More than a foot of snow across most of Vermont allowed almost all snowmobile trails to open Thursday.
"Trails are good. Really good for middle of March," says snowmobiler Michael Smith.
Smith spent $20 on gas at the Sheldon Mini Mart. The store was busy with snowmobilers spending money.
"A little bit of food, energy, little bit of beef jerky," says Smith.
After a busy day on the trails, many stop at The Abbey in Sheldon and talk to co-owner David Underwood.
"It's a huge amount of business for us. Over the past few years, it's been less so because we haven't had a lot of snow but when it snows here we can have 300 sleds here on a given day," says Underwood.
That's because The Abbey is located right next to a trail. While this season has been hit or miss, things are now looking up.
"We're very happy this time of the year to have the great snow that we just got," says Underwood.
All this snow is really going to be able to help to keep these snowmobile trails open much longer. Some aren't expected to close untill the end of the season. That's in mid-April.
The longer snowmobilers are riding the more they are spending money at businesses. Which is why Underwood says he likes the season going for as long as possible.
"Snow here is a big impact on our business," says Underwood.
Now the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers says while almost all trails are open some are not groomed yet.
That's because there is so much snow it's tough for even the groomers.
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