Pay at the door event fee: $5 – please complete the eventbrite registration to RSVP and to help us plan for this event. Due to space limitations, only 32 spots available for this event.
Included with every entry is a free Liftopia gift card. Also, light snacks will be provided.
For ladies, enjoy a “French Kiss”: a mixture of French Champagne, puree of white peach, and fresh raspberry, served in a champagne flute for $8.
For gentlemen: a glass of tasty Haraszthy Zinfandel for $9 (regularly $11). Tasting notes: “The nose of this vintage is full of berry aromas and in the mouth you will taste blackberry, spice, and a hint of vanilla.”
Please make a note to bring cash. For these special events, it’s cash only.
Sagittarian’s Secret Desire: To make a difference in the world
Description: Ruled by the benefic planet Jupiter, Sagittarians possess a natural exuberance, sense of adventure and love of life that makes them one of the most optimistic zodiac signs of all. Like their astrological symbol – the Archer – Sagittarians are renowned for aiming their sights towards whatever it is they find alluring – a love partner, dream job, vacation – and making it their own. They believe that anything is possible – and because of this belief system, Sagittarians are adept at seeking out their very own pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
But sometimes trying to tie down these free-spirited individuals is frustrating for those around them. Sagittarians are happiest on the move – exploring new cultures and ideas and many are attracted to occupations related to travel, the media, outdoor work and philosophical pursuits. In love, their catch-cry is “don’t fence me in”. But once they find a partner who understands their need to retain their own sense of self and identity, Sagittarians can be the most big-hearted, generous and fun-loving companions of all.
Freedom loving, optimistic and honest, Sagittarians are ruled by Jupiter, the planet of abundance and higher learning. The wisdom of Jupiter imbibes Sagittarians with an inherent need to develop their own unique philosophy of life. The Centaur is their astrological symbol, and it gives many insights into the Sagittarian personality. The higher-evolved Sagittarian learns to integrate the two ends of the Centaur (half-human, half-beast) in order for their arrow (another Sagittarian symbol) of higher aspirations to be more on the mark. Although they are intellectually and spiritually advanced, Sagittarians are notorious for their lack of tact. In relationships they demand independence, but when in love, it can’t be denied that they are one of the most big-hearted signs of the zodiac.
If you were born on the first or last day of a Sun sign, in astrological terms you were born on a cusp. If that’s the case, you will probably benefit from reading your own Sun sign and the Sun sign that ends or begins right before or after your date of birth. For example, if your birth date is 22 December, your Sun sign is Capricorn, but you probably have some Sagittarian traits as well. ” – by Athena S.
Get our e-Newsletter, and get entered into our North Lake Tahoe ski lodge package giveaway. We’ll pick one lucky person at 11:55 PM (PST) on November 26, 2012 to win a vacation package getaway that includes three meals a day for two(a $240 value) to Sierra Club’s Clair Tappaan Lodge
Nearby Ski Resorts: Sugar Bowl(only 5 minutes drive), Boreal(only 10 minutes drive) and Northstar at Tahoe(40 minutes drive)
* “A professional kitchen staff prepares hearty breakfasts and dinners that are served family-style in the dining room. Guests prepare their own brown bag lunches from plentiful and varied ingredients to enjoy while on their daily adventure. Vegetarian options are available for every meal.” – Sierra Club
* To enter via facebook, click on the ‘like’ button on our facebook page
Find out if you’ve won by reading our upcoming newsletter or check our facebook page to see if you’ve won. We’ll select a winner on November 26, 2012 and post the name/partial email in the newsletter as well as our facebook page. If you see your partial name/email (ie. skiteddy@*****.com) or your facebook url, claim your prize by within 7 days.
What type of info would be in your e-Newsletter?
