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Old 09-10-2013, 12:59 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Ditch the people who hem and haw or who want to change everything. This is probably the most important part. If they don't share your vision of what the trip should be (or at least reasonably close) then they're not going to enjoy it and neither will you. Do them and yourself a favor and cut them from the list.
Genius and a very key point.

If your having trouble getting people to commit then try collecting a deposit from everyone. I know it sounds like sort of an asshole thing to do but I honestly think it helps. If you end up booking a place based on how many people say will go and a few back out last minute then that sort of fucks up the costs for everyone else. Not only does taking a deposit help with the finances for booking accommodations but it also gives people the incentive to commit to the trip.

Sort of sucks to be going with people who are mostly non skiers/boarders. I started doing an annual trip to Big White every February with some friends and we've consistently been able to find 10 people every year. Even though half of us like to party and the other half doesn't, everyone is there for the same reason and its for the awesome boarding. Makes things tonnes easier to plan. Something to keep in mind if you decide to plan another trip in the future.
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Old 09-10-2013, 02:41 PM   #32 (permalink)
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15 people is just too many to give a fuck about. You gotta thin the ranks, and get a core group of 3 to 5 people that are DOWN TO RIDE. The others can follow, but you shouldn't be some kind of nanny, putting together a trip so they can get fucked up for a week.

As someone who just graduated college a few years back, I take everything my friends say with a grain of salt, regardless of whether they are super down to ride or not. That period of time is a very wishy washy age... Getting 15 people in their young 20s to commit to a 1000 dollar trip will be tough...
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For 15 people I think the best way would to be to tell them this is the trip for these days at this place at this price. You can't really give any options because the group will never agree on something 100%.
You also gotta know who's serious about it. So collecting all or some of the money in advance seems like a good idea. Your group of 15 will probably end up being 5-7 but whatever, with the advanced cash you should be able to book something well enough in advance.

But at any rate good luck to you.
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Old 09-11-2013, 01:51 AM   #34 (permalink)
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15 people is just too many to give a fuck about. You gotta thin the ranks, and get a core group of 3 to 5 people that are DOWN TO RIDE. The others can follow, but you shouldn't be some kind of nanny, putting together a trip so they can get fucked up for a week.

As someone who just graduated college a few years back, I take everything my friends say with a grain of salt, regardless of whether they are super down to ride or not. That period of time is a very wishy washy age... Getting 15 people in their young 20s to commit to a 1000 dollar trip will be tough...
Good tips. I went on 2 CO trips last season. First was with 6 people, levels beginner to advanced intermediate. We had a blast, but even just 6 is too many to stay together with differing levels, we eventually broke up into smaller groups. Nobody was really cranky until the ride back home.
The second trip, two friends and I, all intermediates, went on our own, and it was great!! It was easy to stay together playing in the trees, and we all progressed significantly, even though one was a skier.
In my opinion, keep the group small and focused. Let everyone know how much cash it will take to go. I'm only 20 and with a little planning my friends and I get to go on trips anyone would love to be on (minus the cheap motel and tailgate lunch maybe). Whatever, if I wanted fancy dining I'd go to New York or some shit.
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So I took your advice and just told everyone that I was sticking to the original plan. Directly after doing this I thought that I'd fucked the whole situation up. A couple people said they couldn't go, and then everyone else just kind of stopped responding on the fb group, but last week two people said they would commit to going. Now all of a sudden there are five people committed, and I think two more will end up coming as well.

I'm pretty happy with the outcome. Now I just gotta find the best place to stay around Northern Lake Tahoe.
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There you go. Good job sticking to your guns.

Don't count them as committed until you have payment in hand...

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Don't count them as committed until you have payment in hand...
And make some clear agreements on how to react IF someone decides to back out after you've done thebookings. E.g. they need to search for replacement themselves, they will need to contact the others themselves and explain them why they need to pay more now, or the money reserved for the housing is lost. Its better to clarify in advance.
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So I took your advice and just told everyone that I was sticking to the original plan. Directly after doing this I thought that I'd fucked the whole situation up. A couple people said they couldn't go, and then everyone else just kind of stopped responding on the fb group, but last week two people said they would commit to going. Now all of a sudden there are five people committed, and I think two more will end up coming as well.

I'm pretty happy with the outcome. Now I just gotta find the best place to stay around Northern Lake Tahoe.
Tahoe City if you can. Truckee works too and does give you access to the Donner Pass areas. Sugar Bowl (excellent spot) and Donner Ski Ranch (not so much). Olympic valley if you are going to Squaw is another good choice.

And be sure to post up to all of your friends about what is going on. Fine if you have ones that skipped. If you make the trip look rad, I guarantee they are much less likely to bail out with whatever excuse they have. They'll make it happen so that they don't miss out the next time around.
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