MSAA Convention Day 4: Enough of the convention your thinking...well this one is short and sweet- the first session of the morning was a good one to attend as it was a summary of the NSAA Downhill Bike Park Summit meeting. It proved to be a pretty good interchange of questions and ideas related to mountain biking at ski areas. A lot of info from this session will be helpful as Camp 10 Ski Area explores mountain biking possibilities. The final formal session of the confe rence was the GM/Senior Managers Roundtable meeting. These are always closed meetings where we get the opportunity to bring up any topic or problem areas in the ski area side of things....Im not going to share much here other than to tell you that all of the ski areas have basically the same challenges to deal with and the solutions sometimes get pretty creative....I came away with some good stuff.
From there it was a hope in the car a. nd a 15 mile drive up the road to Alpine Valley Ski Area and some more good discussions regarding snowmaking and ski lift operations. Snowtrack, a manufacturer of aftermarket chairlift retrofits, has just finished installing a brand new drive terminal on a relocated Hall Chair Lift. The new drive terminal typically runs around $600,000+. Yep kids thats right $600,000+ just for the drive terminal. Quite an impressive upgrade. We could do an upgrade like that if we sold a few more season passes. Well ok, a really really big bunch more. Keep having summer fun, our winter prep is already under way. Incidently, we took we took full advantage of the four days at the MSAA convention as this years location was only a 45 minute drive from home. ... See MoreSee Less
18 hours ago
MSAA Conference Day 3: Day three started with a presentation by the National Ski Areas Association President which included a very detailed analysis of results and trends in the ski industry and different programs underway to promote growth. Then it was off to a session regarding the National Ski Patrol and how patrollers are "covered" by insurance through NSP on training activities and covered by the ski area in other activities...good session for owners but not so much for general customer interest - sorry about that guys and gals. Then off to lunch in the trade show hall, which was a working lunch, gathering more information on the latest and greatest...you'd be pleased to know that outside of our aged grooming equipment we are holding our own pretty well.. Then into a session on snowmaking pump house design...wanted to find out the pros and cons of tying our 40 hp vertical turbine pump int the same manifold as our 150 hp vertical turbine pump....turns out that has technical issues but we can overcome them by including some additional valves...this is good. When we get to that stage it will give us a whole nuther level of flexiblity- but first things first and that is the plan (hope) to double our available electric power. A great day and I went to sleep very quickly that Tuesday night. ... See MoreSee Less
2 days ago
MSAA Conference Day 2: Attended two sessions related directly to cafeteria operations. menues, and food prep...Excellent presentations by a renowned food and beverage international consultant and Miah and I will be doing some team planning on some good stuff for next winter. Also attended a great session on e mail marketing-almost overwhelming but it has a great upside potential..then it was off to the trade show hall and had meetings with two more ski industry insurance personnel, snowmaking equipment suppliers, the folks who will be rebuilding some of our snowmaking hose (yep, it is rebuild-able) , talked with a couple of ski industry uniform suppliers who had some great ideas for jackets/vests for our potential Mountain Host program. Things topped off with a session with some snowpark terrain feature manufacturers from a Canada...home by 9:30 and prep for day 3. ... See MoreSee Less
4 days ago
Very busy week this week as we participate in the Midwest Ski Areas Association annual summer meeting and trade show at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva WI. Things started off well at the kick off meeting Sunday night where we won a $600 ramp deck surface kit...provides a slidable cover when snow is thin....met with the NSP Central Division Director to kick around ideas on development of a NSP Bike Patrol for potential summer mountain biking activities, met with an insurance rep during dinner to talk about insurance options (the biggest single cost in our operating budget). Also obtained more on utilization of the NSP Mountain Host program which is a very nice entry program into NSP Ski Patrolling Nice thing about this venue is that its an easy drive from my home . Lots of good tech sessions on the agenda Monday through Wed...more updates later. ... See MoreSee Less
4 days ago
Having a great summer ? Well pretty soon you'll be thinking of a whole white winter world.....did you purchase a season pass ? Go to our web site at camp10skiandsnowboard.com "Season Pass" to download an application. While you are there take a peak at our Pass Perks page as an added season pass bonus. ... See MoreSee Less
1 week ago
Some things ya just gotta learn the hard way....we had two posts related to a very important project that could have significant results for our customers (July 27 & July 30) Only roughly 1/3 of our followers even looked at the posts, A little over 3% of those who saw the posts actually "liked" them. Of the 1/3 that took the time to read the posts 0.2% actually acted on it by purchasing a January lift ticket.
