Monday, December 31, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
And when you are a former ski instructor at a sister area, like in this photo, teaching someone else is a snap! Kinda like riding a bike, you just don't seem to ever forget.
Then after you have got it down, you can take it up, like this shot provided by Ryan. thanks for the photo and if anyone else wants to send their shots we will see if we can get them worked into the blog as well.
Keep it White........more snow in the forecast for tonite and friday morning!
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
We open today at 10 am and go to 6 pm.
Everything was groomed last night and ....and it started snowing at Seven Oaks at 7:30 this morning and still is......and it is not snow from the guns either.
Looks to be a beautiful day for spending time on the snow.
Monday, December 24, 2007
Missed all the snow Saturday so we made great powder ourselves Saturday night and Sunday night. The warm weather Thursday and Friday with FOG made it tough to keep the trails in the condition both you and we like but with all the grooming, over and over, then the freshly made snow.....everyone who visited over the weekend said it was still very good snow. We want the best for YOU.
We are closed today, Christmas Eve Day and tomorrow, Christmas Day but will open Wednesday December 26 at 10 am. Looks like great weather all week and a couple chances for snow!
Did you know if you get a snowboard package (lift and rental), later in the day you can change once to skis and at 4 pm you can snowtube........all for the one price of the snowboard rental package!
Took some neat family photos Sunday, will try to get them on our web very soon and I will use a couple in the blog.
Merry Christmas Everyone and we will see you on WEDNESDAY!
Friday, December 21, 2007
Two schools here today for ski and tube, then open for ski and ride at 4, then Friday after Five at 5, then tubing opens at 6....so it's gonna be another busy day.
Still need a stocking stuffer or straight up Christmas gift for someone???? A Seven Oaks Gift Certificate is a popular item as it can be used for skiing, snow tubing, snowboarding, canoeing, kayaking, river tubing or paintball. Even tho there are only four shopping days left, there is still time to get er done!
Looks like we are going to get more snow tomorrow for a while. Awesome, unbelievable, great!
see you on the slopes
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Open tomorrow night at 4 pm..........and Friday after Five starts at ........well........5 !
See you on the slopes
oh, yeah, looks like the freezing rain followed by snow is going to be south of us.....maybe even south of Iowa.........that's okay .....we'll make more.
Keep it white until next time
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Large group of school kids from South Hamilton arrive at 9:30 this morning for a day of skiing. Looks like they will have a beautiful day. Then two more schools on Friday.
Weatherman talks like more snow on Friday night and Saturday. Hey, we'll take it!
Make sure you comment to our great snowmaking crew......they have stayed up all night....night after night making great powder.....Twig, Catfish, Joe, Snow, Steve, Shrek and Joel.
We are closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.......open this Friday at four pm.
Keep it white.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Shut down snowmaking Friday night and then started pushing huge piles of powder. Got Central Park opened and groomed out by 2 AM Saturday morning. Put in a couple of pretty small hits and started adding rails. We will build the hits bigger as the season progresses but everyone needs to start small and slow at the beginning of the season.
Guns got turned on last night at about 6 pm or so and are still producing as of five minutes ago. For sure there is enough made last night (got cold!) to open Kenzie's Korner and Rail Yard this week, with more hits and features.
Have schools here Wednesday and Friday - according to the weather forecast they should have PERFECT ski conditions - low 30's, sunshine and lots of snow.
Keep it white and we will see you on the slopes when we open Friday night. Remember to check out Holiday Season calendar (on our web) for hours and days during the Christmas/New Years time period.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Here's a quick photo of the Seven Oaks Team attending the summer MSAA meetings and trade show where we attend a bunch of industry-related seminars to learn about current trends in the industry, etc.
.......bet you thought I was gonna put in a pic of todays snow.........nope......gotta come this weekend to see it yourself!
Wanted to make sure everyone remembers we are rapidly approaching our Holiday Season - - starting December 26 thru January 6 we are open daily. Be sure to check our calendar for the operating hours cause we change them a little bit.
