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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Saving the Planet One Rider At A Time

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By Vicki Olds, aka Shibumi – “Snowpals Reporter At-Large”

SnowPals is making a difference; saving our planet and particularly the Lake Tahoe Basin, one ride-share at a time.

“Did you know there are 1 billion cars in the world?  Unfortunately, we’re set to double this in the next 10 years.  Each shared car takes 13 cars off the road (on average).  You can make a difference by sharing a car.”  — getaround.com

Since 1999, SnowPals members have ride-shared from the Bay Area to Lake Tahoe and back at least 5,100* times (this is a conservative estimate*).  For an average 400-mile round-trip to/from Tahoe in a vehicle that gets 28 miles per gallon average highway miles will burn 14.3 gallons of gas.  A gallon of gasoline burned releases 20 pounds of CO2 into the air.  By carpooling, each rider, in addition to the driver, represents 14.3 gallons of gasoline saved from being burned — or 286 pounds of carbon dioxide per round trip!

“Let’s break down how CO2 is produced: a gallon of gasoline weighs about 6 pounds. Roughly 90% of that mass is carbon or about 5.5 pounds.  When that carbon is burned one atom of carbon, C, combines with two molecules of oxygen, O2, to form carbon dioxide, CO2.  One molecule of CO2 weighs about 3.5 times as much as an atom of carbon, so that 5.5 pounds of carbon burned results in about 20 pounds of CO2.”

— U.S. Energy Information Administration, http://www.eia.gov/tools/

High Five yourself, SnowPals’ rideshare participants.  Together we have saved the planet from 1,458,600 pounds of carbon dioxide pollutants!

To calculate how much carbon pollution you contribute to the planet, annually, use the energy calculators at Infinite Power (gee, those Texans are really serious about oil): http://www.infinitepower.org/calc_carbon.htm

Plus, think about how much you have saved in gasoline expenses by offering to share your vehicle with a snow rider or two.  At 5,100 SnowPal ride-shares, times 14.3 gallons, times the price of a gallon of gas … that’s no small change.  In fact, that would be $218,790 in total per snow season that did not go to Big Oil if you had paid $3/gallon at the pump.

And, how many of us have made friends along the way?  Or shared a meal and a drink, or two, after the slopes … That’s the non-tangible perks of ridesharing so we at SnowPals encourage you to rideshare / carpool to and from Lake Tahoe resorts as much as possible and to forward this piece to folks you know who goes to Tahoe often but mostly drive solo – advance thanks in helping us preserve our natural environment for ourselves and for generations to come.

* Median of 15 ride-shares/wk; with New Snow this shoots up to 30-35 ride-shares/week.  We’re saying that at least 4x/season when there’s a surge of snow riders looking for new snow.

Help keep our planet green, save money and expand your circle of friends by joining SnowPals to ride share to Tahoe area ski resorts and snow destinations beyond (SnowPals members’ in past years joined forces and resources to organize ski and snowboard trips via carpooling/ride sharing to Colorado, Utah and even British Columbia ski resorts).

Are you a local business? Please consider partnering with us to help increase awareness of SnowPals’ rideshare / carpool to help people pool resources to drive together to and from Lake Tahoe.

SnowPals’ mission is to enable SF Bay Area residents to pool resources to ride share/carpool to Tahoe resorts to reduce impact to our environment. We kick off the ski season with annual Kickoff Parties around the SF Bay Area.

We invite businesses to partner with us to help bring awareness to our ride-sharing offerings, and to encourage people who might otherwise drive solo to use our services to make new friends and to reduce their carbon footprint.

Individually we each can make slight carbon footprint reductions, and together we can make significant reductions that will help preserve our natural environment. Please consider partnering with SnowPals and we can also help local businesses with its marketing exposure.

For more about our ride-share program, please see: http://www.snowpals.org/info/tahoe-rideshare/

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Tahoe Learn to Ski and Snowboard Package Deals

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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.

LESSON TIMES

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.

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The Last Chair Music Festival at Squaw

8 January 2013

By Desiree Holroyde, Snowpals Newsletter Contributor

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The Last Chair Music Festival

Olympic Village Lodge @ Squaw Valley, CA 

Friday January 11, 2013

Foster The People DJ Set

Eliot Lipp
 
Saturday January 12, 2013

Bonobo DJ Set

Emancipator

Random Rab    

Squaw ski lift buried by Keoki Flagg

Photo by Keoki Flagg

This coming weekend Friday Jan 11 and Saturday Jan 12 is the second installment of The Last Chair Music Festival which is being hosted at the Olympic Village Lodge by Squaw Valley. A lift ticket purchased online through http://www.squaw.com/last-chair-music-fest includes one day of skiing or riding on Friday or Saturday, as well as access to one concert in the evening. Season pass holders are offered a discounted ticket to The Last Chair Music Festival for $30, which may be purchased online or at the event. Regular event tickets are $35 and available online or at the door. Tickets are also available daily at the Guest Services and Sales Center, in addition to the Squaw Valley Conference Center until 4pm, or until sold out.

Friday night’s event includes Foster the People, a fresh new band from Los Angeles performing a dj set. Supporting act Eliot Lipp, whom you may know for having performed with Sound Tribe Sector Nine, has received recognition from both Prefuse 73 and Jay-Z. Eliot Lipp signed to Pretty Lights Music just last year.

Saturday features Bonobo, one of the many fantastic artists belonging to the infamous Ninja Tune label, who surely will deliver a great set. Emancipator hails from Portland, OR with dreamy, danceable beats and “The Master of Emotion” aka Random Rab is based out of San Francisco. Arrive early to catch all three of these delicious acts on Saturday January 12.

Check out the Last Chair Music Festival 2013 Lineup:

Friday January 11, 2013

Foster The People

http://www.fosterthepeople.com/us/music/torches

https://soundcloud.com/fosterthepeoplemusic

Eliot Lipp

http://eliotlipp.com/music

https://soundcloud.com/eliotlipp


Saturday January 12, 2013

Bonobo

http://bonobomusic.com

https://soundcloud.com/bonobo

Emancipator

http://emancipator.bandcamp.com/

https://soundcloud.com/emancipator

Random Rab

http://randomrab.com/sounds/

https://soundcloud.com/random-rab

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Location: 19940 Donner Pass Road, Norden, CA

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Nearby Ski Resorts: Sugar Bowl(only 5 minutes drive), Boreal(only 10 minutes drive) and Northstar at Tahoe(40 minutes drive)

* “A professional kitchen staff prepares hearty breakfasts and dinners that are served family-style in the dining room. Guests prepare their own brown bag lunches from plentiful and varied ingredients to enjoy while on their daily adventure. Vegetarian options are available for every meal.” – Sierra Club

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