INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. - With winter fast approaching, people around the basin are thinking about what to do with all the snow that's sure to fall on Tahoe this year.
Instead of shoveling and blowing all the snow yourself, take the winter off and let Tahoe Workz Snow Removal do all the heavy lifting for you.
The company, which was founded in the 1990s, has grown the past several years, thanks in part to the current owner, Carl Kurashewich. In his fifth season with Tahoe Workz, Kurashewich is hoping for a snow-filled winter, so he and his crew can keep driveways and parking lots throughout Incline Village clear.
"Obviously we get a lot of snow up here," Kurashewich said. "There's a need for (snow removal). Living up here, (the snow) falls into your lap every year."
Tahoe Workz operates three front-load blowers, as well as smaller snow blowers and hand shoveling, to reach even the tightest of spots. The company also is able to clear off decks and roofs, since they have both the manpower and equipment to do so, Kurashewich added.
Kurashewich explained that by using a front-end blower tractor, crews can remove snow from a property completely, compared to a plow which simply piles snow in one section of the property. While the crew goes out in as little as 3 inches of snow, the tractors are built to handle large snowfalls.
"These guys will pick it up one time," said Kurashewich of the tractor's ability to clean off a driveway in one sweep.
Tahoe Workz offers different options for winter contracts, including unlimited seasonal removal or on a will-call basis. The company offers free quotes, as rates are based on size and elevation of driveway, along with some other factors.
"We try to cater to everyone as much as possible," Kurashewich explained.
Kurashewich added that unlike other snow removal companies, Tahoe Workz goes to work when there's as little as 3 inches of snow on the ground, and will return to clear driveways multiple times during storms if need be.
"Even during small years, there's a need to go out (two or more times). We'll go out however many times it takes," Kurashewich said.
He continued, adding that the "ideal" time to go out for snow removal is between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m.; however his crew works on call, 24 hours a day. When possible, they have an 8 a.m. mark they try to hit, allowing customers to go to work or school on time.
"We want the driveway clear for going to work and coming home," Kurashewich said.
The Tahoe Workz crew all has experience with snow removal, as well as operating machinery. Kurashewich is careful to have extra tractor parts in stock in case one breaks down on the job, putting customers' minds at ease.
The snow blower Tahoe Workz uses, the Trackless NT-5, is lighter than other tractors, meaning it's less likely to damage any property or paving. Also with advanced steering, the tractor is able to get to hard-to-reach spots, and doesn't slip on steep driveways.
"(The tractors) get around. It's amazing with these tractors where they're able to go," Kurashewich said.
Tahoe Workz season runs from November 1 to April 20. For a free estimate, Kurashewich recommends checking out the website to fill out the quote form.