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Presidents' Day good to car dealers, ski resorts

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Presidents' Day might not be your favorite holiday, but it's a pretty good day for businesses like car dealers and ski resorts, especially when it's a nice day like it was on Monday.

"Any of these three-day weekends are generally very good for us because people have time off," said John Hickey, president of Sutliff Chevrolet in Harrisburg." They can come in and drive cars that they've been looking at on the Internet. We've had a good day."

Others that had the day off went looking to spend their money at the slopes. General manager Ron Hawkes said it was a busy day at Roundtop Mountain Resort in York County.

"There's a few holidays that are real key for us and this is certainly one of them, the Presidents' weekend," said Hawkes. "We had great weather. The mountain was 100 percent opened, tubing opened, great weather and a lot of folks that come out and took advantage of the holiday period."

Sutliff has been looking to follow up on a great close to 2012. Hickey feels the car industry in general has benefited from an improvement in the credit situation after banks had stopped lending money.

"Housing starts slowed. Car purchases slowed because 90-some percent of people that buy a car get a loan from a bank and the banks stopped loaning money because they were having their own crisis with being upside down on mortgages," said Hickey.

For Roundtop, this winter has been leaps and bounds better than last winter, which really wasn't much of a winter at all.

"We've got a lot of snow," said Hawkes. "We have a really deep depth of snow base, 100 percent opened. So we have a lot of season in front of us."

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