Kewaunee's Winter Park nears opening

KEWAUNEE, Wis. (WBAY) - At Winter Park in Kewaunee County the motto is "Let it snow."

Winter Park ski hill
View of Kewaunee County's Winter Park from the top of the Magic Carpet (WBAY photo)

Thanks to some snow machines it's happening around the clock.

Compared to our last visit in October, Winter Park looks a lot more like its name.

"In just a few months we went from 60 degree weather in October to 20 and below now in December. We're getting ready for snow tubing, snow boarding, skiing, snow shoeing, all sorts of stuff," says Jennifer Schneider, Kewaunee County Tourism Coordinator.

On average, 10,000 visitors hit the hills each winter.

That number is expected to climb thanks to a new feature replacing the old tow rope on the tubing hill.

It's called the Magic Carpet, which works similar to a conveyor belt.

"The Magic Carpet really is a game changer for us. It's going to be something that is going to bring more people here. It's a fun feature. I mean, how many people can say you're going to stand while going up a hill?" says Schneider.

Starting this week, the county's parks and rec department broke out the snow makers -- and any gift from Mother Nature is more than welcome.

"Right now we're running our snow guns 24/7, five days a week, so we're just trying to get that good base coat, and then any extra powder she can give us, much appreciated," says Schneider.

If all goes as planned, snow grooming will commence next week, with an opening set for the weekend before Christmas.

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