Long, Cold Spring Cools Sales of Bikes and Boats

Updated: 04/23/2013 7:19 AM KSTP.com By: Chris Egert

Minnesotans love their spring activities, but this spring, getting on the bike trail or the lake has been a bit of a challenge.

We met Terry Laugen as she tried to load her bike into her truck fresh off a trip to Tonka Cycle & Ski in Hopkins. 

Laugen laughed, "Winter has been pretty cruddy so far."

Laugen hopes to start bike commuting later in the week.  But this has been a never ending winter. 

Snowfall totals tell the tale. 

November: 0.8"

December: 15.0"

January: 4.6"

February: 15.1"

March: 13.8"

April: 14.1" as of Monday morning. 

If we get 7.8" of snow Monday night, that will push our official April snowfall to tie the snowiest on record, according to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Meteorologist Jonathan Yuhas.

You don't have to remind the fellas at Tonka Cycle & Ski of that.

"We just had a guy come in and buy his dream touring bike and he's sitting in his living room right  now drinking coffee and looking at it, not riding it," commented store manager Nick Milton.

Bad for bike business, not much better for boats.  Ice out on Lake Minnetonka is looking like it won't happen until the first week of May according to Dave Briggs, owner of Wayzata Marine.

Briggs says, "Right now we are still waiting for the boats to go out on the lakes, and that's challenging to our customers, and to us."

The Governor's fishing opener is 18 days away, but organizers in Park Rapids say the show will go on, despite some 30 inches of snow on lakes in the area.

They say if need be, they will keep the boats on the Fish Hook chain of lakes, in the inlets and outlets, and are "cautiously optimistic" that some sunshine will help.