Snow comes to dry Sierra, encourages local ski resorts

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Snow comes to dry Sierra, encourages local ski resorts

The first significant winter storm in nearly two months brought much needed snow to the Sierra. Most places around Lake Tahoe received between 5 to 8 inches by the end of Thursday.

It was about time for Tahoe ski resorts, as well. Many have solely depended on manmade snow.

Squaw Valley reports around 10 inches and Mount Rose between 8 to 12 inches.

John Munson is with Sugar Bowl and Royal Gorge Cross Country Resort.

"Hopefully, all this means is that there's been pent up demand from lack of power days so far."

While this snowfall will open up more lifts for downhill skiers, it's particularly a boon for cross country trail, like those at Royal Gorge spanning more than 6,000 acres. That's too much terrain for snowmaking, so this winter storm could be critical for getting things up and running again.

"Really you only need about a foot of snow to send the groomers out on the flat, meadow valley floor terrain to lay down corduroy and groomers.

There wasn't much snowfall early Friday morning as initially forecast. But Munson hopes they'll have the trails open in the near future.