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31 January 2012 09:05
A skier dressed as Zorro celebrates the arrival of the heavy snowfalls which came as a relief to US ski resorts
Ski resorts in the west of the US got their first real snow of the winter following drier weather than is usual during December and January.
The news will come as a relief to those in business at the resorts and to those who have secured
sports travel insurance deals in preparation for a holiday at such a location.
The website for Mammoth Mountain reported that the resort, which had only two inches of natural snow last month, received 57in of snowfall in one storm and was able to open all 28 lifts and 150 trails with a 3ft to 5ft base. The resort was earlier making snow to open limited areas.
Squaw Valley reported a 30in base at 6,200ft, with a 36in base at 8,200ft. At Lake Tahoe storms left the resort with 42in to 60in of snow. Heavenly, which is also in Tahoe, was able to report 24 out of its 30 lifts being open.
Another spot able to breath a sigh of relief was Yosemite National Park's Badger Pass Ski Area. It picked up around 2ft which enabled a scheduled opening of its 10 runs and five lifts.
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