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Million-Dollar Homes Lead Tahoe Market in 2017

ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. (Jan. 4, 2018) – Spurred by a booming high-end real estate market, Lake Tahoe experienced a 17 percent jump in the number of homes sold over $1 million around the lake over the previous year. The median price of a home is up seven percent to $585,000.

Despite an uptick in price and sale of luxury homes, the overall number of homes sold was down one percent. Volume was up 11 percent. The figures are part of a quarterly report released by Lake Tahoe-based real estate agency Chase International. The numbers compare all MLS home sales from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017 to the same time frame of 2016.

Incline Village saw the biggest increases in sales, with a 27 percent jump in volume, followed by Tahoe City with 12 percent. Tahoe City also had a significant increase in the sale of million-dollar homes, up 26 percent. The median price of a home in Tahoe City is up ten percent to $650,000 while Incline Village has the highest median price around the lake at $1,062,000 (up five percent).

South Shore saw a 32-percent jump in the sale of million-dollar homes. The area also has the lowest priced median home of $439,000, a six percent increase from 2016. The South Shore and East Shore saw decreases in the sale of homes priced under $1 million, six and 25 percent, respectively. Lake-wide, homes priced under a million was down four percent.

“Faster economic growth in recent quarters, the booming stock market and continuous job gains are fueling substantial demand for buying a home as 2017 comes to an end,” said Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors. “As evidenced by a subdued level of first-time buyers and increased share of cash buyers, move-up buyers with considerable down payments and those with cash made up a bulk of the sales activity last month. The odds of closing on a home are much better at the upper end of the market, where inventory conditions continue to be markedly better.”

The sale of high-end condos (priced over $500,000) also showed considerable improvement, with a 51 percent jump. Tahoe City had a staggering 111-percent increase in volume sold.

The sale of million-dollar homes in Truckee was up nine percent with a four percent increase in homes priced under a million. The median price of a home in Truckee is $673,500, up seven percent from 2016.

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Click on the image above for the full market report on the 1st quarter!

Home sales were down around Lake Tahoe in the first quarter of 2017, with overall sales volume dipping 7 percent. The drop was mainly affected by a 13 percent decrease in the sale of homes priced under $1 million and was influenced by the severe winter the Lake Tahoe area experienced. The median home price remained steady with a 2 percent increase to $529,000.

The figures are part of a quarterly report released by Tahoe-based real estate agency Chase International. The numbers compare all MLS home sales from Jan. 1 through March 31 to the same time frame in 2016.

Homes sold for more than $1 million was down 5 percent and overall units sold was down 6 percent. Incline Village saw the biggest decreases with a 52 percent fall in volume and 24 percent decline in units sold. Homes sold for more than $1 million was down 23 percent. The median price of a home in Incline Village fell 8 percent to $870,000.

Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, noted that February was the warmest in decades, which played a role in kick starting prospective buyer’ house hunting. The same could not be said for the Tahoe area where the region experienced near-record snowfall.

“I’m sure the series of heavy storms had an affect on people’s ability to do any serious house searching,” said Susan Lowe, corporate vice president for Chase International. “In the long run though, our winter with abundant snow will be a big positive for the region.”

Tahoe City saw a 28 percent jump in volume sold, primarily from a 14 percent rise in the median home price ($611,000). The South Shore experienced a 67 percent increase in homes sold for more than a million and the median home price was up 4 percent to $412,000. The East Shore also saw an uptick in homes sold for more than $1 million (25 percent) while homes selling for less than a million dropped 31 percent. The median price of a home on the East Shore rose 26 percent to $965,000.

Lake Tahoe’s numbers are essentially in line with regional trends. NAR reported that existing home sales in the West decreased 3.1 percent in February. The median price of home was up 9.6 percent from February 2016.

The sale of condos around the lake fared much better with significant increases in volume sold. Units sold for more than $500,000 was up 80 percent and the median price jumped 17 percent to $375,000.

Sales were down across the board in Truckee, with record-breaking snowfall and severe winter storms hampering buyers’ searches. Volume and units sold were both down, 29 and 18 percent, respectively, while median home price rose 7 percent to $709,000.

2017 Lake Tahoe/Truckee Region Winter Season Fun Facts!

2017 Lake Tahoe/Truckee Region Winter Season Fun Facts!

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This year we broke a 95 year old record! This record is for the most rainfall in one year. Our area has recorded 89.7 inches for the year which breaks the record from 1982-83 season of 88.5 inches!

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Lake Tahoe water level is projected to record the largest single-year rise in history! Once the snow melts, the water level is expected to rise 6 1/2 feet to its legal limit of 6,229.1 feet above sea level. The record from 1995 was a 6 foot rise in water level. Current lake elevation = 6,220 + Current gage height. USGS Current Levels

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Squaw Valley also set a record in January 2017 for the most snow in one month. A grand total of 282” of snow which is over 400% of its average for January snowfall. March 2011 was the record surpassed, the one month total of 202”.

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Mixed feelings about the Truckee Tahoe Unified School District having to cancelled school 12 days this year due to snow! The students and faculty had 10 snow days in January! TTUSD’s snow day record dates back to the 80’s for having the most cancelled school days due to snow in one year.

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A report from the Central Sierra Snow Lab on Donner Summit said that it received 100% of its annual average precipitation total on January 18, 2017. The CSS Lab precipitation tracking season runs from Oct. 1st to Sept. 30th most years. Being only 110 days into the year, the Snow Lab reached its annual average.

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Now on to Summer!

Spring has Sprung in Lake Tahoe!

Spring has Sprung in Lake Tahoe!

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With most of the most amazing winter behind us, we’re seeing snow banks recede and, in some places, bare earth. These first few months have been a challenge for showing real estate, needing a GPS to find driveways in most cases. Regarding the luxury market, the year has started well with two adjoining lakefront properties in Meeks Bay selling to one buyer for a total of about $29 million. Another property – “the castle” – listed for $23.9 million in Incline Village is also in escrow, evidently to a Russian buyer – unusual for us here at Tahoe. Ski areas have been challenged with road closures, avalanche hazards and wind holds, but the snow is great and most areas will be open until April 23 at least. Squaw Valley is holding out for July 4!

We’re expecting a banner year in real estate sales for Tahoe….the lake is predicted to be full by July…so access to piers is the best in at least 11 years. Lakefront inventory is very low, but there will be more selection as we move further into spring. This should be a beautiful year for visit and purchase in the Lake Tahoe region.

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Grays Crossing, Truckee California ~ Tahoe Mountain Club

This 750-acre property, within the Martis Valley, offering beautiful scenery and feeling of being in a remote location but only minutes from downtown Truckee. A neighborhood with wide meandering streets, mature trees and an expansive blue sky. Primary residence or second home living is welcomed here.

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At Gray’s Crossing, it’s more than a community. It is commitment. Grays Crossing is committed to being an influence on preservation and appreciation of the land. Centuries ago, Native American legendary pioneer Joseph Gray, also the founder of Truckee, came to the area in 1863. Today, legendary people come to Truckee everyday! Creating memories for generations to come.

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A true four season destination area. Grays crossing offers activities for all. A Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy championship golf course, a grand fitness facility with swimming pools, spa and steam room. A plethora of paved hiking and biking trails. Nearby, Prosser Reservoir offers fishing, boating (non-motor) and swimming.

With no property ownership requirements or monthly minimums, the Tahoe Mountain Club gives you access to all of the Club’s private amenities, programs and 500+ Member events. Additionally, Members receive preferred access and rates at both Old Greenwood and Gray’s Crossing Golf Courses.

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Tahoe Mountain Club is family friendly! They offer an upgrade option that is designed for Members to provide unaccompanied access to Club facilities for their extended family (grandparents, parents, children and grandchildren).

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This upgrade option is designed for Members to provide unaccompanied access to Club facilities for their extended family (grandparents, parents, children and grandchildren).

Get unlimited access to Old Greenwood and Gray’s Crossing with this Membership upgrade.

GOLF ACCESS

Get unlimited access to Old Greenwood and Gray’s Crossing with this Membership upgrade. The upgrade can be used for single, couple or family access.

Complete with pool and fitness center, this upgrade allows Members unlimited access to the facility located at Gray’s Crossing.

GRAY’S CROSSING FITNESS

Complete with pool and fitness center, this upgrade allows Members unlimited access to the facility located at Gray’s Crossing.

A Tahoe Mountain Club membership will grant you access to four restaurants in the area. The Bearfoot Bar and Grill, Schaffer’s Camp, PJ’s Bar and Grill, Alpine Club and The Terrace.

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You can own here too! For the Contemporary Aficionado. A calm, airy space with a mix of traditional details, reclaimed wood, plush furniture and statement lighting. Thoughtfully designed home, with an open concept kitchen-dining-living room, laundry room, a master suite and second master accompanied by access to a quaint veranda with hot tub on the main level and two additional bedrooms plus a family room upstairs. Outdoor patio with fire pit, wooded views and a peak of the green golf course. A refuge to entertain and relax. 11081 Henness Rd is offered for $1,550,000 and sold Fully Furnished! www.GraysCrossingContemporary.com

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Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is proud to host the Audi FIS World Cup on March 9 – 12, 2017.

This marks the return of World Cup ski racing to California for the first time in 19 years.

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Audi FIS World Cup at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is proud to host the Audi FIS World Cup on March 9 – 12, 2017. This marks the return of World Cup ski racing to California for the first time in 19 years. Events held will consist of a Women’s Giant Slalom on Friday, March 10 and Women’s Slalom on Saturday, March 11. Olympic champions like Squaw Valley’s own Julia Mancuso and Mikaela Shiffrin will compete on the legendary Red Dog run, which also played host to the 1969 World Cup and 1960 Winter Olympics.

VIP tickets are still available. Free standing room viewing will be available near finish arena as well as skier spectator viewing on looker’s left of Red Dog Face. Live stream viewing will also be available at dining locations in The Village at Squaw Valley including KT Base Bar Sun Deck and [email protected]

Check the website for a full list of events, free concerts and other celebrations!

http://squawalpine.com/worldcup

If you are going to be in the Tahoe/Truckee area this weekend, let me know!

Martis Camp Year End 2016 Market Report

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Currently only 29 homesites are available for sale vs. an average of 95 homesite sales in each of the last 5 years.

As of December 7, 2016:

51 Custom Homes
(a 131% increase from 2015)
Average sales price = $4,300,000
Average price per sq. ft. = $1,147
High sold price = $8,900,000
13 Homes sold over $5,000,000 in 2016
Total volume = $219,000,000

56 Homesites
Average sales price = $1,226,000
Total volume = $68,000,000
High sold price = $3,500,000

Totals for 2016 are 107 sales for $287,000,000
in total volume

More properties coming to the market in 2017! Contact us for a private tour of Martis Camp, a list of available inventory or a market analysis for your property!

TICKETS ON SALE NOW !
Lake Tahoe Music Festival
“Sunset Serenades”
AUGUST 16-21, 2016
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In Truckee, there are two farmers markets, taking place Tuesdays and Sundays.

The Truckee Community Farmers Market is launching its second season as a market on Sunday, June 5, in the Tri Counties Bank/Sears/Coffeebar Bakery parking lot at 12047 Donner Pass Road.

The market will be open every Sunday all summer from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Truckee Certified Farmers Market will be there, every Tuesday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., They kicked off the 2016 season on May 24 at Truckee Regional Park, at 10050 Brockway Road.

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The Tahoe City Farmers Market will run every Thursday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Commons Beach.

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In Incline Village, there are two farmers markets: the Tunnel Creek Station Market on Wednesdays and the Incline Village Farmers Market on Thursdays.

Opening June 1, the Tunnel Creek Station Market — next to Tunnel Creek Café, 1115 Tunnel Creek Road — will operate every Wednesday from 4-7 p.m.

The Incline Village Farmers Market, meanwhile, opens its fourth season a day later, June 2, in a new location at Lake Tahoe School, located at 995 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

The market will be open every Thursday from 4-7 p.m. Visit laketahoemarkets.com to learn more.

Truckee Thursdays Are BACK! Starting June 2, 2016!

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Lake Tahoe resorts had a bountiful holiday season

Lake Tahoe resorts had a bountiful holiday season with new snow, good weather for travel, and almost the world her to enjoy the area.  Truckee statistics indicated about 120,000 in residence, judging from the number of flushes.  Normal residency is about 17,000.  The weekends following the holiday continue to be jammed, with Sugar Bowl having its biggest day ever on January 9.  Since then we’ve had a bit of rain as temps have risen, but we’re getting a mix of snow and rain —all good for the watershed.

 

With skimpy snow in the last few years, we’re grateful to see the enthusiastic crowds return.  Should be good fuel for real estate sales in 2016.   The attached report covers the Tahoe Region, comparing residential sales in 2015 vs. 2014.    Best wishes, Trinkie Watson, Chase International

New Year’s Eve 2015 Lake Tahoe Region Celebrations!

DEC. 31 Thursday

Snowcat, torchlight parades Mount Rose
Enjoy après at Mt. Rose before heading into town for dinner. A snowcat parade kicks off the festivities at 4:45 p.m. followed by a kids torchlight parade at 5:30 and a fireworks show at 5:50 p.m. | skirose.com

Bring the glitter to the mountain Homewood
Start the New Year’s celebration off at Homewood Mountain Resort by dressing up in your most glamorous outfit to receive discounts in the North Lodge from 3 to 5 p.m. and enjoy an afternoon performance by Tahoe Flow Arts Studio starting at 4 p.m. with a breathtaking performance featuring acro-yoga and hula hooping acrobatics. | skihomewood.com.

Sunset Snowshoe Tour Tahoe Donner
This scenic snowshoe hike meets at Trout Creek Recreation Center and the tour will go from 4 to 5:30 p.m. | RSVP tahoedonner.com

Torches at Tahoe Donner Tahoe Donner
Kids ages 10 and older who can ski intermediate runs unassisted are invited to participate in the annual Torchlight Parade at Tahoe Donner at 6:15 p.m. Enjoy a DJ and snacks before the parade. | tahoedonner.com

New Year’s Eve celebrations Olympic Valley
The Resort at Squaw Creek rings in the New Year with three celebrations. The New Year’s Eve Grand Celebration is tailored to the 21 and older crowd while Kid’s Night Out is geared toward children ages 4 to 12 and the Teen’s Night Out focuses on ages 13 to 20. Each party features dinner, live music, party favors and entertainment. Tickets $40 for children and teens, $75 for adults, $100 for one adult and one child. | RSVP (530) 581-6610

Dine at High Camp | Olympic Valley
After a day on the slopes head to the Village Events Plaza Stage for après and live music with Chi McClean from 2 to 4 p.m. followed by a New Year’s Eve dinner at High Camp from 6 to 9 p.m. The festivities really begin with a fireworks exhibition in The Village at 7 p.m. followed by a late-night party at the Olympic House from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. | squawalpine.com

New Year’s Eve celebrations Northstar
The Ritz-Carlton hosts a buffet of seasonal delights followed by an evening of live music, ice skating and fireworks to ring in the New Year in the Village at Northstar at 9 p.m. Afterwards enjoy music and dancing in The Living Room. | ritz-carlton.com

New Year’s Eve Party West Shore
The West Shore cafe hosts its annual New Year’s Eve party with live music by Ike and Martin and a four-course meal followed by a champagne toast at midnight. | RSVP (530) 525-5200

Mountain Table Dinner Northstar
The Mountain Table Dinner Series offers a unique dining experience in the Zephyr Lodge on select dates this season. Each dinner will feature a winery or brewery complemented by a menu featuring locally and regionally sourced produce and proteins prepared by Executive Chef Steve Anderson. Seating for all dinners will be family style with live music. | northstarcalifornia.com

Fire & Ice Eve Northstar
Ring in the New Year with live music, ice skating and roasting s’mores by the fire at Northstar Resort. Enjoy a fireworks exhibition and fun with the whole family. | northstarcalifornia.com

New Year’s Eve Stella Truckee
Stella at The Cedar House Sport Hotel offers its pop up winter dinner series with one menu and one seating from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Diners are encouraged to ask questions of the kitchen staff, join in conversations and savor the tasting menu. Each course is served with brief comments about ingredients or technique. $227 | RSVP cedarhousesporthotel.com

 

Electric Charging Stations Ribbon-Cutting Ceremonies!

