Snowboarders compete in the big
air competition during the Winter Extravaganza event, which was
held Jan. 26 at the
Fort McCoy Whitetail Ridge Ski Area. (Photo
by Cathy Caulum)
Outdoor enthusiasts enjoyed a full day of activities during the
annual Winter Extravaganza event, which was held Jan. 26 during almost
perfect winter weather at the Whitetail Ridge Ski Area at Fort McCoy.
people participated in the snowtubing event, which was one of the
largest totals ever recorded, said Karl Coughlin of the Fort McCoy
Outdoor Recreation staff.
More than 25 runners competed in the 5K Polar Run event, which
was 10 more runners than last year, he said.
A high participation rate also was recorded in the other
events, which included the big air competition, snowboarding trick
demonstrations, slalom races and the obstacle course.
"It was perfect running weather, and it was warm enough
the whole day that people could stay out for an extended period of
time," Coughlin said.
Participants in the Winter
Extravaganza event at the Whitetail Ridge Ski Area ride a lift
to the top of the slopes. (Photo
by Cathy Caulum)
Because of the success of last year's event, the same
activities were offered, which included a pancake breakfast and
Planning already is under way for next year's event, which may
include some new events, Coughlin said.
Attendees also could
participate in the Global Positioning System/Geocaching Treasure Hunt,
which is under way and will run through March 2.
Currently, there are three caches located along the Whitetail
Ridge cross-country skiing/hiking trails.
For each cache participants find, their names will be entered
into a drawing to win a handheld Magellan eXplorist 200 GPS unit at
the end of the contest.
Snowtubers ride the rope tow to
the top of the snowtubing slope during the Winter Extravaganza
event. (Photo by Cathy
Several other Saturday events are planned and will be open to
the public as well, he said. They are the Big Air Competition (Feb.
16), Whitetail Ridge Fear Factor (Feb. 23) and Customer Appreciation
Day (March 1).
Whitetail Ridge is open 4:30-9 p.m. Fridays, noon-9 p.m.
Saturdays and noon-6 p.m. Sundays, weather permitting.
For more information about hill conditions, call (608)
Information about Whitetail Ridge events, equipment rental, ski
lifts, etc., is available at the Fort McCoy Morale, Welfare and
Recreation (MWR) Web site at http://www.mccoymwr.com,
by clicking on Whitetail Ridge Ski Area or by calling the MWR Events
Line at (877) 864-4969.