Getting into and out of Squaw Valley on a busy Saturday can be a real drag when cars and other vehicles clog the access road and Highway 89 and makes things a driving nightmare.

Well, those heading to the former Winter Olympic Games site from the Central Valley can travel hassle-free with the institution of a round-trip bus service from Sacramento.

The Squaw Valley/Sacramento Ski Shuttle leaves at 7 a.m. every Saturday at the Sierra Snowboard and Ski shop (off I-80 at the Madison Ave. exit at 5400 Date Ave.) and returns at 4:30 p.m.

The cost of this environmentally friendly mode of transportation (remember it will take a bunch of cars, SUVs and other vehicles off the road) is $79, which includes a lift ticket (which is pegged at $79 for an all-day adult pass). For those who simply want a ride to Squaw and don't need a lift ticket the bus tariff is $40.

Advance reservations are required and skiers and snowboarders (and sightseers) can book a ride online or call 866-769-4653.

The Squaw Valley/Sacramento Ski Shuttle will provide service weekly until March 28.