Skiers and riders from one side of the country to the other often have the option of leaving the driving to someone else by using public transportation to reach their snowy destinations.
Gore Mountain, N.Y. and Adirondack Trailways, for instance, recently announced a new bus and lift ticket package from Ridgewood, in northern New Jersey, from New York City, and from three stops in the Hudson River Valley to North Creek, Gore’s home town.
A one-day package from Manhattan or Ridgewood costs $154 for an adult; less for seniors, teens, and juniors; a two-day package is $196; three days, $232. Prices decrease for the later pick-ups.
The lifts at Gore operate 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the early season, 8:30 to 4 later. The bus heads back at 3 p.m. and hits Port Authority at 9:35 p.m. You must stay overnight to use this deal because, although you arrive at North Creek at 1 p.m., your lift ticket covers the next day.
Gore and Trailways have made connections to five lodging properties in the area. If you choose one of the five, you have access to a shuttle to and from the mountain.
Buses depart from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan; from the Route 17 North bus shelter in Ridgewood, N.J., and from Kingston, New Paltz, and Rosendale.
This service is available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, except during the week between Christmas and New Year's, and Presidents' Week, when it is daily.
A related company, Pine Hill Trailways, offers day-trip packages to Belleayre. Pick-ups start at 7 a.m. in Manhattan, and continue at Ridgewood, New Paltz, Rosendale, Kingston and Woodstock, arriving at 10:15 a.m.
The trip back takes off at 4:16 p.m., with the last drop-off in New York City at 7:40 p.m.
The Belleayre packages are available Friday through Monday, and include a lift ticket. Prices start at $81 from Port Authority and Ridgewood, going down as you go up.
Trailways can also get you to Montreal, if you’re a confirmed bus fan.
Across the country in Utah, buses allow skiers and riders to use Salt Lake City as a base for snowy adventures at a number of resorts.
Skiers and riders can purchase the Ski Salt Lake Super Pass, which is valid at all four resorts in Cottonwood Canyon, and includes transportation from Salt Lake City to the mountains and back again on the UTA Ski Busses and the TRAX light rail.
The Super Pass also provides a 25 percent discount on all ski and snowboard rental equipment at each of Canyon Sports three locations.
Sold in increments of one to six days good over a seven-day period, Salt Lake Super Pass prices start at $114 for a two-day adult pass and goes up to a six-day pass for $336. Valid at Alta, Brighton, Snowbird, and Solitude, the Super Pass is redeemable for a full-day lift ticket at any one of these resorts.
Salt Lake Super Passes are available for purchase online or through travel agencies, tour operators and Salt Lake hotels.
The Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau can help travelers choose from a variety of lodging options to fit your budget, from a luxury five-diamond hotel and spa, to a variety of budget hotels.
Cottonwood Canyon is 40 minutes from the Salt Lake City International Airport, and the resorts there each average 500 inches of snow annually and collectively offer more than 7,500 skiable acres.
Colorado resorts, too, present some interesting public transit opportunities.
You can reach Eldora on Denver’s public transportation system, RTD. Eldora is 21 miles from Boulder and 45 miles from Denver.
Skiers or riders starts at the Boulder RTD station – 14th Street and Walnut – and catch the Ski-N-Ride public bus.
Snow enthusiasts can reach Copper Mountain from Denver International Airport by Grayline Shuttle.
Copper Mountain is also offering incentives to guests who carpool this season.
SolVista in Granby presents a chance to enjoy panoramic views of the Continental Divide from a bus, shuttle or train.
Amtrak’s California Zephyr has daily service from Union Station in downtown Denver to Granby; the Greyhound bus line also operates from downtown Denver to Granby; and the Home James shuttle service goes from Denver International Airport to SolVista Basin.
The California Zephyr also goes to Fraser, where Winter Park is located. The stop is early enough in the morning for train travelers to get in a full day of skiing. Winter Park is the closest major resort to Denver, 67 miles.