Late-Season Boost for Homewood Businesses

Homewood Mountain Resort saw five feet of new snow in the last ten days. On Sunday they were offering discounted lift tickets to anyone who showed up in a swimsuit. Cold temperatures meant no takers that morning, but plenty of people in regular ski gear were ready to take on the mountain.

“We’re excited to have such great skiing and riding conditions,” said Rachael Wood of Homewood. “We’ve got top-to-bottom skiing, we’re a hundred percent open and the days are getting longer so the sunshine, the beautiful skiing and riding, it’s definitely spring skiing at its best.”

It’s been a hard season for a lot of area businesses. The lack of snow limited the number of tourists that came up this year.

“It’s been slow but in this last week we’re definitely seeing a larger flow of business,” West Short Sports manager Trevor Larkins said. “Especially with our demos, little fatter skis that we provide to our customers.”

Innkeeper Ulli White says it was a rough start to the winter season. She’s owned the Tahoma Meadows Bed & Breakfast for the last 12 years.

“Business has definitely been affected by the lack of snow,” White said. “But we picked up in February after that first snowfall and we’ve been sold out the last two weekends.”

She says the whole community had been praying for snow.

“We had a lot of snow dances going on,” White said. “We made our special snowball cookies and handed them out around the neighborhood and finally made the snow come.”

And they’re hoping there might be one more big storm before temperatures start to rise.

“Everyone’s got high hopes for that,” Larkins said. “It would be a great way to end the season and transition right into spring and summer.”

That’s the busiest season at Tahoma Meadows.

“Summer is our peak season,” White said. “People are riding their bikes, kayaking, going on hikes with their dogs because we’re pet-friendly, and because the lake is right around the corner a lot of them like to relax at the beach. There are so many activities we can do here.”

On April Fool’s Day anyone who dresses like a fool will get $5 off their lift ticket. Woods says they’re offering a little creative latitude on that one.

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