FORT McCOY, Wis. -- More than 400 people enjoyed activities offered during the Winter Extravaganza event at the Fort McCoy Whitetail Ridge Ski Area Jan. 26.

Adam Hangartner, Fort McCoy Outdoor Recreation and Winter Extravaganza point of contact, said 315 people participated in snow-tubing and 70 skiers/snowboarders participated in skiing or snowboarding events.

"The Snow Pile Dig was the most-popular activity," Hangartner said. "We hid coins in the snow and the youth had to dig or search for them. They then turned in their coins for prizes. The little kids loved this activity." Thirty youth participated in this activity.

Sixteen people participated in each of the Obstacle Course or Rail Jam activities, while 14 people participated in the Slalom Race making those the next most popular events.

Participants also enjoyed the new activities -- a Hot-Dog Eating Contest and a Gunny-Sack Race, Hangartner said. A total of 13 people participated in the two activities.

Rounding out the activities were the Big-Air competition and the Snow-Adventure Race.

A number of door prizes also were given away to participants/attendees at the customer appreciation event, which featured reduced costs to use the facilities and rent equipment.

Hangartner said the event was held before the weather events that brought snowy conditions to the region. Even with a relative lack of snow this winter, the cold weather leading up to the event allowed the Outdoor Recreation staff to make sufficient snow to support the activities.

"The ski hill was in great condition, the weather was perfect, and there were numerous fun activities for everyone to enjoy," Hangartner said. "This was an excellent Family event. Outdoor Rec received numerous compliments (from parents/guardians) on how much fun their kids had."

The next event scheduled at Whitetail Ridge is the Date Night Saturday, Feb. 16 from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. A customer appreciation/chili cookout event is set for Saturday, March 2.

Whitetail Ridge is scheduled to be open through mid March, weather permitting.

For more information about Whitetail Ridge events, call 608-388-4498/3517, toll-free 1-800-531-4703 or visit the website

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