The Wisconsin Division of Tourism just sent out a promotion on four Wisconsin ski areas….we were one of the four….yeah team!
Congratulations John and we”re glad you are part of the Camp 10 Ski Area staff
Had a great group of friends from Green Bay and places in between dropped in for a day of skiing and snowboarding at Camp 10. Good snow, warmer temps and a we had a good time watching them have a good time.
Saturday 50% Lift Ticket discount for first responders and family members (fire,law enforcement,ems) Sunday Local Skiers (see previous posting) permanent residents Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade, and Forest counties – proof of residence req’d Sunday Junior Racing Team
OMGosh…the weather forecast for this coming weekend looks like it may actually be above zero temps….even a little bit above freezing!! WOW! Lets go skiing/snowboarding…have your kids began their adventure with the junior racing program?
Way way up there , a group of about ten Juinor Racers getting ready for their first run through Brush Gates. Got any Junior Racer Talent in your family ? Come join us next Sunday.
Ski Area opening shifted from 9:30 am to 10:30 am on this Saturday and Sunday. The predicted 9:30 temps are just too low but they do start warming up after 9:30. Dress in layers wear a hat or helmet come for some fun and try our hot Turkey Chili.
Local Skiers and Snowboarders:residents of Lincoln,Oneida,Vilas,Langlade, Forest, and Marathon Counties we have two programs for this Sunday. Need Equipment ? Lift Ticket & Ski Equipment Package Adults & Jrs $28.40, Kids 8 and under $19 Have your own equipment ? Adults & Jrs Lift Ticket $20.85 Kids 8 and under $9 Note: families with kids under 8 may find a bigger saving by purchasing the regularly priced adult ticket at $34(parents/grandparents) and receive a free 8 and under lift ticket. Do the math and take your pick.
Saturday January 13 and Saturday January 20- Thank you first responders! Fire Department, Sheriffs Department, Police, State patrol, EMS Personnel – 50% discount on lift tickets for you and your family members. Know any of these great people ? Let them know that we all appreciate their service.
Lots of good stuff happening this weekend…..continuation of Jr Racing Program, NSP Tobogan Training, new local specials…yep we are going to have cold temps till about 9:30 each morning but the day warms up on both days for smile time. Dress in layers, wear a hat or helmet, and you’ll be set for FUN. We’ll have more info on Jr Race program and the Locals Special Stuff posted later.
Camp 10 Ski Area Season Passholders “Pass Perks Program” now in our 6th year…50% discount at Big Powderhorn, “The Porkies”, Mt.LaCross, Tyrol Basin, Sunburst, Snowstar Ski Areas (multi use), Granite Peak Ski Area(one time discount), Fitness Centers: Tone Zone in Rhinelander, Eagle River,Minoqua (corp rate), Fit Factory-Tomahawk 50%, Wisc Dells Moosejaw Pizza & Dells Brewing Co 20%: Buffalo Phils Pizza & Grill 20%, Noahs Ark Water Park (discount posted in Spring), Shops: Mels Trading Post one free bottom grind and wax (max two per family pass)…..just another way of enhancing value for our season pass holders.
Junior Race Program Starts this weekend. We’ll kick the program off on both Saturday and Sunday with the program running from 1pm to 3pm on both days. Age range is 5 to 14. All participants must have a lift ticket and a helmet. Parents and participants will need to sign waiver. We are holding this initial kick off on both days in order to give the maximum number of kids an opportunity to get started in the program. Future Jr Race activities may be held on only one of the weekend days. The kick off sessions will include a brief discussion with our coach in the lodge followed by an evaluation of partcipants skills and wrapped up with some basic race info. We will not be running gates in the kick off.
Local Skiers Special-residents of Lincoln,Oneida, Vilas, Langlade, and Forest Counties…proof of residence req’d…Sunday January 7th. $28.40 lift ticket plus free use of ski rental pkg for all over age 8….kids 8 and under $19 lift ticket included s free use of ski rental package. Like this deal? ….please share
Looks like a heat wave this weekend! Both days above zero…..Sat a low of 4F Sundays highs are in the 20’s. Bring your smiles!
