Back for its fourth year, it's the Altoona Frosty Fun Series! We'll give you the basic rundown of what this is, but the "meat and potatoes" of this blog are the events and dates listed below, so you're going to want to mark your calendars! The Altoona Frosty Fun Series is a variety of community events that showcase Altoona's winter recreation opportunities.

The city of Altoona is an active partner of Eau Claire Wintermission as we work together to create community events and projects that positively promote the perception of winter. There are SO many different things to do in Eau Claire and Altoona during the winter, so it's definitely not the time to stay cooped up indoors. Check out what our neighbors in Altoona have in store for this year's Frosty Fun Series, get bundled up and head outside to embrace the season!

2023 Virtual Snowman Building Contest

Location: Virtual
Date: January 1-31, 2023
Details: Participants will have from January 1-31, 2023 to put their snowman-building skills to the test! Directions on how to participate will be provided for those who register. Find registration information here!

United States Crokicurl Championship

Location: River Prairie Park
Date & Time: Saturday, January 28, 2023 | Event start time TBD
Details: This tournament is open to teams of two players, ages 16 and up. Play will be double elimination with 3 out of 5 rounds being played per match in the winner's bracket and 2 out of 3 rounds being played per match in the consolation bracket. The start time will be in the morning and will be determined based on the number of teams registered (16 teams maximum). Find registration details here!

Rays of Sunshine Find

Location: River Prairie Park
Date & Time: Begins Friday, February 10, 2023 at 4 PM, drawing winners February 13-18, 2023
Details: 100 numbered tennis balls will be scattered throughout River Prairie Park and you're invited to go out and find these "rays of sunshine"! Starting February 13, 2023, random numbers will be drawn daily at 9 AM and posted on the Altoona Parks and Recreation Facebook page. If you are holding one of the lucky tennis balls, you WIN! 

Candle Light Snowshoe Hike

Location: Centennial Park
Details: CORBA and Altoona Parks and Recreation have teamed up to host the annual Candle Light Snowshoe Hike at Centennial Park! A few pairs of snowshoes will be available for use, but you're encouraged to bring your own if you have a pair. Flat-bottom toboggans or sleds for your little ones are welcome!
Date & Time: Saturday, February 11, 2023 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Altoona Lions Club Ice Fishing Classic

Location: Lake Altoona
Date & Time: Begins at 12 p.m. on Saturday, February 18, 2023 and ends at 12 p.m. on Sunday, February 19, 2023
Details: Coming soon!

Jelly Bean Hill Challenge

Location: Jelly Bean Hill Park
Date & Location: Saturday, February 25, 2023 (weather permitting) | Pre-Register here or register on-site (day of event) at 1:30 p.m. and the event starts at 2:00 p.m.
Details: The Jelly Bean Hill Challenge is an obstacle-style race in which participants run up and then sled down Jelly Bean Hill! Racers must bring their own sleds on and must stay on their sleds on their way down the hill. This is a family-friendly event with free registration. Awards will be given to first-place finishers in each heat. 

Crokicurl Family Fun Tournament

Location: River Prairie Park
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023 | Time TBD based on # of team registered
Details: Register for a family-friendly Crokicurl tournament on the Front Porch Plaza in River Prairie Park! The tournament is open to teams of two players, ages six and up. A trophy and prize will be awarded to the top two teams! Registration is required and is $22 per team. Register here.

Frosty Toona Fat Tire Race

Location: 1560 Front Porch Pl, Altoona, WI 54720 (Prairie Place Apartments Public Parking Area (in back)
Date & Time: Saturday, March 25, 2023 | Registration begins at 10 a.m. and race starts at 11 a.m.
Details: This will be a 3-mile race, beginning on the top of the hill behind Prairie Place Apartments and ending at the River Prairie lower pavilion. This is a free event to participate in with awards being given to 1st-3rd places in the men's and women's divisions.

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