RENO, Nev.—Operators of Lake Tahoe-area ski resorts are praising the start of a new free ski shuttle program.

Several Tahoe partners are supporting the first area-wide free ski transportation program serving North Lake Tahoe, Nev., Truckee, Calif., and Donner Summit. Organizers say the bus service served 395 customers through the first five days of the Christmas holidays.

The buses run between area lodging properties to nine different ski resorts on weekends and holiday weeks. The shuttle will be available through March 31.

The pilot program was created by the North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association in partnership with the Truckee/North Tahoe Transportation Management Association, Placer County, the town of Truckee and several ski resorts.

More information is available at http://www.LakeTahoeTransit.com.

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Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com