Wednesday , May 29 2024

Snowfall Brings New Hope For Mountain Tourism

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<p>It’s 8 inches of fun for 4-year-old Abby Rossow.</p><p>&quot;It’s squishy,&quot; Abby said. </p><p>But for Elliot House Bed and Breakfast owner Joanne Elliot, those 8 inches mean a whole lot more. </p><p>&quot;Well the phone actually is ringing a lot more today than it might’ve been 2 days ago,&quot; Elliot said. </p><p>She said the lack of snow has created a bit of a bleak season for her business, but this new found powder gives her hope. </p><p>&quot;Well we get about 12 feet a year. It would be nice to come back up to that number. I’m sure everybody would love to play in it,&quot; Elliot said. </p><p>A playtime she said was almost too late.</p><p>&quot;I think it came close to being too late. I think people get out of the skiing or they think it’s too late, but the fact that it’s still in February is a good thing,&quot; Elliot said. </p><p>And just down the road in Shaver Lake, Blue Sky Cafe owner Evelyn Megoni said the snow hasn’t brought the business boom just yet, but she knows it’s coming. </p><p>&quot;I think with the snow, people will come up, bring their kids, and have them play in the snow,&quot; Megoni said. </p><p>And she says business will really start picking up if China Peak Ski Resort is able to open once again. </p><p>&quot;If its not snowing, they’re not at China Peak,&quot; Megoni said. </p><p>And while receiving several inches of snow looks better than before at China Peak, it’s not quite enough to get skiers back on the slopes. </p><p>&quot;We got six inches of snow. It’s been snowing on and off but we haven’t gotten much accumulation today,&quot; China Peak Employee Relations Supervisor Katrina Cross said. </p><p>But with new snow, comes new hope. </p><p>&quot;The storms seem to be stacking up so I’d say there’s a good chance we could reopen if the storms get us what we need,&quot; Cross said. </p><p>Those at both Shaver Lake and China Peak said the snow is great, but more is better. China Peak said they are about halfway where they need to be for to open. They hope to have more snow this weekend. </p></div>

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