Fort McCoy's Whitetail Ridge Ski Area provides the Fort McCoy community and the public with multiple opportunities for outdoor winter recreation. The 200-acre facility also is used for military training.
Whitetail Ridge is open from approximately mid-December through mid-March, weather permitting. Snow-making and snow-grooming equipment located on site keeps slopes in optimum condition. More than 20,000 people enjoy the facility each year.
Slopes & Chalet
Downhill skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels will find four groomed and lighted ski runs — the longest exceeding 1,300 feet — equipped with a self-loading T-bar lift. The vertical drop of the slope is more than 185 feet.
A terrain park also is available to snowboarders.
The facility is recognized by the National Ski Patrol, and patrol members monitor activity on the slopes to promote safety and to attend to any injuries.
Snow tubers can enjoy the excitement of sliding down an 800-foot slope. The eight tubing runs are equipped with a separate rope tow, making the journey to the top of the hill as enjoyable as the trip down.
When natural snow conditions are sufficient, cross-country skiers have access to more than 5 miles of groomed trails. Snowshoers also will find opportunities for fun.
The Whitetail Ridge Chalet provides an indoor respite. In addition to providing a break from the cold, the Family area of the facility serves a variety of food and beverages and has large windows allowing views of the activities outdoors. A jump pillow was added in 2017.
Lift tickets and on-site equipment rental are available at daily or seasonal rates. Whitetail Ridge facilities also are available at special rates for group functions.
Paintball & Laser Tag
Tactics Paintball and Laser Tag also is located at Whitetail Ridge. Groups of five or more can be accommodated year-round. Reservations are required.
Whitetail Ridge Ski Area is located near Fort McCoy off Highway 21. Follow signs to the ski area.
The area also is accessible by snowmobile when the statewide groomed snowmobile trail network is open.
Whitetail Ridge is operated as a nonappropriated-fund activity, and all improvements to this recreation area are paid for using nonappropriated-fund dollars.
For complete details, including hours, costs, and restrictions, visit https://mccoy.armymwr.com/programs/paintball-and-laser-tag .
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