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The irony was not lost on the 300 to 400 people who showed up at the Crossroads Bible Church Thursday night that snow was falling outside.
The audience, most of them members of the Los Alamos Ski Club, were there to participate in a vote no one wanted to take. They were voting whether they should enter negotiations with Los Alamos County for the county to eventually take over the club’s skiing operation on Pajarito Mountain.
The ski area’s manager, Tom Long, got a small laugh from the packed auditorium when he related how a news team from a local TV station came up Tuesday to get footage showing the lack of snow for their story.
“As soon as he turned the camera on, it started snowing,” said Long. “I was standing there with snow all over me thinking ‘how ironic.’”
But everyone at the Tuesday meeting knew it was no laughing matter.
According to club’s board president, Philip Rae, the lack of snow on the mountain for the past several years has finally taken its toll on the finances of the ski operation, one of the last locally-owned ski areas in the Northern New Mexico region.
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