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No Snow Hurts Businesses that Depend on Flurries

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Across the region, stores selling winter equipment, gear and clothing are noticing a significant decrease in sales. Across the region, stores selling winter equipment, gear and clothing are noticing a significant decrease in sales.

YAKIMA, WA - Of those who were dreaming of a White Christmas, some were left a little more disappointed than others.

"It's going to hurt, but it won't kill us," said Matt Wilcox, the owner of Premier Power Sports.

"We'll make some of it back, but I don't know that we'd make it all back," said Sig Fossum, the owner of Sporthaus in Yakima.

"It is slowing our snow season down tremendously," said Marvin Laframboise, a Sales Representative for Owen's Cycle.

Across the region, stores selling winter equipment, gear and clothing are noticing a significant decrease in sales.

"Parts and accessories, that side of it is down substantially over last year," said Wilcox. "New unit sales are down around 44 percent over last year."

Cash flow for Sporthaus stores in Kennewick and Yakima is also slowing down. The owner of Sporthaus in Kennewick said rentals were down by about 10 percent for the month of December. The Yakima store owner said sales for ski and snowboard equipment and other winter apparel are down by about 15 percent.

"Christmas was still fairly busy, but I'm sure we'd be selling more skis and boots and snowboards if we had some more snow in the mountains," said Fossum.

Owen's Cycle in Yakima said snowmobiles mostly stay put inside the store.

"{Customers} Wanting to see snow so that they could feel good about the purchase, and be up there having a good time," said Laframboise.

Even though it wasn't a snowy holiday, businesses said heavy snowfall during the months of January, February and March can help them pull through.

With or without snow, White Pass Skia Area has been open for weeks, making their own snow. Ski Bluewood will be open New Years Day through Sunday, and the Ski Resort at Snoqualmie Pass has yet to open.

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