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September 2015 Newsletter

 | Published on 9/1/2015

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


President’s Message 8/28/15


Our ski season is officially underway as of last Saturday’s Corn Roast.  That was when we started selling spots on next year’s big weeklong ski trips.  Our trip coordinators, Jim and Mike, have put together two stellar ski trips for this winter’s fun: one to Switzerland and one to Utah.  Now that we have secured a spot on one of these trips it is time to buy our trip insurance.


President Bob ThorkildsonSome of you might think that this is just one more unnecessary expense but let me assure you that you need it.  Nancy and I have been buying trip insurance for quite a few years now and it started because our parents were getting older and having more unpredictable health issues that we needed to address.  Then there was the time that we had to cancel out of a Mexico trip because of Nancy’s hip replacement.  Finally, there was last year’s little trip and fall on the Big Sky, Montana trip that left me in the hospital for eight days and three surgeries.  The trip insurance covered all of my out-of-pocket medical expenses while in Montana, which was important since we were “out of network”. 


This coverage was limited to $25,000, but thankfully that limit didn’t come into play.  They also paid for my ambulance ride from Big Sky to the Bozeman hospital and my nurse-assisted flight back to Cedar Rapids that included first-class airline tickets for me and my nurse and door-to-door limousine service at both ends.  Although I never saw a bill for this service, I imagine this was very expensive.  Another thing that insurance picked up was the trip interruption for both Nancy and me, which reimbursed us for the price of the unused condo and bus transportation, unused lift ticket and ski rental, and Nancy’s car rental and hotel costs.  The trip interruption insurance was limited to the total cost of the trip, so unfortunately it could not cover all our expenses, especially when Nancy’s last minute coach airline ticket home was $1,500.  


In today’s travel market you can’t afford not to buy trip insurance due to the very early cancellation dates set by the airlines and travel agents.  For instance, the club’s cancellation date for the Interlaken trip October 17th and if you decide you can’t go on the trip for any reason after that date you could very well forfeit all of the money you paid to get on the trip.  The club will try to reimburse you whatever it can after all the trips have been finalized but, in the end, we (the club) must balance our books and you may not get all of your money back.  Another thing to consider is non-skiing accidents like tripping off a curb in Prague, banging your shin on the cobblestone street, and needing suturing your bloody shin: trip insurance will pay for your trip to the hospital.


Last year, we used Ski Trip Preserver from Red Sky Travel Insurance and I would highly recommend that company again to our skiers going to Utah.  But there is a website, for those of you who are Internet savvy, called that lets you compare lots of travel insurance companies in one place.  I see that the company we insured last year’s Alaska trip, AIG Travel Guard, is on the list.  There are some very useful pages (links) of information about travel insurance in general.  Some things to pay attention to are “pre-existing medical conditions” and “cancellation for any reason” policies.  If you want this type of insurance you need to buy it within 10 to 30 days (depending on the company) of your initial trip payment, which was Saturday Aug 22, if you signed up at Corn Roast.


So, after you pay your initial down payment for next winter’s ski trip, you should immediately buy travel insurance for the total cost of the trip.  You can also visit to start reading up on travel insurance and comparing the various plans.  Do it now!


~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!


Boundary Waters Sept 8-16

Hi everyone.  By the time you read this, we will be nearly ready to depart on our adventure.

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


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


~Dick Means


EISC Annual Kickoff Sept 19th- 2PM Squaw Creek, Red Cedar Lodge

Come out and enjoy a nice afternoon in Squaw Creek Park, in Linn County at the SE edge of Marion at the corner of Highway 13 and Highway 100.  The entrance to the park is on Highway 100.  Watch for the EISC signs that will direct you to the Red Cedar Lodge. 


There are trails to walk, a gorgeous view, and nice fall temperatures.  Bring a dish or side to share and we will have pork burgers grilled on site along with buns and condiments, a keg of beer, pop and wine. 


There will be updates and info on all the trips, and socializing. 


It’s the first club meeting of the fiscal year.  Cost is $5.00 for guests and membership dues are $30 for singles and $47 for households.  What a deal that is when you look at the meetings and numerous events we provide during the year.  If you have not renewed your membership before the meeting we will have forms for your convenience.  If you have renewed online you may bring your invoice and your check or cash payment to the meeting instead of mailing it to the PO Box.


The Red Cedar Lodge will be open at 2pm, with pork burgers grilled at 6pm.


Sundown Mountain Learn to Ski Day - Dec 29


Trip Chairs: Ann Robinson

                   Beth Cottingham

This is a member and non-member learn to ski along with getting your ski legs accustomed to the seasons EISC trips.  Cost is $32 for lifts only and $48 with lift, lesson, and equipment.  This is always a popular early ski season outing.  So please sign-up at the Sept Kickoff meeting. 


~Ann and Beth

“Shop/Ski” – Mall of America/Welch Village/Afton Alps –


Jan 8-10, 2016

Trip Chair:  Jeff Owen

Trip Chair:  Dan Lombardo


$289: Trip price with Lift Tickets ($97 Sept, $96  Oct, $96  Nov)

$212: Trip price without Lift Tickets ($72 Sept, $70 Oct, $70 Nov)


Trip Cancelation date is December 4th, 2015


Wax up those skis and boards a fellow EISC members and get prepared for the annual Midwest trip. This year, you will have the opportunity to ski at 2 locations in the area, Afton Alps and Welch Village or spend the day at the Mall of America. The Shop/Ski trip will go on sale at the EISC September Kickoff meeting. Get ready for an entertaining weekend be in Minneapolis, MN. 


