SNOWPALS’ TAHOE RIDESHARE/CARPOOL
- Since 1999, Bay Area & Tahoe Snow Sports Community – a grassroots effort
- 2013-14 is our 15th winter season
- Connect with 6,100+ Skiers and Snowboarders for Trips to Tahoe and Beyond
- Best of all, Snowpals’ Rideshare is a FREE community service
- For 2013-14, we’re excited to announce Sports Basement as Snowpals’ designated meetup venue. Come to our meetups at Sports Basement to expand your social circle and connect for Tahoe trips.
SF Bay Area Skiers & Boarders–rideshare to Tahoe, reduce your carbon foot-print, save money, and expand your social circle. Yup, you know the story, after college, once settled in with a professional career, our circle of friends becomes smaller by each passing year unless effort is made to reach out and connect with people who shares common interests; well, here’s your chance.
Snowpals is the place where you can offer rides OR find/receive rides between the SF Bay Area and Tahoe, day trip or multiple nights. Our members are serious snow-sport enthusiasts. With 6,100+ skiers and snowboarders, there is always someone doing the three to four hours haul to and from Tahoe and the Bay Area everyday.
We’ve been promoting and facilitating rideshare and carpool between the Bay Area and Tahoe since 1999. We’re a grassroots organization, and we’re FREE to join. The more people you tell about us, the better our community becomes. Advance thanks!
Here are some of the stuff our members have been doing:
1) Rider & driver barter, ie. ride to Tahoe for free night stay at cabin/ski lease as a guest.
2) Riders & driver pool resources to rent lodges and share expenses.
3) Members who are university students get to network with members who are professionals. Novice skiers/boarders get advice & tips from experts.
4) Connect with members who are part of a ski lease and you’re likely to get invited to stay in as a guest.
Going strong for our 14th year, we have not had any bad experiences reported for ridesharing.
To keep everyone honest and on his/her best behavior, we use a blacklist (maintained by member’s feedback) for anyone who breaks agreements or act inappropriately.
In addition, as an added safety measure, we asked that drivers and passengers add each other as friends on facebook.
(1) Host driver and riders/passengers exchange contacts.
If you’ve never met before, for safety purposes, we suggest you exchange business cards and/or photocopy driver’s license with your rideshare driver/passengers – you can give them back to the owner once the trip has been completed; exchange phone numbers & emergency contacts. Tell family/friends your trip plan/agenda; who you are going with/who to call, and when to expect your return.
(2) Host drivers: state clearly how much the rideshare will cost in advance and the method of determining cost. Drivers have the discretion to set cost sharing. Also state clearly your preference for passengers, ie. non-smoker, esp in the car; your preference in music, etc. Also, when posting a ride share offer, please include how much space you have for skis, snowboard and gear, etc./if you have a ski rack, the type of car you are driving, ie. AWD Subaru Forester, 4WD Jeep, etc, and your departure point in the Bay Area, your driving route, and your ski resort destination in Tahoe for easy rideshare coordination.
(3) Passengers: be aware that aside from the cost of gas, other non-tangible factors to consider: a) driver’s time to drive you to the slopes and back, b) the wear, tear & mileage on the driver’s car, c) oftentimes, the driver goes out of his/her way to pick you up and drop you off.
(4) Passengers: be sure to thank your driver (just common courtesy). Offer to drive if your driver is tired. If you brought some snacks, offer your driver some as a way to say thanks. Try to be flexible and easy going – it’s all about having a successful rideshare to Tahoe and a great day on the slopes. State your preference in regards to either skiing or riding together once you get to the resort or going solo and meeting up at a designated meeting point afterwards. Remember to set a meetup point if you go separate ways. Agree on what to do in case of an emergency ~ exchange phone numbers, who to contact, etc. (ie. in case someone gets hurt on the slopes).
(5) Everyone should have with him/her a fully charged mobile phone and the numbers of his/her rideshare party.
These are just general guidelines to get you started on setting up a successful rideshare. SnowPals hope you’ll meet some fun members in the group, and perhaps expand your circle of ski and snowboarding friends in the process. Happy ridesharing! Help SnowPals grow, tell people on the ski lifts and your friends on facebook about us. If you have some suggestions to improve our rideshare process, please contact us.
If you are not already a member, join Snowpals to read the latest Tahoe rideshare trip requests and/or post yours.
Attend our Monthly Mixers to connect with members for Tahoe Ridesharing
If you’re shy about getting/giving rides with people you haven’t met, then come to our Meetup Mixers. Get to know them before riding with them!
RSVP for our upcoming mixers at www.snowpals.org/events
Check out photos from Snowpals’ past mixer:
Would you like to help with our meetups?
Please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to help out with Snowpals’ monthly mixers near you. We usually have meetups in SF, Berkeley and the South Bay. We’re looking to hold mixers in the North Bay, Peninsula and Tahoe apres ski events soon. You’ll not only be appreciated but we’ll give you some perks as well such as free event entry, extra event raffle tickets, free gift card, lift ticket, etc.
There are two ways to connect for SF Bay Area to Tahoe ride share:
- Join Snowpals’ 2012-13 Tahoe Ride Share List on facebook to connect with other skiers and snowboarders near you for trips to Tahoe.
