Hey! We need attract some skiers and snowboarders from Antigo WI to our Season Passholders Club. If you have a 54409 Zip Code in your address you can participate in our special Antigo promotion season pass $79 Sale. Contact us at email@example.com for information. Special offer expires May 31st.
75% of preseason Funding now in place ! Thanks to all new season pass holders and all of our renewing season pass holders. Preseason Funding includes Liability Insurance, Workers Comp Insurance, and SMI PoleCat Snowmaking Equipment Lease Payment. Our $99 Season Pass Early Bird Sale ends in 10 days.
Just for a change of Pace…..the bottom plug is a standard 120 volt household type plug. The black one is a 480 volt three phase electrical plug used in our snowmaking machine. One snowmaking plug= three lift tickets. Its spring time but we are already at work expanding the snowmaking system
Camp 10 Season Pass Pass Perks program for 2017-18…..Sunburst Ski Area, Mnt.LaCross Ski Area, Tyrol Basin Ski Area, and Granite Peak Ski Area confirmed their participation for next winter. We were able to complete this yesterday while attending the Wisconsin Ski Industries meeting. Confirmation e mails have been sent out to our other “Pass Perks” partners and we expect we will be adding more to this esteemed list soon. This the sixth year of our ” Pass Perks” program. The program was designed to add even more value to the Camp 10 Season Pass for our passholders . Stay tuned.
Wow….there really is some hope for the rest of us !
$99 Season Pass Sale Ends Soon. ……our pass offers the best bargain and the best savings in the Midwest. Period. * ” Break Even” is only three visits or less * How does it compare to some of the six lift ticket packages being hawked ? Use our pass for 6 times and your per time use is only $17 vs $22.50….plus you dont have to make an almost 160 mile round trip drive. Thats about 3 hours time in winter and another $25 for gas in the tank. Camp 10 Ski Area is 8 miles from Rhinelander not almost 80. * Plus you get another bonus through our “Pass Perks” Program (now in its sixth year) …your Camp 10 Season Pass also gets you a 50% discount on lift tickets at some really good ski areas . *Plus our pass holders get great discounts if they grab a meal at Moosejaw or Buffalo Phils in the Dells. Both of these great eateries are considered must visit places in the Dells If you use any of the Perks and factor in the savings through those perks your cost per day via your Camp 10 Season Pass can readily get down to $10 per day or less (of course the more you use your pass and any of the pass perks your per day keeps getting lower and lower.) Download an application from our web page camp10skiandsnowboard.com. Already have a Pass or are a Camp 10 fan ? Help our marketing by Sharing this post with all of your friends and contacts.
More work completed on the West T Bar…will be ready to test very soon. Large Groomer electrical project…..instrumentation puzzle solved…..snowmaking machine installation project on “Snowdalion” got some more attention…attended the North Central National Ski Patrol Board of Directors Meeting, NSP Awards Banquet (three of our patrollers received 5 year award pins and one received the patrol “Bravo” award, attended the North Central Patrol Directors breakfast and followed this up with a meeting with our new ski patrol candidates for the “Mid Term Exam…..a very busy 5 days!
We really want to thank all of our season pass holders who went through the renewal process….having an 80% renewal rate after two bad weather wise winters is absolutely awesome. As stated several times we had to sell enough season passes to cover the liability insurance and workers comp premiums or we would not be able to open. We had a goal of reaching 75%of the required amount by April 25th. We felt that we had a chance of raising the additional via target market sales in select communities. As it is we did not make the initial goal….we were about 2 families short. Not sure about the next step but felt an update, even if a negative one, was in order.
Kids Ski Racing ? Our previous post was an attempt to get a measure of interest. Results: Less than 50% of our likes read the post , only about 1.5% of the folks who saw the post liked it, only 0.2% gave an indication that they might be interested. No one indicated they would be an adult volunteer, no one indicated their kids might participate. Hmmmm, well how about that.
Kids Ski Racing Program for Camp 10 Ski Area next winter ? Do we have enough adult volunteers and enthusiastic kids ?
