Vacationers Guide to Snow Removal

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17 Jan 2017
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Understanding snow removal is an essential part of staying in a Tahoe vacation rental. By staying in someone's personal home you may have a few added responsibilities in regards to snow removal. Read our tips below to assure a great experience, and avoid unwanted surprises:

  • Allow extra time for travel, warming up your car, scraping the ice off your windshield, and removing snow from your car's roof. DO NOT leave snow on top of your vehicle as it is a major safety hazard!
  • Parking on streets in any capacity is illegal from November 1 - May 1. No exceptions! Snow removal vehicles need to have access to the entire road, even if it isn't snowing or hasn't snowed in several days.
  • Snow removal companies do their best to keep up with each snow storm. They will get to your home on their scheduled route (once or twice per day depending on the storm). The schedule cannot be changed. You may need to shovel your way out if you want to leave before they arrive.
  • Snow removal cannot clear your driveway if you are parked in it. If you hear or see them, go out as quickly as possible and move your car so they can clear the entire driveway, creating a better parking experience.
  • Snow berms may be left at the end of your driveway, behind your car, or in front of your your garage door by the plows. Snow removal companies will remove berms from the end of the driveway, but you will need to remove the others for safety and ease of use.
  • City or county plows will come by and plow the residential streets on occasion which will also cause a snow berm to form at the end of your driveway. Please shovel the berm so you can safely enter/exit your driveway without your vehicle getting high centered.
  • The metal "bear box" at the end of your driveway may get snowed or bermed in. Please remove the snow to create easy access to it so you can place your trash. The Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal will not empty the bear bin unless they have access to open the door.
  • To prevent ice from building up, keep up on the shoveling of walkways, stairways, and berms. If you continue to step or drive over the snow it will turn to ice and becomes much more difficult to remove.
  • Please use ice melt on the stairs or walkways if needed. The ice melt will help break down the ice, provide better traction, and help with shoveling of snow. Do not use ice melt on wooden walkways or steps.
  • Please be careful when playing outside and on the decks, some of our homes have roofs that download onto the deck or outside area, or close to the areas we like to play. Roof slides can be extremely dangerous and need to be taken seriously. Do not allow children to play unattended outside near a roof line.

If you keep this helpful tips in mind, you'll be sure to have a great vacation!