After record-breaking snowfall last year, California is hit with a dry start to the winter. High temperatures and almost no snow in the past month are causing some west coast resorts to take measures.
Homewood is forced to close midweek, and will be open Friday through Sunday between 9 a.m to 4 p.m until Tahoe snow conditions allow for full operations. Mt. Ashland in Oregon has also been forced to close temporarily.
Photo courtesy of Homewood
Mt Shasta Ski Park, which relies heavily on snowfall as well as snowmaking, has yet to open and missed out on the biggest Holiday of the season.
Rumor has it that lack of snow is hurting business badly enough to force some resorts to let employees go.
Squaw Valley is reportedly forced to lay off 400 workers in the next week, and June Mountain has to lay off half of their staff.
Photo courtesy of June Mountain
Other resorts, such as Heavenly Lake Tahoe, Northstar California and Boreal Mountain Resort are still thriving thanks to their great snow making systems. Russ Pecoraro of Heavenly said, “We’ve had to take a break from snowmaking over the last few days, but our reservoirs are full and our system is charged and we’re ready to rock when temperatures cooperate later this week”.
Northstar continues to make snow and open new runs. Photo courtesy of Northstar
Resorts are doing their best to keep runs open, terrain parks fun and guests happy. Despite the lack of fresh snow, now is a great time to get on the mountain, because many of the resorts are offering discount lessons and tickets.
Sierra-at-Tahoe also has no plans on closing anytime soon and is offering several deals to encourage people on the mountain, such as $49 Adult Lift tickets, 50 percent off private lessons and full day kids lessons only $109.
The 10-day forecast by The Weather Channel for Tahoe area is showing possible snow on Jan. 14. Highs are expected in the 50s and lows between 16 and 22. Hopefully the season picks up quickly, so resorts have enough business to stay open and keep their employees.