While everyone else may have been bemoaning the return of the polar vortex, Dave Myers is loving the cold snap because it’s perfect weather for making snow.
“It’s important that we have a nice streak of cooler temperatures to get an adequate amount of snow on the hills,” said Myers, Kewaunee County Promotion & Recreation Director.
Myers and his crew started making snow for the ski and tubing hills at Winter Park in Kewaunee on Dec. 12 and expected to be running the snow-making machines 24-7 through the week, only shutting them down for the expected weekend snowstorm they hope will lay a thick blanket of real snow on top of the manufactured snow.
The idea is to open for business on Dec. 28.
This year a bunny hill for brand-new skiers has been added, making a total of six ski and snowboard runs, in addition to six tubing lanes. People can warm up and watch the fun on the hills from the heated chalet, where they can relax next to the roaring fireplace and snack on a variety of items from the concession stand.
“The opening of Winter Park is something that people from across northeast Wisconsin and beyond look forward to every year,” said Jennifer Schneider, Kewaunee County Tourism Coordinator and Public Information Officer. “It attracts thousands of visitors to Kewaunee County each season and we’re happy to have them.”