Has anyone taken the Summit Stage free bus from Frisco to Copper? Do you find it convenient?
The reason I ask is, I spend 6 days skiing Copper last week. I noticed it took something like 20-30 minutes from the time I arrive at the Alpine lot to the time I'm on the lift!
Add in the drive time, the time to clean the snow off the car, scrape the ice off the windshield, it easily took up nearly an hr!!!
When I got stuck by cancelled flight, I found the cheapest room, which happen to be the Ramada at Frisco. The Summit Stage station was right outside the door. Looking at the schedule, it would actually beat driving and then taking the bus from Alpine lot. Not to mention all the hassle.
2 weeks prior to that, I was at Steamboat. Staying at a motel which happened to have the free town bus right outside the door. I took the bus everyday and it was zero hassle. In the morning, I hopped on the bus, passing all the people who were digging their car out of the snow. Hopped off right outside the base lodge and right up onto the gondola! I only used my car for going out to eat dinner, and it worked out great.
Granted, the Steamboat bus ride was pretty short. And it came every 20 minutes. The Summit Stage is every 30 minutes and the ride is also longer. But if it's running mostly on time and/or close to on time, I wonder if it may beats the hassle of driving to Alpine lot only to end up taking another shuttle anyway?
I'll be going back to Copper later in the season. The 20-30 minute transfer from Alpine lot to the base gets kind of old...