It’s a paradoxical illustration of 2017’s climate extremes. At the same time as the Western United States. has witnessed some of its hottest weather in decades, skiers have hit the slopes piled high in snow — granted, with not much clothing.
A record-breaking season for wintry precipitation in California’s towering Sierra Nevada mountain range, followed by an intense, long-lived heat wave, have allowed these contrasting weather types to coexist.
“It’s the perfect weather to ski and ride in shorts, tank tops, and even bathing suits,” Squaw Valley Alpine Meadow’s website said about the past weekend.