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Storm delivers early present for ski resorts

December 8, 2009 12:24:22 AM PST
The first storm of the season delivered an early present for skiers and snowboarders: More than a foot of fresh powder on the slopes. The fresh blanket of snow is taking the chill off of ticket sales at mountain ski resorts.

On Monday, it was coming down with heavy snow, but by Tuesday, you really needed sunglasses to be outside. Fourteen inches of new snow fell overnight, and the base was 18 to 30 inches.

"Perfect, perfect conditions, come on out," said snowboarder Terry Hopple.

Many people headed up to ski resorts remarked on how easy it was to get up to the mountain. Vehicles needed chains, but Caltrans did a great job of clearing Highway 18, Highway 38 and Highway 330.

"It was only about an hour and a half drive, so the roads weren't too bad," said snowboarder Freddie Hodson.

Snow Summit, Bear Mountain, Mountain High and Snow Valley are all open. Even though the roads are relatively clear, drivers will still need chains unless you have four-wheel drive.