Other business owners say the season was somewhat erratic - the most so in more than 30 years of retail experience, according Rick Bly, owner of a gift shop on Main Street in Breckenridge. Bly
said several merchants he
keeps in touch with informally reported similar "ho-hum" results for the season.On the other hand, Bly
said some local bankers he
has talked with reported gangbuster business.Several lodge owners also said during the weekend that the season was fairly strong.
With great spring skiing in the high bowls of Breckenridge, some local skiers and boarders bemoan the trend toward earlier closing dates, but Bly
said that, business-wise, the last few weeks of the season have always been slow, even when Breckenridge used to stay open until late April.
"I think there's just a kind of cosmic clock in people that switches in mid-April.When it gets warm, they just start thinking about biking and swimming," he
And April, usually one of the wettest months, has started dry, with only 50 percent of average snowfall to-date, according to Bly
.But one or two wet storms in the second half of the month could quickly bring that total up, he
For the hydrological year (beginning Oct. 1), snowfall at Bly
's National Weather Service observation site in Breckenridge tallies 94 percent of normal so far, while precipitation (the water content in the snow) is at 78 percent, Bly said.