On Thursday, November 19 at 3pm at the Pioneer Commerce Center and 3:30 pm at the Truckee Depot the Truckee Donner PUD (TDPUD), Town of Truckee and Pioneer Commerce Center will hold ribbon-cutting ceremonies to celebrate the launch of two new Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) public access charging stations in Truckee.

New Truckee PEV Charging Stations Ribbon-Cutting Ceremonies

WHAT: 

The Truckee Donner PUD (TDPUD), Town of Truckee and Pioneer Commerce Center will hold ribbon-cutting ceremonies to celebrate the launch of two new Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) public access charging stations in Truckee.

One station is located at the Truckee Depot site in historic downtown Truckee and there is a second station at the Pioneer Commerce Center located just north of Interstate 80 – each of the two locations will have two, Level 2 charging stations.

To promote the new charging station locations, TDPUD will be offering free charging for the first month of operation

WHEN: 

Thursday, Nov. 19. Time: 3:00 p.m. at the Pioneer Commerce Center and 3:30 p.m. at the Truckee Depot.

WHERE:

  • Pioneer Commerce Center: located north of Interstate 80, 11025 Pioneer Trail, Truckee, Calif.
  • Truckee Depot: located in the heart of Truckee’s historic downtown, 10065 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, Calif.

WHY: 

The greater Truckee area has seen a dramatic increase in PEVs over the last few years driven by Truckee’s unique position as a major stop on the Interstate 80 corridor, an iconic destination for the area’s many visitors, and as a gateway to Lake Tahoe and the Northern Sierra. In addition, the California Energy Commission has recently made a significant investment in the region with a $200,000 grant to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency to produce a Tahoe-Truckee PEV Readiness Plan.

A press release announcing the two new PEV charging station projects can be found via this link:https://www.dropbox.com/s/uxvxy6iuswo97a4/PEV%20Charging%20Press%20Release%20FINAL.pdf?dl=0

Websites: www.tdpud.org; www.townoftruckee.com; pioneercommercencenter.com.

Contact Info.: For information on the event, call 530-582-3931 or visit www.tdpud.org.

Contacts:

Steven Poncelet
Truckee Donner PUD
530.582.3951
[email protected]

Alex Terrazas
Town of Truckee
530.582.2914
[email protected]

Katie Mancuso
Pioneer Commerce Center
530.587.2167
[email protected]

– See more at: http://www.truckeechamber.com/truckee-insights-news-events/article/?a=851#sthash.lkLtUkRR.dpuf

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October 3rd

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12th annual, Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop

a favorite that brings locals and tourists to historic downtown Truckee to sip wine, taste scrumptious food samples and enjoy shopping. From noon to 4 p.m. Attendees will receive a commemorative wine glass to sample wine at 30+ venues, five food tickets and a program with a map to all participating venues. truckeewinewalk.com

 

 

October 3rd & 4th

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This event will take place at the legendary Squaw Valley.  The world’s best athletes will collide on the course with a shared goal: to be the Spartan Race World Champion. The most anticipated obstacle racing weekend of the year will feature three Spartan Race distances to choose from over two days of racing. 7:30am – 7:30pm. Spartan.com

 

October 8th – 11th

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American Whiskey Weekend!

Join bourbon experts, chefs, barmen (women) for a three-night bourbon and culinary-focused getaway. We are excited to be partnering with Four Roses who was recently awarded American Whisky Distiller of the Year by Whisky Magazine and has received the honor four times in the last five years since 2011. Plumpjacksquawvalleyinn.com

 

 

 

October 10th

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One of our biggest events of the year! There’s something for everyone at our harvest festival from arts and craft vendors, our annual doggie dip, live music, seasonal beer offerings, a carnival area for kids with arts, crafts, games and food.  11 am – 5 pm TahoeDonner.com

 

 

 

October 16th and 17th

hhCome celebrate local legends and history with highly entertaining and spooky twists.  During the walking tour, small groups are guided to interesting sites where they will be immersed in engaging tales performed by talented characters.  The tour skillfully weaves together dramatic, downright haunting and laugh-out loud funny stories. VIP Thursday tour. 5 pm & 6 pm truckeehistorytour.org

 

October 17th

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Tahoe City Harvest Festival

From 10 am – 2 pm. Fall has come and pumpkins are ripe for the pickin’. The Fall Festival has something for all members of the family. Food, games, hay rides, petting zoo, and much much more! Don’t miss out on all the fun.  Cost is $15 All Inclusive Wrist Band visittahoecity.org

 

October 18th

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20th Annual Truckee River Day!

Join us for a day of river, meadow and wetland restoration. You will be working side-by-side with other volunteers to plant restoration sites with seedlings and willows, remove invasive vegetation, compost and mulch sensitive areas, remove garbage and more. Projects start at either 9:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. and end between 2:00 pm and 3:00 p.m

 

 

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52nd Annual North Tahoe Ski and Sports Swap

Winter season is approaching!  Get geared up at the ski and sports swap! Great deals to be had by all! Located at the North Tahoe High School from 9am -3 pm.

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Labor Day weekend is just around the corner. Don’t miss out on these fun-filled activities taking place Friday – Monday, Sept. 4 – 7.

Cornhole Tournament

We’re bringing the ultimate backyard game to Tahoe Donner with our new Cornhole tournaments. Test your skills in this fun bag toss similar to horseshoes, but with wooden boxes. For a small entry fee, there will be prizes for each individual tournament, plus an overall series champion. The winning two-person team will win a $25 Tahoe Donner gift card for each team member. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at Pizza on the Hill.

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 4, 2015
WHERE: Northwoods Clubhouse (11509 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, CA 96161)
TIME: 5:30 p.m. registration; 6 p.m. start
COST: $10 per team (includes two drink tickets)

Glow Golf

Bring the family and join us for an entertaining evening of glow golf at Tahoe Donner Golf Course. It’s 4-hole glow golf with an extreme putting contest, including prizes for the winners! Your ticket comes with all the glow gear you’ll need, but bring more if you’d like.

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 4, 2015
WHERE: Tahoe Donner Golf Course (12850 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, CA)
TIME: 8 p.m. approximately (We’ll start just after sunset)
COST: $15 adults; $10 kids ages 6 – 16; kids age 5 and under are FREE; advance reservations required. Glow gear included. Sign up in the pro shop or by calling 530-587-9443..

Shuttle Service to the Beach Club Marina

The Beach Club Marina will offer complimentary transportation from the high school to the marina and back for Labor Day weekend.

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 5 – Monday, Sept. 7
WHERE: Truckee High School to Beach Club Marina
TIME:  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday Night BBQ

Our Saturday Night BBQ is a family favorite and sure to delight the young and young at heart. Our guests will enjoy a fun-filled evening of games, crafts, contests, dress up and delicious food. You can play a game of horseshoes or try your hand at throwing a rope. Bring the camera and get pictures of the family at the dress up and photo station. The kids can make an ornament or decorate a bandana. After dinner the kids can take a swing at the piñata and then compete in the hunt for the golden horseshoe. A family water balloon toss finishes off the evening.

The regular BBQ menu includes hot dogs, veggie burgers and hamburgers cooked to order and personalized with your favorites from our extensive topping bar. Bacon, sautéed mushrooms, cheddar, Swiss and bleu cheeses, avocado, pineapple, chili, sauerkraut and more are available. Baked beans, salads, cake or pie and campfire s’mores round out the menu.

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 5
WHERE: Tahoe Donner Equestrian Center (15275 Alder Creek Rd.,Truckee, CA 96161)
TIME:
5 – 7:30 p.m.
COST:
AGES 13 AND UP:
Members $34, Guests $39, Public $45
AGES 7 – 12:
Members $17, Guests $20, Public $25
CHILDREN 3 – 6: $10
Children ages 2 and under are free.

Reservations required with a 72-hour cancellation policy.

Free Mimosa with Sunday Brunch

Get a free mimosa with any brunch entree purchase on Sept. 6. Valid for those 21 and over only. Preview the menu.

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 6
WHERE: The Lodge Restaurant & Pub (12850 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, CA 96161)
TIME: 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Summer Finale BBQ

Grab the kids and get ready for our Summer Finale BBQ taking place on Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Challenge your neighbors and friends to a variety of games, including an association-wide scavenger hunt. Bring your swim suits and slide down the Flume Zoom or compete in our Family Olympics with three-legged races, potato sack races, and more. The evening will finish with a movie under the stars. A BBQ will be serving up burgers, hot dogs, chips, potato salad, watermelon and drinks for the entire event. The golf course beverage cart will be on site serving alcoholic beverages. This event is free, excluding food and beverages. Below is a detailed itinerary.

1 – 1:30 p.m.  Activities
Skee Ball, Flume Zoom, Bounce House, Badminton, Cornhole, Giant Chess, RC cars, Ladder golf

1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Family Olympics
Families will have the opportunity to compete against each other in a number of events. Families will accumulate points at each event based on how well they do. Points will be tallied and winners will be awarded after the events end.

4 – 6:00 p.m. Scavenger Hunt
Families will be challenged to travel around the association to find an array of different objects; some may be simple and others difficult but those who put in the effort will be rewarded as the more difficult objects are worth more points. Vehicle recommended to participate in this activity.

6 – 7:00 p.m. Cornhole Tournament
Find a partner and try your luck at this backyard favorite. Teams of two will compete in a single elimination, bracket style tournament.

7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Featured film, “The Sandlot” playing on the big screen

1 – 7 p.m. Al a carte BBQ – Burgers, dogs, veggie burgers, potato salad, chips, slice of watermelon. Popcorn and cotton candy also for sale.

DATE: Sunday, Sept. 6
TIME: 1 – 9 p.m.
WHERE: Tahoe Donner Driving Range (12790 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, CA 96161)
COST: Entry is free; food at a la cart pricing

Bingo Night at Northwoods Clubhouse – Grand Finale!

Free! Enjoy bingo on the lawn outside Northwoods Clubhouse – it’s the last night of this popular family event. Bring a blanket, enjoy a pizza from Pizza on the Hill, and play for fun prizes.

DATE: Monday Sept. 7
TIME: 6:30 – 8 p.m.
WHERE: Northwoods Clubhouse (11509 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, CA 96161)
COST: Entry is free; food at a la carte pricing

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Media Contact:  Katie Shaffer

East River Public Relations

530-214-8790

[email protected]

For Immediate Release

Tahoe Home Prices Continue to Rise

ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. (July 7, 2015) – The Lake Tahoe real estate market continued to see an uptick in median home prices this quarter, up 14 percent to $525,000. Overall sales around the lake dipped slightly from this time last year, with Incline Village seeing decreases across the board and Tahoe City seeing healthy improvements.

The figures are part of a report released by Lake Tahoe-based real estate company Chase International, and compare the prices and closings from January 1 through June 30, 2015 to the same time period from 2014. Most changes were minor – a four percent and one percent decrease in lake-wide sales volume and units sold, and a one percent and ten percent drop in units sold under and over the $1 million mark (respectively).

“There is only one Lake Tahoe,” said Sue Lowe, senior vice president of Chase. “And people want to experience the amazing lifestyle and buy here. Our continued lack of inventory keeps our prices moving up.”

The median price of a home rose 14 percent on the East Shore ($767,500) and the South Shore ($386,000), and seven percent in Tahoe City ($560,00). Incline Village saw a four percent drop, to $850,000. Incline also experienced a drop in sales volume (23 percent), units sold (15 percent), and homes selling for more than $1 million (24 percent).

Tahoe City saw the biggest improvement with an eight percent increase in sales volume, 14 percent jump in units sold, and 18 percent surge in homes sold for under $1 million.

Nearby Truckee saw a ten percent drop in sales volume and six percent decrease in median home price ($548,000). Homes selling for more than $1 million faltered, falling 36 percent, and homes selling for less than $1 million was up eight percent.

About Chase International:  Headquartered in Lake Tahoe, Nevada since 1986, with nine offices in the region (Zephyr Cove, Glenbrook, Incline Village, Tahoe City, Squaw Valley, Truckee, South Lake Tahoe, Carson Valley and Reno) and one in London, England, Chase International and its exclusive affiliations handle a large share of the country’s property. With 310 professional Realtors® boasting an array of industry certifications, Chase International is the regional leader for three years running as reported by Real Trends, a communications and consulting company considered to be the leading source of analysis and information on the residential brokerage and housing industry.  For more information about Chase International, visit www.chaseinternational.com.

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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Lake Tahoe real estate market continued to see an uptick in median home prices after the second quarter of 2015, up 14 percent to $525,000.

Overall sales around the lake dipped slightly from this time last year, with Incline Village seeing decreases across the board and Tahoe City seeing healthy improvements.

The figures are part of a report released by Lake Tahoe-based real estate company Chase International, and compare the prices and closings from January 1 through June 30, 2015 to the same time period from 2014.

Most changes were minor — a 4 percent and one percent decrease in lake-wide sales volume and units sold, and a one percent and ten percent drop in units sold under and over the $1 million mark (respectively).

“There is only one Lake Tahoe,” said Sue Lowe, senior vice president of Chase. “And people want to experience the amazing lifestyle and buy here. Our continued lack of inventory keeps our prices moving up.”

The median price of a home rose 14 percent on the East Shore ($767,500) and the South Shore ($386,000), and 7 percent in Tahoe City ($560,000).

Incline Village saw a 4 percent drop, to $850,000. Incline also experienced a drop in sales volume (23 percent), units sold (15 percent), and homes selling for more than $1 million (24 percent).

Tahoe City saw the biggest improvement with an eight percent increase in sales volume, 14 percent jump in units sold, and 18 percent surge in homes sold for under $1 million.

