You know you're in good shape when you can climb the hill at Bricker's Tree Farm in Springfield Township.

And Saturday's snowstorm made the course even more daunting, leaving it a slick, crunchy slope of snow and ice.

But that wasn't enough to deter families from finding their perfect evergreens.

Shoppers like Lori Grove of West Manchester Township braved the elements on Sunday, just 10 days before Christmas Day.

"We're running out of time," she said.

Grove said she's chosen artificial trees in the past but always misses the smell of a fresh pine. And making it to the picturesque tree farm is worth the effort, she said.

"It's just a tradition to come back and have this whole hillside," Grove said. "It's just beautiful."

Slow season: After a bit of browsing, she settled on a Fraser fir, one of the two most popular trees on the farm, said owner Wayne Bricker. The other top-seller is the Douglas fir.

Customers come from as far as New Jersey and Annapolis, Md., he said, but the snow seems to have stifled the tree-buying crowd on a crucial weekend for the farm.

"Basically, this would be your last big weekend," Bricker said.

Business is down because of the weather, he said, and although having significant snow events in succession makes the trees look pretty, it doesn't usually help sales.

"In this kind of business, the weather makes or breaks you," he said.

Christmas spirit: But for some customers, the snow was a reminder that Christmas will soon be here.

"It's nice when there's snow because it's pretty," said Liz Pippin of Baltimore County, Md.

She's been coming to the farm for four or five years for a specific reason.

"The main draw for me is the white pines," said Pippin, who used to live in Glen Rock.

The pines are hard to find, with long, soft needles and a full, fat body, she said.

"It's really pretty with lights on it," she said.

And for Paul King, also of Baltimore County, the snow is a treat when finding a tree.

"It makes it more fun, really," he said.

King said he's been coming to Bricker's for years because it's close by, the people are nice, and he tends to have good luck finding a tree. This year, in addition to looking at the traditional Douglas firs, he also considered a Canaan fir -- a hybrid tree.

King said he thinks the perfect Christmas tree is strong enough to hold ornaments, nice and full and about 6 feet, with enough room for an angel on top.

And Bricker's is an ideal landscape, he said from the top of the hill, among the white-topped trees.

"It's such a pretty place," King said.

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