Announcing SnowPals.org Video & Photo Contests

You’re invited to enter one or both contests:

(1) Tahoe RideShare Photo Contest

Our photo contest is for those who are Tahoe RideShare Drivers – to enter our contest, submit by posting to Instagram tagging @snowpalsdotorg and using the hashtag #snowpalsdotorg a photo of you and at least one other ride-share passenger next to your ride at your Tahoe SNOW destination.

Alternatively, post your photo on Facebook using tag @SnowPals to enter the contest.

You can also submit your entry with the form below.

* Photo tips: a) if you take a photo of your car, use an online photo editor to white out your license plate if it is visible b) be sure to take a photo of you + your ride-sharing passenger(s) in ski / snowboarding attire next to your car + with a backdrop of the snow covered mountain will get you bonus points.

RideShare Photo Contest Prizes:

+ 1st place prize: $100 to go towards your choice of season pass for 2019/20 or to spend it on snow-sports gear or whatever your heart desires AND a $50 Sports Basement Gift Card
+ 2nd place prize: One Day All Inclusive Ski Bus (RT bus transport, breakfast, lift ticket, after ski snacks/drinks) by Tahoe Ski Trips (formerly Bay Area Ski Bus).

(2) Tahoe Ski & Ride POWDER Video Contest

To apply, submit a video of 60 seconds or less of you or a friend skiing or riding powder by posting to Instagram tagging @snowpalsdotorg and using the hashtag #snowpalsdotorg

Alternatively, post your 60 seconds or less video on Facebook using tag @SnowPals to enter the contest.

You can also submit your entry with the form below.

Skiing / riding POWder Video Contest Prizes:

+ 1st place prize: $150 Sports Basement Gift Card
+ 2nd place prize: One Day All Inclusive Ski Bus (RT bus transport, breakfast, lift ticket, after ski snacks/drinks) by Tahoe Ski Trips (formerly Bay Area Ski Bus).

Contests entry period is between Saturday December 8, 2018 and Sunday March 17, 2019 ending at 11:59 Pacific Standard Time (PST). By submitting your entry, you are consenting to our contests’ terms and conditions.

SnowPals.org will announce 1st and 2nd place contest winners for both contests right on this page on Tuesday March 19, 2019 (Bookmark this page for easy reference/to revisit).

Photo & Video Contest Entry

  • Max photo upload size is 100MB; if you need to resize photos, there are many online free photo editors - just Google it "free online photo resize".
  • Video entry 60 seconds or less
  • What? When? Where? Who?

About SnowPals.org

SnowPals is the largest snow sports community on the West Coast with 8,055 members and growing; 2018/19 season is our 20th year of service to the San Francisco Bay Area’s community of skiers and snowboarders (of all skill levels). Our members are 85% busy professionals and and about 15% university students residing in the SF Bay Area.

SnowPals’ core mission is to bring SF Bay Area residents together to enjoy Snow Sports; specifically we work diligently to bring awareness and encourage people to pool resources to ride share to Lake Tahoe Area resorts to reduce carbon footprint impact to our environment.

Our members are from all parts of the Bay Area (SF, East Bay, South Bay, Peninsula, and North Bay) representing a diverse community of Bay Area residents who are singles, couples, people who are married, with and without children. What our members share in common is a love for snow sports. New to SnowPals? Join us for Tahoe ride-shares and to expand your circle of ski and ride buddies. 😉

MEDIA CONTACT:

Tim Pham, | 408.341.9744

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High Fives Foundation serves as the safety net of the outdoor community

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Our December 2018 Non-profit Community Service Spotlight is dedicated to High Fives Foundation..

In the last decade, the High Fives Foundation has gained widespread acclaim among snow sports athletes for the foundation’s dedication to raise injury prevention awareness while providing resources and inspiration to those who suffered life-changing injuries. Even more impressive, they’ve managed to become a common thread of connection and hope between a variety of athletes, outdoor sports communities, and charitable initiatives.

