Updated as of Feb. 24, 2017
- Highway 50 to South Lake Tahoe is open and safe for travel in both California and Nevada. A section of one lane westbound lane on Highway 50 to Sacramento is closed near Bridal Veil Falls, eight miles from Pollock Pines. As a result traffic near the falls is one lane in each direction and according to estimates from Caltrans will likely remain that way for several weeks.
- Highway 88 to Kirkwood is open and safe to travel in both directions.
- Check CalTrans http://www.dot.ca.gov/d3/ and NDOT nvroads.com for current road conditions. Encourage partners, guests, employees and public to utilize on websites, within eblasts, social media posts, etc.
- A feature on the Caltrans mobile app Quickmap provides real-time information, updated 24-7 on lane closures, chain controls, etc. The free app launched earlier this year and is available for iPhone and Android users.
- Tahoe is having an historic season providing incredible conditions for skiers/riders. As of Thursday, Feb. 23 snow totals are 545 inches at Heavenly; 477 at Sierra-at-Tahoe and 564 at Kirkwood. The annual average is 400-500 inches.
- As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 water level at Lake Tahoe was at 6,226.66 feet, according to the United States Geological Survey. That figure puts the lake 3.66 feet above its natural rim and within 2 ½ feet of the lake’s “legal limit,” which portends for a strong summer with water recreation.
- As of Dec. 27, 2016, the U.S. Drought Monitor report indicated that the Northern Sierra emerged from the extreme/severe drought. The report released Feb. 23, 2017, indicated the entire state of California is out of extreme/severe drought. (The U.S. Drought Monitor is produced through a partnership between the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) http://droughtmonitor.
- The abundance of snow has led to overall positive economic impacts. During the holidays, an average of leading properties on both sides of the stateline have indicated a 15-24% increase over the 12 busiest days during the Christmas period compared to same time previous year.
- Re: road/weather related impacts in Jan./Feb., it’s too early to determine the exact economic extent on the season. The barrage of storms and road closures have impacted some partners’ daily operations; however, from an overall destination standpoint, South Shore has weathered the storms. The outlook for the next two month of ski season looks strong.
- A cross segment of properties from Stateline, Nev. to South Lake Tahoe, Calif. indicated that Presidents Weekend resulted in 75-90% occupancy for Saturday night. While Friday and Sunday cancellations were impacted by the weather, last minute bookings/walk-ups helped make up the difference. This coming weekend, Feb. 24-26, is projected at 90-95% booked. With prime ski/riding conditions for the next few months – and with public awareness of those conditions, we anticipate strong demand for business through April.
- While the majority of business drives up from Norther California, there’s a significant amount of visitors who fly into Reno-Tahoe International Airport from non-stop and direct flight markets.
- While ski resorts don’t release exact skier numbers, anecdotal conversations and observations indicate the parking lots have been filling up quickly and more people are taking turns throughout the week.