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October 2015 Newsletter

 | Published on 9/29/2015
For a downloadable and complete version of this newsletter, click here:  October Skiddoo 2015

President’s Message 9/26/15 


I missed the Kick-off meeting in September but I am sure that everyone had a good time and signed up for the great slate of ski trips that Jim Wittnebel and Mike Buckman have put together for us.  It had been a long time2015_Oct_prez_mez since we had watched the vintage car races at Road America so had planned an 8-day camping trip to eastern Wisconsin to see the races and visit Door County in our new teardrop camper.  The EISC has great people on the Board of Directors so I had no worry about the success of the season’s first meeting.


We had another great EISC summer starting with our spring picnic where we announce the club activities planned for the summer.  In June we went to the ball park to watch the CR Kernels play, rode our bicycles on a rainy day around Cedar Falls, and then drove our classic cars to brunch in Mount Vernon.  Special thanks go to Linda Berry for organizing the baseball outing, to Jane Young and Wendall Sents for keeping us dry and on the bike path in Blackhawk county, and then to Teresa Smith and Mark Hamer for steering us to a fun cruise in our classy automobiles.  In July we had our annual EISC golf outing, which this year was hosted by Ann Robinson on her home course in Coralville. It was a warm one on the Brown Deer course but everyone had a good time and ate well in Ann’s air conditioned home afterwards. 


In August we had three club events: the Triple-K (Kanoe, Kayak, and Kamp) Day on Takes’ farm, the annual Corn Roast where we begin selling spots on the major ski trips for the following year, and bicycling the High Trestle Bridge Trail.  Many thanks go to Kathy and Jim Takes for making us feel at home “down on the farm”, to Sally Williams who continues to allow the club to tear up her front lawn and to the Langhoff’s (Brad and Denise) for bringing their grill-on-wheels, and then to Steve and Sandra Cummings who put together and organized the bike ride on the famous lighted trestle near Madrid, Iowa.  I so wanted to go on that ride but my back went out on me while hooking up the camper as we got ready to leave on Friday.  Dick Means planned the Boundary Waters Canoe trip for September 8th – 16th and I can’t wait to hear the details of how that trip went.  All in all it was a fine summer for ski club activities.  If any of you have summer activity ideas for the club to next year please contact any of the Board members or post your idea on the club’s new website.


Speaking of which, did you know that you can now renew your membership in the EISC on-line?  We have had couple of new members join the club on-line, too, and I hope you will steer your friends to our website if they are interested in us.  There is a lot to see and do on our club’s new website, which is hosted by Club Express, and I encourage you all to check it out.  Its forum feature is now a two-way communication between you and the rest of the ski club members. This is a good place for participants of ski trips to tell others about their plans for the upcoming trip. A big thank you to Kim Betts for getting this set up for us.


~Bob Thorkildson, EISC President

Family News


Darryl Hokanson’s mother Gladys Hokanson passed away on August 22.  We send our condolences to Darryl and his family.


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.  

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


October Member Meeting Sat Oct 17 – 7:00 VFW


Our Oct 17th meeting will be back at the VFW hall at 3240 Southgate Place SW, Cedar

Rapids.  This new location is easy to find.  Just turn west off Interstate 380 (exit 17) on 33rd Ave SW and then north on Southgate Place.  We will still be able to bring treats and the October meeting always brings out a few costumes.  Program: Trip updates and discussions.  Beer, wine, and pop will be available but it will be a cash bar with very reasonable prices.  Doors open at 7:00 with the meeting at 8:00.  Guests are welcome for a $5.00 fee.  Come on out.


Sundown Mountain Learn to Ski Day - Dec 29


Trip Chairs: Ann Robinson              Beth Cottingham


Calling all skiers, want-a-be skiers and all others – this is a great way to start off our ski season with some great group rates.  This year’s lift ticket only price is $32 or $48 for lift ticket, rental and lesson.  We are not restricted in number so let’s bring it on everyone!  This event is open to non-club members.  We may be meeting somewhere for breakfast and/or carpooling too.


