FAIRBANKS — The buses will be rolling at The Moose once again this ski season.
Moose Mountain Ski Resort owner Roger Evans said on Tuesday that the Goldstream Valley downhill ski area has contracted with Premier Tours, a major tour company, to ferry skiers and snowboards to the top of 2,000-foot Moose Mountain this ski season.
“They have really nice, big busses that will be the most cush lift in all of skiing,” Evans said of the company’s motor coaches.
Skis and snowboards will be placed in the luggage bins in the bottom of the bus, he said.
For the past 19 years, the resort has used its own buses to transport skiers and boarders to the top of the mountain, but doing so became cost prohibitive with the high price of fuel and maintenance so Evans decided to contract the service out.
The tentative opening date Moose Mountain is Nov. 30, assuming a few more inches of snow fall between now and then, Evans said. So far, about 13 inches of snow have been recorded at The Moose, and Evans said 18 inches is the magic number.
“A couple more 2- to 3-inch snowfalls and we’ll be fine,” he said.
Pre-season poachers have already been hitting the slopes, Evans said. About 75 percent of the mountain has been mowed and groomed, he said.
“A lot of people are already climbing up and skiing down,” he said. “They seem to be making good turns.”
Moose Mountain is still conducting its pre-season season pass sale through Saturday. Skiers can buy season passes — $400 for skiers 13 and over and $300 for skiers 7 to 12 — from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the base lodge. If you can’t make it out to the lodge to pick up a pass, you can download an application on the resort’s web site at www.shredthemoose.com and mail or fax it in by Nov. 16 to get a pass.
Lift ticket prices will increase slightly this year. Adult lift tickets are $39 for adults, $35 for students (13 to 17) and military, and $29 for children 7 to 12. Skiers under 6 and over 70 ski for free.