New Years day started slow…really slow. We thought we were going to have to hang up a closed sign at 11:30 and then suddenly got so busy that several volunteers stepped in help….great to have great volunteers and even better to see a happy bunch of people on a cold day…..the sunny skies and minimal wind helped…another lots of smiles day and this one also had a group of laughing guests as Pat, one of our ski patrollers, had to do a rescue of sorts when a couple of gals got stuck in deep snow in the woods off one of our trails. Hopefully today was the start of a Happy New Year for everyone.
Well darn ! We’ve had to rethink Sunday. Sever wind chill warnings started popping up all over so we did a final review at 6 am this morning and concluded it would be best not to open on Sunday Dec 31st. It will be subzero in the teens with winds till almost 1pm then we will have a 2 hour heat wave where it reaches minus 4 and then it rapidly gets colder. The weather does look much better for Monday but check with us again in case that condition changes.
Yes we were open today even though it was -10F at 9am….sunny skies, crunchy snow…lots of smiles and hot drinks and hot chili. We will be open New Years eve 9:30 till 4 pm and ditto for New Years day.
Camp 10 Ski Area resumes operations this Thursday….wear multiple layers and it will seem like a heat wave compared to Tuesday and Wednesday ….plus and its a big plus…we will be serving our renowned Turkey Chili in the cafeteria.
AccuWeather Premium Weather Service is forecasting extremely frigid conditions for Tuesday and Wednesday and sever chill warnings are posted from the National Weather Service day time temps Tuesday will run -10 to -15 degrees. Wednesday temps are predicted with day time temps -8 to -10. Its not unusual in the Northwoods to have early morning below zero temps that warm up by 9 or 10 am but these two days are the exception. The conditions of Tuesday and Wednesday present a safety risk for guests and outside employees so we will not be re open until Thursday Dec 28th. Stay warm visit some of our local indoor attractions and we’ll see you on Thursday.
The AccuWeather Premium weather forecast for Tuesday and Wensday looks, how shall we say…challenging at best. Tuesdays prediction shows a high of minus 6 degrees at 4 pm with minus double digit for most of the day. Wed is similar but the high for the day reaches minus one around 6pm. Just giving everyone a heads up. We will be checking this forecast about every four hours hoping there is a change in the fronts and we will post a decision regarding Tuesday and Wednesday sometime Christmas day……Geeze all this plus the Packers lost last night.
January 30 2015
West Side Blue T Bar Opens This Weekend.
The Blue T Bar will resume alternate operations to open up 4 additional runs and trails. The addition of the West side runs to the Chair Lift runs, beginner area tow, and East Side T Bar provides a wide variety of great runs.
January 05 2015
Saturday was a boomer as everyone was anticipating a cold day on Sunday. Well, Sunday was cold
(it would have been ok but the wind made it a bit tough)
Even at that we had a number of season pass holders out and some new visitors.
So it eas still a good close out of Christmas Week.
Temperature Monday morning at 7 am was minus 23 with a minus 45 wind chill.
We now go to our weekend operation where we will be open weekends (Sat & Sun) from 9:30- 4:00 pm.
January 02 2015
A family group that has been part of the Camp 10 fabric since 1979. They represent part of what I really love about owning the place… watching families grow up and being a small part of their lives. Every year they come out from Washington DC and share some laughs and good times.
January 01 2015
Jan 1st started off the year for us with a good turnout and some really good ski conditions.
December 31 2014
At Camp 10 Ski Area our customers come first in everything we do yet as this year winds down I’d also like to acknowledge another very important group that helps make this whole thing possible….our employees. Each year I’ve been blessed with a good crew and its happened once again this year. We all enjoy helping all of you have a great day.
Happy New Year and come ski (or snowboard ) with us again in 2015.
