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Gallery Of The Week: Performance Boat—And Maybe Snowmobiling—Center

The polar vortex that descended on much of the country this week—and there’s reportedly more to come—made for some unusual images from some unlikely places. Case in point? Performance Boat Center of Osage Beach, Mo., which thanks to uncommonly heavy snowfall for the Lake of the Ozarks area closed early yesterday.

Performance Boat Center is digging out from the worst winter storm in years. Photos by Brett Manire.

“We got six inches of snow or more,” said Brett Manire, who co-owns the full-service, multi-brand dealership with Mark Waddington. “That’s not the end of the world, but this area isn’t set up for it. There are tons of hills and not enough plows.”

Much of the idyllic cove in front of Performance Boat Center is frozen. Pretty as it is, the ice formed during intensely cold weather has damaged portions of the facility’s docks.

Check out the slideshow above for more of today’s images from Performance Boat Center.

“The docks are getting twisted each day due to the power company opening Bagnell Dam to create power, so it’s kind of a mess here,” said Manire. “We’re going to have a ton of dock-repair work in the spring.”

Performance Boat Center is open today. But getting there by snowmobile or cross-country skis might be a good alternative to driving by car.

Said Nikki Sorenson, a local real estate agent and go-fast powerboat enthusiast, “The lake froze over at Mile Marker 19. It looks like Antarctica.”

Photo by Nikki Sorenson

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