Last week's storms dumped a decent amount of snow on the upper portion of China Peak, but the ski resort at Huntington Lake didn't get enough to get skiers and snowboarders all the way to the bottom.
That could change as soon as this weekend -- with Jack Pieroni Demo Day, sponsored by Herb Bauer Sporting Goods in Fresno, scheduled for Saturday.
While China Peak reported 2-3 feet of snow at the top of the resort at 8,700 elevation, it plans to make more before this weekend -- if conditions allow -- to cover the lower runs that take riders to the lodge area at 7,000 feet.
Overnight temperatures Thursday and Friday could be just what the resort needs to make enough snow to get riders down the mountain and also to potentially open lifts 1, 2 and 6. It will depend on how low temperatures drop.
Last weekend, China Peak's beginner area was open Saturday before the resort closed Sunday because of rainy conditions.
Before heading up, check the conditions at: skichinapeak.com/latest.
Badger Pass in Yosemite National Park is scheduled to open Dec. 14.
Final cyclocross race of the season is Sunday
The last race of the Homegrown Cyclocross series is Sunday at Woodward Park, 9:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Points leaders are: Jeremiah Root, Men's A; Winson Hong, Men's A Masters; Ryan Brooks, Men's B; Mark Jones, Men's B Masters; Mark Sasser, Single Speed; Felicia Gomez, Women's AB; Chery Claes and Erin Sasser, Women's C; Cameron Sasser, Men's C; David Veneski, Men's C Masters; and Matthew Brocato, Juniors.
Also, the CX Angels are holding a Christmas Drive, with proceeds from the women's races and donations going to an adopted family.
Learn how to prep you and your wheels for winter cycling at a free seminar 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at REI in Fresno.
News & notes
Cubs killed: California Department of Fish and Game wardens shot and killed two mountain lion cubs Saturday that were hunkered down in a backyard on the edge of downtown Half Moon Bay.
The lions looked to be perhaps 9 months old and thin for their age, around 25-30 pounds, DFG spokeswoman Janice Mackey said.
Tim Dunbar, executive director of the nonprofit Mountain Lion Foundation, criticized the wardens' decision to kill the lions: "I think Fish and Game was a little too trigger-happy," said Dunbar, adding the lions were likely orphaned siblings. Lions typically remain with their mother, he added, until they are 12 to 18 months of age.
The department has ordered necropsies on the lions.
Squid haul abundant: It's a great time to be a calamari lover.
California fishermen have capitalized on favorable ocean conditions with a historic three-year haul of market squid, whose cylindrical bodies are most recognizable in appetizer form: sliced, breaded and deep-fried. These small squid make up the state's largest fishery by both weight and value, having brought in roughly $68.5 million in 2011.