US ski resorts welcome snow storms

26 January 2012 08:54

Skiers will look to take advantage after storms dropped snow over resorts in the US

Skiers will look to take advantage after storms dropped snow over resorts in the US

Managers at Sierra Nevada ski resorts in the US which have been relying on artificial means to cover their slopes have breathed a sigh of relief after up to two feet of snow fell in the region.

The resorts at Lake Tahoe had been using snow-making machines to stay open until the storms arrived, with another weather system set to drop at least a further 15in on the mountains.

"It's great to have Mother Nature lending a hand," said Andy Chapman of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association.

But for those heading abroad to get their skiing fix for the season, the lack of natural snow should not be the only concern.

While snow-making machines can ensure the opportunity to ski is available should the snow not arrive, the holiday could be ruined by an accident on the slopes, especially if heading away without sports travel insurance.

Despite the new snow, Sierra ski resorts still offered limited operations, with the Tahoe basin snowpack only at a quarter of its normal amount for this time of year.

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