Tahoe Ski Season Survey & Insights

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Looking to share a ski lease or are you a ski lease organizer? We’re trying to gauge interest, consider sharing your input with the following survey..

Like many of you, the ski/snowboard community is trying to adjust to the new normal with the COVID-19 pandemic still at the top of many of our minds. You can help us by sharing your opinion about ski lease housing options.

Please take a few minutes to help us at SnowPals understand your thoughts for the upcoming 2020/2021 Ski Season. Your opinion matters and will help ski Lease/ski club operators better adjust.

Our ski lease share housing survey concluded on 9/21/20. The following are the top level results:

    1) Did you participate in a ski lease last season for 2019/2020?

41% YES

    2) Has the Covid-19 crisis & ‘work from home’ changed your ability to ski mid-week? (Select the option the best describes your situation.)

48% Yes, it has changed, I CAN NOW ski mid week!!!

    3) What type of membership are you looking for?

66% Full time

    4) Are you planning to participate in a ski lease for the 2020/2021 season? Given providers can offer a safer alternative (with Covid-19 exposure minimization as the focus) to a traditional lease?

57% Maybe, it depends on the what the offering is

    5) If you were to join a lease this year, how would you join?

48% As an individual

    6) If ‘No’, please share with us why you have decided against participation in any ski lease for 2020/21? (Enter ‘N/A’ if you answered ‘Yes’ or ‘Maybe’ previously.)

Survey responses:

“Not sure it will work for us. open to reviewing available options, though.”

“I would be comfortable with a ski lease with MY friends, but am wary about joining with strangers due to COVID.”

“This is not the year to risk my family’s health to go boarding. We’ll be hitting the mountains, but most likely traveling up “day of.”

“Currently undecided, waiting to see how pandemic restrictions will be for the winter – if infections will or will not get out of control. It’s really a cost/risk/benefit analysis so still on the fence.”

“Uncertainty about ski resorts operating.”
Due to uncertainty around ski resort opening and constraints around leases, I will figure out after the season has started what I’ll do.
“Covid concerns”

“Limited funds/money for leisure budget this year”

“Not safe to be in a ski lease”

“For my family, it’s a lot of work to ski with a toddler, and they’re not good at social distancing or hygiene. The resort plans kinda sound like a mess, and it’s hard to plan backcountry days when only one of us can go at a time.”

“I don’t trust a group of random skiers to truly be covid safe unless it was proven”

“Covid – too much expanded risk. Last year’s lease had wonderful people – including icu nurse, home healthcare provider. May contribute financially to our ski lease group so it’s in existence a year from now.”

“Haven’t decided yet. Waiting to see if we get COVID infections under control especially during flu season/winter months.”

“I would only join with people I know and trust who agree to keeping the ski lease closed to others.”

    7) If you were to participate, which Tahoe area?

South Shore: 28% or about 1 out of 3

North Shore: 55% or about 1/2

    8) What are your concerns about joining a ski lease this season?

39% Related to the people I would be joining with (related to Covid-19 exposure)

33% Related to the possibility of limited access to the house vs. the cost to join (because of possible Covid-19 limitations)

    9) Which one of these ski lease configurations would be most interesting to you? (Given cleaning and safety options were put in place).

Smaller Bubble Lease:  Leasers in small bubbles (4 to 6 lease members). A smaller lease with NO OVERLAP between bubbles of leasers between the weekend and mid-week leasers. Possible guaranteed room for you and your partner. Example: Weekend+ Bubble A (Friday through Monday) has access the first weekend, Midweek has access for 3 days (Tuesday through Thursday), Weekend+ Bubble B has access for the next weekend, repeat.

For reference/access the survey at

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RRXDFTP

Advance thanks,

– Your friends at SnowPals

Survey questions created by Mike K., South Tahoe ski lease organizer.


What are on most people’s minds in regards to 20/21 ski season as winter is coming?

Tahoe winter season poll survey results are in; see how many Bay Area residents plan to sit out 20/21 ski season vs how many people plan to ski, snowboard and how often vs how many people plan to ski, engage in snow-sports in the backcountry?

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Poll survey result reveals that 14% of people are planning to sit out this ski season due to COVID concerns, 54% plan to take 11+ trips, and 25% 1-10 trips while 7% plan to ski, ride backcountry or participate in other snow-sports.

Season Pass holders’ message is clear: ski, ride as much as possible contingent on Tahoe resorts’ operations staying opened.

Please feel free to with friends and family ♥ 

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Looking to share a ski lease or looking for a Tahoe area rental for the winter?

Browse vacation rentals or ski leases.

Good Value Tahoe Niche Property Rental Listing Alternative to VRBO, Airbnb, HomeAway, FlipKey?

http://www.snowpals.org/2020/good-value-alternative-to-vrbo-and-airbnb/

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Got a ski lease or vacation rental you’d like to list?

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What will the 2020-21 Tahoe ski season be like during coronavirus/COVID-19?
Read about specific coronavirus safety measures resorts will have in place.

 

 

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Lake Tahoe Winter 2019-20 El Nino or La Nina? NOAA Three-Month Forecast

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Updated October 30, 2019

As of this article’s posting, we still have about 2 weeks until start of the 2019-20 Lake Tahoe winter ski season. Checking in with meteorologists at NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration seasonal climate outlooks for November – December – January 2019-20) reveals their long range winter forecast for 2019-2020 ski season to be a higher probability of an El Niño winter season which calls for a warmer than average winter across the United States especially the Sierras and Lake Tahoe.

Three-month precipitation outlook for winter of 2019-20

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Three-month temperature outlook for winter of 2019-20

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Specifically, the Pacific Northwest and the Northern Rockies will all see below average chances of precipitation from October through December. However, Colorado, parts of Utah, and the Southern Rockies are all expected to see above-average precipitation for the start of the season. New England is expected to see average precipitation throughout the start of the winter.

While predictions for low precipitation averages and warmer temperatures are not good news for powder chasers among us, it’s important to remember that this just an early forecast; bookmark this page to revisit as we’ll post updates as the season draws closer.

Keep in mind last season’s precipitation called for mostly average precipitation across much of the country, with higher than average precipitation in Colorado and much of the Rockies. This turned out to be incorrect, Utah and much of the Pacific Northwest saw average to higher than average precipitation totals.

If this ski season ends up bringing record low snowfall levels for the Lake Tahoe area, which season pass is a best value buy so you can have the option to ski other destinations blessed with fresh powder?

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The Climate Prediction Center defines. .

“El Niño conditions” as existing when:

A one-month positive sea surface temperature anomaly of 0.5C or greater is observed in the Niño-3.4 region of the equatorial Pacific Ocean (5oN-5oS, 120oW-170oW) and an expectation that the 3-month Oceanic Niño Index (ONI) threshold will be met AND

An atmospheric response typically associated with El Niño is observed over the equatorial Pacific Ocean (see The ENSO Cycle).

“La Niña conditions” as existing when:

A one-month negative sea surface temperature anomaly of -0.5C or less is observed in the Niño-3.4 region of the equatorial Pacific Ocean (5oN-5oS, 120oW-170oW) and an expectation that the 3-month Oceanic Niño Index (ONI) threshold will be met AND

An atmospheric response typically associated with La Niña is observed over the equatorial Pacific Ocean.

Source: https://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/long_range/seasonal.php

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