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Western ski resorts wrapping unpredictable season

Western ski resorts wrapping up unpredictable season with widely varying snow totals By The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) ' Western ski resorts are wrapping up one of the most unusual and unpredictable snow seasons in recent memory.

New Mexico, traditionally warmer and with less reliable snowfall than its northern neighbors, this weekend celebrates the end of an unexpectedly good season that overcame forecasts of drought.

Dave Dekema, director of marketing for Angel Fire resort, says it's the "the kind of season no one saw coming. The predictions from the preseason to the end were completely wrong."

Meanwhile, some resorts in the traditionally snow-rich states of Utah and Colorado are closing earlier after a warm season with lackluster snow.

And California and Nevada are hoping to erase double-digit declines in skier visits with a bounty of snow that didn't begin falling until almost March.

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