More than 600 people made their way to the slopes of Whitetail Ridge Ski Area 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 to participate in the all-day event.

This event, according to recreation programming manager Nick Sanjari with the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation brings people together for a wide variety of activities throughout the day. He said they are designed to be family-inclusive and allow people to demonstrate 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 an effective 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.

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

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Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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