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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How to join SnowPals

Life is about cultivating friendships, traveling and sharing experiences; SnowPals invite you to join us in our mission to enjoy and share skiing and snowboarding experience and create lasting memories and friendships.

Join us to connect with skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels for trips to Tahoe and to snow destinations beyond.

Avoid the trap of old routines with shrinking circles of friends. Expand your FUN horizon by connecting with SnowPals and experience the snow season in a new exciting way. Network, connect and socialize with our active and friendly memberships. Come join our pre-snow season ski-and-ride movie screenings, rideshares, ski leases, snow events, parties, giveaways and wine / beer socials. Our members often extend group activities in to the summer seasons. Some of our off-season activities included nature hikes, sky-diving, mountain biking, wineries tours and BBQ parties. Activities are generally free of charge.

Ski and snowboard friendships often last a lifetime as they are built on a core shared interest.

“Create ski and snowboarding memories today so when in later years, you’ll reminisce about moments that will likely to triggered joyful smiles. Simply priceless 😉 “- SnowPals

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

How do I join? Is there a membership fee?

Unlike other ski and snowboard clubs with yearly recurring membership fees, join us with only 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 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:

✔ Access to our Tahoe ridesharing/carpool members network of 8,055 members as of September 2018 (a free alternative to fee-based Uber, Lyft and other ridesharing services)
✔ Participate in fun and engaging social events
✔ We often hold giveaway raffles for swag and lift tickets at our events
✔ In the off-season, we may 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; we’re now 8,055 members and growing. Celebrating our 20th year of helping to connect folks to expand their circle of snow sports activity partners.

Screen Shot of SnowPals’ Forum January 2018:

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Screen shot of postings from our forum April 2017.

* A few of our newly joined members’ intros from November to December 2018:

“Hello, I’m frequently driving back and forth from South Lake Tahoe to the Peninsula close to the weekends. I ferry my 6 year old daughter back and forth so we can ski together, but she’s with her dad during the school week. So, sometimes she’ll be in the car and sometimes it’s just me. I have a ski lease now, but hope to relocate to the area. I only travel during low traffic times. Hoping to connect with some weekly carpoolers!” – Ellen

– “Hello there! I moved from France to the Bay Area a couple of years ago but finally decided to get a season pass this year (Epic Local for Kirkwood, Heavenly and North Star) I don’t have a FWD car so I’m looking for ski buddies who would be willing to share the ride, ideally super early Sat mornings, but could also make it work some Fridays. I am an intermediate / advanced skier, perfectly comfortable skiing on my own but I would love connecting with people of similar level – powder is always more fun with friends!” – Laura

– “Hi, I have been in the Bay Area for awhile (since 2000), married with kids, but still like to go snowboarding / skiing when I can. I have used the ski bus a number of times in the past, but this year I have an Ikon pass so have to focus on ride-sharing to Squaw Valley as often as possible. Either me driving up and taking a passenger, or joining in with someone who is already driving up. I’m the “quiet / dependable” engineer type. If I say I’ll be ready to go at 4 am I’ll be there on time and ready to go. Cheers!”- Eric

– “I’m super excited since I just relocated to Petaluma which is a bit closer drive to Tahoe and one of my fav most beautiful places to snowboard. I’m mainly interested the Tahoe rideshare because I don’t have a 4 wheel drive vehicle and don’t trust driving in storms. I am flexible on resort we go to and am interested in crashing at a ski lease as a guest for only a couple of nights if available. I usually can take off Fridays so we can leave early in the AM. I’m also able to meet up somewhere in East Bay or Sacramento and then we carpool from there. Super excited to shred some gnar!” – Megan

– “Hello there! I moved here from Illinois last year and tried snowboarding for the first time last season. Fell in love with the sport and bought a pass to Sierra at Tahoe as well as an Epic Local for the upcoming season! Along with a ton of awesome gear so I don’t have to stand in long rental lines anymore. I’m interested in finding people who plan on getting out to Tahoe pretty much every weekend this season. I was told I should come here, so here I am!” – Marcus

– “I am an intermediate skier living in the East Bay. “I’d like to go ski more often than I used to. Willing to team up with others to share rides to Tahoe. I have flexible schedule and can go most days during the week. I am professional in the tech field. Prefer to go Kirkwood, Heavenly & Northstar.” – John

– “I love skiing (resort and backcountry) and all sorts of climbing — rock and ice, especially alpine routes. Most of my climbing was up in the OR + WA Cascades, so I’d love someone to show me around the Sierra climbing and backcountry skiing. For 2018-19, I have an Ikon Pass and looking to connect for rides to IKON resorts.” – Alex

– “New to the Bay Area and pretty clueless about the various Tahoe resorts. I had a great ski group back East and I definitely miss them. Have Epic Pass and opened to Tahoe trips. Originally from South Carolina have been a Bay Area Resident as of August 2018.” – Matt

– “Hello! I’m AJ, a PhD student at UC Berkeley who loves XC skiing. I also like snowshoeing. I’m hoping to get out to Tahoe on the weekends, and maybe even for longer during the holidays. Here for good company, new friends, ride shares, ski buddies, and also lodging-sharing.”

