Forecast: Sunny skies
December 3, 2008
Coming off of a dry holiday weekend, the Tahoe basin can expect sunny skies for the next week according to the National Weather Service.
But no snow is not good news for North Tahoe businesses, hotels and casinos.
“We’re praying for snow,” said Heather Bacon, marketing manager of the Tahoe Biltmore and president of Boulder Bay Gaming. “We definitely need the snow.”
While the Biltmore had a strong Thanksgiving weekend, Bacon said snow could bring more business to the basin.
“Whenever there is snow you have people just come up last minute,” she said. “There is that element of the last minute traveler, so we would certainly see an improvement.”
Those last minute snow travelers probably won’t be heading to the mountains this weekend, with forecasts of sun and high temperatures between 49 and 51 degrees.
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Those numbers are through Sunday, according to the NWS.
Like Bacon, Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino General Manager Mark Pardue said snow would be helpful in the upcoming weeks. However, he didn’t think the lack of snow affected the Hyatt’s busy, but slow compared to last year, Thanksgiving weekend. He said the national economic condition is the largest factor in visitor traffic.
“The economic condition is affecting our drive business from the Bay Area,” Pardue said. “I believe we had snow that we would have done a bit better, but snow by Thanksgiving is considered a bonus in Tahoe.”
Both the Hyatt and the Biltmore hold special events, like the Hyatt’s Jazz Festival this past weekend and a $10,000 slot tournament this weekend at the Biltmore to bring in customers during shoulder seasons.
“We’re hanging in there,” Bacon said. “But our local business and our local economy can use a lift.”