Snow-Sports Businesses Spotlight

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Last updated: January 22, 2020.

Snow-Sports Businesses Spotlight

At SnowPals, we invite snow-sports businesses (world-wide) to join us as an affiliate to cross promote with San Francisco Bay Area and Lake Tahoe Area snow-sports consumers about what you do best:

(1) services you offer, and/or (2) products you sell.

We work diligently to earn a Five Star Rating. We strive to build stellar long term business relationships with our fans and with consumers. We strive to deliver great value and service to customers in order to build a genuinely loyal customer base. If this resonates with what your business strives to do, please reach out to become an affiliate by submitting the form at the end of this page.

Don’t have a partners’ or an affiliates page on your website? Consider adding one.

Here are some reasons why an affiliates page is the most effective way to help you grow your business:

1) serves to increase cross promotional marketing which is the ideal way to attract new visitors to your website instead of paid advertising via Google, etc.

2) cross marketing provides organic targeted advertising that attracts snow sports niche audience to your website

3) cross promotion is about expanding the marketing reach of your product and/or services so by helping to promote others, you also in turn receives organic visitors traffic to your website whenever people search for businesses that are snow sports related

4) Lastly, success comes from collaborating, rarely from isolation – that’s our takeaway from 20+ years at SnowPals and we have the success track record to show; in 1999 we started SnowPals.org with a few friends, fast forward until 2020, we have gained over 8,000 members and we continue to grow.

Our 2019/20 Affiliates & Partners List

== SF Bay Area ==

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Tahoe Ski Trips, since 1996, over 23 years of stellar service: “operating with integrity and a commitment to quality, Tahoe Ski Trips (also know as the Bay Area Ski Bus) contracts with the finest transportation companies and recreation outfitters/ski resorts with fantastic reputations and safety records; we focus on the details, while you focus on having Fun! Our quality and service is unmatched.” – Kevin, TST CEO. Get a private ski bus group quote or a corporate price quote for your company as a team building ski, snowboarding outing in Tahoe. Partner’s Promotional Offer Page: new Tahoe ski trips users receive up to $50 off day and overnight ski bus trips/gift cards available.

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Sports Basement with 10 Bay Area Store Locations: ’21 Years of Sports Basement’. a sporting goods store that “catered to everyone that wanted to enjoy the outdoors, with no high-cost barrier to entry. The whole idea was to work with the smallest margins possible so Sports Basement could have the best brands at, well, Basement prices. It worked, and now Sports Basement is able to deliver great gear at great prices at 10 different stores in the greatest place on Earth! Partner’s Promotional Offer Page: Basementeer membership gives you a discount for all purchases which also adds to even sale and clearance discount sporting goods items (online and in store).

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SnowBomb: SnowBomb produces NorCal’s yearly Ski & Snowboard Festival in San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento featuring wine/beer tastings, ski resorts from all over North America, snow-sports exhibitors & leading manufacturers in the ski and snowboard industry, hoteliers and destination getaways and auto industry showcase. Partner’s Promotional Offer Page: Get 1/2 off POWDER PASS AND VIP WINE/BEER tasting tickets.

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Apres’ Ski Club Lodge at Kings Beach, CA (North Lake Tahoe): join Apres ski and snowboard club based out of the Santa Clara, CA (South Bay), a year-round singles club for active adults residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. Partner’s Promotional Offer Page: view Apres ski, ride club benefits.

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Casa Tours: Chile Argentina Snow Adventures (CASA), is a grassroots organization whose mission is to increase exposure to South American landscapes, mountains, and cultures. CASA is about traveling safely in the mountains; introducing our guests to new places, people, cuisines, language and customs; achieving personal ski and snowboard goals; and developing lifelong friendships and memories. By building cultural bridges and embracing sustainable travel principles, we hope to promote global peace and prosperity while introducing people to some of the best skiing and snowboarding on the planet. Partner’s Promotional Page: ski, ride year round; sign up for our endless winter powder trip tours.

== Lake Tahoe ==

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Backcountry Ski Maps is the best all-in-one backcountry ski touring maps on the marketplace where you can find all the route information you need on one piece of paper or via digital format on your smartphone or laptop. Partner’s Promotional Offer Page: get 10% off backcountry topo ski maps.

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SkiDUCK is a nonprofit organization founded in 2010; SkiDUCK offers a free program to bring disadvantaged and financially underprivileged youth to the snow to teach them the joys of skiing and snowboarding. Partner’s Page: seeking volunteers to teach underprivileged kids how to ski and snowboard.