Nearby Truckee saw a 10 percent drop in sales volume and six percent decrease in median home price ($548,000).

Homes selling for more than $1 million faltered, falling 36 percent, and homes selling for less than $1 million was up eight percent.

This article was submitted by Chase International, which boasts nine offices in the region (Zephyr Cove, Glenbrook, Incline Village, Tahoe City, Squaw Valley, Truckee, South Lake Tahoe, Carson Valley and Reno) and one in London, England Visit chaseinternational.com to learn more.


Join us for the inaugural Sierra 4×4 Trails and Ales event

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The TD 4 Wheelers Club will host an afternoon of 4×4 family fun! This event is a chance for you to come out and talk to folks about 4x4s and off-road experiences so that you can see if four wheeling is in your future. You won’t want to miss this inaugural fundraising event, which includes kids games, a shine-and-show contest, a raffle, a bounce house, cornhole, beer tasting from Deschutes and BBQ dinner. There will also be four-wheeling vendors and US Forest Service representatives to share information. Proceeds will also be donated to the new Tahoe Donner Giving Fund, an organization aimed at supporting our local community through health and human services; the environment, conservation and animal welfare; education and youth development; and arts and culture.

WHEN: July 18*
WHERE: Northwoods Clubhouse
TIME: 1 – 6 p.m.

Free to attend; BBQ and beverages sold separately.
SHOW ENTRY: $25 –  Register now! Registration is required ONLY for those who are showing a vehicle. Don’t forget to print out the release of liability and bring it with you to the event. Your entry includes:

  • A beer mug with the event logo
  • Two beer coupons
  • A Tahoe Donner SWAG bag
  • A Sierra 4×4 Trails and Ales T-shirt
  • Participation in the Bear Valley Trail Run on Sunday (July 19)

*Trail run to take place on Sunday, July 19. For more information, email[email protected].

Sponsorship Opportunities

Are you interested in becoming a sponsor for Sierra 4×4 Trails & Ales? Not only will you be helping in the execution of a new event, you’ll also be directly benefiting the community and non-profits in the area through the Tahoe Donner Giving Fund, in addition to promoting your own business. Contact Brinn Talbot at 530-587-9425 or by email at[email protected] for details on sponsorship opportunities.

 

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Update on Schools from the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District

We continue to move forward on the facility upgrade projects funded by the bond measures.

 

The 2015 “quick start” projects are on schedule and will be completed by the end of summer. The 2015 “quick start” projects are:

 

GLENSHIRE ELEMENTARY: Parking lot upgrades and safety and security upgrades. Ward Young, a local firm, is the architect for this project. McCuen Construction Inc. has been selected as the contractor for the project.

 

TRUCKEE HIGH SCHOOL: Installation of an all-weather track. Field upgrades at East West field, new bathrooms constructed at field level and upgrades to ADA access. Roadway improvements to the entry and parking areas to improve safety. Ward Young is the architect for this project. The project is currently out to bid and contractor bids are due on June 11.

 

KINGS BEACH ELEMENTARY & TAHOE LAKE ELEMENTARY: Boiler replacements and upgrades to the mechanical system’s controls.

 

SIERRA HIGH SCHOOL: Parking lot upgrades, building modernizations, security system upgrades, painting, and furniture. Ward Young is the architect for this project.

 

NORTH TAHOE HIGH SCHOOL: A portion of the bus barn is being converted into warehouse storage space for the Food Services Department.

 

COLD STREAM ALTERNATIVE/RIDEOUT: Painting the exterior, repair walkways, classroom technology upgrades.

 

DISTRICT-WIDE: Upgrades to fire and security systems at select sites throughout the district.

Farmer’s Markets in Truckee – North Tahoe 2015

It’s Summertime and Farmer’s Market Time!!

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SUNDAYS Slow Food Lake Tahoe from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 12047 Donner Pass Road (by Sears and Bass Shoe Outlet) starting June 14 through September 27. TruckeeFarmersMarket.org

 

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TUESDAYS in Truckee: Truckee River Regional Park 10500 Brockway Road off Highway 267 June 2-October 20, 8am-1pm 

THURSDAYS in Tahoe City: Commons beach – Commons Beach Road and North Lake Blvd. May 28-June 18; August 27-September 24, 8am-1pm

                         Tahoe Lake Elementary School 375 Grove Street June 25-August 20, 8am-noon

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Saturday & Sunday, May 23rd – 24th, 2015

11 am – 7 pm on 5/23 and 11 am – 5 pm on 5/24

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A unique celebration of all things local! From talented artists to passionate entrepreneurs and philanthropists, the Made In Tahoe Festival celebrates Lake Tahoe’s talented and inspiring creators. Shop for locally made products, sample local food, enjoy live music and performance art. For the full Tahoe experience, take a trip up the Aerial Tram and enjoy panoramic views of the Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Made in Tahoe Saturday Music Schedule

Music

Time

Location

Richard Blair

11am-1pm

Events Plaza Stage

Brad Perry

11:30am-1pm

First Street Stage

Guitar Town

1:30-3pm

First Street Stage

Rapplesauce

2-4pm

Events Plaza Stage

Paul Covarelli

3:30-5pm

First Street Stage

Peter Joseph Burtt & The Kingtide

5-7pm

Events Plaza Stage

Made in Tahoe Sunday Music Schedule

Music

Time

Location

Special Guest

11-11:30am

Events Plaza Stage

Bias & Dunn

11:30am-1pm

First Street Stage

Matt Axton & Purple Curtain

12-2pm

Events Plaza Stage

Tim High & The Mighty

1:30-3pm

First Street Stage

Groove Foundry

3-5pm

Events Plaza Stage

Rak Kandy

3:30-5pm

First Street Stage

Also Featuring: Tahoe Flow Artists entertainment & workshops throughout both days
Plus: Special local live performances on the Community Stage both days.

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Attention Tahoe Donner Residents!

Truckee Donner PUD plans to replace approximately 4,900 feet of pipeline at three separate locations along Northwoods Boulevard this summer, beginning in May and lasting through September. In addition to the pipeline replacement work, the TDPUD will also be performing some minor excavations along Northwoods Boulevard associated with the District’s internal communication network.

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Yard Waste Survey

Take the survey HERE!!

The Town is considering a shift in its curbside yard waste collection program by replacing green bags with 96-gallon rolling carts. If approved by the Council the program would be implemented over a two year process. It would first be rolled out in Tahoe Donner and Glenshire in May 2015 with all remaining neighborhoods in 2016. This change would result in a one-time cart delivery fee for those choosing to participate, however this eliminates the need to purchase green bags on an ongoing basis. Yard waste collection costs are currently part of the basic solid waste refuse collection fee which is included on the property tax bill. The new program would run April 1 to November 30 each year with every other week collection, and is intended for ongoing yard maintenance. For larger yard clean-ups the reduced cost dumpsters and free drop-off at Eastern Regional Landfill will continue to be offered. Participation in this survey will help the Town of Truckee gauge interest in the new program, and allow for the best program possible to be implemented.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are the Town of Truckee and Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal (TTSD) trying to accomplish by switching from green bags to 96 gallon rolling carts?
    • Town of Truckee and TTSD are looking into undertaking a switch for several reasons. First, this program would cause a significant decrease in plastic green bags. Since program inception, TTSD has collected 357,000 green bags and although these bags are sent for recycling the manufacturing and end of life recycling processes have significant impacts on our environment. Second, the current operation is not automated meaning a trash collector must manually pick up each bag (bags are currently limited to 40 pounds each) but with a 96 gallon cart the garbage truck will have an automatic arm to pick up carts. Furthermore, carts will be able to handle larger branches and heavier material collection which are not allowed in the green bags. Third, with this new program there would be no issue with piles of green bags sitting out throughout the summer. Finally, carts will save residents money! Currently residents have the ongoing cost of green bags to participate in the program but with carts residents pay a onetime delivery fee and that’s it!
  2. What is the cost of the 96 gallon rolling cart?
    • The cart delivery and usage fee is proposed at $35.00 each. The Town is considering a discount option for residents preferring to pick up their cart at an event – this is proposed at $20.00 each. Additionally, those signing up for the program early (tentatively set for the month of May – stay tuned!) will also be offered a reduced cart delivery fee.
  3. Are the free yard waste drop-off periods at ERLand the reduced cost dumpster still available?
    • Yes! These programs will still be available and we encourage residents to use these easy programs!
  4. Is the Truckee Sanitation District involved in this process?
    • No, the Truckee Sanitation District is responsible for sewer waste water and is not directly involved in this process.
  5. How will the carts be identified?
    • The carts will each have a serial number that is associated with an address.
  6. Why doesn’t the Town implement rolling carts for recycling and trash?
    • As of right now we are focusing on yard waste due to current facility operations and the TTSD fleet. Generally, communities with three cart service – recycling, trash and green waste – are populated by full-time residents who can place carts at the curb the morning of collection and retrieve them the same day. Carts are serviced with an automatic collection truck. Although the three cart system would work well for some of Truckee neighborhoods about a third of Truckee residential houses and even more condos use bear boxes. This means trash personnel must open the bear box and retrieve trash and recycling manually, which prevents automated collection.  Although discussion to improve collection services are ongoing, the Town is working to improve green waste services first before moving to other waste streams.
  7. Can Placer County residents participate?
    • For the moment this program is restricted to Truckee residents.
  8. Where will I store the carts?
    • Carts can be stored in your garage, shed, under the porch, or on the side of the house.
  9. How does the cost of green bags compare to the 96 gallon rolling cart?
    • Green bags cost about $1.25 per bag. According to the survey most residents set out 13-24 and 25-50 green bags a year. Residents who set out 13-24 bags they pay $16.25 – $30 per year. Residents who use 25-50 green bags a year pay between $31.25 – $62.50 per year. The cart will cost between $35 for a one time delivery fee, and after that residents will not have to pay for the carts anymore. Furthermore, carts usually have a 10-year warranty on them!

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East River Public Relations
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Reno Home Prices Continues to Climb

RENO, Nev. (July 7, 2014) – Home prices jumped 15 percent throughout Reno and Sparks, pushing the median home price to $234,900. The increase in prices bumped sales volume up 13 percent, while the total number of homes sold stayed relatively flat, according to a quarterly report released by Lake Tahoe-based real estate company Chase International.

The report, which accounts for all sales in the region from January 1 through June 30, and compares them to the same timeframe of 2013, showed that Sparks experienced the bigger increase to sales volume (21 percent) as well as median home price (19 percent to $225,000). The median price of a home in Reno is $240,000 (up 12 percent).

“The Reno-Sparks area has just been quietly rising through the ranks,” said Susan Lowe, corporate vice president of Chase International. “Some markets have had setbacks and surges, but home values here have been rising steadily. The city itself is really flourishing and establishing itself among big businesses and tech companies in the West, and that has a positive effect on real estate in the region.”

Carson Valley also saw a rise in median home prices (ten percent to $265,000) but with a seven percent decline in sales volume.
About Chase International:  Headquartered in Lake Tahoe, Nevada since 1986, with ten offices in the region (Zephyr Cove, Glenbrook, Incline Village, Tahoe City, Squaw Valley, Graeagle, Truckee, South Lake Tahoe, Carson Valley and Reno) and one in London, England, Chase International and its exclusive affiliations handle a large share of the country’s property. With 260 professional Realtors® boasting an array of industry certifications and the highest volume per sales agent in the area, Chase International successfully represents homes at all price levels.  For more information about Chase International, visit www.chaseinternational.com.

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4th of July Spectacular Events in Lake Tahoe and Truckee

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4th of July is a spectacular time to be in the Lake Tahoe/Truckee area!

Start early on the 3rd of July with an all day celebration with food and music in Kings Beach, ending in the spectacular fireworks display over the Kings Beach State Beach, just after dark.

Truckee offers the annual 4th of July parade!  Begin the day with the Firecracker Mile Fun Run, followed by the parade winding down Donner Pass Road through historic downtown Truckee.

In Tahoe City start by celebrating by attending a street fair during the day.  Patrons will enjoy a climbing wall, dunk tank, corn hole games and much more.  FIREWORKS show at dark! Bring a chair and blanket to Commons Beach to enjoy the show!     Over to

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Incline Village, Don’t miss the finest Fourth of July Celebration at Lake Tahoe as the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and music director Laura Jackson welcome tenor Albert Lee to perform Chesapeake: Summer of 1814, a spectacular salute to the 200th Anniversary of The Star- Spangled Banner. Plus, America the Beautiful, 1812 Overture, Stars and Stripes and other patriotic favorites, set to one of the Nation’s top fireworks displays.

Since 2007 Red, White and Tahoe Blue has celebrated our country’s independence while promoting community spirit, local merchants and charitable causes. Because of the tremendous community support we are pleased to present 28 events in Incline Village & Crystal Bay to include the Parade, Concerts, Veterans Tribute, Rubber Ducky Races, Wine & Cheese, Beer & Brats, Community Fair, Ice Cream Social & Chalk Drawing for kids and so much more.

These four days of fun, food, music, and entertainment culminate with arguably the best fireworks display in the country on July 4th at Incline Beach!

http://www.redwhitetahoeblue.org/

Trout Derby

Tahoe City Wine Walk

June 21, 2014 • noon-4pm • Rain or Shine

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Enjoy Wines with a View and All the Charms of Downtown Tahoe City!

 

Sip, shop and explore Tahoe City along its scenic, lakeside sidewalks while tasting wines and sampling delicious morsels from acclaimed Tahoe restaurants and caterers. Learn more about the event.

 

Buy Tickets Early and Save

 

Save $10 When You Buy Your Tickets Early

 

$40 – Adult ticket, early-bird discount

 

Purchase online:

 

Purchase at a local ticket outlet (starting 5/15):

 

 

Tickets On the Day of the Event – Cash Only

$50 – Adult ticket, purchased day of the event
$25 – Designated driver ticket (food only), purchased day of the event
$10 – Kids, age 7+, purchased day of the event
FREE – Kids under 7

11th Annual Truckee Duckee Derbee

 

Sunday, June 8, 2014 – 1:00pm4:00pm

 

Location:

The River Ranch – Corner Highway 89 and Alpine Meadows Road

 

 

The best way to spend a beautiful afternoon on the Truckee River…the 11th Annual Truckee Duckee Derbee!

 

The rubber duck races benefit the Humane Society of Truckee/Tahoe and the afternoon’s festivities include live music provided by Angele and the Wildwood Band on the outdoor patio, a BBQ, drink specials, a fabulous raffle, the hilarious “Dogz in Dudz” K-9 costume contest, and in true derby tradition, the “Cool Catz in Hatz” contest open to all “human” attendees. Festivities run from 1-4 p.m., with the Dogz in Dudz starting at 2 p.m.

 

This year’s event will also mark the grand opening of the Ranch’s outdoor patio which attracts bikers, hikers and rafters to its spectacular setting on the banks of the Truckee River.

