Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tahoe Fall 2010 = Summer!

If you have not been watching the weather up here that would explain why you are not here enjoying it. We have had 80+ degree days for almost a week and it looks like another gorgeous week is forecasted.

Of course, we think that we deserve it because we had such a late summer this year.

Fall is really one of the best times to be in Tahoe. It isn't crowded, the options for hiking and biking are endless! Oh, and of course there is the lake. And the golf courses are still open.

There are deals at all of the restaurants, everything is on sale at the outdoor shops, lodging is cheap, what more could you want?

I have decided this fall to take a bunch of hikes to celebrate the good weather. In the last 3 days I have hiked up Shirley Falls (no waterfalls this time of year but still very pretty), Page Meadows, and have hiked around the Watson Lake area on the back side of Northstar. All very different and pretty areas!

If you find yourself drawn to Tahoe, check out the trails and get outside! There are some great guidebooks in the book stores around here, or you can just go to an outdoor shop and ask for recommendations. I promise you won't be disappointed. Or go to http://www.truckeetrails.org/ for some suggestions.

Maybe I'll see you out there?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Recent Ski Area Survey

Recent Ski Area Survey

The “Ski Area Management” September newsletter published the results of a study conducted among resort real estate developers and salespeople to determine the current state of the market. The results validate Tahoe’s positioning for recovery. Among the many themes presented was a focus on many characteristics fundamental to this region:

• Buyers will follow a credible seller, in a proven location. They are not interested in a speculative purchase.

• Consumers want more use of their second homes. They are establishing and/or maintaining a resort lifestyle tradition that allows them to spend more time with family and friends. Convenience is important. Drive markets will benefit.

• Activity is important—buyers want access to skiing/biking/jogging/walking/hiking trails.

• Usage of second home properties will increase. Early analysis suggests that future owners will want to use their resort homes to create more “meaningful” and “relevant” life experiences. Rather than own three or four underutilized properties, these customers will purchase and own one special place for more frequent use.

• “Green” building is no longer a unique selling proposition. It is expected.

Nearly all of the trends listed above indicate a shift towards drive-to markets that can be accessed within a few hours of the consumer’s primary home. The home is generally of practical size and serves as a base camp from which various recreational activities (throughout all seasons) can be accessed. This would seem to define the Truckee Tahoe region and provide some optimism of a recovery that may precede other destination resort markets.

To read the full article:


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Heli-ski operation comes to Truckee/Tahoe

Interesting article on a new heli-ski operation that will run out of the Truckee-Tahoe airport to the Sierra crest...another great example of the market recognizing the high end travelers that are coming to Tahoe!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Blog on Tahoe Mountain Resorts Website

Click on link below to see my blog on the Tahoe Mountain Resorts website about the Autumn Food and Wine Festival coming up next weekend.


Should be a great time! If you are planning to be in town don't miss this event.