Photos: California skiers navigate dirt, water as drought continues

The LA Times pieced together a sad photo gallery of a sad California ski hill that closed early due to warm weather and the state's ongoing drought.

The Sugar Bowl Resort, near the Donner Pass, announced that last Sunday was its final day of operations due to deteriorating conditions.

And so it's been for the past four winters as the state's deepening drought continues its grip.It’s one of 10 resorts forced to close early because of dismal snow conditions.

“This is arguably one of the driest winters we have had,” said Bob Roberts, president and chief executive of the California Ski Industry Assn.

Click over to for the full effect. And make your Colorado ski plans now; many resorts have fresh snow and the season's end is right around the corner.