Made good snow all night, will continue to make more today and more tonite.........and it looks for sure that the terrain park, at least Central Park, will be open Saturday morning at 10 am. Rails, boxes AND WE WILL get a minimum of one kicker built....going for two.
Open at 4 pm today (Drop Zone is ready to go and Freeway is bigger than last week), Friday after Five and two Christmas parties tonite.
Keep it white and play safe!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Did you know Fun Valley Ski Area closed, so their National Ski Patrol is going to join the Seven Oaks Ski Patrol. Also six Patrollers from Kansas City will be patrolling the Seven Oaks slopes this winter as well.
Did you know Seven Oaks bought the triple seat chair lift from Fun Valley and is moving it to Seven Oaks for install next summer?
That will be another huge improvement for all of us!
think white, see you tomorrow night - open at 4 pm.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Yesterdays system dropped about 2" of snow before it moved out of our area. Got the guns running about 6 pm and they are still running as this is written. Drop Zone and Freeway are getting wider, deeper and whiter. Moved guns to Central Park this morning.
Nevada Schools are the first school for the season to get on the slopes at about 9 am this morning. Hope they like the new shaped skis. If you are still in school and yours doesn't do a winter trip to Seven Oaks, put a bug in someone's ear. When you learn to ski you are learning a sport for life.
You can save a lot of time at the ticket window by going on line right here on our web site and pre-printing/pre-signing the release.
And thanks for the compliments Freeski. I think we do have more snow than ever pre Christmas. Winter 2000-01, we saw a lot of natural snow but we couldn't make as much as we have this season. Let's keep a good thing going!
Looking forward to seeing everybody on the slopes this weekend. We open at 4 pm Friday.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Temps and humidity caused snowmaking to halt at midnight last night - after about 17 hours of making. Have enough made to open the Drop Zone for this coming weekend.
Comment on the blog was "forget the tubing , more snow on ski-able terrain". My reply is we are trying to do both and in fact are having success in doing so. Committed to having some tubing lanes open for the scheduled Birthday and Christmas parties so we got two of three open Saturday - then we opened the Freeway on Sunday. Added the rainbow rail to Abbys Alley Sunday and we will put a few more features out for this weekend - probably at the bottom of Freeway.
Did you know we about doubled our pond size for more snowmaking water capacity?
Did you know we added 275 pair of shaped skis to our rental department this year?
Keep it white and see you on the slopes.....and here are a couple fresh pics from this morning. First one looking at Freeway and second looking at Drop Zone .
Monday, December 10, 2007
We have several Corporate Christmas Parties at the Lodge this week and weekend plus our first school group for the season making for a busy week.
Got the rainbow rail set yesterday on Abby's Alley along with a short box and a short rail.
More snow in the forecast for Tuesday.........ain't it great! Will try to get fresh pics posted this week.
See you on the slopes this weekend.
Friday, December 7, 2007
Yesterday delivered just short of four fresh inches from the system that moved thru....this was while we had all the snow machines still running. Snow tubing looks to be ready to open on Saturday. see pic below
See you on the slopes or at Friday after Five!
Thursday, December 6, 2007
The full time Seven Oaks staff (Joel, Steve, Ken and Shrek) conducted a four hour training session last night for employees so they are ready to serve you when we open the doors again Friday (tomorrow) at 4 pm. Be sure to check out our calendar on the web to KNOW what days and hours we are open during the upcoming Holiday Season.
Also did you see the article in this mornings Des Moines Register about Seven Oaks?
See you on the slopes - - - smart style makes sense -- start slow, get in shape before you hit it hard!
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
We are adding to the fleet of canoes and buses this spring for our full service canoe/kayak/tube float business. If you have never been on a float I think you would really enjoy it....give it a try. You can make a reservation for anytime May 1 thru October and the earlier the better to make sure we have the equipment on the day you want to go. It is a popular summer activity!
Also a reminder that we are doing our normal Friday After Five in Coal Creek Lounge..... though we may take a few weeks off this spring .... we'll keep you posted on that.
Our Moto X race weekends are back to back.......last weekend of April for Moto X only and first weekend of May for Moto X and Quads! Lots of action those weekends.
See you at Seven Oaks!
