Giving back spotlight: help Tahoe Ski Trips reach fundraising goal for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s mission to end blood cancers

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Our November featured “giving back” spotlight goes to Tahoe Ski Trips (TST) for their commitment to fundraise $10,000 to $20,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) by the end of the 2019; help them reach their fundraising goal.

“Until the end of 2019, we are going to donate $1 of EVERY seat sold on our buses. Help us reach our fundraising goal to help LLS end blood cancers affecting children and adults globally. We know that not everyone has the means to do so, and we do not expect anyone to go beyond their means, but we hope that some of you will find that this charity is worth while, for a great cause, and something we can all agree needs our attention! Click here to visit the donation page (your donation is tax deductible).” – Kevin at TahoeSkiTrips

== 'Pay It Forward' Giveaway == 


Donate & Get Entered to Win Lift Tickets Pack, Sugar Bowl Unrestricted Lift Ticket, Ski Bus Trip to your Choice of Tahoe Resort for Two & Sports Basement Gift Card!

SnowPals.org will hold giveaway drawings until the end of 2019; the following prizes will be given away to those who donate to this Fundraising Drive..

Donate by:

– Monday November 25, 2019 and get entered into our Tahoe Snowbomb VIP lift ticket pack giveaway drawing which includes: 2-for-1 (BOGO) lift tickets to Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Homewood lift ticket, Bear Valley lift ticket, China Peak lift ticket, and a skis/snowboard and rental package. Click here to see lift tickets and rental restrictions. Winner’s name will be listed here on 11/26/19. Bookmark and check back to claim your prize if you see your name posted here.

– Monday December 02, 2019 and get entered into our $25 Sports Basement gift card giveaway good for any sporting goods at Sports Basement’s 10 retail stores in the Bay Area or online with no minimum purchase free shipping. Winner’s name will be listed here on 12/03/19. Bookmark and check back to claim your prize if you see your name posted here.

– Monday December 16, 2019 and get entered into our giveaway drawing of a Sugar Bowl Unrestricted Lift Ticket. Winner’s name will be listed here on 12/17/19. Bookmark and check back to claim your prize if you see your name posted here.

– Monday December 30, 2019 and get entered into our giveaway drawing of a ski bus day trip for two (operated by Tahoe Ski Trips) to your choice of Tahoe resort. Winner’s name will be listed here on 12/31/19. Bookmark and check back to claim your prize if you see your name posted here.

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Not familiar the different types of blood cancer?

Types of Blood Cancers affecting children and adults world-wide..

(1) leukemia: “Leukemia is cancer of the body’s blood-forming tissues, including the bone marrow and the lymphatic system. Many types of leukemia exist. Some forms of leukemia are more common in children. Other forms of leukemia occur mostly in adults. Leukemia usually involves the white blood cells.” – Mayo Clinic

(2) “Lymphoma is cancer that begins in infection-fighting cells of the immune system, called lymphocytes. These cells are in the lymph nodes, spleen, thymus, bone marrow, and other parts of the body. When you have lymphoma, lymphocytes change and grow out of control.” – WebMD

(3) Hodgkin’s disease: “Hodgkin’s disease (HD) is a type of lymphoma, which is a blood cancer that starts in the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system helps the immune system get rid of waste and fight infections. HD is also called Hodgkin disease, Hodgkin lymphoma, and Hodgkin’s lymphoma.” – Healthline

(4) Myeloma: “Multiple myeloma is a cancer that forms in a type of white blood cell called a plasma cell. Plasma cells help you fight infections by making antibodies that recognize and attack germs. Multiple myeloma causes cancer cells to accumulate in the bone marrow, where they crowd out healthy blood cells.” – Mayo Clinic.

About Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), a 501c charitable organization founded in 1949, is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting blood cancer. The LLS’s mission is: cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS is the voice for all blood cancer patients and works to ensure access to treatments for all blood cancer patients.

Some disconcerting facts..

“Every 3 minutes there will be someone diagnosed with a blood cancer.

Leukemia is the #1 most diagnosed form of childhood Cancer!

Before 2019 is over there will be more than 140,000 people told that they have either Leukemia or Lymphoma.

More than 40,000 people will die in 2019 from these two forms of Cancer..”

– LLS

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Team up with Tahoe Ski Trips to help fundraise for LLS!

About Tahoe Ski Trips (TST)

Tahoe Ski Trips is a tour & event management company that specializes in coordinating ski & adventure tours, senior graduation trips and guided wildlife tours. TST (Tahoe Ski Trips) opened its doors in 1996 as Bay Area Ski Bus and today runs over 500 trips & tours per year! Management has over 40 years of combined experience producing tours and events ranging from skiing, to golf trips, wine trips and out of state adventures! Operating with integrity and a commitment to quality, TST contracts with the finest transportation companies and recreation outfitters with fantastic reputations and safety records. We focus on the details, while you focus on having fun! Our quality and service is unmatched! – TahoeSkiTrips.net

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JAPOW HAKUBA + NISEKO SKI/RIDE TRIP FEB 2020

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Is JAPOW Ski & Ride Silky POWDER TRIP on your list?

