Long Ski Season Expected for the West

Storms that left record levels of snow in the Sierra Nevadas in the first week of January cheered ski-area operators and the Reno, Nev., travel industry, even though the storms caused considerable damage elsewhere in the West. “Anytime you get 18 feet of snow you’re going to have a great spring ski se


Storms that left record levels of snow in the Sierra Nevadas in the first week of January cheered ski-area operators and the Reno, Nev., travel industry, even though the storms caused considerable damage elsewhere in the West.

“Anytime you get 18 feet of snow you’re going to have a great spring ski season,” said a spokeswoman for Heavenly, the largest resort at Lake Tahoe.

Heavenly has dubbed the 2004-2005 season the “Epic Winter” because January snowfall as of the 10th day of the month had already surpassed the ski resort’s 10-year average for the entire month.

Elsewhere in California, the storms caused a wide range of damage. At the Pebble Beach Golf Links on the Monterey Peninsula, for example, a 200-square-foot piece of land 200 yards from the green of the 18th hole slid into a cove. The damage will be repaired and should not affect play, according to Pebble Beach.

On a more positive note, the heavier-than-normal precipitation is expected to provide a bumper crop of wildflowers and an increase in the number of those who flock to view them each spring.

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