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February 2016 Newsletter

 | Published on 2/1/2016
For a downloadable and complete version of this newsletter, click here: February Skiddoo 2016

President’s Message 1/22/16

 The weather hasn’t cooperated for us skiers in the Midwest and we had to postpone  our one-day “Learn toSki” outing to Sundown Mountain in December because of lack of snow and now cancel that same outing last weekend because of the cold.  We are leaving today on the Interlaken/Prague trip and hopefully Europe has been getting some snow because I plan on going snowshoeing while I’m there.  I am going to be jealous of my fellow club members who get to ski the Alps as I loved skiing there the last time we were there.  We have a number of club members already skiing in Colorado and it looks like they having a good time there.  Next month the club is heading to Park City and Utah is always known for their good snow.  So, keep your fingers crossed you cross country skiers the snow is on the way.

~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.  

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


February Member Meeting Sat Feb 20 at the VFW - 7:00 pm

Our Feb 20 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.  Come on out. 


February has been designated for the Ugly Tie Contest so dig through your closet or make a trip to the goodwill store.  You never know what you might win!  Ladies – wear a tie, too.  You can’t win if you don’t play!


We will also be conducting the Board of Directors Election at this meeting


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


Trip chairs are:  Kathy Takes,   Steve Cummings


The January Soup and Chili Cook-off meeting was a lot of fun and our last ski club meeting before we fly out on 2/20/16.  We have 32 lucky EISC members heading out to one of the most scenic mountain resort destinations in the world.  I have been receiving snow reports from the resorts and it looks like booking this trip in an El Nino year will ensure we will be enjoying the Greatest Snow on Earth.  


We have 22 members flying out of CR and 10 finding their own way out.  The flights #’s changed & times have changed slightly:


United-5363 departs Cedar Rapids 2/20/16 01:21 pm Arrive Denver 02:38 pm

United-5718 departs Denver 2/20/16 03:32 pm           Arrive Salt Lake City 05:09 pm

United-4573 departs Salt Lake City 2/27/16 10:22 am Arrive Denver 12:00 pm

United-4773 departs Denver 2/27/16 03:16 pm           Arrive Cedar Rapids 06:08 pm


The LE BUS charter bus will pick us up in front of the Salt Lake City airport on the 2nd curb.  There will be a grocery stop on the way to the Silverado Lodge.  It is a good idea to have a list ready before the stop.  Some condos plan each meal in advance and some don’t – it is up to you.   


Gordon Bowman and Mark Balodis are both planning on driving out separately and have offered to transport member’s skis and boots for $60.  If you would like Gordon or Mark to haul your skis & boots, please contact them to make sure there is room. (Contact information went out by email).   Plan to drop them off at the Weds, Feb. 17th Nothing Nights gathering at CJ’s in the Czech Village.   


For the 10 members finding their own way out – please let us know when you arrive.  Kathy will be driving out and hopes to arrive a little early to have things set up.  We are planning on handing out tickets and maps the evening of the 20th, so if you will be late, please let us know approximately when you will be arriving.  If you like to track your vertical feet and have skied at Vail Resorts managed properties in the past, try to remember your EPIC card.  They can set you up with a new one if you can’t find it.  I know some people prefer their own devices that track speed and location as well as vertical.    


The finalized rooming list was emailed out to everyone.  As you know we are staying at the Silverado Lodge, check in at 2669 Canyons Resort Dr., Park City, Utah 54098.  There is Front Desk support from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm, local phone - 435-655-7400.  Check in is 4:00 pm and check out is 11:00 am.  It is across the road from the Canyons Village, about 100 yards from the Red Pines Gondola and the Orange Bubble Express lift.  Each condo has a 2 bedrooms, 1 has a king bed, 1 has 2 twin beds, there is a sleeper sofa, a fireplace, oversized deck, underground parking, outdoor pool and hot tub.  There are several grocery stores and a great city bus line in Park City.  We will have more information on this soon.


EISC ski trips are always a lot of fun.  It is important to bring a positive attitude & know you will have a good time.  However things do sometimes happen and we deal with them the best we can.  Please be flexible, patient & try to keep others in mind.  It helps to bring ear plugs as they are often necessary for sleep - if you have a C-Pap machine, please use it.  If you have a cold or cough – please take medicine and keep your condo mates in mind.  The Silverado and Canyons village is at 6,800 ft. in elevation, which is not as high as most resorts we visit.  Still some members are susceptible to altitude sickness.  Drinking a lot of water, staying hydrated and avoiding alcohol is the recommended action, but that last one is not always practical.  Many have found the ‘Altitude Rx’ supplements works to reduce the symptoms.  It takes some people longer to adjust than others.  If you are not feeling well, it is a good idea to take it a little easy the first day or so.   


