Ski resorts doing well despite second driest January on record

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - This year we had the second warmest January on record. But the warm weather has not stopped people from gearing up and hitting the slopes.

At Mount Rose Ski Tahoe, business has been good.

"All in all we have had a really strong year." said Mt. Rose spokesperson Mike Pierce, "We have got a 2- to 5-foot base right now and really winter has just only begun."

With no snowstorms in the immediate forecast, Pierce said they still have enough snow coverage.

"Well, we have not made snow for a bit, but last week we got 18 inches of snow." said Pierce, "The week before that we got 14 inches of snow so we have been getting great coverage."

Last year, the resort saw much snow, which was good for business, but at times forced the roads to close so people could not even get to the slopes. This year, Pierce said the warmer weather does have its benefits.

Locals do not seem to mind the sunshine.

"Yeah, it has been pretty warm, but the fact that there is still snow up here is better than dirt." said Nai'a Sulvy,

But they are still hoping for more snow.

"I think we still have a couple of weeks." said Dennis Dietrich,"If it does not snow, we are in big trouble."