Just when it was starting to look like summer, winter re-emerged at China Peak.
Nearly a foot of snow is forecast for the Huntington Lake area before a storm that dropped 4 inches Wednesday clears away by Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
This is great news for China Peak, which hasn't received significant snowfall in nearly a month.
"Conditions this weekend should be great," owner Tim Cohee said.
Lift-ticket sales have been a little below projections, but Cohee said he still expects to turn a profit because the resort operated at full capacity over key holiday weekends.
Black passes for the 2013-14 season, which include extra benefits such as 10% food discounts and special early and late lift-loading hours, go on sale March 16 for $299 (adults 18-64). The price escalates to $439 after May 1. The passes can also be used for the remainder of 2012-13.
While China Peak's ski slopes are scheduled to be open through April 21, the resort is already readying for summer.
Besides mountain biking and scenic chairlift rides, a 36-hole disc golf course is being built by the same designer who constructed the course at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. The course will start at the top of Chair 1 and work its way down to the base area.
In addition, Cohee said it's "highly likely" there will be both a climbing wall and zip line.
In 2011, China Peak hosted its first triathlon. The event is back for a third year on Aug. 10 and will be preceded by the China Peak Mud Run on Aug. 3.
Two mountain bike races, a downhill and an enduro, are also scheduled for the weekends of June 22-23 and June 28-29.
Pieroni Demo Day
Demo the latest skis and snowboards from companies such as K2, Nordica, Volkl, Rossignol and Burton in this semiannual event sponsored by Herb Bauer Sporting Goods.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Boots and lift tickets are required. It's free to demo equipment, but a credit card or ID is required. Details: (559) 435-8600.
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