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Recent snowfall may be season saver for snowmobile businesses

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Thursday morning's commute may have been a hassle and in some cases even dangerous, but in the Northern Black Hills, the heavy snowfall is a saving grace for outdoor recreation.

Snowmobilers could be seen on the trails at Spearfish Canyon taking advantage of what Mother Nature dished out.

Spearfish Canyon Lodge is reporting a 50 percent jump in business than just two weeks ago, due in large part to having nearly 15 inches of snow in Spearfish Canyon.

And the snowfall couldn't have come at a better time.

With little if any snow on the ground this time last year, outdoor enthusiasts took their dollars to colder terrain outside of KOTA Territory. But the recent snowfall is keeping the local business community optimistic.

"We call snow, we call it white gold.  This weekend has picked up tremendously. We're almost booked for President's weekend, which is really wonderful. It gives us a little bit of a boost in our economy. We're very optimistic about the next six weeks," said Linda Ahlers, General Manager of Spearfish Canyon Lodge.

"It's really cold out, so we have the snowmobiles rented for the whole day and we'll see how cold we get. And it's beautiful, it's absolutely breathtaking. We're excited just to take some pictures along the way and relax for the day," said Cheri Fast, who made the trip to the canyon from Vale, South Dakota to snowmobile.

Terry Peak Ski Resort reported six inches of new snow Thursday morning - bringing the base depth to between 18 and 24 inches.

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