Free North Tahoe ski shuttle hitting the road Dec. 18 |

Free North Tahoe ski shuttle hitting the road Dec. 18

The North Lake Tahoe free ski shuttle from a previous winter season.
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TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Skiers and riders looking for transit to and from local area ski resorts this winter don’t have to search farther than the returning North Tahoe Ski Shuttle.

Starting later this month, the two-bus fleet operated by TART will transport skiers and riders to West Shore resorts Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows and Homewood Mountain Resort and back for free.

There will be two runs in the morning and afternoon, with pickup and drop-off areas in Incline Village, Crystal Bay, Kings Beach, Tahoe Vista, Carnelian Bay, Dollar Hill, Tahoe City and Sunnyside beyond the ski resorts.

The service will run from Dec. 18, 2015, to March 27, 2016, only during weekends and holiday periods for a total of 46 service days. Holiday periods will be Dec. 28-Dec. 31, Jan. 1-3, and Feb. 13-21.

Similar to last year, those looking to ski or ride outside those dates or visit other Tahoe resorts can use a voucher program, in which guests staying at North Shore/Placer County lodging properties can obtain a Tahoe Area Regional Transit voucher at the front desk for free use of existing TART routes and schedules.

This winter, the program is expected to cost $98,181, with $60,681 going toward TART operations, $25,000 for marketing materials and ad design, $8,500 for marketing management, and $4,000 for consulting services, according to a past report

Squaw-Alpine ($68,923), North Lake Tahoe Resort Association ($26,902 through Placer County Transient Occupancy Tax funds) and Homewood ($2,356) will fund the 2015-16 program.

TOT is a charge added to the cost of a room — motel, hotel, condominium — paid by visitors to the area who stay fewer than 30 days.

This marks the fourth season of the winter service.

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