Earlier this year, Skedaddle invited me to go on an epic long weekend getaway to ski in Vermont. This was no ordinary trip; I was an invited to go by a unique company that instantly caught my eye. Skedaddle’s service is a simple concept and its a game changer. Skedaddle offers a “carpool-like” service for busses – offering routes to popular events and destinations for which you can buy a bus seat with a touch of a button on the Skedaddle app. It is essentially an on-demand travel app, which allows its users to start their own professional driven bus rides. Think of it as the Uber of busses: if you’re looking for a solo experience, you can purchase a single seat one of their comfortable busses to visit, say, Vermont for a ski trip like I did. Or you can rent the entire bus with a group of friends. This essentially eliminates the need to drive or rent a car or worse to opt of a trip due to lack of transportation options. Skedaddle is affordable, it’s practical, it’s seamless and overall a comfortable experience.
Skedaddle’s most popular routes are currently based out of New York and Boston where busses leave from convenient and central locations. The bus I was on left from the Grand Central Station area of NYC at 6:30AM and arrived in Vermont just before 11AM. The busses are typically serviced by third party companies so they vary in size, yet the quality is standard across the board. Spacious leather seats, personal lights, chargers and fans are quite standard and serve as a reminder of a common airplane seat.
The Skedaddle trip to Vermont consisted of two stops: The Hermitage Club and The Vermont House. It was everything I could’ve dreamed of as my first ski trip (yes, this is quite embarrassing on my end). The Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain is an upscale ski resort where dozens of cottages stack the lower end of the mountain side. It’s the most popular New England ski destination and one of the busiest nationwide. It’s ultra-exclusive membership starts at $85K in initiation fees for families and nearly $10K in annual dues (you can also visit the mountain without a membership!). The membership comes with admirable access rights like ice-skating, cross-country skiing, snow tubing, snowmobiling and of course unlimited skiing. Accommodation, food, shuttles, and rentals are extra. In fact, The Hermitage Club is the one of the most expensive membership clubs in the country.
One of the things that stood out most to me were the warm and welcoming attitudes of all the staff members. Everyone was incredibly accommodating; casual greetings in the hallways and elevators were natural and overall it was a comfortable environment. Likewise, it holds a special place in my heart because I had two incredible instructors who gave me introductory lessons and I was on the slopes the next day! Activities in Vermont go beyond skiing – you can rent a snowmobile, go ice skating or snow tubing, to name a few. If you’re looking for something even more unique – family owned Adam’s Farm has sleigh rides, paint-balling, horseback riding, and farm-to-table BBQ’s on their 100+ acre farm!
On the second day, Skedaddle took us to Mount Snow – another very popular destination among East Coast skiers. Mount Snow Valley is home to numerous inns and hotels and private rentals. It is also home to the exclusive Grand Summit Resort Hotel that is nestled right near the slopes. It is a cozy property with numerous activities to offer and over 550 skiable acres!
Overall, I think Skedaddle’s service is a game changer mainly due to their competitive pricing. For me personally, transportation to and from places is always a pain point especially since activities, concerts and dinners typically end with drinks and a need for a designated driver. Skedaddle solves this in a seamless and effective way and I hope to see them expand to more areas nationwide!