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First Snowfall In Sierra In Nearly 8 Weeks

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The first snowfall of 2014 wasn't much in Shaver Lake but it was much better at China Peak.  Skiers and snow boarders decided not to wait until the weekend to slalom down the slopes.

Alexander Horvath has a season pass to China Peak.  "This is way better.   This is like the first week I came up here.   It snowed pretty good and then no snow for another month or so."

The ski resort saw 6 to 7 inches of fresh powder fall on Thursday.   Its not only good news for skiers and snow boarders but also people looking for work. 

China Peak owner Tim Cohee will soon be hiring.  "The big challenge for us will be getting enough staff now once we get everything open.   A lot of folks have probably gone on and found things to do.   So now when we get things open we'll be gearing up with probably over 100 new staff."

The last measurable snow at China Peak was December 7th.  Cohee expects to open more runs and lifts because of the storm. 

21 miles down the hill in Shaver Lake there was very little snow.  The landscape got a light dusting but it won't be around long if it stays warm. 

Even during the winter you'll find fishermen at Shaver Lake, but the big recreation draw is farther up the hill.  After nearly eight long dry weeks, winter has finally returned to paradise.  Mountain business owners are hopeful that skiers and people who like to toss snowballs will spend their weekends in the high country.


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