Kimberley ski shuttle back in business

Seven day a week service from downtown to ski hill

Take the bus to and from the ski hill

Kimberley Transit will once again be operating the ski shuttle service beginning this Saturday, December 22, 2012. The shuttle will operate seven days a week with extended hours on Friday and Saturday evenings. It will not on stat holidays such as Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Years Day.

The bus will make regular stops at Shoppers Drug Mart, the Trickle Creek Lodge and then on to upper ski hill accommodators.

The charge for the ride is $3 and kids with their parents ride for free.

Wayne Maclaren of Kimberley Transit says that letting kids accompanied by parents ride for free will make it more economical for entire families staying at the ski hill to get downtown.

The other difference this year is that trips down the mountain can drop you at, or close to, your own door.

Maclaren explained that rather than have set stops as in the past, drivers will try to take you anywhere you want to go in the 20 minutes before their next scheduled run.

“So if someone wants to go to a hockey game, we can drop you at the Civic Centre,” he said. “Kimberley residents can also use it as public transit. You could get on from one of the bars downtown and then as long as you don’t mind going up to the ski hill first, the driver will take you home.”

Maclaren said this new, flexible drop schedule downtown should work for everyone. The buses won’t go to Marysville however, as it’s too far away for the buses to stay on schedule.

Buses will leave Shoppers Drug Mart at 11 a.m.; 2 p.m. and 5:25 p.m. Monday to Thursday, with four additional evening runs ending at 8:45 p.m. On Fridays there will be three additional runs ending at 10:30 p.m.

Weekends, the shuttle will operate a late afternoon, evening schedule, running to 10:20 p.m. on Saturdays and 6:10 p.m. on Sundays.

The last run from Trickle Creek Lodge leaves at 8:50 p.m. on weekdays, 10:35 p.m. on Fridays, 10:25 p.m. on Saturdays and 6:15 p.m. on Sundays.

And the last run from the Upper Ski Hill condos will leave at 9:05 p.m. weekdays, 10:50 p.m. Fridays, 10:40 p.m. Saturdays and 6:35 p.m. Sundays.

Full schedules will be posted at downtown businesses and all accommodations at the ski hill.

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