- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Owners of area snowmobile businesses say a lack of snow in December cut into prime riding time.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle (http://bit.ly/1J45D5X ) reports snowmobile sales and trail activity were particularly affected the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Snowmobile rental business owner Brett Campbell said it’s a key stretch, and he estimates his business is down 30 percent this season.

Kurt Bard, who’s head of the Grand Traverse Area Snowmobile Club, says the sport bolsters spending at area gas stations, restaurants, hotels and sporting goods stores.

Bard says trails are looking better, but that they could use a lot more snow.

Traverse City got just 5.1 inches of snow in December, according to the National Weather Service.

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Information from: Traverse City Record-Eagle, http://www.record-eagle.com

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