Join us Feb 1 to 12, 2020 for a once in a lifetime EPIC POWDER ski & ride trip to HAKUBA & NISEKO, Japan..

Flight departs from SFO – San Francisco International Airport on Saturday Feb 1, 2020.

Secure your spot with a deposit.

2 spots left as of November 7, 2019 (we’ll update if spots have been taken – refresh this page for updates).

Here’s your chance to discover simply some of the driest, lightest powder aka silky champagne powder in the world.

Japan’s powder consistently records winter seasonal snowfall of 45.9 feet of snow or more; it is among the top three powder skiing and riding destination.

The ski resort Niseko United – Annapuri/Grand Hirafu/Hanazono/Niseko Village is located on Hokkaido (Japan). For skiing and snowboarding, there are 44.5 km of slopes available. 32 lifts transport skiers and riders to the summit (check out the resort’s trail map). The winter sports area is situated between the elevations of 300 and 1,200 m.

How did JaPOW gets it’s name?

Seasonal winds from the Eurasian continent pick up moisture over the warm currents of the Sea of Japan to form snow clouds and in turn produce some of the driest and lightest powder in the world. With its rich variety of terrain and beautiful winter woods, Niseko offers an unforgettable experience for all levels of skier/snowboarder.

This trip includes two separate legs, first leg is to Niseko, the second leg is to Hakuba – both legs with multiple days of Skiing/Snowboarding plus an opportunity to check out the ultra popular Ice Festival in Sapporo as a side trip, in addition to Tokyo!

First Leg of the trip to Niseko:

Flights from SFO to Sapporo via Tokyo
Feb 2 – transfer from Sapporo to Niseko (aprox 2 hour drive)
5 nights at the Hyatt House in Niseko, double occupancy (Single occupancy available at additional cost) daily continental breakfast included
Dinner Feb 3rd (location TBD)
3-Day Lift Pass Niseko (Grand Hirafu, Hanazono, Niseko and An’Nuupri are all options with this pass)
1-Day lift pass to Rusutsu – (can be exchanged for train ride to Sapporo for Ice festival)

Second part of the trip to Hakuba:

Leave Niseko Feb 7th to Sapporo with Flight into Tokyo in mid morning
Transfers to Private Lodge in Hakuba (5 nights accommodations included)
Feb 8 – Ski Happo One
Feb 8 – Dinner (Location TBD)
Feb 9 – Ski Cortina
Feb 10 – Free Day
Feb 11 – Ski Hakuba 47
Feb 12 – early am transfer to Tokyo, have all day to explore and see Tokyo, with Evening Flights direct home to SFO

What is it like to ski powder slopes in Japan?

What is it like to snowboard/ride powder slopes in Japan?

Join us for an epic skiing and snowboarding trip that will be one of your most memorable experience of a lifetime.

In addition to the epic skiing/riding, some side perks:

+ enjoy natural onsen hot springs
+ enjoy some of the freshest seafood + sushi
+ expand your cultural insight and foodie palate discovering delectable foods & taste stellar sakes and plum wine brands only available in Japan 😉

If you have Ikon Pass, Vail’s Epic Pass or Mountain Collective Pass, let us know and we will reduce the cost by those lift ticket expenses.

FAQs:

1) How many total lift tickets/ski days are included in the cost?

4 days during first leg, and 3 days plus an optional 4th day on second leg.. All tickets, for the exception of the optional day, are included in price.

2) Any backcountry skiing?

Both Niseko and Hakuba have ample tree and Backcountry options at the resort. Also several expert local backcountry guides available for hire at both locations if that’s something you’d like to do.

3) Any meals included in the price?

Continental breakfast at the Hyatt is included, and for the second leg at the private chalet we’re staying at, we are finalizing breakfast to be included daily plus we will give out a snack package so you can take a snack break to recharge slopeside.

4) How close are the lodging to the lifts?

The Hyatt Niseko is at the base of Niseko village, with several resorts accessible via shuttle taxi, with some lifts that are only steps away; we will coordinate shuttles to a resort each day so no need to worry; in addition, if you’d like to venture on your own that is an option but you’ll have to cover those side trip expenses separately.

5) What expenses are not included in the trip price?

We will include two dinners and continental breakfast each day. Aside from that, you are free to have the remaining meals at restaurants of your choosing. We will provide restaurant tips so people have the option to enjoy meals together or you can choose to eat meals separately.

