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Storm brings snow to Sierra, raises skiers' hopes

RENO, Nev. (AP) -- A storm has left up to 18 inches of snow in the Sierra Nevada and raised the hopes of skiers and snowboarders after a subpar snowpack last winter.

Frigid temperatures also have allowed ski resorts to crank up snow-making machines in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday period.

Mammoth Mountain Resort, just east of Yosemite National Park, says the storm brought 6 to 12 inches of new snow. It was the only resort open in California on Friday, a day after it began operations for the season.

Boreal Mountain Resort, atop Donner Summit north of Lake Tahoe, plans to resume daily operations Saturday after receiving 8 inches of new snow.

Northstar California resort, just north of Lake Tahoe, reports up to 18 inches of new snow.

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