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Roads and Ski Resorts Look Good After Snowstorm

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Some areas of the Sierra got about a foot of snow overnight. But road crews have kept the freeway clear of snow over Donner Summit.

The goal now is to keep the wet pavement from freezing.

"There's always a concern of ice forming but we run trucks 24 hours a day and we sand, especially when it's wet," Mike Bechtold, Caltrans Maintenance Worker said. "We use dry sand, which helps dry the road."

The roads are clear but conditions still aren't completely ideal.

Caltrans says people should watch their speed, and be prepared for the conditions, especially with windshield wiper fluid.

"A lot of people come up here from the valley," Bechtold said. "They use regular window wash. They get up here. They'll spend the night or something. It freezes and they don't have it."

The snow is also giving a boost to ski resorts.

"This is amazing," Rachael Woods, Senior Communications Manager for Northstar said. "Our guests are so happy, today. All I see are skiers and boarders coming down with huge grins on their faces."

The snow allowed Northstar's crew to open six additional trails, within one hour, Thursday morning.

And people are taking advantage of the first snowfall in nearly two months.

"I'm stoked," Zachary Haas said. "I've been here the last ten years and we've seen a lot of good seasons and this one is really crazy. We got that one storm, earlier and then nothing."

"Amazing," Erika Mills said. "We love it. We have one or two occasions per wintertime to come up and ski. And we are lucky because you never know what you'll get."

The snow is not just good for the economy of the Sierra. It also provides a morale boost.

"What the snowstorm does is bring a great happy energy and really invigorates people that ski and snowboard," Woods said. "It gets everybody excited to come back and enjoy some powder."

Northstar expects the snow to bring quite a few people up this weekend.

That is good news for the bars and restaurants at the Village because once people get done skiing, many of them will head down there to watch the Super Bowl.

Written by Paul Nelson
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