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Take a bus/carpool to your favorite ski area.

Is there a reason you don't drive to the mountains ? Trying to reduce your "carbon footprint" ? Too lazy/stressed out to drive for hours to and back from the ski area? No money for gas or too broke even to afford a car ?

Whatever your reason is , now you don't have to drive. Just take a bus to one of these Washington's most popular winter destinations : the Summit at Snoqualmie, Stevens Pass or Crystal Mountain.

Seattle Ski Shuttle, transports passengers via 11-passenger van from both the Fauntleroy Ferry and Seacrest Water Taxi docks to the Crystal Mountain, Snoqualmie Summit, and Alpental slopes. Regular prices are $35 to Crystal Mountain and $30 to the Summit at Snoqualmie ( you have an option of buying 5 or more rides and get a discount ). Become a fan of SSS on Facebook and get to know other "environmentally conscious" bus riders.

Grey Line of Seattle ( the famous Charter and Tour bus operators in the Northwest) offers a hassle free way to Crystal Mountain on Saturday, Sunday and Select Holidays. Comparing to Seattle Ski Shuttle , GLS offers more pick up locations: Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, East Side. The price is pretty much the same - $35 ( with discounted lift ticket - $85). They also provide transportation to The Summit at Snoqualmie.

Ski Bus ( part of Tours of Seattle) is another way to get to the Summit. With three departure locations to choose from, Friday through Monday schedule and the price of $38, this is the easiest way to get to the mountain.

How do you get to Stevens Pass without a car ? There is a number of options and pick up locations ( Monroe, Everett, North Seattle, Forest Lake Park,Des Moines, Kirkland..), too many to mention. Visit their web page to get all the details and see for yourself which days and pick up locations will work for you.

Is carpooling an option for you ?

King County Metro offers a program that allows skiers and snowboarders find others to carpool with up to the mountains. This service is free of charge, available 24/7, and can be found at http://www.rideshareonline.com/

AlterNetRides is another free service for individuals wanting to carpool/rideshare. AlterNetRides is used by organizations all over the country. It's fast, simple to use and yet packed with features that make it easy to find others wanting to carpool/rideshare.

The Summit at Snoqualmie encourages their guests and employees to carpool, and in partnership with Goose Networks offers online carpooling programs free of charge for their employees and guests.

And finally - Craigslist's everybody's favorite rideshare ! Take a ride to your favorite ski area, with a complete stranger that you've just met on Craigslist. Don't mind if he has a chainsaw, casually lying around next to his skis, in the back of his pick up truck.

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