Snowy conditions in Shaver Lake brings much-needed boost for businesses

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Several feet of snow enticed droves of people to Shaver Lake and the surrounding areas on Saturday.

The extra traffic also brought a boost for many businesses.

"Business has been very, very crazy," said Alexus Thammavongsa, Shaver Lake Gas Manager. "We have been getting people in and out of here coming down from China Peak, trying to look for snow parks."

At Shaver Lake Sports, General Manager Tyler Powell also saw an increase in customers, with more than 100 ski rentals alone.

"Once we get snow, people come up and that is how we make our money," he said.

Kale Wyngarden and his family were among the many who stopped at the store.

It was a big day for his 3-year-old and 4-year-old, as he strapped skis on their little feet.

"This will be their first time," he said.

Many of those who stopped at Shaver Sports made their way to China Peak.

Managing partner Tim Cohee said the mountain resort now has about six feet of snow.

It reached capacity early in the morning so staff members had to turn people away.

"We knew this was going to happen," he said. "We told everybody days ago to get an early start because lots are going to fill and that is exactly what happened."

Cohee said snow has been cleared from two more parking lots.

He anticipates a busy Sunday, with enough space for all visitors.

The Sierra National Forrest remains closed after portions were damaged by the Creek Fire. Locals and officials are also urging people to recreate in safe areas.
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