Locals Affected By Mt. Rose Highway Closure

RENO, NV - "We knew it was going to be a slow day, because Mt. rRse said they were going to be closed today, but we didn't know it was going to be this slow," says Robert Eliot.

It's already been the slowest year ever for Galena Sports General Manager Robert Eliot, and adding a day with only two total customers didn't help.

"The first was looking for Mt. Rose to be open and the second was returning their skis because Mt. Rose wasn't open," says Eliot.

In the mean time, Robert waxes skis for free. That's great news for his friend David Brasche who's able to get his equipment in tip top shape for some backwoods exploring. David actually says he was happy about the highway closure.

"Going where people haven't gone before. It's a brand new sheet, a fresh slate if you will, a blank canvas," says Brasche.

A local park ranger says it's common for people like David to come out in numbers after a big snowfall, even when Mt. Rose highway is shutdown.

"I've seen skiers, snow shoers, hikers already this morning. So they're taking advantage of it, they're not waiting for anything," says John Keesee.

Even Robert can see the silver lining in the closure, because tomorrow holds promise.

"It's a powder day. It's gonna be a killer day. Come on up and ski," says Eliot.

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