Snow Business Not "Snow" Good

By: Robert Borrelli
By: Robert Borrelli

Businesses all over Michiana are hurting right now; businesses that rely on snow.

Instead of repairing or selling snowmobiles, folks at Krupp's Power Sports in Edwardsburg are doing everything but.

Norm Krupp says his sleds aren't selling very well. "It hurts,” he says. “This is gonna' be a tough year."

With nearby snowmobile trails devoid of the white stuff, would-be buyers aren't buying at all.

Krupp says this season is, "Probably the worst ever in the 25-years we've been in business."

With no snow here, and no snow except for a small pocket in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, business is bleak.

However, Krupp hopes with some snow his business can recover, with recreational activities like cross-country skiing and inner-tubing.

At St. Patrick's County Park North of South Bend, the only ones using the hill are runners. No snow means, no sledding.

Evie Kirkwood is the director of county parks. She says, "If we could get a significantly long enough cold period of weather where we could make snow that would help. But so far, the temperatures aren't cooperating for making snow either."

The park has a snow-making machine, but it needs 24-degree temperatures to work.

Christmas break without snow means lost revenue for the fourth year running.

And stores like Meijer are feeling it, too. Winter clothing, normally sold by now, is on sale 30-to-50 percent off.

Meijer Manager John White says, "Winter hasn't happened yet, but when it does, we're ready to go. I have confidence that we're gonna' get a good snowfall and we'll sell through everything."

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