COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Friday's cold and snowy weather didn't only drop the temperatures. It also brought a big economic boost for businesses in downtown Colorado Springs, which is really good news considering the last two disappointing winters.
"Today has been a great day!" said The Ski Shop Inc. owner Rick Uhl.
A great day for ski shops slammed with shoppers eager to spend cash.
"Getting new boots," said skier Rene Carter.
"I'm ready for a season change," said Uhl. "It's exciting! It's middle of October and we're skiing."
With the slopes full, his shop and his cash register are also full.
"Means my prayers have been answered," said Uhl.
It's an answer to recent ski seasons that have been suffering with little snow.
"I've been asking for this for a couple of years now - start getting into a regular flow of weather patterns coming through Colorado," said Uhl
Spotting the snow on Pike's Peak or outside your door on Friday (10/18/13), had people ready to gear up for ski season.
"Gets me inspired. Gets my customers inspired," said Uhl.
"It's fun to try on boots and look at the new gear and see what's changed," said Huang.
Skiers were also prepping for winter at mountain chalet downtown with their wallets.
"I'm looking for a new jacket," said skier Nate Chisholm.
"We love it when they come in and overwhelm us," said Mountain Chalet Assistant Manager Bill Houghton.
Overwhelmed and spending all thanks to Mother Nature.
"It's definitely a good sign a very good sign, especially after the last two years," said Chisholm
"The whole industry needs it really, really bad," said Uhl.
Both ski shops expect to have a consistent flow of customers over the weekend. It's great news for an industry that's counts on the white to keep the green.
Arapahoe Basin and Loveland ski resorts are the two ski slopes in Colorado now open.