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Sierra Snowpack Builds In April, Delights Businesses, Skiers and Snowboarders

OLYMPIC VALLEY (CBS13) – A wet April is turning this dry year around.

The California Data Exchange Center and Dept. of Water Resources report the mountains saw double the amount of precipitation in April than January, February and March combined.

The month's snowstorms sent skiers and snowboarders to the slopes just in time as ski resorts looked for a boost in business.

The rush on the slopes finally came, albeit a bit late.

"I haven't skied since January," said Wayne Sobon of San Francisco. "This is like a super treat to come back and do this today."

The snowstorms not only delighted skiers and snowboarders but also businesses.

Palisades Tahoe extended its spring skiing season until May 15.

Restaurant 22 Bistro tells CBS13 business had been steady, but people flooded the restaurant over the weekend.

"People are just stoked to be out of the house," said Josh Anderson, a bartender at 22 Bistro.

One happy couple saw Sunday as not only the perfect day to ski and celebrate a birthday, but to take their love to the next level.

Jonathan Quinteros explained he had to wait until this ski trip to propose to his fiancé, Anya Kern.

"We tried twice this season to ski and one time there was no snow," he said. "Then that second time – way too much snow."

The third time's the charm.

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