Northern Wisconsin preparing for winter tourism

CABLE, Wis. (AP) — Northern Wisconsin tourism officials, resort owners and businesses are hoping lower temperatures in the winter will mean more revenues for their counties.

Lakewoods Resort and Lodge owner P.C. Rasmussen in Cable said most of the resort's clients arrive the day after Christmas. He said the resort has bookings until March and they hope for even more snow in the forecast.

"Everybody up here loves to see that and most of our guests love to see that. They can't wait to get in the car to get up here," he said.

Bayfield County Tourism Director Mary Motiff said state and federal partners have paired with Bayfield to prepare snowmobile and hiking trails, that were damaged in the summer by storms and flooding. She says while the county will be in "great shape" for the season to begin it's unlikely the snow will generate enough tourism revenue to make up for loss in sales tax revenues by the end of the year.

Bayfield had a 10-percent dip in sales tax revenues in August compared to the same time last year, Wisconsin Public Radio (http://bit.ly/2hc490J) reported.

Mt. Ashwabay assistant manager Nick McGee said they are preparing skis and lifts before the first snowfall.

"We put in two new lifts this year so getting those set up. We've had an electrician out here volunteering his time to get electricity put into those," he said.

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Information from: Wisconsin Public Radio, http://www.wpr.org

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