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Early Snow Good for North Country Businesses

For the past few days lake effect storms have covered parts of the Mohawk Valley with snow. But just forty minutes north of Utica the Tug Hill region, has gotten more than twice as much of the white stuff. And that's just what the economy there needs.

For the past few days lake effect storms have covered parts of the Mohawk Valley with snow. But just forty minutes north of Utica the Tug Hill region, has gotten more than twice as much of the white stuff. And that's just what the economy there needs.

Winter sports--like skiing and snowmobiling--are the life-blood of the North Country--so no snow, means no business. With forty-inches on the ground workers and sportsmen alike, are overjoyed.

"Early snow is great, we haven't had snow like this in years," said John Deguardia. He works at a snowmobile lodge in the Tug Hill region that doesn't up until there's snow on the ground. And the sooner it comes, the better.
"Early is great, you could have snow late but you don't get as many customers, if you lose Christmas, New Years week, you're losing thirty percent of the year," said Deguardia.
He plans to open up this weekend, but some snowmobilers just couldn't wait.
"Yeah, it's a crazy amount of snow, very deep, unexpected, but hopefully we'll have some fun," said Louis Deolde of the Hudson Valley.
The area's ski mountain is also set to open this week--and it's far better off than it was this time last year.
"This time we were actually making snow because there hadn't been much on the ground but every skier knows the best snow is natural snow as far as skiing goes," said Brad Horn the co-owner of Snow Ridge Ski Resort.
So big snow means big bucks, but is such a thing as too much snow for these businesses.
"This much, this fast is hard, it's a lot of work we've been plowing for fifteen hours, sixteen hours already and we're not done," said Deguardia.
"As much as you do want the snow it sometimes does hinder it make it a lot more work for the men," said Horn.
But the work is worth it, they say, and are looking forward to a season with more snow, and more business.
"They're saying we're going to get hit again, possibly another two feet of snow, that's too much snow, actually, but we'll take it," said Deguardia.
"They're talking about another storm so it should be a good weekend, we encourage as much snow from Lake Ontario as we can get," said Horn.
Along with Snow Ridge Ski resort in Turin, slopes are also open in Rome, Old Forge, and Westernville.

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