 

The pre-race party and registration starts at 1 p.m; “Dogz in Dudz” at 2 p.m.; the Cool Catz in Hatz at 2:30 p.m. and the Derbee commences immediately after. Cost to sponsor a duck is $10 and the top three ducks win cash. Payout depends on the size of the pot. There is no cost to enter the costume or hat contest. Prizes will be awarded to the most stylish and creative canines and hats as determined by a panel of celebrity judges.

 

Kristen Ferral of Lake Tahoe Television and Bill Jensen, publisher of the Squaw Valley Times, will serve as emcees. Expected to attend as celebrity judges are World Cup Champion Tamara McKinney, now a real estate broker with Sierra Sotheby’s, and local Olympian Travis Ganong, who was the top U.S. downhiller at Sochi this winter. A Giant mountain bike courtesy of West Shore Sports is the grand prize in the raffle. Winner of the grand prize does not have to be present.

 

 

The first 100 pre-sold ducks (online or by phone) will be entered to win a special prize. Just use the PayPal option below to provide us with the number of ducks you’ll be purchasing, your contact information and you’re all set. Or, call us at 530.587.5948 to purchase over the phone. We’ll be sure to get your duck to the race on time!

 

The prize money awarded depends on the amount of ducks sold, with the average 1st place duck earning up to $150.00 in winnings, 2nd place at $100.00 and 3rd place at $50.00.

 

Live music, the super-silly Duckee Derbee race, dog costume contest, a fantastic raffle, cold beers and dogs galore round out this fabulous, family afternoon.

The TDD is sponsored by the Kiwanis of North Lake Tahoe, Michael Hohl Subaru, Goose Island Brewery, West Shore Sports, Charter Communications, Suddenlink, Outside Lake Tahoe TV, Around Tahoe Truckee TV, Squaw Valley Times, Giant Bicycles, Squaw Valley Institute and Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. For more information or to purchase a duck on-line go to hstt.org or call (530) 581-0181.

 

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FORE! It is Officially Golf Season!

Here is a list of top Golf Courses in the Truckee Area!

Tee it up!

Old Greenwood Golf Course                 www.golfintahoe.com

Gray’s Crossing Golf Club                   www.golfintahoe.com

Tahoe Donner Golf Course                 www.tahoedonner.com

Coyote Moon Golf Course             www.coyotemoongolf.com

Ponderosa Golf Course       www.ponderosagolfcoursetruckee.com

Schaffer’s Mill Golf Club                       www.schaffersmill.com

Northstar’s Golf Club   www.northstarcalifornia.com/info/summer/golf.asp

Lahontan Golf Club                         www.lahontangolf.com

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Tahoe Real Estate Market
Continuing to Show Appreciation
Tahoe Market Home Sale Prices are Up

ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. (April 14, 2014) –The Lake Tahoe real estate market experienced notable increases in both average and median home prices during the first quarter of 2014, which is good news for sellers.  For Tahoe as a whole, which combines the East Shore, South Shore, Tahoe City and Incline Village/Crystal Bay markets, the volume of sales was down nine percent.  Yet the median home price in Tahoe increased 12 percent and the average price climbed 11 percent to $876,611.  The entire region has had record lows in inventory contributing to the decrease in units sold and volume sold.  The one sector at Tahoe where the volume of sales increased, was at the ski resort communities of Northstar, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, by 39 percent.

The most impressive numbers to come out of the region recently were in Tahoe City where sales volume jumped 48 percent over last year at this time, with $53,884,250 in volume sales recorded in 2014’s first quarter.  Tahoe City’s average price increased a whopping 113 percent to $1,314,250, and the median price climbed 51%, from $417,000 last year to $630,000 during this year’s first quarter.

Incline Village showed an increase in average price of 23 percent, to $1,703,476.  The number of units sold in South Shore over $1 million jumped by 100 percent.  And the average price in South Shore increased by 20 percent, to $436,884. The East Shore market was down, due to several large sales that transpired in 2013 and a continued lack of inventory.

These figures are part of a quarterly report released by Lake Tahoe-based real estate company Chase International.

“There continues to be an uptick of interest and sales in the market’s upper end offerings,” said Sue Lowe, corporate vice president for Chase International. “And in the under $1 million market, prices are continuing to climb.”

Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors notes that NAR’s forecast for home sales is to be lower by five percent in the first half of this year versus the same period a year ago.  However, Yun predicts that sales are projected to be two to three percent higher in the second half of the year, and home prices, because of a nationwide inventory shortage, will keep marching higher.

The Truckee market posted some impressive gains with a sharp jump in median price of homes sold—up 29 percent to $635,000 and an average home price increase of 24 percent, to $858,304.  However, Truckee sales volume over this time last year was down six percent.

Headquartered in Lake Tahoe, Nevada since 1986, with ten offices in the region (Zephyr Cove, Glenbrook, Incline Village, Tahoe City, Squaw Valley, Graeagle, Truckee, South Lake Tahoe, Carson Valley and Reno) and one in London, England, Chase International and its exclusive affiliations handle a large share of the country’s property. With 260 professional Realtors® boasting an array of industry certifications and the highest volume per sales agent in the area, Chase International successfully represents homes at all price levels.  For more information about Chase International, visit www.chaseinternational.com.

Tahoe Real Estate Market
Continuing to Show Appreciation
Tahoe Market Home Sale Prices are Up

ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. (April 14, 2014) –The Lake Tahoe real estate market experienced notable increases in both average and median home prices during the first quarter of 2014, which is good news for sellers.  For Tahoe as a whole, which combines the East Shore, South Shore, Tahoe City and Incline Village/Crystal Bay markets, the volume of sales was down nine percent.  Yet the median home price in Tahoe increased 12 percent and the average price climbed 11 percent to $876,611.  The entire region has had record lows in inventory contributing to the decrease in units sold and volume sold.  The one sector at Tahoe where the volume of sales increased, was at the ski resort communities of Northstar, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, by 39 percent.

The most impressive numbers to come out of the region recently were in Tahoe City where sales volume jumped 48 percent over last year at this time, with $53,884,250 in volume sales recorded in 2014’s first quarter.  Tahoe City’s average price increased a whopping 113 percent to $1,314,250, and the median price climbed 51%, from $417,000 last year to $630,000 during this year’s first quarter.

Incline Village showed an increase in average price of 23 percent, to $1,703,476.  The number of units sold in South Shore over $1 million jumped by 100 percent.  And the average price in South Shore increased by 20 percent, to $436,884. The East Shore market was down, due to several large sales that transpired in 2013 and a continued lack of inventory.

These figures are part of a quarterly report released by Lake Tahoe-based real estate company Chase International.

“There continues to be an uptick of interest and sales in the market’s upper end offerings,” said Sue Lowe, corporate vice president for Chase International. “And in the under $1 million market, prices are continuing to climb.”

Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors notes that NAR’s forecast for home sales is to be lower by five percent in the first half of this year versus the same period a year ago.  However, Yun predicts that sales are projected to be two to three percent higher in the second half of the year, and home prices, because of a nationwide inventory shortage, will keep marching higher.

The Truckee market posted some impressive gains with a sharp jump in median price of homes sold—up 29 percent to $635,000 and an average home price increase of 24 percent, to $858,304.  However, Truckee sales volume over this time last year was down six percent.

Headquartered in Lake Tahoe, Nevada since 1986, with ten offices in the region (Zephyr Cove, Glenbrook, Incline Village, Tahoe City, Squaw Valley, Graeagle, Truckee, South Lake Tahoe, Carson Valley and Reno) and one in London, England, Chase International and its exclusive affiliations handle a large share of the country’s property. With 260 professional Realtors® boasting an array of industry certifications and the highest volume per sales agent in the area, Chase International successfully represents homes at all price levels.  For more information about Chase International, visit www.chaseinternational.com.

Truckee Follies April 24th, 25th, 26th 2014

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Tahoe Real Estate Market Continuing to Show Appreciation Tahoe Market Home Sale Prices are Up

ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. (April 14, 2014) –The Lake Tahoe real estate market experienced notable increases in both average and median home prices during the first quarter of 2014, which is good news for sellers.  For Tahoe as a whole, which combines the East Shore, South Shore, Tahoe City and Incline Village/Crystal Bay markets, the volume of sales was down nine percent.  Yet the median home price in Tahoe increased 12 percent and the average price climbed 11 percent to $876,611.  The entire region has had record lows in inventory contributing to the decrease in units sold and volume sold.  The one sector at Tahoe where the volume of sales increased, was at the ski resort communities of Northstar, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, by 39 percent.

The most impressive numbers to come out of the region recently were in Tahoe City where sales volume jumped 48 percent over last year at this time, with $53,884,250 in volume sales recorded in 2014’s first quarter.  Tahoe City’s average price increased a whopping 113 percent to $1,314,250, and the median price climbed 51%, from $417,000 last year to $630,000 during this year’s first quarter.

Incline Village showed an increase in average price of 23 percent, to $1,703,476.  The number of units sold in South Shore over $1 million jumped by 100 percent.  And the average price in South Shore increased by 20 percent, to $436,884. The East Shore market was down, due to several large sales that transpired in 2013 and a continued lack of inventory.

These figures are part of a quarterly report released by Lake Tahoe-based real estate company Chase International.

“There continues to be an uptick of interest and sales in the market’s upper end offerings,” said Sue Lowe, corporate vice president for Chase International. “And in the under $1 million market, prices are continuing to climb.”

Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors notes that NAR’s forecast for home sales is to be lower by five percent in the first half of this year versus the same period a year ago.  However, Yun predicts that sales are projected to be two to three percent higher in the second half of the year, and home prices, because of a nationwide inventory shortage, will keep marching higher.

The Truckee market posted some impressive gains with a sharp jump in median price of homes sold—up 29 percent to $635,000 and an average home price increase of 24 percent, to $858,304.  However, Truckee sales volume over this time last year was down six percent.

Headquartered in Lake Tahoe, Nevada since 1986, with ten offices in the region (Zephyr Cove, Glenbrook, Incline Village, Tahoe City, Squaw Valley, Graeagle, Truckee, South Lake Tahoe, Carson Valley and Reno) and one in London, England, Chase International and its exclusive affiliations handle a large share of the country’s property. With 260 professional Realtors® boasting an array of industry certifications and the highest volume per sales agent in the area, Chase International successfully represents homes at all price levels.  For more information about Chase International, visit www.chaseinternational.com.

Inaugural Taste of Truckee at Tahoe Donner

Tahoe Donner’s inaugural Taste of Truckee on-snow gourmet food and wine event will debut at the Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center March 23. This event, which will take place even though the Cross Country Ski Center is closed for skiing, is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and foodies alike.

 

Admission to the event includes a voucher for a one-day trail pass for next season ($27 value), plus food and wine sampling, a raffle ticket, disc golf and cornhole games, and carnival games for the kids.

 

Indulge in a variety of food samples from local restaurants along with a selection of delicious wines from the following participating restaurants and wineries:

The tour will take place from 12:30-2:30 p.m. with après fun taking place until 4:30 p.m. The cost for the event, including trail pass, is $35 for adults and $20 for 18 and under if purchased in advance or $45 for adults and $30 for 18 and under the day of the event (non-alcoholic beverages only for under 21).

 

A percentage of proceeds will be donated to our local Tahoe Food Hub, and to Far West Nordic Ski Education Association.

Win a free ticket!

Win a free ticket to the Taste of Truckee at Tahoe Donner event! Post a photo of your favorite dish or beverage at one of the participating restaurants or wineries or simply tell us what your favorite dish or wine of choice is and tag your post or photo with #TasteofTruckee on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and tag Tahoe Donner in your post. A new winner will be announced daily through Saturday, 3/22. Participating restaurants include: The Lodge Restaurant & Pub at Tahoe Donner, Pizza on the Hill at Tahoe Donner, Alder Creek Cafe at Tahoe Donner’s Cross Country Ski Center, Drunken MonkeyWild CherriesJax at the TracksSpiceWhole Treats BakeryPianeta RistoranteTruckee River WineryMichael David Winery and Artesa Vineyards & Winery.

 

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center is not currently open for skiing and snowshoeing. We will be closed until we receive more snow. Check the conditions page for updated information.

Schaffer’s Mill donates to Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation

By: Tahoe Tribune, Sierra Sun, Tahoe Bonanza News

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Schaffer’s Mill, home of the HGTV Dream Home 2014, donated $51,047 to the Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation from proceeds raised through HGTV Dream Home tour ticket sales.

“We’re excited and proud to donate more than $51,000 to the Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation,” said John Marlin, managing partner for Schaffer’s Mill. “We had more than 5,000 HGTV fans tour the Dream Home and can’t thank the Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation enough for their volunteer efforts in helping us manage Dream Home tours.”

The Schaffer’s Mill community east of Truckee was chosen by HGTV as the HGTV Dream Home 2014 location last spring. HGTV decorated the 3,200-plus square foot modern mountain retreat.

The HGTV Dream Home 2014 was revealed on HGTV on Wednesday, Jan. 1, with fans entering to win at www.hgtv.com (entry has closed).

The winner will be announced during the HGTV Dream Home Giveaway 2014 special on April 15, 2014, at 6 p.m., EST.

The HGTV Dream Home was designed by Truckee-based Ward-Young Architects and was built by Tanamera Builders. Blending traditional and contemporary forms, the home is designed with two wings: a living wing and a bedroom wing with large expanses of glass and sliding door systems to create transparent and direct connection between indoors and outdoors.

Past locations for the HGTV Dream Home include Kiawah Island, South Carolina in 2013; Park City, Utah in 2012, Stowe, Vt. in 2011; and Sandia Park, New Mexico in 2010.

The Schaffer’s Mill community features home sites from the $200’s, mountain lodges from the $900’s and estate homes and luxury cabins from $1.2 million. Open since 2008 and named after the “Father of Truckee,” George Schaffer, Schaffer’s Mill pays homage to Schaffer, his ideals and vision.

Schaffer’s Mill is a private golf and lake club. Memberships are available to those living inside or outside of the community.

New Martis Partners acquired the former Timilick property in January 2011 and immediately set about to rebrand and reposition the community. New Martis Partners is a Dallas-based real estate development firm specializing in the creation of family-oriented communities. The firm’s multi-disciplined leaders have more than 75 years of experience behind their vision to create communities with lasting value.

For more information on Schaffer’s Mill visit www.schaffersmill.com.

How Truckee California became a top ski town

How Truckee became a top ski town

 

If you’re a fan of Truckee’s funky vibe, don’t worry: There’s plenty of that left on the main drag.

If you’re a fan of Truckee’s funky vibe, don’t worry: There’s plenty of that left on the main drag. (Janet Fullwood)
The historic railroad stop-turned-ski town of Truckee hasn’t just made a comeback from the recession. It has catapulted back with enough energy to prompt Sunset, National Geographic and Travel & Leisure magazines, among others, to recently rank it among the best ski towns in the West.

And you don’t get one of those rankings without having plenty of “amenities and culture” beyond the ski slopes, as one article put it.

But who needs their endorsement when you can experience it for yourself?