Monday, March 12, 2007
Saturday, March 3, 2007
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
But what I really want to comment on is two things:
- BIG season end Late Niter planned for this Saturday night starting at 9:30 pm and ending at 1:00 am. TELL YOUR FRIENDS. The calendar tells us we are getting close to the end of this winter season so don't have regrets that you weren't on the snow enough. Come enjoy. Late Nite will include free soft drinks, free pizza while it lasts, big music outdoors, rail jam, bonfire and for the first time ever door prizes......even drawing for a FREE season pass - - maybe two- - for NEXT Season!
- Second - more precip is forecast for Seven Oaks over the next couple days. Some rain or freezing rain but more SNOW too......SO.......DRIVE CAREFULLY TO AND FROM SEVEN OAKS. SLOW DOWN WHEN DRIVING IN WINTER WEATHER. RIDE SMART - - DRIVE SMART. See you on the slopes
Friday, February 23, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Moooooore Snow Comin! Drive carefully to and from Seven Oaks.
ps. that is NOT me in the pic!
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Maybe I should start with telling you the weather for riding and tubing should be GREAT tonite when we open at 4 pm. Had a little melt but a long long long way from causing a problem on the slopes.
How about the BIG snow that is being talked about for this weekend. Won't that be awesome!
Well, I will just remind you of the Late Niter NEXT Saturday March 3 with a whole lot of specials planned.......including some door prizes.
Maybe I should have started with a big Happy Birthday wish to our granddaughter Kenzie!
Anybody want more pics in my blog postings?
Monday, February 19, 2007
Yep, we had a great crowd Friday, Saturday, Saturday night, Sunday and Sunday night….whew…some of us are tired but man oh man was it fun and the conditions were awesome.
Having a warm spell, which while we don’t necessarily love, we can go a long time with these 40’s day time temps. What we watch as much as anything is the night time temps. As long as it goes down at night the snow doesn’t get hurt right away. We are all watching the system that is supposed to arrive this coming Friday. At noon they said on TV that the rain should be predominantly southern Iowa.
Late Nite fun is officially on for Saturday march 3………9:30 pm to 1:00 am. Big bonfire, music rockin’ the slopes, free pizza (while supplies last) and Pepsi products, and looking to put together a rail jam. More as it develops.
Open today til 6 pm. More schools Tuesday, Thursday and Friday this week. And hey it’s still only February so don’t be afraid to do the snow dance…..we want more.
Friday, February 16, 2007
We even have family from Chicago, DSM and South Dakota doing the same thing this weekend.
Looks like MORE SNOW will bless us late tonite which will take skiing conditions from perfect to fresh perfect tomorrow.
See you on the slopes. I think I will reveal the March 3 Late Niter plans to everyone this weekend. Check back.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Looks like the NEWLY planned Late Niter is coming together for Saturday, March 3. We will keep you posted if you keep checking our web.
Lots of schools still on the books for next week and the week after. We are hosting East Greene and Grundy Center schools today. Another East Greene and Martinsdale St. Marys schools join us tomorrow. Welcome and have FUN.
Open again to the public tonight at 4 pm. REMEMBER WE ARE OPEN ON PRESIDENTS DAY FROM 10 AM TO 6 PM.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
What is planned you ask?
- Well we are working on plans for another Late Nite event ---promises to be the best one we have had this season --- details are still being worked out--- so keep checking back.
- Seven Oaks is also planning on a GREAT week of winter recreation this week. Got a couple inches of fresh powder yesterday, have a gun running in the park so we can build a bigger hit and the temps for this weekend look like they will be IDEAL so we are planning on seeing YOU.
- Also still have lots of groups calling with their plans of coming to Seven Oaks yet this winter.....not too late for your group either.
- We are finalizing the plans for a large corporate meeting, meal and skiing outing next week.
- We are finishing the plans for installing a big screen with projector in the Lodge.
- And finally believe it or not we are working on the plans for the April and May moto X and Quad races.
Webster City school group on the slopes today. Open at 4 tonite for the public.