Wisconsin ski areas have had 5 years in a row of challenging winters. Four years ago Olympia closed. About three years ago Hidden Valley closed, then recently Navarino Hills closed.
Five plus years ago somebody donated at chairlift to Mt Ashbaway (sp?) then Mt Ashbaway raised $500,000 from the public to install the chairlift
Four years ago the folks from Stevens Point contributed about $150,000 so they could get snowmaking on their local hill.
Winter Park Ski Hill in Kewaunee received a gift from one of their locals...the gift is a chair lift. They are now raising funds from the community to get it installed.
We just got back from a terrific trip through 11 National Parks, today we sold our Toyota MR2, and we've got a number of small projects underway at the ski area. Life is good even if. ... See MoreSee Less
2 weeks ago
I Have Lived and skied at Most Of The Big Resorts In Colorado and What You Guys Have And Do At Camp 10 fueled my Ski Dreams to Ski The Big Ones out West.... I learned to ski there in late 70s / Early 80s in fact was skiing and watched the Miracle on Ice live at camp 10 and grew up in Monico I used to look forward to most every Winter weekend spent at camp 10 Keep on Fueling Dreams...…...Thank You....
LOTSA PEOPLE LIKE MOUNTAIN BIKING......LOTSA PEOPLE LIKE SKIING.....AND LOTSA PEOPLE WONT BE ABLE TO DO EITHER IF MORE PEOPLE DONT BECOME INVOLVED AS VOLUNTEER MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL SKI PATROL.....OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS ALL SKI AREAS ARE HAVING A HARDER TIME FINDING ENOUGH PEOPLE INTERESTED IN BECOMING QUALIFIED SKI PATROLERS OR MOUNTAIN BIKE PATROLERS OR BOTH.
The Camp 10 Ski Area is no different...we have a great ski patrol but they are stretched pretty thin...people have said they would like to see us make night skiing available...well guess what? Right now we dont have enough patrollers available to provide coverage for
both night skiing and daytime skiing. People have expressed an interest in mountain biking .....dito on not having enough ski patrolers (or mountain bike patrollers to provide coverage)....ho hum you might say-until you need one, or possibly need some help in staying alive, - yes accidents can and do happen in any sport and for those sports that dont take place in an auditorium, or on a school athletic field etc you most likely get that first level of care from someone with ski patrol training. And guess what ? That someone may be just like you in their day job as a teacher, a plumber, a baker, a banker, a sales clerk, or a vice president of sales. They come from all walks of life with a similar motivation...to be there to help when needed. So how about a little thought to giving back ?
If you've got the motivation we can get you trained.....consider becoming one of the 30,000 dedicated volunteer ski patrollers who provide a bit of reassurance for the 5,700,000 who enjoy skiing or snowboarding ....lets see thats roughly one ski patroller for every 190 folks who never give it a second thought until they need one. You can have a lot of fun in life AND enjoy a great deal of personal satisfaction in knowing that you are ready if and when needed. ... See MoreSee Less
2 weeks ago
What kind of incentives are your offering? When I patrolled, I got a season pass for myself and my whole family. Great discounts on food and lodging. And lots of Prodeals. Now it seems that a lot of that is going away. Too much headache and time commitment to get trained and stay up to date. Not worth it to me anymore.
