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Winter Tourism Off to Promising Start in UP

Created: 01/02/2014 9:45 AM WDIO.com

HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) - A snowier start to winter in the Upper Peninsula's Copper Country has been good for businesses that depend on tourism.

The Daily Mining Gazette of Houghton reports that businesses that rent and sell snowmobiles, ski hills and the hospitality industry reported increases in December. And with abundant snowfall and cold weather in forecasts, they expect more of the same into January.

Michigan Tech Keweenaw Research Center reports on its website that more than 80 inches of snow had fallen this season as of Tuesday. It did not have half that amount through December last year. Some areas in Keweenaw County report more than 100 inches so far.

Lonie Glieberman of Mount Bohemia in Lac La Belle says the ski resort is having its "best December ever."

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Information from: The Daily Mining Gazette

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An early December scene in the Bessemer area.
Gary Jackson

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