Once a week we curate the best deals to be had in Tahoe and we list our top ten picks, some of which could possibly include:
Tahoe news & weather forecast(will there be new POWder on the horizon?)
inside travel and money saving tips for those with kids and without
top picks for lift ticket deals
specials on Tahoe area dining, entertainment, lodging
retail ski & snowboard shop sales & specials
engaging ski resort events
our picks for ‘absolute must go’ ski and snowboard travel destinations
ski & stay vacation package deals & promotions
contests & giveaways
upcoming events & outings
New to Snowpals? Sign up for Tahoe rideshare, mixers, get advice, interact with members by joining the group.
This event is open to all ages. The ski & snowboard show will have lots of games for adults and kids where you can win lift tickets, season passes from resorts and prizes for playing; your event ticket might pay for itself if you win a lift ticket or a season pass. One price structure: admission tickets are for all ages(adults, children, seniors).
ID check for those who’d like to enjoy the libations – VIP tickets for wine and beer tastings are for 21 and older.
If you’d like a special ski show expo only discounted pricing on a Season Pass(regular, college pass, seniors, etc) to your favorite Tahoe resort, attend to get in on discounted season pass offerings.
General Admission Tickets (regular price of $20). Includes 2 FREE LIFT TICKETS: China Peak & Dodge Ridge – *some restrictions apply, see below.
VIP Admission Tickets (Discounted $10.00 with ‘ snowpal ‘ discount code; the discount represents a 25% off regular price of $40)
VIP tickets include all benefits of Gen Admission Ticket PLUS free commemorative wine or beer glass and unlimited beer or wine tasting for 4 hours & a free two night stay at The Grand Sierra Resort and Casino (See below for restrictions*)
Saturday @ 11AM – 8PM
Sunday @11AM – 6PM Ticket is good for (1) day only – either Saturday OR Sunday.
WINE/BEER TASTING: Festival features wines and beer tasting from over 100 top wineries and breweries. Four hours of UNLIMITED tasting and commemorative glass with VIP ticket. Check event website for participating wineries and breweries.
SKI/SNOWBOARD SALE EXPO SHOW: Hosted by Lombardi Sports we’ll have over $1 Million dollars in goods from top brands such as Burton, K2, Atomic, Rossignol and many, many more… ALL AT UP TO 80% OFF!!!
**PARKING IS LIMITED: Public transit, walking & biking is encourage as parking is limited at the venue. Additional parking is available at Marina Green on a first come basis.
You have your own Tahoe vacation home for the entire ski season.
Convenience of being able to leave all personal belongings and ski gear instead of packing and repacking for every trip.
Peace of mind knowing you have a place to stay for weekends and holidays when hotel rates are expensive. Having a ski lease saves you (1) money over the long term and (2) the hassle of booking hotel and lodging during popular periods such as holidays.
A great perk with the ability to invite guests and entertain in your own ski lease home.
Save money by being able to BBQ or cook your own meals.
Sleep in your own bed and have the ability to do laundry.
Do you have a season pass or plan to buy one? Would you like to put your season pass to maximum use by logging as many days as you can? Consider joining a ski lease for lodging convenience and save money over the long run.
Let’s say the average ski lease membership costs about $1,200 for five months, from Dec. 1 to April 30. Let’s say you ski/ride for three weekends a month(or 6 days a month) or a total of 30 days for the season; the cost would break down to $40 per day. That’s inexpensive(a great value) compared to weekend hotel rates in Lake Tahoe which typically cost $80 or more on the weekends and significantly more expensive on holiday weekends. It’s easy to find out whether joining a ski lease is viable or not by figuring out how many total days you plan to ski/ride over the entire season; using that number to divide by the cost of joining the ski lease which will give you a per day cost.
In addition, becoming a member of a ski lease is a great way to expand your social circle, meet people to ski/ride with, share transportation expenses to Tahoe and make new friends.
Ski leases are as low as $750 and up depending on duration, location and how many members. If you are looking for members to join your ski lease, list it on Snowpals to get it in front of thousands of SF Bay Area skiers and boarders for referrals! Check out our ski lease listing and our vacation rentals listing.
