Recently I started a FB group with about 15 of my friends hoping to try to plan a trip to Tahoe sometime this winter. I am the most serious boarder/skier of the bunch, and I did a lot of research, on this forum and elsewhere, trying to get my initial plans just how I wanted them. Inevitably the entire plan has gotten highjacked and everyone now has their own ideas, completely ignoring my original plan and why I went with it.
I have gotten such ridiculous suggestions as, "We should go around Christmas. Who cares if the snow might not be as good as in February. We can always find other things to do if the boarding ain't good." and "I'm trying to plan a vacation with my entire extended family. Maybe we should all go to Tahoe together even though none of them ski or board."
I think that my biggest problem is that I am trying to plan a snowboard trip with a bunch of people whose top priority for the trip prob won't be boarding, but partying.
Anyways enough of me bitching. Does anyone have any suggestions for how to plan a trip with a bunch of people? I can't even get them to make the simple decision of how many nights they want to stay, let alone trying to set dates.
This hits home. I'm the planner, 5 years now and I can tell you that you are making the mistake of trying to please everyone. I don't know how old your group is, or what their financial status is, but here's what I've found works:
1. You choose the dates, based on what works for you and the core of the group.
2. Just tell people the budget and ask if they are okay with it. Eg. "guys, total trip will cost about $1200 ea, is that cool".
3. Once they are okay w/ date and budget, get their commitment. You do the rest without input.
I am 30 now, and for 5 years have planned a trip to the Kootenays every year, along with various drives out to Jay Peak, VT and I can tell you that your group is too big.
In every group that size there are real snowboarders, people who just want to drink and party, and pretend snowboarders (the ones who want to take a lot of pics and post on social media, but not actually very good at all). Widdle it down, it's easier to plan, less stressful and easier to manage.
Try and have fun as well after this headache is over.