As serious snows return to the Lake Tahoe region, thousands of skiers and snowboarders make the trip up to a dozen mountain resorts. Once they get there, area officials work hard to provide transit options so that all those vehicles stay parked during their stay.
From Donner Pass on the north to South Lake Tahoe at the foot of the lake, shuttles and buses crisscross the area. The over-arching Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transit (TART) handles the heavy lifting far and wide – for a fee – while smaller, localized services offer free trips to and from the mountains.
Here’s a look at some of the options:
Heavenly Ski Resort shuttle runs three routes that wind through South Lake Tahoe for a one-way charge of $2, or all day for $5. Each runs every hour, and stops at the base of the Heavenly Valley gondola. The main route #50 stays on South Lake Tahoe Boulevard along the lake, while routes #23 and #53 dive into the off-shore areas with stops at hotels, stores and town facilities.
More confined is the Shoreline & South Shore Shuttle that sticks close to the area around the gondola terminal. The free shuttle has three routes that hit most of the major overnight accommodations on half-hour trips, beginning at 8 a.m. and running continuous till 6 p.m.
Kingsbury Grade & Stateline Shuttle begins at the stateline and serves the Nevada portion of South Lake Tahoe. For free, the buses run every 20-30 minutes on a 50-minute one-way route that reaches Summit Village and Tahoe Village.
Around the lake, TART (Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transit) buses extend farther into the hills, with one free shuttle that begins at Homewood Resort and hits Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows. Another picks up along I-80 and delivers skiers and riders to the Donner Pass resorts, like Sugar Bowl and Boreal.
Photos: There's plenty of easy transportation to Tahoe resorts so leave the car parked ((TART/Facebook); Driving around the lake when it's snowy can be dicey; leave it to the pros (TART/Facebook)