Monday, October 26, 2009

are you interested

spent some time on the web and found two sites you might be interested in posting a comment regarding your experience at Seven Oaks..........hoping of course they are good comments.

on the is one of the sites

ski is the other

Your decision.........

think snow and hope to see you on the slopes soon........

Friday, October 23, 2009

in the mood

really nice weather the first couple days of the week but wow, when the front came thru and dropped the temps again, it can sure put me in the mood to make snow and get the cat out to push and groom. my guess is we will get the green run open and the blue run so we can satisfy different levels of riders and skiers opening day from the Riblet lift. Of course we will open more if we get some snow from the sky and / or have favorable cold temps to keep the guns on for extended time....but it takes a lot of snow to get everything open every year. a couple more guns and more water for snowmaking will help this season.

Season passes still available at today's prices for seven more days...

Have an ISU house party in the lodge tonight and the Boone Hospital fundraiser in the lodge Saturday we're still busy....

winter feels good

Monday, October 19, 2009

Good to see you and meet others

It was really good to see everyone yesterday after having a few months away. A whole lot of the winter Seven Oaks family was on site to look at the goods for sale and to purchase their season passes. ....and a LOT of new faces buying passes for their first time as well. It is going to be a fun winter.

If you haven't purchased your season pass sale yet, you still can til November you have the month of October to get er done. ..... in person, by mail, phone call or on line....but gotta get it done in the month of October. Don't have any of the swap equipment on hand for you to look at after yesterday but you can still get your passes.

I am down at the Lake of the Ozarks right now getting ready to take in some of the seventy five degree temps while it until later.

winter feels good

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

New trail

Looks like the last week of October is when we will create the new trail. It will be on the west side of the chair lift we installed last year. You will come off the new chair, take a right, enter thru an opening in the trees and drop down from there into the valley that is on the west side of the chair lift all the way to the bottom. You will be able to cross under the chair part of the way down if so desired.

Geez, another twenty to thirty minutes in the groomer every day........but we think it will be worth it and offer up some more variety in runs. It'll probably be classified as a blue run due to the drop at the beginning.

Also going to make the unload from this chair a little less steep than last year. Should help the beginners and deter stopping the chair as much.

.....and you thought we were just goofing off when we walk around the trails during the winter.....nope, watching the patrons to see what we can do to improve the flow.

Then we also plan to increase the water holding capacity of the snowmaking pond.......more water........more snow! Bring it on!

See you Sunday.......

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Seven Oaks Sister Ski Area Program

Here's a bunch more reasons why you should purchase a season pass this Sunday at Seven Oaks. With the purchase of a Seven Oaks Season Pass you have unlimited days and/or nights of skiing or riding and you will receive discounts to these other ski areas. WOW!

Note the Blackout Dates of December 26th to Jan.2nd and MLK & Presidents 3- day weekends.

Receive a complimentary ticket, up to 3 visits, to:
  • Powder Ridge in Kimball, MN
  • Buck Hill in Brunsville, MN
  • Deer Mountain in Lead, SD
  • Great Bear in Sioux Falls, SD

Receive 1/2 off lift tickets, up to 3 visits, to:

  • Snowstar in Andalusia, IL
  • Devil's Head in Merrimac, WI
  • Sundown Mountain in Dubuque, IA (offer begins Dec. 14)
  • Andes Tower Hills in Kensington, MN

Receive $10 off lift tickets, up to 3 visits, to:

  • Wild Mountain in Taylors Falls, MN

And we are working on one or two that might also get added to the sister program for this winter season.

Hey, we take winter recreation seriously. We will keep on making our programs affordable, exciting and something that will fit everyone's budget. Winter recreation - It's fun, it's a sport for life, it's a great stress reliever, it's close to you, it's something you can do WITH your family instead of setting in the bleachers or on the sidelines watching.........and it's a pretty good calorie burner too.

Come see us at our season pass sale and equipment swap Sunday October 18 from 10 am to 5 pm to get our best rates...........and come hungry so you can support the local NSPS volunteers that will be ready to serve you a different way......

Monday, October 12, 2009

Late Nite dates have been set

Looks like we'll be having Late Niters on at least the following Saturday nights:

December 19, 2009

January 16, 2010

January 30, 2010

February 13, 2010

Maybe more.......we'll see. Details will be on the web. Kinda wierd typing the year 2010.

gotta run for now but will try to put some more info regarding sister ski area program on tomorrow or Wednesday.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

M-T-W-TH-F-SA-Swap & Sale

It's coming quick.......the swap and season pass sale........just six days away.

The team has been putting a fresh coat of paint on a lot of things the past week.......rental building interior, rails, original lodge walls, bathrooms ........and new ceiling tile too. Had another wedding reception in the lodge Saturday night and the set up .......decorations looked did the lodge.

Did you see some in south eastern Iowa got about 3 inches of snow's like a record from what I read.

Had a long talk Saturday about getting more equipment for the rental shop - boards, boots and longer skis........we'll see what develops. Also had a long talk about hoodies and shirts for retail this winter too. Got some neat ideas.

Remember - cover your cough and wash your hands.......don't need H1N1 or R2D2 messing with your availability to come to the swap and sale Sunday.......or the opening day for the season. Stay Healthy!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

It's snowing...Saturday October 10

Wow, snow flakes on the tenth of October.......what does that mean??? A quick little notice that winter is close........or an early winter..........or maybe a long about a winter with lots of natural snow. Your guess is as good as mine. We'll both have to wait and see.

One week from tomorrow is the season pass sale and swap starting at 10 AM........that's Sunday October 18. Remember all you last year season pass holders.......bring a friend so you both get bigger discounts.

......and remember to check out our web site for the details of the sister ski area program. This program opens up the opportunity for ALL Seven Oaks season pass holders to try out some other areas in neighboring states for a very decent discount at those sister areas. I think ONE more is going to be added to the list but it's a little too early to reveal yet. If it happens a lot of you are going to LIKE it.....

We are looking for pictures from Seven Oaks........I don't care how long ago. If you have some cool shots of yourself or family or friends, email them to We want more on our web site.

think snow..........

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

You Know We Are Getting Closer When......

....All the NSPS......National Ski Patrol have their annual refresher as was conducted all day last Sunday.

....The one day season pass sale and swap is less than two weeks away. Sunday October 18 from 9 am to 5 pm.........and more new equipment than ever is being brought in for the day.

....Kris tells me the groomer is 100% ready to roll

....Kris tells me the snow guns are 100% ready

....Kris tells me the chairlifts are completely maintenanced and ready.

....You can see your breath in the morning air......and it's not from what you ate the night before.

....People are starting to send in applications to work at Seven Oaks this winter.

These are all signs that winter is not far away. Paintball is still going strong, river tubing is done and the tubes placed in storage, canoe and kayak is still available for four more weeks weather permitting, the leaves are beginning to get some noticeable color. Makes me wonder just how soon we will get our first snow.......and when we will make the first snow.

Last Friday after Five was another good one. Met some new friends from Nevada that came over to hear Larry Myer perform in the lodge.......just cause one of them had heard him before. Food from Grand Times, as usual was grand!

Oh yeah, the geese are flying south too.

see you at the sale and swap day.