Wisconsin economy taking a big hit from warm temperatures

GREEN BAY, Wisc. - Snowmobiling is a major money maker in Wisconsin, but this year, not so much.

With little snow and warm temperatures on the way, there's not a lot of people hitting the trails. Shops like Bayside Motorsports and Cycle aren't getting much business.

The phone doesn't ring much during the day, and  you get a lot less floor traffic coming in. You could have you know, 15 or 20 people in an hour. Now we're doing maybe on or two," said Charlie Fleck, owner of Bayside Motorsports an Cycle.

The Wisconsin DNR says there are more than 200,000 registered snowmobiles in the state. Shop owners don't think the number is going up.

"I do pre-owned and used snowmobiles , so I didn't buy as many as I normally would in a good year," said Fleck.

The DNR also says Wisconsin has 250,000 miles of groomed trails.

Some snowmobile clubs say many might go unused.

"There's people that won't go, who don't like to trail their sleds, so they don't spend the money up north or anywhere," said Jay Thompson, Pres. of Midnite Trail Riders

While the weather is unpredictable, all snowmobilers can do is hope it turns around in their favor.

 

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