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Early Ski Resort Closures Impact Tahoe Economy

  

A group of friends has been playing Frisbee golf all this mild winter at Lake Tahoe. Drew Mincey hasn’t had much else to do. He can’t find a job.

“Normally I would be a ski tech, but everywhere I have been going has just been no business so they are keeping the small amount of guys they have and going with it.”

It’s getting worse. Resorts like Sugar Bowl, Donner and Homewood are closing early. It’s hitting nearby businesses like Obexer’s General Store across from Homewood. Kevin Kubiak is the Deli Manager.

“It’s absolutely horrible. I mean I known of friends who have been here for years that are are moving now. Moving to Park City, Utah and other parts that are getting snow.”

He’s cutting his own hours to keep staff on the clock. This week Sugar Bowl closed. The Clair Lappaan Lodge is near by. Operations Manager John Jackson has 140 rooms available.

“They are completely empty. We have no people in here. As of a week ago, we had 80-some people booked in here and everyone cancelled when the ski resort closed down.”

He laid off half his staff. Still, Jackson and Obexer’s Kubiak say this year turned out better than last because strong December and January snow storms drew tourists. They are also expecting a busier summer tourist season than last year.