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Local Businesses Making Best of Slow Snow Season

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It's not the ski season that local ski-related businesses had hoped for - a third year of Mother Nature playing stingy with the snow. And they are doing their best to deal with it.

"It's really hit and miss with sales," says Pat Parriguirre of Bobo's Mogul Mouse Ski & Patio. "We did sell four pair of skis this morning. But now, it's pretty dead. We have a lot of inventory and we are marking it down and while I don't want to write off this season, I'd say we kind of want to get it behind us."

And he's not alone. To keep business going has taken some difficult decisions, including cutting down on staff.

"We always hate to have to lay-off staff. They are like family. But we have to do what we have to do to make sure we're here again next year," Parriguirre says.

And Bobo's isn't alone with that. Reno Mountain Sports is selling off inventory and has announced it will be going out of business this spring.

"And I have friends like instructors and ski patrollers who are being cut back to like 4 days a week. I mean they always try and find them things to do around the resorts, but there just isn't enough demand and not enough work," Parriguirre says.

The bright side for customers is that prices are being cut to move inventory and selection is good. While we were at Bobo's the few customers who were in found deals and got very personalized service. And on the slopes they say lines are low and the conditions from the manmade snow are actually good once you get up there. Runs may be limited but conditions are good.

"We are all hoping for another blast of winter, but we have to deal with what we have," Parriguirre says. "So we'll hope for the best....but plan for the worst. That's really what you have to do when you have no control."

Written by Erin Breen

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