Environment & Science

California drought: Sugar Bowl ski resort latest to close early due to lack of snow

Sugar Bowl resort in 2011. The resort is closing early this season due to lack of snow.
Sugar Bowl resort in 2011. The resort is closing early this season due to lack of snow.
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Another Northern California ski resort is closing early due to lack of snow caused by the state’s historic drought, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

Sugar Bowl ski resort, which is near Truckee in the Sierra Nevada mountains, shared the news on its website:

Unfortunately, due to deteriorating conditions and no snow in the forecast, Sugar Bowl's final day of the 14/15 season will be this Sunday, March 22nd.

Sugar Bowl is celebrating its 75th year and is North America's largest cross country resort, with over 200 kilometers of trails. 

The resort’s early season closure comes after three days of 18-inch to 27-inch snowfall earlier in the month, which a March 3 Sugar Bowl YouTube video dubbed “Miracle March.” The video shows snow-covered trails and skiers, one saying, “Finally we have a good day with powder everywhere.” 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UY60PmXf-hs&index=12&list=PLOSdNkUlJwM6vkCEzVd1Egt_CiYR7mSiC

“The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which is counted on to provide 30 percent of the state’s water supply as it melts through early summer, is at its second-lowest level on record,” the New York Times reported Tuesday.

Earlier this week, Sierra-at-Tahoe along Highway 50 closed early, adding to other uncommonly early ski resort closures including Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area, Donner Ski Ranch and Soda Springs Mountain Resort, according to SF Gate.