Monday brought May showers for many, but Kirkwood got about an inch of snow; too bad their resort and ski lifts were closed for the season.
“It’s a pain in the butt, because we have no customers. Everybody’s gone. It would have been nice before if we had this before but now its just not helping,” said Kirkwood employee Helen Beltran.
Many businesses struggled all winter long with the finicky show levels.
“It was slow. Everybody was hurting, not just Kirkwood; all the resorts. I would think just every time when there is snow up here in the mountains. People from the bay and Sacramento want to come up, so if they are not hearing about the snow they don’t want to make the drive up,” said Rebecca Daiek, a ski instructor.
But with the past week’s warm weather, local businesses are no longer praying for snow. They are praying snow doesn’t come. They want the money that comes with camping and hiking.
“When it’s warm we have a different type of business, which is really good for the company and right now we are kind of stuck. We have winter and we don’t have summer where we had summer and now we have winter again its kind of disappointing,” said Beltran.
It’s not just the merchants complaining about the weather, the tourist aren’t happy either.
“We thought we’d do a lot of hiking on the trails but its hard to do that in the rain,” said visitor Diane Sackett.
There is one benefit from the late snow – the water is much needed for this year’s fire season, which looks to be busy.