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Have Snow Much Fun at the Frosty Fun Recreation Series

Altoona hosts a slew of outdoor opportunities, including inaugural crokicurl tournament

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Andrea Paulseth |

Altoona's brand-new crokicurl rink in River Prairie Park.
Altoona's brand-new crokicurl rink in River Prairie Park.

Cold weather got you feelin’ the winter blues? Look no further than the second annual Frosty Fun recreation series in Altoona to give you a much-needed burst of fresh air and a good laugh (or two). In collaboration with Wintermission – and thanks to a grant from a Cultural Arts grant from Visit Eau Claire and the Wisconsin Arts Board – this recreation series aims to get people of all ages outdoors this winter. Check out these six outdoor events throughout the month of February to help you and your family get some much-needed Vitamin D in the great outdoors.


Friday, Feb. 12

Are you into scavenger hunts? Search among 100 hidden (and numbered) tennis balls scattered throughout River Prairie Park starting at 4pm on Friday, Feb. 12, as part of the Rays of Sunshine Find. On Monday, Feb. 15, random numbers will be drawn for exciting prizes. If you have a winning tennis ball number, snap a picture of you and your find within 24 hours and post it to the Altoona Parks & Recreation Facebook page to claim your prize. Don’t be a Debbie Downer and make sure to leave some tennis balls for other kiddos to find!


Saturday, Feb. 13-Sunday, Feb. 14

If you’re angling for a good catch, the Altoona Lions Club Ice Fishing Classic is the perfect way to get out on the ice. (Nice!) Register ahead of time. (Kids 13 and under can register for free!) Fishing starts at noon on Saturday, Feb. 13, and ends at noon on Sunday, Feb. 14. Enjoy thousands of dollars in prizes, with prizes awarded for top fish in each category: Walleye, Northern, Bluegill, Perch, and Crappie. More details available here.


Saturday, Feb. 13

Crokicurl – a brand-new sport to the U.S. – combines the beloved Canadian board game crokinole with curling. River Prairie’s new rink is the first of its kind in the nation. Play on teams of one or two and glide a curling stone to a center circular button at the middle of the rink. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. Participate in the inaugural crokicurl tournament on Saturday, Feb. 13. Register here.


Saturday, Feb. 20

CORBA and Altoona Parks & Recreation will host the annual Candlelight Snowshoe Hike in the off-road trails of Centennial Parks. Limited numbers of snowshoes will be available to use, so try to bring your own. Flat-bottom toboggans or sleds for kiddos are totally cool. Masks and social distancing are recommended. Hot cocoa will be available to sip to warm up. Check out more details here.


Saturday, Feb. 27

Gear up for the annual Frosty Toona Fat Tire Race. Registration begins at 10am, and the race starts at 11am. There will be prizes for 1st ($100), 2nd ($50), and 3rd ($25) places in men’s and women’s divisions. Check out more details here.


Saturday, Feb. 27

Sledding? Snowboarding? Level up with this year’s Jelly Bean Hill Challenge, a challenging twist on traditional recreational fun. More details are coming soon!

Keep up to date with the latest outdoor recreation in Altoona at facebook.com/cityofaltoonapandr.