Snow Bringing Money
A slow to start to winter made it tough on some area bushiness. Video by nbc26.comvideo
Maribel, WI-- A slow start to snow this winter in Northeast Wisconsin chilled out many businesses in the area. But business owners hope to recover from their season slump with our latest snowfall. As skiers and snowboarders open their wallets again and hit the slopes.
The unusually warm start to winter made it tough for some businesses, even ski hills that can make their own snow weren't cashing in like they were this time last year. "Obviously business is down because we had green grass up until last week, we had to pick our nights to make snow because it's been too warm but now we're open 100% and snow's fantastic,” said Hidden Valley Ski Area owner David Lodl.
Hidden Valley opened about three weeks later than in years past. Robert Hoefert, who is taking his 11 month old son Logan out to snowboard, has been waiting for snow in the forecast. "Feel more bad for the hills, but it finally came so it should be OK just got to come out and support it,” Hoefert said. “It would be nice to have another 5 feet of snow like we did last year.”
Skiers and snowboarders of all ages hope this ski season has time to recover from a slow start. Business owners are optimistic that enough snow will come this winter and they'll recover from the slow start, and turn a profit this season.