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Mountain snow equals economic impact for Mt. Hood

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GOVERNMENT CAMP, OR (KPTV) -

As the snow continues to fall in the Cascade Range, the roads up to Mount Hood are already covered with packed snow.

"So far the drive was alright, it wasn't too bad until right about now," said Joseph Gabriel, a truck driver heading to central Oregon.

We found several people chaining up as they made their way over the pass.

"This is my first time actually putting on chains, on a truck, so this will be fun," added Gabriel.

In Government Camp, the falling snow is a win-win for local businesses.

"We had the start to a really good season over Christmas. We had a really good snow storm coming in then it got cold and we had good snow pack," said Garrick Shue, who works at Charlies Mountain View Restaurant.

That means places like Charlie's Mountain View Restaurant stay busy as more people stop in.

"It's always good for everyone on the mountain," said Shue.

And all this good snow means people will come out to play.

"I'd say it's probably the best weather and snow during the Christmas holiday that I can remember," said Bud Valian, who owns Valian's Ski Shop.

At the ski shop, Valian knows firsthand what all the white stuff means for his business.

"Mother Nature is shining on us this winter, and we're all happy," added Valian as he prepared for what many believe will be a busy weekend up on Mount Hood.

He's happy because that means more skiers and snowboarders will be hitting the slopes.

"It's good and powdery. The jumps are nice and the runs are good. It is a little windy at the top but yeah, I liked it a lot, it was fun," said Spencer Hunt, a snowboarder from Portland.

Getting up to all the fun can be dangerous with all the snow and icy conditions.

Chains or traction tires are required if you head over to the mountain passes.

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