Signup at the October meeting or you can call or email Ann or Beth.


~Ann and Beth


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


Jan 8-10, 2016

Trip Chair:  Jeff Owen  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)

$162: Under 18 Trip price with Lift Tickets (minor staying in the same bedroom with two adults.)

$85: Under 18 Trip price no Lift Tickets (minor staying in the same bedroom with two adults.)

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 head out to the 9 mile trail for a day of cross country skiing. Or, you can spend the day at the Mall of America. There is a lot of activities for non-skiers on this trip, as well as a wide variety of restaurants at the Mall of America.


The Shop/Ski trip went on sale at the EISC September Kickoff meeting and we have signed up 18 spots on this trip. Please note the pricing for minors on this trip. All minors will pay a reduced rate for this trip when they stay in a room with 2 adults. Be sure to sign up at the October meeting before it is sold out. 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.


More details will be available at the October meeting.


For more information visit:,


~Jeff and Dan


Interlaken Switzerland Jan 22-30


Or add Prague Czech Republic Jan 22-Feb 4 


Trip Chairs:  Brian Keller    Tammy Keller


Interlaken 1 week ski trip                       Interlaken trip with 5 days at 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’s another great European skiing and sightseeing opportunity in Switzerland and 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.  Beneath the mighty backdrop of the world famous Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau peaks lies the equally famous ski resort town of Interlaken. Conveniently situated 40 minutes drive from the closest airport (Belp) and 20 minutes from the valley stations of Grindelwald, Wengen and Mürren, Interlaken earns its name as the gateway town to the Jungfrau Ski Region.  These peaks 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..


With what has been described as Europe's most dramatic mountain scenery, skiing in the Jungfrau region is a unique experience. However, it's not just the scenery that will impress. The Jungfrau region offers fantastic skiing conditions, well prepared and uncrowded pistes, excellent beginner areas and a large snow park. Snow conditions throughout the whole winter season can be guaranteed with the combination of Swiss Alps snowfall and extensive snow making facilities.


Quick Facts

3 winter sport resorts

45 transport installations

214 km of slopes at all levels

100 km of hiking trails

50 km of sledging runs

45'000 passengers transport capacity per hour


facilities for more than 50 % of the slopes

33 Beginner runs

55 Intermediate runs

22 Expert runs


The spectacular Jungfrau Region using the 'Top Ski' lift ticket covers 45 lifts around Grindelwald, Wengen and Mürren.  Other close major international resorts like Adelboden, Kandersteg and Andermatt. 


Jungfrau ski region is an ideal base for both skiers and nonskiers, offering a large variety of accommodation options, activities, and extensive public transport connections to the mountain.   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:,  winter activities 


Currently there are 18 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 Keller


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


Trip chairs are:  Kathy Takes       Steve Cummings


$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


The trip cancellation date is Nov 21.


The September Kick Off meeting brought us closer to filling the Park City trip, but we still have space for a few more.  We were talking about the ski resorts and the Greatest Snow on Earth and had some questions on ‘what else is there to do besides ski?’.  We are staying in Park City, regarded as one of the world’s best ski towns.  High in the Wasatch Mountains, the historic mining town of Park City, Utah is unlike any other ski town in the world.  Located just 32-miles from Salt Lake City, Park City is a small ski town that features 111 restaurants, 20 bars, 23 art galleries and museums.  Park City is a unique blend of the old and new. 64 of Park City's buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, many are located along the town's Main Street, and more than 1,200 miles of tunnels wind through the surrounding mountains, remnants of the mining era.  The Silverado Lodge in the Canyons area is a short, free bus ride away from everything.  Some of the other things to do include Winter Zip Tours, Guided Snowshoe Tours, Sleigh Rides, Dog Sledding, Cross Country Skiing, Snowmobile Tours and World Class Fly Fishing.  All of these activities can be arranged at the Silverado Lodge.  We are staying fairly close to the Winter Olympic Museum and Training Center.  It is a very fun & interesting place to visit where anyone can enjoy the thrill of speeding down the same bobsled run used for the 2002 Winter Olympics in an authentic competition bobsled.  There are a lot of cool exhibits and fun things to see there.  


