Dust off those boards and boots and head out to Kettlebowl this weekend.
The family-friendly ski hill, certainly among the best bargains in the northwoods, will be open for action Friday, Saturday and Sunday, meeting the annual goal of the Langlade County Ski Club to be operating for the Christmas holiday. And, if the snow cover remains adequate, the hill will be open on New Year’s Eve as well.
Hours are noon to 4 p.m. through the weekend. Kettlebowl will remain operating on winter weekends as conditions permit.
While offering a great ski for all ability levels, Kettlebowl has a special place in the hearts of young skiers and snowboarders, learning the sport for the first time, college students home on winter break who remember their first sitz-marks on the slopes, and families returning home for the holidays, bringing a new generation of skiers in tow.
“The main slopes are in pretty good shape,” Gordie Schofield, a spokesman for the ski club and longtime Kettlebowl enthusiast, said.
Lift tickets remain priced at $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 13 to 18, and $2 for six to 12-year-olds. The true youngsters and toddlers may ski free of charge.
The hill offers an expansive chalet constructed through volunteer donations and labor for warm-ups and concessions. Ski rentals and tune-ups are available from several local vendors.
Schofield said that volunteers are always encouraged to assist at the concession stands and for a host of other activities. Those interested may contact him at 715 623-5181 or Judy Peterson at 715 216-2450.