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    2015 Wisconsin Dells Freeride Initial Info Thread

    Our 4th annual Wisconsin Dells Freeride will be upon us in a few short months, and although many may not be thinking much about it at the moment, I sure am. I have to. Thorough and timely pre-planning of this event each year is a huge factor in our success and the great time that is had by all who attend.

    We do most of our club's communication on facebook these days, but I will cut and paste here what I posted on facebook today. Feel free to chime in with questions and comments.


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    2015 Wisconsin Dells Freeride Info:

    We are almost at the time when I send out our official press release. I am still trying to confirm many details, and many of you know how I struggle with this each year, but I want to give everyone here first "dibs" on what I know and hope to know, so that you get the best shot at booking your reservations and time off from work/school. So here it goes...

    1. Official dates are Thursday May 28th to Sunday May 31st, 2015. I plan to get there Tuesday night and ride wed/thurs/fri. All are welcome to arrive early as I like to.
    2. I am expecting 300+ in attendance this year.*
    3. Tent camping should remain at $18 per night if booked by May 1st, and $20 after. Rhonda may change this to April 1st.
    4. Check in and check out times will remain "relaxed" as they have been from day one.
    5. RVs should be charged the same as tent campers. This has been a point of confusion for the campground, and I have never gotten to the bottom of the issue for them. If you have a problem regarding this, please bring it to my attention.
    6. Cabin discounts will remain the same as in 2014. 10% off the first 2 nights and 50% off the 3rd night, if booked by April 1st.
    7. I'm trying to get confirmation on a 3-day tent camping deal similar to the cabins.
    8. The 2015 raffle will be held in the side yard next to my cabin. I have my own PA system which will be powered from the cabin. This will be a great spot for group pics, winners pics in front of sponsor banners, and the deck will allow good visibility. Everyone should bring a folding chair along with their favorite beverage. I am working on supplying 2 or 3 half barrels of beer for the raffle. Raffle is tentatively planned to start at 7pm Saturday. Raffle tickets will be on sale starting by about 2pm Saturday, and also in the days prior by finding me at my cabin. Everything regarding the raffle and ticket sales will be centered around my cabin. We have been blessed with fantastic weather at the Dells for 3 years and I pray this will continue. If there are weather issues, I may need to borrow some of your ez-ups. Regardless, the bar doesn't give us the space or lack of noise needed for the raffle. Our 2 previous outdoor raffles have been spectacular, so we will move it back outdoors again. The yard next to my cabin has plenty of space for us.
    9. We will have a meal plan again. Figure something similar to 2014.
    10. I think the additional staffing by the campground in 2014 was a positive improvement and I have requested this again.*
    11. I am working on doing the Friday night paddleboat ride with snacks and open bar again for $10 per person. Figure a 5:30 or 6pm start time.
    12. I am working on offering a "quiet zone" for campers who prefer this.
    13. The ATV/recreational vehicle policy will be modified. More specific details on this later, but you can plan on leaving any toys home that are not needed and used primarily for moving skis. I may offer some special permits that will bend this rule a bit, but permits will be limited and cost money - and the money will be added to our CWCAC Food Pantry donation. I am not going to be wasting my time at the Dells getting scolded by the resident campers for the behavior of my fellow adult freeriders. Period.
    14. There will be a "freeride rules" sign posted next to the boat launch with 3 basic rules for behavior in the bay, at the launch, and in the beaching areas. Please read the sign and follow the rules. They are all basic common sense, but a few bad apples seemed to struggle with common sense in 2014, which only netted me more wasted time getting scolded by the seasonal campers and damaged the public perception of our group and sport. This will not be the case in 2015. I have spoken with the DNR, and they will be writing tickets for wake/backflips/rolls/stupidity in the bay going forward. There is plenty of room for all that fun stuff just a couple hundred yards further east on the main part of the river.

    That about covers what I have right now. I still need to finalize a lot with Rhonda at the campground, but I would say it's probably safe to start calling and making reservations. Of course, if you have any issues, please let me know and I will do my best to give accurate answers as fast as possible.

