Too bad none of us will be around for the next ice age. People will be skiing glaciers around Tahoe in August instead of two turn patches.
As far as the Tahoe economy goes, yeah some businesses failed due to drought, but others have started. Walk down Donner Pass Road in downtown Truckee and you don't see boarded up store fronts, like you do in my hometown of Detroit or numerous other cities and towns across the country. All the ski areas are still in business. Construction is booming (plenty of rich people to buy houses they might live in a week or two a year) and plenty more development in the pipeline, to the chagrin of many.
The history of the post-Columbian West is the story of boom and bust, and then boom and bust again. For a broader perspective on water and people in the West, try Cadillac Desert or Beyond the Hundreth Meridian.
Edited by oldgoat - 9/13/16 at 9:32am