Kewaunee County's Winter Park makes snow ahead of season
KEWAUNEE COUNTY (WLUK) -- The snow is flying along the Lakeshore, but not all of it is coming from the sky.
The snow making machines at Winter Park near Kewaunee are working around the clock, and there's a new addition which is designed to make the journey up the hill, easier.
The sounds of snow making filled the Tuesday morning air. The four machines have been working steady for about a week.
"Probably go 40-50 feet wide, by six feet overnight, if we're making really good snow. It's a pretty big pile of snow we can get going with that. Definitely, we can't depend on natural snow, the way the weather has been the last two to three years. Very warm Christmas, and winters," said Dave Myers, Kewaunee County Promotion and Recreation Director.
Winter Park officials say a foot and-a-half base is needed to form the frozen foundation for the five skiing and snowboarding runs.
"We also put some tricks at the top of one of our hills, and we have our beginner hill. So, if you've never skiied, or snowboarded before, and you want to try it, we have a smaller hill there, that you can test that out on," said Jennifer Schneider, Kewaunee County Tourism Coordinator.
There is also a six-lane snow tubing hill, and new this year at Winter Park, is the Magic Carpet. It is a new and improved mechanized trip to the top of the tubing hill run.
"We replaced our tow rope system, which you used to sit on your tube and get pulled up the hill. Now, you stand on a moving conveyor belt. You can look at it like a moving walkway at the airport. So, you're going to stand on that with your tube, and you're going to ride up the hill," said Schneider.
Back on the hill snow continues to pile up.
"This week, we'll be making some more. And hopefully we'll have enough by the end of the week to start grooming the hill, and getting ready to open," said Myers.
About 10,000 people visit Winter Park each season. The area is expected to open after Christmas. The price tag on the conveyor belt is about $110,000.
The Kewaunee County Board loaned the Winter Park Association the money to cover the cost.