Wishing you the best in 2015
December 29 2014
December 29 2014
This means that you want to add an extra layer (several thin layers are better than one extra thick one) ditto on the socks….sometimes folks try to wear two layers of extra thick socks and that can actually make you colder by restricting circulation in your feet when stuffed into a ski boot. How’s that for a bunch of pleasant info? We should be seeing a tad more sunshine and minimal winds today which always makes the day a bit more special. Hay Packer fans….we won a bye…lets hope the extra time helps Rogers leg and the rest of the Packers crew gets all rested and ready
December 27 2014
Wow, we’re two days into holiday week and really having fun greeting old friends and making new ones! We’ve had families in from as far south as Naples FL, as far east as Washington DC, and scads of places in between. We are seeing Pass Perks families from some of our “sister” ski areas. Plus we are meeting a number of locals for the first time at Camp 10. The snow conditions received a nice boost with about 7 inches of snow in the past 18 hours (this was on top of our 9 to 30 inch base). Brad, Jason and Gren teamed up for some patrol stuff when needed (all ended well) and in general its been a great way to start holiday week
December 24 2014
Wishing you and yours a very joyful Merry Christmas and happy holidays. I hope all of you are able to relax and just enjoy this special time.
December 13 2014
Picked up replacement kitchen deep fryer, ordered a ring and pinion gear for the Spryte Groomer from California, the oil leak in the LMC2100 required a bit of gymnastics and about 8 hrs. work but its done, and we did get some more snow so keep up the snow base. Oh yeah, also ordered a new intercom for one of the ski lifts. All in all, it was a good day!
December 22 2014
Lets see, we need to get a new kitchen deep fryer, a ring and pinion gear for the Spryte Groomer, fix an oil leak on the LMC2100, get a new intercome set for one of the lifts, and of course we need to continue the snow dances. We ran training sessions for the new lift operators Sunday afternoon where they rotated through all the lift stations which will be a big help for the busy Christmas week.
We are going to be open daily Dec 26 through Jan 4th.
The refurbished wood burning furnace is working great (thanks Chris) and does a good job of supplementing our high efficiency LP furnace.
All in all a wonderful start to what looks like a fun season for all of us.
December 16 2014
December 13 2014
December 11 2014
Sunday the 14th is looking very questionable.
The forecast for Sunday is 38-40 degrees with rain throughout the day.
Skiing in those conditions would result in quite a bit of iceing as the Sunday night temps dropped below freezing.
December 10 2014
We will be wrapping up some of the smaller things this week like the final tweeks on the rope tow, chair lift brake tests, another grooming session, and clearing up the last of the things to make the lodge look more like a ski lodge than a maintenance building (it will happen!).
Thanks to members of the King family the wood burning furnace will be back in use to supplement our high efficiency LP Furnace for a bit more lodge comfort. Corry and Keiths work on the small groomer has made a major improvement (this is stuff above and beyond the major transmission rebuild) so all is looking well. We’ve got some new employees this year and they had the first phase of training last Friday with another training session planned for Friday the 12th.
The overwhelming reason that we are here is to provide you, our guests, a fun enjoyable day whether your out at the area on your own, with friends, or with family, we want you to have a great time.
Our mission statement has always been quite simple ” We take care of our customers and they will take care of us.” we have certainly seen this demonstrated more than ever over the past year where we have had our biggest growth in season pass holders and an unbelievable amount of project help from many passholders and community members.
Kudos to all- we’ll do our best to help make you proud of Wisconsins biggest little ski area.
December 5 2014
After much weeping and wailing and pacing the floor we have decided to stay with the original plan of opening on Saturday Dec 13.
With the snowmaking of the past two days and what’s happening tonight it would be a very difficult time crunch to have every thing as it should be by Dec 6th.
We tried hard but close only counts in horseshoes and we want all of our loyal customers to have the best experience possible, so start planning for Dec 13th.
December 4 2014
Our new snowmaking crew did very well and the system ran without a hitch.
Couple more things to do and we’ll be able to kick off the season.
Still shooting for Saturday.
November 2014- Season Pass Holder Update
Each Camp 10 Season Pass Holder may use a 50% discount coupon for Granite Peak.
The coupon may be used anytime after Jan 1st and must be presented with the Camp 10 current season laminated photo id pass. The Granite Peak ticket personnel will also punch a designated area on your season pass. This perk is a one time perk whereas all of the other perks are multiple usage.
The current season pass sale price is now $160 . The regular season pass price of $185 goes into effect on December 1st
We’ve discovered that using Facebook is a very quick way of getting information out to our skiers and snowboarders.
