Snow slows sales for Eau Claire businesses

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis (WEAU)--Instead of swinging golf clubs and hitting bike trails many of us are still chipping away at snow and ice.

A wintery spring is affecting more than just our moods. Several local businesses are feeling the financial effects of the long winter.

Snow and ice still cover much of Princeton Valley Golf Course in Eau Claire.

"It's just so mucky out there," General Manager Jack Schulte said.

Schulte and his grounds crew have been working hard to get a swing at their spring season.

“It just doesn't affect us. It’s a trickle down because we have our staff and they are not working right now. We have more than the golf course there is the food and beverage area," Schulte said.

This time last year the course had sold more than 2000 rounds of golf.

Across town Erik’s Bike and Board Shop is also seeing the effects of winter. Manager Steven Roe said the store 2-3 weeks behind in spring sales.

“We've been hearing some grumbling but Wisconsinites are really good at when the warm weather finally tumbles in getting out there. And we are ready to help them do that," Roe said.

Roe says a lot of avid bikers have still come in looking to gear up for a ride but instead of buying sunglasses and water bottles they are buying fenders and winter clothing.

Back at Princeton Valley Golf Course golfers anxiously waited to get their first swing. The course opened its driving range for the first time today. (April 23rd)

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