ABOUT THE HIGH FIVES FOUNDATION

High Fives Foundation focuses on preventing life-changing injuries and provides resources & hope if they happen. The foundation was formed as a way to “pay-it-forward” by founder Roy Tuscany from his own experience of recovery to help injured people. The Foundation has expanded to help 219 individuals and veterans from 32 states since its inception in 2009. The High Fives Foundation is a California-based, national 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization. For more information visit www.highfivesfoundation.org

“On April 29, 2006 I suffered a devastating spinal cord injury while training in Mammoth Mountain, CA, rendering my lower body paralyzed immediately after the accident. After having high hopes of becoming a world class professional skier, I then had to relearn everything in my life from the ground up. A truly life-altering experience, I eventually began making great progress. With the help of strong personalities, positivity, and high fives all around me, I stepped into skis and loaded the lift at Sugar Bowl for the first time in March of 2008. The encouragement and positivity I received during my recovery inspired me to start a foundation to help others with similar experiences.”

High Fives Non-profit Foundation, based in Truckee, CA, became an official 501c.3 non-profit on January 19, 2009. Founded by Roy Tuscany, the Tahoe-based foundation supports the dreams of outdoor action sports athletes by raising injury prevention awareness while providing resources and inspiration to those who suffer life altering injuries.

We have not only grown at a rate that exceeded all expectations, but have also successfully raised funds, secured alternative treatments and aided in recovery of 206 athletes from 31 states. It is a dream come true to help these people and many more. With that in mind it is the mission of High Fives to continue to grow and become a nation-wide organization that effectively acts as an umbrella for those that participate (and get hurt) in the sports we love so dearly.”

Roy Tuscany
President | Executive Director | Founder
High Fives Non-profit Foundation

In short, the foundation is know for serving as “THE SAFETY NET OF THE OUTDOOR COMMUNITY.”

MISSION

HIGH FIVES FOUNDATION FOCUSES ON PREVENTING LIFE-CHANGING INJURIES AND PROVIDES RESOURCES AND HOPE IF THEY HAPPEN.

VISION

TO BE THE LEADER OF EDUCATION AND RECOVERY OF LIFE-CHANGING INJURIES IN OUTDOOR SPORTS.

Submit a tax deductible donation to High Fives Foundation –> https://support.highfivesfoundation.org/campaign/high-fives-foundation/c85509

High Fives Foundation Video on Vimeo


High Fives Foundation | Mission Vision from HighFivesFoundation on Vimeo.

High Fives Foundation Funds Safety Education


BASICS 8 Helmets Are Cool Trailer from HighFivesFoundation on Vimeo.

*SnowPals’ November Non-profit Spotlight went to SkiDUCK – join them with their outreach to bring the joys of skiing and snowboarding to urban youths

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SkiDuck seeks outreach volunteers for urban youth: free skiing and riding at Squaw Valley

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Our featured snow-sports nonprofit for November 2018 is SkiDuck, a nonprofit organization, whose mission is full of heart; since 2010, when ski season is in full force, they offer a free program to bring disadvantaged and financially underprivileged youth to the snow and 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 8 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 contact us if you are interested.

“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 tentative schedule is all non-holiday Sundays.

Dec. 16; Jan. 6, 13, 27; Feb. 3, 10, maybe 24, March 3, 10, 17 ,24, 31; April 7, 14, 28; maybe May dates if snow holds out.

We can provide Squaw 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.

If interested, please contact Ron Schwartz – best way is by SMS/text Ron at 559.207.4425 or by email at
SkiDuck’s Representative Since 2010 for San Joaquin Valley.

Advance Thanks & Pray for snow!

Read more about SkiDUCK at www.skiduck.org

To donate funds, skis, snowboards, boots, gloves, winter clothing, ski/snowboard helmets to SkiDuck, contact them directly:

By e-mail:
By phone: 775-287-6464

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

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Heli-Skiing Riding Deep POWder on your bucket list?

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Learn More About Heli-skiing with CMH (Canadian Mountain Holidays) at one of our Annual Fall Events. California Rep, Anne Trott, and CMH Bobbie Burns Guide, Brodie Smith, will be available to answer questions.

Join us to experience the world’s first virtual reality heli-skiing experience, “Lines of Sight”, created in partnership with the award-winning Sherpas Cinema. Filmed entirely at CMH Cariboos over the course of one incredible winter, this cinematic piece is the first of its kind in both the tech and the ski industry. We invite you to step into the heli, soar above the peaks, and drop into the best runs of your life in this beautifully immersive video.

