Skiers Rejoice! California Ski Resorts See Record Snowfall

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Skiers and snowboarders in California have had reason to celebrate this year, with record snowfalls at Squaw Valley USA and Heavenly Mountain Resort, both near Lake Tahoe, and at Mammoth Mountain.

The 400-mile-long Sierra Nevada mountain range has seen more than 61 feet of snow this season, which is second only to the 1950-51 season when a total of 65 feet fell, according to records kept by the California Department of Transportation, reports the Associated Press.

Squaw, which has had nearly 59 feet of snow so far this year, beat its previous record by 29 inches and has extended its season through Memorial Day. Mammoth, which has a peak elevation over 11,000 feet, could remain open through Independence Day.

Not everyone is happy about the snow, which has damaged roofs of homes and businesses, but it does have its upside. California Gov. Jerry Brown declared the end to the state's lingering drought yesterday after the fourth snow survey of the season, conducted by the Department of Water Resources, found that water content in California's mountain snowpack was 165 % of the April 1 full season average.

On the other side of the U.S., record-breaking snowfall has also covered Burlington, Vt., making the state's most recent winter storm the region's largest in March and the fifth largest ever, according to the National Weather Service. Tomorrow, a winter storm warning is in effect for the area, with a possibility of an additional 3 to 5 inches of snow predicted.

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