I have only seen mountain bike patrols at races, never when just riding trails. That includes lift assisst at Spirit Mountain and many other trails around the country.
In 10 percent of drownings, adults are nearby but have no idea the victim is dying. Here’s what to look for. ... See MoreSee Less
2 weeks ago
Yep, we start making snow in about 85 days but there are still a number of days of summer fun including fun on the water. The National Ski Patrol gives us some good info on water safety and yhings to be aware of....the National Ski Patrol is a 30,000+ volunteer national organizations whos members are key assets at almost every North American Ski Area...if you like people,love skiing or snowboarding and would like to learn some stuff that will benefit you, your family, freinds, and possibly strangers in need of help we'd like you to consider becoming part of the National Ski Patrol at the Camp 10 Ski Area.
Sometimes you've just got to do some little projects before you can do big ones..Larry gives us a hand installing a new welder receptacle..next project up is a welding job on our rotary mower..and that leads to our next adventure mowing some none mountain bike trails so our biking friends can have a visit when we post in a couple of weeks. It was a pretty good work session with Larrys project, then raising the corners of our Blue T Bar drive terminal almost 2 feet in one corner and 6 inches in another corner- remember the freeze up last winter on the Blue T Bar ?-caused by a roof leak and ice dam- this is the first step to prevent a reoccurence- , then replacing some of the safety rails on our chairlift upper return terminal, from there it was prepping 10 more restraint bars for our chairlift, reassembling the 5 foot mower deck, and a bit of time on our small groomer....its a little over 85 days till we start making snow! ... See MoreSee Less
3 weeks ago
Hi friends. 👋
Did you say mountain biking in a couple of weeks? 🚲 😉 🚴♀️
Want me to bring my tractor and brush cutter up ???
Our JUly 27 post detailed an $18,000 snowmaking power upgrade and expansion program...this is the objective of our "Go Fund the Project Program" the first step will be the solicitation of $25 donations. All donors will receive a lift ticket (normal price $35) good any Saturday or Sunday in the month of January. In order to fund the project and complete the project for this ski season we will be on a tight schedule so please become a project partner by August 10th. Mail to Camp 10 Big Power Project 19165 North Hills Drive Brookfield WI 53045. ... See MoreSee Less
3 weeks ago
Two more ski areas and one more fitness center added... Our Pass Perks program continues to grow - we are pleased to announce that two more Michigan Areas have joined our program which provides our season pass holders 50% lift ticket discounts when they show their photo id season pass (as we do the same for their pass holders). We started the Pass Perks program about 8 years ago and we continue to grow the program every year...an additional way of increasing value to our pass holders. Welcome to our newest Pass Perks Partners Pine Mountain Ski Area and Marquette Mnt Ski Area and Anytime Fitness -Rhinelander
Our current list now includes:
B ig Powderhorn- Michigan
Buck Hill- Minnesota
Marquette Mnt - Michigan
Mt LaCross- Wisconsin
Porcupine Mnt- Michigan
Riverside Athletic Club-Merrill
Tomahawk Ftness Factory-Tomahawk
Tone Zone Fitness-Rhinelander
Tone Zone Fitness-Minocqua
Tone Zone Fitness- Eagle River
MooseJaw at Wisconsin Dells
Buffalo Phils at Wisconsin Dells
Noah' s Ark at Wisconsin Dells
Mells Trading Post-Rhinelander
and we are working on others so stay tuned.
Did you order your Camp 10 Ski Area Season Pass for the 2019-20 Ski Season Yet ? Go to our web page for more details ... See MoreSee Less
4 weeks ago
Wish I bought a pass earlier this spring!
Great news! We hope to hit your slopes this winter!
Got mine... my wallet awaits in anticipation.