San Francisco

Thursday, Nov 1st, 2018

6 – 830 pm

Barbarossa Lounge

714 Montgomery Street, San Francisco CA

Mountain View

Thursday, Nov 8th, 2018

6-830 pm

Steins Beer Garden

895 Villa Street, Mountain View CA

Here’s your chance to see what it’s like to heli-ski & to ride untracked deep powder. On your bucket list?

Reserved seating RSVP is Required. Space is Limited. Email Anne Trott at to specify the event that you want to attend and how many people in your party.

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Consumer service announcement: 1 out of 2 affected by Equifax breach; credit freeze option

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Consider your options in light of this terrible news where 1 out of 2 consumers is affected by Equifax security breach on July 29, 2017.


This is crazy and unprecedented in scope.

Overview of what happened:

On July 29, 2017, Equifax discovered a cybersecurity breach/hack incident which “potentially impacted approximately 143 million U.S. consumers. Criminals exploited Equifax’s U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files which includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. Criminals also accessed credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 U.S. consumers and certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 U.S. consumers.” – Equifax.

It’s important to note this is what Equifax officially stated but we the people and our government need to dig deeper to investigate to see if this statement is accurate and full disclosure was provided in a timely manner to protect consumers from identity theft.

Write to your representatives to demand an investigation and answers to questions such as:

-How invasive was the breach?
-How extensive was the breach?
-Who was involved in the breach?
-What reforms will be taken so that this does not happen again?

Also demand that the executives who knew about the hack beforehand, and especially those who sold stock, be questioned and investigated.

These companies(TransUnion, Equifax and Experian) don’t think of us as customers. They think of us as products. They get lenders and others to send over our payment histories to them, aggregate it, and resell the data.

TransUnion, Equifax and Experian answer to no one unless we put a stop to this practice and implement a 3rd party oversight of their security practices to secure our private information, otherwise security breach incidents like this will continued.

“But perhaps most despicable of all, at this very moment, U.S. Senators are weighing legislation to take away our right to hold companies like Equifax accountable in court (S.J.Res.47), and the House of Representatives is considering legislation to make life easier for credit-reporting agencies that screw up (H.R. 2359). This cannot stand. Repealing crucial consumer protections as new financial scandals break every week would send a clear signal to bad actors like Equifax that they can continue to plunder consumers for profit. We call on Congress to IMMEDIATELY withdraw both S.J. Res 47 and H.R. 2359, and to hold hearings to investigate Equifax’s response to this cyber attack.” – Moveon.org

View our current laws for corporate data breach by state. However, what we need to adopt is a law requiring a single breach notification standard for sensitive personal data similar to the European Union’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). This will set a data breach notification bar for all businesses of “not later than 72 hours” after a data controller has become aware of an intrusion.

Do you value protecting your personal information? If yes, consider exercising your consumer and democratic voting rights: here’s how you can help to begin the process of getting tougher consumer protection laws enacted…

Tell Congress to do their jobs to make stringent laws to hold Equifax and other companies like them accountable:

(1) https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/congress-hold-equifax
(2) Federal Trade Commission(FTC) https://www.change.org/p/federal-trade-commission-investigate-equifax
(3) https://consumersunion.org/equifax/
(4) email and write letters to your local and state representatives demanding accountability and new laws to protect consumer personal information

+ Insightful and worrisome Equifax cyber security lapses:

https://www.scribd.com/mobile/document/358810691/Sen-Warner-Asks-FTC-to-Probe-Equifax

+ Egregious negligence? Horrific news: Equifax CEO Richard Smith’s decision to hire Susan Mauldin as Chief of Security Officier(CSO) of the company’s data security with qualifications of degrees in music(she does not have the cybersecurity education to competently work as CSO):

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/equifax-ceo-hired-a-music-major-as-the-companys-chief-security-officer-2017-09-15

+ How Equifax hackers could file taxes in your name and get a refund from the IRS:
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-the-equifax-breach-could-impact-you-during-tax-season-2017-09-08

Five Steps You Can Do Now To Protect Your Credit Data

Here are five steps that you can take right now to protect your personal information from being misused. Caution: you risk financial chaos by doing nothing. Take action.

