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Weekend challenges followed by payoff for resorts

Amanda Fehd

All three South Shore ski resorts were partially closed Saturday because of high winds, storm damage and power outages, but are recovering well after two days of fresh snow and big crowds.

Sierra-at-Tahoe ran on generators for three days after losing power Saturday through Tuesday. The resort used 7,000 gallons of diesel fuel at a cost of $15,000, said spokeswoman Nicole Belt. Downed trees also damaged one of its lifts.

Heavenly closed Saturday because of weather and safety concerns but Sunday went well.

“We missed out on a few visits one day but made up for them the next,” said spokesman Russ Pecoraro. “We came out even Steven.”

Kirkwood spokeswoman Tracy Miller said the resort had extreme winds, but no major damage.

“We had a couple of days that were challenging,” Miller said. “The rain was depressing but at least it meant easier roads. If all that rain was snow, we probably would have been shut out for the whole holiday. We were not unhappy with the way it went.”

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