Sunday , June 23 2024

Lack Of Snow Hurting Mountain Tourism

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<p>As the endless drought continues here in the Valley, it’s also hurting those living in the mountains.&nbsp;The lack of snowfall has put quite the dent in the mountain’s winter tourism, both at China Peak and in Shaver Lake. </p><p>&quot;I’d say the past three years its been like this,&quot; China Peak snowboarder Tyler Mauldin said. </p><p>&quot;In any normal season at all, we would have several feet of snow on the ground and we would have 100 percent of the resort open almost a month ago,&quot; China Peak Owner Tim Cohee said. </p><p>Cohee said, as&nbsp;of Thursday,&nbsp;his snowpack was about ten percent of normal, the resort only operating by making their own snow.<br />&nbsp; <br />&quot;Any business person knows that if you’re running half of your expectations, your odds of being profitable are slim to none,&quot; Cohee said. </p><p>He said if the trend continues, many California ski resorts won’t be around much longer. </p><p>&quot;The odds of China Peak and about 10 other resorts being around for 2017 would be very unlikely, to be frank,&quot; Cohee said. </p><p>For&nbsp;now the resort is open, and Cohee remains optimistic.</p><p>&quot;We have the biggest ski weekend of the year coming up in three weeks, which is President’s Weekend. So frankly if things happen before then, it could salvage the season,&quot; Cohee said. </p><p>While China Peak can make its own snow, businesses in Shaver Lake aren’t so lucky.</p><p>&quot;This time of year, it’s supposed to be covered in a little more snow,&quot; Shaver Lake Village Hotel Manager Josh Cates said. </p><p>Cates&nbsp;is managing to make ends meet. He still has some guests thanks to Southern California Edison workers and people coming up to enjoy the sun. </p><p>&quot;Snowboarding and playing in the snow parks is definitely a huge part of this time of year, and it definitely is weird that it’s so hot, but we just cross our fingers and pray for snow,&quot; Cates said. </p><p>Everyone at Shaver Lake and China Peak are hoping to see snow in the next few weeks. They say February should be a better month.</p></div>

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