Skiers heading to the Squaw Valley Ski Resort in the Lake Tahoe-area this holiday season won’t have to worry about getting around town: The resort announced Wednesday that Squaw Valley and its sister resort, Alpine Meadows, will be pairing with the mass transit app Chariot to provide fee rides between and within the two communities for the holiday season.
Chariot — which operates a bit like Uber, but with 14 passenger shuttle vans to help strangers co-commute along similar paths — will provide free transport in the Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley areas from Dec. 23 to Jan. 4.
The company’s vans will pick up passengers along fixed 15-20 minute routes during peak hours from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. During less crowded hours in the middle of the day, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Chariot will provide custom resort-to-doorstep rides within the neighborhoods.
While this is just a pilot program, officials with both Squaw Valley stated they want to implement similar permanent transportation solutions to ease the burden of commuting and parking during busy times of the ski season.
“As we seek to modernize and improve the ways that people get around in our region, this pilot project with Chariot is an opportunity to deliver a quality experience while removing cars from the road and pollutants from our environment,” Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, said in a press release. “Our sponsorship of this pilot program is a short-term step toward what we hope will be a longer-term sea-change.”
Chariot’s CEO, Ali Vahabzadeh, similarly expressed excitement about the program to TechCrunch.
“You can expect to see more of these types of launches in the future, as we explore and test different ways of launching Chariot for specific transit use cases in markets across the U.S. and beyond,” Vahabzadeh told TechCrunch via email.