Tug Hill White Means Businesses See Green

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As they say on the Tug Hill plateau, "when life gives you snow, you might as well ride it."

"Bad day of riding is better than a good day at work," said Mike Burt, a snowmobiler who's taking advantage of all the snow.

Two sledder hangouts, the Montague Inn and Tugger Bar and Grill, were packed Friday.

Since the north country is one of the only places in the Northeast with snow, snowmobilers came from all over.

"My tulips are popping up with my hostas and I come up here and they have 5 feet of fresh powder. It's fantastic," said Shantel Dirschedl of Buffalo.

"We were going to go home this morning, but it's so good we decided to stay until the end of the day or maybe tomorrow," said Rich Bittone of New Jersey.

"It's awesome for business. This is a great great thing for us. Everybody on the hill's going to be happy about this snow," said Tuggers owner Tricia Garvin.

But even if you're not a snowmobiler, the snow is pretty impressive.

On the hill, 8-foot road signs are doing their best to stay above the snowbanks, fences struggle to stay above the surface, and mailboxes are just peeking out from the accumulation.

The green of spring may be far off up on the hill, but for places like Tuggers and Montague Inn, a little green in the pocket will do for now.

Thursday, October 30, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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