Tahoe still open for business
Business operators and tourism officials are collaborating to relocate wedding parties originally planned on U.S. Forest Service lands.
Several outdoor activities that visitors can still enjoy include hiking and biking at Van Sickle Bi-State Park, Camp Richardson, Washoe Meadows State Park and Kahle Community Park.
The Tahoe Queen (Ski Run Marina) offers daily sightseeing boat cruises.
“We’re fortunate enough be able to offer visitors an array of attractions, outdoor excursions, activities, events and entertainment,” said Carol Chaplin, executive director of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. “But this situation shines the light on the fact that as a community, we always rally to take care of business. We are working with Douglas County, City of South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Chamber, businesses and partners to solve problems and ensure our visitors can enjoy the area’s attractions.”
The government shutdown will not impact the day-to-day operations of Heavenly, Kirkwood or Sierra-at-Tahoe, and the resorts are still slated to open in November for the 2013-2014 ski and ride season.
The Visitors Center is the resource for information regarding travel plans and options — what’s currently in operation, and suggestions for any necessary revisions to plans. The California office is located at 3066 Lake Tahoe Blvd. South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 (across from Sno-Flake Drive In), call (530) 544-5050 or visit http://www.tahoesouth.com for hours and more details.
LTVA is working with local and state government and agencies: Douglas County, City of South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Chamber and businesses to reinforce current messaging. The community agencies are working together to help South Shore businesses with alternative locations for weddings, events and tour groups. LTVA and partners also want to ensure representatives are aware of the financial impact on a major industry.
Many tourism related organizations, including the LTVA, are encouraging individuals to contact respective representatives on how the shutdown is impacting residents, businesses and tourism while encouraging officials to pass a continuing resolution.
“We’re doing what we can to help,” said Chaplin. “There is a key take away that even though our federal government is inoperable, local governments and private business are necessary to provide services and information to our residents in order to help stabilize our local economy. If there was ever any time that you wanted to send a message to one of your elected officials, it’s now – we need the support.”