Youths dig through the Snow Dig
Pile at the Winter Extravaganza at the Fort McCoy Whitetail
Ridge Ski Area. The new event proved to be popular as youths
searched through the snow for coins and other valuable prizes.
cold weather during an exceedingly long stretch of frigid temperatures
didn’t prevent more than 150 people from attending the annual Winter
Extravaganza event Jan. 24 at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area at Fort McCoy.
people and families who chose to attend had plenty of events and games
to participate in and many prizes to win, said the Fort McCoy Outdoor
Snow Dig Pile was new this year and proved to be the most-popular
event. Youths searched through a large pile of snow for hidden
treasures such as quarters, tokens for free movie passes and pizzas,
and a chance to find the "gold coin," which could be traded
for a $25 gift certificate from the Pine View Campgrounds.
popular event with youths was the frozen turkey bowling. The winning
child could keep the turkey and received a $25 gift certificate from
Pine View and Whitetail Ridge.
Guests at Fort McCoy’s Winter
Extravaganza event enjoy snow-tubing at Whitetail Ridge Ski
also could earn prizes for participating in such events as the
snowman-making contest, the snowball slingshot contest, slalom races,
the obstacle course and the jump/rail/box run. New events, such as the
snowball slingshot contest and the jump/rail/box run were introduced
to focus more on families and younger children.
sponsors included CenturyTel, Monroe County Publishers, F&M Bank,
Xcel Energy, Super 8 Sparta, TCI, Hotfingers, Pepsi of La Crosse,
Carmex, CC106.3, Classic Rock 100.1 and Magic 105. No federal
endorsement is implied.
Recreation staff members noted a number of other events are planned at
Whitetail Ridge for Saturdays during the winter season that are open
to the public. These include: Feb. 14, tubing races; Feb. 21, slalom
races; Feb. 28, tube bowling; and March 7, Customer Appreciation
Day/Slush Pit. A Fools Run 5K is planned for April 4.
Skiing was a popular activity
during the Winter Extravaganza event at Fort McCoy’s Whitetail
Ridge Ski Area. The Jan. 24 event attracted more than 150
more information about Whitetail Ridge activities, call 608- 388-4498
or for more information about Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR)
activities at Fort McCoy visit the MWR Web site at http://www.mccoymwr.com.
Photos by Jobi Spolum