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 (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*).  An average 400-mile round-trip 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!

“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/faqs/faq.cfm?id=307&t=11

High Five yourself, riders.  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 dollars that did not go to Big Oil if you had paid $3/gallon at the pump, alone.

And, how many of us have made friends along the way?  Or shared a meal and a drink, or two, after the slopes … Oh, well let’s not go there!

* 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 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 beyond(members of Snowpals 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).

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Fun Rahlves’ Banzai Tour 2016 at Kirkwood & Sugar Bowl

Gather friends and family together to participate or watch this once a season fun Rahlves’ Banzai Race Tour; meet some new friends by ridesharing to the event..

The Rahlves’ Banzai Tour is racing in it’s purest form. Big mountain freeride meets ski / boarder-cross action! Taking place at three Lake Tahoe, CA resorts it’s head to head action four at a time, top to bottom, down a wide open course over natural terrain and snow conditions. This is the ultimate test of ski and riding skills. Open entry for 18 years old and up. Come take part in the fun and find out what you are made of.

Solo timed qualifying run on Saturday ranks the Top 32 men ski / board and Top 16 women ski / board into brackets for Sunday’s finals. The finals match up four competitors at a time with the top two in round advancing until the remaining four battle it out for the Rahlves’ Banzai win.

RBT has more momentum than ever in it’s fifth season. Top skiers and snowboarders from North America will line up against Lake Tahoe area athletes laying it on the line to defend home turf and a cash purse at each event. Points are earned at all events and added up to crown male and female ski and snowboard Overall Banzai Champions for an additional pay out.

Feb 27 – 28, 2016 Kirkwood Wall Banzai

For the first time since 2013, the Rahlves’ Banzai Tour at Kirkwood Mountain Resort will be starting off The Wall. This video gives you a little taste of what’s to come!! Be there.

March 5 – 6, 2016 Sugar Bowl Silver Belt Banzai

This throw back to 2013 Rahlves’ Banzai Tour at Sugar Bowl Resort will be what we are going down in 2016. It’s the prime line of the Silver Belt Gully. This video gives you a little taste of what’s to come!! Be there.

Rahlves’ Banzai Tour(RBT) competitors:

Skiing in Tahoe has been amazing this El Nino year so get ready to Banzai.
We are less than a month out from the first event and conditions are good to go for the original and best routes down Kirkwood’s Wall and Sugar Bowl’s Silver Belt Gully very similar to 2013 race.

At both events we kick it off the Friday prior in South Lake Tahoe and Truckee with music, raffle prizes, food, drink and a chance to hang out with the RBT family.

Rahlves’ Banzai Bar Crawl
Friday Feb 26th South Lake Tahoe, CA
5-7pm Base Camp Pizza
7-10pm CA Burger Co.

Friday March 4th Truckee, CA
4-5pm Tahoe Sports Hub – Drawing 5pm win Sugar Bowl lift tickets, tune / wax jobs
5-8pm Mellow Fellow – Drawing 8pm win Giro helmet & goggles
8pm-close Pastime Club (live music or DJ) – Drawing 10pm win Atomic Ski

Event Registration for Kirkwood is in Red Cliffs Lodge above General Store and the Judah Lodge at Sugar Bowl.
Saturday practice, qualis, round of 32 men and Après party happening at Kirkwood’s Wall Bar and Sugar Bowl’s Sierra Vista Bar.

Check out http://rahlvesbanzai.com for all info including lodging discounts, promo events and registration.

Tell friends and family about the tour; straight from your mouth to your friends, fellow skiers / snowboarders and people you meet is our best promotional tool.

Athletes- As a thank you, if you bring a new competitor to the RBT you get $25 back from your entry fee for each first time registered competitor.

Thanks and see you all soon at the Rahlves Banzai Tour.

Daron Rahlves
Rahlves’ Banzai Tour Founder
http://rahlvesbanzai.com

Daron Rahlves, Banzai Master, World Champion, USA Olympic ski racer, Winter X-Games Skier-X Champ and pro big mountain skier is the event organizer responsible for its growth and success with the help of host resorts, event partnerships and competitors. Daron is involved in the operation of the RBT, assisting competitors and mingling with the fans. At each event he takes a qualifying timed run, but doesn’t compete head to head until the “Super Final” at his home resort, Sugar Bowl. The designated day in March is that day when he puts his title of “Banzai Master” on the line taking on the Men Ski Winners from each stop in a battle for winner takes all of $5,000!!!

 

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How to join SnowPals

Life is about the friendships we cultivate, the places we visit, and the memorable experiences we share; SnowPals invite you to join us to share skiing and snowboarding experiences that will contribute to your collection of life’s treasured memories. Join us to connect with skiers and snowboarders of all levels for trips to Tahoe and to snow destinations beyond.

You know the story, after college, once settled in with a professional career, our circle of friends and activity partners become smaller by each passing year unless effort is made to reach out and connect with people who share common interests; well, here’s your chance. 😉

“Create ski and snowboarding memories today so when you’ll look back through the years, those are the moments that will be most vivid and will likely to triggered joyful smiles.”- Snowpals

What adventure(s) have you checked off your bucket list this year?

How do I join? Is there a membership fee?

We have a one-time membership fee of $20. This one-time fee helps us pay for web hosting, technical website services, group management and various operations such as facilitating Bay Area-Tahoe ride shares and organizing social events. Our aim is to help you connect with like-minded folks whose interest is snow-sports, network with other Bay Area professionals, and generally, grow your circle of friends. Our activities include pre-snow season ski-and-ride movie screenings, social events, and ski season parties. SnowPals is a dynamic, fun, friendly and engaging alternative to traditional ski and snowboard clubs for busy Bay Area professionals. Members range from newbies to experts in snow sports. Members ages vary from 18 to well into the 70s (single people and married couples with and without kids).

Membership perks include:

✔ Access to our Tahoe ridesharing members network of 8,025 members as of March 2017 (a free alternative to fee-based Uber, Lyft and other ridesharing services)
✔ 10% off selected social events
✔ Swag and lift tickets raffle giveaway at our events
✔ In the off-season, we often facilitate connections for outdoors activities such as hiking, road cycling, mountain biking, wakeboarding, surfing, etc. to encourage an active lifestyle.

Founded in 1999 by a small group of friends; as of April 1, 2017, we have grown to 8,025 members. Join us to celebrate 18 years of snow sports activities and connect with members for Tahoe trips. Read some feedback from folks who’ve joined.

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* Please note: the group’s name was changed from Ski Pals to Snow Pals to include all snow sports (ski, snowboard, cross-country, telemark, back-country, and snowshoe).

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POWder Parties, Ski Bus Deals, Ski & Ride Vacation Getaway

POWder Parties, Ski Bus Deals, Ski & Ride Vacation Getaway

 

Help us celebrate our 14th Season as a ski and ride community: engage in some fun at our annual season kick-off POWDER parties happening around the SF Bay Area – view photos from previous events!

 
 
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