Let It Snow President's Day Weekend

February 13, 2009 6:49:44 PM PST
A winter storm is bringing much needed snow to the Sierra which is good for mountain businesses, but bad for unprepared visitors this President's Day weekend.Carla Anthony from Big Creek is no stranger to snow. But this is the first time she's ever been stuck in it and only feet from a dangerous white-covered cliff. "It's slushy. It gets icy when you don't have real great tires. It makes it even worse," she said.

That's why it is recommended travelers to the Sierra bring chains this weekend.

But visitors should appreciate not getting stuck in the snow like Benny Barajas. He travelled to Shaver Lake with his wife to enjoy the weather on his birthday but ended up leaving her in the car to look for chains.

"She's stuck in the ... she didn't want to walk all the way down. She's waiting for me in the car ... She's not to happy right now," said Barajas.

Fresh powder can be a real headache for some of those drivers but for the Eckstein family it's a great opportunity to spend time with one another. It's also an opportunity for local businesses to thrive.

"Without snow up here, Winter is pretty slow," said Dave Powell.

Powell owns a sporting goods store in Shaver and said year round business is solid but after expanding the size of his store every customer counts especially during a recession.

Powell: "This will bring a lot of people up to play in the snow and ski and snowboard up at Sierra Summit."

And with 1 to 3 feet of snow expected through out the holiday weekend, snow savvy families from all over California can expect quality playtime.

"Free ski run! So it's nice to be up here, spend time with family," said San Diego's James Eckstein.

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