NEW YORK — Instead of churning out heavyweight jackets and sweaters, ski and snowboard companies are diversifying their lines by adding more seasonless items that aren’t so reliant on a major snowfall.

Last winter’s mild temperatures and limited snowfall took its toll on business, and companies are approaching the upcoming season with some caution and a few backup plans. Adding to the problem is the ongoing drought in certain areas — the Colorado River is at its lowest point in 130 years — complicating the prospect of snowmaking.

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