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Tahoe Ski BusSquaw Valley | Alpine Meadows | Northstar

TRIP DATES
  • EVERY SATURDAY & SUNDAY (Most locations start December 7)
Trip Overview
ALL SATURDAY (12/7) SKI BUSES ARE CANCELLED DUE TO WINTER STORM WATCH in effect from Friday, 4:00 PM PST until Sunday, 12:00 PM PST.  Full warning here. Additional detailed report from Open Snow. High probability of cancellation of all Sunday buses. Final assessment tomorrow at 12PM.

Spend a breathtaking day skiing or snowboarding at the world famous Squaw Valley Resort, Alpine Meadows or Northstar California, without the hassle of planning, driving or purchasing all that gear, food and gas. It’s an early start, but what could be better than taking a morning nap, then waking up in snow country, with a full day on the slopes ahead of you. Did we mention we have some of the best lift ticket deals in town? Itineraries, by location, below.

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Bus to Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows


Saturday buses depart at 5:30am from:
Berkeley, Bryant St., Presidio, Redwood City, Santa Rosa (starts Dec 21), Sunnyvale, and Walnut Creek (starts Dec 21)

Sunday buses depart at 5:30am from:
Berkeley, Bryant St., Presidio, Redwood City, Sunnyvale

9-9:30am: Arrive at Squaw Valley basecamp
3pm: Apres by the bus
4pm: Leave Squaw Valley for the Bay Area
7:30-8:30pm: Arrive back to the Bay Area

*All times are traffic and weather dependent*

Free shuttle to Alpine Meadows is available. The latest shuttle you can take back to Squaw Valley leaves Alpine Meadows at 3:30pm.

Book Squaw | Alpine Bus

Bus to Northstar


Saturday (starts Jan 4) buses depart at 5:30am from:
Bryant St.Sunnyvale

9-9:30am: Arrive at Northstar
3pm: Apres by the bus
4pm: Leave Northstar for the Bay Area
7:30-8:30pm: Arrive back to the Bay Area

*All times are traffic and weather dependent*

 

Book Northstar Bus

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FAQ


How do I change or cancel my reservation?
There are a number of ways. 1) If it's more than 2 days prior to the trip, you can do it yourself by clicking the 'Manage this booking' link in your confirmation email, or 2) email friends@sportsbasement.com, or 3) call our Help Hub at (800) 869-6670. Reminder: there are no refunds for cancellations made within 24 hours of the purchased trip. You may reschedule, though, at any time.

How do I get my gear pre-loaded onto the bus?
Simply reserve your gear online here, and select the options for utilizing the bus. Step 1 for packages and skis/boards. Step 2 for individual items. Upon reserving your bus seat, you will also be asked to include your rental reservation number in the questionnaire after checkout. 

Can I rent gear the morning of the bus?
Unfortunately, no. There is not time, and the stores are not open. 

How do I reserve rental gear for the bus if it is within 2 days?
Online reservations cannot be made if it is less than 2 days before the rental date; however, you can come into the store the day prior to your bus trip and rent gear in person. You can then leave the gear to be loaded onto the bus the next morning. Please ensure you arrive at the store no later than 7PM. 

Does the ski bus have bathrooms or wifi?
Yep! All of our ski buses come equipped with bathrooms and wifi. Most buses also come equipped with electrical charging outlets as well. We also stock the bus with plenty of snacks, water, & other beverages including coffee to enjoy on the way to and from the mountain.

Will there be food and drinks?
Yes! Fresh coffee, Noah's bagels, fruit, yogurt and bars are provided for breakfast. Clif bars for the mountain and then a full apres ski selection of beer, wine and snacks before you head home.

What if I only need a ride one-way?
One-way tickets are 20% off. Just enter code ONEWAY, and then indicate which way you want to go in the checkout questionnaire. Please see itineraries above for departure times & locations.

Are lift tickets included?
Lift tickets for Squaw | Alpine and Northstar are not included. But we do offer great discounts when you reserve your spot on the Tahoe Ski Bus! Stay tuned for more information about lift tickets.

What if the bus is full?
If you click on the full date that you are interested in, it will automatically give you the option to sign up for the wait list. If spaces open up, you will be sent an automated message. Waitlist spots are first come, first serve, so register as soon as you receive the alert.

Is there a cutoff time for booking my spot?
Registration closes at 7PM the day prior to the trip. There are no refunds given to cancellations made within 24 hours of the purchased trip.

Why is my season pass code not working?

  1. Confirm you received the 2nd informational email with the code, not the payment confirmation, from SBOutdoors@ or Friends@, not XOLA. Subject: 2019/20 SB Ski Bus Season Pass Information. Check SPAM folder, if not received within 24 hours. 
  2. Ensure code is some version of firstname.lastname and make sure to add the period (.)
  3. Ensure you are only booking dates when the bus is offered. No weekdays. Saturdays only for Northstar, WC, ROS. Northstar starts on Jan 4 from SV/BRY only.  
  4. Code is just for bus. Lift tickets not discounted

What happens if there's bad weather?
The safety of our ski bus passengers is our top priority. We will run the bus rain or shine, but if weather conditions don't allow for a safe drive both to and from the mountain, the trip will be cancelled. You'll be given the option of receiving a full refund or rescheduling your trip to a later date. Check current Tahoe weather and road conditions (Live HWY 80 camera map). Live webcams: Squaw, Alpine, Northstar. ALSO: AccuWeather Weather Warnings

What should I pack?

  • Skis/poles or Snowboards*
  • Ski or Snowboard Boots*
  • Warm layers: fleece, down jacket*
  • Merino wool base layers (top and bottom)
  • Snow Pants and Jacket (waterproof)*
  • Helmet or warm hat*
  • Ski Gloves*
  • Snow Socks*
  • Goggles*
  • After Ski/Board Shoes*
  • Sunscreen
  • Entertainment for the bus rides

*Rentals are available!

 

$ 80 per person

Included:

Luxury bus transportation

Breakfast, coffee and snacks

Bus WiFi and electric outlets

Bus bathrooms

Apres ski Sierra Nevada beer and wine

Pre-loaded rental gear option: Reserve online and everything will be loaded onto the bus prior to your arrival and returned at the end of the day! Reservation number required at checkout. 1st day of rental should be day of bus trip. Rental reservations must be made at least 2 days before trip

Not Included:

Transportation to and from Sports Basement

Discounted Lift Tickets - Squaw/Alpine: Adult $120, YA/Senior $100, Child $80, Northstar: Adult $130, YA/Senior: $110, Child $90

Rentals (options for all gear, clothing and accessories) See above for pre-loaded rental gear option. NO DAY OF RENTALS

Lessons - book directly with resort

Insurance of any kind

Guide gratuities

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