Non-profit Spotlight: The League to Save Lake Tahoe

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Our spotlight feature for the month of February goes to the League to Save Lake Tahoe.

You’ve seen the slogan everywhere – Keep Tahoe Blue. What’s behind the sticker?

Since 1957, the League to Save Lake Tahoe has worked to protect and restore the environmental health, sustainability and scenic beauty of the Lake Tahoe Basin. We focus on water quality and its clarity for the preservation of a pristine Lake for future generations.

We are a solutions-oriented team of Tahoe advocates who use innovation, boots-on-the-ground action and a unique, holistic approach to solve the environmental challenges threatening the Lake we love.

Together with our community of residents and visitors, we KEEP TAHOE BLUE.

Support the League’s important work today:

DONATE | SHOP | VOLUNTEER

Your gifts help us Keep Tahoe Blue. The League to Save Lake Tahoe is a 501c3 private nonprofit environmental advocacy organization. All donations are tax deductible.

The League’s Work: We A.C.T. to Keep Tahoe Blue

In order to protect and preserve our Jewel of the Sierra, the League focuses on three campaigns.

We Advance restoration to ensure Tahoe is resilient in the face of the climate crisis.

We Combat pollution to keep Tahoe blue, healthy and pristine.

We Tackle invasive species to protect and restore the delicate ecology of Lake Tahoe.

The League’s History

Since its founding in 1957, the League has been the strongest and most influential advocate for the protection of Lake Tahoe. We work with lawmakers, governments, members of the business community, visitors and residents to protect Big Blue through advocacy, engagement, collaboration and direct action.

The organization formed in response to plans for massive development to encircle the Lake, capped off with a bridge across Emerald Bay. Defeating that proposal for a “city with a hole in the middle” set the tone for all the League’s pioneering work for the next six decades. More recently, in 1998, the League spearheaded the effort to launch the Environmental Improvement Program, which has leveraged over $1 billion in public and private funds to protect and restore Lake Tahoe.

Click to learn more about the League to Save Lake Tahoe.

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Snow-Sports Businesses Spotlight

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Last updated: January 22, 2020.

Snow-Sports Businesses Spotlight

At SnowPals, we invite snow-sports businesses (world-wide) to join us as an affiliate to cross promote with San Francisco Bay Area and Lake Tahoe Area snow-sports consumers about what you do best:

(1) services you offer, and/or (2) products you sell.

We work diligently to earn a Five Star Rating. We strive to build stellar long term business relationships with our fans and with consumers. We strive to deliver great value and service to customers in order to build a genuinely loyal customer base. If this resonates with what your business strives to do, please reach out to become an affiliate by submitting the form at the end of this page.

Don’t have a partners’ or an affiliates page on your website? Consider adding one.

Here are some reasons why an affiliates page is the most effective way to help you grow your business:

1) serves to increase cross promotional marketing which is the ideal way to attract new visitors to your website instead of paid advertising via Google, etc.

2) cross marketing provides organic targeted advertising that attracts snow sports niche audience to your website

3) cross promotion is about expanding the marketing reach of your product and/or services so by helping to promote others, you also in turn receives organic visitors traffic to your website whenever people search for businesses that are snow sports related

4) Lastly, success comes from collaborating, rarely from isolation – that’s our takeaway from 20+ years at SnowPals and we have the success track record to show; in 1999 we started SnowPals.org with a few friends, fast forward until 2020, we have gained over 8,000 members and we continue to grow.

Our 2019/20 Affiliates & Partners List

== SF Bay Area ==

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Tahoe Ski Trips, since 1996, over 23 years of stellar service: “operating with integrity and a commitment to quality, Tahoe Ski Trips (also know as the Bay Area Ski Bus) contracts with the finest transportation companies and recreation outfitters/ski resorts with fantastic reputations and safety records; we focus on the details, while you focus on having Fun! Our quality and service is unmatched.” – Kevin, TST CEO. Get a private ski bus group quote or a corporate price quote for your company as a team building ski, snowboarding outing in Tahoe. Partner’s Promotional Offer Page: new Tahoe ski trips users receive up to $50 off day and overnight ski bus trips/gift cards available.