    I'm looking forward to seeing all of you again in May, at the 2nd largest damn freeride in the US**.


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    http://www.pwctoday.com/showthread.php?t=426742

    In case you missed it, one of our prizes for the grand prize raffle in 2015 will be a fully-restored, tubbied, and 701 powered squarenose Yamaha Super Jet.


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    Re: 2015 Wisconsin Dells Freeride Initial Info Thread

    Ok, first timer planning on attending this year. Bringing a buddy and plan on tenting it! Anything a first timer should know? So no ATV's? I have a Sportsman 500 that I could bring with and be willing to let people use it to move skis around, but I'm leery of doing that after what was posted above. I would be pissed if I found out people were acting reckless with it. Are there fire rings at each campsite? Are we allowed to bring in firewood? Is it necessary to bring a generator to charge stuff? It's a quiet honda genny and wouldn't be run at night. Any problems with theft? I'll probably bring a big*ss chain with anyways...can never be too safe, been burned too many times Are most people pulling the skis out every night?

    The website wasn't much help. They didn't have campground rules and policies posted, no bar hours, no campground map, etc. I think that's it for now. Thanks, looking forward to it!

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    Re: 2015 Wisconsin Dells Freeride Initial Info Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Thomps33 View Post
    Ok, first timer planning on attending this year. Bringing a buddy and plan on tenting it! Anything a first timer should know? So no ATV's? I have a Sportsman 500 that I could bring with and be willing to let people use it to move skis around, but I'm leery of doing that after what was posted above. I would be pissed if I found out people were acting reckless with it. Are there fire rings at each campsite? Are we allowed to bring in firewood? Is it necessary to bring a generator to charge stuff? It's a quiet honda genny and wouldn't be run at night. Any problems with theft? I'll probably bring a big*ss chain with anyways...can never be too safe, been burned too many times Are most people pulling the skis out every night?

    The website wasn't much help. They didn't have campground rules and policies posted, no bar hours, no campground map, etc. I think that's it for now. Thanks, looking forward to it!
    Welcome!

    Bring an ATV only if you will be using it to move your skis around. Otherwise you really won't need it for anything. Everything is very close by and the launch is paved. It's not like the event is an ATV/pitbike/go-kart/scooter crazy fest. Not at all. We just had a group of people with rec vehicles last year that caused me issues, because the campground chooses to let us go "crazy", but the seasonal campers don't agree, so the seasonal campers come and b1tch at ME. I don't do all this work to have to deal with that, AND the first time we get a serious drunken rec vehicle injury, guess what? This event is done. I do not want that to happen, and neither do the 93.8% of attendees who understand how to have a good time responsibly. Sound reasonable?

    Yes, fire rings at each campsite, and many folks make the rounds each night. You will find that everyone is very social. You can walk up to anyone and say hi and hang out pretty much anywhere.

    It is illegal to transport firewood in Wisconsin due to invasive bugs that kill certain trees.

    You can get a campsite with electricity. Just ask rhonda. There will also be many vacant campsites with electric where you can charge stuff.

    Nothing has ever been stolen that I'm aware of, and people would certainly tell me. Anyone with half a brain that knows anyone in this group or watches how tight we are would not steal from any of us and expect to get away with it. Any thefts would mean you'd have 300 rabid jet skiers looking for you until justice was served.

    Sit downs could be tied up to the floating docks, but everything else is certainly pulled out each night. It's super easy and convenient to get skis out each night.

    I believe the campground website is under construction. The bar is open for our breakfast buffet each AM and closes whenever state law says they have to, or a bit later . Go on google maps and look at the satellite view of the campground. It is laid out perfectly for our event. That is one of the many reasons we has 100 people in 2012, 140 in 2013, 240 last year, and we will blow past 300 this year. People show up expecting to have a good time for a reasonable price, and that is what happens.
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    Re: 2015 Wisconsin Dells Freeride Initial Info Thread

    Thanks Fox River, I think I'll leave the ATV at home. Won't be long now with the warmer weather!

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