6) Couldn’t I just plan my own trip to Japan and save money?

Yes, certainly you could but it takes lots of detailed planning and time to properly research. In addition, Japan is a country whose citizens speak mostly Japanese even in tourist areas so there is a language barrier if you find yourself lost or in need of directions, advice or have travel related questions. Most importantly, it is the priceless intangibles we incorporate into our trips: wisdom and experience of the best lodging, hot tubs (onsens), restaurants and in addition, we take care of the details so you can focus on enjoying epic powder or shall I say “JaPOW” vacation 😉

7) Is there a discount if we use the lift tickets that’s included in IKON pass, Epic Pass, Mountain Collective Pass?

Holders of IKON pass, EPIC pass or Mountain Collective Pass – more reason to join this ski/ride trip to Japan since you can save $175 to $235 depending on which pass you have. Just let us know when you book and we will deduct the cost of the lift tickets for those using their season pass.

8) I am interested but will you help find me another person to share a room with since it’s double occupancy?

Certainly, we’ll help pair you up with another male or female according to your gender. Just let us know when you book.

9) Who is the trip organizer?

Tahoe Ski Trips is a tour & event management company that specializes in coordinating ski & adventure tours, senior graduation trips and guided wildlife tours.

Tahoe Ski Trips

‘TST (Tahoe Ski Trips) opened its doors in 1996 as Bay Area Ski Bus and today runs over 500 trips & tours per year! Management has over 40 years of combined experience producing tours and events ranging from skiing, to golf trips, wine trips and out of state adventures! Operating with integrity and a commitment to quality, TST contracts with the finest transportation companies and recreation outfitters with fantastic reputations and safety records. We focus on the details, while you focus on having fun! Our quality and service is unmatched!’ – TahoeSkiTrips.net

Why JAPOW?

Got a question or would like to reserve a spot?

to reserve your spot with a deposit by November 30, 2019; be sure to tell Kevin that you learned about this trip through SnowPals to get $40 off the trip price of $4300 which includes:

+ all flights and transfers,
+ 5 nights lodging at the Hyatt,
+ 5 nights lodging at a private chalet,
+ lift tickets for 7 days,
+ two dinners and
+ daily breakfasts.

*Lodging stay is with double occupancy. Single occupancy supplement available at additional cost.

To reserve, deposit 50% with the remaining balance due 30 days prior to trip; the deposit is required so that we can secure group flights pricing as that is the most pressing issue.

Is Hakuba, Niseko, Tokyo + Sapporo on your travel destinations bucket list? If yes, no better time than now. Share with friends to invite 😉

There’s good reason why Hakuba is the top travel destination for the Free Ride World Tour (FRWT) 2020: POWDER measured in meters.

The deep conditions and exciting terrain will give the riders the best possible start to the competition season.

Watch the live webcast of the FREERIDE WORLD TOUR 2019 in Hakuba, Japan:


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Favorite tropical retreat getaway

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Yearning for a well deserved vacay from the hectic Western lifestyle where each day flashes by with little in the way of cultivating our inner soul and playful spirit?

When was the last time you’ve enjoyed some quality personal time at a writers’ retreat to tap in to your creative side or a yoga retreat for some much needed relaxation and meditation to re-energized? Or if food is your motivator, treat your palate to a Thai foodie adventure and add a side trip to learn how to cook Thai dishes.

Where can you find a warm sun drenched tropical beach town away from the main tourist destination where your dollar goes a long way? Prachuap, Thailand offers one of the best value off the beaten path vacation getaway.

Prachuap Khiri Khan, a scenic beach town five hours by train from Bangkok, checks off our list of requirements:

✔ Off the beaten tourist path
✔ Swaying palm trees
✔ Scenic beaches and warm ocean water
✔ Tropical warm sunny weather in an exotic locale
✔ Quiet, relaxing setting
✔ Inexpensive lodging (unbeatable price value comparatively)
✔ Inexpensive Thai food with availability of Western restaurant options
✔ Local small beach town charm
✔ Outdoors recreation: scuba, snorkeling, water snow sports, hiking, biking
✔ Night markets
✔ Open air farmer’s market
✔ Local music scene entertainment
✔ Inexpensive massages($5 foot massage) and spa treatments

For a $1,000 USD monthly vacation budget; this rental in Prachuap, South Eastern Coastal Thailand checked off all of our requirements in addition to being inexpensive with prices starting at $21 USD per night so one month’s stay (31 nights) would cost $651 which leaves $349 for food, entertainment, and Thai massages, etc. In terms of food cost, a meal of savory grilled chicken or fish with sticky rice plus freshly made to order papaya salad and Thai iced tea will set you back only $3.50 USD.

If a non-touristy small beach town appeals to you, Prachuap is that place.