Trip includes the following:

  • 2 nights Lodging
  • Round trip Coach Bus
  • 2 – 1 day lift tickets
  • Wine and Cheese party


We will be staying at the Hampton Inn (Double Queen rooms) located near the Mall of America. The Hotel has a pool and hot tub.


Additional details will be available at the September Kickoff meeting.


For more information visit:, and


~Jeff and Dan


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


Here is your chance to going skiing and sightseeing in Switzerland and more sightseeing in Czech Republic.  You have a choice between two great trips.  One week of skiing and/or sightseeing at Interlaken or one week 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. 


Interlaken is a virtually unique skiing experience with, arguably, the most dramatic mountain scenery in Europe all around you - the Eiger, the Mönch, the Wetterhorn and Mürren's Schilthorn as well as the Jungfrau itself all rising up to heights peaking at 4158 metres (13642 feet) from your Interlaken base of only 567 metres (1860 feet). And what a way to see it all too, with a 100 year old mountain railway always running on time from Interlaken right the way up to the Jungfraujoch..  The spectacular Jungfrau Region using the 'Top Ski' lift ticket which covers 45 lifts around Grindelwald, Wengen and Mürren.  Other close major international resorts like Adelboden, Kandersteg and Andermatt.  There are several organized sightseeing tours and daily bus excursion from the Hotel.  Here is one website to get some ideas on what activities are available:  

Currently there are 17 members signed up for the Interlaken/Prague trip.  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, I found a couple 1 day passes for $60-$70.  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 Zurich and then fly to Prague staying at the Ameytst a 4 star hotel for 5 night lodging breakfast each day. 


 ~ Brian and Tammy


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


Trip chairs are:  Kathy Takes

                          Steve Cummings


The Corn Roast at Sally William’s farm on got 26 excited members signed up for a spot on the Park City trip.  There is still room for 6 more.  We have 15 people flying and 11 driving or finding their own flight out.  We need 5 more people flying to hit the required 20.  Thank you to all who signed up and got their deposit in early – it makes it easy to get the trip process started.  All of us will be staying at the Silverado Lodge in the Canyons Village.  Vail Resorts has linked two of North America’s greatest ski areas – creating the largest resort in the United States.  The $50-million capital improvements are well under way as they are combining Park City Mountain Resort with Canyons Resort to create the largest ski area in the United States—Park City.

Park City is home to over 7,300 skiable acres with a good mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain.  With over 300+ trails, 38 lifts, seven terrain parks, 14 bowls, six natural half pipes, one super pipe and one mini pipe.  Park City is an easily accessible, world-class mountain destination located in an authentic & historic western townrent activity on the slopes are the Alpine Coaster and Flying Eagle Zip Line are both open daily.

The first ski lifts were constructed in the Park City Village over 50 years ago in 1963. Since then, there have been many changes including the closing of the Silver Mines, the hosting of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and now, in the 2015-16 Winter Season, the creation of the largest ski resort in the United States.     


While in Park City, you don't need a car.  Getting around town is easy thanks to the free, bio-diesel, bike and ski-friendly public transportation system.  The town is busy with activities year-round with two distinct base areas, nine hotels, and more than two dozen restaurants. 

Park City is excited to show the world the new gondola named Quicksilver.  The name represents the storied mining history of Park City and the speed of the new gondola.  The new 8-passenger Quicksilver Gondola will span over 8,000 feet and will connect the Silverlode lift base area (and Miners campy) to Flat Iron Lift in just under 9 minutes.  Quicksilver Gondola features a mid-station with ski access into the Canyons side of the mountain on 3 new runs and gated access into Thaynes Canyon on the Park City side.  It will offer beautiful panoramic views of Park City, Old Town and Canyons Village once completed.


Maps, lodge and activity information was handed out at the Corn roast.  Additional details can be found on the website at  Trip insurance flyers are available and more information will be in a different article.  Please contact Kathy or Steve if you would like to get in on one of the six remaining spots.   This is sure to be an epic adventure.


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.

~Thanks, Kathy and Steve

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

The weekend was perfect for being outside and enjoying the river and the good company.  Several people met in Cascade and kayaked the North Fork of the Maquoketa to our farm. where they were welcomed by groups sitting under shade trees,  playing  volleyball on the sandbar, or tubing the river.  We had a fantastic meal, lots of dishes to share and the biggest hit was Jims' homemade onion rings. The night ended with a nice bon fire, watching meteors and visiting. Those who camped overnight were treated to a hearty breakfast.

We enjoyed hosting everyone, thanks to all who came up to relax and share a little bit of our neck of the woods!Takes Farm

Corn Roast 2015 – Saturday - Aug 22nd

What a beautiful day for a party!  68 members and friends enjoyed the day at Sally Williams’ farm. Thanks again Sally for hosting this event, and thank you everyone who helped.  Kim Betts did a great job with the corn and Brad Langhoff brought his grill out for us to use.  Thanks Gordon Bowman for all the great photos.  

Corn Roast 

Corn Roast


Kim’s Korner


As you know, we announce birthdays in the newsletter and during meetings and events.  If you want your birthday to be recognized, or prefer it not be so, here is where you can change your birthdate values.


Start out by logging into the member side of the, and click on the “Member Login” at the top of the screen.   Once logged in, click on your name at the top to see your dropdown box for your information.

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Next, in your Member Profile screen, click on Standard Member Directory.Kims Korner 2

Once on the Standard Member Directory screen, you can change your month and day of birth. Once changed, click the “Save” button at the bottom of the screen.  If you do not want your birthday to be recognized, click on the “Reset” box next the birthday info and click the “Save” button at the bottom of the screen.

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