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Tahoe Fund TahoeFund.org is a registered nonprofit in the States of Nevada and California. The goal of the Tahoe Fund is to become a major source of private funding for environmental projects around the Lake Tahoe Basin with an emphasis on forest health, lake clarity, sustainable recreation, transportation and stewardship. Partner’s promo: Buy a Tahoe License Plate or Nevada License Plate and get a Tahoe resort lift ticket or get a day pass to access Lake Tahoe cross-country areas.

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Sugar Bowl | Royal Gorge is Hiring North Lake Tahoe’s Sugar Bowl | Royal Gorge is Hiring. Partner’s Employment Openings Page: apply for job openings at Sugar Bowl and Royal Gorge.

== Canada ==

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SkiBuds: Find friends to ride with based on skill level making the skiing experience in Whistler, British Columbia more enjoyable. Affiliate’s Website: http://www.skibudsapp.com

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Canadian Mountain Holidays aka CMH is touring California; see what it’s like to heli-ski, ride untracked powder with our virtual reality (VR) heli-ski experience. We’ll have the goggles and guides available at all events. Partner’s VR Tour Event RSVP Page: What is it like to heli-ski untracked POWDER? RSVP for CMH’s virtual reality heli-ski experience.

== Our 2019/20 Partners List ==

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Since 1999, we have been passionate about connecting San Francisco Bay Area residents and visitors to Lake Tahoe to enjoy snow-sports and to engage in outdoor recreational activities in Tahoe and in other powder destinations. Our partners have chosen to advertise on SnowPals, year after year, because we quantify referrals that contribute to their success!

What are the benefits of partnering with SnowPals?

New customer referrals and increase your brand’s visibility are two of the key benefits of partnering with SnowPals.

Partner with us to reach Bay Area Professionals, their family and their circle of friends. Let us help your business reach and exceed your business goals.

For partnership inquiries: please reach out to for a digital media kit for metrics and benefits of partnership.

What does becoming an affiliate entails? There is no cost to become an affiliate. We are looking for snow-sports related affiliates who would like to cross promote.

Please use the following sentence and logo to add SnowPals to your affiliates’ page (your business must have an affiliate page that you can easily include us on your page).

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For Lake Tahoe ski trips, join SnowPals.org – San Francisco Bay Area snow-sports club for busy professionals, since 1999.

We will in turn include your business on this page. View what an affiliates’ page looks like on SkiBuds’ website.

Using the form below, send us a one sentence description detailing what your business offers, a URL link to your biz’s website and your business logo.

Become an Affiliate

Submit this form to become a SnowPals affiliate,
  • Send us a one sentence description detailing what you offer as a business.

Next Step:

After including SnowPals.org logo and the above sentence on your Affiliates page, please contact (Monday to Friday, non-holidays, 9 AM to 5 PM). We will proceed with with listing your business on this page. Please allow a 24 hours turn-around since we need to review your submission and work on listing your business if it meets our snow-sports category listing. Advance thanks!

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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 rest & relaxation (R&R) and meditation to rejuvenate?

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?

Beach town balmy Prachuap, Thailand offers one of the best value off the beaten path vacation getaway.

Prachuap Khiri Khan, a scenic beach town 4.5 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 climate in an exotic locale
✔ Peaceful, relaxing setting
✔ Inexpensive lodging (unbeatable price value comparatively)
✔ Inexpensive Thai food with availability of Western restaurant options
✔ Local small beach town charm
✔ Outdoor recreation: scuba, snorkeling, water snow sports, hiking, biking
✔ Lively Night Markets Offering Good Eats and Local Artesian Products
✔ Open air farmer’s market with fresh tropical fruits, vegetables and made to order good eats
✔ Fun live music scene entertainment
✔ Enjoy inexpensive massages ($5 foot massage to relax tired feet from a day of touring) and spa treatments (facials, manicure, pedicure, Thai massage & other “me time” pure bliss relaxation spa treatments) for a fraction of the price in the USA.

Enjoy a sun drenched tropical getaway destination that’s easy on the pocket book and also makes a great foodie adventure combined with a yoga retreat to destress and rejuvenate.

Especially enticing if you live somewhere cold like Chicago, New York; West Virginia; Washington; Buffalo; Detroit; Louisville; Nashville; Milwaukee; Kansas City, Kan.; Des Moines; Minneapolis; Denver; and Boise, Idaho or in Canada like Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec City.

For a $1,000 USD monthly vacation getaway 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 a one month 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, balmy 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 and modern amenities.”

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, brick pizza oven 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 local artesian 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, digital nomads, 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 significantly low incidence of crime (4) modern transportation infrastructure with easy international airport, train and modern bus connections (5) high speed internet (6) availability of many food options including Western styled restaurants and (7) abundant indoors entertainment options and outdoor 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 among other South East Asia travel destinations.

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.