This vacation rental retreat aptly named Baan Aomjai (which means “home of warm hearts” in the Thai language) is located in Prachuap Khiri Khan, a beach side town in Thailand accessible by daily air conditioned deluxe express bus directly from the Bangkok International airport. Upon arrival at Bangkok International Airport (aka Suvarnabhumi Airport code: BKK) you can choose to take the express bus to Prachuap or alternatively take a taxi/Uber into Bangkok then take a scenic train ride from the Bangkok Train Station – namely the Hua Lamphong Railway Station to the beach town of Prachuap.

Baan Aomjai is available as a nightly rental or long term vacation rental; great for all travelers, digital nomads and writers. This beach town is a perfect retreat getaway from the busy city life in Bangkok. “Baan Aomjai consists of just five unique boutique holiday rentals, varying from a petite 15 square meter studio to a spacious 80 square meter 2 bed, 1 bath unit, all equipped with WiFi, air-condition, modern amenities, brick pizza oven and a covered patio.”

Fully air-conditioned apartments features free WiFi, a mini-fridge, towels, bed linen, terrace, free parking, washing machine​ ​and​ ​flat-screen TVs. Enjoy their ​​relaxing patio aka sala​ ​equipped with an​ ​opened kitchen and dining area.​ It is a very relaxing location surrounded by swaying palm trees. There’s also a swimming pool​, gym ​and ​restaurant ​​​​within 5 mins walk of the guesthouse apartment and the scenic Ao Manao beach is within a 20 minutes bike ride.

If you’d like a change from the local Thai food, there are excellent Western food options such as pizza, pasta (Italian), German and French food available​ ​in town.

The owners are helpful in getting you acquainted with Prachuap and​ ​can help​ ​you pick daily activities to enjoy your vacation or relax at scenic beach near by and ​go for a swim, get a tan or ​kick your feet up and relax under a palm tree reading your favorite book.

Interested in bike tours? Check out their fully supported fun bike tour adventures; sign up for their Ride, Eat & Sleep Package Tours.

Prachuap is a scenic beach town for those seeking an alternative vacation destination to noisy​ ​city life in​ ​Bangkok.​ Added perks include inexpensive Thai massages in town that start at only 150 Baht (which equals to approximately $5 USD) and enjoy night markets for good value tasty eats and a great place to buy souvenirs for friends and family.

This is a newly built August 2016 vacation rental; the property is well maintained with daily maid service. A great place to stay for couples, solo adventurers, business travelers, and families with or without kids.

For freelancers or digital nomads or those looking to retire or live a life of an expat, Prachuap is one of the best expat options because of the (1) inexpensive cost of living (2) modern healthcare system where many doctors are trained in the UK, Australia and the USA (3) safe with low incidence of crime (4) modern transportation infrastructure (5) speedy internet (6) availability of many food options including Western styled restaurants and (7) abundant indoors entertainment options and outdoors adventures, and (8) Bangkok is the inexpensive travel hub for Southeast Asia where you can hop on an inexpensive flight to explore other regional destinations like Penang, Malaysia, Ankor Wat in Siem Riep, Cambodia, Saigon aka Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Bagan Myanmar, Coron, Philippines, Bali, Indonesia, Luang Prabang, Laos and Singapore.

Browse Baan Aomjai’s Website: https://www.baanaomjai.com

For short stays, check availability by browsing their Airbnb rental calendar at https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/14749791.

For stays longer than two weeks, make a reservation by contacting them on their Facebook page.

Foodies, explore and enjoy some of Thailand’s best street foods; watch the video below to prime your palate for a foodie vacation (for reference: $1 USD = 32 Thai Baht (as of September 2018); a bowl of Tom Yum Shrimp noodle soup will set you back about $2.50 USD or about 80 Baht; a freshly made to order Papaya Salad (som tum) will set you back about $1.25 USD or 40 Baht:

Can’t wait to start making some Thai dishes; try out recipes from the cookbook, “A Culinary Odyssey: A Cookbook Diary of Travels, Flavors and Memories of Southeast Asia” by Andrew X Pham – This is the culmination of a lifetime of passionate eating, traveling, writing, and cooking: 45 favorite and simple recipes from the cuisines of Thailand and Vietnam, then and now. “It’s so much more than a cookbook. It’s love, it’s life. It’s about living, culture, and food from the land of my birth and my chosen home for the past decade.” – Award wining author Andrew X Pham

A Culinary Odyssey

Before you go, check out Conde Nast Traveler’s list of “The Best Street Food in Bangkok” which serves as a handy guide to what’s best to eat while touring Thailand.

