Fewer than five years after its San Francisco debut, the Snowbomb Ski and Snowboard Festival has exploded into a multivenue event, affording NorCal-powder addicts ample opportunity to get in on a weekend of discounted winter gear and giving VIPs chances to sample locally produced beer and wine. Representatives from resorts command mountains of swag and offer tips about their slopes’ terrain and local yeti dialects. Dozens of exhibitors also show off their goods—not just winter-sports outfitters but also car companies, local restaurants, and national chains.
SkiMela.com facilitates skiing and snowboarding trips to seven of the areas best ski resorts, including Heavenly and Sugar Bowl. Charter buses pick up outdoor adventurers at six locations along San Francisco – East Bay and Silicon Valley – South Bay routes between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m., ensuring guests get a full day’s worth of recreation and snowman heckling. The trips, held in January, February, and March, include breakfast and a movie, and SkiMela.com schedules around 60 trips per season.
Thanks to Bay Area Ski Bus, getting from point A to point B never felts so good. Its shuttle buses, outfitted with modern conveniences such as video systems, usher passengers to and from local ski resorts, negating their need to worry over travel plans or convince the troll under their bed to return their car keys. Provided meals, snacks, and beverages keep both hunger and thirst at bay, and lift tickets dispensed upon arrival get skiers straight to the slopes. When the faraway ski destinations of Colorado or Val d'Isère entice travelers away from home, Bay Area Ski Bus grows wings to match. Its guides handle every detail of the adventure, from flights and shuttle arrangements to lodging and lift tickets.
When they’re not hitting the slopes, the SnowBomb crew is hard at work organizing adventure packages and producing downhill events. Their goal is simply to help people ski and snowboard more often. They do this by assembling membership packages to supply snow riders with lift tickets, lodging, and equipment tune-ups. In addition, they hook them up with equipment-rental packages at resorts and shops in California, which are more accessible to skiers than shops located on the moon. To show their commitment to their community, SnowBomb has helped put together the Lil' Air festival for children 12 and younger, the Sick and Twisted Big Air tour, and the Rahives Banzai tour. In 2011, SnowBomb raised more than $10,000 for the High Fives Foundation, which helps to support the rehabilitation of injured skiers and snowboarders.
Destination 1440 swathes snow sculptors and land surfers alike in extreme sporting apparel. Mountainside sliders can get a one-day snowboard rental package ($35), and head hoarders can collect hair and their entire skull collection under with beanies starting at $20. Destination is also selling all skateboard decks for $48.