Tuesday , June 25 2024

China Peak Resort Pulling for Strong Storm, Snow

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<p>Besides some small scattered patches of snow, the base of the mountain at China Peak is bare and waiting patiently for mother nature to show up.</p><p>China Peak Resort chief financial officer Debbie Neely says, &quot;If we got three feet of snow at this level, we could get this place rocking.&quot; <br />&nbsp;<br />For now, China Peak is closed.&nbsp; No snow means no work.&nbsp; About 50 employees were recently laid off and nearly 300 more are waiting to be hired for the season.</p><p>&quot;All we need is a bit of snow and we call the staff back and fire up the barbeques and we’re ready to go,&quot; says Neely.</p><p>Neely is hoping Tuesday’s forecasted storm will drop snow at about 7,000 feet; blanketing the resort’s base, and at least enough to turn on snow making machines.</p><p>Neely says, &quot;The minute it starts happening naturally, then we turn the machines on.&quot;</p><p>Shaver Lake business owner Greg Elliot says, &quot;All the businesses suffer a little bit without China Peak, but once it opens the whole place sort of hums and we all look forward to that.&quot;</p><p>Elliot owns the Elliot House Bed and Breakfast in Shaver Lake.&nbsp; He says China Peak traffic is big for business and his fingers are crossed for a strong storm, or as he calls it, an early Christmas gift.</p><p>&quot;Three to four feet of snow or more Santa. Please,&quot; says Elliot.</p><p>The resort is scheduled to open Decemeber 20th but if enough snow falls in the next couple of days, it could open as early as this Saturday. </p></div>

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