China Peak sees fresh snow and huge crowds

CHINA PEAK, Calif.

Cody Heffington is much happier with this weekend's snow pack compared to the skimpy cover earlier this year. He said, "The beginning of last month there was barely two runs open but it's a lot better now."

Heffington and his friends hit up China Peak Mountain Resort leading up to President's Day weekend. On Sunday all lifts were open and most spots bustled with winter sports fanatics.

"It's quite nice," said Heffington. "There a lot of soft snow."

The ski resort's owner Tim Cohee says this week's snowfall dumped about a foot and a half of fresh powder. He said, "This is obviously fantastic as everybody knows it's been a very tough year this season."

Staff at China Peak say they're seeing about half the average snowfall for this time of year. They're hoping for a lot of snow this season to help boost the business.

Cohee said, "Historically when you have a very lean year, you have a monstrous spring."

Cohee says about 35-hundred people passed through the ski resort on Saturday, on Sunday that number jumped to four-thousand. Staff says that's the most people they've seen on a single day this season.

Third grader, Jordyn Neves was among the crowds enjoying the fresh powder. "It's really fun. I like going up there to the hills and stuff."

Action News asked, "Would you consider yourself a beginner of kind of an expert?"

Jordyn replied, "An expert."

Others like Pamela Ahlin and her family were there to enjoy the atmosphere. She said, "We brought good books, have a couple of drinks, enjoy the sun and enjoy the company of a lot of friends, a lot of local people."

Despite the slim snowfall so far, everyone here hopes for more days like this later this season.

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