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Skiers and snowboarders hit the slopes

January 24, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
The winter storm is a mixed blessing for the community of Running Springs. The snow storm is good news for business owners in the local mountains.Resident in the San Bernardino mountains have been digging themselves out of the snow after being buried by the powerful winter storm.

"It is a lot of work. I have a lot to deal with and it is a lot of work. There is a lot of snow," said Jose Hernandez, Running Springs resident.

More snow has been forecasted over the next couple of days. It is reported that up to three feet of fresh powder will drop in the mountain areas.

For the local businesses in the mountains that will mean more traffic through their stores.

"The weekend will probably be crazy. So it will be kind of steady today, but really busy this weekend," said Mark Trent, LeRoy's Board Shop.

The storm has made for some dangerous driving conditions. Chains are now required for all vehicles travelling to the mountain areas.

In Running Springs the low clouds are adding to the driving dangers out on the roads and even up on the slopes.

"Visibility is a little bit low up on the mountain, but there is a foot of new snow so that is wonderful," said Roger Vieau, Snow Valley Ski Resort.

As mountain resorts gear up for a busy weekend die hard skiers and snowboarders can hardly wait.

"I am the first in line because that is the place to be on a morning like this. Right up there where you cannot see the snow is so deep. It is just soft and there is a nice float and it feels so good," said Kelly Bishop, a snowboarder.

"I have never ridden in the snow before. We have only come after the snow, so it will be good today," said Brenda O'Bryan, a snowboarder.

Elsewhere, heavy rain littered roadways with jackknifed trucks, flipped cars and fender-bender crashes. There were about 125 crashes on Los Angeles County freeways overnight.


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