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


Scenic aerial view of the beach town Prachuap:

Baan Aomjai’s Vacation Rental Photo Gallery

Foodies, explore and enjoy some of Thailand’s best street food; your palate will dance happily.. for reference: $1 USD = 30 Thai Baht (as of November 2019); 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

Here’s what a Thailand Foodie Adventure looks like:

Before you go, read up on 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.

Getaway to Thailand on your bucket list? Here’s why it should be:

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

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

+ Browse airfare pricing from Google Flights from Toronto, Canada International Airport (YYZ) to Bangkok (BKK), Thailand.

+ Scenic Train Ride From Bangkok, departs from Hua Lamphong Railway Station to Prachuap:

Click on the map below for real-time Google Map Directions from Bangkok main train station to Prachuap:

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

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

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

A side-trip to consider:

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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Giving back spotlight: help 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

== '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..

For those who donate $20 or more 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. Congrats to Eric, – you won the lift tickets pack. Please to claim your prize.

– 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. Congrats to Jeremy, – you won $25 Sports Basement gift card – good for any sporting goods online (with free shipping, no minimum purchase) or at their 10 Bay Area retail stores. Please to claim your prize.

– Monday December 16, 2019 and get entered into our giveaway drawing of a Sugar Bowl Unrestricted Lift Ticket ($125 value). Winner’s name will be listed here on 12/17/19. Congrats to Stuart, stuart@sf_________er.com – you won an unrestricted Sugar Bowl Lift ticket! Please to claim your prize.

– Donation Deadline 11:00 AM on Tuesday December 31, 2019 and get entered into our giveaway drawing of a ski bus one day trip for two which includes two lift tickets to your choice of Tahoe resort and two round-trip bus transportation (also included: on bus breakfast, on-slope snacks and Apres ski hot chili, hot chocolate, wine/beer and snacks) (package for two is worth $410 value) . Congrats to Eveline W at for winning the grand prize. To claim your prize, please in the comments of our Prize Giveaway announcement on SnowPals Facebook page to accept the prize and we’ll send you the gift voucher to your email.

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  • To enter the giveaway, upload a photo of your donation. All photos kept private and only used after you have given permission.
  • If this form is not working for you; please contact tim [at] snowpals.org - advance thanks!

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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About SnowPals

“Once a month, we select a nonprofit organization to spotlight; we spotlight nonprofit organizations whose work is dedicated to improving lives and whose charitable passion is mission focused and whose ♥ knows no bounds.” – Tim | For Tahoe ski trips, join SnowPals.org – we’re a San Francisco Bay Area based snow-sports club (informal, no monthly meetings/web-based with social meetups) for busy professionals, since 1999.

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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 December 19, 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 no later than December 31, 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 the 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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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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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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Affiliates and Partners

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Page created on December 10, 2019.

Best in the Business: Our Affiliates and Partners

At SnowPals, we invite snow-sports businesses (world-wide) to join us as an affiliate to cross promote/share with San Francisco Bay Area and Lake Tahoe Area snow-sports consumers about what you do best: (1) services you offer, and/or (2) products you sell.

We strive to build stellar long-term business relationships with consumers; we strive to deliver great value and service to customers in order to build a genuinely loyal customer base; if this sounds like your business’ endeavor, please reach out to become an affiliate by submitting the form at the end of this page.

Our 2019/20 Affiliates List

South Bay

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Apres’ Ski Club Lodge at Kings Beach (North Lake Tahoe): Join Apres ski and snowboard club based out of the Santa Clara, CA (South Bay) is a singles club for active adults residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. Website: http://apres.org

Lake Tahoe

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Backcountry Ski Maps is the best all-in-one backcountry ski touring maps on the marketplace where you can find all the route information you need on one piece of paper or via digital format on your smartphone or laptop. Website: https://backcountryskimaps.com

Canada

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SkiBuds: Find friends to ride with based on skill level making the skiing experience in Whistler, British Columbia more enjoyable. Website: http://www.skibudsapp.com

Our 2019/20 Partners List

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If you’d like to partner with SnowPals, please reach out to for metrics and benefits of partnership.

What does becoming an affiliate entails? Send us a one sentence description detailing what you offer as a business, a URL link to your biz’s website and your business logo.

Please use the following sentence and logo to add SnowPals to your affiliates’ page (your business must have an affiliate page that you can easily include us on your page as well). We will in turn do likewise on this page, please contact (Monday to Friday, non-holidays, 9 AM to 5 PM) once you have added SnowPals to your business’ website. View a sample of what an affiliates’ page look like on SkiBuds’ website.

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For Lake Tahoe ski trips, join SnowPals.org – San Francisco Bay Area based snow-sports club for busy professionals, since 1999.

Become an Affiliate

Submit this form to become a SnowPals affiliate,
  • Send us a one sentence description detailing what you offer as a business.

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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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