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September 15, 2006

Northstar at Tahoe Works to Get It Right on Employee Housing

After my rants the last few weeks about employee housing and benefits, I spotted this article at First Tracks Online:

Ski resorts have long faced challenges housing seasonal employees in expensive resort towns, but California's Northstar-at-Tahoe ski and snowboard resort is employing an innovative tactic.

Northstar's Rental Rewards Program awards free lift tickets or a season pass to homeowners who rent a room or rental unit to Northstar Resort employees for the winter. Homeowners can receive 10 lift tickets (valid Sunday through Friday, during non-holiday periods) for each address at which they house Northstar Resort employees, regardless of the number of employees housed at that address. In lieu of tickets, program participants may choose to receive one Value Pass, valid at Northstar Resort Sunday through Friday, excluding blackout dates, and valid at nearby sister resort Sierra-at-Tahoe any day, excluding blackout dates. Owners of multiple-unit dwellings and rental agencies may be covered under different guidelines.

This program does not cover current employee/landlord agreements, and tickets are not for resale. Rental openings must be posted with the Northstar Human Resources department prior to filling vacancies to qualify for lift tickets or a season pass. Northstar Resort has not developed guidelines regarding the cost of rental and lease agreements, however the resort recommends that they fall within the range of $300 to $450 a month, per room, plus utilities.

That is absolutely solid of the resort. Lift tickets and passes cost the resort next to nothing, but the idea of offering these as a way of helping fix the employee housing problem is awesome. The resort is doing something to ensure that employees can find adequate housing and it costs the resort next to nothing but provides a huge incentive for homeowners and further helps take care of their employees.

Let's hope others follow the lead.

Posted by Justin at September 15, 2006 06:26 PM


That is a great idea for Northstar, and their staff. I do not think the housing situation in North Tahoe is as bad as it can be in the Rockies resorts though. Tahoe is a 4 season resort area, so they don't have quite peak crunch of population influx during ski season, so less of the problem because the bed base is used all year around.

Northstar is pretty fun to ski too, lots of groomed cruisers, fun for mid level skiiers and families.


Posted by: arvind at September 20, 2006 07:56 AM