We had some questions on the lodging.  We will be staying in the Silverado Lodge.  It is located across the street from the Canyons Resort Village.  The pictures look great & ads say the Silverado Lodge is masterfully designed for the most discriminating of tastes with great fireplaces, vaulted ceilings and oversized decks that offer incredible views.  It features timeless elegance and quality amenities in a premium location.  The nearest lift is the Orange Bubble Express & Red Pine Gondola and is close to all the Resort Village shops.  Top Property Amenities include complimentary underground parking, secure Ski Check, Outdoor Pool & Hot Tub, Bell/Valet Desk (Seasonal), Fitness Center, Steam Room & Sauna, 24 hour front desk, Shuttle (Seasonal); Complimentary wireless internet.  It has a mid-resort location — a minute away in the shuttle, but secluded from the bustle and noise.  The Bistro restaurant is location in the complex.


Maps, lodge and activity information is available.  Additional details on the Park City / Canyons resort can be found on the website at  Trip insurance flyers are available.  The only openings left will require you sign up for the air travel package – we need to have 20 members flying to get the break on the airline tickets.   That would be a long drive, anyway.  Please contact Kathy or Steve if you would like to sign up for this epic adventure.


Thanks, Kathy and Steve


High Trestle Trail / Bridge Trip


On Saturday, August 29th the EISC was out in force on the High Trestle Trail / Bridge in central Iowa.  The folks arriving by car from Cedar Rapids that morning arrived in Woodward, IA at the trailhead before 10:00 am and were all ready to roll when it was suggested we wait for our members that were camping in the nearby Ledges Park.  Eventually the campers rolled in with tales of rain storms and wind during the night, but we were pretty sure they just over-slept.


The trail is very flat and made of concrete.  The bridge came into view not too far down the trail.  The bridge is really something and it is an incredible view.  There is an overlook to take pictures – the bridge is ½ mile long with great views of the river & valley.  We had several members enjoying the trail by walking to the bridge.


Madrid was the first town on the trail & where some members ran into the Flat Tire bar – it was a busy & loud, large steel Quonset hut that was turned into a fun bar.  There was a bike shop and a lot of activity going on in the area.  The trail ran through some wooded areas and countryside - it seemed like a fast ride. 


The next stop was in Slater at the Nite Hawk Bar and Grill right on the trail.  This was the lunch stop for most.  It was a fun, very busy place as well, but we were able to find enough tables out on the deck to accommodate everyone.  After everyone was refreshed or remembered this was a half way point the ride continued.  Some went on to the hotel in Ankeny, some rode to the next town & turned around, deciding it was a good time to head back to the cars.  There was a vineyard that was having a party about a mile off the trail that some members were able to visit.


After the ride the campers headed back to the Ledges Park for the evening, although we did see some pictures indicating there was a night time visit to the bridge.  The rest of the members stayed at the Fairfield Inn in Ankeny.  It was a very nice hotel in a nice setting between the trail and I 35.  We had a nice wine and cheese party (thank you Sandra) in one of the meeting rooms featuring margarita’s along with the regular fare.  Staying with this theme, most of the group had a very good dinner at an authentic Mexican restaurant across the parking lot.  There were some members spotted by the pond behind the hotel ending the evening with bourbon and cigars.  It was a fun bike trip and everyone agreed we needed to come to this area again in the future.  We want to be sure and give a big thank you to all of the members that came along on the High Trestle Trail / Bridge event and helped make it so much fun.


~Thanks, Steve and Sandra



Boundary Waters Sept 8-16


What an interesting trip - no TV, no cell service, no hot water.