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Sports Basement with 10 Bay Area Store Locations: ’21 Years of Sports Basement’. a sporting goods store that “catered to everyone that wanted to enjoy the outdoors, with no high-cost barrier to entry. The whole idea was to work with the smallest margins possible so Sports Basement could have the best brands at, well, Basement prices. It worked, and now Sports Basement is able to deliver great gear at great prices at 10 different stores in the greatest place on Earth! Partner’s Promotional Offer Page: Basementeer membership gives you a discount for all purchases which also adds to even sale and clearance discount sporting goods items (online and in store).

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SnowBomb: SnowBomb produces NorCal’s yearly Ski & Snowboard Festival in San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento featuring wine/beer tastings, ski resorts from all over North America, snow-sports exhibitors & leading manufacturers in the ski and snowboard industry, hoteliers and destination getaways and auto industry showcase. Partner’s Promotional Offer Page: Get 1/2 off POWDER PASS AND VIP WINE/BEER tasting tickets.

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Apres’ Ski Club Lodge at Kings Beach, CA (North Lake Tahoe): join Apres ski and snowboard club based out of the Santa Clara, CA (South Bay), a year-round singles club for active adults residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. Partner’s Promotional Offer Page: view Apres ski, ride club benefits.

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Casa Tours: Chile Argentina Snow Adventures (CASA), is a grassroots organization whose mission is to increase exposure to South American landscapes, mountains, and cultures. CASA is about traveling safely in the mountains; introducing our guests to new places, people, cuisines, language and customs; achieving personal ski and snowboard goals; and developing lifelong friendships and memories. By building cultural bridges and embracing sustainable travel principles, we hope to promote global peace and prosperity while introducing people to some of the best skiing and snowboarding on the planet. Partner’s Promotional Page: ski, ride year round; sign up for our endless winter powder trip tours.

== Lake Tahoe ==

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Backcountry Ski Maps is the best all-in-one backcountry ski touring maps on the marketplace where you can find all the route information you need on one piece of paper or via digital format on your smartphone or laptop. Partner’s Promotional Offer Page: get 10% off backcountry topo ski maps.

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SkiDUCK is a nonprofit organization founded in 2010; SkiDUCK offers a free program to bring disadvantaged and financially underprivileged youth to the snow to teach them the joys of skiing and snowboarding. Partner’s Page: seeking volunteers to teach underprivileged kids how to ski and snowboard.

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Tahoe Fund TahoeFund.org is a registered nonprofit in the States of Nevada and California. The goal of the Tahoe Fund is to become a major source of private funding for environmental projects around the Lake Tahoe Basin with an emphasis on forest health, lake clarity, sustainable recreation, transportation and stewardship. Partner’s promo: Buy a Tahoe License Plate or Nevada License Plate and get a Tahoe resort lift ticket or get a day pass to access Lake Tahoe cross-country areas.

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Sugar Bowl | Royal Gorge is Hiring North Lake Tahoe’s Sugar Bowl | Royal Gorge is Hiring. Partner’s Employment Openings Page: apply for job openings at Sugar Bowl and Royal Gorge.

== Canada ==

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SkiBuds: Find friends to ride with based on skill level making the skiing experience in Whistler, British Columbia more enjoyable. Affiliate’s Website: http://www.skibudsapp.com

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Canadian Mountain Holidays aka CMH is touring California; see what it’s like to heli-ski, ride untracked powder with our virtual reality (VR) heli-ski experience. We’ll have the goggles and guides available at all events. Partner’s VR Tour Event RSVP Page: What is it like to heli-ski untracked POWDER? RSVP for CMH’s virtual reality heli-ski experience.

== Our 2019/20 Partners List ==

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Since 1999, we have been passionate about connecting San Francisco Bay Area residents and visitors to Lake Tahoe to enjoy snow-sports and to engage in outdoor recreational activities in Tahoe and in other powder destinations. Our partners have chosen to advertise on SnowPals, year after year, because we quantify referrals that contribute to their success!

