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Two of Vermonts recent snowstorms brought the twin colors white and green to enrich the local economy. The Valentines Day blizzard, dumping more than two feet of snow in less than 24 hours, was one for the record books. According to state figures, the storm created a significant boost to the winter tourist season in the weeks following Valentines Day. A second storm in early March provided a fresh topping of the white stuff to attract even more winter tourists. The amount of snow that Vermont has received transformed this winter into an outstanding season, said Department of Tourism and Marketing Commissioner Bruce Hyde. Total snow accumulations for the Feb. 14 event ranged from 24 to 48 inches in many areas of the state, with even higher amounts in the mountains. The Valentines Day storm was a boon to the snowmobiling and ski industries, as well as many other Vermont businesses that depend on winter tourism. Presidents Week, Feb. 19-25, was the busiest times of the 2006-07 season when visitors traveled to Vermont to ski, snowmobile, snowshoe, shop, or just relax after the big blizzard. Visitor spending during this years winter season generated about $570 million to the Vermont economy.

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