI and REI Garage

    Browse REI for current deals and check out REI Garage’s deal of the day.

    REI members receive yearly 10% back in dividend cash back reward. Not a member? Join for a one-time $20 membership fee during checkout.

    REI member benefits

    • 10% back on full-price items! The REI Annual Dividend is a unique benefit of membership. It is your share of the co-op’s annual profit, and is comprised of your member dividend.
    • Bike shop services and ski shop services; available in most REI stores.
    • Lift tickets and special offers at selected ski resorts.
    • Discounts on REI trips, classes, travel packages

    REI is independently rated #1 in retail sportings goods for customer service satisfaction paired with high-quality outdoor products.

    100% Satisfaction Guaranteed

    At REI, unlike other retailers, they stand behind everything they sell. We love REI’s 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed. REI’s promise: “If you are not satisfied with your REI purchase, you can return it for a replacement or refund within one year of purchase.”

    REI’s guarantee doesn’t cover ordinary wear and tear or damage caused by improper use or accidents.

    If your item has a manufacturing defect in its materials or workmanship, you can return it at any time with REI’s limited warranty.

    Returning or Exchanging Items

    You can return or exchange purchases from REI or REI Garage by mail or at any of our retail locations, regardless of whether you made your purchase online, by phone or in an REI store.” – REI

    *Visit our other sponsors to browse deals and current sales




    ♥ Share this page with friends and family via email, twitterfacebook.



    Winter 2017 El Nino or La Nina for Lake Tahoe Area?

    Will 2017-18 Tahoe ski season bring another epic powder winter like last year’s? Will this ski season be an el nino or la nina season for the Lake Tahoe region?

    Screen Shot 2017-09-26 at 8.58.46 AM

    The 2016-17 winter season for the Lake Tahoe area brought a new record of 650 inches of snow totals recorded at Mt Rose ski resort. How much snow dumped in any single day last season? Tying for first place with 48 inches of snow in one day snowfall record on Jan 11, 2017 were: Kirkwood Mountain, Heavenly Mountain, and Donner Ski Ranch. 

    Is there such a thing as too much snow?

    Screen Shot 2017-09-26 at 9.00.57 AM

    According to a October 12, 2017 report released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service indicates that there is an increasing chance (~55-65%) of La Niña during the Northern Hemisphere for fall and winter of 2017-18.



    LA NIÑA usually means a “neutral” weather outlook for Tahoe (past couple ones have been average snow years), higher than normal precipitation for PNW, and below normal precipitation for Southern California (SoCal). The wet storms paste snow onto the rocks, which makes the base good.

    Those who are powder hounds: consider some side powder trips to the Mt. Baker area, Whistler or Jackson Hole for snowfall powder galore winter for these ski resort areas.

    During September, ENSO-neutral conditions were reflected in near-to-below average sea surface temperatures (SSTs) across most of the central and eastern Pacific Ocean. The weekly Niño indices were volatile during the month, with negative values increasing to near zero during the past week in the Niño-4, Niño-3.4, and Niño-3 regions. In contrast, sub-surface temperature anomalies were increasingly negative during September, reflecting the shallow depth of the thermocline across the central and eastern Pacific. Also, convection was suppressed near the International Date Line and enhanced near Indonesia. Over the western equatorial Pacific Ocean, low-level trade winds were anomalously easterly and upper-level winds were anomalously westerly. Overall, the ocean and atmosphere system remains consistent with ENSO-neutral, although edging closer to La Niña conditions.

    For the upcoming Northern Hemisphere fall and winter 2017-18, a weak La Niña is favored in the dynamical model averages of the IRI/CPC plume and North American Multi-Model Ensemble (NMME). Several models indicate a period of near-average Niño-3.4 values in the upcoming weeks, but then predict reinvigorated growth of negative SST anomalies across the equatorial Pacific Ocean. These forecasts are supported by the ongoing easterly wind anomalies across portions of the Pacific Ocean and the reservoir of below-average subsurface temperatures. In summary, La Niña conditions are favored (~55-65%) during the Northern Hemisphere fall and winter 2017-18.

    This discussion is a consolidated effort of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NOAA’s National Weather Service, and their funded institutions. Oceanic and atmospheric conditions are updated weekly on the Climate Prediction Center web site (El Niño/La Niña Current Conditions and Expert Discussions). Forecasts are also updated monthly in the Forecast Forum of CPC’s Climate Diagnostics Bulletin. Additional perspectives and analysis are also available in an ENSO blog. The next ENSO Diagnostics Discussion is scheduled for 09 November 2017.” – NOAA

    Read more about the 2017-18 Lake Tahoe Area Forecast..

    1. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service

    2. OpenSnow – Snow & Powder Forecasts for Tahoe

    3. SnowBrians 2017-2018 Winter Forecast

    The Climate Prediction Center defines. . .

    “El Niño conditions” as existing when:

    A one-month positive sea surface temperature anomaly of 0.5C or greater is observed in the Niño-3.4 region of the equatorial Pacific Ocean (5oN-5oS, 120oW-170oW) and an expectation that the 3-month Oceanic Niño Index (ONI) threshold will be met AND

    An atmospheric response typically associated with El Niño is observed over the equatorial Pacific Ocean (see The ENSO Cycle).

    “La Niña conditions” as existing when:

    A one-month negative sea surface temperature anomaly of -0.5C or less is observed in the Niño-3.4 region of the equatorial Pacific Ocean (5oN-5oS, 120oW-170oW) and an expectation that the 3-month Oceanic Niño Index (ONI) threshold will be met AND

    An atmospheric response typically associated with La Niña is observed over the equatorial Pacific Ocean.


    + Check out our upcoming ski and snowboard preseason kick-off parties with door prize raffle giveaway

    + Watch a ski n ride movie screening and score lift tickets

    + ENJOY FOUR HOURS of wine and beer tasting plus free lift tickets; get 1`/2 off SNOWBOMB SKI SNOWBOARD FESTIVAL SHOW TICKETS

    ♥ Share this page with friends and family via twitterfacebook.