Leaders in Maggie Valley are not complaining about the snow and cold. They say it helps bring in badly needed revenue.
Warm weather businesses close for the winter. Others depend on cold and snow to make a buck. They say so far, it's not a banner year, but they're making it.
Skis & Tees manager Bob Deweese says 3 day weekends like the one coming up are critical to his business success.
We have Christmas. We have Martin Luther King, and we have President's weekend. Those are probably 70 percent of our ski business for the year, he says.
He says he's seen it worse when the store hasn't opened until after Christmas.
Town leaders say they're working on making Maggie Valley a year round destination. The Chamber of Commerce says that will help with employment too.
You can keep better employees and they can be more knowledgeable about their job by having a full year of employment, says Chamber Executive Director Teresa Smith.
Smith says the town is considering the possibility of adding an ice skating rink in the future.
By Rex Hodge
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