Getting Around

The Squaw Alpine Shuttle

The Squaw Alpine Shuttle runs continuously between the base area of Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows when both resorts are open for operations, weather and traffic permitting. The Squaw Alpine Shuttle runs more frequently on weekends and holidays. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the final departure.

  • First shuttle leaves the lower Preferred Parking area (across from Coffeebar) at 8:30am
  • Last bus leaves Squaw Valley 4:30pm
  • Last bus leaves Alpine Meadows no earlier than 4:30pm
  • In the interest of safety, children 12 years & under may not ride the Squaw/Alpine Express alone. Children must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or other responsible rider.
  • Check the app for the most up-to-date info.   
SnoVentures Shuttle

SnoVentures Shuttle runs continuously between Member's Locker Room and SnoVentures Activity Zone.

  • Operates 9am-4:15pm daily

Shuttle Locations

  • Village South Road in front of Squaw Valley Member’s Locker Room
  • In front of SnoVentures Activity Zone
Squaw Valley Pick-Up/Drop-Off Map
Squaw Valley Shuttle Map
Alpine Meadows Pick-Up/Drop-Off
Alpine Meadows Base Area Parking and shuttles map

Free transit within Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows

Mountaineer service is suspended for the 2019-20 winter season effective March 16, 2020
Lake Tahoe Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Transportation Mountaineer

Mountaineer offers an intra-valley transit program in partnership with Downtowner and SATCo. Mountaineer provides free transportation for residents and guests visiting Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. 

How it works
  1. Download the app available on iTunes Store and Google Play Store to get started
  2. Summon one of our ten 4WD, dog-friendly vans that seat up to 9 guests and come equipped with ski & snowboard racks. One van is also ADA accessible.
  3. Take Mountaineer to your desired location within Squaw or within Alpine. To go between the two resorts, use the Squaw Alpine Express.
  4. You can summon Mountaineer from anywhere within each valley, and Mountaineer will take you wherever you need to go within that valley. For example, you can take Mountaineer from your Snoventures at Squaw Valley back to the Resort at Squaw Creek, or at Alpine, you can take Mountaineer from your AirBnB up to the lifts. 
  5. Starting points and end points do not have to be Squaw or Alpine specific. This is a community service that will take you anywhere within each valley. 

Hours of Operation: 

  • Dates of Service: December 13, 2019 - March 16, 2020
  • Squaw Valley Hours: 7am-10pm daily 
  • Alpine Meadows Hours: 8am-5pm Saturday & Sunday
  • Alpine Meadows Additional Dates: 12/26, 12/27, 12/30, 12/31, 1/20, 2/17 
FAQs

What is Mountaineer?

Mountaineer is an on-demand, app-based transit service available to residents and guests of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows that began in winter 2018/19. The service is offered seasonally in the winter and is available at no cost to riders and provides in-valley transportation.

How do I use Mountaineer?

Download the Mountaineer app and use it to call for a ride. One of the eleven dog-friendly, 10-person, 4WD sprinter-type vans equipped with ski & snowboard racks will pick you up and deliver you to any destination within the valley. 

How much does Mountaineer cost?

The Mountaineer service is free.

Can I take Mountaineer from my house in Squaw to 7-11? To my friend’s house? To Resort at Squaw Creek?

Yes! You can use Mountaineer to get anywhere within Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows. For those interested in traveling outside of the resort communities, the Squaw Alpine Express will continue to operate between Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, and local TART busses will continue to provide service to Truckee and Tahoe City.  

Will my ride go directly to my destination? Or will we stop to pick up other people?

The Mountaineer vans fit up to 10 people including the driver. On busier days, expect to ride share with other passengers. 

How many vehicles will be in service?

Eleven vehicles in total will be in service, each with seating for 10 people including the driver. One vehicle is ADA friendly, and all are dog-friendly. 

Can I bring my skis or snowboard?

Yes. Mountaineer vans are equipped with ski & snowboard racks.

Can I take Mountaineer from Alpine to Squaw?

Mountaineer vehicles are specific to each valley. The Squaw Alpine Express shuttle provides free service between Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.

Is the ADA van specific to Squaw?

No. The ADA van can be summoned from Squaw or Alpine and drop guests off within each of those valleys.

Can I take a  Mountaineer vehicle to connect with a TART (Tahoe Area Regional Transit) bus?

Yes. You can take a Mountaineer shuttle to TART bus stops within Squaw or Alpine, transfer to TART bus, and ride TART for free. TART is free starting December 12, 2019.  More information about TART visit: https://tahoetruckeetransit.com/

When will Mountaineer operate?