(1) Find out if your information may have been exposed. You can do this by entering your last name and the last six digits of your Social Security number at Equifax’s website. The site will tell you if you’ve been affected by the data breach.

(2) You can enroll for a free year of credit monitoring. Whether or not your information was exposed, U.S. Equifax consumers are eligible for a year of free credit monitoring and other services. The site will give you a date when you can come back to enroll.

(3) Contact the nationwide credit reporting companies and review your free credit reports from each of them. You are entitled to a free credit report every 12 months from each of the three major consumer reporting companies (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion). You can request a copy from AnnualCreditReport.com. Be sure to monitor your accounts for any unusual activity. Accounts on your credit report that you didn’t open, incorrect personal information on your credit reports, and credit inquiries from companies you’ve never contacted are all potential signs of fraud or identity theft.

(4) Consider placing a credit freeze. Placing a credit freeze on your reports makes it more difficult for a thief to open a new account in your name. Remember that a credit freeze cannot prevent a thief from making changes to your existing accounts.

The are more than 8 million new victims of identity theft each year in the U.S. Many of these victims find that crooks have used stolen personal information like Social Security numbers to open new accounts in their victim’s name. A security freeze gives consumers the choice to “freeze” or lock access to their credit file against anyone trying to open up a new account or to get new credit in their name.

When a security freeze is in place at all three major credit bureaus, an identity thief cannot open a new account because the potential creditor or seller of services will not be able to check the credit file. When the consumer is applying for credit, he or she can lift the freeze temporarily using a PIN so legitimate applications for credit or services can be processed.

(5) Consider setting a fraud alert. This requires creditors to verify your identity before issuing a credit card, opening a new account or increasing a credit limit on an existing account. A fraud alert will not prevent a lender from opening credit in your name the same way a freeze does, but it does require lenders to take additional steps to verify your identity first.
—Emily Sullivan

If you don’t take any identity theft prevention steps, this is what could happen:

Financial identity theft

Because the Equifax credit reports contained so much personal information, including Social Security numbers and financial account information, fraudsters could use the report for reasons including new account fraud, medical identity theft — using insurance information to have a medical procedure, which can create confusion on the true insured person’s medical file for years — or tax fraud, Levin said.

The fraudster could open credit cards and start utility bills in your name, which would go unpaid, and into collections, which could ruin your credit score, said Adrian Nazari, the founder and chief executive of Credit Sesame, a credit monitoring service. As a result, it could become difficult to be approved for home loans, car loans, jobs and desirable interest rates in the future, he said.

Bloomberg reporter Drew Armstrong wrote this week about his experience when his identity was stolen, which took three years to resolve. In the meantime, the man posing as Armstrong opened accounts in his name at Wells Fargo and went to the Delano Hotel in Miami Beach.

Fraud affected some 15.4 million consumers in 2016, or roughly 6.15% of all consumers, up 16% from 5.3% of consumers in 2015, according to Javelin, a security firm, in a report sponsored by security company LifeLock (which obviously has a vested interest in the findings.) The mean amount it cost per fraud victim was $1,038, according to Javelin.

Incidents of new account fraud have risen especially quickly, Javelin found, because so much personal information has been compromised in data breaches over time. New account fraud also takes the longest to resolve, said Al Pascual, a senior vice president and research director at the security firm Javelin. “If you don’t take steps to actively protect your identity, you’re basically playing Russian roulette,” Pascual said.

Criminal identity theft

The fraudster could even commit a crime and turn in fraudulent identification information, which could mistakenly give you a criminal record.

That’s what happened to Jessamyn Lovell, an artist whose identity was stolen when she lost her wallet in 2011, in the San Francisco Bay area. She didn’t realize what had happened until a year later when the woman who stole her driver’s license checked into a hotel under her name. It seemed fishy to San Francisco’s Financial Crimes unit, which alerted Lovell.

It took years to track down and prosecute the woman; Lovell even had to hire a private investigator. By the time the whole situation was sorted out, the fraudster had shoplifted at Whole Foods, and Lovell had to fly to the Bay Area to appear in court (she had since moved to Albuquerque), to explain it wasn’t actually her.