What are the benefits of partnering with SnowPals?

New customer referrals and increase your brand’s visibility are two of the key benefits of partnering with SnowPals.

Partner with us to reach Bay Area Professionals, their family and their circle of friends. Let us help your business reach and exceed your business goals.

For partnership inquiries: please reach out to for a digital media kit for metrics and benefits of partnership.

What does becoming an affiliate entails? There is no cost to become an affiliate. We are looking for snow-sports related affiliates who would like to cross promote.

Please use the following sentence and logo to add SnowPals to your affiliates’ page (your business must have an affiliate page that you can easily include us on your page).

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For Lake Tahoe ski trips, join SnowPals.org – San Francisco Bay Area snow-sports club for busy professionals, since 1999.

We will in turn include your business on this page. View what an affiliates’ page looks like on SkiBuds’ website.

Using the form below, send us a one sentence description detailing what your business offers, a URL link to your biz’s website and your business logo.

Become an Affiliate

Submit this form to become a SnowPals affiliate,
  • Send us a one sentence description detailing what you offer as a business.

Next Step:

After including SnowPals.org logo and the above sentence on your Affiliates page, please contact (Monday to Friday, non-holidays, 9 AM to 5 PM). We will proceed with with listing your business on this page. Please allow a 24 hours turn-around since we need to review your submission and work on listing your business if it meets our snow-sports category listing. Advance thanks!

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SkiDuck seeks advance level skiers, boarders to teach urban youth: free skiing and riding at Squaw Valley

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Our featured snow-sports nonprofit for September 2019 is SkiDuck, a nonprofit organization, whose mission is full of heart; since 2010, they offer a free program to bring disadvantaged and financially underprivileged youth to the snow to teach them the joys of skiing and snowboarding.

“SkiDUCK (Skiing and snowboarding for Disabled and Underprivileged Children and older Kids) is a volunteer-based non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of disabled and underprivileged children by bringing them to the snow to share the joys of skiing and snowboarding! (Launched in Lake Tahoe and growing to other ski communities to serve local disadvantaged youth!)

SkiDuck is ENTIRELY volunteer-based (NO paid salaries!) so ALL donations received go directly to support children’s ski and snowboard programs!

SkiDUCK TURNS 9 and is seeking volunteers to teach DISADVANTAGED kids how to ski and snowboard. If you are an advanced level skier or snowboarder, you will most likely have the skills to teach so please submit the volunteer form below if you are interested.

No instructor certifications required since we are teaching the bare basics.

“The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller

“Each season SkiDUCK provides around 1,000 youth (ages 7-18) with nearly 2,000 FREE days of skiing and snowboarding; including free lift tickets, rentals and lessons!

Our home-base is Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows in beautiful North Lake Tahoe, CA.

And we’re so fortunate to also have the support of several other Lake Tahoe area resorts as well as partnerships with resorts in several other states!

We’re committed to partnering with local organizations with similar goals of serving underprivileged youth. If your community or organization is interested in partnering with SkiDUCK to establish a program to introduce disadvantaged youth to the slopes, give us a QUACK!” – SkiDUCK

We provide free lift pass / equipment use / instruction to mostly Stockton middle school and high school students.

Our schedule for this season are non-holiday Sundays.

Jan 26

Feb 2, 9, 23

Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Apr 5, 19, 26

SkiDUCK provides free lift pass / equipment use / instruction to mostly Stockton middle school and high school students.

Thank you perks for volunteering:

We can provide Squaw lift ticket comps in return for your volunteer service. We need beginner level instructors for snowboard and skiing. Group lesson is 1.5 to 2 hours in the morning. As a thank you, we will comp you a lift ticket for the day. If you already have a season pass, we can comp a friend or family member of your choosing.

We also need someone to help us find and book a bus suitable for trips to Squaw Valley from the Stockton area.

Interested in volunteering?

Submit your volunteer form and waiver at https://skiduck.org/participant-forms

Please bring a signed Liability Waiver to your first on-slope event of the season and give to the SkiDUCK Resort Lead. (We don’t want any kids or volunteers sitting on the sidelines due to paperwork!)

