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Snow brings happiness for some, headaches for others

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RUTLAND, Vt. -

An unfamiliar friend is back in Vermont. His name is snow.

"It's a due storm," said David Larson of Rutland. "We got tons of people up for the holiday season and we just need some snow for them to ski and enjoy the wonderful weather."

David Larson says he didn't even mind shoveling his business's driveway. He's just glad it finally looks like winter in Vermont-- a sight hardly seen last year.

"It's good exercise, you know. I haven't pushed snow in a couple years, so we might as well get a good storm and move it all over the place," he said.

From Rutland to Essex, homeowners were shoveling and snow blowing their way out of their drive ways for what felt like the first time in two years.

"This is my exercise. I love snow blowing," said Steve Germain of Essex.

At the airport in Burlington, crews worked through the night Wednesday and all day Thursday to clear the runways.

"We had snow crews come in and basically it's just like any other Vermont storm. It's kind of like what we're used to, but we haven't seen in a couple of years," said Patrick Sharrow of Burlington International Airport.

Still, this storm and the wake it left as it made its way here from other areas of the country has left many travelers stranded. Some are stuck until Monday.

"There were a lot of flights canceled in preparation for this storm," Sharrow said.

And travel by road hasn't been easy going either. Road crews raced to keep up with the constant snowfall, but some drivers say the conditions made for tough travel.

"They're terrible," said Travis Butler of West Rutland. "Like I said, we came from West Rutland and there's nowhere that's really cleaned up yet."

"I think we've got to give them little chance for the snow to stop and then they can clean it up. It's just heavy wet snow; it's very slick," said Dermot Hughes of Rutland.

But for as many roads as there are in the state, there are even more snowmobile trails. Officials from Vermont Association of Snow Travelers say warm weather last year has hurt season pass sales this year, but they are hoping Tuesday's storm will change that.

"Hopefully the TMA sales-- Trail and Maintenance Assessment-- are going to explode today. We're hoping that for sure and into the weekend," said Merritt Budd of VAST.

And if you don't have a snowmobile, well, there are plenty of snow-covered hills for another winter favorite-- sledding.

Despite the messy roads, so far, no major accidents have been reported.

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