Sierra Ski Season Begins With Sparse Man-Made Snow on Slopes

The Sierra ski season is under way, but skiers and snowboarders aren't finding much snow on the slopes.

Thanksgiving weekend is traditionally when ski resorts in the Lake Tahoe region fire up the chairlifts.

But warm November temperatures in the mountains have meant that the sparse snow found so far has been made by the resorts themselves.

Even then, most of the runs that are open are short and low on the hills.

Last winter was unusually dry in the Sierra Nevada. Snowmelt from the mountains provides much of California's fresh water supply.

Tahoe resorts say most slopes should be open by Christmas.
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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle,
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