Here's what customers will now hear when they call the Sierra-at-Tahoe resort:
"[recorded message] It is with a heavy heart we must announce Sierra resort will be suspending winter operations beginning Monday, March 16th. Conditions around the mountain have deteriorated to the point where we can no longer deliver a product that meets our standards. But we are fully commited to resuming operations if we receive an adequate amount of snow."
The Sierra-at-Tahoe closure includes all skiing and snowboarding operations, tubing and snow play areas, restaurant outlets, rental and retail shops. Sierra-at-Tahoe is known for its varied terrain and snowmaking ability, but General manager John Rice says the lack of natural snow has left too many bare spots on the runs. He says the resort is prepared to resume operations if snow starts falling again.
Donner Ski Ranch also closed in mid-February due to the lack of snow.
-Capital Public Radio News Staff