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Drought Closes Nordic Trails, Reduces Wildflower Blooms

This winter's extremely low snowpack is affecting recreation from the Sierra to the desert.

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California’s drought, and its resulting lack of snow this year, has dramatically changed the winter recreation scene from the high country to the desert. A number of cross-country ski trails around Lake Tahoe are closed for lack of snow, snow conditions are “abominable” for alpine skiers and snowboarders, and dry weather means few desert wildflowers are blooming.