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Businesses hope snowfall brings snowmobilers to trails

Northern Michigan businesses and snowmobilers are feeling the lack of snow this winter.

WEXFORD COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- The lack of snow has affected snowmobilers and the businesses they frequent.

Some snowmobilers that typically take to northern Michigan trails have decided to travel north, where there is more snow.

Lost Pines Lodge in Harrietta said the month of December was a complete loss, affecting nearly $30,000 of its yearly income.

The lodge and cabins at Lost Pines currently sit empty.

"We look forward to the snow. We look for that every year. It starts in December, November. It's good for the people that don't like snow, but the people that like to ski, snowmobile. It's not a good sign," said Ann Kahner, the owner and manager of Lost Pines Lodge. "Actually, it's hardly worth it to keep it open. But I do it because of our loyal customers that come up to their cabins and want somewhere to go."

"It is what it is. You go to the U.P. and you ride and you've got as much winter as you can get. I've gotten one local ride so far this year.," said Buckley resident Jacques Julin. "It wasn't very much. We're probably 1,000 to 1,500 miles behind our normal riding for a normal year."

Snowmobilers and the folks at places like Lost Pines are looking forward to this week's projected snowfall.

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