Winter Weather Proves Good for the Local Economy

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Granite Peak sure is busy, despite what some would call less than stellar spring weather. The manager of the ski hill tells NewsChannel 7 they see more than 500 people everyday no matter what the weather is like. A number they anticipate to go up as more and more kids get off of school for spring break.

The Urminski family traveled all the way from Chicago to enjoy their spring break hitting the slopes at Granite Peak.

"Beautiful weather yesterday and we're ready to go home today," dad Oleg Urminski laughed, "but they convinced me to stay."

The Urminski's aren't alone. Steady streams of skiers and snowboarders have been coming down the mountain all season. The conditions on the slopes have been consistent too.

"There pretty good.," Oleg's son Paul Urminski tells NewsChannel 7. "Just don't go to the top. It's pretty foggy and hard visibility wise, but otherwise it's soft and it's good."

"It's actually pretty fast, but it is really slushy," Sadhi Urminski warns. "So it's a little bit hard to break because it will like loosen up on you so you really have to dig into the snow."

The bustling business at Granite Peak also means good things for nearby sporting good store Shepherd & Schaller, where a number of visitors stop to stock up on their winter weather essentials before hitting the slopes.

"It's been better than most years," Owner Robb Shepherd says. "Obviously, that's weather predicated certainly, but it's been, it's been an uptick for sure."

Granite Peak will be open every day until April 6th. The ski area will then close for a week and re-open, weather permitting of course.


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