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- Local businesses thrive with terrific snow over the holiday weeks
Many in the Killington region are enjoying a brief moment of
respite after the most successful holiday period in recent memory.
The snow gods smiled upon local businesses and visitors by
bestowing dry, fluffy snow that was measured in feet, not inches.
Schools were closed for the holidays and winter sports enthusiasts
were chomping at the bit. After one of the warmest winters on
record last year, skiers and riders were overjoyed to see this
season start out on a more promising note.
With the perfect timing of the storm, visitors arrived in
droves. It almost seemed like there were barely enough hotels and
condos to house everyone and just enough seats in restaurants to
feed everyone. "I can tell you we were just about as busy as we can
possibly be," said Claude Blais, owner and Chef of Choice's
Restaurant. "We've been here for 30 years and this year's holiday
period is as busy as it gets. Every night, we were booked from the
time we opened until closing time."
The feeling of being as busy as possible is echoed by Owen
Murphy, bartender and server at The Inn at Long Trail. "It was
great to see a smile on all the guests' faces. The snow really made
it a special trip for people. Everyone was happy and excited,"
Murphy said. "After the mild season last year we really earned
As far as Killington and Pico are concerned, parking lots were
overflowing and cars were parked all along the access road all the
way down to Santa Fe Steakhouse. Sarah Thorson, communications
manager for Killington said "last week was great on many levels:
lots of snow and lots of guests! I can tell you that Killington
Resort was up 14%."
Resorts all over the state benefitted from the fortuitous
holiday storm. Parker Riehle, from the Vermont Association of
Ski Areas said in a press release "many resorts are reporting
record business levels… Most resorts are reporting anywhere between
a 20% and 50% increase from last year, which is off the