– “Hi, I’m a Montana-native, newly transplanted to the Bay Area. Driving three hours (each way) alone is a bummer, so let’s ride together. I like to Ski, Snowboard and do Back-country skiing or snowboarding” – Adam

-“Long time advanced level snowboarder. I prefer weekdays as Friday to Sunday are too crowded. I have the epic Tahoe local pass. I go to Northstar, heavenly and Kirkwood. Interested in finding snow board buddies and interested in a ski lease.” – Patricia

Hello there, I grew up snowboarding in Colorado and have been in the Bay Area for the last year. I am trying the Ikon pass this year so hoping to get a few trips to Squaw. I like to Snowboard (Advance level), Cross-country skiing, Snowmobiling, Snow shoeing and Ice skating” – Ellen

– “Always looking for a ride up to the mountain. Kirkwood, Heavenly, Northstar. Epic Local Pass holder. My family owns a cabin about an hour away (depending on conditions). I like to leave the Bay Area Thursday evenings, stay at the cabin, ski Fridays and Saturdays and be home by Sundays. Can definitely host at the cabin. Rustic, but sleeps 3 comfortably. Can meet at any BART station for ride share.” – Josh

– “Hi! I live in Sausalito, expert skier ( I lived in Vail for 3 seasons and taught 6-12 yr olds in ski school), and i purchased the Epic Pass this season— will be going to Vail for a week, Mar 9-16, but looking to utilize Epic Pass more this season, Locally~! Looking for other advanced/expert skiers to carve some turns with in Tahoe, at any of the Epic Pass accepted resorts. Also looking for ride shares to Tahoe, and occasional places to stay/share. I work for myself, so driving schedule is VERY flexible—-prefer to NOT be stuck in traffic, and weekdays are fine with me. I have an AWD Cayenne that fits 4 -5 people and equipment, or am happy to pitch in, if someone else can drive. Im also single, successful professional, i own my own company, and am hoping to meet other singles (men) that are active and enjoy the sports I am passionate about—- which include skiing and road biking/cycling:) Lets go skiing!!” – Janna

– “Hi, I’m from Sonoma and work as a Chef. Been skiing Tahoe my whole life; have a family cabin on Donner. Currently living in Sonoma and ski primarily midweek, storm chaser looking to connect with same, all business; got a Sugar Bowl pass.” – Brannon

New Member Sign-Up

To become a member of SnowPals, submit this application and pay a one-time $20 membership fee payment using the PayPal payment button below. The fee is nonrefundable, however, your membership is transferable to another person if you so choose within 14 days of payment. Please note that, in accordance with our Privacy Policy, your personal info will not be given or sold to anyone.
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Read some feedback from folks who’ve joined SnowPals.

* Please note: the group’s name was changed from Ski Pals to Snow Pals to be inclusive of all snow sports (ski, snowboard, Alpine skiing, kite-skiing, riding, cross-country, telemark, backcountry, ice skating, snowshoeing, sledding, tubing, ice hockey, snowmobiling, etc). For the group’s forum, we still use the ski_pal name so you’ll be getting an invite from ski_pal to join the group’s forum.

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FREE TICKETS to Snowbomb’s Ski & Snowboard Festival

 

 

 

 

Gather family and friends to attend the 2012 Snowbomb’s Ski & Snowboard Festival aka Ski and Board Fest.

2012 SILICON VALLEY SKI & SNOWBOARD FESTIVAL ON SAT & SUN 11/17-18 AT THE SAN JOSE FAIRGROUND 

 

FREE GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS

 

Use our ‘ snowpal ‘ discount code to receive ONE FREE general admission; one ticket per person(1,000 tickets will be given away; when the code doesn’t work any longer, it means all the free tickets have been given out). If you appreciate these free tickets, like us on our facebook page to get connected for future promos and giveaways.

HALF OFF VIP WINE AND BEER TASTING TICKETS, now $20, was $40

 

For those who’d like to enjoy unlimited wine and beer tastings, buy the VIP ticket; use our ‘ snowpal ‘ discount promo code to get 50% off VIP wine and beer tasting tickets for $20(regular $40). VIP tickets also include free two nights hotel stay at The Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Nevada. The closest ski resort is Mt Rose which is only a 35 minutes drive away.

General admission and VIP event tickets include two free lift tickets(see below for details and restrictions).

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Saturday, November 17, 2012 starts at 11:00 AM – ends on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 6:00 PM (PST) at the Santa Clara County Fairground 344 Tully Rd San Jose, CA 95111 – map and directions:


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This event is open to all ages. The ski & snowboard show will have lots of games for adults and kids where you can win lift tickets, season passes from resorts and prizes for playing; your event ticket might pay for itself if you win a lift ticket or a season pass. One price structure: admission tickets are for all ages(adults, children, seniors).

