Photo Essay: 'Let's give this a try'

A Soldier who’s a student in the Fort McCoy Cold-Weather Operations Course learns to ski and about skiing techniques Jan. 11, 2018, at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area at Fort McCoy, Wis.

The students in the course, all Soldiers from various active- and reserve-component units, were in Class 18-02 for the course.

In addition to skiing, students are trained on a variety of cold-weather subjects, including snowshoe training as well as how to use ahkio sleds and other gear. Training also focuses on terrain and weather analysis, risk management, cold-weather clothing, developing winter fighting positions in the field, camouflage and concealment, and numerous other areas that are important to know in order to survive and operate in a cold-weather environment.

The training is coordinated through the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security at Fort McCoy.

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