Here’s a summary of 2012 Ski & Snowboard Movies & Films coming to the SF Bay Area:
As of October 22, 2012, minus seven days until the first Tahoe resort, Boreal, open their doors. Opening date for most Tahoe resorts typically fall on the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. So, what’s there to do between now and then? Mark your calendar and gather some friends to watch one or more of the following 2012 ski & snowboard films/movies coming to the SF Bay Area, and score a free lift ticket*..
*Most showings will give out a free mid-week 2012-13 lift ticket or a 2 for 1 lift ticket coupon/voucher.
Warren Miller’s Flow State shows multiple dates at Northern California locations; starts on November 7, 2012; see below. Ticket Pricing varies from $20, depending on location.
“Warren Miller’s 63rd annual ski and snowboard film will take you into the zone…the moment…the groove…the center…the Flow State.
Warren Miller’s Flow State guides viewers to the top of the world’s most striking peaks, taking you on an exhilarating journey across the globe to Norway, Austria, California, Switzerland and beyond. The powder in Japan will send you scrambling to tune-up your gear, the gravity in Telluride will have you scheduling an avalanche refresher course, and the steeps in Alaska will drive you to push a little harder during your next preseason workout. Winter is right around the corner, and it is time to enter the Flow State…where the mountain meets the mind.
Hosted by Jonny Moseley and showcasing celebrated athletes including Colby West, Chris Davenport, Jess McMillan and David Wise, Flow State throws down some of the most captivating footage ever shot by Warren Miller Entertainment. Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety takes on Alaska’s mighty Chugach, Julian Carr bombs down Utah’s famed Wasatch, Jackie Paaso explores the Norwegian Arctic and Chris Anthony makes Warren Miller history on 70-year-old, 10th Mountain Division ski equipment. Roll-call winter’s finest athletes, because they are all here – embodying the essence of the Flow State and tackling the mountain with absolute attention and deep confidence.”
*Film showing includes TWO – 2 for 1 lift ticket, one for Heavenly, and one for Kirkwood:
“BUY-ONE-GET-ONE FREE(BOGO) LIFT TICKET OFFER TO HEAVENLY Everyone attending Flow State will receive One (1) 2-FOR-1 lift ticket voucher to Heavenly*.
BUY-ONE-GET-ONE FREE LIFT TICKET TO KIRKWOOD* Everyone attending Flow State will receive One (1) 2-FOR-1 lift ticket voucher to Kirkwood.
*Buy One (1) adult lift ticket at the retail rate and receive a second lift ticket for FREE. Both tickets must be used on the same day. Offer valid from Opening Day of the 2012-13 season through 4.14.13, with the following restrictions: NOT VALID on Saturdays; NOT VALID 11.22.12 through 11.25.12, 12.15.12 through 1.01.13, 1.19.13 through 1.21.13 and 2.16.13 through 2.18.13. Not valid with any other discount offers. No cash value. No refunds.
BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA Wheeler Auditorium 101 Zellerbach Hall #4800 University of California, Berkeley, California Showtimes Thursday, November 15, 2012 – 8:00pm
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA Castro Theatre 429 Castro St, San Francisco, California Showtimes Friday, November 16, 2012 – 8:00pm
SAN RAFAEL, CALIFORNIA Marin Center 10 Ave of the Flags, San Rafael, California Showtimes Saturday, November 17, 2012 – 8:00pm
PLEASANTON, CALIFORNIA Amador Theater 1155 Santa Rita Rd, Pleasanton, California Showtimes Sunday, November 18, 2012 – 7:00pm
SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA Rio Theatre 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, California Showtimes Tuesday, November 20, 2012 – 8:00pm Wednesday, November 21, 2012 – 8:00pm
MODESTO, CALIFORNIA State Theater Modesto, California 1307 J Street, Modesto, California Showtimes Friday, November 30, 2012 – 6:30pm Friday, November 30, 2012 – 9:00pm Saturday, December 1, 2012 – 4:00pm Saturday, December 1, 2012 – 7:30pm
Resonance brings shred fans deep into Absinthe’s world of powder and powerful riding with the legendary pros such as Nicolas Müller, Gigi Rüf, two times Olympic silver medalist Danny Kass as well as Scotty Lago and nine more heavy hitters riding in misty locations from the Alps to Alaska.