Also, please be sure to print a copy of the Event Day Itinerary for Squaw Valley resort you’ll be visiting to see the start time and day’s schedule.

After submitting the Liability Waiver, please contact a SkiDUCK representative by emailing to follow-up.

Thanks so much,

Clint Lunde
Executive Director
SkiDUCK (Skiing and snowboarding for Disadvantaged and Underprivileged Children and older Kids)
www.SkiDUCK.org | Facebook.com/SkiDUCK | First Season Kick-off Video | Season Wrap-up Video | 775-287-6464

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

SkiDUCK is an IRS-approved 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
(Federal Tax EIN: 27-0798499)

All contributions are fully tax-deductible.

By phone: 775-287-6464

Reno Nevada Address:SkiDUCK
152 Mule Creek Circle
Reno NV 89511

Redmond Washington Address:SkiDUCK
3834 175th Ave NE
Suite C506
Redmond WA 98052

To donate funds, go to https://skiduck.org/donate

To donate skis, snowboards, boots, gloves, winter clothing, ski/snowboard helmets to SkiDuck, email for drop-off information.

Purchase merchandise at https://www.cafepress.com/skiducks which will also help fund their program.

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Featured Tahoe Ski Lease and Vacation Rental Listings

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Squaw Valley Ski Lease

squaw valley ski lease share ✔ Olympic Valley 2019-20 Ski Lease 3BR, 2 1/2 bath 1960’s vintage cabin with large communal open space, a king bedroom, double, and bunk room. E-Z access, only 10-minute drive to Squaw and Alpine Meadows – details & contact.

Heavenly Ski Run Townhouse Sleeps 6

south tahoe heavenly ski lease ✔ Heavenly Ski Run 2019-20 ski lease; everything is NEW and modern decor! gourmet kitchen, new appliances, new bathrooms, new washer/dryer, new carpet, new beds and linens. 950 sq feet townhouse with 2 bedrooms 1 1/2 bath: 1 queen bed, 1 full and 2 twin – details & contact.

–> Browse 2019-20 ski leases.

Lake Tahoe Area Vacation Rentals + Rentals Available for Seasonal Ski Lease

North Tahoe vacation rental ✔ Condo at Village at Squaw Valley. Skip the daily traffic this winter at Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows. Ski lease available for lovely condo at base of Squaw in The Village at Squaw Valley complex, a two-minute walk to ski lifts. Sleeps six, 1.5 bathrooms. Steps away from fitness center and two outdoor hot tubs. Includes underground parking for one vehicle and two ski lockers. Coin-operated laundry on same floor. One minute walk to free shuttle to Alpine Meadows. Lease term is December 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020. $5,000 per month plus departure cleaning fee – details & contact.

Truckee area vacation rental ✔ Blue Majestic – Tranquil Tahoe Keys Home$9000
Available to lease is this tranquil, 5 bedroom, 4200 sq. ft., waterfront home, with majestic views of the mountains and the channels, is the perfect location for families and friends to get together for a relaxing visit to South Lake Tahoe. Located just 3 miles from Heavenly, 4.8 miles from the casinos, and 16 miles to Sierra Ski Resort – details & contact.

–> Browse Tahoe area vacation rentals.

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Affiliates and Partners

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Page created on December 10, 2019.

Best in the Business: Our Affiliates and Partners

At SnowPals, we invite snow-sports businesses (world-wide) to join us as an affiliate to cross promote/share with San Francisco Bay Area and Lake Tahoe Area snow-sports consumers about what you do best: (1) services you offer, and/or (2) products you sell.

We strive to build stellar long-term business relationships with consumers; we strive to deliver great value and service to customers in order to build a genuinely loyal customer base; if this sounds like your business’ endeavor, please reach out to become an affiliate by submitting the form at the end of this page.

