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Lack Of Snow Doesn't Put A Damper On White Pass Resort's Winter Carnival

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 YAKIMA, WA.- Ski resorts all over the Pacific Northwest have been hit with a rough season, after many areas have seen spring like temperatures all through the profitable skiing months.

But this weekend White Pass Ski Area saw wonderful temperatures for their 29th annual winter carnival.

Even with the lack of snow the area has seen this winter families from all over still came to enjoy the winter wonderland.

“It's a lot of fun for the family. Our daughter loves sledding and the little castle they have built here she had a blast, and we have her in skies for the first time today,” Pete and Jamie Heikes told us.

The carnival was certainly smaller than last year, because of the lack of snow they weren't able to construct their signature snow castle, but White Pass spokesperson, Kathleen Goyette, told us their snow machines are what have saved them this season.

“It's important we've had the snow machines operating because without that we would have had a very difficult season,” Goyette said.

White Pass was able to create a smaller version of the snow palace using the snow machines; last year they saw around 9,000 people attend.

Goyette said this year they're expecting around 6,500, which she says is still an amazing turn out, given only half the lifts were open this weekend.

But as for the rest of the season they'll just have to wait and see what Mother Nature brings.  

White Pass Ski Area's typical season runs till the first weekend in May; they'll be open Friday through Monday unless more snow hits are our area.
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