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Late snow accumulation hurt stateline businesses

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Brandon Jack (right) talks with customer at Loves Park Motorsports. Brandon Jack (right) talks with customer at Loves Park Motorsports.
Shot from Chestnut Mountain Resort's web camera. Shot from Chestnut Mountain Resort's web camera.
Shot from Chestnut Mountain Resort's web camera. Shot from Chestnut Mountain Resort's web camera.

The snow may have hit the Stateline but some area business say the damage has already been done to its season. Even with the extra accumulation this week some ski and snowmobile places say their crucial time has come and gone.

"Probably about 50 percent of our winter industry comes in December," says Stewart Stoffregen, Chestnut Mountain Resort, marketing director.

The same is true for Loves Park Motorsports that specializes in snowmobile sales. Manager Brandon Jack says about 35-40 percent of his sales comes from that month. He says when people don't see snow on the ground they tend forget about winter sports.

"It put a real hinder on new sales, parts, clothing, accessories, all that," says Jack.

Places like Chestnut Mountain in Galena says now the hotel is filling up. The last couple weeks of February are almost sold out according to Stoffregen.

Jack says the cold temperatures are moving winter gear at a fast pace. But last year at this time he was almost out of snowmobiles instead there are about 60 in stock.

"You know it comes to a point in mid-February, beginning of March you just have to switch into the boat season and hopefully ATVs take off pretty strong for us and the boats real strong in the summer to kind of make up for it," says Jack.

But Chestnut Mountain is not that lucky.

"We can't make up for it. We can't extend our season any longer because we can't make snow at 48 degrees in March," says Stoffregen.

The resort added live web cameras to its hills this season in hopes of showing people even if there isn't snow on the ground it can still be made and that people are hitting the slopes. You can view it yourself at www.chestnutmtn.com/live/.

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