Free Sierra-at-Tahoe early season 2012-13 lift ticket with paid admission. Not sure on exact restrictions, check with Sierra at Tahoe.
Tickets are $10 and are available at the following snowboard shops or at the door: SF Snowboarding 1630 Haight St., San Francisco, CA Milosport 3566 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, CA
October 30,2012 TGR’s The Dream Factory shows at the SF Palace of Fine Arts.. Follow the Teton Gravity Research modern day athletes on this cinematic voyage through Alaska’s awe-inspiring expanse, rich history, and colorful characters. Watch as the TGR crew ventures from Alaska training grounds Jackson Hole, WY, and Pemberton, BC, and delves deep into the Alaskan way of life during a record snowfall year in AK, skiing terrain most of us only dream about. Everyone in attendance at the San Francisco premiere will receive TWO FREE midweek lift tickets, one for SQUAW VALLEY/ALPINE MEADOWS(a $92 value) and the other lift ticket for MT BACHELOR. Buy discount movie tickets and join Snowpals for conversations and drinks before the movie.
Powderwhore Ski movie: Choose Your Adventure – Despite the underwhelming winter of 2011-12, in which snowfall reached near record lows and unstable avalanche conditions, the Powderwhores were able to make the most of the conditions at home and abroad, with trips to Cerro Castillo, Chile; La Grave, France; the Antarctic Peninsula; Svalbard, Norway; Mount Foraker, Alaska; British Columbia, Canada, and the Wasatch Mountains in Utah.The film features an array of characters from salty backcountry veterans to some of the top skiers and snowboarders, including Chris Davenport, Jake Sakson, Andrew McLean, Seth Wescott, Dylan Freed, Noah Howell, Matt Reardon, Drew Stoecklein, Forrest Coots, Ian Provo, Neil Provo, Chuck Mumford, Darrell Finlayson, Bob Athey, PY Leblanc, Jason Thompson,Todd Stuart and Hugo Harrison.”Remember the classic Choose Your Own Adventure books? We are playing with that theme for delivering this ski odyssey.” says Powderwhore athlete and founder Noah Howell. “Our interest lies in finding exotic locations and people with real stories and objectives. We wanted to tag along and capture their actions and motivation for heading into the mountains. It’s more of an authentic experience this way. Instead of a staged video shoot we arranged, we traveled light and moved fast to avoid interfering with the actual adventures unfolding.”Chris Davenport joined the filming while on a boat on the Antarctic Peninsula. “I have had the opportunity to ski on the Antarctic Peninsula three times and it has quickly become one of my favorite places in the world for ski mountaineering,” Davenport says. “I love life on the boat, and the easy access to incredible ski terrain make it hard to beat. Throw in the amazing wildlife and gorgeous ocean views and you have a location second-to-none for the new film ‘Choose Your Adventure.’In the end, this is a feature-length ski film that celebrates exotic locations, wild adventures, and the dedicated personalities writing their own stories in snow.Proceeds benefit Snowlands Network.
When’s the best time to see the color of fall foliage around Tahoe?
You don’t have to live on the East Coast to enjoy Autumn’s foliage colors. Plan a Tahoe weekend getaway to feast your eyes on the fiesta of fall color happening from the end of September through October when the color changes are most dramatic. Mid-October is usually at the peak of fall foliage for a temperate fall season where the change in temperature is gradual and when the weather pattern eases into winter. If, however, there is a sudden cold front or an early snow, fall leaves can depart the trees practically overnight. 2012 fall season is looking to be mild so far as of September 19, 2012.
Around Lake Tahoe, aspens are the main trees displaying the mountains with a mix of gold and orange. Other trees changing foliage colors: big leaf maple (the first to change, between 3,000 and 4,000 feet in elevation is dressed in bright yellow) dogwood (5,000′, dogwood are pink and green), and black oak(tinged with orange leaves).