Find us by going to Facebook/camp10skiarea. Once you’ve found us click on a “Like” button and that automatically gets you the updates and news as we post them.
Thanks again to the wonderful help and support from our Season Pass Holders!
All of our customers are important to us but the season pass holders are that extra special group that makes much of what we do possible.
July 2014 Season Pass Holder Newsletter
Wow, the year of strange weather continues- was up at the ski area a week or so back and it almost got cold enough (38F Tomahawk) one night to make snow.
We’ve started depositing all of your wonderful season pass checks and that reminds me to once again thank all of you for your fine support. You don’t know how much of a stress relief it is to know that we have enough funds in July to cover those big insurance bills that come due in November/December. It puts me in the position to concentrate on making things better instead of worrying about can we or how will we. Can’t thank all of you enough and we’ll certainly do our best to show it with actions.
And as for actions- we did have a surplus of about $5000 from last winter- and that was a very pleasant surprise considering the extreme cold. Those monies plus an additional $2000 from a tax refund all went back into the operation: About $2500 into a completely refurbished Ford 391 engine for our heavy duty Packmaster Groomer, $1500 into a snowmaking machine motor rebuild by L&S Electric, $1000 into a transmission rebuild for our smaller Spryte Groomer, and $1500 for new wiring/new main motor shaft bearing/new rollback detector Morse clutch/, new e brake hydraulic cylinder/new service brake pads/new emergency brake pads, and $500 for concrete repairs on our red T Bar. All of the monies spent went for the purchase of parts and materials…my labor was donated and the labor from our mechanic & electrician gets paid out of cash flow this winter.
We feel that the work on the groomers was particularly important: the grooming technique continued to improve but then in mid February we lost both grooming machines so the actions/expenditures now are to correct those problems and give us better equipment than we had to begin with. Most of the work in the Chair Lift drive terminal was to improve reliability (which has been good) and complete some key maintenance items. The chair lift work also allowed us to eliminate some idiosyncrasies and get our new maintenance (Matt) really up to snuff on the fairly complex safety circuit system.
We are also doing selective logging with Packaging Corporation of America. (Dean and his crew are paying particular attention to the aesthetics of the ski area). The funds from this work is going towards paying off some heavy credit card funding we had to use in the two winters before this one (not losses on operations but expenditures for upgrades and improvements that couldn’t be funded from operations). All of this puts us in a stronger position going forward.
The ski patrol has been busy with some fund raising stuff and as a result we hope to be in the position of having four fully equipped rescue toboggan strategically located by each lift and in their own weatherized containers. The toboggans were donated by the Olympia Patrol last fall but we have to provide backboards and trauma kits plus build the shelters.
A few of our season pass holders suggested setting up a volunteer day where volunteers could lend a hand with some things like painting and lodge prep. We will pick a date in September and let everyone know for those that might want to help.
Speaking of help…we will be looking for some ski instructors. Ski Instructors actually get paid of all things! I’m thinking that if we could have a half dozen instructors we could have a fairly loose informal schedule that gives us coverage and isn’t burdensome for anyone. We currently have three of our high school gals who are going to be doing a tiny tots program, plus one employee who also pinch hits as an instructor. When there is a lesson the pay ranges from $9 to $20 for the lesson. Qualifications – should be a good intermediate level skier with good communication skills. We’ve got some teaching videos, we’ll have an on snow teaching clinic or two, plus this year we have a Level 3 PSIA instructor who has volunteered to meet with the instructor group for some instructor coaching.
National Ski Patrol: If anyone has an interest- will be running a course this winter at Camp 10 most likely from 3-4:30 each Saturday during ski season, plus there would be some at home studying and some over the internet assignments. Costs (to NSP are about $150 for the course fee (NSP), books and materials. Contact Gren if interested/need more info etc. This year Patrick Cork has transferred to our patrol from Bruel, and Barb Young should have completed her summer course and received qualifications bringing our patrol up to eleven patrollers. We can take up to four more.
Employees: We will be needing approximately 10 ski lift operators – so if you know of anyone have them contact Gren(they need to be 17+ years of age).
Hope you are all having a G r e a t summer!
Pres/GM Camp 10 Ski Area