Skiers and riders in Manhattan have the option of leaving the driving to someone else by using public transportation to reach their Upstate snowy destinations.

Gore Mountain, N.Y. and Adirondack Trailways, for instance, recently announced a new bus and lift ticket package from New York City to North Creek, Gore's home town.

A one-day package from Manhattan 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 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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. This service is available Friday, Saturday and Sunday, except during the week between Christmas and New Years, and Presidents Week, when it is daily.

A related company, Pine Hill Trailways, offers day-trip packages to [R38R, Belleayre]. Pick-ups start at 7 a.m. in Manhattan 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.