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Great Trail Conditions Help Northwoods BusinessSubmitted: 02/07/2013
Story By Ryan Abney

Great Trail Conditions Help Northwoods Business
RHINELANDER - Plenty of snow means more fun for almost everyone. In a cold-weather tourist economy--it's practically "White Gold".

Birchwood Bar welcomes a strong snowmobile crowd. Mickey Buell is part owner. She's seen sales almost double in just two weeks.

"It's a great thing the snow is finally here. Because all the local businesses depend on all the snowfall we usually get."

Billy Heath has seen both sides of the picture. The region's snowfall can be a business' best friend or worst ememy.

"In January when it wasn't here, we didn't a lot of people from down state. The southern part of Wisconsin and Illinois. Now that it's here, there's an influx of people here spending money within the community.

Local hotels and resorts might need snow the most. Holiday Acres Owner, Kim Zambon knows why tourists come here.

"You've got to have some reason to be out there. I don't care if you're fishing in the summer time. People gotta have a pole in their hand, skis on, snowshoes, or a snowmobile."

Check out Holiday Acres Resort's "101-Things to Do List" by clicking the link below.

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