This ski season has been rough. El Nino didn't exactly help things either. If you're west cost you're chillin. The Rockies too. But if you're a die-hard on the East Coast, well... It's been pretty sad.
But I have to say that the folks we've met through our meet up group on meetup.com and through Shredshare have been nothing short of impressive...
Getting folks to the mountain (either through bribes, bullying, guilt tripping, blackmail or other magic) is no small feat. However, ensuring that they have a great time and make it to the end of the day in one piece is another story all together...
Over the past 4 weekends, the Shredshare community has been putting together carpools and getting up to Vermont. We've been averaging 10 carpoolers and 3-4 carpools each weekend. For a slow start and no snow, we're stoked on the production.
The I-70 Coalition is a non-profit, member-supported organization whose mission is to improve mobility and accessibility along the I-70 corridor and to help grow the Colorado state economy. Read this, then check them out.
At Shredshare, access, community and conservation are our core values. And we want to discover, engage and partner with industry players - resorts, hotels, restaurants, shops, etc. - that share those same values. Our goal is to create partnerships with local mountain businesses that can service you on your journey towards snow and what you love.
We love these guys and think what they're doing is right on! We stumbled upon the Homestyle Hostel and their owners, Eliza and Justin, in our search for partners to help the Shredshare community access the mountains. They're dedicated to giving you a 'homestyle' feel, and down to earth vibes, on your journey towards snow. Read a bit from the owners themselves, then give them a shout!
Carpooling up to the mountain could be the most amazing thing ever. After countless solo missions - driving alone in the middle of the night, spending a ton of cash on gas and Redbull, and barely making it to the mountain in one piece - finding someone to team up with to split gas cost and driving duty is nothing short of a luxury.
It's through these real-life meetups and online social networks that users are encouraged to connect and get to know each other, ahead of carpooling. Like skiing and snowboarding, Shredshare's community is tight-knit and our members look after one another. But we admit that there's only so much we can do to keep our users safe, and we strongly encourage everyone to use their good judgement and common sense.
The week started with a SHREDSHARE Meetup in NYC. About eight of us met up at Flannery's on 14th between 7th and 8th for drinks and brainstorming. Some good folks made it out. We had an engineer, an iOS developer, a liquor salesman, a mobile designer, an HR person, a security consultant, a writer and a java programmer make the trip. It was a good crowd. Smart folks looking for an economical and social way to go shred. Our kind of people.
And this meetup lead to three carpools and about 12 die-hards headed up to Killington, together, for the weekend.
Finally. Killington [re]opened for 2015/2016 and Shredshare wasted no time getting up there. Kim, Mike and Jay hauled it up to the Green Mountain State for some shred. Being able to get up there, via some convenient carpooling, to see the winter wonderland that we've been missing in NYC was nothing short of a glorious sight.