Dashing Through the Snow: Your Guide to Getting Around North Lake Tahoe this Winter
There’s so much to do this winter around North Lake Tahoe, from the peaks of the mountains to the shorelines of the lake. And now, it’s even easier to get from Point A to Point B — North Lake Tahoe has implemented new transportation initiatives to help both visitors and locals get around the area safely and easily. Read on for how you can spend less time on the road and more time having fun!
What’s New this Winter?
North Lake Tahoe will see a few travel and transportation updates for this 2019-2019 winter season. Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transit (TART) began winter operations recently, including daily services throughout Truckee and North Lake Tahoe with extended night service hours and 30 minute services between Incline Village, Kings Beach, Tahoe Vista, Carnelian Bay, and Tahoe City. Weekend park and ride services to local ski resorts from Truckee are also new this year, with increased bus service from Tahoe City and Crystal Bay to encourage visitors and locals to leave the car at home to reduce congestion. Transit schedules and additional information can be found on TART’s website.
Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows
Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows has implemented several new initiatives this winter in order to make navigating the resort as simple as possible. Most notable is the Squaw Alpine Transit Company’s new Mountaineer Shuttle Service — simply download the app for Apple or Google Play, set your pickup location in Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows, and get dropped off at your desired location! Mountaineer Shuttle services will run at Squaw Valley from 7am to 9pm, 7 days a week, and at Alpine Meadows from 7am to 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Also new this winter is the Protect Our Winters “POW” Carpool Parking program. Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows has partnered with POW to offer free premium parking to guests who carpool to the resort with three or more passengers per vehicle. Through this initiative, Squaw | Alpine strives to reduce its carbon footprint and promote carpooling as an effective and environmentally friendly transportation method for visitors this season.
Lastly, Truckee North Tahoe Transportation Management Association has collaborated with Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows and Placer County to adopt the Truckee Park & Ride Program. Truckee Park & Ride is a pilot program for park and ride services during the 2018-2019 winter season, holidays and weekends from December through March. Time schedules and routes can be found at TahoeTruckeeTransit.com.
Northstar California will provide guests with parking and transportation services all winter long to ensure that visitors can make their way to the slopes in as little time as possible! Arrive early and park in one of their conveniently located parking lots with complimentary shuttle services daily from 7:30am to 10pm. Northstar California will also provide guests with electrical vehicles with complimentary Universal and Tesla charging stations in their preferred parking lot, on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Incline Village and Diamond Peak
Diamond Peak’s Ski Shuttle offers complimentary rides from the resort to various lodges in Incline Village, as well as the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, which offers shuttle service throughout Incline for hotel guests. Morning pickups are available around Incline Village, plus midday pickups on weekends and during peak periods. The Hyatt Regency shuttle runs every half hour from the Hyatt to Diamond Peak from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., stopping across from Sierra Nevada College, Tomahawk/Mt. Shadows, and Burgundy Hill/Lower Tyrolia.
Transportation from Reno to North Lake Tahoe
The North Lake Tahoe Express shuttle offers daily services between the Reno-Tahoe International Airport and various North Lake Tahoe destinations. Connections include Incline Village, Crystal Bay, Kings Beach, Tahoe Vista, Carnelian Bay and Tahoe City, and guests can book online or by phone. The North Lake Tahoe Express combines the ease and accessibility of booking a ride on the shuttle with the opportunity for visitors to observe North Lake Tahoe’s natural beauty at its fullest. Sit back and relax as you see the sights without the headache of traffic.
Downtown Truckee Holiday Shuttles
From December 26 through New Year’s Eve, the Town of Truckee will be offering free shuttle services between Downtown Truckee, local neighborhoods, Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows and Northstar California. Shuttles will run 6pm to 2am daily.