Our group of 10 explorers headed north to Ely, Minnesota on the Tuesday after Labor Day.  We arrived Wednesday at noon for lunch after staying all night in Stillwater, Minnesota.  After lunch and "letting" the girls shop in Ely, we arrived at William's and Hall outfitters on Moose Lake.  What a beautiful view of the lake.   We had a steak dinner at the outfitter and slept in their hostel style lodging.  The next morning, we had a motor boat ride to the first portage, it took about 35 minutes and saved 6 1/2 hours of paddling.  This was the portage to Ensign Lake.  The lake water was very shallow, so our water taxi driver put us off about 30 yards from the portage and we hand carried our gear in calf deep water to start the first trek through the woods.  That's when I heard my-self saying, "What am I doing here?"


We had 5 canoes, and 10 people.  Since the limit for camping was 9 per site and 4 canoes per site, we split into 2 groups of 6 and 4.  We were searching for 2 campsites that were close so we could keep in contact via walkie-talkie and perhaps visit each other.   After about 3 hours of paddling east, consulting maps and checking out campsites, we landed at 2 sites on the east end of the lake on sites that were about 100 yards apart.  We took time to set up camp over the 6 days we spent- at the "main" site, 2 hammocks, a screen tent, bear bag hanging points and our tents.  The secondary site of 4 people set up a hammock, a rain fly, bear bag hanging point and tents.  


We could walk back and forth from our camps, from our secondary campsite, M. J. "Trailblazer" Blaisdell, and Ange Miller doing a fine job of helping the camps be able to visit by marking a trail.  The weather was very cooperative, cold a couple of nights and warm and sunny most of the time. There are no bugs in September, no ticks, no mosquitoes and no flies.   Glenda was well equipped for the weather with her extra warm sleeping bag.  Linda Berry was our "Fashionista Camper", with her well-appointed camp clothing, both functional and classy.  


We had trouble catching fish, even with a portage to a couple of lakes through the week and not for lack of trying.   On the last day at camp, Ann, Bill & Ange set out on a windy day for Trident Lake.   They successfully brought back 6 nice sized fish - one a good sized Northern caught by 

Big Bill.   Ann is the fisherman extraordinaire, not afraid to land them and take care of dehooking and putting them on the stringer. 


Dwayne was quiet and laidback, took good care of the rookies and when someone needed something would go to his Tupperware tote and pull out at least a pound of whatever was needed.  On the trail between camps, we swore we saw Sasquatch at night, but it turned out to be Big Bill.  We thought we saw a bear Tuesday night, it was almost dark, but it was Dave coming back from the latrine.   I gave him a razor, but he wouldn't use it. 


We paddled west on our extraction day, and once again the weather cooperated, with just a few sprinkles and fairly calm water.  We enjoyed the water taxi ride back, had a refreshing shower and headed to Ely.  The cold beer & open faced meatloaf & mashed potato lunches were beckoning!   We arrived back in the Cedar Rapids area about 11:00 pm, exhausted, but exhilarated.  


I had a great time, but from now on my camping will be under an umbrella on a beach somewhere in Mexico with a Rum & Coke in my hand.  Who wants to go? 


~Dick Means


EISC Annual Kickoff Squaw Creek


On Saturday Sept 19 more than 70 members and guests took advantage of the great weather to spend the afternoon and evening with friends, old and new.  A BIG thank you to all who helped with set up and clean up and to all who brought a dish to share.  Thanks Kim Betts and Sarah Wittnebel and Teri Barnhart for helping with the membership sign ups, and Jim Wittnebel for covering for P Bob Thorkildson.   Thank you Denise, Brad, and Braden Langhoff for bringing the grill and for grilling the pork burgers. 


 Kim’s Korner  


Doorworker signup - NO LOGIN REQUIRED 

The board very much appreciates those who volunteer to keep the club humming along.   One of the volunteer positions that we have in place are doorworker and many of you check the box on the membership form indicating that you would like to help out in this way.   With our new website, you can go ahead and sign up for a slot ahead of time, and reduce time taken by the board to make phones calls and the tedious task of arranging these schedules.   Entering an email is not required but you will not receive a reminder the day before the event.


Follow these steps, you DO NOT need to log into the club website.  My example is for someone not logged in.  (Hint-click on “Who” to see who else is signed up for a slot)