Monday, December 3, 2012

Mondota Freeze Contest

The Mendota Freeze Contest is another great opportunity for our community to acknowledge the lakes during the winter months, and not just the warm summer months. The winter season brings with it many fun outdoor activities that utilize our frozen assets such as ice fishing, cross-country skiing, skating, and ice boating.

This free contest began at 12:01am on Saturday, December 1, 2012 and will run until Lake Mendota officially freezes; as determined by the Wisconsin State Climatology Office. It is open to anyone that would like to participate. To enter, simply go to and fill in the date you think Lake Mendota will officially freeze.

The first eight participants that guess the correct date will win some winter-themed prizes donated by local businesses. The grand prize is a ski equipment package from Erehwon Mountain Outfitter with a value of $327. It includes one set of cross-country skis, poles, boots, and bindings.

 The other prizes, in order of value, are two 1-day lift tickets from Tyrol Basin Ski & Snowboard Area, two $50 gift cards from Middleton Sports & Fitness, a "Fun in the Snow" toy basket from Learning Express Toys, an Airhead snow sled from Fontana Sports Specialties, a "Warm You Up" gift basket from Yola's Cafe & Coffee Shop, and a "Family 4 Pack" from Menchie's Frozen Yogurt.

This past year, Lake Mendota froze on January 14th, 2012. What day will it be this year? Submit your guess at