WHITE PASS, Wash. -- An early start to ski season may be a bonus, but a lack of snow has hurt White Pass Ski Resort.
The resort opened in November this season, earlier than usual because of an El Nino weather pattern. That same El Nino also kept things dry during December and January putting the attendance numbers lower than last year.
"We did run into that dry weather pattern with the El Nino hitting and not a lot of fresh snow not a lot of powder. So for us it's been a bit challenging, people like to ski on fresh snow," said Kathleen Goyette, White Pass Ski Resort.
Goyette said March is usually a busy time for the resort and they hope to make up for attendance then. The resort closes this year on April 11th so work can begin on the Hog Back expansion.