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November 2015 Newsletter

 | Published on 11/1/2015
For a downloadable and complete version of this newsletter, click here: November Skiddoo 2015
For all pictures from the October Member Meeting, click here: 2015 Oct VFW

President’s Message 10/30/15


It’s time to think about getting your skis out of the closet, basement, or, God forbid, your garage and get them ready for the coming season.  When you took them out of your car the last time you used them and stuffed them in the rafters of the garage, you may have to deal with some rust on the steel edges. Skiing on rusty skis is difficult, especially in new snow, and can be dangerous because the edges drag and don’t allow the ski to slide through the turns.  On further inspection, you might find dings (technical term) and burrs on the edges besides the usual dulling of the edges after regular wear and tear.  And if you skied late into the last season, you might have experienced some rocks hidden in the ski trails, which now have taken chunks from the plastic bottom base.  You need to fix all these issues before you venture out onto the snow this year.


The problem for us is there isn’t any places nearby to take our skis to have them tuned.  In Iowa City, Scheels sharpens and waxes skis and in Dubuque the Free Flight ski shop will tune-up skis but it will cost you to take them there and drop them off, because they may not do them while you wait, and then around $50 to get them tuned.  A better long term solution is to buy a set of ski tuning equipment and do the job yourself.  You will need vises, edge tuner, flat mill file, p-tex candles, metal and plastic scrapers, ski waxes, and cork or brush polishers along with your mother’s old steam iron and you are ready to go.  The initial outlay could be quite spendy so you need to shop around on-line to find good deals on new equipment.  For instance, I found the ski vise retail prices ranging from $109 to $615 for the World Cup top-of-the-line vise.  You will also need a sturdy bench of table to which you clamp you vises.  The edge tuner prices range from $35 to $70 but look for one with replaceable files and angle adjustments. The prices for ski wax is all over the map: simple 2 oz. of paraffin wax is $11 while racing wax prices go up to $78 for 1 ½ oz. of “Hi-Fluoro” wax. By the way, you apply the wax designed for the snow temperatures at which you plan to ski so you will need a variety. You might also check on Craig’s List or eBay for used equipment.


Another option would be to go together with a friend (or two) in on buying the equipment to share the initial 

costand then buy the expendables like the p-tex and wax as needed.  Whether you go it alone or share the cost with friends, these tools will pay for themselves in a short time.  There are a few of us in the ski club that have been doing our own ski tuning for a long time and we get great satisfaction when we go skiing because with sharp edges on ice, the correct temperature wax on freshly groomed trails or in deep powder, the skis are much easier to turn and stop.  Learning to use these new tools has never been easier because there are lots of how-to videos available free on-line.  The best reason to tune your own skis is the assurance that the skis are done the way you want and you have no questions on their conditions when you step into them. 


~Bob Thorkildson, EISC President



Family News


EISC member Bill Jones’ brother, Peter Michael Jones, 61, of Westwood, New Jersey, passed away on October 11, 2015 after a long illness.  We extend our condolences to Bill and his family at this difficult time.


On a lighter note, Diane Stickney and Chip Scholl got married on Oct 17.  Congratulations to the happy couple!


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!


November Member Meeting Sat Nov 21 – 7:00 VFW


Our Nov 21st meeting will be at the VFW hall at 3240 Southgate Place SW, Cedar

Rapids.  This location is easy to find.  Just turn west off Interstate 380 (exit 17) on 33rd Ave SW and then north (right) on Southgate Place.  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.  Click here for the calendar details: Member Meeting-Food Drive Night! - 11/21/2015


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.

Click here for the calendar details: Sundown Mountain Day - 12/29/2015

~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)

$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 24 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 November 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.


For more information visit:,


Click here for calendar details: Afton Alps, Welch & Mall of America weekend. - 1/8/2016


~Jeff and Dan


Interlaken Switzerland and 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


There are 19 of us going this great European skiing and sightseeing opportunity in Switzerland and Czech Republic.  We have turned back all the extra spots.  All have chosen the one week at Interlaken and 5 days of sightseeing in Prague available for these two spots.  We start off with a week of skiing or sightseeing at Interlaken then head to Prague for 5 days. 

Tammy and I will not be available from November 1 – 16 hopefully you will not have any questions at that time.  We will respond to messages after the 17th, if you have an urgent need/question contact Jim Wittnebel.

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.  For 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. 


Interlaken is a 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 minute 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 meters (13642 feet) from your Interlaken base of only 567 meters (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..

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.  Other close major international resorts like Adelboden, Kandersteg and Andermatt.  


Jungfrau ski region is an ideal base for both skiers and non-skiers, 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 


~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.


