Peaks & Valleys: Bright spots and challenges in South Lake Tahoe (commentary)
The busy holiday season
Local businesses saw lots of foot traffic on Tahoe’s South Shore over Christmas and New Year’s weeks, with positive economic gains for the resort community. South Shore law enforcement also reported that New Year’s Eve arrests were down this year from 2014-15 — 17 to 9 arrests comparatively.
“While the SnowGlobe festival has generated multiple thousands of attendees over the past five years, it has not caused an overall uptick in arrest stats,” the City of South Lake Tahoe said in a recent news release.
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Tahoe South Restaurant Week
Tahoe South Restaurant Week kicked off Friday, Jan. 8, with 25 local restaurants participating in the event that’s part of Visit California’s sixth annual California Restaurant Month. The local culinary world should be praised for participating in an event that shines a light on Tahoe’s food talent. The Tribune hopes lots of locals get out to dine at area eateries this week in support.
South Shore ski areas 100 percent open
Plenty of snowfall in December, along with early January storms, resulted in Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Heavenly Mountain Resort and Sierra-at-Tahoe opening 100 percent of terrain for the season. Yes!
Heavenly Mountain Resort’s Sunday chairlift closure
Whoops! An unoccupied chair fell from the downhill line on the North Bowl last Sunday, causing the chairlift to close indefinitely for investigation. Luckily, no one was hurt and Heavenly is working with the U.S. Forest Service to address this issue. It could have been worse — an 8-year-old girl reportedly fell roughly 40 feet from the Big Blue Express chairlift the same weekend at Squaw Valley Ski Resort.
Trash left behind by holiday crowds
Holiday crowds brought plenty of energy and economic stimulation to Tahoe’s South Shore. They also left an excess of trash. City staff and area homeowner’s associations also worked extra hard to clean up after celebrations — so, really, it’s a peak, too.
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