North Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts Try to Attract

By: Denise Wong Email
By: Denise Wong Email

TRUCKEE, CA - At Northstar California, they've been blasting off the snow-making machines all season.

"It's critical to any kind of success we've had this year. Mother nature hasn't been helpful at all. Other than we've had great temperatures for snow making," says John Loomis, VP of operations at Northstar California.

It's been cold with low humidity. And Northstar may be the best resort to take advantage of those conditions. It boasts the most snow-making capabilities on the North Shore. At one point, the resort had 127 snow guns working at once.

"With the system we've got here at Northstar, we've been able to cover over 25 runs top to bottom skiing and I think we've provided a great product in an otherwise dry year," says Loomis.

Some snowboarders say they would like to see more snow, but they'll take what they can get.

"It's great. It's all we can really ask. They're doing a good job," says D.J. Torroni, a snowboarder at Northstar.

The folks at Sugar Bowl are praying for snow. In the meantime, they're making what they can.

With the lack of snow it may be easy to focus on what we don't have. But ski resorts say think about all of the options we do have. For instance, nine ski resorts are open in North Lake Tahoe. And some are offering the best deals just to get people in.

For instance, Sugar Bowl is giving free lessons and rentals when you buy a lift ticket. That's great for anyone who has never hit the slopes before. And for those who don't feel that confident, the manmade snow makes things easy.

"Right now, some of the best terrain is the beginner terrain," says John Monson, director of sales and marketing at Sugar Bowl.

They're saying the same thing at Squaw Valley, where there is special pricing in place for this special kind of weather.

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