YouTube Video from a tourist who booked a stay at Baan Aomjai:


Baan Aomjai’s Vacation Rental Photo Gallery

Is a vacation to Thailand on your bucket list? Here’s why it should be:

If you plan to go, key resources to check out:

+ For a travel guide to the city of Prachuap, read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prachuap_Khiri_Khan_Province.

+ Browse airfare pricing from Google Flights from San Francisco (SFO) to Bangkok (BKK), Thailand.

+ Express Airport Bus to Hau Hin (check-in airport counter on Level 1, Gate No. 8), a beach side city close to the beach town of Prachuap. Check out the bus schedule and info at http://www.airporthuahinbus.com/V2/airport-to-huahin/

+ For transportation options from Bangkok to Prachuap, Thailand, read http://www.prachuapkhirikhan.org/practical-prachuap/transportation-prachuap-khiri-khan/prachuap-bangkok/.

+ Scenic aerial view of the beach town Prachuap:

Watch the video below for the key attractions and things to do if you’re planning a Thailand vacay getaway and aiming to check off traveler’s top ten to do list:

“Thailand, also known as the Land of Smiles, is a jewel of Southeast Asia. Developed enough to provide most comforts yet still wild enough to offer off-the-beaten path adventure, Thailand is a country ripe with opportunity for once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences. Whether you start with the scenically stunning world-class beaches in the south or the mountain villages in the north, Thailand will not disappoint.” -planetware.com

Btw, if you’ve seen the movie,’The Beach’ starring Leonardo DiCaprio filmed in Thailand, you might want to visit the famous FILM SET of Maya Bay on Ko Phi Phi Lay, an enclave of paradise on the coastline of Koh Phi Phi Leh in Southern Coastal Thailand. Imagine a stunning beach cove, located 30 minutes away from a populated island. A cove whose crystal blue waters are almost glowing (swim, scuba, snorkel to your heart’s content), the sand silky soft dancing between your toes, the surrounding cliff faces beautifully dominant in a protective hug and where the surrounding choppy waters protect the enclave from human invaders.

“You fish, swim, eat, laze around, and everyone’s so friendly. It’s such simple stuff, but… If I could stop the world and restart life, put the clock back, I think I’d restart it like this. For everyone.” – Alex Garland, ‘The Beach’.

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    You’re invited: Ski & Ride Winter Season Kick-off Party

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    *** Annual Ski & Ride Winter Kick-off Party ***

    What: Join to increase your ‘fun factor” by expanding your circle of ski, ride buddies for Tahoe ski trips & powder trips to other snow destinations especially covered by a multi-resort pass such as the
    EPIC PASS, IKON PASS, MOUNTAIN COLLECTIVE PASS + POWDER ALLIANCE PASS.

    Our Host is Emily ..

    “I was born & raised Vermonter, and a current Epic Pass holder. Most weekends you can find me at Kirkwood, or Heavenly shredding the pow. Interested in carpooling on weekends, or weekdays to any Epic Resorts. Looking forward to meeting everyone!”

    – Swag giveaway: $25 Sports Basement gift card Sports Basement + other swag in the works

    – Watch ski/ride video from last season to get stoked for winter season powder ski/ride trips to Tahoe, Colorado, Utah, British Columbia, South America Europe and Japan.

    – Share POWDER Stories from last season and enjoy complimentary drinks and light snacks 😉

    – Expand your circle of friends/buddies for snow sports & backcountry ski/ride partners as well

    Find yourself driving to/from Lake Tahoe with mostly empty seats?

    Carpool/RideShare with skiers, boarders who love snow sports as much as you, share expenses and help preserve our environment by ride-sharing to/from Tahoe.

    Got your skis/snowboard tuned & waxed?

    Get 20% off at this event to shop at Sports Basement for ski/ride gear & winter attire and get your skis, snowboard waxed, tuned/serviced while waiting for resorts to open.

    When: Tuesday November 5, 2019 from 7 pm to 9 pm.

    At 8 pm, we will have a swag drawing giveaway so get there early to partake – print your event ticket and it will be used as your drawing entry to win event swag.

    7:30 PM – New ski & board gear demo
    8:00 PM – Event Swag Giveaway Drawing
    8:10 PM – Learn how to wax your skis / snowboard based on the type of snow slopeside

    Where: Sports Basement Bryant, SF

    1590 Bryant St

    San Francisco, California 94103

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    RSVP for this event on Eventbrite.

    Important: PLEASE be courteous and let us know if you can’t make it after you have RSVPed; sign into EventBrite to change your RSVP so that we can get an accurate count of how many folks to expect. Behind the scene, we work tremendously hard to put together events so in return please be mindful to give us a heads up if your plans have changed and you can no longer attend. Much appreciated!

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    * New to SnowPals? Join us to expand your circle of ski and ride buddies and Tahoe ride-share contacts for powder trips to Tahoe and beyond.