Park City is one of the greatest ski towns, a historic mining center and a unique destination.  Park City celebrates the Sundance Film Festival the last week in January.  We have mention before there are more than 100 restaurants and some 20 bars to choose from.  There are many things to see and do in Park City.  The Silverado Lodge in the Canyons area is a short, free bus ride away from everything.  You can line up the Olympic Village museum tour, Winter Zip tours, Guided Snowshoe tours, Sleigh Rides, Dog Sledding, Cross Country Skiing, Snowmobile tours and World Class Fly Fishing from the front desk at the Silverado Lodge.  Please go to the Park City Resort websites at or the for more information on the activities and the town.  We are getting close now & we can’t wait to get this trip going. 


Please contact Kathy or Steve if you have any questions or need more information on the trip.


Thanks, Kathy and Steve



EISC Roughriders Hockey Night – Saturday, March 12th

Trip Leader: Dan Lombardo


Join your fellow EISC members for a night at the Stable to cheer on our Cedar Rapids Roughriders. On Saturday, March 12th. The game is between Cedar Rapids Roughriders and Dubuque Fighting Saints.  The seats are located in section C, which is in the Roughrider’s attack zone for periods 1 and 3. I have 30 seats reserved.


March 12th is Military Appreciation night at the Stable and the Roughriders are offering a $2 “Two-Fer” Concessions Special. This includes: 12 oz. Domestic Draft beers, 20 oz. Bottled Pop/Water, Hot Dogs and Popcorn for $2 each.


Ticket price is $14. Game time is 7:05pm.  Tickets will be available in the lobby from 6:00 to 6:30.  If you miss us, your ticket can be picked up at Will Call.


Currently, 25 members are signed up for this event. The last chance to sign up for this event is at the February member meeting or contact me by email, and send your payment to the EISC P.O Box.


Game on!!


~Dan Lombardo


EISC X-Country/Snowshoe Schedule 2015 - 2016

Join us Saturdays at 1:00pm Contact- Kim Betts 

Dates in red are when a ski trip coincides, blue are member meeting days.  If not enough snow, consider taking a hike and get some fresh air.   This schedule is found on the ski club website calendar which provides a map.  If we get a good snow day outside this schedule, use the ski club forums & set up a spontaneous ski/snowshoe day. There are 25 members in the Snowshoe forum and 29 in the X-country ski forum. Give it a try.



Jones Park             2/06/16

Ellis Golf Course     2/13/16

Morgan Creek Park 2/20/16

Squaw Creek Park  2/27/16


Matsell Bridge Park 3/05/16

Wickiup Hill Park     3/12/16

Jones Park             3/19/16

Morgan Creek Park 3/26/16

Rainey Lake Minnesota/Canada Houseboat Fishing Trip Sept 3 – 9

Trip chairs: Dick Means,   Go to: for more info.

                  Ann Robinson


The north woods are calling and our Board of Directors have come up with an answer:

Rainey Lake Minnesota/Canada.


This is a six-day, five-night adventure with class and comfort.  No wilderness training for this one.  Enjoy the wilds of Canada from the deck of a 50-foot houseboat. Ten fun loving people needed with swimsuits, cameras, suntan oil, fishing poles, and the desire to sing rowdy songs around a campfire should send their applications in to Dick Means ASAP.  $150 will hold your spot.  The balance will be due when we board the boat.  I don’t have an exact price.  It depends on what we spend on gas, groceries, beverages, and miscellaneous extras permits and fishing licenses.  A ballpark maximum is $695 for the eight days that we will be gone.  A current passport will be required.  Each houseboat tows a fishing boat with motor.


Cancellation date June 4, 2016.


~Dick and Ann


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 committee member Don Boland



Kim Betts

I have been in the club for about 12 years now and have done a lot of growing.  I find that this club is made up of a lot of interesting and unique people. 

I feel compelled to nurture this club in its growth towards the future, and to this end have enjoyed working towards this goal.  Of course, I love to ski!  So I am running for the board once again to help propel this club into the next generation of skiers and snow sports lovers.


