Old Wisconsin Ski Hill Has Reopened
Located near Lakewood, Wisconsin, Paul Bunyan Ski Hill, which ceased operation a quarter-century ago, reopened this past February with the same family that closed the hill still in control. Just a new generation in charge.
Current owners T.J. Kerscher and his wife Wendy spent over 1,000 hours the past couple of years removing a couple of hundred trees from old slopes during the summer. In addition, this past summer, they gave the lodge a facelift, made sure the old T-bar was working, and nursed a snowmaking system back to life.
“It's a dream that has been 25 years in the making,” T.J., whose father purchased the ski hill in 1986 but was forced to close it down nine years later, told Fox 11 News. “I actually ran the ski area back in the late 1980s and early 90s. Bringing it back to life took a family effort. My wife, myself, and our two boys spent the summer going through the whole place, getting it rebuilt again, ready to open again Our phone has been ringing off the hook with people wanting to come back and ski.”
The ski hill currently offers four slopes.
"We have a basement chalet, where they'll be able to rent their skis. We have a small bar. We have put up a social distancing tent for them to change their skis and boots out, and they can leave stuff out there. We're just not going to allow changing in the building," Wendy explained. “We're hoping to get well into March. We'll see how it goes with the weather. But, if we just get a good month out of this year, we'll be happy.”
Plans are to add more ski runs for next year, and in the future, they would like to add a tubing hill, and possibly even an ice rink down the road.