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Presidents' Day Gives Boost To Area Ski Resorts

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Holidays like New Years and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day are traditionally big for ski resorts.

Unfortunately, they came and went without much help from Mother Nature.

Snow levels have been well below average this winter, the recent storms brought some relief to ski resorts, just in time for Presidents' Day.

The recent storms dropped about 4.5 feet of snow at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe.

All of their ski runs are open except some areas of the chutes because of avalanche control.

"It was good to get some storms coming through," Murray Blaney, Mt. Rose Director of Base Operations said. "Tahoe kind of felt snake-bit. Finally, to see the pattern change, get some precipitation in the area, there definitely were smiles on the faces of the ski resort."

Skiers and snowboarders have been flocking to the resorts all weekend taking advantage of some extra time off.

"The lodges are packed," Dennis Scott said. "Here, the lines haven't been bad. It's a little bit of a hassle but for a holiday weekend, I don't think the lines are bad at all."

"Today is crowded in comparison to the last couple of times we've been up here," Pauline Klein said. "We're having fun though."

Resorts are seeing a lot of visitors from places like California's Central Valley and the Bay Area.

"We usually come up three or four times and this is the first week because of the lack of snow," Scott said.

Some of the youngsters say spending a day on the slopes is way better than a typical Monday in the classroom.

"Because we have to do a lot of work in 2nd grade," Kelly Scott said.

Since most visitors are spending at least two nights in the area, they're also having an impact in other areas.

"Town's full," Blaney said. "We work closely with the casino properties, in Reno, and most were sold out Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We have big wholesale packaging with them. So, what's good for us is good for them, too."

With so many families coming up, people are spending money on more than just lift tickets.

"They're full-service guests," Blaney said. "They're renting skies, they're taking lessons. It's a great weekend for us because we feel like we're creating new skiers and snowboarders. A lot of people are new to the sport."

Presidents' Day is the last big 3-day weekend for the ski resorts, but spring break is also coming up for a lot of schools in March and April. Mt. Rose is hoping that they can stay open as late as Easter, this year.

Written by Paul Nelson
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