Kettlebowl

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Kettlebowl Ski Area
Kettlebowl Ski Area,
Kettlebowl Ski Area,
Location Town of Langlade, Langlade County, Wisconsin, USA
Nearest city Antigo, Wisconsin
Coordinates 45°16′16.7628″N 88°54′7.1238″W / 45.271323000°N 88.901978833°W / 45.271323000; -88.901978833
Runs 5 total
80% beginner
20% intermediate
Lift system 5 rope tows

Kettlebowl is a small ski area near Bryant, Wisconsin, founded in 1956 and run as a non-profit operation by volunteers of the Langlade County Ski Club.[1]

The name Kettlebowl comes from the Kettle Moraine, a large moraine, or glacial deposit, in Northern Wisconsin. The Ice Age Trail route passes through Kettlebowl.[2][3]

History[edit]

The hill was created in 1956 and was first known as "Kettlehole Bowl". Two tractors donated by the Antigo Cooperative Oil Association powered the tow ropes. Skiers could shelter in a Depression-era lodge hauled to the site that reportedly was a Civilian Conservation Corps structure. In 2005 the old lodge was replaced by a new building with electricity and indoor restrooms.[4]

Description and location[edit]

The ski area has cross country ski runs and a small vertical drop (325 ft) and features five rope tows and seven ski runs, including a "baby" hill. There is a small ski-chalet with indoor bathrooms and a kitchen where volunteers make food and offer it for sale to support the operations of the ski hill.[1] Getting to Kettlebowl is a short ride on Hwy 52 from Antigo, Wisconsin. On weekends when the ski hill is open, a bus service is available to carry local children.[4]

During the 2008-2009 season, 3,881 skiers and snowboarders came through the gates, an average of 185 per day. Cost as of 2012-2013 was $3 for children, and $5 for adults for a day of skiing. The hill is open on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 pm when snow is available.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kettlebowl Has Great Opener", Antigo Daily Journal, December 29, 2008
  2. ^ Ice Age Trail Companion Guide (pdf), Cross Plains, Wisconsin, 2008
  3. ^ Martin Hintz Hiking Wisconsin (Human Kinetics, Champaign, Illinois, 6 May 1997)
  4. ^ a b "Local generosity keeps Kettlebowl thriving". Antigo Daily Journal. December 22, 2008.
  5. ^ "After a great season, Kettlebowl closes down". Antigo Daily Journal. March 11, 2009.