Area Resorts Filling Up for New Year

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RENO, Nev. - Area resorts are filling up for the last week of the year thanks in part to a good amount of snow in the Sierra.

“It's very busy this week ever since the snow started falling,” said Jim Southard, Executive Vice President of Hotel Operations at John Ascuaga's Nugget in Sparks. “The skiers are here, they're in the lobby checking in and we expect a full house culminating with Monday night being full.”

13-year-old George Van Landingham was spending some time at The Nugget's pool on Thursday afternoon; he's in town visiting family during the winter break.

“It doesn't really snow where I'm from in California so I came here to play in the snow,” Van Landingham said.

Southard says end-of-year numbers at the Nugget are much better than last year.

“The snow has been a blessing in disguise; last year it was kind of dry,” Southard said. “It's going to be festive here. In Restaurante Orozko we have a new fire pit so skiers can come back here and enjoy wine and tapas after a day on the slopes. All the restaurants are open and we're expecting a great crowd so it's really great to see everything happening the way it is.”

The Silver Legacy in downtown Reno is also booked for the weekend.

“We're here for a ski trip, it's our kids' first time skiing and we're going up to Mt. Rose tomorrow,” Amanda Lei of San Jose, California said. “I'm hoping they have a good time; Mt. Rose seems like they have a pretty good program.”

She says the drive up from California on Thursday wasn't bad at all.

“We got very lucky,” Lei said. “We have a couple of family friends that left on Christmas day and they got caught in a bad snowstorm. Today the roads are clear and there was hardly any traffic at all.”