Lake Tahoe ski resorts pad slopes with own snow

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Updated: 12/28/2013 2:40 am

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Lake Tahoe ski resorts are making up for what Mother Nature has failed to provide.

Resort operators say their ability to make snow has been a savior this holiday season, when skiers flock to the mountains over the busy Christmas and New Year's holidays.

December is typically one of the more important months for snowfall in the Sierra. But this year has been a disappointment.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that on Christmas Day, the Lake Tahoe Basin's snowpack was only 37 percent of average for the date.

But there is some good news. Dry conditions were matched with cold temperatures, allowing those resorts investing in snow-making capability to open substantial terrain for the busy holiday period.

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