APPLETON - It might have been tough to dig out, but many are now ready toreap the rewards of a record snowfall.
The cold weather and snow isn't getting everybody down.
“The snow has been very nice to us this year," said MandyBeaber, Program Coordinator at Bubolz Nature Preserve.
Many people across Northeast Wisconsin will venture out thisweekend to cross country ski and snow shoe, and Beaber expects manyto take advantage of the recent snow.
"We're going to be real busy tomorrow with rentals," shesaid.
Usually five to six inches is what's needed for a good base toski, but the 14 inches that we got plus the cold weather is perfectfor cross country skiing.
"Its nice slick snow so it's really going to help with our skitrails,” said Beaber. “This cold weather actuallyfirmed them up a lot so they're nice and hard tracks to skion."
At Appleton Powersports, this week's blizzard kept the cashregisters busy. Mechanics worked overtime this week to be sure totune up all the snowmobiles they could get their hands on.
“Business has gone from being slow to being overwhelming,"said Jeff Catlin, Business Manager of Appleton Powersports.
Catlin said the recession has been tough on snowmobile dealers,and Appleton Powersports had to trim back its staff tocompensate.
However, many eager snowmobilers will have to wait a few moredays. Clubs are still grooming the trails across the area and manycan't open until Monday because bow hunting is still going on inthose areas, which has snowmobilers antsy.
"This is phenomenal snowmobiling weather,” said Catlin.“To get this much snow and to have it get a chance to packdown and get them all ground and ready is perfect."
"Everybody's getting excited about it,” said GaryHeinemann of Appleton. “We're itching to get out, so you'resort of cooped up right now."
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