Now, Lovell is training to become a private investigator herself, and she encourages anyone who suspects fraud, even a small credit-card charge, to report it right away. “It’s easy to miss or dismiss,” she said. “Get it taken care of.” Of course, preventing those situations from happening, if you’re able to, is even better, she said.

Consumers Union’s Guide To Security Credit Freeze Protection Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about security credit freeze protection.

Addition reading:

+ Can we trust companies to secure our private personal data? Cybersecurity experts weigh in on Equifax’s failure to install software fix

+ Incompetence: Equifax used the word ‘admin’ for the login and password of a database

+ Impacted by the breach? Wanna Sue Equifax? Here Are All Your Options

+ Will consumers ever find out how much Equifax spends on cyber security versus on lining their deep pockets?
Do we need laws to create a cyber security standard for all companies to protect our private information? Equifax’s Failure to Apply Security Patches Enabled Massive Hack.

+ The Equifax Breach and 5 Years of Missed Warning Signs.

+ Massive Equifax data breach prompts outrage, investigations, bills to ban credit freeze fees.

+ We Need a Law Requiring Faster Disclosure of Data Breaches—Now.

+ Finally, Some Answers From Equifax to Your Data Breach Questions.

+ 3 Equifax Executives Sold Stock Days After Hack That Wasn’t Disclosed For A Month

+ Equifax CIO and CSO Retire Amid Confusion Over Patching.

+ Equifax data breach: Beware these 3 scams as a result of the breach

+ Elizabeth Warren Sets Her Sights on Equifax

+ Read the latest news regarding Equifax’s security breach.

Most likely, you’ll have family and friends affected by Equifax’s security breach incident so share this important information and prevention tips with them.

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Warren Miller Ski / Ride Film Showing with pre-event PIZZA

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Join us for Warren Miller’s 67th ski and snowboard film screening at 9 PM on Saturday November 19, 2016 of Here, There & Everywhere with Snowpals’ exclusive pre-show pizza social. Here’s a great opportunity to meet local skiers and boarders to expand your social circle/meet a few new friends for Tahoe ride share and ski trips for the winter season.

Got season pass? Maximize your ski season pass by joining a ski lease and expand your circle of friends and activity partners in the process.

Pre-show Pizza Social Tickets Remaining: 3 tickets left as of 11/17/2016. Ticket sales via Snowpals close at 11:59 PM PST on Friday Nov. 18, 2016.


Pizza Social Tickets: $10 per person ~ buy tickets.

Join us for our exclusive pizza social prior to the movie from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Pizza is included. Buy your own drink(s). Pizza social location is in Campbell; exact address will be given to all participants by email on Saturday Nov 19, 2016 by 11 AM.

Once you have purchased your ticket(s); PayPal will send you a receipt by email. Please print the receipt and bring it to the Pizza Social get together to redeem. If you have any questions, please  Tim or text/sms 408.341.9744.

*Pizza social tickets are non-refundable but transferable to someone else; you are responsible to sell /transfer your ticket if you can not go. If you missed or can not make it to the pizza social, there’s no refund.

Got film tickets? You can still buy tickets on Eventbrite to see the film screening of Here, There & Everywhere film screening 9:00 PM showing on Saturday November 19, 2016 at the Heritage Theatre in Campbell, CA.

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Film Ticket Holders will receive coupons at the film showing for:

     2-FOR-1 LIFT TICKET TO SQUAW VALLEY | ALPINE MEADOWS: Everyone attending this screening of Here, There & Everywhere will receive a voucher good for One (1) 2-FOR-1 lift ticket to Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows. Buy One (1) adult lift ticket at the resort rate and receive a second lift ticket for FREE. Offer valid from Opening Day 2016 through Closing Day 2017. OFFER NOT VALID Saturdays AND the following blackout dates: 12.17.16 through 12.31.17, 1.14.17 through 1.15.17, AND 2.18.17 through 2.25.17. Not valid with any other discount offers. No cash value. No refunds.

     FREE LIFT TICKET TO MT. BACHELOR: Everyone attending this screening of Here, There & Everywhere will receive a voucher to Mt. Bachelor good for One (1) FREE lift ticket valid Opening Day 2016 through Closing Day 2017, Sunday through Friday (non-holiday). One (1) coupon per person. Not valid with any other discount offer. No refunds. No cash value. Non-transferable.

