California is experiencing a dry 2013 and that continues into the start of the Sierra ski season. But, ski resort operators say it’s far too early to be concerned and that snow levels, for this time of year, are fairly typical.
“It’s pretty good. Winter is just starting. We’re hoping to open Friday,” said Sugar Bowl Spokesman Peter Avedschmidt, “It’s all tentative.”
Last year, Sugar Bowl Ski Resort was open by the Thanksgiving Holiday. But, November and December in 2012 were record months for snowfall.
“This is about average for now. It’s not bad. Sometimes we have an early season, we have late seasons,” said Avedschmdt.
Tuesday, a storm was expected to drop about a foot of snow at higher elevations – just where ski resorts need it.
“We’ve had four to six inches of snow today. We’ve got cold temperatures,” said Boreal Ski Resort spokesman Shaydar Edelmann, “We’re looking at more snow later in the week and cold temps for snowmaking all through the week.”
Overnight temperatures are expected to drop into the single digits above six thousand feet before the weekend.
While November and December last year set records, the snowfall essentially shut down after the start of the New Year leaving Winter 2013 with an abysmal snowpack.
Perhaps the lesson being that predicting what winter will be like based on how it starts is a challenge at best.