Tahoe City, CA - As we approach another holiday weekend, business owners in North Lake Tahoe have their fingers crossed. They're hoping tourists will still come out in droves even though the area hasn't had any snowfall this season.
"Business has been adequate. It obviously could be better, but it's fine. It is what it is," says Dave Wilderotter, the owner of Tahoe Dave's Ski Shop.
He is staying optimistic this winter, though he admits a lack of snowfall has led to a lack of a windfall. Still, he says tourists did come out during the Christmas holiday.
"Christmas season there were a lot of people in town, a lot of people looking for stuff to do," says Wilderotter. "So they were meandering, going up and down the sidewalks and buying stuff."
He's hoping folks will still come back this holiday weekend. But he's not stressing about the weather. He's confident we'll get that blast of snow eventually.
"Tahoe is really famous for its spring skiing. And our business is really based on February and March," says Wilderotter.
But not everyone is as optimistic.
At Rosie's Cafe, they've been holding steady. Still, they know the crowds may thin out. And the general manager is not sure how much business they will cook up this weekend.
"We have no idea. We're hoping that everybody comes out," says Deanne Myers, general manager of Rosie's Café.
For a lot of locals, no snow from Mother Nature has meant no employment. Anthony Grizz, a Tahoe City resident, knows a lot of people struggling to find work.
"Oh everybody. My girlfriend, I am," says Grizz. "You know, usually we're up at Squaw this year. But there's no snow. Just waiting for the call. And that's it without the snow, without the call. No work."