The “March miracle” that Truckee residents and merchants had been hoping for after a spate of dry days indeed made an appearance, sparking a stampede of powder hounds back up the hill.

Crabcakes and lobster rolls are among specialties at Morgan’s Lobster Shack & Fish Market, which reopened in January after a five-month closure

Crabcakes and lobster rolls are among specialties at Morgan’s Lobster Shack & Fish Market, which reopened in January after a five-month closure due to fire. (Janet Fullwood)

As the first flakes drifted down at the highest altitudes, snowmobile tour operator Larry Hahn, whose Coldstream Adventures takes clients to beauty spots in the High Sierra, was among many who breathed a sigh of relief. “Tomorrow, we’ll be back to business as usual,” he said.

Indeed, the next morning, residents of Truckee woke up to a winter wonderland.

Snow or no snow, visitors to Truckee will find a smorgasboard of activities to keep them engaged in the mountain lifestyle.

“The mountains, the clean air, all the fun stuff to do outdoors … it keeps you young,” says Daron Rahlves, the former alpine racer who is now the name behind Rahlves Banzai Tour, a high-profile ski- and boarder-cross competition that concludes March 15-16 at Sugar Bowl.

Outdoor activities aside, infrequent visitors to Truckee will notice that many new shops and restaurants have blossomed downtown, filling storefronts that went dark during the downturn. Raised planters, sidewalk pavers and small trees wrapped in twinkling white lights line streets that date to the 1870s. And, alas, with the changes came paid parking.

It didn’t take long for Denver-based Marg’s Taco Bistro, a new restaurant in Truckee, to espouse an end-the-drought sentiment.

It didn’t take long for Denver-based Marg’s Taco Bistro, a new restaurant in Truckee, to espouse an end-the-drought sentiment. (Janet Fullwood)

Among new dining spots earning buzz this season is Marg’s Taco Bistro, the fourth location for owner Kevin Sloane, who found a successful formula in three Denver outlets serving internationally inspired cuisine — Mexican, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, Greek, Italian — presented in fresh, homemade tortillas. It’s not all tacos, however: the shrimp-stuffed poblano pepper is a standout among appetizer selections, while the habanero margarita delivers a potent, eye-opening punch. Marg’s, located downtown on the north side of Donner Pass Road, sports roll-up doors that will open in summer onto a covered patio with outdoor seating.

More modest in scale, with indoor seating for only a dozen customers, is Morgan’s Lobster Shack & Fish Market, which opened last summer for just a few weeks before the interior was gutted by fire. Repairs took five months, but owners Shawn and Heather Whitney, a young couple from the East Coast, got an enthusiastic reception when they hung up their welcoming lobster buoys and reopened in January. Walls in the tiny restaurant are decorated with photos of Maine lobster shacks (Heather has family in the business), and fresh seafood is flown in six days a week. “Everything else we try to buy locally,” Shawn says.

Small it may be, but Morgan’s fills a gaping hole in the Truckee restaurant scene. Its menu includes generously stuffed lobster rolls (the California version is dressed up with avocado and Sriracha); succulent crab cakes; several chowders and stews; and a lobster/bacon mac ‘n’ cheese dish that takes comfort food to decadent new levels. On a more nutritious scale, the menu board invites customers to pick their fish (halibut, scallops, salmon, lobster, etc.), choose a cooking method (grilled, fried, sautéed or steamed), select a seasoning (eight choices, from blackened to Greek) and have it served as a sandwich, a wrap or atop salad greens.

In summer, Morgan’s will sprout outdoor umbrella tables with Truckee River views and seating for about 40.

Gail Ozanich opened Tahoe Oil & Spice in December. The shop offers tastings of more than 50 olive oils and balsamic vinegars from around the world,

Gail Ozanich opened Tahoe Oil & Spice in December. The shop offers tastings of more than 50 olive oils and balsamic vinegars from around the world, along with gourmet condiments. (Janet Fullwood)

Elsewhere downtown, Moody’s Bistro & Lounge, a cornerstone of the Truckee dining scene for more than a decade, has new investors who have made a few changes and also have pumped money into renovating the upstairs Truckee Hotel.

The restaurant, re-branded Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats, now sports an inviting sidewalk seating area with bright-red Adirondack chairs and blazing fire pits. A revised menu retains old favorites and adds new dishes such as a starter, billed simply as “avocado, farm egg, pork belly,” that adds up to far more than its understated description.

Moody’s continues to showcase a diverse group of musical talent on weekends, with an emphasis on jazz. Across the street, the lively Bar of America and Pacific Crest Grill have merged into a single entity serving a casual, unified menu. Just next door is the newish Restaurant Trokay, which has expanded from a tiny bakery to a noteworthy restaurant taking reservations weeks in advance for its French-inspired New American cuisine.

Visitors in search of inspiring libations in Truckee will find haven at two seductive new wine bars and shops, Uncorked Truckee on the main drag and Pour House Wine Shop & Tasting Bar a block over on Jiboom Street.

New since December is Truckee Oil & Spice, an olive-oil and vinegar tasting room in the iconic Flying A gas-station building on the south side of Donner Pass Road. Owner/manager Gail Ozanich, inspired by travel to Tuscany, has more than 50 varieties of oils and vinegars from around the world on display in shiny stainless-steel containers called fustis.

Visitors can tap them for tastes served in tiny paper cups — or, better yet, ask Ozanich to suggest a pairing such as baklouti pepper-infused olive oil from Tunisia blended with ginger balsamic vinegar from Italy, which makes a great basting sauce for chicken or fish.

New boutiques also have made an appearance in downtown Truckee — Kitsch for hipster clothing, Bespoke for artisan jewelry and accessories, California 89, Nox and Tahoe Blu among them. Riverside Studios, an artists’ collaborative that has been around a few years, has a new partner in Pat Blide, who produces sculptures in iron and has watched business stay surprisingly strong all winter despite the snow drought.

Blide and other merchants credit mild weather, clear roads and pent-up demand for a record Christmas season, packed Presidents Day weekend and fairly steady business in between. “Over Christmas,” he says, “I counted 55 people in here at once. You could barely walk down the sidewalk; it was like a New York City street.”

Given the new snow, there are bound to be more days like that.

Contact Janet Fullwood at [email protected].

Lodging: Lots of choices, from the five-star Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe (www.ritzcarlton.com/laketahoe) at Northstar California to funky cottage places. In Truckee’s downtown dining and entertainment district, the recently renovated Truckee Hotel (www.truckeehotel.com) and nearby River Street Inn (www.riverstreetinntruckee.com) are within walking distance of all the action. On Highway 267, Cedar House Sport Hotel (www.cedarhousesporthotel.com), with its sleek, Euro furnishings, avant-garde restaurant and recreational programming, is a refreshing change from the norm. More economical but plenty comfy is Hampton Inn & Suites (www.hamptoninntruckee.com), where free Wi-Fi and a hot breakfast are included in the rates.

Dining: New kids on the block include Marg’s Taco Bistro (www.margstacobistro.com) and Morgan’s Lobster Shack (www.morganslobstershack.com). For pizza and salad, Best Pies (www.bestpiestruckee.com) can’t be beat. Fine-dining venues on downtown’s main drag include Restaurant Trokay (restauranttrokay.com), Dragonfly (www.dragonflycuisine.com) and Pianeta (pianetarestauranttruckee). A short drive away are the stellar Stella (www.cedarhousesporthotel.com/stella), the historic Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar (www.cottonwoodrestaurant.com) on a hill above town, and the elegant Lodge at Tahoe Donner (www.tahoedonner.com/the-lodge).
Nightlife: Catch live music at Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats (www.moodysbistro.com), Bar of America (www.barofamerica.com), Cottonwood (www.cottonwoodrestaurant.com) and other downtown venues.
Shopping: Park in the lot beside the train station, feed the meter and let serendipity be your guide.
Just for kids: The Truckee Ice Rink (www.tdrpd.com) in Truckee River Regional Park, a half-mile from downtown, offers public skating daily.
Woodward Tahoe (www.woodwardtahoe.com) at Boreal, about 20 minutes west of Truckee on Interstate 80, is an action-sports training center with trampolines, BMX/skate park, skate/ski ramps and programs for all ages.
Alpine skiing/boarding closest to Truckee: Northstar California (www.northstarcalifornia.com); purchase tickets online three or more days in advance for best deals. Sugar Bowl (www.sugarbowl.com) now sells one-day advance-purchase tickets at a discount. Squaw-Alpine (www.squaw.com; www.alpinemeadows.com) offers skiing at two resorts on one ticket; check websites for discount deals. For more short-notice discount deals, check in with Liftopia.com and GetSkiTickets.com.
Nordic skiing: Tahoe Donner Cross-Country (tahoedonner.com/cross-country), with 100 kilometers of groomed trails, is about 15 minutes from downtown Truckee.
Good for a stroll: The Truckee River Legacy Trail (www.legacytrail.org) includes a paved, multiuse trail and a dirt path running 2.5 miles from Truckee River Regional Park northeast along the river.
Events: Rahlves Banzai Tour (www.rahlvesbanzai.com) is a skier- and boarder-cross event with an $80,000 purse; final sessions are March 8-9 at Alpine Meadows and March 15-16 at Sugar Bowl. Spectator access requires a lift ticket. North Lake Tahoe SnowFest (www.tahoesnowfestival.com) features wacky events at various locations; through March 9.

Truckee California gets a boost from Olympics

Truckee gets a boost from Olympics

A crisp mid-February day in Truckee. The Truckee River may be running low, but business in town is booming.

A crisp mid-February day in Truckee. The Truckee River may be running low, but business in town is booming. (Janet Fullwood)

The athletes are home now, some bearing medals from Sochi and some not, but all contributing to global recognition of Lake Tahoe — and the town of Truckee, in particular — as a world-class center of winter sports.

Former alpine racer Daron Rahlves, a 12-time World Cup champion and four-time Olympian who lives in Truckee, was among those cheering on the 16 ski and snowboard athletes with Tahoe ties.

“Watching the Olympics on TV, you heard ‘Tahoe’ and ‘Truckee’ every time a ski event came on,” he said. ” It makes me proud to see so many others out there representing our town and putting it on the map.”

The Olympics no doubt will give traction to Rahlves’ Banzai Tour, a four-stop, open-to-the-public version of the daredevil ski- and boarder-cross competitions that produced the most spectacular crash of the Sochi games when competitors in the men’s ski quarterfinal wind-milled to a chaotic photo finish. (Remaining Banzai Tour dates are March 8-9 at Alpine Meadows and March 15-16 at Sugar Bowl).

The action in Russia also served to energize Truckee businesses that otherwise would have suffered more than they have from the severe drought engulfing Northern California. Hotels sold out, ski shops ran out of rentals and parking places in the downtown shopping/dining/entertainment district were as scarce as USA medals in the Nordic combined.

And it wasn’t just the resorts and restaurants that stayed busy. Young skaters with stars in their eyes whirled until after dark on Truckee’s municipal ice rink, while down the road at Woodward Tahoe, the action-sports training facility at Boreal Mountain Resort, future Olympians inspired by TV coverage lined up to slide down indoor ramps and throw aerial tricks into foam pits.

“Thank goodness for the Olympics; it helped bring out a lot of pent-up energy to drive business not just to the resorts but to the town,” said Tom Just, part owner of Mountain Home Center, whose headquarter location on Brockway Road houses a swoon-worthy collection of high-end fireplaces, spas and furniture targeted to affluent Tahoe homeowners.

“The people not skiing are shopping,” he added. “We fell off a cliff during the recession, but this year, business is back up above pre-recession levels.”

Even midweek, downtown Truckee is bustling with shoppers and diners who in late February were peeling down to T-shirts as afternoon temperatures topped 50 degrees. One of the weirdest winters on record has produced nights cold enough for resorts to make snow and crystal-clear, bluebird days perfect for other pursuits. With no chain controls to put the damper on travel from lower elevations, visitors who might otherwise not risk driving in snow are making the trip up the hill and finding some surprises in store.

“We normally draw a huge cross-country clientele, but not this year — not yet, anyway,” said Patty Baird, who with her husband, Jeff, owns the recreationally focused Cedar House Sport Hotel. “What we’ve been recommending instead is snow shoeing — or hiking where there’s not enough snow. The weather has been perfect for hiking.”

Not that snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing are totally out of the question. Tahoe Donner Cross-Country, with a base area at 6,700 feet, has remained open even on days when there’s not enough coverage to set tracks at the lower elevations.

“We’ve been fortunate enough to be right at the borderline for snow, and at the top we’ve gotten six-foot drifts,” says Peter Werbel, the resort’s assistant manager. “A lot of people were checking in with us during the holidays because the alpine resorts were so crowded. At Christmas, we had entire families trying Nordic skiing for the first time.”

Tahoe Donner’s biathlon clinics, an introduction to the winter sport showcased in the Olympics, have been sellouts, Werbel added. Sessions combine Nordic skiing with marksmanship using laser rifles closely modeled on those used in sanctioned events.

Contact Janet Fullwood at [email protected].

WELCOME-home EVENTS FOR TAHOE OLYMPIANS

Grab your cowbells and start clanging: Tahoe Olympians just home from Sochi will be welcomed home later this month with two Tahoe events that promise to bring out the crowds.
South Lake Tahoe plans a city-wide party on March 15, while Squaw Valley USA will incorporate a March 21 welcome-home ceremony into a five-day alpine racing event in which several returning Olympians are expected to compete.
South Shore festivities begin at 1 p.m. March 15 with autograph signings and live music at South Tahoe High School, followed by a fire-truck procession down Highway 50 to Myers and on to the Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort. There, on their home slopes, Olympians Jamie Anderson (gold in snowboard slopestyle), Maddie Bowman (gold in freestyle skiing halfpipe) and Hannah Teter (fourth in snowboard halfpipe) will be greeted by marching band and choral performances. All three Olympians hail from the tiny town of Myers, population 3,000.
In all, some 16 athletes with Tahoe ties competed in the Sochi Winter Games.
Squaw will welcome all comers in celebrations folded into the March 19-23 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships, a major race event bringing together the U.S. Ski Team and more than 250 club athletes from around the country. Returning Olympians will be feted the evening of March 21 with a parade, fireworks, autograph sessions and live music.
Squaw Valley athlete and 2010 Olympic gold medalist Julia Mancuso, who took third in Sochi, will be competing on home turf, as will Olympics competitors Marco Sullivan and Travis Ganong.
“It’s great to get to race at my home mountain and it’s awesome to have Squaw’s support for ski racing,” Mancuso said in a press release. “They did an exceptional job last season, so I definitely look forward to some more great races on home snow during Nationals.”
Also expected on the hill are Sochi medalists Bode Miller, Ted Ligety, Andrew Weibrcht and Mikaela Shiffron.
Information: sierraattahoe.com, squaw.com/us-national-alpine-championship
— Janet Fullwood

Reserve your tickets before April 18th!

