El Niño Bringing California a Big Snow Season; Huge Snowstorm Expected This Week in Sierra Nevada
The last two years of drought have been tough for Lincoln Kauffman and others in the Northern California skiing business.
Kauffman, general manager of the 550-acre Donner Ski Ranch just north of Lake Tahoe, said a lack of snow had dramatically curtailed the ski season, sometimes to just a few weeks. Last year, the Donner slopes were open for only 44 days of skiing, Kauffman said.
But on Monday, as the first flakes from a storm forecast to blanket the whole Sierra Nevada fell outside Kauffman’s window, he said there wasn’t just snow in the air, but optimism — the kind no one has dared to feel in years.
Thanks in part to El Niño, a series of strong storms have blanketed the Sierras with snow. Another storm this week is expected to deliver another layer of the white stuff — and draw skiers back to resorts.
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