Drive around Lake Tahoe south on Highway 28 on the Nevada side
Spooner Lake is a good scenic place for an easy walk through the trees around the lake.
Marlette Lake offers excellent intermediate hiking; providing several miles of golden aspens.
Drive on US 50, from Zephyr Cove to Stateline and South Lake Tahoe, fall color cascades from the mountain slopes down to Lake Tahoe shores.
Hope Valley, south of Lake Tahoe, is one of the best vibrant aspen color showing around. Hope Valley draws photographers galore seeking to capture the essence fall color display.
If you’d like to be at the center of it all, immerse yourself in the vibrant colors of fall by visiting the city of Markleeville(also known as the Alpine County seat). Plan a weekend getaway to go hiking, biking, camping and enjoy a relaxing soak in the hot spring pool at Grove Hot Springs State Park. Make your plans soon because the colors of Autumn might be here today and gone tomorrow. Before you know it, snowflakes will be fluttering to earth blanketing landscapes white.
The 3rd Annual Lake Tahoe Restaurant Week, October 7-14, 2012, gives foodies an opportunity to enjoy 3-course, prix-fixe menus for lunches and dinners at 25+ participating restaurants throughout the Lake Tahoe region for $20, $30 or $40 per person. “The Tahoe Restaurant Week is a celebration of the scrumptious cuisine and culinary talent that has made the Lake Tahoe region the best mountain dining destination in the country. Delight your palate with menus that incorporate organic, seasonal and local ingredients – all served up at Lake Tahoe’s charming and historic eateries and bistros.” – View a list of participating Tahoe Restaurants.
Call hotels in the area you’d like to visit and inquire to see if Autumn foliage colors are at their peak before making a visit.
Keep tabs on California locations with the most dramatic fall color changes by visiting California Fall Color.
Looking for a job? Why not work and play at your favorite ski resort?
October and November are job fair months. Tahoe Ski Resorts are Hiring for the 2012-13 ski season! Applicants are encouraged to apply online, at the job fair or in person. Here’s a summary on who’s hiring; visit your resort of interest for more information on job openings and how to apply. Good luck! 🙂
Get a job this winter at Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows! Working at Squaw and Alpine offers you the opportunity to mix fun and recreation, make lifetime friendships, garner personal achievements and get valuable work experience. The Job Fair will be held in Olympic House at Squaw Valley. Applicants must apply online prior to the Job Fair, which is by invitation only. Walk-ins will be permitted, but not guaranteed an interview. Job Fair Date: 11/03 – 10:00am to 6:00pm at Olympic House, Squaw Valley. Phone: 530-452-7112
OCTOBER 20, 2012 ~ 10 AM – 2PM @ BOREAL MOUNTAIN RESORT
Take the opportunity to meet with Boreal managers in person. Interview for one or several winter positions available for the 2012/2013 ski season. The job fair will take place in the Boreal cafeteria from 10 am – 2pm on October 22, 2011 with interviews on a first-come first-serve basis. Apply online today and you could potentially have a job line-up prior to the job fair.
Mark your calendars for our on-site Job Fair on Saturday October 20th from 8am – 3pm at the Mt Judah Day Lodge. You will have an opportunity to meet with managers from all different departments and interview for the position that best suits you!
We provide a welcoming escape from everyday life that brings family and friends together, creating memories of all-mountain adventures. Come join the Sugar Bowl team. It’s Your Turn…
Working at Sugar Bowl has its advantages:
Free Unrestricted Season Pass
Season Passes for dependents of full-time employees
Half off food
Rental and retail discounts
Discounted childcare for children 4 to 6 (Mon – Fri, non-holiday)
Complimentary lift tickets for friends and family
A variety of employee activities
2. South Lake Tahoe
Heavenly Mountain Resort (part of Vail Resorts) – 2012/2013 Heavenly Resort Job Fair at the California Lodge: Saturday, October 20, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Have you ever wondered what it is like to ski or ride in fresh powder thousands of feet above one of the most pristine alpine lakes in the world? Do you like meeting new people from all over the world? How about sunshine? Would you like to live, work and play in a state that averages over 300 days of sunshine per year?
