MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -

After enduring a snowless winter, skiers and snowmobilers are rejoicing after a December storm dumped up to 16 inches of snow on parts of the Upper Midwest.

John Munger of Minneapolis says he took to Theodore Wirth Park to cross-country ski as the snow was falling Sunday. Munger heads a foundation dedicated to promoting cross-country skiing, and says it's been a tough year-and-a-half for cross-country skiers without any snow.

At Lutsen Mountains 90 miles northeast of Duluth, marketing director Jim Vick says you could "hear the hoots and hollers" as skiers went down the slopes.

Twin Cities hardware stores co-owner Mike Frattallone says his stores are selling a lot of snow shovels, ice melt and snowblowers.