Even though things are still up in the air until we complete our Season Pass preseason fund raising we felt we should start the process on another important piece of the puzzle: National Ski Patrol. Our patrol at Camp 10 has ten patrollers, three candidate patrollers, and one alumni patroller. Our three candidates will have completed their OEC (first responder advance first aid) training by fall and their toboggan qualification training early next winter. We are considering starting a new OEC candidate class in the fall. If you would like to know more about becoming a member of the National Ski Patrol you should contact us and/or visit the National Ski Patrol Web site. We are also considering a YAP patrol. This is a special program for teens age 15 through High School who train and become fully qualified members of the National Ski Patrol – Young Adult Patroller Program
Well the votes in and now there is no doubt it was the worst….recently had the opportunity to talk to a large number of ski patrol directors from all the United States and aside for some scattered regions this was one of the worst winters they could rememeber. Even areas in the Rockies suffered with periods of far less snow than usual. Areas on Wisconsin, Michigan, and Iowa struggled. Areas out East struggled, areas in the south almost drowned…. think we had marginal grooming at times? Ha! I guess we were lucky to have anything to groom. The positive on this blah minimal snow situation is that we acquired a lot of snowmaking equipment last fall. Yep we just barely got some installed but our game plan is to get quite a bit more ready to roll this summer.
We’ve still got some pledged pass renewals “in the mail” but when they arrive we will hit our first or bare minimum goal towards reopening for next winter. Our season pass renewal rate is currently at 72% which is WAY above Midwest average of 55%. Hitting the “bare minimum” doesn’t mean we are home free. The bare minimum means we’ve got a chance and we’ll keep the efforts moving. Normally we would be in fine shape but we still have the shocking jump in liability premium cost to deal with. We are approaching it in two ways: First is in bringing in more season pass sales and second in having numerous conversations with agencies and underwriters in trying to arrive at more affordable liability insurance premiums.
We are going to extend the March $99 Season pass sale thanks to the recent flurry of activity. Things are definitely moving in the right direction. We need to sell 15 more season passes to meet goal….the goal is to raise enough capital through the sale of season passes to completely fund the purchase of liability insurance and workers com insurance for next winter. Applications can be downloaded from our web site cam10skiandsnowboard.com
THE GOOD THING IS THAT OUR SEASON PASS SALE IS AT 56% OF GOAL…..THE BAD THING IS THAT ITS NOT AT 100%. WE WILL CONTINUE THE SALE AS WE CANT PROGRESS UNTIL WE HIT THE 100%. CLOSE ONLY COUNTS IN HORSESHOES. THE INSURANCE COMPANIES ARN”T GOING TO SAY “AWE YOU AND YOUR CUSTOMERS REALLY WORKED HARD TO KEEP THAT COMMUNITY SKI AREA GOING SO WE ARE GOING TO GIVE YOU A 50% DISCOUNT ON THE PREMIUM” ….WE EITHER RAISE THE FUNDS VIA SEASON PASS SALES OR WE ARE OUT OF LUCK AND WILL HAVE TO RETURN EVERYONES MONIES.
Norway Mountain Update: Just talked with Neill Urban, owner Norway Mountain, and he has offered a free lift ticket for Camp 10 Season Pass Holders on his last day of the ski season which is Saturday April 1st (and no this isnt an April Fools Joke). Norway Mountain has a day of activity on top of good spring skiing conditions. Top your day off with a great lunch or dinner in Norway Mountains top of the mountain restaurant. Take your photo ID Camp 10 Ski Area season pass and it will get you a comp lift ticket. Norway Mountain is located in Norway Michigan which is approx 110 miles NE of Camp 10 Ski Area.
2016–2017 Season Pass Holders….looking for some skiing this weekend ? Your Camp 10 Photo Season Pass will get you a 50% discount with our Pass Perks Partner Norway Mnt in Norway Michigan (approx 90 North East of Camp 10 Ski Area). And if you havent used your Granite Peak 50% discount they are still open with lots of snow. Dont discard those passes at the end of winter opportunities as you will also able to use them if you get to Wisconsin Dells this Summer.
Two days to go…..download an application from camp10skiandsnowboard.com and get it in the mail with your check (date the check July 15th)
Four more days till the $99 season pass sale ends….we’ve had the same goal for the past 6 ski seasons. Sell enough season passes in March to cover next winters liability and workers comp insurance or we cant open….your check does not get deposited till July 15th and if we dont sell enough passes all of the checks get returned. As of today we are short of the goal.