    What is it like to heli-ski untracked POWDER? RSVP for CMH virtual reality heli-ski experience!

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    Is heki-skiing & riding untracked powder on your bucket list?

    Canadian Mountain Holidays aka CMH is touring California this fall with our virtual reality (VR) heli-ski experience. We’ll have the goggles and guides available at all events.

    CMH Heli-skiing and Summer Adventures is the premier heli-ski operator with 11 lodges and 3 million acres based in the Columbia Mountains of British Columbia.

    Experience Heli-Skiing in virtual reality. At our VR event, you will have the ability to view and scroll full 360 view to sample the closest feeling to skiing & riding untracked powder: see, feel and hear what’s it’s like without leaving your chair.

    Created in partnership with the award-winning Sherpas Cinema, this cinematic piece is a first in both the tech and ski industry.

    Step into the heli, soar above the glaciers, and drop into the best runs of your life in this beautifully immersive virtual reality film.

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    Three dates and locations to choose from below:

    == (1) San Francisco ==

    When: Tuesday, October 15th, 2019: 6-9 pm

    Where: Novela, 662 Mission Street, San Francisco

    See what it is like to heli-ski with our virtual reality headsets & enjoy Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.

    Please RSVP directly to Anne Trott at or text/ call 484-802-0664. Space is limited.

    == (2) Menlo Park ==

    When: Wednesday, October 23rd: 6-830 pm

    Where: Dutch Goose, 3567 Alameda de las Pulgas, Menlo Park

    See what it is like to heli-ski with our virtual reality headsets & enjoy Pub Apps and Beers

    Please RSVP directly to Anne Trott at or text/ call 484-802-0664. Space is limited.

    == (3) Sausalito ==

    When: Saturday, October 26th: 2-5 pm

    Where: Modern Sailing School & Club, 310 Marinship Way, Sausalito

    See what it is like to heli-ski with our virtual reality headsets & enjoy snacks and drinks on the beautiful Sausalito waterfront.

    Please RSVP directly to Anne Trott at or text/ call 484-802-0664. Space is limited.

    CMH Heli-Skiing and Summer Adventures

    ‘CMH Heli-Skiing: 50 Years’

    Celebrating 50 years, the world’s largest skiable terrain and over 12 metres of annual snowfall, CMH Heli-Skiing is truly one of life’s ultimate experiences.


    WHY CMH Heli-skiing?

    SAFELY LEADING THE WAY FOR 50+ YEARS
    Over 50 years of experience has put us at the forefront of industry-leading snow safety and helicopter practices. From our 130 strong team of highly-qualified ACMG and IFMGA guides to our dedicated helicopter pilots; safety is the foundation from which CMH is built.

    PIONEERS & INDUSTRY LEADERS
    Our founder Hans Gmoser not only invented heli-skiing, but he pioneered the entire experience you enjoy here today. We remain the oldest and largest Heli-Skiing operation in the world, offering massive terrain, untouched snow and leading standards to guests from across the world.

    LIMITLESS AWESOME
    BEING FIRST HAS ITS ADVANTAGES
    Being the first in our field means we had the best pick of skiable areas in the world’s best regions of snow. Today, this amounts to a private claim to a massive 3,000,000-acres of terrain, creating an experience that isn’t replicated anywhere else. This is winter at its best.

    BACKCOUNTRY LUXURY
    STUNNING VIEWS & GOURMET FOOD
    Your best ski days pair well with gourmet food. Our dining is almost as famous as our skiing. With a dedicated team of 44 chefs crafting individual menus for each lodge, every meal is an opportunity to celebrate.

    YOUR BEST SKI DAYS ARE WAITING
    Here at CMH, you’ll ski or ride in personalized groups of 11 people or less while exploring at least 400 square miles (1,000 square kilometers) of pristine terrain per lodge. There’s nothing else like it.

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    Can’t make any of the above VR film events but would like to learn more about CMH? Please email Anne Trott at for upcoming CMH heli-ski trips or any questions you might have.

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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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    Free Lift Ticket at Ski & Snowboard Film Premiers Coming to SF Bay Area

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    Mark you calendar for Ski & Snowboard Film Premier Screenings Coming to the San Francisco Bay Area

    Gather some friends and family to watch ski and snowboard film premiers to get stoked for the coming snow season and score a free lift ticket at selected screenings.

    *Most film/movie screenings will give out a free mid-week non-holiday lift ticket or a 2 for 1 lift ticket aka BOGO (buy one, get one) coupon/voucher. With adult lift tickets pricing of $100 and up, a free lift ticket is an added bonus for watching a ski and ride film which you can use or give it to a friend or family member.

    At most film screenings, get a chance to win swag/prizes and ski/ride destination trips at intermission and after the film raffle.

