Leave the car and let someone else do the mountain driving from San Francisco to Tahoe resorts. Not only does a bus offer a greener way to get to the slopes for a day, but SnowBomb runs bus trips several times weekly at cheaper rates than the Bay Area Ski Bus.

"Buses are the ultimate carpool," Jim McAlpine, president of SnowBomb told us. "You get 56 people in one vehicle instead of four." Professional drivers zip the busses to the Tahoe resorts in the carpool lane while you sit back to sleep, listen to music, or watch a movie.

SnowBomb offers rides on the Bay Area Ski Bus trips at $10-15 less. "We run the same trips, but cheaper," said McAlpine. "It's a discount way of getting on these trips."

Tickets run $99-119, depending on the destination resort. They include round trip transportation, full day lift tickets, snacks, and movies. Other packages are available that include rentals and lessons, and bus-only rates are available, too.

SnowBomb also introduced a new bus trip product last week. You can get a lift ticket and bus ride, just for the cost of a lift ticket. Check for more details online.

Several bus trips are scheduled weekly, with online reservations and payment required at least five days in advance. Bus trips alternate between seven Tahoe resorts: Sierra-at-Tahoe, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Heavenly Mountain Resort, Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley USA, Northstar-at-Tahoe, and Sugar Bowl Resort.

The buses leave San Francisco at 4 a.m. and return at 9:30 p.m. Skiers and riders have 7-8 hours to explore the slopes on their own.

Some trips are designed for teens, ages 13-18 years old, but parents can ride, too. Other trips are for those 18 years and older.

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