Monday, February 12, 2007
Weather was awesome this past weekend, especially Sunday….and we are really exited about another fresh snow starting later today. We open Wed, Thur and Fri at 4 pm. I gotta believe the conditions will be superb. Come out and play in our snow!
Put another little roller at the top of Kenzies Korner, a barrel and small box at the entrance to the park and my “spine” at the bottom. More snow, more features…go ahead and give us your input on what else you would like to see. We are consciously not building the really BIG jump as in the past it was used by too many not able to handle it and ended in BIG injuries……..but you can get some serious air on what’s there now largely due to the vertical. I think the rainbow rail should be done this week........we hope it will be anyway.
Friday, February 9, 2007
Long range forecast looks sweet for the next two weeks so don’t delay – get on the slopes when the conditions are GREAT…..and it is not too late to get your group (church, 4H, FFA, Greek, etc., etc.) booked for an outing.
West Marshall and Prairie Valley students are on the slopes today. Looks like a perfect day for riding and tubing. Jefferson Scranton had a blast yesterday.
Open to the public at 4 this afternoon….and don’t forget our Friday after Five at Coal Creek Lounge.
Thursday, February 8, 2007
Big school group here today from Jefferson Scranton. We open to the public at 4 pm.
Remember we have a Late Niter this Saturday night. Looks like fresh snow may bless the Saturday night event again this time. Watch the forecast.
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
I don’t know of anyone that “Likes to Look Stupid”…..I know I don’t - - though often times I do look that way. There is an old saying about a guy setting in a meeting that thinks to himself “should I say nothing and let them think me a fool or open my mouth and remove all doubt”.
Coming to Seven Oaks for the first time can be confusing even if you have been to other ski areas. But if it is your FIRST time at ANY ski area you can get lost, confused and discouraged right up front. Well guess what - - everybody had a first time so don’t worry about it. We have tried to post signs to help but additionally you can always ask any question of any Seven Oaks employee – most have Seven Oaks shirts on or are in an obvious working space – and they will assist you. In fact even the people that have Seven Oaks clothing that are NOT employees will probably be able to help you.
I want to add a FAQ section to our web site in the near future but for now let me make these quick pointers:
All tickets are sold at the ticket booth just after you come off the wooden bridge “Carters Crossing”.
If you want a private lesson pay for it at the ticket booth but remember at Seven Oaks beginner lessons are always free.
If you want to tube
You will sign a release when you buy your ticket and proceed to the front of the lodge – look left and you will see the tubes in a fenced in area with a yellow sign.
Pick a tube and proceed to the special tube lift.
We hook you up, you ride to the top, we unhook the tube, you go to the chute you want to slide down and when it’s time you GO.
If you want to rent skis or boards you will get a rental form at the time of buying the ticket (you will need some form of ID – drivers license or student ID for rentals).
Then you go to the building west of the lodge (follow the concrete sidewalk) and fill out the rental form.
Our staff will get you the right size boots and the right skis or boards.
It’s in here that you can let any Seven Oaks staff know you want a free lesson.
Seating, food, restrooms, retail, and Coal Creek Lounge are all inside the lodge.
It costs nothing to watch.
See you at Seven Oaks. Ps. Made snow yesterday. Open at 4 tonite.
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Got about 1" of snow this morning and we are making snow all day today too.
Monday, February 5, 2007
14 thought a Theme night would be good
15 thought a “live band” in the lodge would be good
19 liked the idea of a DJ
21 liked the idea of some type of contest
23 voted yes for a “park nite” where one price got you ski, tube and board
24 were interested in a food special during the LN
26 of 32 asked for more Late Niters
We would welcome MORE input. Send us an email or comment on the blog. There is time to put it together in February.
Sunday, February 4, 2007
Saturday, February 3, 2007
60 above zero - people in Iowa plant gardens
50 above zero - people in Iowa sunbathe
40 above zero - people in Iowa drive with the windows down
30 above zero - people in Iowa throw on a flannel shirt
20 above zero - people in Iowa have the last cookout - - before it gets cold!