    A run-down of the best ski & snowboard films coming to the SF Bay Area

    –>> Warren Miller’s 69th snow sports film comes to the Bay Area

    When: From October 12, 2018 to November 2018, various dates and SF Bay Area film screening locations.

    “Loving the pure joy of winter is something we have in common with the late, great Warren Miller—who helped create and capture the magic of skiing. This year, “Face of Winter,” the 69th installment from Warren Miller Entertainment presented by Volkswagen, will bring new and veteran athletes alike together to pay tribute to the man who started it all.

    Watch as the world’s best skiers and riders cover ground in some of the most legendary destinations to honor a face that launched a thousand quips and got us all started on this long, crazy ride. Visit some of Warren’s favorite locations from Switzerland to Chamonix, British Columbia to Alaska, Chile, Iceland, New Zealand and more.

    Come along to far off regions, meet the locals, carve faces of remote mountain ranges, and celebrate the thrills of a life lived in high places.

    Join in the tribute and continue the legacy. We are all the “Face of Winter.”

    *Free lift ticket at the show is for Mt. Shasta Ski Park Resort | Trail Map | Cam | Also enjoy extended night skiing/riding hours 3:30 PM to 9:00 PM | See Google Map & Driving Directions

    Get the following lift tickets, swag and offers with every film ticket purchased:

    (1) Free 2-FOR-1 WEEKDAY LIFT TICKET TO SQUAW VALLEY / ALPINE MEADOWS
    (2) 20% OFF YOUR ENTIRE PURCHASE AT SPORTS BASEMENT
    (3) JACKSON HOLE MOUNTAIN RESORT: BUY-ONE-GET-ONE-FREE LIFT TICKET
    (4) BUY-ONE-GET-ONE-FREE (BOGO) LIFT TICKET TO ANGEL FIRE RESORT in New Mexico

    Face of Winter Film Show Dates and Locations:

    CASTRO THEATRE
    SAN FRANCISCO, CA
    Nov 16

    PALACE OF FINE ARTS THEATRE
    SAN FRANCISCO, CA
    Nov 7 | Nov 8

    CALIFORNIA THEATRE
    BERKELEY, CA
    Nov 15

    MARIN CENTER
    SAN RAFAEL, CA
    Nov 17

    THE FOX THEATRE
    REDWOOD CITY, CA
    Nov 24

    THE LESHER CENTER FOR THE ARTS
    WALNUT CREEK, CA
    Nov 6

    AMADOR THEATER
    PLEASANTON, CA
    Nov 14

    CAMPBELL HERITAGE THEATRE
    CAMPBELL, CA
    Nov 10 ~ join our Pre-film Meetup for Drinks & Good Eats

    AMADOR THEATER
    PLEASANTON, CA
    Nov 14

    THE FOX THEATRE
    REDWOOD CITY, CA
    Nov 24

    RIO THEATRE
    SANTA CRUZ, CA
    Nov 20

    The Warren Miller Film Tour kicks off on October 12, 2018.” Enter your zip code for the nearest film screening near you and to buy film tickets.

    * Join us before the film screening to enjoy drinks, good eats and to connect with skiers and snowboarders for Tahoe trips and Tahoe ridesharing. Expand your circle of ski and snowboard buddies at our preseason meetup.

    How to get my free lift tickets for Warren Miller’s Film Screenings?

    You’re get a voucher at the film screening; go to www.wmecoupons.com to redeem the above free lift tickets/swag.

    YouTube “Face of Winter” 2018 film screening:

    –>> Teton Gravity Research’s (TGR) Film Far Out 2018 Tour Dates

    EVENT DETAILS

    What: San Francisco premiere of Far Out, presented by REI

    When: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 Early Show – 6:00 doors, 6:30 show. Late – 8:30 doors, 9:15 show. Buy tickets.
    Where: Palace of Fine Arts
    How Much: Early Show – $18 advance, $20 day of show, $10 ages 16 and under. Late Show – $20.

    * In Berkeley, CA on October 12, 2018 at The UC Theatre; showtimes: 6:45pm and 9:15pm. Buy Tickets.

    * For those of you looking for a more intimate viewing experience, this year TGR is excited to announce the return of the TGR WhiSKI series. The WhiSKI Series pairs a high-end whiskey tasting (featuring High West whiskey) with a VIP screening of Far Out, and athlete/production Q&A. All WhiSKI Series attendees will also get swag bags including Yeti Ramblers, TGR films and more.

    OCTOBER 11, 2018
    DELANCEY STREET SCREENING ROOM (WHISKI SERIES)
    SAN FRANCISCO, CA
    Buy Tickets.

    “Far Out embodies the imagination as much as it does a physical space. It is the quest to seek out undiscovered realms and inspire new waves of creativity, enlightenment, and progression. It is the quest to be blown away.

