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February 10, 2012

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Winter Extravaganza attracts more than 800 participants

The sixth annual Fort McCoy Winter Extravaganza was held Jan. 28 at the Fort McCoy Whitetail Ridge Ski Area.

Attendees took advantage of the many activities, which were offered at discounted prices to thank people for their support of the facility.
PHOTO: A competitor in the rail jam event during the Winter Extravaganza. Photo by Fort McCoy Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation staff
A competitor in the rail jam event navigates an obstacle during the Winter Extravaganza at Fort McCoy. Nineteen snowboarders participated in the event. (Photo by Fort McCoy Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation staff)
PHOTO: A group of runners navigates a leg of the Snow Adventure Race. Photo by Fort McCoy Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation staff
A group of runners navigates a leg of the Snow Adventure Race. In addition to running, the 17 participants competed in cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snow tubing during the event. (Photo by Fort McCoy Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation staff)
PHOTO: Snowboarders and skiers enjoy coming down the hill during the Winter Extravaganza. Photo by Fort McCoy Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation staff
Snowboarders and skiers enjoy coming down the hill during the Winter Extravaganza event at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area. (Photo by Fort McCoy Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation staff)

Pam Budda, Fort McCoy Supervisory Recreation Specialist for Sports and Outdoor Recreation, said more than 800 people attended the day’s events making Winter Extravaganza a huge success.

The Snow Adventure Race got the event off to a good start, attracting 17 participants. The event consisted of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snow tubing and running. The race was a new experience for many of the participants, some who had never cross-country skied or snowshoed, Budda said.

Even those who didn’t participate in the events or needed a break from the weather, could engage in recreation games, cards and board games.

After the Snow Adventure Race, patrons began lining up to use facilities for skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing.

Other events included a snowboard rail jam, a slalom course race, and an obstacle course. Both the rail jam and the slalom attracted 19 participants. A snow pile dig, the equivalent of a sawdust pile, to get prizes attracted 40 youth.

Door-prize drawings for all Winter Extravaganza participants were held throughout the afternoon. The National Ski Patrol sold food and beverages, and profits from the event will be used to provide safety services at Whitetail Ridge.

Winter Extravaganza supports both the Army Family and Army Community Covenants. Jobi Spolum of the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR) Marketing Office, said the event supports the Army Family Covenant by showing a commitment to support Soldiers and their Families by providing them quality-of-life programs. This and many other DFMWR programs offered at Fort McCoy help confirm the Army’s dedication to building strong Family programs, she said.

The event also was open to the public, which brought people from the surrounding communities and Fort McCoy together to enjoy the day’s events. The event helps to foster effective community partnerships with the local communities, Spolum said. Without local and national corporate sponsors to help support and defray the cost of this event and many other DFMWR events, the events would be cost prohibitive.

Sponsors for this event included the La Crosse Radio Group, Microtel Inn & Suites, Farmers and Merchants Bank, CenturyLink, AUSA Fort McCoy Chapter 5902, TCI Architects/Engineers/Contractors, Super 8 - Sparta, Hotfingers, Buffalo Wild Wings, McDonald’s and Xcel Energy. No federal endorsement is implied.

Whitetail Ridge will be open through about mid-March, weather permitting. For more information about the facility, call 608-388-3517/4498, toll-free at 1-800-531-4703 or visit the website www.mccoymwr.com.

For more information about DFMWR events, call 608-388-7400 or 877-864-4969 or visit the DFMWR website.

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