CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - The central Wyoming snowpack is lagging this year, hurting business at Hogadon Ski Area on Casper Mountain. The snowpack in the northern Laramie Range is between 60 to 70 percent of the 30-year average. The ski area opened a month late on Dec. 30 and only two runs are open. Lift tickets normally sell for $40 but have been cut to $13 to lure skiers.
Snowpack levels in western Wyoming are between 90 and nearly 100 percent of average. National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Jones said current 90-day predictions don't show a change in weather patterns. However, he noted that the state usually receives most of its snowfall in March and April.