$18,000 thats the magic number needed to double our snowmaking capability.....$5000 to WPS for 3 phase power upgrading...$3000 for electrical distribution...$4500 for 3 phase motor rework ....$1000 for installation of 6 more snowmaking tower poles.....$4000 for additional valves and hoses. What does it do ? Doubles the amount of snow we can make in the same amount of time as we can make with our current system. The Chamber of Commerce recognized the importance of our snowmaking capability last winter when by the middle of January most snowmobile trails were shut down and we were the only thing going localy thanks to our snowmaking system. ... See MoreSee Less
4 weeks ago
Thanks for the level of interest/suggestions given regarding the mountain biking. In a few weeks we'll set up a come and take a look day - we'll rough out some access routes with our mower so interested parties can ride around and just get a feel for what might be possible- these wont be mountain bike trails but will enable riding around without having to crunch through three foot deep grass/weeds etc. We'll make the info available on Facebook. ... See MoreSee Less
4 weeks ago
Darci Mick Beversdorf
Dropped My Wrench
Mountain Biking ? We get inquiries from time to time but quite honestly we've got zero mountain biking experience. Many years ago, before we purchased Camp 10 Ski Area, I started the Mid America Bike Club and we routinely sponsored 50 and 100 mile bike rides- a super experience BUT it doesnt help me when it comes to planning a mountain biking function at the ski area. If there are a couple of enthusiasts in the community that would like to meet with us to discuss possibilities we'd love to hear from you. We think the property has great potential for both regular mountain bike tracks as well as lift service mountain biking. What do our followers think ? ... See MoreSee Less
4 weeks ago
Hey, I wanted to scope trails in the off season...... great idea
Would be nice to have some lift-serviced downhill flow /xc hybrid in the area. Haven’t been to the one in Milwaukee that’s open weird hours, but seen spirit mountain in Duluth super busy with theirs and they have hundreds of miles of good mountain biking, seems there is a draw to the lift serviced ones but not seems expensive to run and definitely a visitors consideration when going somewhere. We biked Namakagon yesterday and drove past rhinelander because I didn’t see anything interesting on the map for singletrack so wouldn’t mind even some fun flowy track. Also we love sylvan hill in wausau and wonder why they don’t have a lift or regular lift service. Seems they do for the winter tubing
Hope to check out your ski hills in the next few months as season pass holders but have never been! 🌲 ⛷ 🏔
Contact the folks who own & work at Bikes & boards. I bet they could help!
Gren, some light bulldozing would make your ski hill so much better, and could put you on the map as a mountain biking destination! Hope folks step up and get you there!
Believe it or not, I was just looking at Google maps last week and ran across Camp 10. The first thing I thought was "I wonder if they have MTB trails?" It would be a perfect spot for it! With the elevation you have there, you could make some incredible flow trails, which are largely lacking in the area.
I hope you get some volunteers. The Hostel Shop in Point would have interested folks. Our county park Standing Rocks is the ultimate park. It has grown into a year round park for humans and dogs. Ashawau Bay also has trails and the 2 urits you can rent year round. Bayfield County park
I would love it!
Gravity, lift serviced? Or cross country? Talk to Jamison Stachel they are doing well at Alpine!
When can we get started?
Suzanne Clark Flory
Don Ryan Cameran Ryan Carrie Ryan
RASTA is the organization to talk to.
This would be awesome!! A little far for the reach of CWOCC but maybe some RASTA (Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association) peeps would be up for it. That being said I would love to come up sometime and check out the terrain.
Coasters Cycle Works
Laurie Schmidt...for Brian?
Whitecap Mountains Resort has started some work with this. It might be worth a contact.
We've been doing our thing with the Pass Perks Program ! Dont know what the Pass Perks program is ? All of our season pass holders with the photo id pass option receive 50% lift ticket discounts at participating ski areas, special rates at 5 fitness centers, table discounts at two fantastic Dells restaurants. We'll be updating the Pass Perks page found on our website camp10skiandsnowboard.com. We're adding two new ski areas to the program as well as another fitness center bring us up to eleven ski areas, six fitness centers, two restaurants, and more. We'll be updating the list very soon. ... See MoreSee Less
1 month ago