Lake Tahoe (Photo by Dina Kuper)
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA - A light dusting of snow coating the peaks in the Sierra Wednesday got many snow enthusiasts excited for the upcoming winter season.
"It's nice to see precipitation fall from the sky, period, considering it's been dry here for two years," South Lake Tahoe resident Richard Routier said.
Although the latest storm didn't produce an impressive amount of snow, it certainly got people in the area excited for winter, especially the ski resorts.
"Although the snow isn't adding to our base that people are going to be skiing on, it does get everyone really excited and buzzed about the upcoming ski season," Heavenly Mountain Resort spokesperson Ashley Smith said.
Wednesday's snowfall marks the third snow storm so far this season; tourists and residents said they hope it's a sign of a busy winter season to come.
"We love the snow," said Lodi resident Kevin Percival who is in Tahoe with his grandson this week. "First thing this morning, the curtains flew open and my grandson is jumping on the bed looking at the snow."
"It's nice, it's cold," Santa Cruz resident Robin McCool said. "We're camping actually down the road."
McCool didn't just wake up to snow outside her tent Wednesday morning; she said she also saw a bear walking around the campsite.
"Yeah, before coffee this morning, we woke up to snow and a bear. It was a pretty awesome way to start our vacation!" McCool said.
From the snowcapped mountains, to the lake below, the early morning snow and crisp, breezy air didn't keep Fisherman Scott Carey from getting the early worm.
"The weather doesn't really slow us down too much, you just have to dress for it," Carey said. "It's Lake Tahoe, these are some of our favorite days."
Heavenly Mountain Resort opens for the season on Nov. 22. The resort will be hiring 2,300 positions for the upcoming winter season and will be holding a job fair on Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their California Lodge.