Slick and snowy roads gave Denver's snow plow businesses their first big day of the season.

But it's because of the slow days before this that some businesses have had to find alternative ways to make money.

Jesse Sanchez realized clearing the snow full-time wouldn't cut it in the early 2000s.

“Well we do snow removal for the winters, but winters aren't the same in Denver as they were," the 50-year-old said.

The good old days for Sanchez were when the storms came twice a week, but Sunday was the first day since October that any of his 12 accounts needed their parking lots plowed.

“Depending on that to pay your bills kinda went out the window," he said.

So Sanchez and his three employees now do cabinet refinishing yearround.

“I’ve learned to adapt because if you don’t you’re gonna' have to move to something else," he said.

But when it does snow, Sanchez says it's an added bonus, because one day of Sunday's snow can make him an extra $4,000 to $6,000.

“We’re just hopeful for snow to come all the time, but it’s nothing like it used to be," he said.