Well if you answered yes to any of these questions, then welcome to Heavenly, Lake Tahoe’s premier winter playground! Jaw-dropping views of Lake Tahoe, combined with enthusiastic and dependable employees, makes Heavenly one of the greatest places to work in the world. Our guests consistently rank Heavenly as having some of the most helpful, friendly, knowledgeable, and customer-oriented employees in the resort industry.
Here at Heavenly the only thing deeper than our snow is our commitment to our guests and your work experience, so come join us this winter and help make our ski resort a destination like no other. Please take time to explore our employment website and see what Heavenly has to offer!
And did we mention the location? Well South Lake is located only 180 miles (290 km) east of San Francisco, 140 miles (225 km) north of Yosemite National Park and 60 miles (95 km) west of Reno.
Kirkwood (part of Vail Resorts) – 2012/13 Kirkwood Job Fair Saturday, October 13 from 9:00am – 3:00pm at the Red Cliffs Building at Kirkwood Mountain ResortBe sure to complete an online application by clicking here prior to attending a job fair.Have you ever wondered what it is like to ski or ride in fresh powder on your lunch break? Do you like meeting new people from all over the world? How about sunshine? Would you like to live, work and play in a state that averages over 300 days of sunshine per year?Well if you answered yes to any of these questions, then welcome to Kirkwood, the Sierra Nevada’s premier winter playground! Jaw-dropping views, combined with enthusiastic and dependable employees, makes Kirkwood one of the greatest places to work in the world.Here at Kirkwood the only thing deeper than our snow is our commitment to our guests and your work experience, so come join us this winter and help make our ski resort a destination like no other. Please take time to explore our employment website and see what Kirkwood has to offer!
Sierra-at-Tahoe – If you are interested in any of our winter positions for the 2012/13 season, please complete an online application and plan on attending our Hiring Fair on Saturday, November 3, 2012. Department Supervisors will be on site conducting interviews in the Main Lodge from 9am – 2pm.
Property owners, are you considering turning your vacation rental property into a seasonal lease? Consider the following tips when drafting your lease agreement..
Tips for Drafting Ski Property Rental Agreements
By David B Cronheim, an attorney at Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, PA
It’s that time of year again. Winter is just around the corner and skiers and snowboarders are beginning to book their winter getaways. Most homeowners and real estate agents are focused on getting their properties ready for the busy ski season ahead. Understandably, the rental agreement they use to rent those properties is often one of the last things they consider. After all, many have a form agreement – often the same one they have used for years – and use it for every rental. The importance of a good lease is often overlooked.
Why should a homeowner or real estate agent care about having a well-drafted lease, particularly when the chances of litigation are remote? Simple. A good lease affords powerful protections. Basic issues like nightly rates, cleaning fees, and damage deposits are only a small part of any good rental agreement. A lease sets expectations in advance, can prevent problems before they arise and puts the law more clearly on the owner’s side in the event of a dispute. Even if you don’t plan on suing any of your guests, by setting expectations before arrival you may be able to deter destructive conduct. Unruly groups inclined to break the rules may look elsewhere if they understand the potential financial consequences.
It’s also good general practice to communicate clearly with potential guests. Commit conversations to writing via e-mail, but choose your words carefully. You’re not trying to sneak something past a potential guest, but rather trying to set expectations.
It’s also good general practice to communicate clearly with potential guests. Commit conversations to writing via e-mail, but choose your words carefully. You’re not trying to sneak something past a potential guest, but rather trying to set expectations.
A carefully drafted lease is key to successfully renting out a ski house.
Before discussing how to draft a better lease, it is important to note that a lease is not technically a contract. It is similar to a contract and generally interpreted under contract law principles, but because it is also a conveyance of real property (albeit a temporary one), a lease has some important areas of distinction from a normal contract. The most important distinction is that a rental guest is not merely a party to a contract, but a tenant afforded certain rights under state landlord-tenant laws.