    Join the TGR crew on one of its boldest missions ever. The film follows the perspective of an athlete as he embarks on a journey to one of the most remote and unexplored mountain ranges on the planet, the Albanian Alps. While the final destination appears to be the ultimate goal, it is the collective of athletes, experiences, and the array of locations around the world that inevitably drive the season’s adventure. Witness mind-bending pillow lines as the crew camps out deep in the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia. Experience urban madness in Kamchatka and the insanity of the Crazy Mountains in Montana. Join the crew in the Slovenian Alps for over-the-head cold smoke and watch an 11-year-old rip Jackson Hole. Discover the alien landscape of Girdwood, Alaska in January and see Sean Jordan ride into Crested Butte on a black stallion to shred the Southern Rockies. Find out if the wildest and most untamed mountains in Europe let us in, and if the ultimate destination became a reality.

    Whether you choose to come to the family-friendly early show or party with us at the late show, it’s sure to be a great night. There will be athlete appearances, plus a ton of prizes from our partners at Yeti, The North Face, Atomic, Volkl, TGR and more, plus everyone in attendance will get a buy-one-day-get-the-next-day-free lift ticket to Mt Bachelor (holiday restrictions apply)”

    YouTube Far Out film trailer:


    –>> Matchstick Productions “All In” 2018 Ski Film

    When: October 8, 2018 at 6pm
    Where: San Francisco, CA
    Tickets: skimovie.com

    KEEP TAHOE BLUE, 3RD ANNUAL SKI MOVIE FUNDRAISER!
    Are you ready for Keep Tahoe Blue and Matchstick Productions 3rd annual movie premiere? Get stoked for the 2018-19 snow season and join us for the hottest new ski film “ALL IN”!

    This year’s screening party and fundraiser will be held at the JCCSF on October 8th from 6 to 10:00PM. Ticket prices include film screening, top notch food from local caterers, beer sponsored by Sierra Nevada, high-end local wines, chance to meet athletes from the film and opportunities to win amazing auction items and giveaways. Above all, all proceeds will benefit the League to Save Lake Tahoe!

    General Admission Ticket: $50. Includes movie ticket, amazing local food, beer and wine (21+). BUY TICKETS.

    A limited amount of tickets will be sold at door, first come first serve for $70 (NOTE: this event WILL sell out!)

    This years silent auction prizes include:
    · Custom skies from Blizzard and Volkl
    · Gear from The North Face
    · GoPro, Sunski’s, Spy Opitcs, Betabrand
    · Tickets to events around the Bay
    · and much, much more… all to benefit the League to Save Lake Tahoe!

    “ALL IN”, Matchstick Productions’ 2018 epic ski film delivers a first of its kind experience. This concept is spearheaded by a talented group of hard-charging women who wanted to disrupt the male-dominated ski film formula. This isn’t you typical “Women can shred too” film, this is a kick-ass ski film that just happens to feature as many women as men. Skiing isn’t exclusionary, true fun in the mountains can be shared equally by everyone.

    Shot in exotic locations over the course of 2018, ALL IN will excite skiers across the globe. Follow the crew from the lift-accessed terrain of Snowbird to the dreamworlds of Japan and Alaska amplified by a soundtrack that will be on everyone’s ski playlist next year. Starring: Angel Collinson, Michelle Parker, Tatum Monod, Elyse Saugstad, Mark Abma, Wiley Miller, Johnny Collinson, and Cody Townsend.

    YouTube “All In” film trailer:

    * Looking to create a ski lease members group to share the cost of a ski house/cabin lease? List your ski lease or advertise your vacation rental. Browse available ski leases to join or planning a Tahoe area vacation, browse rentals.

    * What’s it like to ski/ride Japan’s famous dry champagne powder?

    This season pass gives you two days of skiing / riding in Japan among 18 other resorts across Alberta, Australia, British Columbia, Chamonix (France) and Valle Nevado (Chile), California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, New Zealand, Utah, Vermont, and Wyoming. For 2018/19 season, this pass enables you to go where there’s POWder galore!

    Upcoming

    + Enjoy wine and beer tasting plus four free lift tickets; get 1`/2 off SNOWBOMB SKI SNOWBOARD FESTIVAL SHOW TICKETS

    + Check out our upcoming ski and snowboard preseason kick-off parties

    Dream Trip: Ski/Snowboard Powder in Kashmir

    ~ where culture, travel exploration and skiing meet

    “Twenty-two year old Swede, Lovisa Rosengren, chooses Gulmarg, Kashmir as her dream trip spot with Cody Townsend and Kalen Thorien. What was supposed to be a cultural trip, turns into so much more when a 3 meter snow storm rolls through the resort.” – Salomon TV

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