At the Wisconsin Restaurant Association convention in Milwaukee when a chocolate cup cake named Chuck stopped me to ask about our $99 Season Pass Sale
SIX MORE DAYS TILL THE $99 SEASON PASS SALE ENDS. APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD FROM OUR WEB PAGE AT CAMP10SKIANDSNOWBOARD.COM
So what were the take aways and what can we expect next winter ? We wont be overextending resources and time…doing what we did last fall puts a lot of that behind us. The goal completion targets for next winter are:(1) Complete the rebuild of the Large Groomer which now only needs the addition of two foam filled track tires and some minor electrical work (wiring the windshield wipers, installing the new tachometer) plus getting the brake linings replaced- we already have the new linings(2) Complete the installation of three pole mounted snowmaking machines on Snowdallion Run- these were placed in position during the winter ops and are now 90% complete. (3) get some more of the snowmaking machines purchased last summer “on Stream” – we have three more machines with only relatively minor repairs and parts replacements needed. (4) complete the work on the Blue T Bar so we can open up three additional runs. This work is very close to being completed and we should be able to do lift tests by mid summer. This is good for everyone and a tremendously lighter project load than we were looking at last fall. These goals are very very realistic and reachable. Now the only question is will we sell enough season passes to address the big jump we experienced in insurance costs ? Our March Sale has 10 days to go and we are at 35% of needed pass sales.
The Achillies Heal….and what couldnt get worse did. Time turned out to be our biggest enemy…not time itself just the part about not having enough of it. The installation of new track belts on the small groomer- took f o r e v e r! The installation time was bad enough but that delayed even further because the supplier incorrectly drilled 4 of the 8 belts (the high strength rubber belts are predrilled for the over 2000 nuts and bolts used to bolt them onto the track grousers). Finally in the first week of December the track belt project was completed….why was this so critical? The small groomer is needed to move and position snowmaking machines. Finally , the belts came back, we got them installed, and were able to turn the snowmaking machines on. Then 2 days into snowmaking we blew all of the fuses in our main 400 amp fusebox….we were so enthusiastic about our vastly improved water supply and the addition of more snowguns to the fleet that we neglected to monitor power consumption and for the only time in 15 years we blew the fuses.Now these little puppies arnt the kind of fuses you can run into Menards and pick up. So a hasty round trip to Milwaukee was required and 3 fuses plus a spare was purchased at an Electrical Supply House for $125 each…yep $475 for a set of fuses. Then it was playing cat and mouse with the weather waiting for 26 degree and colder temperatures…..Dec 17 was getting closer and closer…finally we get the temps and start cranking out more snow. The tower mounted recently purchased SMI320’s were sending out beautiful plumes of snow…except as we learned later the plumes were too high in moisture content…remember though we had used SMI320’s for years they were ground units on carriages with the snowgun actually about 8 feet above the ground. The tower units were the same guns except mounted on poles with the snowgun about 30 feet above the ground. Greater height-more hang time for the water particales-greater snow production, right? We were running out of time so an executive decision was made to push the through put……wrong decision, the setting was too open and as a result we generated some spectacular piles of snow that was similar to concrete except white. I wont name names but the exec was a short white haired guy. Achilies heel number 3 not enough time to go through a proper learning curve. The big groomer wasnt ready to go (Time …or not enough of it), which meant that even if we could push the piles there wasn’t enough time to use the pulverize attachments to break up the chunks which would have resulted in some really challenging skiing. We did pick up some fresh snow and this was machine packed on top of the man made stuff and lo and behold we opened on Dec 17th…a really nice day with a bit of sun and moderate temperatures and a very small turnout. Then on Dec 18th we got bit again as the temp really dropped and we knew it would be foolish to open. But Christmas week was only 7 days away…the forcast was great and some we knew cash flow would improve…..or would it? Though the forecast for the critcal Christmas week looked pretty good on the 10 day forcast (we use a paid forecasting service) it rapidly changed on Dec 24th and 25th with warm temperatures and rain. Dec 26th and Dec 27th were terrible operating days and the Christmas week sales were off by 50%. The oft postponed purchase of the foam filled $650 Large Groomer tires couldnt be made…we were now in survival mode. The weather for the rest of the ski season was like a yo yo….up and down through the whole winter. Cash flow was certainly effected as the skiing public just wasnt that exited about skiing (this was a problem in many areas of the Midwest). Two very sever thaws hit us in January….fortunately the man made base was deep enough to easily get us through the first thaw. The second thaw got dicey with big bare spots showing up at the ottom of a key run. We were able to use the big groomer and push enough snow..
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