Sierra Snowpack










This has definitely been a big winter here in Tahoe.  I took this picture a few days ago at Heavenly Ski Resort. The ski conditions are amazing.  The snow fall totals are very good news for the Sierra snowpack. See the article from SF Gate.

The pros in charge of California’s water system were exultant Thursday after precise measurements in the Sierra Nevada confirmed what everyone can see — heaping mounds of frozen water known as snow.

The Sierra snowpack, otherwise known as the state’s frozen water supply, came in at 173 percent of normal for this point in the season. For the first time in a long time, the California water system might be able to make both farmers and environmentalists happy.

Frank Gehrke, the chief of cooperative snow surveys for the California Department of Water Resources, said the storms in January dumped enormous amounts of rain and snow, slopping water into reservoirs and replenishing groundwater aquifers depleted by five years of drought.

Vacation Home Rental Guidelines for the City of South Lake Tahoe

Many potential buyers are interested in the possibility of making their new home a vacation rental.  There are new guidelines that were implemented on October 1, 2015.  There were changes made to the permit process and there are guidelines that must be followed in order to rent your property as a vacation rental. The following information is provided by:

City of South Lake Tahoe –


Maximum Occupancy Allowed:

Studio:  2 people

1 Bedroom:  4 people

2 + Bedrooms:  2 people per bedroom + 4 more people


NO noise is permitted after 10pm

Hot Tubs/Spas: 

Use of spas and hot tubs with the use of jets, blowers, and other mechanical elements that produce noise are prohibited between the hours of 10pm and 7am


Must park legally in a driveway/parking space that belongs to the Vacation Home Rental (VHR) Number of parking spaces is limited to the actual number of designated parking spaces that belong to each VHR


  • Exterior:
    • 12″ x 12″ size
    • MAX # of Occupants allowed in VHR
    • MAX # of Vehicles allowed on property
    • Phone Number of VHR Hotline: (530) 542-6100
    • Police Department’s Email Address:
  • Interior:
    • Name and Telephone # of the local contact person for actual VHR Residence
    • MAX # of Occupants allowed in VHR
    • MAX # of Vehicles allowed on property
    • Parking Rules for Snow Removal
    • Trash Pick up Information
    • Notification of issuance of citations for creating disturbances
    • Notification of exceeding parking limitations

VHR Permit:

  • A copy of the VHR Permit and a copy of the Terms of Conditions MUST be posted in a conspicuous place within the VHR
  • The fines for operating a VHR without a permit is $5,000 per


  • All marketing of the Vacation Home Rental must publish the VHR Permit # and the MAX # of Occupants allowed

Health & Safety:

  • VHR Owner acknowledges compliance with the Federal and State “Fire and Carbon Monoxide Safety Guidelines”

Local Response:

  • Local Contact person MUST be within a 30 mile radius of the Vacation Home Rental

Good Neighbor Policy:

  • “Leave NO Impact” – clean up ALL trash (inside and out) and leave the property in the same condition as when you arrived


Hard Rock hotel and casino coming to Lake Tahoe

This is such exciting news for South Lake Tahoe.  This article is from the Tahoe Daily Tribune.

This concept image shows what the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe might look like when renovations are complete.

This concept image shows what the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe might look like when renovations are complete.

STATELINE, Nev. — Rumors of a Hard Rock hotel coming to Lake Tahoe proved to be true Thursday, after weeks of speculation as to what would become of the old Horizon Casino Resort.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe, a fully integrated gaming resort planned for the South Shore, will replace what was once the Horizon when renovations wrap up in late 2014 or early 2015, according to an official announcement made at Heavenly Mountain Resort.

“We’re excited,” said Don Marrandino, a gaming executive overseeing the operations for the new Hard Rock, adding. “And we’re going to be ready to start rocking Lake Tahoe in (the) 2014 ski season.”

Once completed, the new facility will feature 539 “four-diamond” rooms, multiple restaurants and bars, an assortment of live entertainment both indoors and outdoors and “South Lake Tahoe’s largest outdoor pool party,” said David Park, a member of the same Park family that gained ownership of the property in March.

It will also include a 25,000-square-foot casino with more than 500 slot machines and a wide variety of table games. The entire project will cost more than $50 million to complete.

“We’re excited about bringing a distinctive, new, resort experience to the area — one that will surely ignite the market,” Park said.

With music at its core, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s mission is to deliver a one-of-a-kind experience by combining the authenticity of the region with strong music appreciation, according to a press release.

With that in mind, Park said presenting live entertainment from high-profile acts is one of the top goals of the planned hotel.

“That ought to rock this town,” he said, to a crowd of community leaders and stakeholders Thursday.

Jon Park, a managing member of Neva One LLC with his brother, David, said the two family members will be “hands-on owners” as the project moves forward.

Warner Hospitality will handle day-to-day operations at the new Hard Rock. The company and its affiliates already manage 10 gaming and non-gaming properties throughout the country.

Warner Hospitality CEO Bill Warner said he’s excited to see the company’s entry into the northern Nevada market with the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino brand, as well as the Park family.

“This, combined with the majestic and natural beauty of Lake Tahoe, will make for a resort-style experience like no other,” Warner said in statement.

Warner expressed his confidence in Marrandino’s ability to make the Lake Tahoe Hard Rock a “must see experience” on the South Shore.

Marrandino has over 20 years of senior level experience in the resort and casino industry, as well as a strong familiarity with the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino brand. He served as president and COO of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas from 2001 to 2003 and president of northern Nevada/general manager of Harrah’s Lake Tahoe and Harveys from 2003 to 2005.

In addition to managing the Lake Tahoe project, Marrandino also assists in other Warner Hospitality operations in Nevada, including Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, according to a Warner Hospitality press release.

Thursday’s announcement of a new Hard Rock hotel in the area was made about three months after the Park family said that the old Horizon would become the Park Tahoe Casino Resort.

Ultimately, the decision was made to transform the property into a Hard Rock hotel, however, and Marrandino said it will be a quality addition to the community.

“Let’s rock Tahoe,” he said.