Mountaineer will operate seven days per week for the winter 2019/20 season starting December 13, 2019 through April 12, 2020.

The service is available in Squaw Valley from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The service is available in Alpine Meadows on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, as well as from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on December 26, December 27, December 30, December 31, January 20, and February 17.

Nine 10-person 4WD Sprinter-type vans equipped with ski and snowboard racks, and one ADA vehicle of similar capacity will be used to offer free transportation—from anywhere to anywhere—within the two valleys. The most up-to-date information on hours of operation is always found on the app.

Why was Mountaineer introduced?

Mountaineer was introduced to reduce in-valley trips within Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows by providing on-demand and convenient shuttle service at no cost to the rider. The intention is that Mountaineer will integrate into the existing Tahoe Area Regional Transit system to make it easy for those interested in traveling outside of the resort community to areas such as Truckee or Tahoe City without the need for a car.

How is Mountaineer funded?

The nonprofit Squaw Alpine Transit Company (SATCo) will fund the micro mass transit system through the combination of a one percent assessment on lift tickets sold on-site by Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows and a one percent assessment on lodging and vacation rentals within Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.

What is Squaw Alpine Transit Company, or SATCo?

SATCo is the result of a collaborative effort spearheaded by Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows homeowner’s associations, in-valley lodging properties and Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows ski resort.

Has this resource been used successfully in other mountain communities?

SATCo has contracted with Downtowner LLC to provide the Mountaineer service.  They also operate successful shuttle services in Vail / Beaver Creek, Park City, Aspen and other resort communities around the nation.

Squaw Valley Pick-Up/Drop-Off Location
Squaw Valley Shuttle Map

Please note: Mountaineer has additional stops from 6-10pm at Squaw Valley. These stops are the steps to the north parking lot below The Auld Dubliner and the Tram Circle.   

Alpine Meadows Pick-Up/Drop-Off
Alpine Meadows Base Area Parking and shuttles map
TART Regional Transit 

TART buses are now FREE to all users! Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transit (TART) offers buses all year round to get from Squaw Valley to Truckee and Tahoe City. Check out the schedules:

Use Tahoe City as a Park & Ride! 

You can park your vehicle at the Tahoe City Transit Center and take a TART bus to Alpine Meadows or Squaw Valley for FREE!

View TART Map

Squaw Valley Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations
Squaw Valley Shuttle Map

 

Alpine Meadows Pick-Up/Drop-Off
Alpine Meadows Base Area Parking and shuttles map

Truckee Park & Ride

The Truckee Park & Ride will operate on 24 select peak days December-March in the 2019-20 season.

In order to combat congestion on highway 89 during peak winter visitation periods, the Truckee North Tahoe Transportation Management Association, in collaboration with Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows and Placer County, has brought back the Park & Ride program for the 2019-20 winter season.

Dates:

  • December 28-30
  • January 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, and 25-26
  • February 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, and 22-23, February 29
  • March 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29

The Truckee Park and Ride parking lot is located at the Truckee Tahoe Unified School District Administrative Offices off of Donner Pass Road, behind the fire station and Wild Cherries. Tahoe Area Regional Transit (TART) buses offer Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows - specific service every 30 minutes in the park and ride lots from 7am to 2:30 pm. The last bus leaves Squaw Valley at 5:30 and returns to the Park n Ride lot at 6. This service is free. 

Learn More About Truckee Park & Ride

Tahoe City Park & Ride

The Tahoe City Park & Ride will operate daily during the 2019-20 season. 

For guests coming from the West Shore or Tahoe City, there is a TART transit center in the 64-acres parking lot. Bus services to Squaw Valley are available every 30 mins, leaving on the hour and half hour.  See here for full TART schedule. Skiers and riders traveling to Alpine Meadows can take the bus to the base of Alpine Meadows road where the Squaw Alpine Shuttle will then pick you up and take you to the base lodge. 

Getting Around the Tahoe Region

The North Shore of Lake Tahoe has a number of unique, historic towns that offer tons of fun events & activities, all within an hour's drive at most. 

Drive Times in the Tahoe Area
StartDestinationTime
Squaw ValleyAlpine Meadows5 mins
Squaw AlpineTruckee15-20 mins
Squaw AlpineTahoe City10-15 mins
Squaw AlpineIncline Village, Nevada35 mins
Squaw AlpineReno, Nevada45 minutes
Squaw AlpineSouth Lake Tahoe1 hour
Regional Map of Truckee Tahoe