Business Briefs | September 10 – October 7, 2020


Vail Resorts Reveals Plan to Reopen for Winter 2020/21


Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz shared on Aug. 27 the company’s approach to prioritizing safety with the upcoming 2020/21 winter season. Face coverings, physical distancing, and health screenings when physical distancing isn’t possible is required. Specific details for those requirements include the following:

Face coverings: Guests must wear face coverings in every part of Vail Resorts’ operations, including around and on chairlifts and gondolas, when in buildings, and during all lessons. Guests will also be strongly recommended to wear such coverings in all indoor and outdoor public spaces throughout resort towns.

Physical distancing on the mountain: The number of people will be managed whether a regular weekday, holiday weekend, or an unpredictable powder day. A reservation system will be implemented across all Vail mountains. Details and FAQs can be found at, but a few are included below.


Pass holders must make a reservation before arriving at the mountain, and can make as many week-of reservations as their pass and general availability allows.

Prior to Dec. 8, when lift tickets will go on sale, only pass holders will be allowed access to the mountain.

Physical distancing on chairlifts: Those able to use chairlifts and gondolas are related parties; two singles on opposite sides of a four-person lift; two singles or two doubles on opposite sides of a six-person lift; or two singles on opposite sides of the larger gondola cabins.

View a complete list of Vail Resort expectations come the new season at The expected opening and closing dates for Vail’s Tahoe area resorts are below:

  • Heavenly, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 – Sunday, April 11, 2021
  • Kirkwood, Friday, Dec. 4, 2020 – Sunday, April 4, 2021
  • Northstar, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 – Sunday, April 11, 2021

~ Vail Resorts press release

Shop New Ways at Truckee River Winery


Are you a Tahoe Food Hub Harvest to Order member? Well, now you can order Truckee River Wines with your veggies and pick up on Friday during distribution.

Harvest to Order is an online farmers market in Truckee, and goes live every Tuesday at 5 p.m. with a multitude of fresh and local produce, as well as local products from nearby restaurants. Members can enjoy shopping online with the ease of a Friday pick-up at the TFH warehouse by the Truckee airport off Soaring Way.

~ TRW newsletter

Truckee-Tahoe Lumber Moves After Six Decades


After 60 years of Truckee-Tahoe Lumber Company’s lumber yard being downtown on Church Street, the business recently moved to 11001 Soaring Way, next to the new Raley’s.

“We made the decision to get out of the downtown corridor because of all the recent development,” wrote President and CEO Andrew Cross in an email. “We’ve also been squatting on around a half acre of our neighbors’ land for a long time that we are happy to now vacate.”

The new TTLC yard has a 40,000-square-foot roof protecting products from extreme weather.

~ AH

Greathouse of Dance is Opening in InnerRhythms Studio Space


Brandon “Knowbody” Greathouse, is taking over the former InnerRhythms studio space to open up Greathouse of Dance Truckee this fall with many of the same IR teachers and classes. Greathouse runs his own dance studio, Greathouse of Dance, in downtown Sacramento. His dance philosophy celebrates dance as a universal language to bring people and communities together. He teaches confidence as well as humility and has a deep commitment to technique.

Greathouse has been guiding young creatives to success for the last 20 years with many of his proteges working with artists such as Justin Bieber, Beyoncé, Jabbawockeez, and Academy of Villains. He was also an integral part in mentoring local Truckee middle and high school youth as they created and performed Giving Voice in 2016.

Outdoor classes will begin the first few weeks of September, with eventual hopes to move back in studio with COVID protocols in place.

~ InnerRhythms newsletter

Moving In, Moving On, Moving Up

Sheriff’s Office Hired, Assigned Two Deputies


As of Sept. 1, two additional motor unit deputies with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office have been assigned to Incline Village. The appointments will be established for three years, thanks to a seven-figure grant from Dave and Cheryl Duffield.

The Duffields’ grant funds the motorcycle deputies’ salaries and benefits from Sept. 1, 2020 to Aug. 31, 2023. The grant also purchases new fully equipped law enforcement Harley Davidson motorcycles, as well as a winter vehicle. The grant amount is not to exceed $1,089,090.44.

This first-of-its-kind grant for the WCSO is a trial, which may be renewed if found to be successful. It does require the office to create two new full-time employee positions.

~ WCSO press release

Tahoe Donner Welcomes Director of HR, Financial Controller


Tahoe Donner Association recently announced the hire of Erika Stohl as director of human resources, and Tom O’Neil as financial controller. Stohl joins the Tahoe Donner team with 25 years of experience in human resources and operational leadership to the organization. O’Neil brings over 20 years of finance and accounting experience, having worked with various homeowner associations, hotels and ski resorts.

Stohl has lived in the Truckee area for nearly seven years and currently resides in Tahoe Donner with her husband, Jeff. O’Neil is a resident of Tahoe City, and is the father of two boys and husband to his wife of seven years.

~ Tahoe Donner press releases

Editor Departs Sierra Sun and The Union


In an opinion piece titled One and Inseparable, Indeed and shared on Aug. 31, Brian Hamilton, editor at the Sierra Sun and The Union, announced his departure from the newspaper industry to support his wife in her career endeavors.

Hamilton wrote in the op-ed for both newspapers, “No doubt it’s bittersweet to leave something you’ve loved for so long, but each day I pick up The Union or the Sierra Sun, I’ll do so with an immense sense of pride and satisfaction for all the work we’ve done, and all that my colleagues continue to do. They will have no better advocate nor bigger fan than yours truly for all the thankless hard work that goes into each day’s edition.”

~ Sierra Sun, The Union

Resignation From Airport Board


Jim Morrison of the Truckee Tahoe Airport District submitted a resignation letter on Aug. 26 after the conclusion of the board of directors meeting, creating a vacancy. To proceed, the board can appoint someone to fill the vacancy or call a special election to do so. The appointee would serve the remainder of Morrison’s term, until 2022.

~ TTAD board meeting agenda packet

A Return to Placer County


Placer County will soon have a familiar face as its new director of Health and Human Services: Dr. Rob Oldham.

Oldham previously served as Placer’s health officer and director of public health from 2014 to 2019, and is returning to the county after serving for the last year as chief medical executive for Sutter Center for Psychiatry in Sacramento, and as medical director of acute psychiatric services across the Sutter Health system in California and Hawaii.

Following an extensive recruitment process, Oldham was appointed to his new post by Placer County Executive Officer Todd Leopold in consultation with the board of supervisors, and will officially begin Sept. 14.

Oldham will also serve in the role of chief psychiatrist, directing and managing psychiatric medical activities under the county’s mental health program.

~ Placer County press release

Taking the Helm: As new president of Sierra Nevada University, Dr. Robert Valli said in a press release that interdisciplinarity, teamwork, and collaboration are central to his vision for education. Photo courtesy SNU

New President Takes the Helm at Sierra Nevada University


After an extensive search, Sierra Nevada University has secured a new president for the institution as of Aug. 31. Dr. Robert M. Valli, an alumnus of UC Berkeley, Stanford, and Cambridge, has accepted the position at SNU Tahoe, replacing current interim president, Dr. Ed Zschau. Valli comes to SNU Tahoe from his most recent role as dean of Long Island University Post’s College of Management.

~ SNU press release


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