     FREE EARLY- OR LATE-SEASON LIFT TICKET TO STEAMBOAT: Everyone attending this screening of Here, There & Everywhere will receive a voucher good for One (1) FREE lift ticket to Steamboat. OFFER VALID 11.24.16 through 12.16.16 OR 4.1.17 through 4.16.17. Non-transferable. Not valid with any other discount offers. No cash value. No refunds.

     20% OFF YOUR ENTIRE PURCHASE AT SPORTS BASEMENT: Everyone attending this screening of Here, There & Everywhere will receive a voucher good for 20% OFF your entire purchase. One (1) coupon per customer. Cannot be combined with any other coupons or discounts. Some exclusions apply. OFFER EXPIRES 11.30.16.

About the movie:

It’s been 67 years since ski-film pioneer Warren Miller picked up a camera to capture the wonder, the adventure, the humor and the beauty that is skiing. Since that time, Warren Miller film crews have traveled the globe—from storied slopes to hidden, snow-covered corners—to celebrate all things snowsports. Their quest has taken powder-hungry filmgoers, well, Here, There & Everywhere—and this year continues that legacy.

In this 67th annual Warren Miller film, take a freeski adventure with industry veterans Ingrid Backstrom and Wendy Fisher in Crested Butte, tour Eastern Greenland by dog sled with Seth Wescott and Rob Kingwill and follow Jess McMillan and Grete Eliassen on a Swiss holiday aboard the Glacier Express. Explore the backcountry of Western Montana’s Glacier Country with Tyler Ceccanti, Collin Collins and Keith Curtis and catch a powder day with Kaylin Richardson, Matt Elliott, Marcus Caston and the Kicking Horse ski patrol in British Columbia.

Travel along as Warren Miller Entertainment commemorates Stein Eriksen in Deer Valley, captures the big air at Boston’s Fenway Park (yes, that Fenway Park!) and rides the steeps of Squaw Valley to the big lines of Cordova, Alaska, plus much more. This year, don’t miss original ski bum and filmmaker Warren Miller himself in on-screen interviews as he spins tales of the past as only Warren can do, reminding us that through the years, these films have truly taken audiences Here, There & Everywhere.

Sponsors of the 2016 Warren Miller Film Tour include: Western Montana’s Glacier Country, Gosling’s, L.L. Bean, Moosehead, Switzerland Tourism, Helly Hansen, Korbel and SKI Magazine.

Featured Athletes: Aaron Blunck • Chris Anthony • Collin Collins • Grete Elliassen • Ingrid Backstrom • Jeremy Jones • Jess McMillan • Jonny Moseley • JT Holmes • Kailyn Richardson • Keith Curtis • Marcus Caston • Matt Elliott • Morgan Hebert • Rob Kingwill • Ryland Bell • Seth Wescott • Tyler Ceccanti • Wendy Fisher

Narrated by: Jonny Moseley and Featuring Warren Miller

Featured Locations: Squaw Valley, CA • Crested Butte, CO • Deer Valley, UT • Montana • Switzerland • Kicking Horse Mountain Resort • Cordova, AK • Greenland • Boston’s Fenway Park • Steamboat Springs, CO

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Tahoe Snowfest

By Desiree Holroyde, Snowpals Newsletter Contributor 

Snowfest is coming! Get bundled up and ready to kick off Spring!

The Space Cowboys of San Francisco are beginning the festivities with some funky breakbeats on the patio of the KT Olympic Deck at Squaw Valley on March 1st at 1pm. Check out some of their music and djs here https://soundcloud.com/spacecowboys or hit up their main website to see where they’ll be bringing beats to Snowfest with their infamous UNIMOG. (The UNIMOG is fully equipped with sound, lights, and ready to provide a bass pumping party at a moment’s notice.) Don’t fret if you wander off from the party with friends, you can come back for more in the evening. The Space Cowboys will be hosting an after-party at the Olympic Plaza Bar, and you can catch them the following night at Lakeside in Tahoe City.

http://www.spacecowboys.org/

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Then head over to Mamasake in the Squaw Valley Village for the Extreme Food Challenge they are hosting from 4-6pm. Heck, why not enter? Mamasake is also featuring happy hour hand rolls from 3-5pm.

