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Welcome to the Meetup group for the Philly Freeriders Snowboard and Ski Club (PFR)!
PFR is a Philly-based social snowboarding and skiing club. We organize several ski/snowboard trips throughout the country every winter/early spring and get together locally for monthly social events. Our members are younger in body AND mind, mostly in their 20s, 30s, and 40s. Our experience levels vary from first timers to cliff-jumping experts. Regardless of your skill level, you are bound to find somebody you can hang with on a group trip.
We are a non traditional ski club that operates without elected positions, affiliations, membership dues, and itinerary-based trips.
Upcoming trips are listed on meetup.com. If you have any questions on them send a message to the trip host. Most overnight trips require payment to be put on the 'going' list. Trips sell out fast so make sure to get your payment in as soon as you are sure you can commit. 
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Our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PhillyFreeriders/ 

Upcoming events (4+)

PFR Floatchella 💦

Brick Township

Bring your boats & fun floats to party on the Metedeconk River (Brick, NJ) 🥂 🍹 🦢 💦

BYO - Booze- Food -Floats

This is a private residence, I have a dock off the back and a sand bar , we can tie up & link up so we don’t float away.

🍕 contest for the most obnoxious float,prize TBD 🦢

For those that want to bring kayaks & SUPs there’s a lot to explore in the area I can give some tips if you want to venture out for the day

Acadia National Park/ Bar Harbor, ME

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Multi activity trip to BAR HARBOR/ ACADIA NATIONAL PARK!

Itinerary is loose at this point as there are plenty of things to do. Activities available, but not limited

  • Rock Climbing (most likely guided)
  • Paddling- SUP/ kayak/ ocean (you're encouraged to BYO kayak/ SUP)
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Whale Watching
  • LOBSTER EATING :D

Specific plans and details will be discussed via chat or virtual meeting as the trip gets closer amongst participants.
A few of us are staying at the place below however there are several accommodations in the area from primitive camping to hotels/ B&B's. There is availability as of 4/5. https://www.edenvillage.com/
https://www.nps.gov/acad/index.htm

Epic Pass Group Purchase Program

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The Epic Pass Group purchase program is set up at https://go.tripstorm.app/#!/22epicphilly . Epic Full and Local passes purchased through this portal will be eligible to received a $10-$20 kickback next February. I am not yet sure if the child and teen passes will receive kickbacks. Student pass purchases are not yet available through the portal, maybe that will change next week. The kickback amount will depend on how many passes we purchase. I will contact you February with details on how to make a Paypal/Venmo request to receive the kickback. Requests must be made by June 2023.

Please do not post this link on any other Facebook/Meetup group.

2023 Philly Freerider trips will focus on the Epic Pass. I am very excited about our Epic Pass season. The Epic Local pass is a great deal that includes local PA mountains like Jack Frost and Roundtop Mountain. Epic Pass mountains have some of the best base villages walking distance to the ski lifts, that are also reasonably priced. The 2022 season had lots of trips where we had to drive to the mountain each day. These trips were great, but the driving was tiring. Staying in walk-to-lift lodging will be a welcome change.

Unlike last year where the group was fighting the Epic Pass tide, and had to limit trips to non-Epic Pass resorts, we will not limit trips to only one of the mega passes (Ikon/Epic). If you want to run a trip to an Epic, Ikon, Indy, or no-pass destination, please DM me (Matt).

The first annual Winter Training trip will be to Breckenridge, CO Jan 18th-22nd. The lodging cost is a steal for staying in Breck at $350 per person for 4 nights. Details can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1s3USb5ULCfREc6aIrZg5oI7xWD4NOvYJiN4MaNaXIig/edit?usp=sharing

We have a trip planned to Whistler, BC Feb 4th-12th. We are staying next to Whistler village in 2 bedroom condos for a price of $825 per person for 8 nights lodging. Whistler is by far the best ski destination in North America with 8,000+ acres, 5,000+ feet vertical skiing, with the best terrain in North America. You can ski the whole week there and still not see it all. It also has an amazing village. You don’t want to miss this trip. Details can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1L0tXQizEMMoCKwy3fZflWcT0hAwE_rO9Crxd4SwiC0c/edit?usp=sharing

Sugarloaf Feb 23-28 by Aaron Simon. Ski in/out at Sugarloaf, Maine and optional day(s) at Sunday River. These are the best resorts on the east coast. Price is only $332 based off 6 person occupancy, however the condo can sleep 8. If 2 more join, price for everyone decreases (sharing beds or bringing air beds). Condo includes hot tub, pool, ski/gear locker. These are Ikon Pass resorts (not Epic). Details can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1joLbXT9eKlRVmFeC4g3tmk246Md855LXxp8rnunZJww/edit?usp=drivesdk

More trips to Mount Snow, Stowe, Heavenly, Europe and more will be announced soon.

As always, read the full trip write-ups prior to signing up, you will be responsible for knowing the information in that write up such as payment methods, cancellation options, transportation and room sharing details.

Philly Freeriders Kickoff Trip to Mount Snow (On Epic Local Pass)

Mount Snow Resort

The Philly Freerider kickoff trip is are largest trip of the year in terms of participants. It's a early-season budget trip. If you plan to come on any of our main-season trips, it's a great way to be introduced to the group. This year the trip will be December 9th-11th at Mount Snow! Mount Snow has some of the best early season conditions due to their 917 snow guns, I'm super excited for this trip.

Lodging:
We will be staying walking distance to the base of Mount Snow. There is also a shuttle if you don't want to walk for 5 minutes in your ski/board boots. Our hotel stay includes free breakfast, a wine and cheese happy hour and BYOB dinner on Saturday night. The hangout area of the hotel is BYOB, and we should have the entire place to ourselves, so it'll be a fun time. Of course there is a large outdoor hot-tub. The cost for 2 nights lodging will be around $170 (final price will be known soon) for double occupancy in a shared hotel room.

This trip will sell out, sign up ASAP. To reserve your spot, send $25 via PayPal (use sending to a friend payment) to [masked] , or Venmo (friends and family) to @Matthew-Patel-Schneider. Also DM me (Matthew Patel-Schneider) to confirm I received the deposit. The rest, will be due on October 31st. The cost (including deposit) is fully refundable until August 31st, after that it is only refundable once the trip fills and if a replacement for your spot can be found, or if I can recover the cost from the hotels (usually isn't a problem if you cancel early, but no guarantee). Any refunds requested after October 31st will incur a $50 cancellation fee.

Lift Tickets:
You will be responsible for buying your own lift tickets. Mount Snow is on the Epic Local pass for 2023. Epic local also includes unlimited access to local PA mountains such as Jack Frost and Round Top, and will work for the club trips to Whistler, Breck/Vail, Tahoe, Stowe, and probably Europe. The Epic Local pass costs $626, or a 2-day Epic-Day-Pass that works at Mount Snow is only $141. The price could increase in at the end of May, so buy ASAP.

There will be a limited amount of trails open this early in the season. This is the case at all ski resorts.

Transportation:
We will be driving up to Vermont, it's around 5 hours to Mount Snow. You will be responsible for your own transportation, we will have a drivers and passengers spreadsheet to help everyone pair up into cars. In prior years, no-one has had a problem finding a ride.

Club Trips:
Please read the club trips rules before signing up. By signing up you agree to them.

The Facebook event can be found here: https://fb.me/e/1oQnEjc9v

Past events (484)

May Happy Night - Beer Festival

Citizens Bank Park

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