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February 08, 2013

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Hundreds enjoy outdoor activities during Winter Extravaganza

More than 400 people enjoyed activities offered during the Winter Extravaganza event at the Fort McCoy Whitetail Ridge Ski Area Jan. 26.
PHOTO: Snowboarders receive last-minute instructions before they compete in the Rail Jam activity at the Winter Extravaganza event. Contributed photo
Snowboarders receive last-minute instructions before they compete in the Rail Jam activity at the Winter Extravaganza event at Fort McCoy. The Rail Jam was one of the more popular activities at the Jan. 26 event, attracting 16 participants.
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PHOTO: A snowtuber completes a run during the Winter Extravaganza. Contributed photo
A snowtuber completes a run during the Winter Extravaganza. The Jan. 26 event was held at Fort McCoy’s Whitetail Ridge Ski Area. The facility is scheduled to be open until mid March, with Friday, Saturday and Sunday hours, weather permitting. Other available activities include skiing and snowboarding. When sufficient natural snow cover permits, the facility also offers cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling opportunities.
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PHOTO: Participants in the Gunny-Sack Race navigate through the snow at the Winter Extravaganza. Contributed photo
Participants in the Gunny-Sack Race navigate through the snow at the Winter Extravaganza. The Gunny-Sack Race was one of two new activities offered during the customer-appreciation event.
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Adam Hangartner, Fort McCoy Outdoor Recreation and Winter Extravaganza point of contact, said 315 people participated in snow-tubing and 70 skiers/snowboarders participated in skiing or snowboarding events.

“The Snow Pile Dig was the most-popular activity,” Hangartner said. “We hid coins in the snow and the youth had to dig or search for them. They then turned in their coins for prizes. The little kids loved this activity.” Thirty youth participated in this activity.

Sixteen people participated in each of the Obstacle Course or Rail Jam activities, while 14 people participated in the Slalom Race making those the next most popular events.

Participants also enjoyed the new activities — a Hot-Dog Eating Contest and a Gunny-Sack Race, Hangartner said. A total of 13 people participated in the two activities.

Rounding out the activities were the Big-Air competition and the Snow-Adventure Race.

A number of door prizes also were given away to participants/attendees at the customer appreciation event, which featured reduced costs to use the facilities and rent equipment.

Hangartner said the event was held before the weather events that brought snowy conditions to the region. Even with a relative lack of snow this winter, the cold weather leading up to the event allowed the Outdoor Recreation staff to make sufficient snow to support the activities.

“The ski hill was in great condition, the weather was perfect, and there were numerous fun activities for everyone to enjoy,” Hangartner said. “This was an excellent Family event. Outdoor Rec received numerous compliments (from parents/guardians) on how much fun their kids had.”

Sponsors included: Dr. Pepper/Snapple Group, Buffalo Wild Wings, CenturyLink, Courtesy Corporation-McDonald’s, F&M Bank-Tomah, La Crosse Radio Group, Mathew’s Inc., Mount Olympus, R.I.A. Federal Credit Union, Shenanigans, Super 8-Sparta, Swany America, TCI Architects/Engineers/Contractor, and Xcel Energy. No federal endorsement is implied.

The next event scheduled at Whitetail Ridge is the Date Night Saturday, Feb. 16 from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. A customer appreciation/chilli cookout event is set for Saturday, March 2.

Whitetail Ridge is scheduled to be open through mid March, weather permitting.

For more information about Whitetail Ridge events, call 608-388-4498/3517, toll-free 1-800-531-4703 or visit the website http://www.mccoymwr.com/home/whitetail-ridge-ski.html

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