VALLEY BUSINESSES REPORT TOUGH CHRISTMAS WEEK

by Christian Mower on January 6, 2012

A SURVEY OF AREA BUSINESSES BY THE MOUNT WASHINGTON VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE INDICATES THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY WEEK WAS A DIFFICULT ONE FOR BUSINESSES THAT DEPEND ON NATURAL SNOWFALL.

CHAMBER SPOKESPERSON MARTI MAYNE SAYS BUSINESSES RESPONDING TO A SURVEY REPORTED REVENUES WERE OFF FOR SOME – YET MOST REMAIN OPTIMISTIC SALES WILL IMPROVE AS COLD TEMPERATURES ALLOW FOR SNOW MAKING AND NATURAL SNOWFALL IN THE COMING WEEKS.

CHAMBER EXEC. DIRECTOR JANICE CRAWFORD SAYS THE VALLEY LIVED UP TO ITS MANTRA OF “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE,” EVEN WITHOUT AN ABUNDANCE OF NATURAL SNOW.

MAYNE SAYS VALLEY AREA RESTAURANTS WERE THE HOT SPOTS. RED PARKA PUB OWNER TERRY O’BRIEN REPORTS HAVING A GREAT VACATION WEEK WITH JANUARY 1ST BEING A HUGE NIGHT

MAYNE SAYS SKI RESORTS TOOK PRIDE IN THE QUALITY OF TERRAIN AVAILABLE DESPITE INCREDIBLE WEATHER CHALLENGES, PARTICULARLY FOR THE NORDIC CENTERS AND SNOWMOBILE OUTFITTERS.

LODGING RESULTS WERE MIXED, WITH SOME UP OVER LAST YEAR AND OTHERS REPORTING THE HOLIDAY WEEK WAS OFF COMPARED TO LAST YEAR.

AS FOR SHOPPING, DOT SEYBOLD OF SETTLER’S GREEN OUTLET VILLAGE REPORTED HER STORES HAD GOOD SALES MID-WEEK – AND THE GIFT CERTIFICATES AND CARDS CAME ROLLING IN.

MAYNE SAYS VISITORS APPEARED TO BE UNPHASED BY THE LACK OF SNOW AND SKI RESORTS AND CROSS COUNTRY CENTERS REMAIN OPTIMISTIC THAT CONTINUED COLD TEMPERATURES, SNOW AND SNOW MAKING WILL ALLOW ADDITIONAL TERRAIN TO OPEN THROUGHOUT JANUARY.