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Raleigh Co. businesses thrive in cold weather

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GHENT (WVVA) -- Winterplace Ski Resort and The Ski Barn Rentals employees say cold temperatures make for anxious customers and good business.

"When we're busy, we know the temperatures are cooler outside.  Our customers are happier.  We're happier.  We're good to go," says Ski Barn manager Rhonda Hazuka. 

"We love cold weather," says Winterplace manager Tom Peterson.

They said the cold weather, mixed with the holiday weekend created conditions that were great for business, after the mild winter so far.

"A lot of families and individuals will look at the weather and say, hey it's cold over at Winterplace.  They've got good snow.  Let's go skiing this weekend," says Peterson. 

"We're glad that mother nature is starting to cooperate with us," says Hazuka.  [That's] giving the people what they want, what we want, and we're expecting some definite better business throughout the rest of the season.

Winterplace is open daily until 10:00p.m.  The Ski Barn stays open until 10:30p.m.

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