SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 26, 2011—Zimride, the largest online ride-sharing service in North America, today announced it has established partnerships with all major Lake Tahoe ski resorts and two connecting bus services, making traveling to the Bay Area’s hottest winter tourist destination more simple and economical than ever before. Today’s news comes right on time for local skiers and snowboarders, who are taking to the slopes at high rates following last weekend’s record snowfall.
Through partnerships with the area’s leading resorts, including Kirkwood, Squaw, Alpine, Sugar Bowl, Tahoe Donner, Sierra at Tahoe, Northstar, and Heavenly, Tahoe travelers choosing to rideshare with Zimride will be entered to win free gas. Additionally, for the first time Zimride has extended its rideshare offerings to include bus options as well. Bay Area Ski Bus and Quality Assurance Travel have partnered with Zimride to sell tickets through the Zimride.com website, making the company a one-stop shop for Bay Area residents looking to find less expensive and more social rides to Tahoe.
“We’re not just providing an alternative to Tahoe travel, we’re reinventing it,” says John Zimmer, co-founder and COO of Zimride. “There’s huge demand for social, sustainable and affordable travel, and this week our users have posted over 1,000 seats available for purchase along our Tahoe route. That’s the equivalent of four airline flights and we’re just getting started. The unprecedented collaboration from the major resorts and bus operators demonstrates the need for Zimride as a new form of transportation.”
Web Designer, Kimberly Kubalek, took her first Zimride to Tahoe last week and explained, “after using Zimride to get to Tahoe, I’m a big believer that Zimride is the future of how we get around. As a driver, I get to meet interesting people, save money on gas and know that I’m doing my part for the environment.”
If just 10 percent of Tahoe travelers choose to travel with 2 additional people this season, Zimride estimates it would take 60,000 cars off the rode, save $12 million in vehicle operating costs and eliminate 18.6 million lbs of carbon dioxide from being emitted.
To be a driver or passenger along the Zimride Tahoe route simply go to: www.zimride.com
Zimride, the largest online social rideshare community in North America, is building a marketplace for drivers to sell empty seats in their car by matching them with passengers traveling along the same route. In addition to public routes like San Francisco to Los Angeles, Zimride has implemented networks for over 120 of the nation’s leading universities and companies including Stanford, UCLA, University of Michigan, Facebook and Jet Blue.
Zimride makes sharing rides for drivers and passengers fun, easy and social. It’s a new spin on ridesharing, using social networks to enable real connections. In seconds you can set up a profile, see and book a ride in your area, or post a ride of your own. With Zimride profiles, you can view photos, music and radio preferences to ensure an enjoyable ride.
Zimride proves that “life is better when you share the ride”
Get started at: www.zimride.com