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December 11, 2009

Outdoors

Whitetail Ridge looking at Dec. 19
opening, weather permitting

Story & Photos by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff

A target date of Saturday, Dec. 19 has been set to open Fort McCoy’s Whitetail Ridge Ski Area for the 2009-10 winter season. The actual opening date will depend on weather conditions and how quickly the Whitetail Ridge staff can make snow.

Photo: Snowmakers are used at Fort McCoy’s Whitetail Ridge Ski Area to prepare the snowtubing slopes for the winter season. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
Snowmakers are used at Fort McCoy’s Whitetail Ridge Ski Area to prepare the snowtubing slopes for the winter season.

Whitetail Ridge is planning a special opening day party, which will include special event and food prices.

Rental prices and available equipment will be approximately the same as the 2008-2009 winter season. Customers can participate in skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing activities. Cross-country ski trails and snowmobiling also are available, if trail conditions permit. The facility is open to the public.

“We just began making snow last week, with the warm weather we had for much of November,” said Pam Budda, Fort McCoy Outdoor Recreation manager. “We hope to get up to speed quickly and get a little help from Mother Nature as well.”

The Whitetail Ridge 2009-10 winter season will run from about mid-December 2009-March 2010, weather conditions permitting.

The facility will be open Fridays through Sundays. Skiing and Chalet hours will be 4:30-9 p.m. Fridays, noon-9 p.m. Saturdays and noon-6 p.m. Sundays. Snowtubing hours will be 5-8:30 p.m. Fridays, 12:30-8:30 p.m. Saturdays and 12:30-5:30 p.m. Sundays.

Photo: Gerald Olsen (left)  and Butch Fitzgerald of the Fort McCoy Outdoor Recreation staff work on preparing a ski slope at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area for the winter season. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
Gerald Olsen (left) and Butch Fitzgerald of the Fort McCoy Outdoor Recreation staff work on preparing a ski slope at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area for the winter season.

The Whitetail Ridge Snack Bar will be open when the hill is open, Budda said.

T-bar and rope-tow lifts are available. Season passes still are for sale through Wednesday, Dec. 16. Passes are sold at the Pine View Recreation Area Campgrounds office.

The 2009-10 season highlights at Whitetail Ridge include being hooked up to the installation sewer system, which replaces the old septic system. Several new sets of snowboards and boots will be available for rent. Three new rails will be available for skiing and snowboarders, Budda said.

“We’ll still have the Fort McCoy National Ski Patrol members patrolling the hill and offering safety support,” Budda said. “We will have skiing and snowboarding lessons.”

Soldiers also can borrow a free warm coat to use for winter activities.

Whitetail Ridge is available to host parties. The Tactics Paintball Course also is located near the Whitetail Ridge facilities.

For more information about Whitetail Ridge activities, call 608-388-4498 for hill conditions or for general information, including rates, call 800-531-4703 or 608-388-3517 or visit the Web site http://www.mccoymwr.com/Facilities/whitetail.htm.

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