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What resorts in the West have the best access to public transportation?

post #1 of 31
Thread Starter 
Mt Hood has some, but it seems they only run a few days a week and it's *very* expensive (25 each trip!?! from Portland).

Are there any mountains that have bus service daily at affordable rates from major towns?
post #2 of 31
Alta/Snowbird/Brighton/Solitude all have daily bus service from SLC and the surrounding suburbs. 3 bucks and change each way...
post #3 of 31
Thread Starter 
Thanks. Any other places that don't get *that* much snow?
post #4 of 31
ummm SLC is the best snow and the best Public transportation from the airport.

Come to snowbird I get you though that dreaded powder....
post #5 of 31
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Thanks. Any other places that don't get *that* much snow?
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post #6 of 31
Yeah, I hate having to go skiing places that have too much snow. It gets in the way.
post #7 of 31
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Thanks. Any other places that don't get *that* much snow?
uhh I was going to suggest SLC but I guess they get too much snow. :
post #8 of 31
South lake tahoe has FREE shuttles to Heavenly and Sierra at tahoe, 7 days a week. Mammoth has free(I believe) shuttles to the mnt from town. I think Squaw has shuttles from Tahoe city. May be others.
post #9 of 31
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Thanks. Any other places that don't get *that* much snow?
The same is true for the 3 park city resorts (park city, deer valley, the canyons) -- cheap-ish (~$30) shuttles from the airport in SLC, plus public buses that link all 3 resorts and can get you to the grocery store and such. If you prefer groomers to non-groomers you might prefer park city.

But seriously, Snowbird/Alta or Brighton/Solitude are both awesome. Give them a chance -- there's more there for non-advanced skiers than you might think.
post #10 of 31
Summit Stage (routes to Frisco, Breck, Silverthorne, Dillon areas) goes to Copper, Breck, Keystone, A-Basin. Free.

You can get to Frisco Transit Center from DIA on an hourly shuttle (Colorado Mountain Express).
post #11 of 31
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Thanks. Any other places that don't get *that* much snow?
Forget it, then. Much of "The West" gets A LOT of snow, period!

But give me a break, Adrondeck gets LOTS of snow, from where I stand.
post #12 of 31
I was impressed with Steamboat, no need for a rental car.
post #13 of 31
Once you get to Jackson, WY there is good bus system from there to Teton Village, also less frequent buses to Grand Targhee.

Winter Park, CO has an AMTRAK stop near base of slopes.
post #14 of 31
Just an FYI folks, I think Bohemian is looking for a place to live and ski race, not a place to vacation....
post #15 of 31
Boulder
Eldora just a 35min (approx) bus ride away, $2.75 each way (might go up to $3 next year). If you work downtown, your employer most likely will provide an ecopass - free bus rides anywhere RTD goes (Denver and all the 'burbs, including DIA). Pretty active masters race group there.

Like someone else said, Winter Park is served by both Amtrak & the Ski Train; the Ski Train unloads about 50 yards from the lifts.
post #16 of 31
Crested Butte has a free shuttle all over town and to the hill. And as an added bonus, they don't get that much snow.

There is a bit of an issue in getting to Crested Butte.
post #17 of 31
Define "major town". We have free shuttle service from the town to the resort, but no bus service from Missoula or even from Kalispell. We have Amtrak and an airport for those longer commutes.
post #18 of 31
SLC and BCC/LCC simply own all comers in this contest.

If you want less snow, do what rachelv suggested and take a shuttle to Park City. Once there, great public transit again and resorts that will remind you of home.
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Define "major town".
A town I can get to with a single stop from any airport big enough to attract 737s.

SLC
LA
Denver
Seattle
San Francisco
perhaps a couple others
post #19 of 31
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SLC and BCC/LCC simply own all comers in this contest.
Last I checked Vancouver has two ski areas on the public transportation system, besides being better than SLC on every other count.
post #20 of 31
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Last I checked Vancouver has two ski areas on the public transportation system, besides being better than SLC on every other count.
Pure BS. There is no comparison to being at Alta less than an hour after you walk off the plane.

SLC sucks, sure, but I thought this was about skiing?
post #21 of 31
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Pure BS. There is no comparison to being at Alta less than an hour after you walk off the plane.

SLC sucks, sure, but I thought this was about skiing?
BS? not at all. I am not claiming that Grouse or Seymour compare to Alta. I am claiming there are as convinient to get to.

And there certainly is a comparison to Alta an hour off the plane - living somewhere that doesn't take a plane ride to get there...
post #22 of 31
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And there certainly is a comparison to Alta an hour off the plane - living somewhere that doesn't take a plane ride to get there...
This applies to this thread...how? BTDT by the way.

Your posts are made of fail.
post #23 of 31
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Mt Hood has some, but it seems they only run a few days a week and it's *very* expensive (25 each trip!?! from Portland).

Are there any mountains that have bus service daily at affordable rates from major towns?
Sun Valley! Free all day & late into the evening and they don't get that much snow! Grooming extraordinaire!
post #24 of 31
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Sun Valley! Free all day & late into the evening!
What major town would that be? There ain't even a major town in some of the adjoining states, let alone Idaho.
post #25 of 31
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Last I checked Vancouver has two ski areas on the public transportation system, besides being better than SLC on every other count.
Apart from convenience to downtown Van, there's not much that could be claimed to be better. Small, dreadful weather, lots of boarders, nonexistant visibility, Pacific Rrin forest "powder". And even then, it takes twice as long to get to Grouse from the airport as to Snowbird, Alta (boarder free!), Brighton, Solitude, Park City, The Canyons, or Deer Valley (more boarder free terrain!).

Hmmm, come to think of it, apart from being Van vs. SLC, is there anything better, as most have to fly in to either place anyway.
post #26 of 31
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What major town would that be? There ain't even a major town in some of the adjoining states, let alone Idaho.
His main qustion was, and i quote "What resorts in the West have the best access to public transportation? "


Do you have anything of value to add to the conversation?

I thought not!:
post #27 of 31
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Are there any mountains that have bus service daily at affordable rates from major towns?
Yup. SLC, Park City, and a whole bunch of other places if you don't mind sitting in a bus for half a day and making a bunch of connections on your way in.

Here's something of value to add: Don't come to New Mexico. No snow here and the transportation sucks. Plus tourists get shot dead all the time. Terrible place.
post #28 of 31
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Originally Posted by skiingman View Post
SLC and BCC/LCC simply own all comers in this contest.

If you want less snow, do what rachelv suggested and take a shuttle to Park City. Once there, great public transit again and resorts that will remind you of home.
A town I can get to with a single stop from any airport big enough to attract 737s.

SLC
LA
Denver
Seattle
San Francisco
perhaps a couple others
Do us a favor! Stay away from Seattle!
post #29 of 31
One answer- SLC. You can easily not rent a car here. Shuttles to/from airport, tons of bus stops, and numerous buses continuously up LCC/BCC. Park City is also easy.
post #30 of 31
Let me be the bazillionth guy to suggest SLC. Believe it or not, on some days there's not 8 feet of powder getting in the way.
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