Snow fall equals business climb

Posted at: 03/02/2014 10:27 PM
Updated at: 03/02/2014 10:39 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The snow fall is helping out an important part of our economy in New Mexico.

Ski shops across the state have taken a beating with this winter dry spell, but this weekend's storms are bringing business back. 

The new snow is bringing in new faces though the door of Ski-Tech in Santa Fe, giving the owner, Chip Storm, a new outlook for the future of his business.

“As a ski shop owner I’m always watching the weather,” Storm said. “I want it to snow all the time.”

Storm says on average they have 150 to 250 rentals a day, but with January and Februarys’ dry winter that number dropped to 20 rentals a day.

“It’s amazing how snow changes everything we were sitting there twiddling our thumbs working on equipment,” he said.

“Well it's pretty nice here,” said 7-year-old Olan Macejka from Santa Fe. “It's quite relaxing actually.

Santa Fe received 13 inches of snow over the weekend near the ski basin.

A storm has not produced snow like that in the area since early December.

Spring break is later this month.

Ski and snowboard rental shops owners say if it was not for the early snow around Thanksgiving, they would not have made it through the dry winter.

They can only hope now, that this storm will be enough to bring in the tourists.

“I'd like to joke that I-40 is the pipeline to my bank account,” Storm said. “We get travelers Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.”