FAQ | Bay Area Ski Bus
Frequently Asked Question By First-Time Skiers
For the one-day trips, if you cancel more than 5 days prior to the trip you will receive a credit towards a future trip. If you cancel within 5 days of the trip, there are NO Refunds. Cancellations credits (that can be used for a future trip one year from the cancellation date) will be: the cost of the trip minus the bus portion. NO REFUNDS/Credits for “Bus Only” registrations, cancellations within 24 hours of the trip or “No-Shows”. For multi-day trips, see trip pages.
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The Ski Bus usually has 3-5 movies for the customers to vote on, typically PG-R for Adult Trips, PG and PG-13 for Teen Trips and G-PG for Family Trips. For those who wish to sleep on the way home, bring ear plugs.
In the morning, we serve a continental-style breakfast: bagels with cream cheese &/or muffins, juice and yogurt. When you return to the bus after a full day of skiing or boarding, we will have a sweet & salty snacks, plus wine soda, water, hot cocoa with whip cream waiting for you! Lunch is on you.
Yes, you may leave anything you wish on the bus, however, you WILL NOT have access to it during the day since the bus will be LOCKED and the driver needs to rest/sleep. We DO NOT recommend leaving any valuables on the bus because we cannot guarantee the integrity of all of our customers:( Wallets, purses, mp3 players, etc should be brought with you and/or put in a locker in the lodge. THE BAY AREA SKI BUS WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY LOST OR STOLEN ITEMS.
Ski or snowboard equipment if you have it, regular clothes and warm ski clothes, sunscreen, sunglasses and goggles, waterproof gloves, cash for meals and/or souvenirs, credit card if you are renting equipment (required) or just in case something breaks. Although videos will be shown on the return home, some people bring a book, a pillow and/or ear plugs. Equipment will be loaded in the bus’ storage bins and a carry-on bag or backpack can accompany you on the bus. Ski and Snowboard bags are RECOMMENDED to avoid scratches. LABEL YOUR EQUIPMENT!
It depends on what kind of ski pants or bibs you wear and how comfortable they are. Half of the people wear their ski clothes on the bus, half change at the resort. All resorts have lockers for rent. If your ski pants are comfortable and breathable, wear them. We do.
First-time skiers or snowboarders should purchase the “Beginner’s Ski or Snowboard Package” which includes a lift ticket for the beginner chairs, equipment rentals and a lesson.
The Ski Bus travels “snow or shine”. If the road is closed to the scheduled resort, we will re-route to another resort on another freeway. If we cannot reach a ski resort, we will return home and everyone will receive a refund minus a $65 transportation charge. (The bus still costs money). If it is stormy at the resort, any credits on lift tickets will need to be taken up with the resort staff. In over 20 years of hosting ski trips, I can’t tell you how many times the media predicted a “major storm” (it’s news-worthy ya know) and the weather was actually great at the resort. Storms are great – they bring powder! As long as the roads are open and safe, we go!
We board the bus between 4 and 5:30am (depending on your pick up location), sleep until 7:30, enjoy continental breakfast and a ski movie ’til 8:30ish, ski from 9:00am to 4:00pm, enjoy the Apres Ski Party until 4:30pm and then watch a movie or sleep during the ride home. Return times are approx. 7:30pm in Walnut Creek through 9:00pm in Sunnyvale and San Francisco. We do not stop for dinner on the way home. Times are subject to change due to weather and road conditions.
People who realize the savings and convenience of not having to drive themselves to Lake Tahoe!! 🙂 Half of the riders are 23-33yrs old and all custoemrs range in age from 4 to 84yrs. We have single or married folk whose spouses or friends don’t ski, couples and singles who realize a great deal when they see one, people in town on business, people who will not drive in the snow (or who are sick of dealing with chains and the drive up and back) and all of which love the convenience of having us do all the driving while they relax, sleep and watch movies on the way home! 100% Pure Convenience and Fun! TEEN Trips are for 12-17 year olds and FAMILY Trips are for ages 4 and up.
The Ski Bus is a classy outfit that runs on-time and pays attention to the details. This is NOT a loud “party bus” with obnoxious behavior. We definitely have Fun, but do so with style and class. Rude and obnoxious people only ride once!
The Bay Area Ski Bus offers pre-scheduled bus trips for the public to Ski Resorts in Lake Tahoe during the Winter Ski Season. We are NOT an any-time shuttle service. If you are looking for a ride to Lake Tahoe, you can check our public schedule online to see if we are travelling ON the day/s you are interested in and TO (or near) the destination you desire. We also offer week-long trips to resorts in Colorado, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Canada and Europe.
The Bay Area Ski Bus is currently in its 22nd year of operations. To date, we have run over 3000 buses with over 130,000 customers! Today, the Ski Bus can take you to the slopes 5 days per week from early-December through mid-April.
No Animals are allowed on the bus!
This is a common question these days and Yes, All are possible:
- – A “One Way” ride TO Lake Tahoe is the same as the Round Trip price since we would rarely be able to sell your seat on the way back.
- – To ride UP to a ski resort on one day and and BACK on a future day will be the Round Trip cost for the first day (with or without a Lift Ticket) + $45 for the Ride Back. Again, we would not be able to sell your empty seat for each way of the 2 dates. Again, Customers MUST register through the office as a “Ride Back”.
- – Departure times FROM the ski resort is always 4:30pm, unless otherwise communicated.
XC and snowshoeing is available at Northstar, Sugar Bowl and Squaw, However, customers must check with the XC centers to determine whether or not they are open and How to get to their locaiton. If you plan to ride the Ski Bus to XC ski or snowshoe, Sign Up for the “bus only” and then purchase a trail pass at the XC center. Customers are responsible for their own shuttle/way to and from the XC center in order to be back @ the bus before 4:30pm departure.
Kids can join you on a “Teen” bus (12-17 years) OR “Family” trips for ages 4 and up. We do not mix children in the adult trips because,
- 1. they are often excited & can be noisy, especially during early morning sleep time and
- 2. we show PG-13 (and sometimes R ) rated videos that are not appropriate for them. Sorry, Infants, lap-children and any child under 4 years old are NOT permitted.
We only use bus companies with fantastic safety records, top-of-the-line equipment and safe, competent and screened drivers.
YES! If you refer someone, tell them to enter YOUR e-mail address in the “Referred by” box when they create an account. They will receive $10 off their first trip and you will receive a $10 credit into your account.
Call our Group Sales Director Greg at 925-270-4753 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can either schedule a whole bus for your group OR if your group is small, choose a Trip on our public schedule and add your group to it. Greg will take care of you!