 Mike Buckman


I am Mike Buckman and I would like to be returned to serve on the board of the East Iowa Ski Club.  I have been a member of the EISC for eight years and I have gone on at least one West trip each of those years.  I consider myself an intermediate downhill skier and I also enjoy cross-country skiing. 


I participate in many of the non-ski activities of the club as well.  Most recently, I have been an assistant trip coordinator on the board and I am planning on going to the Mountain Travel Symposium in Keystone this April.  I have been a co-chair on the 2014 Crested Butte trip.

Thank you for your support.


 Bob Thorkildson


I am Bob Thorkildson and running for EISC Board again in 2016.  Last year we introduced Club Express to replace our website and our membership has grown because of that move.  Starting in September we were able to pay for our membership online, which made that annual task more convenient for our members. Hopefully, in the spring we will see online payment opportunities for club events like the Post Party and select what you want to eat at the same time.  Eventually, we will be able to pay for all of our events and trips online, which will save on paperwork for our coordinators and treasure.


All of these conveniences will come with a set of regulations for how they are used and the Board will have to decide those rules.  I look forward to working with the Board in the next year to bring the online payment methods and regulations to our club members.


Back in the ‘70’s when I first joined the Iowa Ski Club; most of its members did not ski as it was the social organization that people joined to find a special friend. Today, a large percentage of our members still do not ski but it is more related to bad bones and joints than the party attraction. I will strive to promote skiing activities but also to steer the club in finding activities in which all of its members can be active.


Jim Wittnebel


 I am seeking re-election to the East Iowa Ski Club (EISC) board to help provide leadership in support of the club’s continued growth, success, and enjoyment.   I’ve been a member of the EISC for the past 40 years.  This past term I held the board position of Vice President and Trip Coordinator.  As a trip coordinator, I’ve enjoyed helping put together activities/trips that are both enjoyable and of value to the membership. I'm an avid skier and have enjoyed skiing many of the west resorts along with some in Canada and Europe.  I would welcome the opportunity to serve on the board again.  Thank you for your support.





38 members headed north to Minneapolis aboard charter bus for a weekend adventure.  A wintry mix and dropping temperatures greeted us as Jeff McNutt (our loyal & faithful driver) delivered our group to the Hampton Inn near the Mall of America.  Saturday 25 loaded our bus for ride to Alton Alps as temperatures dropped to the teens. Hot chocolate was in order for skiers also on Sunday at Welch Village as wind chill shorten the numbers.  


The non-skiers (shoppers and chilled skiers) entertained themselves via shuttle at the Mall of America or downtown stores.  There were no Powerball winners in our group but I'm sure many could find a reason or item to spend some money on.  Looking forward to next year’s trip.


Thanks Jeff & Linda.


Soup and Chili Cook-Off

The Jan 2016 Member meeting drew a crowd.  About 70 members and guests attended.  Thank you to all who help to make this a success.  From setting up and door workers, to bringing something to share, or tearing down and cleaning up, or taking pictures-- we thank you all!


Soup and Chili Cook-off Champions     


What a "CROCK"
1st place  "Good Chili" (it sure was  - the pot was empty) Mark Balodis
2nd place "White Chili" (a twist on red) Linda Ferguson
3rd place "Bears Chili" (it was grrrreat) Jeff Sherman

What's in the "POT"
1st place "Beef Stew" (it's what's for dinner) Sandra Cummings
2nd place "Jazz" (it's not just music)  Sally Williams
3rd place "Chicken Noodle" (a time honored classic) Cathy Bossard
Winners were presented with a vintage bottle of fine wine and aged cheese.

Thanks to all that entered along with the great desserts and snacks,
Start planning on your next culinary masterpiece cuz this event will be back.

Chairs Sandra Cummings, Sue Goettel, Tammy Keller


A Little Teaser from Our Friends in Europe!


Kim’s Korner

For those of you with smart phones, and going on a trip with a group of people, there is a trick that will help keep their phone numbers and room numbers at your fingertips.  


For Android users, go into your contacts screen, search for a trip taker and select them, tap the 3 dots on the top of the screen, and select "Place on Home Screen".   Do this for all the folks in the condo.  


Back on the home screen, select one contact by holding your finger on their icon, and slide it over top another contact for that condo and release.  Do this for all the folks in that condo to make a stack.  Then you can name that stack of folks the room number once that is known.   Based on the rooming list, I have all my trip takers set up, and when we arrive, I will update the room numbers.