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Lack of snow bad for some businesses in central Wisconsin

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Abby Bayer's family farm in Ringle offers sleigh rides in the winter. But without snow on the ground, sleigh rides are impossible.

"We got snow right after Christmas and right before Christmas," said Bayer. "Christmas time is our busiest time. So that worked out really well."

But now, most of that snow is gone. Bayer says the farm needs at least 6 inches of snow on the trails for sleigh rides. While there isn't enough snow for sleigh rides, Starwood Rides still offers wagon rides.

"Nobody wants to go out and freeze," said Bayer  "Neither do we. The horses don't look forward to it, we don't look forward to it. So we don't do it when it's that cold."

And Bayer's business isn't the only one suffering this winter. Peplin pub, outside Mosinee, also benefits from the snow. Located next to a trail, the bar is a popular place for local snowmobile riders.

The pub's owner, Kim Zyduck, says more than 60 % of her business in the winter comes from snowmobile riders. So she's hoping more snow is in the forecast. And riders agree.

It's also been a strange winter for snow removal services.

"It's been a slower winter," said Michael Jost, Revi Design Snow Operations Manager. "Last year was a bit better, little better snow storms, little more for employees, but other than that, it's still kind of slow for this year."

While these businesses are different, they all have the same wish: more snow.

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