Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff
weather, along with some assistance from Mother Nature, has the
Whitetail Ridge Ski Area on track for the season opener Saturday, Dec.
13. The winter season is expected to run from the anticipated December
opening through about mid-March, weather permitting.
A snow-making machine helps
augment natural snow on the Fort McCoy Whitetail Ridge Ski Area
tubing slopes, in anticipation of the season opener Dec. 13. (Photo
by Rob Schuette)
began shortly after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, said Karl
Coughlin of the Outdoor Recreation staff. Snow at the beginning of
December provided a good complement to the installation crew’s
Ridge again will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for the
2008-2009 winter season.
hours will be noon-5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Dec. 13-14 and Dec.
holiday hours will be available from noon-8 p.m. Friday, Dec.
26-Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009.
Skiing and Chalet hours will begin Sunday, Jan. 4 and will be 4:30-9
p.m. Fridays, noon-9 p.m. Saturdays and noon-6 p.m. Sundays. Tubing
hours will be 5-8:30 p.m. Fridays, 12:30-8:30 p.m. Saturdays and
12:30-5:30 p.m. Sundays.
Extravaganza Jan. 24, special events set for Saturdays
number of special events and hours are planned for the Whitetail
Ridge Ski Area, including the Winter Extravaganza and Frostbite
5-Kilometer Saturday, Jan. 24. Special events and hours are
contingent on the weather conditions.
Coughlin of the Fort McCoy Outdoor Recreation staff said special
events will be held Saturdays from December through February and
throughout the season. The first will be tubing races scheduled
for Dec. 27.
events will include Big Air Competition (Jan. 3), Customer
Appreciation Day and Full Moon Ski (Jan. 10), the Ski Snowboard
Obstacle Course (Jan. 17), the beginning of the "Walk to
Iraq and Back" (Jan. 24) and the Snow Adventure Race (Jan.
31). The Cross-Country Geo-caching event will begin Thursday,
to Iraq and Back" is a new 12-month wellness program in
which an individual or teams of people work out to cover the
distance in miles between Fort McCoy and wherever their loved
ones may be overseas," he said. "Running, swimming and
biking are just of few of the ways (participants may accumulate)
Snow Adventure Race is a new race that will require participants
to engage in different forms of winter recreation, such as
cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snow tubing. The race will
take place on the cross-country trails of the ski hill, he said.
February events will be: Snowboard Trick Competition (Feb. 7),
Tubing Races (Feb. 14), Slalom Races (Feb. 21), and Tube Bowling
new Customer Appreciation Day and Slush Pit is scheduled for
Sunday, March 8, and a Fools Run 5-K is set for Saturday, April
party and birthday packages/rates are available at Whitetail
and up-to-date slope conditions also are available by calling
(608) 388-4498 or (608) 388-3517.
is available to help patrons, including the public, enjoy winter
activities, Coughlin said.
and snowboarding equipment are available for rent. A rope tow is
available for the tubing slope, and a T-bar lift is available for the
tubing slope is 800-feet long and offers riders many thrills,"
Coughlin said. "We have several skiing slopes, with the longest
being 1,300 feet and a vertical drop of more than 185 feet."
is paramount on the slopes and is supported by National Ski Patrol
members being on duty during operating hours, he said.
"We will have skiing instruction ... and snowboarding
instruction ... It's an excellent opportunity to learn the
McCoy Outdoor Recreation
who wish to learn how to ski or snowboard also are welcome to come to
will have skiing instruction (from 1-2 p.m.) and snowboarding
instruction (from 2-3 p.m.) for a fee Saturdays and Sundays during the
season," Coughlin said. "It’s an excellent opportunity to
learn the fundamentals."
Ridge patrons also are welcome to enjoy the amenities during down time
or to observe their friends and family members. A snack bar will be
open in the Chalet during facility hours.
Chalet also has warming and viewing areas. An outdoor warming area is
located adjacent to the Chalet and the slopes, he said.
Tactics Paintball Course also is located at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area.
information, including prices, is available by going to the Fort McCoy
Morale, Welfare and Recreation Web site at http://www.mccoymwr.com.
Ridge conditions are available by calling the hill at (608) 388-4498
or Pine View Recreation Area at (608) 388-3517.
View also offers lodging year-round, which can be combined with
equipment to be used at Whitetail Ridge in winter packages.
Ridge offers snowmobiling and cross-country skiing opportunities on
nearby trails. These activities depend if there is enough natural snow
on the trails.