Fort McCoy News February 9, 2018

Hundreds attend Winter Extravaganza 2018

at Whitetail Ridge

A child participates in the youth obstacle course during Winter Extravaganza on Jan. 20 at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area at Fort McCoy.
A child participates in the youth obstacle course during Winter
Extravaganza on Jan. 20 at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area at Fort McCoy.
Photo
by Christie Clark


A skier turns around poles in a slalom skiing event Jan. 20 as part of  Winter Extravaganza festivities at the ski area.
A skier turns around poles in a slalom skiing event Jan. 20 as part of
Winter Extravaganza festivities at the ski area.
Photo by Christie Clark


A snowboarder rides a rail during Winter Extravaganza at Whitetail Ridge on Jan. 20.
A snowboarder rides a rail during Winter Extravaganza at Whitetail
Ridge on Jan. 20.
Photo by Christie Clark

More than 600 people made their way to the slopes of Whitetail Ridge Ski Area on Jan. 20 to take part in Fort McCoy's Winter Extravaganza 2018.

Mild temperatures and excellent hill conditions greeted the hundreds of visitors to the event, which is open to the public.

This year's Winter Extravaganza brought together people from surrounding communities, such as Tomah, Sparta, Onalaska, and La Crosse, with Fort McCoy to enjoy events from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

This event, according to Recreation Programming Manager Nick Sanjari with the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation, or DFMWR, brings people together to enjoy many activities throughout the day. The activities are designed to be Family-inclusive and allow people to show their skills in skiing and snowboarding.

Special events during the day included a slalom race, rail jam, obstacle course, tug of war, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and a hot-dog-eating contest. Also, raffle prizes were drawn throughout the day.

DFMWR organizers say the event helps to foster effective community partnerships with local cities and towns and is a great way to highlight all that is available at the ski area.

The Whitetail Ridge Ski Area will remain open into March, weather permitting. The area is open 4:30-9 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.

Upcoming events at the ski area include the Military Appreciation Day/Chili Taste Off on Feb. 10.

For more information about the ski area, go online to https://mccoy.armymwr.com/us/mccoy/
programs/whitetail-ridge-ski-area
, or by calling 608-388-4498.

Groups also can make reservations to use the ski area by calling 608-388-3517 or 800-531-4703.

(Article prepared by the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office.)