KEWAUNEE COUNTY, Wisc (WBAY) It's hard to know when that inevitable first snowfall of the season will occur, but when it starts flying there will be a lot of smiles at Winter Park in Kewaunee County.
Whether its man-made or courtesy of Mother Nature, snow at Winter Park attracts close to 10,000 tubers each winter.
That number could soon skyrocket.
"Oh this is huge, this is definitely going to get Winter Park on the map for us," says Jennifer Schneider, Kewaunee County Tourism Coordinator.
Replacing the decades-old tow rope is a giant, 220 foot long standing conveyor belt lift- called the Magic Carpet.
"It's a non-skid surface on the belt itself so it won't be slippery, and snow brushes to keep it clean as it rolls through and everything, but basically it's a nice, slow speed, brings you up, I would say a walking speed, slow paced speed, stand on with your tube, go up the hill and depart, and go about your business," says Dave Myers, Kewaunee County Promotions and Recreation Director.
"As long as you can stand on a moving walkway at the airport, you can definitely ride the Magic Carpet here," adds Schneider.
At a cost of $110,000, the Magic Carpet will be paid for through ticket sales and donations to the Winter Park Association.
About a dozen volunteers started the installation in early August and plan to be completed by the end of the month, in plenty of time for winter.
"To say snow I know that's still a sin, I mean we are enjoying fall, we're still enjoying 60-degree weather but I'm looking forward to winter, this is going to be huge," says Schneider.
Winter Park plans to open its tubing hill in December sometime around Christmas.