Meteor will dock at Homewood
The Meteor, a 90-seat motorboat, will likely start shuttling people around Lake Tahoe at the end of June, 12 days later than anticipated.
A change in one of the boat’s proposed docking locations caused the delay, said Pam Drum spokeswoman for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. Hornblower Cruises, the company that operates the Meteor, had planned to dock at Tahoe City, but now it is asking for a permit to dock at Homewood.
“The Tahoe City Marina is beginning its first phase of expansion and to have a boat of that size up there, might not have been conducive to progress they need to make,” said Andy Chapman, director of marketing at Hornblower. “We anticipate next year going into Tahoe City.”
Because of the change in its planned docking locations this summer, TRPA staff needs to assess any impacts the Meteor will have at Homewood before the permit is voted on by the Governing Board on June 26, Drum said.
The Meteor plans to run seven days a week until Sept. 15, making two stops a day at the West Shore Dock at Homewood, Ski Run Marina, Sand Harbor State Park and Thunderbird Lodge.
A roundtrip ticket will cost $25. The boat has room to carry bikes and kayaks and runs at a top speed of 40 mph.
Adventure packages, which include mountain biking, rafting and paint ball will be offered. Passengers will be provided free trolley rides so they can move about once on land.
This year is the Meteor’s first on the lake. A trial run during the winter was successful with several days selling out. The boat ran twice a day Tuesday to Friday shuttling people between Heavenly Ski Resort, docking at Ski Run, and Squaw Valley USA, docking at Tahoe City Marina.
Hornblower hopes to expand service of the Meteor this winter and run from Dec. 15 to April 15.
In March, the TRPA Governing Board approved a charter permit for Hornblower to operate four vessels, including the Meteor. The Meteor has run several lake tours since the permit was approved, Chapman said.
— Gregory Crofton can be reached at (530) 542-8045 or email@example.com
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