SnowPals is the largest snow sports community on the West Coast; 2012-13 season is our 14th year of service to San Francisco Bay Area’s community of skiers and snowboarders(of all skill levels). Our members are mostly busy professionals residing in the SF Bay Area.

Our members are from all parts of the Bay Area(SF, East Bay, South Bay, Peninsula, and North Bay) representing a diverse community of people who are singles, couples, people who are married, with and without children. What our members share in common is a love for snow sports.

On the one side, we are a social platform for local professionals to expand their circle of friends by engaging in fun local SF Bay Area and Tahoe Area events and outings which we create to bring local skiers and snowboarders together. On the other, we are ‘the go to site’ for Tahoe Deals, a gathering place showcasing our top picks of Tahoe area resorts, lodging promotions, special travel packages, lift ticket specials, unique retailers, vacation rental and ski lease listings. We also facilitate ride shares to Tahoe and host social mixers to help our members connect to share common interests.

SnowPals is a grassroots community, we grow with the support and participation of our members and partners.

Since 1999, we have blossomed from a group of 7 hardcore skiers and snowboarders to a vibrant community of 6,007 members as of November 3, 2012. During the winter months, our new membership sign-ups are the highest so there’s endless back-end planning, organizing and event creation to do. Hence, we are always on the lookout to add passionate folks to our crew. Please drop us a line if you would like to contribute.

Want to help out? Here are three things you can do:

  1. Partner with SnowPals

    Join forces to help us shape a uniquely engaging ski and snowboard community for the SF Bay Area and beyond. Drop us a line at contactus@snowpals.org to inquire about partnerships, website banner advertising or get featured in our weekly newsletter with a promotion or contest. We’ll help bring customers to you and deliver measurable results and referrals.  View a list of our current partners.

  2. Purchase a Snowpals T-Shirt

    Order our T-shirt($15) to support what we do so that we can keep bringing you ever more deals and fun social events. Hane’s white T-shirts available in S, M, L, XL. Free pick up at events or priority mail for $5. Email tim [at] snowpals.org to order.

    Funds raised from T-shirts help defray our operational expenses and goes into our fund to hire an intern who’s job is to find and secure more deals for members.

  3. Volunteer

    We always appreciate the assistance of volunteers in all capacity from helping at events, to marketing our organization, to doing community outreach. Tell us about your area of expertise and how you’d like to contribute to make Snowpals even better. If you have ideas to help us improve what we do, drop us a line. We will be delighted to hear from you.

    Most of all, please help us by spreading the word about Snowpals to family, friends and people you meet on the ski lifts who can benefit from joining us!

Join SnowPals! Since 1999, our membership is free – we’re grassroots. Join us to connect for Tahoe rideshare, snow trips and expand your circle of snow friends.

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Want to get in touch with the Snowpals Crew? Contact us

Presenting the Snowpals Crew: 

randy snowpals chief community moderator
Tahoe Snow Sports Expert & Chief Community Moderator. Randy Salzman is a lifelong skier, a Certified Professional Ski and Snowboard Instructor at Alpine Meadows, a Snowpals enthusiast since its inception in 1999, and a prodigious waster of time on the internet reading all things ski-related. Randy grew up skiing and racing on the Ice Coast (CT, and then NH), but really earned his ski-addiction credentials in a 12-step process known as ski-bumming/guiding in the French Alps. Randy moved to California in 1999 and quickly fell in love with Tahoe. While raising two ripping snow-shredders (one ski, one snowboard), Randy also qualified for the National Ski Patrol and Professional Ski Instructors of America, and volunteered as a patroller at Alpine before switching to part-time instruction a few years ago while also working as a Sales Consultant at Peninsula Infiniti in Redwood City so if you’re in the market for a new car or Certified Pre-Owned vehicle, Randy will be happy to offer a discount to SnowPals’ members on any AWD, snow-worthy vehicle. He is Snowpals’ North Lake Tahoe expert. Contact randy [at] snowpals.org
tim-at-squaw-valleyTim Pham is Snowpals Founder and Creator. He is the primary engine of Snowpals and a dedicated community organizer. He has a background in environmental chemistry and exercise physiology with side study in search engine optimization(SEO). When Tim isn’t managing the inner workings of Snowpals he works as an accredited fitness professional and an outdoors adventure guide. Tim is best known for his Mad-Summer-of-Trails where he led twelve consecutive Yosemite Half-Dome summit hikes, half of them in the moonlight. You’d likely meet him skiing & riding at Squaw, Alpine Meadows, Homewood, Heavenly and Kirkwood. Find him on Twitter at @SnowPalsDotOrg Contact tim [at] snowpals.org
Evan, web developer guru snowpals
Website Developer & Tech Guru. Evan Goldin is a Bay Area native and avid snowboarder. A big fan of Tahoe-winter ski lease life, Evan has had a ski lease for more than four years, and has managed another successful ski lease since 2009.  He has been designing websites and web apps for more than a decade. Evan is the talented webmaster for, and designer of, the/our gorgeous new SnowPals site, circa 2012. His favorite resort is Kirkwood, unless  Hwy 88 is closed, then Heavenly moves up the ranks. Find him on Twitter at @evangoldin. He works at Zimride, a marketplace for private ridesharing. Contact evan [at] snowpals.org.
JoeResident Snow Sports Gear Tester & Columnist. Joseph Woo is a ski enthusiast. He is a gold medal winning triathlete, tournament winning scratch golfer and one of the top State Farm Insurance Agents based in Kentfield, Marin County. He is passionate about skiing, golf and insurance. 

