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No Ride To Tahoe? No Sweat. Rideshare Programs Abound

No Ride To Tahoe? No Sweat. Rideshare Programs Abound For Northern-Bound Skiers

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Now that winter has decided to come out of hibernation, it's time to consider that long-delayed trip to the slopes.

What, you've got no ride to Tahoe? No problem. There's a plethora of options available to get you on your way.

Studies have shown that nearly 80 percent of visitors to Tahoe each year arrive by car with at least one empty seat. Zimride and RideJoy are a couple of high-profile and efficient means to help fill those seats.

Both are community driven marketplaces for sharing rides, and you can figure spending anywhere from $10 to $40, depending on the driver and the number of riders, for a one-way passage. Also, you don't have to worry too much about creepy passengers or drivers; both ride-share sites require a Facebook account to verify identities and help put everyone at ease. Like-minded skiers and snowboarders generally end up making the three-hour drive in pleasant company.

Another way to get a lift is to checkout snowpals.org. For the past 13 ski seasons, they've been hooking up riders and drivers and have about 5,600 local members in their ride-sharing pool.

Snowbomb.com and Sierra-at-Tahoe share an online rideshare board that finds rides for passengers and vice versa. You can log on to them at ridelaketahoe.com and rideshare.sierraattahoe.com.

And, of course, there's always Craigslist.