It is worth noting that an effective agreement doesn’t need to be long. In fact some of the best agreements are simple, but on-point. However, there are certain elements which all rental agreements should include. These components may seem obvious, but their nuances are often overlooked. Below are some tips for drafting a better lease for your vacation rental.
Every lease agreement should specify a rental period. Be specific. Instead of using just a date, use a date and time. State check-in and check-out times clearly. This is particularly important because houses are often rented by two groups back to back. List a morning time for check-out and an afternoon time for check-in. Well-drafted leases often also include an hourly fee for late check-outs. You don’t have to assess the fee, but when guests know it’s hanging over their heads, they’re more likely to leave on time.
Clearly state the rental rate. Even if the rate is calculated nightly, include a sum total. Be sure to note whether the rate includes things like taxes, cleaning fees, or surcharges. Have the guest initial next a grand total. Being clear upfront isn’t only important from a legal standpoint, it’s good business. Guests will feel blindsided by hidden fees, often leaving a bad taste and lessening the chances the guest becomes a repeat customer.
Security Deposit vs. Insurance
Many sophisticated property owners or real estate agents will give guests a choice between a security deposit and rental insurance. Providing this option can make your property more attractive because many guests are wary of putting down a large damage deposit. Some guests may have experienced unscrupulous owners who wrongfully retained all or some of their deposit. Still others may view the deposit as part of the overall cost of the rental, even though it will be returned. Either way, be sure to protect yourself by requiring one or the other.
If you decide to go with a security deposit, be explicit that the guest is liable for any damage to the property regardless of whether it exceeds the security deposit. Withholding a security deposit is merely your first recourse. Should a guest do serious damage to the property, you want to reserve the right to sue (or threaten to sue) them to recover for your loss.
Tailor the Agreement to Your Property
A one-size fits all, “fill in the blanks” lease from the internet is not the best way to maximize your protections. Make sure that your agreement is tailored to your property. Every property is unique and has unique challenges. Consider issues you may have had in the past and try to anticipate future problems. For example, are guests damaging your wooden floors by clomping around in ski boots? Include a clause prohibiting ski boots in the house.
Do you have a specific list of “House Rules” that you post somewhere on the property or give to guests before or upon arrival? Incorporate these rules by reference into your lease and attach them as an exhibit. Require guests to agree to abide by the rules. Incorporating your house rules transforms polite suggestions into legal duties.
Keep it Simple – No Overly Long or Complex Agreements!
An agreement that is too long, complicated or written in “legal-ese” can scare off potential guests. Mean what you say and say what you mean, but say it as simply and clearly as possible. If you find yourself using phrases like “party of the second part” and “inter alia,” start over.
It’s important to keep in mind that a good lease does not have to be long. Each of the specific issues discussed in this article can be accomplished in a well-written sentence or two apiece. Keep it simple so guests understand what they are signing. They are less likely to object to you enforcing your rights under the lease if they understood your rights and their duties when they entered into the agreement.
Specific Provisions to Consider Including
Liquidated Damages Clause
Liquidated damages clauses can be a powerful tool. State with specificity that if guests do something they shouldn’t, a certain fee will apply. The fee should be reasonable and roughly approximate damage. For example, include a provision that failure to replace the cover on a hot tub or to take out the trash will result in certain deductions from the security deposit.
It is important to remember that these provisions cannot be penalties. The law disfavors penalty clauses. Courts generally will not enforce them, so be sure to tie the liquidated damages provision to a reasonable estimate of the damage. A fee of $2,000 for failing to take out the trash won’t be enforceable, but $50 probably would be.
No Refund for Bad Weather
You’ll likely want to include a provision disclaiming responsibility for unfavorable weather. If it rains or there’s no snow, you want to make sure the lease is still in effect. No one can control the weather, but you can control who takes the risk of bad weather (hint: not you!).