15th Annual
Best of Tahoe Chefs
A Kaleidoscope of Color!
Please join us for an evening of Dinner, Wine, Dancing and Chef Auction to benefit the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center.  100% of donations support Patient and Family programs & services.

When
SUNDAY
MAY 18, 2014
4:30PM

Where
THE RITZ-CARLTON, LAKE TAHOE

A friendly reminder that this is always a sell-out event and tickets are selling  fast!

Ticket price increases after April 18th.

Buy your tickets TODAY!

SnowFest is returning to North Lake Tahoe for its 34th year! Sponsored by the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, SnowFest is ten days of fun-filled activities from February 28th to March 9th. The events are designed for people of all ages and interests. The most popular events from previous years will be repeated, and there are always new events to provide some variety. There will be snow related events, and non-snow related events, including wining and dining, races, parades theater and concerts.

This year’s theme: Bringing Back The 80s

SnowFest Event Not-to-Miss #1

Kickoff Party at Garwoods
When: Thursday, February 27th from 5-8pm
Where: Gar Woods, of course

The Complete SnowFest Event List

Thursday, February 27th
5pm  Kickoff SnowFest Party (at Gar Woods)
It’s a fundraiser and costs $25 at the door, which includes beer, wine, Wet Woodys and heavy appetizers. There will also be a substantial auction.

Friday, February 28th
6:00pm   SnowFest Queen Coronation (in Squaw Valley)
6:30pm   Laser Show & Torchlight Parde (in Squaw Valley on the mountain in the KT Base Bar area)
7:00pm   Fireworks on the mountain (in Squaw Valley near the KT Base Bar area)
7:30pm   Opening Ceremonies After Party (at Squaw Valley Plaza Bar)

Saturday, March 1st
7:00am   North Tahoe Firefighters Pancake Breakfast (at the North Tahoe Fire Station #51 on Fairway Drive in Tahoe City)
11:00am   Blue Agave’s Parade Central (at Blue Agave in Tahoe City)
11:00am   Rosie’s Parade Watching Party (at Rosie’s Cafe in Tahoe City)
11:30am   Tahoe City SnowFest Parade (downtown Tahoe City from Safeway to Save-Mart)
12:30pm   Pete n Peter’s Post Parade Party (at Pete n Peter’s in Tahoe City)
12:30pm   Paint The Bear (at North Tahoe Arts 380 North Lake Boulevard in Tahoe City)
1:00pm   Stohlgren Brothers Ice Cream Eating Contest (at the Tahoe City Fire Station)
2:30pm   Gar Woods Polar Bear Swim (on Gar Woods’ Pier, which includes complimentary appetizers)

Sunday, March 2nd
12:00pm   Tahoe City Golf Course Dog Pull (behind Bank of America)
1:00pm   Granlibakken’s Gone Bonkers Kids’ Ski Race (in Tahoe City)
3:00pm   Tahoe Mountain Man Contest (Homewood Mountain Resort in the North Lodge)
4:00pm   Sunnyside’s Annual Luau (at Sunnyside Resort)

Monday, March 3rd
4:00pm   Zano’s Godfather Pizza Challenge (at Zano’s Family Italian and Pizzeria on Donner Pass Road in Truckee)
8:00pm   Margarita Races and 80s Onesie DJ Party (Boatworks Mall in Tahoe City)
9:00pm   3rd Annual Grid Glow in the Snow (in Kings Beach)

Tuesday, March 4th
5:30pm   Meet the Squaw Rescue Dogs, our 4-legged heroes (at Tahoe City Visitors’ Center at the Y)
7:00pm   Pete n Peter’s Bar Game Olympics (at Pete n Peter’s) Pool, shuffleboard, dice and fooseball.

Wednesday, March 5th
1:00pm   Truckee River Winery Wine and Ice Competition (at Truckee River Winery Tasting Room)
6:00pm   Girls Night Out “Bunco Bash” (at North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach)

Thursday, March 6th
6:00pm   Unofficial Thursday Grand Prize Giveaway (at Hacienda in the Boatworks Mall, Tahoe City)
9:00pm   The Grid 80s Glow  (in Kings Beach)

Friday, March 7th
Mid-day   6th Annual Bridgetender Rib Fest

Saturday, March 8th
9:00am   Rahlves Banzai Tour (at Alpine Meadows)
10:00am   Dress Up Your Dog Contest (at North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach)
11:30am   Kings Beach SnowFest Parade (in downtown Kings Beach)
12:00pm   The Grid’s Floating 80s Parade Party (in Kings Beach)
12:30pm   Caliente After Parade Party and Raffle (in Kings Beach)
1:00pm   Snow What? Snow Building Contest (at Kings Beach Library)
2:00pm   Hacienda Tortilla Toss (Boatworks Mall in Tahoe City)
6:00pm   Lunafest Film, Food and Wine (at Olympic Village Lodge in Olympic Valley)
9:00pm   Lakeside’s Pink Party (in Tahoe City behind Safeway)

Sunday, March 9th
Rahlves’ Banzai Tour (at Alpine Meadows)
8:30am   Arctic Paddle Race (at Waterman’s Landing in Carnelian Bay)
12:00pm   River Ranch Snow Sculpture Contest (corner of Hwy 89 & Alpine Meadows Rd)
1:00pm   Tahoe Donner Ididarun (at Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area)
8:00pm   Fine n Funky Fashion Show (at Hacienda in the Boatworks Mall in Tahoe City)

LA Times

By Lauren Beale

Three California locales made the short list of best U.S. ski towns for residential real estate investors, reports online housing marketplace RealtyTrac.

Whitefish, Mont., ranked first nationwide, followed by Truckee, Calif., near Squaw Valley; Vail, Colo.; Avon, Colo., near the Beaver Creek Resort, and Jackson, Wyo., with its Jackson Hole ski resort.

Other Golden State locations making the 19-area list were Mammoth Lakes in eighth place and South Lake Tahoe at 13th.

Rather than send their staffers out to measure slope grooming and days of fresh powder, RealtyTrac made their selections from communities of 2,500 residents or more with at least one ski mountain in the top 50 list compiled by Zrankings. Then they looked at vacancy rates, foreclosures, home values and other real estate factors to come up with a matrix.

Among the California contenders, the median home price was highest in Truckee at $379,492. Just above that price in that locale is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom house of 1,327 square feet on a third of an acre listed for sale at $399,000.

The median price in Mammoth Lakes was $341,425. There, a two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo with 1,231 square feet of space is listed at $339,000.

In South Lake Tahoe, where the median price was $321,713, there’s a two-bedroom, one-bathroom house with updated interiors listed at $325,000. It’s a tad snug at 1,041 square feet but newly renovated.

Now for the weather to cooperate.

http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-ski-homes-20140117,0,5833901.story#ixzz2sMbf4v5z

Couple Gifts Super Bowl Tickets to Teen With Cancer

Couple Gifts Super Bowl Tickets to Teen With Cancer

 

By Kiana Bellinger
|  Thursday, Jan 30, 2014

 

 

A generous Nevada couple gave a teenage boy who suffers from Stage IV cancer, a gift many people would dream of – Super Bowl tickets.

 

Gary and Megan Kasden of Incline Village won two tickets from a raffle at the Tahoe Forest Cancer Center to one of the biggest sporting games of the year, according to CSN Bay Area.

Gary Kasden, who just came out of chemotherapy, would be unable to attend the Super Bowl after he battled the flu and recently found out he has pneumonia.

 

Since traveling would be too strenuous, Gary Kaden his wife contacted the Gene Upshaw Memorial Fund and the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation to pay-it-forward to someone else.

 

The Kasden’s chose 16-year-old Kody Beach from Spring Creek, Nev., who has been battling a rare type of malenoma, usually found in adults. Kody’s father said his son has undergone five operations and the cancer has spread to his lungs.

 

With only two tickets to give, the Upshaw Foundation and the NFL donated two more, so the entire family can go to the game in New Jersey.

 

This will be an unforgettable memory for Kody before he starts treatment again.

 

Although Kody is an Eagle’s fan, he and his family could not be more thankful for the Kasden’s big-hearted gift.

HOUSE OF THE YEAR

HOUSE OF THE YEAR

Readers voted for a condo on Lake Tahoe as their favorite home from the 2013 weekly features; waterfront homes in Greenwich, Conn., and Florida were also favorites in the online contest.

You could say that Zari Mansouri’s Lake Tahoe home has views to die for.

“The colors from the west shore are just so spectacular,” she says about the vistas from her roughly 4,100-square-foot Lake Tahoe condo—the same golden hues in Fredo Corleone’s fatal scene in “The Godfather: Part II.”

That scene, in which Fredo, played by the late John Cazale, takes a one-way fishing trip after betraying the family, was filmed in what is now known as Fleur du Lac Estates, a 22-unit condominium development on the western shores of Lake Tahoe, near Homewood, Calif. Originally built in the 1930s by industrialist Henry Kaiser, who was instrumental in the creation of the Hoover Dam, the 15-acre compound was converted in the early 1980s into this gated luxury development.

“I thought, my God, that is so fascinating,” she recalls, but it wasn’t the Corleones that brought her to Lake Tahoe—it was the skiing. As the president and chief executive of Laboratory Skin Care, a business-to-business biotech company in the San Francisco Bay Area, she spent her free time traveling to nearby Squaw Valley Ski Resort, until she finally decided to make Lake Tahoe her primary home. She bought the condo for $4.575 million in 2006, according to public records.

The property also won over WSJ.com readers: Ms. Mansouri’s home received the most votes, 88,957, out of the 897,478 votes cast in the 2013 U.S. House of the Year contest. Ms. Mansouri’s home is on the market for $6.499 million; the other homes in the poll were also on the market at one point during 2013.

For years, Lake Tahoe has attracted affluent buyers from the tech and financial-services industries, including billionaire Larry Ellison, CEO of technology company Oracle Corp. ORCL -2.73% In March, Mr. Ellison listed his 2.6-acre compound on the eastern shore for $28.5 million, according to Jennie Fairchild of Chase International Real Estate. He is building another compound on the north shore’s Incline Village.

“They like the quiet and peaceful serenity” of the western shore.

In 2013, the median sale price of a waterfront home was $4.7 million on the north and west shores of Lake Tahoe, up 20.6% from the previous year.

Despite its prime location, inside the four-bedroom, 4½ bathroom home left something to be desired, says Ms. Mansouri. Before her renovations, a corridor of mirrored walls made the space feel outdated.

“You went into the entry and… you felt like you were mice looking for cheese in a maze,” joked architect Rob Rogers of RWR Art-Architecture in Truckee, Calif., who was part of the team that completed the three-year, $3.5 million renovation project.

For Mr. Rogers, the solution was simple: “What we need to do is blow a hole through the fireplace,” he remembers telling a less-than-enthused Ms. Mansouri. Drastic, perhaps, but efficient, he argued—the hole would create a double-sided fireplace.

“Everybody told us we couldn’t do it,” he says, in part because of the engineering and air-filtration systems required. Today, the roughly 6-foot, 8-inch fireplace (big enough to stand in, they note) is a focal point.

“We certainly weren’t going for typical Tahoe,” says interior designer Justine Ringlien, who incorporated contemporary décor to match the unusual wood finishes, like Sapele mahogany from Africa that was used for flooring. The home features 13 distinct sound zones and wiring for a professional DJ booth. They tore down interior walls and added glass panels on the lakeside for what Mr. Rogers calls the “explosion view,” because of its breadth.

“I’ve had friends who visit who just want to take pictures in that same spot,” she says, referring to a view from the compound that overlooks the scene of the fictional mob hit. In the busy season, tour boats stop near the waters by the private compound for a peek at the development’s “Godfather” history.

Upstairs, Ms. Mansouri kept the focus on the lake, with a master-bedroom suite that includes an all-glass shower. The shower faces the bedroom; a dry sauna is hidden behind a door with a two-way mirror.

“It looked super X-rated,” to have a glass shower in the middle of the bedroom, Mr. Rogers joked, but that wasn’t the intention. (“I wanted a spa bedroom,” Ms. Mansouri says.) The glass shower was designed to extend the views, so that the lake is visible from the vanity mirror.

Her reasons for moving to Fleur du Lac go beyond water views. As a single woman, she says it helped to have maintenance and upkeep handled by the condo development. There is 24-hour security and a concierge-like service that handles requests, such as reserving the original Kaiser family boathouse and yacht club for parties.

Ms. Mansouri says she is one of the few year-round residents of the community, allowing her to enjoy the perks of condo living with the privacy of a single-family home.

Ms. Mansouri says she is selling because she is spending more time near her office in the Bay Area. The home was listed in May 2013 for $6.99 million. Condo fees are $3,900 a month.

2014 Rahlves’ Banzai Tour Dates Announced

2014 Rahlves’ Banzai Tour Dates Announced

Lake Tahoe’s most popular racing series – the Rahlves’ Banzai Tour – is back, with ski and snowboard racing in its purest form.

The 2014 Rahlves’ Banzai Tour, presented by Bank of the West, will span four weekends at Lake Tahoe resorts – Feb. 8 through March 16. The ski venues will be Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows and the Finals and Super Finals at Sugar Bowl Resort on March 15-16.

The race founder and still a dynamic skier is former World Champion, X-Games Champ, four-time Olympian, Daron Rahlves, a Sugar Bowl Resort Ambassador and Super Final competitor.

“There is no other race like this in the world,” Rahlves said. “What’s so unique about the Banzai is that every-day rippers line up against pro-level athletes to find out what they’re made of, battle for Rahlves’ Banzai titles and an $80,000 purse. When the gate drops, it’s on as four competitors go head-to-head in a top to bottom race over natural terrain”.

Feb. 8-9: Kirkwood Mountain Resort
Feb. 15-16: Squaw Valley
March 8-9: Alpine Meadows
March 15-16: Sugar Bowl Resort

The 2013 Banzai tour was filled with as many highlights as the challenging Banzai races. The tour kicked off with an amazing start dropping into the Wall at Kirkwood, followed by a Men’s Ski Final win by inches at Alpine Meadows.

The Squaw Valleytour stop tested the Banzai spirit when the Sunday finals were eliminated by weather, but rebounded strong with new snow and bluebird conditions at Sugar Bowl, culminating in a spirited weekend of competition on a technically challenging course.

Chelone “Chilly” Miller from Franconia, NH won the Overall Men’s Snowboard title as spectators witnessed his “live free and send it” approach that produced an exciting wrap up to his notorious come from behind wins on the 2013 tour.

Miller, a competitive snowboarder known for his progressive style, was found dead in his van from a seizure in April 2013, the cause thought to be long-term damage from a motorcycle accident in 2005 that had left him in a coma for 11 days. Chilly, the younger brother of Olympic Gold Medalist Bode Miller, had hopes of making the Olympic team, with a recent fourth place finish at the 2013 Spring U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix at Canyons, Utah, and an overall victory in the Rahlves Banzai Tour.

This year Rahlves has chosen to honor the competitive spirit of Miller by introducing the “Live Free and Send It” award.