Joe is excited to bring his perspective to you on various topics this season. Think about him as your guinea pig before you take the plunge. If you’re thinking about taking a plunge, maybe Joe did it before you and you can learn something from that. Joe has done lots of things on leaps of faith and he hopes that his experience can help so that you don’t have to.

If there are any subjects or topics you’d like Joe to “guinea pig” for you, drop us a line and we’ll see if we can get it into the mix. If you have a specific question or comment for Joe, contact him at joe [at] snowpals.org

Vicki OldsReporter and Proofreader.  Vicki Olds began skiing Lake Tahoe Basin slopes when she was twelve years old, and was #52 out of a 54-line of ski instructors at Heavenly Valley before she was old enough to drink (meaning that there were only two other instructors on the hill that skied worse than she–but don’t tell anybody). She has traveled throughout California, Colorado, Canada, Switzerland, Austria, France and Argentina, with her favorite alpine ski experiences being the uncrowded, off-piste rabbit runs, or the wide, pristine pow of Alta (Utah), Sunshine (Alberta, Canada) and the glaciers of Mont Blanc, Chamonix (France) … and, of course, CALIFORNIA!  “We live in an amazing, beautiful place!  Living in San Francisco I am just three hours from the slopes to the ocean.  I love covering the diverse and unique lifestyles that Bay Area snow enthusiasts enjoy.” Look for her occasional, exclusive Snowpals reports.  If you have topic ideas, please feel free to share with Vicki at shibumi [at] snowpals.org.

Desiree

Newsletter Contributor. Desiree Holroyde is a snowboarder living in Santa Cruz, CA. She learned to snowboard at Homewood Resort during her first trip to Lake Tahoe and moved to the mountains less than a year later in 2003. She had a ski lease in Huckleberry Canyon for her last season of riding while living in the Tahoe Basin, better known as the backside of Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort, where she worked mountain safety. Desiree exchanged the mountains for the beach in January of 2009 to pursue a degree in graphic design at San Jose State University. Desiree is an avid music enthusiast who enjoys dancing and camping at music festivals, in addition to art, hiking, cooking, poi and hula hooping. Contact desiree [at] snowpals.org 

photo of andrew x pham author  Contributor-at-Large. Andrew Pham is a professional writer and tropical tumbleweed who returns to Tahoe every winter to get his snow fixes. He enjoys alpine and cross-country skiing. In the other seasons, he writes books, travels, and leads bicycle tours in Southeast Asia. He has been a regular contributor and volunteer for Snowpals since its inception. You’ll likely to find him skiing wherever there is a good lift deal. Read more about Andrew at www.andrewxpham.com.  Contact andrew [at] snowpals.org 

  Event Coordinator. MaryEllen Rhyins, (a.k.a. Melle), is an alpine skier who, just to shake things up, occasionally attempts to telemark and nordic ski, and enjoys snowshoeing too. Although she enjoys skiing just about anywhere as long as she’s with pals, her favorite resorts are Alpine, Squaw, Kirkwood and Sugar Bowl. Melle is a freelance marketing professional, has a passion for getting folks connected and has enjoyed hosting many events for snowpals over the years. Contact melle [at] snowpals.org

  Event Coordinator. Trish Douglass has been a SnowPals member since 2002. She is an experienced snowboarder who enjoys all Tahoe mountains. She is our fun-chief and social network person. She is a down-to-earth team player with a spontaneous personality, always ready for new adventures. She has natural knack for persuading others to join in the fun. As she believes, the more the merrier. Contact trish [at] snowpals.org 
Kurt, partnership advisor for snowpals
Partnership Relations Advisor. Kurt Huy enjoys skiing, hiking, and international travel. Kurt’s favorite Tahoe resorts are Heavenly, Sugar Bowl and Mt Rose. He went to U.C. Berkeley for undergraduate and grad school.  In his spare time, he games on the Xbox 360. Contact kurt [at] snowpals.org
Business Manager snowpals
Community Relations. Fa Wansawat is Snowpals’ friendly community and functions organizer. She is a skier and an expert cook in freezing conditions. She combs the web for Lake Tahoe deals and promotions for our members. She also manages the brand new Snowpals Coupons Page. She likes to snowboard at Diamond Peak–(a North Lake Tahoe, family-oriented resort).
Contact office[at] snowpals.org
photo of May, snowpals PR intern
Outreach Intern. 

May Wansawat is the Snowpals Community Outreach Intern. She’s a university senior majoring in business marketing. She’s a fan of winter fashion and a novice snowboarder, looking foward to shredding the diamond slopes. Contact office[at] snowpals.org

Would you like to intern with Snowpals?

Snowpals is looking for interns; please contact office[at] snowpals.org  to share your skills and work experiences. Let us know how you can contribute. Give us an idea of what type of projects you’d like to engage in and how we can help you build your work experience. Our part-time (10-12 hours) intern positions are unpaid; however, we’ll make up for that by giving you some cool perks such as free lift tickets. Also, we are raising funds to hire one full-time intern position.