Powderhorn ski bus back by popular demand

Powderhorn Ski Resort orchestrated a last-minute Christmas miracle to continue bus services this season to the ski area after several patrons called to complain about the service’s demise.

First Student decided to stop its daily bus service to the ski area about six weeks ago, citing safety concerns about drivers handling cash fare, Powderhorn spokeswoman Sarah Allen said. It would have left many skiers and snowboarders without a way to get to the slopes.

Resort officials spent Monday hammering out a deal with First Student, which operates School District 51’s bus fleet, to charter a bus that will take skiers to Powderhorn from the Lincoln Park barn, Allen said.

“There’s a lot of people that were really bummed,” Allen said. “We got e-mails, phone calls and posts to our blog.”

Powderhorn chartered one bus to pick up at the Lincoln Park barn at 7:30 a.m. and leave the resort at 4:30 p.m, Allen said.

The service will not be continuous throughout the day and will be first-come, first-served. The bus holds about 42 people.

The bus will start running Saturday, she said, and will run every day of District 51’s Christmas break, Dec. 22 to Jan. 2. After that, it will run on the weekends and school holidays only.

Riders will need to purchase a bus pass, available only at Traz Snow and Skate, 2466 U.S. Highway 6&50, No. 3. The pass costs $40 and can be used for 10 one-way trips or five roundtrips.

The drivers will not let anyone on the bus without a pass and will not carry cash, she said. The passes are transferable.

If the demand for the bus service increases, Allen said Powderhorn and First Student might negotiate for another bus.


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