Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Colder temps coming but not horrible........should continue to be great snow....and I see some snow chances in the forecast too. Saw that in southern Iowa there is basically NO snow on the ground. You and I know we want to keep it white in Boone County.
Ski patrol had their annual chairlift evac refresher last Sunday. Everything went fine....as I said earlier, we have NEVER had to use it but sure want to be ready in the unlikely event we would have to.
I'll try to get more pics on soon.
Enjoy winter.......and we'll see you on the slopes.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Learning, riding, tubing, laughing......
Enjoy Winter......it's Fun......
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
There should be a lot of winter left this season so come to Seven Oaks....bring a friend, neighbor or family member that has never skied or boarded or tubed and Enjoy Winter with us!
Late Nite again this Saturday night.....
Winter is Fun
Monday, January 19, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Good group on hand enjoying Seven Oaks today. And we have the Late Nite at 9:30 tonight......fundraiser for the Cancer Society.........hope you can support them with your presence.
Did you notice the "no parking" signs on the fence immediately after you get off the new chairlift? Heard a few ask why those were there since there were no cars :) well .......the intent was to make a statement that we need the riders to strap in a little further away to avoid congestion for others unloading from the chair.
Had a nephew from Indianola come up today with his three kids. Oldest is considering Iowa State in a couple of years so I asked her to spend some time with our board instructor Morgan to get the low down on being an instructor at Seven Oaks while she is in college.........perfect.....for her, for her dad and for us.
Have about 5 birthday groups today...........if you don't know about it, you should check it out on our web as it is a really good deal and a novel idea for the young ones for their birthday party........ski, snowtube, rentals, lessons, pizza and pop........and when I am lucky they share their birthday cake with me!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
well .......anyway, she's there and sent us an email...........here it is........
"Just wanted to say Hi from Australia. I have just settled into my place in Broadbeach Queensland after a wonderful week in Sydney. I hope all is going well there and I will send some pictures in the future that I promised to share with Rick. Its very sunny here and about 10minutes outside leaves me very red. The beach is beautiful and I will do some surfing for you all. take care and enjoy the snow!"
Have a great time AJ and we will look forward to the pics and the stories when .......if........you return.
we open Friday at 4.........as in tomorrow.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
But we got about 4" last night and we will be ready to rock and roll on friday at 4 pm.......then all day Saturday and Saturday night..........Late Nite for Relay for Life at 9:30 pm.........and open Sunday at 11 am.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Then Friday we open at 4 pm with tubing opening at 6 pm.
Regular hours Saturday and Sunday.......with a Late Nite on Saturday night.......fundraiser for the Boone & Ogden "Relay for Life". Hope you will support it with your presence.
And oh yeah, almost forgot we are open next Monday, January 19 for MLK Holiday from 10 am to 6 pm.
Got 3 to 4 inches yesterday and predictor has us getting one or two more today and tonight. Fresh snow for Wednesday.......again....!
Sunday morning before we open the Ski Patrol has a breakfast for patrol members and staff before they conduct their chair lift evacuation refresher......which we do each year just to practice.......never had to do it but we want to be prepared.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Our experience at Seven Oaks was outstanding from the moment we arrived. We let them know we had no idea what to do and they took it from there. In the rental shop they were very helpful, making sure our boots fit us correctly and giving us pointers. Once outside we were immediately greeted by Maria who asked if we would like lessons. Of course we jumped at the chance! She was joined by another instructor once we reached the bunny hill and they worked diligently with us, always being positive and supportive as we struggled to learn. After a few trips down, I was talking to my husband about taking the ski lift to a bigger hill but wondered if our girls would be too afraid of the lift. Another instructor overheard our comments and offered to ride with them up the lift for the first time. That instructor happened to be working with another group when we were ready to take the lift and I spotted yet another instructor walking by. I asked him if he would help and without hesitation he turned around and took our daughter up the lift. As we made our way down the slope we, of course, fell several times. We were impressed that even the other skiers, who were out to enjoy their day, reached out to help us. What a wonderful small town welcome to new comers!
If that wasn't enough, we had the wonderful opportunity to meet you personally Rick! You were incredibly hospitable and friendly. Our oldest daughter was leery of the hills and you met us at the top while we were trying to convince her that she could make it down. My husband and I were so touched by you taking the time to coach her and walk down the hill as you made her traverse the hill. When we returned with her to the top of the hill without you, she fell and became very frustrated. She took off her skis and was determined to get down the hill without them. As her dad and I tried to talk her into putting her skis back on, Dan came walking up like a knight in shining armor! He took control of the situation and skied backwards while my daughter skied forward down the hill. When my husband and I made it to the bottom of the hill we didn't see her so we looked in the rental shop, then the lodge. As we were walking around in wonder, you informed us that she had returned to the top of the hill with Dan! Imagine how totally shocked we were! Dan managed to get her to go down the slopes another two times before it was time for us to leave! She was all smiles and has talked non-stop about our ski trip - actually both girls have talked non-stop about it! They said this is one of our best family outings ever. So, thank you very much from the bottom of our hearts for making this such a memorable trip!
We are already planning our next ski trip to Seven Oaks with other family members! My youngest is ready to learn snowboarding and my oldest has said she is going to make it down the slopes on her own this time! We hope to see you all again soon!"
Jerry, Ida, Andrea & Marissa
The ski students at Seven Oaks......
our guests (on left) with the two instructors , Maria and Dan C. (on right)....... ps. Instructor Dan B was the Knight but no pic of him.
lessons in process.......
learning the basics .......
And at ends day the world has two more skiers.......
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Right now the snow has stopped, the sun is out and it is bright white beautiful.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
See you there.
keep it white
Friday, January 2, 2009
Groomed last night and set up two new features after we closed............flat down rail and a sixteen foot box.........both of which are really getting used today.
Still busy as this is written so I'll sign off now............more snow in the forecast for tomorrow.
keep it white.......