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If you want to keep dancing, Crystal Bay Casino has a free concert in their Crown Room Friday March 1st at 10pm featuring Dehli 2 Dublin, a live electronic band, with an after party featuring Izzy Wise (SF) and local bass music artist Benjah Ninjah. Here is what the BBC had to say about Dehli 2 Dublin: “The Vancouver-based collective combines dhol, fiddle and breakbeats in an Irish/Asian stew that is surprisingly varied, a marvellously wide-ranging and free-thinking concept.”

http://www.delhi2dublin.com/ or https://soundcloud.com/delhi2dublin

https://soundcloud.com/izzywis

https://soundcloud.com/benjah-ninjah

This is just a sample of what is going down for the opening daze of Snowfest! Check out the full calendar of events here and decide for yourself which are most worth catching. Snowfest events are ongoing from March 1st through March 10th.

http://www.tahoesnowfestival.com/#!vstc1=events

Sunday, March 3rd check out the Duncan Golf Dog Pull in Tahoe City, followed by a Luau at Sunnyside on the West Shore. If you would like to register your dog in the dog pull, you’ll need to arrive an hour early and the cost of registration is $10. Show up at 11am to the Tahoe City Winter Sports Park/Tahoe City Golf Course behind Bank of America in Tahoe City. Otherwise, the event is free and starts at noon. Afterwards, head on down to Sunnyside Resort… just a quick jaunt from Tahoe City down Highway 89. Sunnyside features an amazing view of the lake. The luau begins at 4pm, with the buffet starting at 5pm. Sunnyside is a family favorite and this all-you-can-eat event, featuring both cooked and barbequed delights, as well as sashimi and poke, and will run you $32 a head, or $16 for kids. Reservations are recommended.

http://www.sunnysideresort.com/events/view/sunnysides-hawaiian-luau-2013

Don’t miss another free show at the Crystal Bay Club on Friday March 8th showcasing the talent of Polyrhythmics, the funky world-beat band from Seattle.

http://www.polyrhythmics.com/home.cfm

http://polyrhythmics.bandcamp.com/

https://soundcloud.com/polyrhythmics

The Crystal Bay Club is an excellent venue for live music, and if you just so happen to need a hotel for the night, there are affordable cabins for rent behind the Tahoe Biltmore – just across the street. They are even pet-friendly! Reserve your room ahead of time though, especially on busy weekends with free shows.

http://www.tahoebiltmore.com/

Whatever you choose to enjoy for Snowfest, please do it responsibly and be well! Happy Snowfest!

 

 

Favs & Saves – Our Top Tahoe Picks

These are some of SnowPals’ (SP) Favs & Saves–a gathering of our favorite places, cafes, restaurants, sporting goods, equipment rentals, repair shops, hotels, ski resorts, casinos and nightlife for the Lake Tahoe Area. It’s a huge list and we are doing the rounds to re-check these favorites and posting them here. Bookmark this page & check back for more specials and new postings.

This is a work in progress. We add more deals and places as we discover them. Members are encouraged to send in recommendations. Team SP will personally check them out and if we agree that they are, indeed, great recommendations, we’ll add them to this list.

Java Hut - We’ve been coming here for more years than we care to admit. Excellent java, good pastries, not a whole lot of seats, but we’re usually in a rush to get on the slopes. 8268 North Lake Blvd., Kings Beach, CA, 530-546-0602. Java Hut Review | Google 360 Degree Street View
"A memorable dining experience awaits you as you enter the Christy Hill Restaurant in the center of Tahoe City. The restaurant sits just 100 feet above the shoreline of Lake Tahoe on an elevated embankment offering diners a panoramic vista. The intimate setting offers guests a view that is only upstaged by the cuisine." Great value gourmet eats and happy hour specials - a great way to relax apres ski. Christy Hill Tahoe City Dining by the Lake
Craving for pizza or a cold beer apres ski? Stop by Lakeside Restaurant, Pizza & Sports Bar located in Tahoe City for good eats & spectacular views year-round.

