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Snow Making Machines Carry Ski Season So Far

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Cold temperatures over the past few weeks have allowed the Diamond Peaks resort in Incline Village to produce snow in record amounts. Brad Wilson is the resort's general manager.

"I now it's difficult to understand because there hasn't been a lot of natural snow. But we have been running the snow guns 24 hours a day when the temperatures allow and that keeps a lot of snow on the ground."

A skimpy snowpack so far this season has most resorts relying on snow-making machines…including Boreal Mountain Resort atop Donner Summit.

Boreal's Jon Slaughter says one good thing about the lack of natural snow is no road restrictions.

"Last year around this time we had so much snow that I-80 was closed and the resort was actually closed for about three days. For the Boreal customer chain control is not a pretty sight."

The Tahoe basin's snowpack is currently only about 40% of average, according to numbers from the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service.  

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