RENO, Nev. --
Storms that left record levels of snow in the Sierra Nevadas last
week cheered ski-area operators and the Reno travel industry, even
though the storms caused considerable damage elsewhere in the West.
Anytime you get 18
feet of snow youre going to have a great spring ski season, said a
spokeswoman for Heavenly, the largest resort at Lake
Heavenly has dubbed
the 2004-2005 season the Epic Winter because January snowfall as of
the 10th day of the month had already surpassed the ski resorts
10-year average for the entire month.
Guests are skiing
on some of the best snow theyve seen in their lives, she
reports focused on the closing of the Reno-Tahoe Airport (twice in
a week), the halting of traffic on major highways to the Sierra
Nevadas and the derailment of an Amtrak train in the heavy snow of
the mountains -- followed by deadly mudslides in California -- the
Reno areas attractions nevertheless grabbed some of the
Its gotten more
people thinking about Reno-Tahoe as a great ski destination, said a
spokeswoman for the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority.
Its been great publicity.
For the last four
years, the authoritys campaign, Reno-Tahoe: Americas Adventure
Place, has promoted skiing and other outdoor activities to
distinguish the area from Las Vegas, which has been grabbing market
share. The media attention will help boost that campaign, she
meanwhile, the storms damaged the Pebble Beach Golf Links on the
Monterey Peninsula, where about a 200-square-foot piece of land 200
yards from the green of the 18th hole slid into a cove. The damage
will be repaired and should not affect play, according to Pebble
California is recovering after fierce wet and windy weather
devastated some areas, including the small town of La Conchita in
Ventura County, where mudslides slammed into homes and killed
LA Inc., the
tourism agency for Los Angeles, reported no damage to Universal
Studios or any areas popular with vacationers.
Everything is open
and operating normally, she said. None of the road problems is
She said she didnt
think the storms caused any trip cancellations or loss of
Today, weve got
blue skies and the sun is shining. The weather is back to
reporter Laura Del Rosso, send e-mail to [email protected].