Vist Lakeside Restaurant Sports Bar Tahoe City CA
Caliente is located in Kings Beach adjacent to the waterfront specializing in the flavor of the American Southwest. Check out their Tequila Thursdays Tastings and 1/2 off appetizers for happy hours. Visit Caliente North Lake Tahoe Kings Beach Southwest Mexican Restaurant and Bar
Tahoe Dave's Skis & Boards(sales, rentals, service, repairs), since 1968, with four locations to choose from: two in Tahoe City; one at Kings Beach and one at Squaw Valley USA. Tahoe Dave's Ski & Board
The Ridge Tahoe Resort has something for everyone:
+ Luxury Accommodations
+ Resort Amenities & Spa
+ Gourmet Dining
+ Tahoe Ski Packages .

Check out the Ridge Tahoe Resort by Heavenly Ski Resort
"Tucked away on the eastern edge of spectacular Hope Valley, near South Lake Tahoe, Sorensen's Resort is an ideal home base for recreation and relaxation all year long." Sorensen's Resort Winter and Summer Recreation and Lodging

 

 

Support SP by ordering a VIP (Very Intense Pals) T-shirt.

If you like what we do, please order our VIP T-shirt ($15) to support what we do so that we can keep bringing you ever more deals and fun social events. Hanes white T-shirts available in S, M, L, XL. Free pick up at events or priority mailed for $5. Email tim [at] snowpals [dot] org to order.

This T-shirt is your VIP membership to all this season’s VIP social events and activities, mixers(informal pizza & beer meetup, wine bars meetup), Tahoe resorts’ apres ski & ride meetup, Bay Area biking and hiking outing. You’ll get 50% off on event entry fees of all events. There will be other perks as well, such as lift ticket raffles and special promotional discounts at local businesses exclusive to VIP members.

 

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  • Consider ride sharing to Tahoe to reduce your carbon footprint, save money and expand your social circle in the process: http://www.snowpals.org/rideshare/
  • Enjoy a full day of skiing or riding and let a professional driver transport you to your favorite Tahoe resort – use ‘snowpals12′ to get $6-$40 off Bay Area Ski Bus trips and ski & ride travel destinations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snowpals’ & Sole Technology’s donation of ‘thirtytwo’ brand snowboard boots to inner-city youths

Special thanks to our friends Rick and Paul of Sole Technology, an Action Sports company based in Lake Forest, CA for their generous donation of the ‘thirtytwo’ brand snowboarding boots. We have chosen to give these boots to Edison High School Alpine Winter Sports Club in Stockton, California; the club serves less fortunate inner-city youths.

The club credits Ron Schwartz(elementary school teacher, ski instructor, compassionate charity/activity organizer) as the driving force behind the effort to give these youths their first skiing & snowboarding experience made possible with kind donations of ski, snowboard equipment, gear and snow sports clothing by Bay Area residents, sporting goods retailers and brand vendors.

About Sole Sole Technology:

“We have been in the Action Sports business for over 25 years designing & manufacturing skateboard footwear & apparel and in the snowboard boot business for over 15 years designing and manufacturing snowboard boots and outerwear under the thirtytwo brand. Check out our brand at:”

http://thirtytwo.com

Prospective Donors:

Consider giving to a good cause; donations to Snowpals are in turn given to a local charity or compassionate non-profit organization. To donate, please .

Advance thanks! ♥

View a slideshow of some of the boots we are giving away.

Join SnowPals for our Jan 12 SF Mixer & Get connected for Tahoe Rideshare

This is our banner year. We are bringing you a whole slew of stuff, including more mixers, informal pizza & beer meets, wine bar meets, Tahoe deals & promos, ski leases, vacation rentals, rideshares, and our brand new VIP T-shirt (Very Intense Pals)! 😀

Over the last 12 years, our members have formed numerous friendships and relationships. To our knowledge, our mixers have already resulted in three marriages! 🙂

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  • Consider ride sharing to Tahoe to reduce your carbon footprint, save money and expand your social circle in the process: http://www.snowpals.org/rideshare/
  • Enjoy a full day of skiing or riding and let a professional driver transport you to your favorite Tahoe resort – use ‘snowpals12′ to get $6-$40 off Bay Area Ski Bus trips and ski & ride travel destinations.