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California ski resorts profit from a snowy winter

March 6, 2011 |  7:42 pm

Visitors flock to state ski areas as more snow hits the slopes

California ski resorts are the big winner from a winter filled with rain and snow.

Big Bear resorts, flush with powder, have shut down their snow-making machines. In Lake Tahoe, with 4  feet of fresh snow from last weekend and 2 more feet expected this weekend, resorts are bracing for a rush of visitors this weekend and beyond.

Skiers have taken notice. "All this snow is an added bonus," said Norbert Knapp, 72. He and about 30 other members of the Grindelwald Ski Club from Pasadena will visit Lake Tahoe this weekend. "I've heard the skiing conditions are terrific," he said.

Lake Tahoe has seen 38 feet of snow since October, bringing a steady stream of snow revelers. "The city has been buzzing," said Pettit Gilwee, a spokeswoman for Lake Tahoe ski resorts.

Read more: "Recent snowfall has business booming at state ski resorts."

-- Stephen Ceasar

Photo: A winter storm moves in March 5, 2011, encasing the mountain in fog and blowing snow. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times