The Magic Bus: You Drive, I'll Drink

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EAST

SNO-SEARCH SKI TOURS
(800) 232-2415
When: Day Trips, Thursdays and Sundays
Depart: Ski Market shops, with locations in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island
Destinations: In Vermont: Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Stratton and Sugarbush. In Maine: Sugarloaf and Sunday River.
Cost: $40 per person on Thursdays, $45 per person on Sundays
Comments: These trips attract a diverse clientele that includes families and singles.

MIDWEST

MASON SKI GROUP
(708) 957-8220
When: Thursday night through Sunday evening
Depart: Chicago
Destinations: Boyne Mountain, Mich., Lutsen Mountain, Minn., Seven Springs, Pa.
Cost: $325 per person, including transportation, lodging, lift tickets and some meals
Comments: Great time on the bus, with games to meet people, refreshments and good skiing.

ROCKIES

ALPINE SKI AND TRAVEL
(602) 992-9394; www.alpineskier.com
When: Thursday through Sunday, Friday through Monday
Depart: Phoenix, Ariz.
Destinations: Snowbowl, Calif., Sunrise, Ariz., and Telluride and Purgatory in Colorado.
Cost: $289-$365
Comments: With 31 years of ski-trip experience, Alpine Ski and Travel offers a well-organized and well-planned adventure.

FAR WEST

BAY AREA SKI BUS TRIPS
(925) 952-4386
When: Saturday through Sunday, once a month during the ski season
Depart: San Francisco, Oakland, Walnut Creek and Pleasanton, Calif.
Destinations: Alpine Meadows, Kirkwood, Heavenly, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Squaw Valley USA and Sugarbowl
Cost: $155-185 per person, including two lift tickets and breakfast
Comments: Comfort is paramount. Travel is in luxury buses, and lodging is either within walking distance of the slopes or just a free shuttle ride away.

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