SODA SPRINGS, Calif. (KTXL) — Leaves are still falling in the Sacramento Valley but up in the High Sierra winter is just around the corner.
On Friday, the staff at Sugar Bowl Resort was getting the slopes ready for the skiers. But that hasn’t been an easy task.
“We lost power here at Sugar Bowl on Saturday,” said Sugar Bowl Marketing Director Jon Slaughter.
Pacific Gas & Electric cut power to the entire resort, including the machines that make snow.
“And it was just unfortunate timing because we did have really cold temperatures and we would have been able to make snow,” Slaughter told FOX40.
They missed out on millions of gallons of snowmaking but have since been able to make up for lost time.
“Our team is going to be out here working around the clock making snow at every opportunity,” Slaughter explained. “And then the rest of the team is doing all the maintenance and repairs that needs to be done to get ready for the season.”
Sugar Bowl has Nov. 29 marked as opening day on their calendar but they said if Mother Nature lends a helping hand, they could be open even sooner.
In the meantime, they were getting everything in order for a successful ski season.
“This is ramp-up time,” Slaughter said. “We’re doing a lot of hiring and bringing people in right now. Patrol has all of their patrollers coming in for their orientation.”
The resort is remodeling 14 rooms in its hotel and adding some new features to its terrain park.
After they are all finished with their preparation work, all that is left to do is wait for the skiers to come.
“We’re just close and convenient, you know,” Slaughter told FOX40. “From Sacramento, you can be up here and ski all day and be home for dinner. You don’t have to deal with the crowds and the traffic.”
Sugar Bowl extended their window to buy season passes to accommodate everyone who experienced the power shutoffs this week. The last day to get one is Nov. 6.