There has been no season like snow season for retailers selling snowblowers and snowmobiles lately.
“I’m having a good year,” said Paul Huber, owner of All Season’s Lawn and Sport on La Crosse’s North Side. “It’s definitely better than last year.”
After selling about 20 blowers all of last season, All Season’s owner Huber said he has sold at least 25 so far this season.
“I’m not one of the big, big guys,” Huber said of his family-owned business, and the final tally probably will be 40, he said.
Huber, who sells both new Toros and used snowblowers, said, “Used sales haven’t been as good. In crippling years, they fly out of here because people are desperate to get anything.”
Sales also have been strong at Ace of La Crosse, said store manager Dave O’Mara.
“We have seen a slight increase — not as much as you’d like, but good,” he said.
Ariens snowblowers have been one of the top sellers among several makes the South Side store sells, O’Mara said.
“They’re all decent, but some are better than others,” he said.
Snowmobile sales also are operating on all cylinders, according to retailers.
With sales nearing 40 new and used snowmobiles so far, Rod Hall said that is a marked difference from last season, when snowfalls were late.
“Last year, we didn’t start selling until February,” said Hall, owner of Rod’s Ride On Sports in La Crosse.
“Definitely with the early snow and colder temperatures, the snow stayed and trails are open,” he said. “When trails are open, sales are up.”
Hall, who said sales of parts and accessories have been strong, said he expects to sell out of the 15 or so new and used sleds that remain.
Also expecting a sellout season is Jason Wucki, sales manager at 2Brothers Powersports in Onalaska.
“The early snowfall really helped us,” he said.
With about 40 snowmobiles sold so far, he said, “We’re getting down to selling completely out this year.”
Meanwhile, back at All Season’s Lawn and Sport, the Toro company isn’t letting any grass grow under Huber’s feet.
Toro is delivering his first shipment of lawn mowers today.
“I’m not happy about it. I don’t know where I’ll be putting them,” he said, motioning to the small back room where he also services machines. “I’ll have to clear some space and find storage.”