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January 20, 2009

Sunny Skies Out West Keep Skiers Home

Not the kind of news California and western resorts want:

Fresno, CA, USA (KFSN) -- A warmer than normal holiday weekend resulted in fewer skiers in the mountains, and some tourists at Shaver Lake were surprised to see less snow than they expected this weekend. Still, very few people are complaining.

There may have been enough snow for these kids to sled down a hill; but Sylvia Murrieta was expecting a winter wonderland when she and her family travelled to Shaver Lake. "When we turned the corner, we thought, 'we're not going to find any snow.' It's all hard. Everywhere it's hard, you can't find any fluffy stuff anywhere," said Murrieta.

The lack of fresh snow led to fewer skiers at Sierra Summit. "I think the perception is, 'it hasn't snowed in the mountains, you can't be skiing.' People are just waiting for more snow," said Boomer Devaurs.

Sierra Summit operators say they make new snow every night and they're constantly grooming the runs. They say despite the lack of real snow, there is still no reason to stay away. "If they're staying home, they're missing out on some good skiing," said Devaurs.

Posted by Justin at January 20, 2009 10:04 AM