China Peak welcomes much-needed snow

Winter weather is long overdue at China Peak Mountain Resort, where slopes are struggling to stay covered in snow.
CHINA PEAK, Calif. (KFSN) -- Wishes for more snow at China Peak Mountain Resort will soon come true with several storms on the way that could deliver several feet of fresh powder to the Sierra through next week.

"We are optimistic about it," said China Peak Managing Partner Tim Cohee "It looks pretty powerful."

Cohee says by this point in the season, the resort will have typically seen over 100 inches of snow.

"Snowfall total is a fraction of what it would have been," he said.

So far this season, it's received less than half of that-- 30 to 40 inches. Conditions needed to make snow haven't been favorable either.

"We will go several nights where we will be very cold at the base area, 7000 ft.," said Cohee "But we are trying to make snow between 8000 and 9000 ft. and it's 35-40 degrees. It's been very frustrating."

That won't be the case in the coming days with overnight lows forecasted to be freezing for much of the next week. Cohee says there will be snowmaking to go along with the real snow if necessary.

Despite subpar conditions, boarders and skiers are still showing up at the slopes. Cohee says that's likely because COVID-19 has cut down on many options for entertainment and recreation. Even with pandemic protocols in place, China Peak has served as an escape.

"It hasn't been even good most often. We have limited terrain open. The top is open, but it's limited runs, limited lifts. There are a lot of people that have been coming up here and going skiing and riding," said Cohee. "And the common theme, the second they walk into the resort, is like this breath of fresh air."
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