After weeks of frustration, just enough of the white stuff fell earlier this week to allow the opening of the popular family fun area Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
Kettlebowl’s opening comes on the heels of the decision by the Langlade County Forestry Department to open snowmobile trails in the northern and eastern portions of the county starting this morning. And the few inches of powder should also allow more cross-country trails to finally be groomed and tracked for enthusiasts in time for the weekend.
Kettlebowl ski area, in an aerial photo taken by drone.
It will be open for skiing on Saturday and Sunday.
The concession stand in the chalet will be operating, with bargain prices on everything from soup and barbecues to hot dogs, popcorn, candy bars, cappuccino and slurpies.
Antigo Ski will be on hand with rental equipment and youth 16 and under will be able to sign up for a free helmet with a drawing at 3 p.m. each day the hill is open.
Lift tickets remain stunningly affordable, at $5 for adults, $3 for teen-agers, $2 for ages six to 12 and free for children five and under.
The inexpensive tickets, bargain concessions and comfortable chalet make Kettlebowl a favorite destination for families with youngsters just learning to ski or snowboard. Over the decades thousands have learned the basics of the sport on its friendly slopes, with cross-country skiing also available on 4.3 miles of intermediate-level trails groomed for classic technique.
Kettlebowl is also on snowmobile routes, and riders are regular visitors for a pit stop, warm-ups and a cup of soup or hot chocolate.
Upcoming events, always subject to the whims of the snow gods and possible January thaw, include a special ski day for Antigo and Wabeno school youngsters on Feb. 2.
Located on Highway 52 northeast of Bryant, Kettlebowl was founded in 1956 and run as a non-profit operation by volunteers of the Langlade County Ski Club.
The name Kettlebowl comes from the Kettle Moraine, a large moraine, or glacial deposit.
The ski area has a small vertical drop at 325 feet and features five rope tows and seven ski runs, including a bunny hill.