“The award will go to the competitor who embodies the free-spirit, skill and love of competition Chilly brought to the Banzai. It will be a yearly tribute passed on at the finals of the RBT,” Rahlves said.

This year’s tour promises to be one of the most exciting thus far. 2013 Overall Champs Johnny Bochenek, Shannon Rahlves, Casey Lucas and $5,000 Super Final winner Kyle Coxon will have tough competition in defending their titles.

It’s quite a mixture of skiers and riders of all levels, including every-day rippers representing their home resorts, to skiers/boarders of all levels coming out for a fun and competitive experience, to competitors making a name for themselves on other tours in racing, ski cross and big mountain.

New addition for 2014 are tour sponsors GoPro and Alaska Airlines along with adding a Men’s Snowboard Super Final with Nate Holland for same Super Final as Men’s Ski of a winner takes all $5,000 purse. Holland is a seven-time X-Games Champ and U.S. Olympic Snowboarder, who signed on as Rahlves’ Banzai Tour Snowboard Ambassador.

GoPro capturing all the action and Alaska Airlines awarding four round-trip flights to any Alaska Airlines destination to each of the four overall Tour winners. They will also offer the “Alaska Airlines Long Flight Award” of $100 Alaska Airlines bucks for best air during the Sunday finals at each Tour stop.

Rahlves’ Banzai Tour Presented by Bank of the West is proud to be associated with Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Sugar Bowl Resort, Red Bull, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., CEP Compression, Wend Wax, Lake Tahoe North, TahoeCenter for Orthopedics, Jagermeister and our newest partners Alaska Airlines and GoPro.

The 2014 Tour will once again be broadcast live on Truckee and Lake Tahoe’s own radio 101.5 FM, which has also partnered with Alaska Airlines to send two winners with round-trip airfare to Cordova as part of station’s annual Points North Heli Ski Giveaway.

If you’re wondering about the tour’s name, Banzai is a Japanese term expressed as an exuberant cheer meaning, “Long Life!” or “Hurray!”

An apt name for a high-spirited downhill ski and snowboard competition, the Silver Belt Race first took place in the 1940s at Sugar Bowl ski resort, ran strong through the 1970s, and was re-introduced with the head-to-head action by Daron Rahlves and Sugar Bowl in 2009.

The race continued with one event for another year, and then Rahlves decided to take the show on the road, officially launching Rahlves’ Banzai Tour and expanding to stops at four of Lake Tahoe’s premier resorts, finishing the tour where it all began at Sugar Bowl.

Carve Tahoe brings snow sculptors back to Truckee

Carve Tahoe brings snow sculptors back to Truckee

International teams are set to square off in a snow-carving competition at Northstar California this week.

The second annual Carve Tahoe event begins Tuesday and runs through next weekend at and around the resort’s village.

Each team will carve an original snow sculpture out of a 10-foot-by-10-foot-by-12-foot block of compacted man-made snow during the event.

“Once the snow is blown, it is transported to the carving site and blown in to 10x10x12 foot forms,” according to Carve Tahoe’s website. “The snow is then blown into the forms in 3 foot increments. Volunteers climb into the forms and ‘stomp’ the snow into as compressed a form as possible. Another three feet is blow in, and again the snow is stomped. This process goes on until the block is complete. If the snow is not tightly compressed, when a sculpture is exposed to the sun or warmth, it will list. If the block is exposed to heat then cold prior to carving, it will ‘turn bad’ and icy.”

The best days to view the sculptures are Thursday, Jan. 30; Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1, said Carve Tahoe Executive Director Kathryn Keown. She recommended people see the lighting of the sculptures Friday, Jan. 31. She described it as “photographer’s paradise” in a press release from Northstar.

Competitors’ creations are only limited by their imagination, according to the organizer.

“If they can sketch it, they can sculpt it,” Keown said. Last year’s entries included bears, human faces and plenty of abstract designs that let the mind wander.

Teams from Canada, Finland/Czech Republic, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Mongolia, California/The Netherlands, Tahoe/Truckee and Wisconsin are scheduled to carve at the event.

The Mongolian team is among the best in the world and should be fun to watch, Keown said. She also gave high praise to the Tahoe/Truckee contingent, which won the People’s Choice Award last year after joining the event at the last minute when another team was not able to secure visas.

Teams are not awarded prize money for winning the competition. Donations accepted during the event benefit the Human Society of Tahoe-Truckee.

From 4-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 Carve Tahoe will also host a volunteer appreciation party at Truckee’s Bar of America, which will feature carving from Team Canada, Keown said.

Tour the 2014 HGTV® Dream Home at Schaffer's Mill & Enter to Win.

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Tour the 2014 HGTV® Dream Home at Schaffer’s Mill. Enter to Win at HGTV.com

Thru’ February 14th

Tours of the beautiful 2014 HGTV Dream Home at Schaffer’s Mill will begin Thursday, January 9th and continue every Thursday-Sunday from 10am to 4pm through February 16th. Tickets to tour the home are $20 each and available online at:
http://www.schaffersmilldreamhome.com/schaffersmill_hgtv/
All proceeds from tour ticket sales will benefit the Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation.

Schaffer’s Mill, a 475-acre, 400-homesite gated community and private club located just east of Truckee, was chosen by HGTV as the location for the 2014 HGTV Dream Home this past summer. HGTV built and decorated the beautiful 3,200-plus square foot cabin at Schaffer’s Mill. The Dream Home will be revealed on HGTV on Wednesday, January 1st during a one-hour show. The network will then give the home away to one lucky winner through its 2014 HGTV Dream Home Giveaway.

“I recently toured the Dream Home and it is amazing,” said John Marlin, Managing Partner for Schaffer’s Mill. “If you have an opportunity to tour the home, I highly recommend it. Not only, is the architecture and decorating incredible, but the proceeds from tour ticket sales benefit a local Tahoe/Truckee charity — the Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation.”

The HGTV Dream Home was designed by Truckee-based Ward-Young Architects and was built by Tanamera Builders. Blending traditional and contemporary forms, the home is designed with two wings: a living wing and a bedroom wing with large expanses of glass and sliding door systems to create transparent and direct connection between indoors and outdoors. Past locations for the HGTV Dream Home include Kiawah Island, South Carolina in 2013, Park City, Utah in 2012, Stowe, Vermont in 2011 and Sandia Park, New Mexico in 2010. The 2013 HGTV Dream Home Giveaway drew over 77 million entries, with the grand prize of a Kiawah Island HGTV Dream Home, a brand-new GMC Acadia Denali and $500,000 cash. The Schaffer’s Mill community features home sites from the $200’s, Mountain Lodges from the $900’s and estate homes and luxury cabins from $1.2 million. Open since 2008 and named after the “Father of Truckee,” George Schaffer, Schaffer’s Mill pays homage to Mr. Schaffer, his ideals and vision.

Schaffer’s Mill is a private Golf and Lake Club. Memberships are available to those living inside or outside of the community. A Schaffer’s Mill Golf & Lake Club membership includes:

– Access to the award winning John Harbottle and Johnny Miller golf course
– Use of the North Village Clubhouse with fine dining, private locker rooms, resort-style pool and an expansive fitness facility
– Use of the 48-foot club yacht on Lake Tahoe
– A private Lake Club at Jake’s on the Lake
– Wintertime fun with Schaffer’s Mill Base Camp at Northstar providing ski-in/ski-out convenience
– Private club shuttle

New Martis Partners acquired the former Timilick property in January 2011 and immediately set about to rebrand and reposition the community. New Martis Partners is a Dallas-based real estate development firm specializing in the creation of beautiful, family-oriented communities. The firm’s multi-disciplined leaders have more than 75 years of experience behind their vision to create communities with lasting value.

About Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation

Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation is the philanthropic incubator for innovative and creative advancement of Tahoe Forest Health System. Funds from ticket sales will support the Wellness Neighborhood programs and their mission to fund community initiatives. The Wellness Neighborhood programs reflect their partnerships with community based organizations. Their goals are to increase access to health care services, strengthen our ability to focus on important health care issues, and to optimize our community’s health.

Downtown Truckee’s “Railyard” Project: 500+ New Homes

Downtown Truckee’s “Railyard” Project: 500+ New Homes

15 years after the town of Truckee, California came out with a new General Plan, a new vision is taking shape in one of our area’s most historic downtowns. Standing in front of a newly rehabbed train depot, Truckee Donner Chamber president Lynn Saunders feels so close to reaching her dream of a revival in her town, she can already see it. This longtime Truckee cheerleader envisions a new crowd, coming to a dramatically different town. As she told us, “Every new product brings more opportunities for people to enjoy here.”

And what a new product…a gargantuan (for Truckee) downtown makeover, erasing one of the last remnants of the town’s logging days. With the “Truckee Railyard” project, the days of being a tiny storybook town are coming to an end. Big Bay Area developers have big plans. One of them is to transform the old rail yard downtown into hundreds of upscale residences.

John McLaughlin, community development director for the town of Truckee, told us it will be “something that would be more urban, but really appropriate in downtown Truckee. Over 500 residences are proposed. We can easily handle it in this area.” Along with the 500-plus condos and homes…a theatre, supermarket and retail stores. McLaughlin said there will also be “some light industrial with some civic space…a museum and some open spaces.”

The project is already a done deal. Already approved by residents, the Master Plan passed in 2009. The Railyard Project’s first building has already been built…the others will look just like it. The developer is the same one who built the Pacific Cannery Lofts in Oakland, and the Clocktower building in San Francisco.

In Truckee, smaller changes have already, literally, “paved” the way. You will notice the wider sidewalks and more urban park areas up and down the main drag. McLaughlin showed us all the new areas for “outdoor dining, outdoor seating…great spots for people to just hang out.”

Lynn Saunders says despite the project’s size, she’s convinced that Truckee’s unique character will live on. As she told us, “It still retains that kind of funky, hip cool vibe to it. We’re keeping the historic value too, absolutely.”

-written by John Potter

You can see the plans yourself for the Truckee Railyard development below…just click the link:

http://truckeerailyard.com/

Downtown Truckee’s “Railyard” Project: 500+ New Homes

Downtown Truckee’s “Railyard” Project: 500+ New Homes

Truckee Downtown Railroad Project

 

15 years after the town of Truckee, California came out with a new General Plan, a new vision is taking shape in one of our area’s most historic downtowns. Standing in front of a newly rehabbed train depot, Truckee Donner Chamber president Lynn Saunders feels so close to reaching her dream of a revival in her town, she can already see it. This longtime Truckee cheerleader envisions a new crowd, coming to a dramatically different town. As she told us, “Every new product brings more opportunities for people to enjoy here.”

And what a new product…a gargantuan (for Truckee) downtown makeover, erasing one of the last remnants of the town’s logging days. With the “Truckee Railyard” project, the days of being a tiny storybook town are coming to an end. Big Bay Area developers have big plans. One of them is to transform the old rail yard downtown into hundreds of upscale residences.

John McLaughlin, community development director for the town of Truckee, told us it will be “something that would be more urban, but really appropriate in downtown Truckee. Over 500 residences are proposed. We can easily handle it in this area.” Along with the 500-plus condos and homes…a theatre, supermarket and retail stores. McLaughlin said there will also be “some light industrial with some civic space…a museum and some open spaces.”

The project is already a done deal. Already approved by residents, the Master Plan passed in 2009. The Railyard Project’s first building has already been built…the others will look just like it. The developer is the same one who built the Pacific Cannery Lofts in Oakland, and the Clocktower building in San Francisco.

In Truckee, smaller changes have already, literally, “paved” the way. You will notice the wider sidewalks and more urban park areas up and down the main drag. McLaughlin showed us all the new areas for “outdoor dining, outdoor seating…great spots for people to just hang out.”

Lynn Saunders says despite the project’s size, she’s convinced that Truckee’s unique character will live on. As she told us, “It still retains that kind of funky, hip cool vibe to it. We’re keeping the historic value too, absolutely.”

-written by John Potter

You can see the plans yourself for the Truckee Railyard development below…just click the link:

http://truckeerailyard.com/

HGTV Dream Home 2014 Giveaway

 

HGTV Dream Home 2014 Giveaway

 

HGTV Dream Home 2014 Giveaway

Lake Tahoe Retreat

Enter twice online per day — once on HGTV.com and once on FrontDoor.com — for your chance to win the luxuriously furnished HGTV Dream Home 2014, a new mountain-style getaway located in the Truckee, Calif., community of Schaffer’s Mill, plus an All-New 2015 GMC Yukon Denali and a $250,000 cash prize provided by Quicken Loans.

Enter Now!

 

Remember, you can enter through February 14, 2014, at 5 pm ET for a chance to live the dream.

 

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Chase ‘N Around Lake Tahoe December 2013

 
Chase ‘N Around Lake Tahoe
December 2013
 

In This Issue
 

Area Real Estate Market Statistics

Real Estate Articles and Information 

Luxury California Property For Sale

Luxury Nevada Property For Sale

Recent Sold Property Ca or Nv 

Tahoe/Truckee, Incline Village Nv. Events

Property and Neighborhood  Videos 

The Market has received a boost from all cash buyers…

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The number of people who bought existing U.S. homes in November declined for the third straight month. Higher mortgage rates have made home-buying more expensive, while the lingering effect of the October government shutdown might have deterred some sales. Still, the Realtors’ group predicts that total sales this year will be 5.1 million. That would be the strongest since 2007, when the housing bubble burst. But it’s still below the 5.5 million generally associated with healthy housing markets.

Read More Here

Tahoe Sales Surge: duplex penthouse sells for $5 million


   

In another sign of a resurgent high-end real estate market around Lake Tahoe, a $5 million duplex penthouse at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Lake Tahoe, has been sold to an unnamed buyer.

The sale of the 3,407-square-foot penthouse – featuring four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a theater and spectacular views of Northstar Mountain and the surrounding area from an altitude of about 7,000 feet

By Mark Glover Sac Bee

Hollywood’s Ski Getaways:
Luxe Real Estate in Peak Markets Aspen Co and Tahoe Ca and Nv

 

Don Henley’s former estate is part of a $27.5 million spread in Colorado, while Larry Ellison’s massive compound takes shape in Nevada and California — with nary a bear rug in site.

Modern design is going straight to the top of some of the country’s hottest ski resort towns, where right-angled contemporary homes — with plenty of out-there amenities — are keeping company with traditional-style cabins.

