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Lack Of Snow Not Stopping Travelers From Heading To Heavenly Ski Resort

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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (CBS13) – The low amount of snow in the Sierra isn’t stopping skiers from heading up the hill. South Lake Tahoe is a hot holiday spot for travelers despite no fresh powder in days.

“We’re fortunate because we have the largest snowmaking system; so, it’s allowed us to get a great base,” a Heavenly spokesperson said.

Travelers take it in stride.

“Nothing is going to bother us on this wonderful vacation,” said Patricia Roig.

Paul Goodwin says he actually prefers this over the conditions in his hometown of Toronto.

“This is like spring skiing. You get the warmer weather and the snow. I kind of love it,” he said.

But for those who do frequently ski Heavenly, like Megan Penhoat, say you can tell snow levels are lower than previous years.

“There’s enough to make snowballs and have a fight, so that’s been okay, but for more serious skiing it’s most definitely had an impact,” she said.

Although, skiers say there’s not as many on the slopes. So there is a bright side.

“I just like being out when I’m not standing in lift lines all day,” said one skier.

Many of the businesses around the resort also tell us they haven’t taken a major hit because of the low snow.

There might not be much snow, but there sure is a lot of ice.

Professional ice sculptors are transforming Heavenly Village into a frozen exhibit of ice sculptures. For the next three days, sculptors will carve creations out of blocks of ice and say they actually prefer a little less snow.

You can see the entire “Fear No Ice” exhibition at the Heavenly Ski Resort until Monday.

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