- Join Snowpals’ forum to post a Tahoe ride share/carpool/Tahoe trip request/offer
- Calling for help with app development: we’re working on an iphone and android os app for Tahoe ride share, if you know of anyone with loads of app development experience, please refer them to us..we need exceptional bad ass app developers and we’ll work out a handsome compensation package; advance thanks! Email timmy [at] snowpals.org
After join the group, whenever you post a rideshare wanted or offer, please include the following key information in your posting:
- First name
- Age (even a range is ok)
- M or F (this oftentimes matter especially for Female who wants to rideshare with another Female if she is trying out ridesharing for the 1st time & have a preference)
- Departure location (city); pick up at Bart or coordinate specifics
- ski or board? (if skiing or riding together)
- skill level
- Desired resort(s)
- Day trip or overnight
- Shared lodging, stay as a guest in a ski lease, etc
- Cost (filled out by the driver)
- Time-range for departure and return
- Willing to drive or looking for a ride
- (optional) a link to your FB to share face pics/get friended and/or share your Linkedin as an extra safety measure.
Too often, people do not include sufficient information that is important for planning and coordination which will usually result in numerous inquiry emails back and forth. Please refer to this guideline whenever you post a rideshare on our list.
Below are some excerpts of rideshare offers and requests to give you an idea of how active and useful SnowPals’ RideShare can be(contact information have been removed):
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Here’s a detailed listing:
“Hello Fellow Snow Enthusiasts!
I’m doing a day trip to Kirkwood this Saturday. I’m looking for a couple passengers.
When: Saturday December 3rd.
Starting: I leave San Francisco around 4:30AM.
Arrival: I hope to get to Kirkwood around 8:30AM
Return: Leave Kirkwood around 3:00PM and hope to return to SF around 7:30PM
Cost: The trip cost is the cost of gas split evenly among everyone in the truck; usually around $15 per person (has been as low as $12 and as high as $25) depending on road conditions (4WD eats up more gas, being stuck in traffic too…but I anticipate good road conditions). (plus the cost of your lift ticket or pass of course)
Pick Up: I leave from Cole Valley and am willing to pick up people at convenient meeting spots along my way leaving the city and along the way leaving the Bay Area (I usually pick up others off of 580 or 24).
Me: I’m an expert Skier and a beginner to intermediate snowboarder, my friend is an expert snowboarder.
You: any skill level…ski/ride with me or on your own, engage in conversations with me and the other passengers or sleep all the way up and back. Just be punctual and chip in for gas.
If you’re interested or have any questions let me know.”
More listing excerpts:
1) Day Trip to Sierra this Tuesday 12/8
Anyone up for a powder day up at Sierra this tuesday? I’m flexible and willing to leave any time to accommodate. Please send a reply.
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2) Ride Offered Tuesday morning, returning Wednesday afternoon.
I’m heading up to Alpine tomorrow morning sometime (I just need to get to Alpine before 4:00pm) and returning on Wednesday afternoon. I’ll be leaving Alpine at 1:00pm sharp to be back on the Peninsula before a 6:00pm meeting. If either side of this commute works for you and you aren’t too far out of my way, let me know.
3) Shred Boreal or anywhere if you have passes tuesday the 8th
I’m thinking about heading up for all the fresh pow anyone want to split gas and come along for the adventure? I have room for 3+gear. I’m a snowboarder and am thinking about going to boreal from 9am to 9pm I live in vallejo.
4) Day trip/ride to Northstar or Heavenly on Sat, 12/12
Hi everyone, I am planning a one day ski trip on 12/12 to Northstar at Tahoe or Heavenly. Leaving earlier in the morning and coming back the same day. If you are planning the same trip, I would be happy to share ride, gas and even skiing on the slopes. I can ski pretty much everything blue, red, black, double black..
Instead of the gas contribution, I can also give you a Northstar or Heavenly lift ticket for $25-$30 less. I have two with me now. Alternatively, I can pay cash for gas and try to sell the extra ticket.
Shortly about me: I am young professional, work in the financial district and love to have fun! Originally from Europe, now enjoying CA.
I can meet pretty much everywhere in the bay area. Thanks.
5) Day trip or overnight trip rideshare offered
Day trip or two to any of the following: heavenly, boreal, sugar bowl, bear valley, etc. from the south bay if possible. Avid is better. Tell me something about you and leave me your contact info, email or #, friend me on FB or send LinkedIn contact, thanks – Jen
6) Anyone going to be at Northstar Monday or Tuesday?
I’ll be heading up from Sacramento Monday early morning, then staying until Tuesday.
Not sure if anyone can use Monday morning as a ride share opportunity, return I’m not even sure time or if I’m really coming back Tuesday.
If your at Northstar thoes days, I’ll probably be the only ski-biker there, so come say Hi. I’d be nice to meet new folks. – Larry
7) Rideshare from SF to North Lake Tahoe (NLT) – December 12 / 13
Hi, I will drive to North Lake Tahoe on Saturday morning [departure: ~ 5am] and come back to San Francisco on Sunday night. I may have a place for you to stay overnight. Let me know if interested…Claire
8) Split costs to stay at Squaw?
I want to start this season off in relative comfort and limited driving. Thinking about reserving a place at the Squaw Valley Lodge. Anyone feel like splitting costs for a spot at the base of KT? I’m thinking about going up sometime between the Dec. 16th and 25th for as many as 5 days. If we split it 3 ways, that’s just around three hundred each. Or, the other option is you have a place close to Squaw already and I can pay guest fees? Could use a ride or will give a ride (only have room for one with gear). Female intermediate/advanced snowboarder. Fun as hell. -Joanna
If you are not already a member, join Snowpals to read the latest Tahoe rideshare trip requests and/or post yours.