RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Snow enthusiasts are knocking on wood, and praying for snow, and lots of it this winter.
"We're all saying that we can't have three bad winters in a row, so knock on wood," said Bobo's Ski & Board Shop manager Pat Parraguirre. "A lot of people are really excited this year. I think with the last two years having a drought."
He said the light dusting of snow in the mountains last weekend, was enough for skiers and boarders to start gearing up.
"Saturday and Sunday combined with the weather, we were packed," he said. "There's a lot of of pent up demand, people haven't been able to break out their powder skis in a couple years."
Drought conditions left a lackluster snow pack in the mountains the past two seasons, but National Weather Service meteorologist Jon Mittelstadt said this year could be different.
"September, October, it's interesting that we're having these cold systems coming through."
He said this year, the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center is seeing an El Nino year that's in a neutral state.
"When you look at that, there are more winters that are normal or above normal so that does give some hope for a good snowpack."
He also said neutral El Nino years historically have seen more extreme weather events like flooding and colder storms.
"Yeah we don't have confidence whether it's going to be warm or cold, wet or dry, but we do need to be prepared for flooding and cold storms during the course of the winter."
Which is music to the ears of snow enthusiasts, especially Parraguirre.
"We're looking forward to a big season," he said.