March enters with spring in its step |

March enters with spring in its step

Michael Schneider

For the first time since snow began falling in January, bad weather left Tahoe for an entire weekend, paving the way for a successful couple days for the region’s ski industry.

Sunny skies and warm temperatures made at least one day this weekend a memorable one.

“Yesterday was one of the three biggest days of the season,” Nancy Harrison, pubic relations manager for Sierra-at-Tahoe, said Sunday. “Today looks good as well.”

Harrison said evidence of the sun finally making an appearance on the South Shore’s slopes was clear in all the red faces parading down the mountain Saturday afternoon.

With so many people enjoying the skiing, they had to get their equipment somewhere.

“Saturday was the busiest day all year,” said Brian Polkow, ski technician with Pyramid Peak Ski Rentals and Repair.

“We’ve been slammed,” Ski Renter manager Phil Cianci said. “This has been the best weekend of the year.”

Both Cianci and Polkow said their businesses ran out of certain rentable items at various times during the weekend.

Polkow said Pyramid Rentals ran out of some specialty shaped skis as scores of customers flocked in and out of the store all weekend.

Cianci said a good indicator of business wellness is the amount of ski boots left on the racks of his store.

“There’s only five pairs of boots left out of three racks,” Cianci said. “The economy is alive and well in South Lake Tahoe.”

Although there has been plenty of snow over the past month, bad weather and road controls on weekends had kept numbers down at most basin resorts.

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