California ski resort employees go to work through snow tunnel amid 3m heavy snow

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The 3rd floor of the building is buried in snow and you have to dig down to the 1st floor to enter.
Long lines of skiers waiting to enjoy heavy snow despite some highway closures

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With as much as 3 meters of heavy snow falling in the mountains of Northern California, marketing team employees at Super Bowl Ski Resort in the Truckee area went to work in extreme conditions, digging deep into the ground under the snow and digging tunnels all the way to the front door of the office building. The Associated Press reported that we are experiencing war.

After barely passing through the building’s entrance, they walked up to the third floor of the office building and opened the door leading outside. But there, too, the entire glass window from floor to ceiling was filled with a wall of snow, so you couldn’t see outside, John Slaughter, a member of the marketing team, told an AP reporter.

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Slaughter said, “Since the 1st, I have had to continuously dig out or peck out snow. To enter the building, you must dig down from the outside to the bottom of the first floor and then enter through a tunnel on the side. “It’s really hard work,” he said.

This ski area is located among high mountain peaks 74 km west of Reno, Nevada. The heaviest snowfall in history began to fall here on February 29th, and it was not until the 4th that the storm began to slowly retreat through the Sierra Nevada, the National Weather Service in Sacramento announced.

In California, all mountain roads and ski resorts, including Highway 80, have been closed due to heavy snowfall since last weekend. Heavy snowfall and landslide warnings have been issued for a vast mountainous area stretching 480km from Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort to Sugar Bowl Ski Resort.

Tens of thousands of households suffered power outages as electricity was cut off in many places due to heavy snowfall, and record-high winds hit mountainous areas.

Starting on the morning of the 4th, traffic for all vehicles except large trucks resumed from Lake Tahoe on Highway 80 to the summit of Mount Donner and the Nevada border area. However, the California Highway Patrol stated that entry is not permitted unless snow tires and chains are installed.

One mountain road here, which faces danger from snow every year, is nicknamed the infamous “Donner Party.” This originates from an incident in which pioneers who were stranded here in the winter of 1846 to 1847 due to heavy snow ended up surviving by eating human flesh.

Sugar Bowl is also one of the large ski resorts north of Lake Tahoe, but it is expected to resume ski lift operations only after safety inspections are completed.

Despite the heavy snow here, people who want to enjoy skiing on the huge amount of snow have been flocking here since the weekend and are already waiting in long lines. In the case of the Super Bowl Ski Resort, people lined up starting at 8 a.m. and could only enter at 2 p.m.

This heavy snowfall is expected to help resolve water shortages in California, which is suffering from chronic drought. The California Department of Water Resources announced on the 4th that the water supply that can be provided by snow cover at the mountain peak is 94% as of the average on April 1, but on the 4th, 104% of reserves have already been accumulated.

However, the National Weather Service predicted that this heavy snowfall will continue until the night of the 5th, and that although weaker than before, more heavy snow accompanied by strong winds will continue to fall.

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Source: Donga

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