10 above zero - people in Iowa close the windows
zero - people in Iowa get out their winter coats
10 below zero - the Girl Scouts in Iowa are selling cookies door to door
20 below zero - people in Iowa let the dogs sleep indoors
30 below zero - people in Iowa get upset because the mini van won't start
40 below zero - people in Iowa start saying "cold 'nuff fer ya"?
See you on the slopes.
Friday, February 2, 2007
Here's a pic of the 155 Carroll Keumper students enjoying a beautiful day at Seven Oaks yesterday.....some learning to ski..... and some after a little refresher, spending the day on the slopes. At Seven Oaks each school student must demonstrate their ability to turn and stop before they are "passed" by an instructor with authorization to use the chair lift and ski the bigger longer slopes. Skiing is one of the few "sports for life". Maybe when you come back you can bring your parents and teach them to ski.... then for years to come you can ski as a FAMILY. How cool is that? The lessons are always free at Seven Oaks.
Thursday, February 1, 2007
photo courtesy of Gregg W. - thanks and everyone can contribute so send us your pics.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Yet to be put out is the 20 foot battleship rail…(come on Steve and Ken give us the battleship before this weekend!)… and we are in the process of designing/building a rainbow rail…….and will be blowing more snow for more rollers and a big table top.
If we get enough snow made I have a couple goofy ideas I might try when I am in the snow cat too…but I don’t know if they have a name or not.
Monday, January 29, 2007
Speaking of groups, we had a bunch join us again the past weekend. FFA from Gliddon Ralston, Ames Girl Scouts, Ankeny Free Church, Mt. Calvary Lutheran, Scout Pack 9, Ottumwa Catholic Church, Holstein Youth Group, Boy Scouts, birthday groups and more all enjoyed tubing, skiing and riding.
Thanks Greg for the pics we posted today. Keep the Seven Oaks shots coming.
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Terrain park is looking better each week. Lots of features out and the battleship has yet to be placed. We will make more snow there next week so we can have more rollers and jumps for ya'll.
Lots of groups again today. It is NOT to late to book yours. Call Joel or Ken - - you know the number. See ya on the slopes. Sorry no pics today.
Friday, January 26, 2007
And Ken is working on becoming a Scout Merit Badge Counselor for “Canoeing” as well. Scouts camp free at Seven Oaks.
Had a lot of folks here enjoying the snow last night.
It’s Friday which means Family Four Pack discounts and Friday After Five at Coal Creek Lounge. See you tonite!
Thursday, January 25, 2007
We gotta say thanks to our loyal Season Pass Holders. You stand by us, give us great input, believe in us and introduce your friends to the sports of riding and skiing. Seven Oaks thanks YOU for your continued support.
Here are a couple more pics taken this morning of the terrain park. Rollers and jumps don’t show up very well but they are there.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Here is my source: http://www.coolnurse.com/calories.htm
We open tonite at 4 PM.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
If you haven’t been to Seven Oaks…. YET….. here are a couple pics of the exterior of The Lodge At Seven Oaks……….surrounded by snow. And by the way, why haven’t you been to Seven Oaks yet? Kids specials, student discounts, seniors discounts, family four pack packages, group rates, nightly reduced rates, birthday rates, food, fun, Coal Creek Lounge, lots of seating, great view of the slopes from the lodge……any of those peek your interest?
Coon Rapids Bayer students coming tomorrow morning for snow tubing. Have fun.
We open to the public tomorrow at 4 pm and close at 9. Snow tubing opens at 6 pm.
Monday, January 22, 2007
Seven Oaks offers FREE Ski or Snowboard lessons all day every day. These lessons are group style lessons. You may participate in the lessons as long and as often as you would like. Skiing and snowboarding is FUN and we want everyone to experience it.
Wow! What a weekend…. lots of snow, lots of beginners, lots of riders, lots of sun, lots of FUN! Groups from Scout Troop 40, ISU, the Sacred Heart Church, Buena Vista Univ., Y Camp, Boone County Family Med., three birthday groups and several other groups that I didn’t capture all joined in on the fun this past weekend.
Got a lot of good comments regarding the powder that was left undisturbed Sunday.
Closed today and tomorrow as always but open Wednesday night at 4.