Good weather, tourists add up at the register for Truckee merchants
Sunny skies and clear roads paved the way for a record holiday week for area businesses.”This is the busiest I’ve ever seen it,” said Jody Tackett, manager of Truckee Board Works.”I grew up in Incline Village and am as Tahoe as it gets. It was crazy.”Crazy was a common word used by Truckee business owners, especially at downtown business where constant foot traffic continued to build over the two-week period.”The conditions were absolutely 100 percent perfect,” said Dick Howell of OB’s Pub & Restaurant. “The weather was superb and we had the best skiing in the country. I think we (Truckee businesses) all saw records. I know we did.”Karen Shindler at the Village Shoppe agreed that the weather couldn’t have been better.”It was so beautiful down here we had the door open at the shop,” she said. “We did really well.”Tackett said her store also did really well, but had to share equipment with other shops.”We all had a hard time keeping up with the number of rentals,” she said. “The ski resorts were jammed, so renters came to Truckee. We had to send people out with boots to other stores to get their boards. We helped each other out.”She said her customers seemed to be in good spirits during the holiday rush.”They were just as surprised to see the numbers of people up here as we were,” she said. “I’ve seen seasons, but none like this before. It was fun, but I’m glad it’s over.”We’re ready for the next big weekend,” she said. “We’re really ready for some snow.”Summit resorts are also ready for new snow, but are not complaining about the clear weather and crisp temperatures that kept roads open and slopes covered.”We had a great holiday season,” said Carol White, Sugar Bowl’s marketing manager. “We were 30 percent over our best year. We had a record day Wednesday, Dec. 30.”Sugar Bowl’s record day saw 500 visitors more than their previous record.Boreal Mountain Playground’s numbers also “skyrocketed” over the two-week holiday.Officials said the resort is ahead 46 percent over the five-year average to date, and produced a 24 percent increase over last year’s holiday numbers.”When the sun shines and the coverage is good, the combination makes for a strong holiday two-week period,” said Marshall Lewis, Boreal president. “Our guests were enjoying their vacations, and that’s what it’s all about.”Officer Ron Wulff of the California Highway Patrol agreed that easy travel made everyone’s holiday better.”It was a pretty good holiday for us,” he said. “There were no major accidents, and the highways stayed clear. It helped to have nice weather.”CHP reported 10 arrests for alleged drunk driving over the New Year’s weekend in the Truckee-Tahoe area.Seven arrests were made in Placer County, which includes Highway 89 South from West River Street to the West Shore and highways 28 and 267.”We were running higher than normal for DUI arrests through the weekend, he said. “Statewide arrests were up.”Wulff said a snowmobile accident at Northstar-at-Tahoe was the worst accident reported during the two-week period.During a tour, two people were injured after the snowmobile they were riding on apparently slid off the trail and into a tree.They were transported by Careflight helicopter to Washoe Medical Center in Reno.Back to Front Page
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One to 3 inches of snow is forecast for Sunday, the National Weather Service said.