TRUCKEE, Calif. (Mynews4.com & KRNV) -- The warm weather and high pressure is preventing snow pack in the Sierras this winter, and another dry season is having an impact on snow recreation businesses.
The lack of snow is drying out some businesses that offer fun in the winter, some more than others. But they all have their fingers crossed. Slopes are still bare which show just how dry this season has been.
Dave Ceruti runs Eagle Ridge Snowmobile. He said, "It's been a couple of years since we've had it this bad." Eagle Ridge has not been open since November, and have 20 unemployed workers this season.
The lack of snow is also slowing down business for Bobo's Ski and Board Shop in Reno. "The holidays helped us out, and after that, that's when we need the snow to help push through to the end of the season. So, fingers crossed. Last weekend was on the slower side than we'd like to see."
Bobo's says while sales are slow this week, people are still hitting the slopes and enjoying the warm weather. They credit the snow-making machines. "Those of us who are pretty hardcore about it, we'd love to be skiing in knee deep snow in the trees, but we're pretty much confined to the man-made runs."
Customers like Lynn Catrow and Ben Hutchinson are cautiously optimistic. They are not happy about the weather, and as for the snow-making machines, "They hurt when you go through them. They pelt you in the face, but they're nice. They keep as much snow up there as we can when we don't have anything."
"It's better than nothing."
It isn't the best snow, but Bobo's says many tourists and families with young children are still hitting the slopes. Other small snow businesses, like Eagle Ridge continue to pray for more snow.