Feb 13, 2015 10:43 AM by Associated Press
A quarter of California ski resorts have switched off their chair lifts midway through the season, falling victim to scarce snow, clear-blue skies and warm temperatures.
Donner Ski Ranch owner Janet Tuttle said she opened in December like many resorts hoping of a good year, but poor conditions forced her to close by mid-January. Tuttle said she'll reopen for the Presidents Day weekend.
California is the nation's second most popular destination for skiers after Colorado.
Climatologist Michael Anderson of the California Department of Water Resources says January was the Sierra Nevada's driest in recorded history and the second warmest.
China Peak owner Tim Cohee recently closed the lifts at the resort east of Fresno saying four tough years is causing a financial hardship for resorts owners.
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