Despite record winter, some Sierra ski resorts stick to closing as planned
TAHOE, Calif. (News 4 & Fox 11) —
Five ski resorts in Northern California and Nevada will be closing up shop for the season after this weekend.
Despite the record snowfall and being the "wettest winter ever," some resorts will end their season due to staffing.
"We need the staffing to make the ski resort safe. Staffing does become an issue because spring time is when a lot of people start their summer jobs," said Granlibakken marketing manager Annora McGarry.
McGarry said the resort also hires students from the J1 program. It's a visa program that allows students from all over the world to come work and experience Tahoe for a few months.
Several ski resorts participate in program, but they did not expect this ski season to last so long.
Granlibakken, Donner Ski Ranch, Homewood Mountain Resort, Tahoe Donner Downhill and Tahoe Cross County Ski Area are all closing after this weekend.
Other ski resort closures:
Boreal Mountain Resort
Mount Rose Ski Tahoe
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows