SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – With the snow, thousands geared up for the slopes at the Sacramento State Ski Swap.

Just days ago temperatures were in the 90, but now people like Frank Mayer are shopping for jackets at the swap.

“I’m looking forward to it. I’m wanting to trade golf clubs for the skis,” said Mayer.

The fall weather has arrived.

“I want it to change now,” said Mayer.

The next storm could bring snow to the higher Sierras.

“All the signs are there for a great year. Swans are migrating north. Squirrels are knocking down pine cones. Mother Nature is telling us it’s a great year,” said Matt Palacio, Sierra At Tahoe.

At Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, they’re not leaving snow up to fate this year.

“Last year with snow coming at different times, Mother Nature not working on our schedule, this year we have a way around that,” said Katelyn Guerrero, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.

With new investments in snow making technology, they’re starting now to make snow for this season.

“It’s exciting. I’ve been waiting for it all season. It will be nice to actually get out there,” said one snow fan.

Most resorts won’t open for another few weeks; but if the cool trend continues, ski resorts say it could be a profitable year.

“Everybody’s a buzz getting the snow blowers working, and I have friends in hotels that say phones are starting to ring,” said Palacio.

The first resort to open will be Boreal on Halloween Day.


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