Our 2019/20 Affiliates List

South Bay

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Apres’ Ski Club Lodge at Kings Beach (North Lake Tahoe): Join Apres ski and snowboard club based out of the Santa Clara, CA (South Bay) is a singles club for active adults residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. Website: http://apres.org

Lake Tahoe

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Backcountry Ski Maps is the best all-in-one backcountry ski touring maps on the marketplace where you can find all the route information you need on one piece of paper or via digital format on your smartphone or laptop. Website: https://backcountryskimaps.com

Canada

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SkiBuds: Find friends to ride with based on skill level making the skiing experience in Whistler, British Columbia more enjoyable. Website: http://www.skibudsapp.com

Our 2019/20 Partners List

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If you’d like to partner with SnowPals, please reach out to for metrics and benefits of partnership.

What does becoming an affiliate entails? Send us a one sentence description detailing what you offer as a business, a URL link to your biz’s website and your business logo.

Please use the following sentence and logo to add SnowPals to your affiliates’ page (your business must have an affiliate page that you can easily include us on your page as well). We will in turn do likewise on this page, please contact (Monday to Friday, non-holidays, 9 AM to 5 PM) once you have added SnowPals to your business’ website. View a sample of what an affiliates’ page look like on SkiBuds’ website.

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For Lake Tahoe ski trips, join SnowPals.org – San Francisco Bay Area based snow-sports club for busy professionals, since 1999.

Become an Affiliate

Submit this form to become a SnowPals affiliate,
  • Send us a one sentence description detailing what you offer as a business.

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South Lake Tahoe Top Picks: Off the Hook Sushi Bar

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OFF THE HOOK – CALIFORNIA SUSHI BAR

By Desiree Holroyde, Snowpals Newsletter Contributor 

Address: 2660 Lake Tahoe Blvd, Building E South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 (530) 544-5599

 


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If you like quality food in a laid-back environment, you’ll love Off the Hook – California Sushi Bar located in South Lake Tahoe. They offer a weekday happy hour with discounted rolls, appetizers, and drink specials Monday through Friday from 4:30-6:00 pm.

Off the Hook is conveniently located in the middle of town and is a great meeting place after catching some runs on the mountain at Heavenly or Sierra-at-Tahoe. They have an extensive and recently revised menu, and feature over forty unique rolls comprised of more than thirty different ingredients.

Off the Hook also boasts an extensive sake list. Locally owned and operated, Off the Hook owners Chi and Elizabeth “Tizzy” Chen opened their doors in 2004. They’ve been popular from the beginning with fresh fish, a casual and warm atmosphere, and excellent friendly service. They are a local’s favorite and attract out of town visitors alike. Open nightly for dinner (only) seven days a week. There is no need to call ahead for reservations unless there are eight or more in your party. Go find out what all the fuss is about and why they are Off the Hook.

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Top Pick for Bay Area Ski Shop

Snowpals’ Top Pick for Bay Area Ski Shop goes to California Ski Company 

 

 

California Ski Company is a premier San Francisco Bay Area’s ski equipment shop specializing in:

  • alpine skiing(aka downhill skiing)
  • backcountry – the only SF Bay Area ski shop specializing in backountry
  • expert custom boot fitting
  • professional ski tuning
  • high-performance ski rentals

What is most important to you when you’re looking to buy or get your gear serviced? California Ski Company provides stellar customer service and has an experienced,  knowledgeable and capable staff with insightful answers to your product and gear questions. Most importantly, they care about your snow riding experience and have the track record to prove it — thousands of loyal customers.

“For more than 16 years, California Ski Company has been the Bay Area leader in specialty alpine ski sales, offering knowledge, expertise and experience that few volume retailers can. Our staff is what makes our store unique. We are a group of ski enthusiasts drawn together by the desire to work in a SKI ONLY environment where skiers come to learn about the latest and best products from people who spend every available moment using those products.”

Exclusive promotional offer 

Receive a free beanie or cap with any purchase of $50 or more; just mention that you saw this video on the Snowpals website to get in on this promo.

“Please click on the thumbs up ‘like’ button if you find our Youtube video informative. Thanks!”

 

 

 

 

 

California Ski Company | 843-A Gilman Street, Berkeley CA 94710 | 510-527-6411

Website: http://www.californiaskicompany.com

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