Right of Entry of Homeowner at Reasonable Time
If you’re concerned about unruly guests and want to be able to check on your house during the guests’ stay, consider a clause permitting you to enter for a reasonable purpose. Include what those reasonable purposes may be.
Rental Only to Family Groups
If you don’t want to rent to groups of college kids throwing a keg party, don’t. Insert a provision which states you only rent to family groups. Then make the lease signer represent that the group is a family group. You can always remove this clause if the circumstances warrant.
In conjunction with restricting your rental to family groups, a maximum occupancy can deter the type of destructive guests you don’t want. Include a per guest fee for overcapacity, should you discover it. Deduct that fee from the deposit if you discover guests exceeding the maximum occupancy.
Representations and Warranties
Be careful not to promise something you don’t have. If that hot tub hasn’t worked in years, don’t list it as an amenity on your promotional materials.
Immediate Termination of Lease and Repossession by Homeowner in Event of Breach
A recurring problem facing homeowners is what to do when they discover unruly conduct at their property while the guests are still there. Consider a provision that allows you to immediately regain possession of the property for a material breach of the lease. It’s important to note, however, that you’d technically still need to go to court to evict the guests because they’re tenants, but you can always tell the unruly guests to vacate before you’re forced to get the sheriff to serve an eviction notice.
The most important thing a strong lease can do for a property owner is save them money. Having a professionally drafted lease is a small upfront cost that pays off over the long term. A good lease can put arguments to rest before they turn nasty by setting expectations in advance. A clear, concise agreement which protects your interests is a valuable tool for any homeowner. After all, if a dispute does occur, you have your answer. It’s all right there in black and white.
Author David B. Cronheim, Esq. is the Chief Legal Correspondent for First Tracks!! Online and is an attorney at Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, PA in Bridgewater, N.J. For more information or for assistance in drafting or updating a vacation rental agreement, please feel free to contact the author at . Source: http://www.firsttracksonline.com
Looking to join a Tahoe ski lease for 2012-13 season? view available ski leases at:
August & September 2012 – California Ski Company will hold their annual Parking Lot Ski Sale from 10am to 6pm. Here’s a chance to buy skis on sale and discounted gear. Drop by and mingle with members in the East Bay & Berkeley, CA. Save the following dates to your calendar and drop by on:
Aug 25, 26
Sep 1, 2, 3
Sep 8, 9
California Ski Company
843 Gilman Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
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Last year’s gear reduced up to 60%. Great deals on 2013 equipment.
Manufacturer reps and staff will be there to answer any and all questions.
Deals on pre-season ski tuning and waxing. Arrange for a boot fitting or custom
insole. Backcountry gear in stock this season.
Win $299- Leki Special Edition, adjustable carbon poles with carrying case!
Drop us a line via if you’d like to join our gathering to watch the 2012 Fleet Week Air Show in SF on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 11:30 AM. Bring drinks to share and something to sit on. Food vendors onsite or pack a picnic. Here’s your chance to mingle with local skiers and boarders and get a head start on connecting for 2012-13 Tahoe trips. New members welcomed.
Drop us a line with your first name and phone number and we’ll let you know the exact meetup location for this event. If you can’t make it to this event, bookmark our events page for upcoming meetups.
Fleet Week Schedule of Events
8am-5pm Weapons Display at Alameda, near USS Hornet free
9-5 Humanitarian Assistance Village on Marina Green
1pm PIER 39 USN Sea Cadet Corps Band of The West Concert
9:30pm Fireworks sponsored by Hornblowers, Pier 3
Attending the Fleet Week Tips: start early and make it a day. Get there before 10 am otherwise you will probably run into both heavy traffic and parking difficulty.
A good strategy is usually to park a distance away from the crowds and walk, bike in or take public transit(in addition to being less expensive, it is much easier to escape when, later in the day, traffic snarls develop).
Generally, when visiting San Francisco, dress in layers(bring along a light jacket/wind breaker). The climate is usually moderate but if you move around there will always be places where you will be too hot or too cold depending on the sun, wind, fog, and time of day.