SODA SPRINGS -- Three major storm systems have dumped several feet of snow in the high Sierra over the past week.
Boreal Mountain Ski Resort has gotten more than 2 feet of snow in the past 72 hours but despite all the fresh powder, the lifts weren’t too busy Wednesday.
"It gets very heavy," said Phil Cabaud, who traveled to the snow from Sonoma. "You can see how it’s melting on you instead of being all white and fluffy."
Avid skiers and snowboarders call it "Sierra cement" and it might be why the ski lifts at Boreal were looking a little empty.
"And so there’s a lot of drag on the skis and it kind of slows you down. And it’s heavier in the turns and you can feel it," Cabaud told FOX40.
Cabaud hadn’t strapped on his skis in more than a decade. He’s had his trip planned for weeks though and he was looking forward to hitting the slopes, despite conditions that were less than ideal.
"You know, it’s not going to be as much fun as a blue sky, sunny day, but we’ll make do," he said.
His trip up to Boreal was an easy one, however, because travelers through the high Sierra were few and far between Wednesday morning.
But some were still trying to get back home after getting stuck in previous storms last week.
One family had to dig their car out of the Boreal parking lot after they broke down there days ago. They were headed back down to Sacramento Wednesday, hoping to get away from all the slush.