We had a great time at the October ski club meeting & reached the goal of 32 members signed up for the Park City / Canyons / Deer Valley trip.  Thanks to all who will be joining us on the great EISC Utah adventure.  If you were thinking about going and didn’t get signed up, please call us get on the waiting list as soon as possible.  Things always come up and plans can change and if there is enough interest, there is always a possibility for expansion, but you have to hurry and get on the list.  We had several questions on the activity options Park City.  Last month we mentioned the 111 restaurants, 20 bars, 23 art galleries, museums and that 64 of Park City's buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, many are located along the town's Main Street.  We covered the Winter Zip Tours, Guided Snowshoe Tours, Sleigh Rides, Dog Sledding, Cross Country Skiing, Snowmobile Tours, World Class Fly Fishing, all which can be arranged at the Silverado Lodge.  The Winter Olympic Museum and Training Center is very close to the Lodge as well.   Please go to the Park City Resort website at for more details on the activities and the town.    


The SKI magazine resort ranking issue came out this month.  All three of the resorts we are visiting made the top 30.  Deer Valley was near the top of the list because of constant grooming, service and the quality of the food and overall experience.  The rankings are based on a list of ski & resort related categories and is done by the readers of SKI magazine.  Some of the things they mentioned on Park City was the mix of plenty of beginner terrain, excellent groomers and the daunting steeps of the McConkey and Jupiter bowls.  Besides the new Quicksilver gondola connecting Park City to the Canyons, they are projecting upgrades to the Motherlode and King Con lifts will help alleviate the occasional lift lines.  The resort formerly known as the Canyons had positive comments about the dining options – this is a change from our last trip.  They hit on the 4,000 skiable acres with 21 lifts as being an intermediate skiers paradise with expert skiing off of the Ninety Nine 90 lift and newly opened glades off of Peak 5 chair.  The sheer size of the place can mean skiers have a hard time getting from Point A to Point B, so spend some time before the trip with the trail map.  The town of Park City received a lot of positive comments.  All had mandatory run and après ski recommendations that we will cover next month.   


We did miss a few things at the meeting.  We wanted to remind everyone that you can still get trip insurance through SKI.COM’s provider Red Sky Travel Insurance.  The phone number is 1-866-889-7409 and email is  Trip insurance is optional and is not through the club, but several members have used it in the past and many have signed up this year.   We still need to collect some October payments and want to remind everyone the final payment is coming up at the next EISC meeting, Nov. 21.  


Ski maps, lodge and detailed activity information is available.  Please go to the Park City / Canyons resort the website at  For more information on Deer Valley resort go to  We made the 20 members flying minimum to get the break on the airline tickets.  The wait list is open to all, but if we lose someone who was planning to fly, we would need a flyer as a replacement off the wait list.   Please contact Kathy or Steve if you have any questions on the trip of would like to sign up for the wait list on what is sure to be a great adventure.


~Thanks, Kathy and Steve


 Food Drive for Linn Community Food Bank at November 21 meeting


Once again EISC will be collecting food and monetary donations to benefit the Linn Community Food Bank.   The Linn Community Food Bank provides a 3 day emergency supply of food to families in need on a first come/first served basis.   Families may visit the Food Bank up to 6 times a year. 

Monetary donations are welcome and encouraged.   Many of the local grocery stores, in particular HyVee, provide goods to the food bank at cost.   So each dollar donated will generate even more food than what each of us can buy on our own and deliver.    And your check, payable to Linn Community Food Bank, can be claimed as a charitable donation on your tax return.   

Items needed are:

  • Canned corn, green beans, peas, fruit, applesauce, pork & beans, soup, canned tuna and meat.
  • Creamy peanut butter, instant mashed potatoes, instant pudding, pasta and sauce, macaroni & cheese, saltine crackers, corn muffin mix, pancake mix.
  • Toilet paper and bar soap

Food items not acceptable:   Cannot accept expired or perishable items, badly damaged or dented containers, glass containers, or home canned foods.  


Thank you.        Marty & Janet Stimson


Oct meeting at the VFW


Thank you Gordon Bowman for sharing your pictures with us!


EISC Board of Directors Election


Larry Smith, Don Boland and Pat Boland will be the election committee for our 2016 Board of Directors election in February.


If you are interested in running for the board contact a committee member. 


The current members up for reelection are: Kim Betts, Jim Wittnebel, Bob Thorkildson, and Mike Buckman.

Click here to learn more about the board: Executive Board


Kim’s Korner


If you encounter trouble with the ski club website, such as logging in issues, credit card charges or questions, there is a service available to help you out.   You can make a phone call to Club Express and they will help if possible.   The phone number is 1-866-HLP-CLUB (457-2582).   They will not be able to help with events or activities with the ski club, just technical, how to use the website or credit card issues.  They answer during regular office hours: 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday.


There is also a HELP function on every webpage of the website.   Just click on the “?” symbol found on the slider on the side of the page for those folks using a desktop or laptop computer.  For mobile devices, you will need to switch to the “non-mobile” view by touching the monitor symbol at the bottom of your window.  


There is additional help once you are logged into the website.   If you click on your name at the top right of the screen and on the dropdown menu click on “Profile” you will see the User Manual panel.  This is a downloadable video on how to manage your user profile.