Zimride Stories from the Road: Snow Buddies

In San Francisco, we like rain in the winter time. Why? Because it means snow in Lake Tahoe. We’ve seen thousands of Zimriders head up to Tahoe to enjoy the fresh pow pow (that’s “powder” for those who have never seen snow) since we launched the San Francisco to Tahoe Route last year. With so many fun stories to share we had no choice but to share more than one story from the road to Tahoe!

Katie – Destination: Truckee

The experience was not only convenient, but I met a couple of great people along the way. My passengers Richard and Ally and I had a very pleasant drive up to the mountains. They were both super nice, brought snacks, and chatted the entire way. Zimride was a much better way to travel than driving solo on a Friday night because I had company and it paid for my trip. 

Elay  Destination: Tahoe Snowcial

This was both mine and my passenger Ben’s first Zimride experience and it was truly great. I got to know a great person and enjoyed a long ride of great conversation. By the end I had made a new friend.

It was my first time driving through a snow storm and Ben was tremendously helpful and supportive the entire way. Nothing like a little blizzard to bring two Zimriders together!

Gregg – Destinations: Alpine, Squaw, and Northstar (oh my!)

The Tahoe route is interesting because there is a huge community of people that make this trip weekly. It seems wasteful and somewhat unnecessary in this day and age to have so many cars driving up a giant mountain with one or two people in them. I don’t own a car but I’ve been renting a car once or twice a month when I go to Tahoe and have been posting my ride on Zimride. It’s a great way to pay for your car rental!

On our first Zimride, my girlfriend Lisa and I found two passengers who were both great and very friendly. We made it up the mountain in great time and we were able to save cash thanks to Zimride.

James  Destination: Heavenly

My best experiences with Zimride have been making new friends—which happens just about every time. On my last Zimride after riding in the car together we skied together!

To celebrate the kickoff of winter, post your trip to Tahoe by next Wednesday at midnight* and be automatically entered to win a pair of lift tickets!

See you at the slopes and happy travels,

Your Zimride Crew

*Zimride “Post a Ride to the Slopes” Sweepstakes official rules

Meet Zac, Our Tahoe Route Expert

Before joining Zimride, I co-founded the band Hot Buttered Rum and spent ten years traveling around the country in a vegetable oil powered tour bus. In the process of playing nearly 200 shows a year and teaching people how to run their diesel vehicles on grease, I also became quite familiar with the interstate highway system.

Now, as Zimride’s Director of Lake Tahoe Route Development, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to decrease the impact that cars have on the environment while transforming driving into a shared and social experience. I have always felt that our current transportation system needed reinventing, and Zimride has shown me how that’s possible.

Growing up in Oakland, California, I have travelled the I-80 to Lake Tahoe for ski trips for more than 30 winters. I love this place, and so do the 3 million plus visitors that come to Lake Tahoe every year. While tourism is great for Tahoe’s economy, the pollution from cars traveling there is threatening the pristine natural beauty that attracts people in the first place.

Of Tahoe’s annual visitors, 77% get there in a private vehicle with most of those cars having at least one empty seat. That’s a whole lot of cars with a whole lot of empty seats causing a whole lot of traffic and carbon emissions. Not to mention that gas prices are out of control and driving alone is totally boring.

Zimride is the solution. Ridesharing to Tahoe is the most efficient way to save money and help keep it beautiful. Plus, it’s a great way to meet new skiing buddies. So, next time you’re headed to the slopes, stop by Zimride.com first.

Happy Travels!
Zac Matthews
Director of Route Development, SF->Lake Tahoe