ID check for those who’d like to enjoy the libations – VIP tickets for wine and beer tastings are for 21 and older.

If you’d like a special ski show expo only discounted pricing on a Season Pass(regular, college pass, seniors, etc) to your favorite Tahoe resort, attend to get in on discounted season pass offerings.

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What are the available ticketing options?

General Admission Tickets (regular price of $20). Includes 2 FREE LIFT TICKETS: China Peak & Dodge Ridge – *some restrictions apply, see below.

OR

VIP Admission Tickets (Discounted $10.00 with ‘ snowpal ‘ discount code; the discount represents a 25% off regular price of $40)

VIP tickets include all benefits of Gen Admission Ticket PLUS free commemorative wine or beer glass and unlimited beer or wine tasting for 4 hours & a free two night stay at The Grand Sierra Resort and Casino (See below for restrictions*)
 

Event Hours:

Saturday @ 11AM – 8PM

Sunday @11AM – 6PM
Ticket is good for (1) day only – either Saturday OR Sunday.

VIP TICKETS DISCOUNT: Use ‘snowpal’ discount promo code to get 50% off VIP tickets 

 
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SATURDAY WINE TASTING
  • Over 50 Wineries
  • Starts at 1pm
  • Ends at 6pm
SPEND THE DAY SIPPING YOUR FAVORITE WINES, TRYING NEW LABELS ALL WHILE GEARING UP FOR THE 2012/13 WINTER SEASON.

THE WINE EXPO PORTION PRESENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WINE, ITS PRODUCTION AND ITS MANY COMPLEXITIES IN A FUN, RELAXED ATMOSPHERE.

 

SUNDAY BEER TASTING

  • Over 30 Breweries
  • Starts at Noon
  • Ends at 5pm

REGARDLESS IF YOU PREFER A PILSNER, STOUT OR AN AMBER ALE, THE BREW EXPO COMPONENT OF THE FESTIVAL HAS YOU COVERED.

SAMPLE MICRO-BREWS FROM AROUND NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AND TALK TO BREW MASTERS ABOUT HOW DIFFERENT SEASONALS ARE CREATED. 

 
 
 
Event Details:
 

FREE LIFT TICKETS: EVERYONE receives TWO FREE LIFT TICKETS for attending!

TWO free nights at Grand Sierra Resort with VIP tickets
Restrictions: Valid Sun-Thurs Nov 1st – Jan 31st Based Upon Availability

 

* ONE-YEAR SUBSCRIPTION TO SKI OR TRANSWORLD SNOWBOARD MAGAZINE WITH ADMISSIONWith admission, receive a subscription to your choice of either SKI or Transworld Snowboarding Magazine ($5 value).

 

* Free Lift Tickets Restrictions:

+ China Peak
Valid Sunday-Friday
Black out days: December 23-31, 2012 / January 1-4, 2013 / January 20-21, 2013 / February 17-18, 2013.

+ Dodge Ridge
Ticket will be valid everyday through December 25th, 2012.
Ticket will also be valid Monday – Friday January 7 – 17, 2013 & Monday – Friday March 4 – Closing Day, 2013.

+ Sierra at Tahoe
2 for 1 Lift Ticket Deal
Restrictions Coming Soon

OFFICIAL EVENT WEBSITE: www.skiandboardfest.com

WINE/BEER TASTING: Festival features wines and beer tasting from over 100 top wineries and breweries. Four hours of UNLIMITED tasting and commemorative glass with VIP ticket. Check event website for participating wineries and breweries.

SKI/SNOWBOARD SALE EXPO SHOW: Hosted by Lombardi Sports we’ll have over $1 Million dollars in goods from top brands such as Burton, K2, Atomic, Rossignol and many, many more… ALL AT UP TO 80% OFF!!!

**PARKING IS LIMITED: Public transit, walking & biking is encourage as parking is limited at the venue.  Additional parking is available at Marina Green on a first come basis.

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(1) Saturday, November 10, 2012 starts at 11:00 AM – ends Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 6:00 PM (PST) at the Cal Expo Center 1600 Exposition Blvd Sacramento, CA 95815

Get 1/2 off general admission or 1/4 off VIP tickets 2012 SACRAMENTO SKI & SNOWBOARD FESTIVAL

(2) Nov 3-4, 2012: Get 1/2 off general admission or 1/4 off VIP tickets 2012 SF SKI & SNOWBOARD FESTIVAL

Saturday, November 3, 2012 starts at 11:00 AM – ends Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 6:00 PM (PDT) at the Fort Mason Center Marina Blvd. & Buchanan St. San Francisco, 94123 |  View Map and Get Directions 

Resort Exhibitors: