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July 2015 Newsletter

 | Published on 7/1/2015

For a downloadable and complete version of this newsletter, click here:  July Skiddoo 2015


President’s Message 6/24/15

2015_July_Tork camping at Cedar Falls bike ride 2015This year’s Cedar Falls bike tour was a little damp but everyone’s spirits were high and dry.  At the start of the day it was not too promising weather wise as our smart phone’s weather app radar showed us nasty bands of green, yellow, and orange all around us.  Thankfully, these bands of rain didn’t last long and we were able to get the ride on Cedar Falls’ paved bike trails.  Some of us camped out at the Big Woods Lake Campground, which was very convenient to the bike trail and nice except for the lack of trees, the highway noise, the trains, and the street lamps.  On Friday evening, Jane Young and Wendall Sents hosted a wonderful meal for us campers that even included ice cream.  Kudos goes to Jane and Wendall for a well-planned and run event.


Our next bike ride comes at the end of August and we are going to do the High Trestle Trail that runs 25 miles from Ankeny to Woodward.  Most of club members are staying at a motel in Ankeny but some of us will be camping so check out Steve Cummings’ article in this Skiddoo about these options.  The highlight of this ride is the railroad trestle (bridge-like structure) over the Des Moines River between Woodward and Madrid: this is really spectacular if you ride over it at night, which might be an option for us.


This year I get to attend the Whitewater Canyon event that Kathy and Jim Takes will host again this year on August 15th.  I don’t recall the conflict we had last year but the Iowa Model A Day event is on the same day but I doubt that my car will be back together by then so I should be able to duck out early and join the fun and food down on the Takes’ farm.  Check out Kathy’s article for more details and directions.


Our annual Corn Roast will be held a week later this year at Sally Williams’ farm near the East Iowa Regional Airport (CID) on August 22nd.  This is your first chance to sign up for next winter’s big ski trips.  As you know we are going to Europe to ski the Swiss Alps in late January with an optional extension to Prague for five nights.  The other big trip is out west to Utah to ski Park City and Deer Valley while staying in the Silverado Lodge at the Canyons Resort later on in February.  We have adopted a new sign up policy (printed at the end of this issue) that should give more members a chance to go on at least one of these trips so please read it over and come early. 


For those of you that believe you are not really camping unless you are surrounded by mosquitoes and deer flies and are waken in the morning to the call of the loon, you can sign up for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area trip that Dick Means is organizing for this September.  Leave your cell phone behind because there is no coverage up there and it’s useless unless you use it to pound in your tent stakes.  So if you want peace and quiet, solitude, and sing “Kumbaya” around campfires, contact Dick Means real soon.


One more thing, I encourage everyone to use our new website ( as it has lots to offer our members like photo albums and forums to discuss past and future trips.  Kim Betts has put a lot of effort into it so please use it and if you have suggestions to improve it don’t hesitate to contact Kim or Larry Smith.


~Bob Thorkildson, EISC President


Nothing Nights - Wed Eve

A long time tradition is to socialize on Wednesday nights, since there is nothing going on!   We will meet for supper and drinks at 7:00pm and see what’s going on. Our venue will stay at CJ’s Bar and Grill, 62 17th Ave SW, in Czech Village.


We have been having great turnouts at CJ’s.  The food and prices are good.  Watch here each month for the location or check the East Iowa Ski Club website calendar.  


Wednesday night bike rides have begun.  Join your friends for a ride at 5:30pm when weather permits.  We usually ride south on the trail.  


Come on down!  You don’t want to miss out!


EISC Golf Outing – Saturday, July 25th – Brown Deer Golf Club

EISC will have a golf outing at Brown Deer Golf Course in Coralville this year.  $50 will get you a modified shotgun start, 18 holes with a cart, and a potluck at Ann Robinson’s after golfing.  Plan to arrive at Brown Deer no later than 7:15AM for the 8:00AM tee time.


Sign up for this event no later than Saturday July 18 to give us time to put the teams together.  Send your checks to:

East Iowa Ski Club, PO Box 843,

Cedar Rapids IA, 52406-0843.


Please put this on your summer calendar and remember that this event is open to non-ski club members.


To Brown Deer Golf Course – From I-380 take I-80 east to the 1st Ave Coralville exit 240.  Go north at 1st Ave to the traffic circle and continue on 1st Ave (right) to Brown Deer Golf Course entrance on the left less than ½ mile from circle.

Golfers and non-golfers are encouraged to come to the potluck/party at Ann’s house starting around 12:30-1:00 p.m. Teri Barnhart will be there to greet people if Ann and golfers are not back from the course.  Bring food, drinks, chairs and yard games and hopefully we can enjoy the outdoors if the weather cooperates.


---RAGBRAI-ALERT--- RAGBRAI will be in Coralville the night before our Golf Outing.  Most of the riders will be heading out of town and well south of the Brown Deer area, but be alert. 


~Contact: Ann Robinson,


Takes’ Farm Kanoe, Kayak, and Kamp – Saturday Aug 15th

Have you heard of the Whitewater Canyon Wildlife Area, one of only three true canyons in Iowa?  This 563 acre site straddles 3 counties; Jones, Dubuque and Jackson.  You'll find a 200 ft canyon, hiking trails, scenic overlooks, mature forests, open prairies, hidden caves, a winding river and no development.  On Aug. 15th, we invite you to come explore the Whitewater Canyon, or if you would rather, bring your canoe or kayak up and we'll help shuttle your vehicles to the Whitewater creek so you can float through the Canyon, it is a beautiful area!  A second option would be to put your boat in at Cascade and float the North Fork of the Maquoketa River right to our farm, it's a 2-3 hour trip.  Or, you might choose to come to the farm, sit in an inner tube and float the river through our farm, about a 30 - 45 min float, and then be shuttled back to the beach to lounge in the river, play volleyball or tour the area.


Our farm sits about 2.5 miles east of Cascade, and the


North Fork runs through it.  The Whitewater Canyon is only about 1.5 miles to our NE as a crow flies.  We would love to have you come spend the day, evening, or night with us.  You can explore the area, or just relax along the river.  We have a volleyball net set up on one of the sand bars, and this river is only a few feet deep in most areas, so it’s a good place to float or play.  You are welcome to pitch a tent anywhere on the farm, (preferably not in a cow lot!)  Kids and grandkids are welcome!  We will have a pot luck Saturday evening for anyone wishing to join us followed by a bon fire.  It will be a good time, so if you don't have anything on your calendar that weekend, come on up and explore our neck of the woods! 


~Kathy and Jim Takes


Corn Roast 2015 – Saturday - Aug 22nd - 2:00PM

Mark your calendar for the party of the summer!!!  This will be your first chance to sign up for ski trips. Sales of the Park City and Interlaken trips will start at 2:00 pm.


- So don’t forget your checkbook!  The annual Corn Roast will again be hosted by Sally Williams at her farm near the Eastern Iowa Airport.


Get ready to have an afternoon/evening of festivities and feasting.  Activities will start at 2:00 pm with bean bag toss, bocce ball, etc.  The grill will be fired up around 5 pm.  For those who like to camp you’re welcome to bring a camper or a tent.  So bring a dish to pass, a meat to grill, your favorite lawn chair, any yard games you want to play, and a friend or two. We will provide plates, utensils, corn, pop, beer, wine, bottled water, and grill.  Cost is $4.00 which covers the beverages, corn, and kybo. 


This event is open to members and non-members.  Be sure to get there on time to sign up before the trips sell out!


High Trestle Bridge Trail Weekend Aug 28-30


 Steve and Sandra Cummings trip leaders                                            


At the East Iowa Ski Club Spring Picnic we had 12 members signed up for the Saturday, 8/29/15, bicycle trip on the High Trestle Bridge Trail.  The trail is free to ride and runs from Woodward to Ankeny, with the bridge between Woodward and Madrid.  We booked rooms at the Fairfield Inn & Suites on the north end of Ankeny.  There are still 2 King and 2 double Queen rooms left – the rest have been reserved.  The rooms are $81 per person & includes the wine and cheese party.  Most of the people I talked to at the picnic preferred the camping option which has to be arranged on your own.  There is a $5 cost for the campers who would like to come to the wine and cheese party – please sign up for planning purposes.   


The best trail camping option is at both Swede Point Park 2 miles outside of Madrid.  For those who really like the camping experience, there is an opportunity with the famous Ledges Park about 11 miles off the trail.   Kim has offered to coordinate the campers at the Swede Point Park. 


We aren’t sure how soon you have to reserve the spot, but we would think it would be as soon as 

     Address: 1601 322nd Ln, Madrid, IA 50156

possible.  Thecontact information for those parks is:


Swede Point Park                          

Phone: (515) 353-4237


Ledges State Park     

The Ledges State Park is a state park located approximately 4 miles south of the city of Boone. The park contains a sandstone gorge carved by Pea's Creek, a tributary of the Des Moines River.                                                                                          

Address: 1515 P Ave, Madrid, IA 50156  

Phone: (515) 432-1852


While on the Cedar Falls bike ride it was pointed out that the Saylorville Reservoir campgrounds might be a better option for campers.   They are much closer to Ankeny, where the wine and cheese party is planned.  The camping contact information for those campgrounds follows:


       Prairie Flower South Campground

       Address: 10498-10534 NW Lake Dr, Polk City, IA 50226

  Phone: (515) 984-6925


      Cherry Glen Campground

      Address: 4338 North West 94th Place, Ankeny, IA 50021

 Phone: (515) 964-8792


The High Trestle Trail is 25 miles, paved (concrete and asphalt) surface from Woodward to Ankeny Connecting Trails Heart of Iowa Nature Trail.  It is an all hours, no fees trail that runs through the towns of Woodward, Madrid, Slater, Sheldahl and Ankeny.  The trail highlighted feature is a 1/2- mile, 13-story high bridge across the Des Moines River valley, one of the largest trail bridges in the world.



Background on the High Trestle Trail and bridge:

The campers sound like they will be making a weekend out of the trail ride and can start early and get in the 50 mile out and back ride.   The members that are staying in the Fairfield are planning on driving over in the morning – a little over 2 hours from Cedar Rapids – parking some cars in Ankeny at the Fairfield – driving to Woodard and riding the 25 miles down to the motel.  We will have to run back up to get the cars before the wine and cheese party Sandra will be coordinating at the Fairfield.  Some are planning to start at Woodward or one of the other towns and ride until they are tired and return to their vehicle.  And I heard from some members that are planning a trail walk to the bridge. 


From the website it looks like there are several lunch, ice cream & pie stops on the trail.  Probably some bars too.  The best options for dinner look like somewhere in Ankeny, although I am sure the campers will have something good ready to be grilled up after the wine and cheese party.  It sounds like we have quite a few folks planning to go back out to the trail after dinner to see the bridge at night.  I haven’t seen it, but understand it is spectacular.   


We are collecting money for the Fairfield and Wine and Cheese party now – we want a final count 2 weeks before the ride, Aug. 15th.  We have been talking about this ride for several years now and are really looking forward to seeing the trail and bridge.  It will be the last weekend before Labor Day or when the Hawks start playing again. 


Thanks, Steve and Sandra


Boundary Waters Sept 8-16

   Hi everyone.  We now have 12 confirmed takers for this event and we are full!  BUT get your name on the waiting list if you are interested just in case someone can’t go.


    I had a really good response for the boundary water expedition, which creates a minor problem.  Only 9 people can stay at each campsite over night with each permit.  If you’re OK with splitting into two groups once were there, No Problem!  I have two permits, one for a base camp and one for those wanting to travel on north, camping at different sites as they explore other lakes.  What I need now is a solid yes so I know who is serious about going.  The start date is Sept 8th. The finish date is still adjustable up to 9 days. Send me a check for $100 bucks if you’re up for this adventurer to hold your spot.  This would be fully refundable up to the day we leave, (no cancellation date)  It’s just earnest money.    


    My plan is to leave by noon Sept 8th, spend the night just north of Minneapolis, then arrive early afternoon on the 9th at the outfitters on Moose Lake.  That will give us plenty of time for orientation, final plans, packing and relaxing before dinner and our night in the bunkhouse.  After breakfast we will load on to a power boat (taxi) for a ride to the end of Moose Lake to begin our voyage.


    The choices for gear and food range from complete service provided by the outfitter to providing everything yourself. In the past each person has provided their own except for a canoe. If you’re short something the outfitter will rent it to you. There are things we can share and we will have a meeting to work out details. (Canoe mates, sharing of tents & stoves, things of that nature.)


    Please go to   It has all kinds of info on what to take and the service they provide.  Plus I and others are full of suggestions.


We will have a group get together the first Saturday in August at Marty and Janet’s. 

      Partial estimate or expenses.

          Gas                                  $45

          Motel                                $35

Permit                              $16

Fishing license                 $40

Bunkhouse & meals         $50

Canoe                              $140

Taxi                                  $66 

Food & incidentals             ?

Subtotal estimate             $392

    Hope to hear from you soon.  


~Dick Means 


Interlaken Switzerland Jan 22-30    Or add Prague Czech Republic Jan 22-Feb 4 


Trip Chairs:  Brian and Tammy Keller


Interlaken 1 week ski trip                       Interlaken trip with 5 days in Prague


Dates: January 22 – 30                          Dates: January 22 – February 4

Cost:            $2009                                 Cost:            $2335

1st Payment: $1000 Aug/Sept                1st Payment: $1200 August/September

2nd Payment: $1009 October                 2nd Payment: $1135 October


Cancellation Date:   October 17, 2015


We are going skiing in Switzerland.  You have a choice between two great trips.  One week of skiing at Interlaken or one week of skiing at Interlaken and 5 days of sightseeing in Prague.  Both trips start off together with all skiing or sightseeing at Interlaken.  After a week at Interlaken the trip takers of the Interlaken only trip fly home and the trip takers of the extended trip head to Prague for 5 days.  We have room for 10 people on the Interlaken 1 week ski trip and room for 28 on the 1 week ski trip with 5 day Prague extension.  So we can have up to a total of 38 people skiing the week at Interlaken.


We fly from Cedar Rapids into Zurich and get bused to Interlaken.  Stay at the Oberland a 3-star hotel for 7 nights lodging, breakfast and evening meals each day.  Lift tickets are not included.  At this time all taxes, fuel surcharges, and departure fees are included.  We are flying United and there may be additional baggage fees.  The folks on the 5 day extension will be bused to Prague staying at the Ameytst a 4 star hotel for 5 night lodging breakfast each day.  


Sign up will be at the corn roast with the first 38 people paying the deposit getting on the trip. 


Brian Keller                    Tammy Keller           


Canyons/Park City/Deer Valley Utah Ski Trip February 20-27, 2016

Trip chairs are Kathy Takes and Steve Cummings


The first 32 lucky EISC members to sign up for this trip will be staying at the Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah.  The ski package includes 5 day of lift tickets of which 4 are interchangeable between the Canyons and Park City Resorts.  One day lift is for the top rated Deer Valley Resort.  Seniors (65+) get a $30 discount on the lift ticket package.  The package includes a $15 lunch voucher for the 4 days we will be skiing the Canyons and Park City Resorts.  We will be in the Silverado Lodge in 2 bedroom 2 to 3 bath condos (we are working to get some 3 bed condos).  The Silverado is a very nice, large condo complex in the village, about 150 yards from the gondola and is on the continuous loop shuttle route.  The big news for the 2016 ski season is the Canyons will be connected to Park City by high speed gondola making it the largest ski resort area in the United States.  Jim has done it again with the deal he got us on this trip.  We visited Park City 8 years ago and had a great time skiing in deep powder.  This trip looks to its equal or better with improvements to the ski resorts, villages and especially the lodging.  The free city bus service in Park City is great with bus stop pick up’s every 20 minutes, but it will be nice to walk across the street in the village to the lifts.   


Pricing is as follows: 

$1450 full Pkg, W/O Air $994, $1165 W/O Lifts, $709 Land Only.

Payment Schedule Is: Full Pkg: $500 Aug/Sept, $500 Oct, $450 Nov

W/O Air: $350 Aug/Sept, $350 Oct, $294 Nov

W/O Lifts: $400 Aug/Sept, $400 Oct, $365 Nov,

Land Only: $300 Aug/Sept, $300 Oct, $109 Nov.


Seniors, 65+ $1420 Full Pkg, W/O air $964 for Seniors 65+, $1165 W/O Lifts, $709 Land Only.

Seniors Payment Schedule Is: Full Pkg: $500 Aug/Sept, $500 Oct, $420 Nov

Seniors W/O Air: $350 Aug/Sept, $350 Oct, $264 Nov,

W/O Lifts: $400 Aug/Sept, $400 Oct, $365 Nov,

Land Only: $300 Aug/Sept, $300 Oct, $109 Nov.


The trip cancellation date is Nov. 21


The following are excerpts from the press release describing the improvements that have been done at Park City and the Canyon’s Resorts this year:


Vail Resorts has created the largest ski resort in U.S. with upgraded lifts and restaurants implementing one of the most ambitious and impactful capital plans in the history of the U.S. ski industry for the 2015-16 season. The plan establishes the connection between Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort, creating the largest single ski area in the country with more than 7,300 acres of skiable terrain, and complete a number of critical upgrades to the infrastructure of both resorts.


Components of the $50-million capital plan include: 

•         The Interconnect Gondola. An eight-passenger, high-speed two-way gondola from the base of the existing Silverlode Lift at Park City to the Flatiron Lift at Canyons. The gondola will also have an unload at the top of Pine Cone Ridge to allow skiers and riders the opportunity to ski into Thaynes Canyons at Park City via gated ski access or to the Iron Mountain area at Canyons through new trails that will be created from Pine Cone Ridge. This will mark the first gondola at Park City Mountain Resort since "The Gondola" was dismantled in 1997.


•         Upgrade of King Con and Motherlode Lifts at Park City. The King Con Lift will be upgraded from a four-person to a six-person, high-speed detachable chairlift and will increase lift capacity to this very popular ski pod. The Motherlode Lift will be upgraded from a fixed-grip triple to a four-person, high-speed detachable chairlift, also increasing lift capacity. Both upgrades will reduce crowding, lift lines and improve the guest experience.


•         New Snow Hut Restaurant, upgrades to Summit House Restaurant at Park City and expansion of Red Pine Lodge Restaurant at Canyons. The plan calls for building a completely new Snow Hut restaurant at the base of the Silverlode Lift and next to the Park City terminal for the Interconnect Gondola, with 500 indoor seats and a top-of-the-line kitchen and culinary experience. The plan also includes an upgrade to the "scramble" area inside the Summit House restaurant to improve the flow of diners and increase seats. At Canyons, the Red Pine Restaurant will be renovated to accommodate an additional 250 indoor seats. This upgrade follows the recent renovation and increase of 150 seats to the Cloud Dine restaurant at Canyons.


•  Snowmaking and other improvements. The plan features additional snowmaking on two trails in the Iron Mountain area of Canyons which will become increasingly central ski terrain given its proximity to the Interconnect Gondola. The plan also includes almost $5 million of "catch up" maintenance and upgrades at Park City, given the lack of spending at the resort over the past few years. This “catch up” maintenance spending is in addition to the normal annual maintenance capital for the two resorts of $5 million, which will be undertaken this year as well.


Vail Resorts has addressed the skier traffic pinch points at Park City and improved the skier flow and access at the Canyons.  Don’t forget the one day ticket to Deer Valley, the Olympic Village and museum and the town of Park City.  Deer Valley is consistently one of the top 2 rated resorts in North America for a reason.  Park City is a fantastic ski town with great bars, restaurants, galleries, theaters and shopping.  And the powder skiing is some of the best in the world.  This is going to be a great ski trip! 


~Kathy Takes and Steve Cummings


Cedar Rapids Kernels

The Kernels game was a success with 42 people, the cold weather not keeping anyone away.  We were lucky enough to have a double header because of a rainout the night before.  The game started early but it went into extra innings.  Many people didn’t see the second game, because it went so late.  The hamburgers, brats, were good.  I think the beers went down easily.  


I hope everyone enjoyed the new area. Thanks to all who were able to come, 


~Linda Berry






3rd Annual Cedar Falls/Waterloo Bike Ride

On Saturday, June 20th, about twenty-one EISC members rolled into Cedar Falls for the CF/W’loo bike ride.  Actually 6 people came up the night before and camped with us at Big Woods Campground.  Even though we had a rain delay Saturday morning, we got back on our way through the North Cedar loop of our trail which took us back through the prairie and Black Hawk Park for a photo opp.  From there we made our way to the George Wyth loop.  Some opted to log more miles and do this loop, while others made their way to Peppers’ to get a head start on some refreshments and lunch.  One person even walked 20 blocks just to have lunch with us J.


After a great lunch and drinks, we stopped downtown CF for dessert at Scratch and then to Singlespeed Brewery for a toast at the end of a great day with friends.  All in all we logged about 15-22 miles.  It’s always a great treat for Wendall and I to have all of you come our direction.  Thanks to everyone for your patience, flexibility and for making this a great success.


~Jane and Wendall




Kim’s Korner


I hope everyone is enjoying the website.   I have made a new change that should improve navigating when viewing the website on your tablet or cell phone.  The Home page has been made mobile friendly.  To help you understand how to navigate the pages, there is a tray of symbols found at the bottom of every page.   If you don’t see the symbols, the tray may be stowed, so to display it, you may have to swipe up on the “handle” on the top of the tray.


2015_July_Mobile_tray_1The first symbol is your Menu.  Touching that will open up the menu options, and touching it will close the menu.  The second symbol that looks like a padlock take you to your login screen.  Logging in will permit you to view photos and other web pages not available to the public.  The next symbol toggles between desktop view and mobile view.   The next symbol permits printing from your mobile device, if your device is configured to do so.  The last symbol (the arrow) will roll the page you are viewing back to the top of the page. 


2015_July_Mobile_Website_2If you login to the website on your mobile device, the padlock symbol turns into a profile symbol. Touching that will display your personal profile and allow for you to make changes.


Let me know if you have any issues and I hope you enjoy the website.   ~Kim



Rules for Major EISC Trip Sales by Jim Wittnebel

We are excited for this coming season’s two major ski trips to wonderful destinations of Salt Lake Canyons and Interlaken Switzerland/Prague.   As these trips go on sale (beginning with the corn roast), the EISC board wants to establish some ground rules to help in the fairness to the EISC membership. This is the result of lessons learned, concern, and feedback received especially from those that want the opportunity to purchase a trip but can’t due to the trips being sold out in a short amount of time.   Please note the following rules for our first day of trip sales (EISC corn roast) as follows:

  • You aren’t on the trip unless there is an opening and a deposit is paid
  • You must be a EISC member for a minimum of one year prior to August 22, 2015
  • Trips sales begin 2 PM at the EISC corn roast and not before
  • If you can’t attend the corn roast, you can give your deposit to a non-board member not including the trip chair or assistant to sign-up on your behalf
  • Initial sign-up is for one trip per member.  If you want to sign-up for both trips, then your name and deposit will be placed on a want–to-go list by the trip chair of your second trip.   At corn roast day end (6 pm) the want-to-go list will go active (sign up complete) as trip openings are available.  Should the trip be filled prior, then your deposit check will be returned and you’ll be placed on a trip waiting list.


After the first day of trip sales the rule restrictions on time of trip sales, one year membership minimum, and member delay in signing up for two trips are eliminated.