Kewaunee’s Winter Park to open for snow tubing next week; regular tubing, ski and snowboard hours begin Jan. 8
KEWAUNEE – Snow tubing enthusiasts will get the first crack at riding the Magic Carpet stand-up lift up the hill and careening down it this season at Winter Park, which will open for tubing in the coming week for special winter break hours.
The tubing hill is scheduled to be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Dec. 28 to 30, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 2. The regular season for tubing and the park's ski and snowboard runs will open Jan. 8 and run Saturdays and Sundays while weather and snow conditions permit.
The hill is ready to open despite a warmish December with limited snowfall because the Kewaunee County Promotions & Recreation Department had its snow making machine running to lay down a base.
“We luckily had a solid base on our snow tubing hill before a slight mid-December melt with temps in the 50s,” Promotions & Recreation director Dave Myers said in a news release. "There’s always at least one curve ball from Mother Nature, but we have a dedicated staff which works around the clock, including overnights and weekends, to get the park ready."
Also, the Winter Park Association, which operates the park in conjunction with the county, will host two special night events for skiers and snowboarders, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 5 and 12.
Expected to open its season in January, depending on the weather, is the Dana Farm Ice Rink, which debuted this past winter and brought hundreds of skaters to the area during its first season, said Jennifer Gonzalez, Kewaunee County tourism coordinator.
When it opens, the outdoor, lighted rink will be free to use, but skaters must bring their own skates. They will be able to use a park shelter constructed last year with public restrooms that can be used year-round, including those playing the 27-hole disc golf course that winds around Winter Park during the warmer months.
Also on the property near the rink is the historic Ransom Asa Moore cabin, named for the man considered the father of the Wisconsin 4-H program and who was a founder of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Agronomy. The rink and its amenities were built and the cabin restored at an estimated cost of $100,000, which was funded primarily with a donation from Kewaunee County Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, the organization that hosted the statewide agricultural event in 2017.
“The Dana Farm Ice Rink is a free amenity. Visitors just need to bring their own skates," Gonzalez said. "And, if the ice rink continues to be popular, the Kewaunee County Promotions & Recreation Department may create a second rink on the property.”
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If the past three seasons are any indication, Winter Park will be a popular attraction for both county and tourist winter recreation buffs again this winter. The tubing, skiing and snowboarding hill drew 12,302 visitors in 2020-21 even with some COVID-19 restrictions on hours and capacity in place, that coming after attendance figures of 13,623 during the 2019-20 season and a record 13,674 in 2018-19.
“The word is definitely out about Winter Park, and we’re always welcoming new faces," Myers said. "It’s neat to hear that those who live in the area are bringing visiting family and friends.”
Winter Park will open to the public for special snow tubing hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 28 to 30, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 2. Hours during the regular season, starting Jan. 8, are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays for tubing, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays for skiing and snowboarding.
The cost is $10 for two hours of snow tubing, including the use of a provided tube for those who are at least 42 inches tall who can ride up the Magic Carpet lift on their own. The cost for a skiing and snowboarding day pass is $17 for ages 7 and older, $10 for ages 6 and younger. Ski and snowboard equipment are available onsite for an extra fee.
Skating hours at the Dana Farm Ice Rink will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily when air temperatures are less than 32 degrees, once the outdoor rink is ready to open and while conditions permit. There is no charge to skate. Skating will be unsupervised, so skaters will use the rink at their own risk.
To check on conditions at Winter Park or the skating rink, call the 24/7 Kewaunee County Promotions & Recreation Hotline at 920-388-7199. For more information, visit kewauneeco.org and click on "Promotions & Recreation" under the "Departments" tab.
Contact Christopher Clough at 920-741-7952, 920-562-8900 or [email protected]
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