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Free Shuttle Joins Transportation Options To Tahoe Resorts

Squaw Valley

Visitors to Lake Tahoe area resorts know that traffic jams and high gas prices can put a crimp in making the trip to the mountains. Lake Tahoe has fostered a number of shuttle services around the lake that allow skiers and riders to share a seat. 


A free shuttle service kicks into gear Dec. 22, for the weekends and holidays weeks for the rest of the season. Details still are to ironed out for the North Lake Tahoe Truckee Coordinated Ski Shuttle, but one thing is for sure: There is no cost.


Funded by municipalities, resorts and lodgers, the shuttle service will use nine, 35-seat buses to deliver skiers and riders to 10 resorts on the north end of the lake, and pick them up at the end of the day. Call (530) 546-2912 for more information on the free shuttle and its schedule.


For paying customers, the Tahoe Ski Shuttle charges $15 for rides to and from Mt. Rose (Saturdays only), Kirkwood,  Northstar,  and Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows


The morning shuttle routes stop at up to nine locations around the lake before heading up to the mountains. They leave the resorts at either 4:30 or 4:45 p.m. and retrace their stops in the valley.


For those who don’t mind hitching a ride with a stranger (who could become a BFF), a bunch of ride-sharing websites out there link drivers with passengers. By joining SnowPals, skiers and ‘boarders can catch a ride through either Facebook or the Snowpals forum.


ZimRide has a specific page for northern Californians who are looking to get a ride or give a ride to the Lake Tahoe area. Most of them charge a fee to cover gasoline and other expenses.


On SkiLift, ride-sharers can search all over the nation, by resort, to find a way to get to the hill with enough cash left for a beverage or two.


Photo: Squaw Valley 

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