The Sun N Sand Motel  

Rare commercial opportunity. Create your legacy with this Lakefront motel on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. 75′ of sandy beach and lake frontage. Panoramic lake views with 26 rooms and a management suite.  
Offered for $3,500,000


Featured Luxury Property

Prestigious Fleur du Lac Estates
 


Privacy yet steps from fabulous clubhouse, yacht club, your own protected boat slip, tennis court, pool, gym, bocce court! Level property of 22 spacious and gated condominiums with on-site security/office. Private patio with BBQ, large great room with living area, pool table, dining area, kitchen; separate bar room; wood burning fireplace & gas fireplaces. Bring your sports equipment, ride bikes out the gate. Take your boat to lunch at west and north shore restaurants; have a picnic in Emerald Bay. Concierge services at your phone call. Lovely landscaping, updated clubhouse with owner cabinets, beautiful catering kitchen (original historic building on property). Property’s claim to fame is film location for parts of Godfather II

 


Featured Luxury Nevada

Summertide, Crystal Bay

Once owned by billionaire Howard Hughes, Summertime, his Crystal Bay, Nev., estate, has only been owned by one other owner since Hughes. The 2,518-square-foot main house has five bedrooms and four bathrooms , while a 1,343-square-foot guesthouse offers extra living space for visitors.

 

Featured SOLD Property


A True “Tahoe” Cabin, Carnelian Bay Ca 

  

3 bedrooms, 2 baths, lake view deck, buoy and shared pier with lift.      Sold for $2,487,500

    

Holidays in Tahoe

Dec 21st kicks of the Winter Season!

Here are events into the New Year 2014!

 

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Chase ‘N Around Lake Tahoe November Monthly E-Newsletter

 
Chase ‘N Around Lake Tahoe
November 2013
 

In This Issue
 

Area Real Estate Market Statistics

Real Estate Articles and Information 

Luxury California Property For Sale

Luxury Nevada Property For Sale

Recent Sold Property Ca or Nv 

Tahoe/Truckee, Incline Village Nv. Events

Property and Neighborhood  Videos 

California Housing Market Is Expected to Be Up in 2014
With the value of discounted properties continue to appreciate, investors are paring their purchases of distressed homes as their profit margin narrows.  As investors take a step back, inventory will likely improve slightly in the upcoming year.  Meanwhile, the increase in home prices will also encourage more homeowners to put their houses up for sale. The housing supply will grow and should gradually climb back from under three months in 2013 to about four months in 2014.

Read More Here

5 Reasons to Sell before Spring


  Many sellers feel that the spring is the best time to place their home on the market as buyer demand increases at that time of year. However, the fall and winter have their own advantages. Here are five reasons to sell now. 
By KCM blog


Million Dollar Housing Markets

Home sales of $5 million or more are common in these wealthy zip codes across the United States. Surprisingly enough Lake Tahoe zip codes did not make the list

River Ranch is For Sale!

One of Lake Tahoe’s older properties is up for sale for the first time in more than 40 years. The River Ranch hotel and restaurant/bar located on the Truckee River at the base of Alpine Meadows Road! The two-acre property encompasses a 19-room lodge, restaurant and bar with a total of 12,500 square feet.

The asking price is $5 million.


Featured Luxury Property

Just Reduced! Panoramic Lake Views in Carnelian Bay Lake Tahoe
 


Fabulous panoramic Lake Tahoe views from the private deck and expansive windows. Having an abundance of natural light, this home is warm and inviting. Designed for large or small gatherings, offering the main living area, master suite & additional bedroom at street level. An additional 3 bedrooms; en suite on lower level. A remodeled kitchen, enormous workshop and additional unfinished room add to the versitile use of this property. Centrally located in Carnelian Bay just minutes from Tahoe City and Kings Beach. 


Featured Luxury Nevada

Elusive Elements Meet    

Located on almost 3/4 of an acre, with lake views, privacy, and the 6th green of the Incline Village championship golf course in your backyard. Elegant luxury living amongst 5900 sq ft. with custom stone and woodwork throughout. Amenities include Hydronic heating, sauna, 3 decks, 3 fireplaces and a seasonal creek.  Room to grow with 6 bedrooms, 6 baths and a 5 car garage.

 

Featured SOLD Property


Tahoe Donner, Close to X-Country 

   

 

3 bedrooms, 2 baths, bonus room, 2 car garage

Sold for $490,000

 

   

Thanksgiving Feast!
Tahoe Donner
Join us from 2-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28, for our special Thanksgiving holiday meal tahoedonner.com

Northstar California
3:00 – 8:00 p.m. Come enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving Day Buffet at Tavern 6330′

11:00 am – 5:30 pm Gather with family and friends and create new holiday memories over Thanksgiving Dinner.

Tahoe City
3pm-8pm Enjoy sweeping views of Tahoe and leave the cooking and cleaning to Jake’s at the Lake & Chef Yorkey

 

November 30th

Light up the Night at Tahoe Donner


Santa and holiday activities at the annual Tahoe Donner Light Up the Night event

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December 5th & 6th



Noel Nights at Northstar California

Noel Nights taking place the first 3 Thursdays of December from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. The Village at Northstar will be festive winter wonderland with a decorated 35-foot tree, ice skating until 9 p.m., fire pits to warm you, holiday carolers, shopping deals, and much more!

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Please join Santa and Mrs. Claus for the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. Enjoy a cookie swap, photos with Santa, complimentary soup and cocoa, arts and crafts stations and Friends of Kings Beach Library book sale!

Opening Day!  Are you ready?!

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area – OPEN
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Lake Tahoe Luxury Estates Trinkie Watson

Lake Tahoe Luxury Estates Trinkie Watson

 

 

Trinkie Watson, CIPS CLHMS

Luxury Lake Tahoe Broker

530 582 0722  800 783 0722

CA #00326518   NV #001022  
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My Turn: ‘Do not be fooled’ is right
By Trinkie Watson
Special to the Sun
LAKE TAHOE — Thanks to Mark Miller for his straight-forward and realistic position on the discussion about what’s good for Lake Tahoe. As a long-term Realtor, broker and resident, I personally do not want to see any degradation of our beautiful Lake Tahoe or any part of our glorious United States, including Truckee. No community can endure without progress.

If you know history at all, when the economics of an area fail, so does the area. In past California history, look at our amazing, instant gold mine cities/communities that no longer exist … because the economics failed. In today’s world, look at Detroit and other industry-focused cities that have seriously deteriorated because manufacturing went to another country. Have you seen that email that shows what Hiroshima looks like today after we destroyed it compared to what Detroit looks like today because we discarded it?

No one wants the destruction of Lake Tahoe and our beautiful Sierra. However, people are the most important part of the equation … and they won’t stay here if we allow our communities to deteriorate. We need to come together with a realistic vision and plan so we can all continue to live here and visit here with pleasure.

There are a lot of us that have been here for quite a long time. I’m a newcomer for many, but I moved here from San Francisco in 1966 to live in Squaw Valley … from there to Truckee, to Incline Village and back to Truckee where I’ve been for 23 years. I also have participated in the ‘swells’ event — the League to Save Lake Tahoe’s wonderful Oscar de la Renta (formerly Bill Blass) lunch-fashion show. I am no longer participating because I do not support the league’s continuing use of raised funds to sue every project that’s been vetted for at least three years and approved by all the agencies.

Unfortunately, the negative voice seems to garner most media and agency attention, and that’s because those of us that support a balanced environmental and economic solution don’t jump in when we see that the public feedback is supporting the hearings and decisions of the respective agencies that have approved it. It’s after-the-fact that the naysayers jump in and sue. And, it ends up costing us all a lot of money.

As a Realtor, there’s no question that the escalating values caused many to flee … but they sold at the high and moved to other areas that didn’t cost so much. Today, prices have come down at least 30 percent, enabling more to move in and enjoy our communities, whether permanent or vacation owners. We are a resort area and we depend on our visitors and vacation-home buyers to support all of us in business.

The “Friends of whatever” want no growth and want everything to stay as it is, and that’s not practical or realistic. I love where I live and know that to continue to enjoy the true benefits of our glorious communities, we need to envision the future and support all the great volunteers (our elected representatives included) and agency employees that work very hard to consider all the variables that are included in every project that comes to the table.

Katrine “Trinkie” Breuner Watson is a a long-time broker with Chase International, in both California and Nevada.

Truckee Day June 2, 2012

Chase the PUSH! A South Pole Adventure

Daylight Savings Time Ends November 6th! This Sunday!

 

Reminder! Sunday, November 6, Daylight Saving Time ends. Don’t
forget to set the clock back an hour on Saturday night after midnight or Sunday
morning.

As winter is fast approaching you may want to consider some basic maintenance:

1. Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Test batteries and replace.

2. Driveway: Seal and patch the driveway if needed

3. HVAC: Change filters, if required.

4. Toilet: Check for leaks and water run-on.

5. Garbage Disposal: Tighten drain connections and fasteners.

6. Dryer: Vacuum lint from ducts and surrounding areas.

7. Washer: Clean water inlet filters; check hoses and replace them if they are leaking.

8. Wiring: Check for frayed cords and wires; repair or replace them as needed.

9. Snow Removal: Contract in place and driveway staked.

10. Buy A Season Pass at Your Favorite Ski Resort!

Have you seen this exciting new building under construction on Donner Pass Road in Truckee?  It is the expanded, state-of-the-art Cancer Center due to open the summer of 2012.  As a member of the Cancer Advisory Council since its inception, along with other community business leaders, I share a common vision to help shape the future of cancer care in our community.  I am excited to be a member of this dynamic group of volunteers and especially excited to tell you about the Community for Cancer Care Endowment.  Funds raised through this Endowment will support unique patient and family services and create sustainable programs providing exceptional care, while allowing patients to remain close to home and in our community throughout their treatment.

Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, led by Medical Director Laurence Heifetz, MD, FACP and Medical Oncologist Hematologist, Ahrin Koppel, MD., is creating a national model for rural cancer care in our community.  In addition, Tahoe Forest Cancer Center is a proud affiliate of the UC
Davis Cancer Care Network, an organization that unites five hospital-based cancer care centers dedicated to providing high quality health care.

Through the UC Davis Cancer Care Network program, the collaboration allows patients access to cutting edge cancer research with the latest clinical trials and diagnostic techniques. Another important feature of the network is the Virtual Tumor Board where all network sites are linked through state-of-the-art telemedicine technology, giving oncologists and medical staff, convenient opportunities to meet via
real-time video conferencing to share medical information, and reach consensus on patient treatment plans. These sessions are also utilized to evaluate appropriate clinical trial opportunities and other specialty care.

 

The keystone of the endowment is the Circle of Life. The Circle of Life is a beautiful work of art, comprised of inlaid stonework, which will greet our patients in the entryway of the new Tahoe Forest Cancer Center. This eight-foot Circle of Life represents our community of generosity with 520 naming opportunities. The goal of this unique artwork is to embrace our patients with the knowledge that they are supported by our community with hope and positive energy as they seek treatment and wellness.

I invite you add your name (or the name of a loved one) in the Circle of Life.  The deadline to secure your space is October 28, 2011

We are also scheduling Hard Hat Tours for small groups.  If you are interested in touring this amazing building while it’s under construction and learn more about naming opportunities, please call the Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation at (530) 582-6329 to schedule a tour and be sure to mention my name.
I encourage you to visit the official website for the Community for Cancer Care
Endowment at www.endowment4cancercare.com 

to learn more.  I hope you will join me in supporting our efforts.

Sincerely,
Trinkie Watson, Founding Member

Cancer Advisory Council

530 582 0722

twatson@chaseinternational.com

 

Tips for Summer Time Clean Up and Property Maintenance

Tips for Summer Time Clean Up

Here are some routine maintenance methods to help you maintain your home in better shape and make sure everything is in working order.

Driveway:
Things like soil and leaves remain on your driveway and can cause everything to have a darker brown color rather than the fresh bright color that it used to appear to be. Cracks need to be filled and it is a good idea to seal the driveway each year to prepare for the next winter. www.lakesidesealing.com or www.shaffersealing.com

Landscaping:
Trees and bushes need to be trimmed back so they will be simpler to work with after they start developing. Move around any sticks, foliage, or rocks that are in the way. Pull weeds and bag up all pine needles/pine cones so that they do not inhibit growth. Add new soil to flower beds and start watering as soon as your weather allows it. www.rocknrose.com or www.tahoelandscaping.com

Roof:
Get your roof and shingles looked at to ensure there hasn’t been any damage or lifting, holes or leaks that may have occurred during the winter months. You could employ someone to do this. www.mountainroofing.com or www.tahoeroofing.com

Windows:
Now is a good time to clean and care for your outside windows. There are several professionals that can do windows that are too high for an average ladder. Once they are cleaned up, inspect them. If you see any cracks you will want to replace these windows prior to the fall. www.laketahoewindowcleaning.biz

Local Events

Check Out Some Live Music!

Friday 14th:

Truckee/Cottonwood~Bourgeois Gypsies 7 pm

Tahoe City/Jake’s on the Lake~Emily Tessmer 7 pm

Crystal Bay Club~Martin Sexton Band 10 pm

Tahoe Biltmore~The Robeys 10 pm

Saturday 15th:

Crystal Bay Club~Tea Leaf Green 9 pm

Tahoe City/Jake’s on the Lake~Blue’s Music 9 pm

Crystal Bay Club~Purple Haze 10 pm

Friday January 14th

Homewood Season Pass Holders Party

Kick off the 10/11 season at Homewood’s South Lodge. Gather for your ski party exclusive to pass holders. Listen to live music and enjoy a variety of delicious, hearty appetizers.

Saturday January 15th

Donner Party Snowshoe Hike

11- 12pm Donner Memorial State Park .Bring your snowshoes and meet at the flagpole in front of the Emigrant Trail Museum for a snowshoe tour of Donner Party historical sites in the park. 530-582-7892

Ice Bar Kickoff Party

12 – 3:30pm located at the base of Sherwood Chair at Alpine Meadows live on-snow music, and casual inviting ambiance usually reserved for the beach. Barbecued bratwurst, the hula-hoop contest, or dance to great DJ sounds emanating from the one and only snow cat sound system hybrid, the Alpine Bandwagon.

T.T.S.O. and Chorus is Going Baroque!

7 – 9pm St. Patrick’s Church Incline Village, NV  Handel is Organ Concerto Opus 4 #5, Teleman’s Trumpet Concerto in D minor, Vivaldi’s Concerto for 2 Violins in A minor, and the Bach Cantata #4. Tickets are $25 adults, $20 seniors, and $15 students.

Sunday January 16th

Squaw Valley Institute Presents: Tahoe’s Culture

squawvalleyinstitute.org Resort at Squaw Creek. 7 pm. $10 donation. Scott Lankford tells how Tahoe changed, ancient times and Washoe Indian legends until recent history.

Tahoe Donner Wii Night

6:30pm Want to play golf, race a go cart or even sky dive this winter? You can for free every Sunday as part of our Nintendo Wii Night. Challenge other players and pick from a variety of Wii games to play on our 120″ screen.

Full Moon Show Shoe Tour in Tahoe Vista

Adventure through the brisk mountain air and wintery forest. As we travel by moonlight, guides will discuss Natural History and Astronomy topics. Hot drinks, snacks, gear, permit fees and guides. Reservations required. TahoeAdventureCompany.com

On March 5th 2010, Grant Korgan suffered an L1 Burst fracture, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Donate directly to Grant’s recovery so we can all go back out into the mountains with him. To donate click here!