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June 2016 Newsletter

 | Published on 6/1/2016
For a downloadable and complete version of this newsletter, click here: June Skiddoo 2016

President’s Message


Today is the day we announce our major ski trips for next winter.  I won’t mention them in this message.  There is an article further down in this month’s Skiddoo.  But I will say that I hope you’re as excited with them as I am!


I hope everyone had a pleasant Memorial Day.  I join you in thanking the departed, who gave all that we might enjoy freedom and also in thanking our veterans.


With Memorial Day behind us, we are now in full swing with summer.  And it promises to be a busy summer at that!  For example, we have three events this month alone:  the Spring Picnic on the 4th, the Cedar Falls bike ride on Saturday, the 18th and the Kernel’s game on Friday, the 24th.  Speaking of “full swing”, the golf outing is just a month away, Saturday, July 16.  You’re going to want to remember that date, whether you’re golfing or not.


I’d like to welcome back our British Isles travelers.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it at Nothing Nights.


And finally, whether you are holding a paper copy, or reading this newsletter on line, you are reading an award winner. Kim Betts and Teri Barnhart just returned from the Chicago Metropolitan Ski Council Symposium. They brought home with them the Chicago Metropolitan Ski Council 2015-2016 Steve Sutton Newsletter Excellence Award Second Place Tie. We tied with the Chicago Friars Ski and Bike Club. The CMSC represents 70 ski clubs around the region. 


~Mike Buckman, EISC President


Other News


As you may know, Gary Masbruch has tendered his resignation from the Board of the East Iowa Ski Club.  Theother members of the board reluctantly accepted his resignation.  At this time, there are no plans to fill the position until the next election.  We would like to thank Gary for his service on the board and for all that he does for this EISC.




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.


With the warmer days Wednesday night bike rides can begin.  Join your friends for a ride at 5:30pm when weather permits.


4th Annual EISC Cedar Falls Bike Ride - June 18th 9:30 AM


Summer is officially here, and it’s a good day to ride!  Here’s the information on this year’s EISC Cedar Valley bike ride:


Meet: Gateway Park

Directions: After getting into Waterloo, merge onto 218 N. toward Waterloo/Airport. Go about

9.5 miles and then take IA-57 W. toward Cedar Falls/Uni-Dome. Go about 1.5 miles and turn

right onto Main St. Go over the bridge; Gateway Park is on the right.


  • For GPS users: use Lincoln St. and Main St. in Cedar Falls.
  • When: 9:30 AM


Campgrounds: Black Hawk Park – first come, first served (does not accept reservations, but is the quietest of the three parks), George Wyth State Park and Big Woods Lake Campgrounds do take reservations.  All three camp grounds are on the trail, and Black Hawk and Big Woods are close together.  Big Woods is a great no wake lake and easy paddling – including for first timers, so feel free to bring your kayak or canoe.  We will also have a limited number of kayaks available at Big Woods for anyone who wants to try it.


Hotel/motel:  Black Hawk Hotel and Motel is located in downtown Cedar Falls right on Main Street (


There will be many possible loops to ride, and we will have a support vehicle.


We will loop through all three parks and have lunch at Whiskey Road in downtown Cedar Falls

(1/2 block from Scratch Cupcakery).  The afternoon’s ride will head to the trails in the southern part of town, then back to downtown.


Downtown Cedar Falls offers a variety of local museums, shopping, eating, and drinking.


No need to sign up, but if you let us know you you’re coming, we’ll be sure to wait for you!


Any other questions, please call: Yvonne Duggan


Life is like riding a bicycle.  To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

–Albert Einstein in a letter to his son, 1930.


Cedar Rapids Kernels’ Baseball Friday June 24 - Gates open at 5:30


The Kernels are doing well in the early season, so come out and cheer them on!


The game date is Friday, June 24 and the game time is 6:35 pm gates open at 5:30.  We have seats in sections 3 and 4 in the Arctic Insulation Party Plaza located down the right field lane, on the concourse above the Plaza bleacher seating.


We have 25 signed up so far and we need to get to 35.  I need your money to buy your ticket, so call me or see me at the Spring Picnic on June 4th.  We’re looking forward to having a good time.


The cost is $28.00. The food is from 6:00 to 9:00.  The menu is hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, brats, popcorn, peanuts pop, bottled water and beer. 


I will be distributing tickets near the west gate between 5:15 and 6:00.  If you arrive later than that pick up your tickets at the Will Call Window and tell them you are with the East Iowa Ski Club.


~Linda Ferguson


EISC Golf Outing – Saturday, July 16 – Pleasant Valley Golf Course

EISC will have a golf outing at Pleasant Valley Golf Course in Iowa City 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 Pleasant Valley no later than 7:45AM for the 8:30AM tee time.  You can check out their website at


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

Directions to Pleasant Valley Golf Course, 4390 SE Sand Road, Iowa City  



From I-380/US218 take Highway 1 (exit 91). Turn left toward Iowa City.  Turn right (second intersection) on Mormon Trek Blvd and continue on McCollister Blvd.  Turn right onto South Gilbert and continue on Sand Rd for about 1 mile to Pleasant Valley Golf Course on your left.


I live at 1766 Brown Deer Ridge, Coralville, 52241



To get to my house retrace your steps to Mormon Trek Blvd and follow it mostly north until it becomes 1st Ave and continue on to the traffic circle.  Take a right in the traffic circle onto Holiday Rd.  Continue on Holiday Rd to Brown Deer Rd (less than 1 mile).  Turn right onto Brown Deer Rd. (There is a white 25 mph sign at the intersection.) and continue on to Brown Deer Ridge, which will be on your right approximately ½ mile.  My house is the 4th on the right.


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.


Kim's Note:  Links to maps to golf course & Ann's home are also on the Ski Club website in the Events Calendar: 


~Contact: Ann Robinson


Sparta - Elroy Bicycle Trip – Aug 12-14


Marty Stimson & Steve Cummings  Trip Leaders

Cost:  $122 per person (double occupancy)                Cancellation date: July 18


The weather is getting warmer and the training rides have already started.  Along with the other fun bike rides the EISC has scheduled this summer the longer overnight trip is the scenic Sparta – Elroy Trail on the weekend of August 12 - 14.  Several adventurous members of East Iowa Ski Club bike trip will be headed north to the Sparta Wisconsin area to ride the crushed limestone trail from a railroad line that is famous for the 3 long tunnels.  This is a hotel or camping option trip.  The club currently has 12 rooms left at the Sparta Country Inn & Suites for Friday and Saturday nights.  The cost for the hotel room for 2 nights is $122 per person, including the Saturday evening wine and cheese party.  Official sign-up will start at the EISC Spring Picnic, June 4th.   There are a few camping options on or near the trail with different amenities and at various costs that should be set up by the campers.  Some research into the campgrounds has been done and Kim disagreed with my first recommendation – something about wanting showers.  Pine View Campground, 8053 West J Street, Sparta seems to be the early favorite.  The campers are invited to attend the EISC Wine and Cheese party - this is optional, but please sign up for planning purposes - there is a $5 pp cost.  Please be aware, it is about a 3½ hour drive to Sparta and everyone will be car-pooling or on their own for the Friday afternoon drive.


The Sparta – Elroy Trail is a linear trail with the group starting in Sparta on Saturday morning on an out & back route.  Sunday is up to you.  Some will want to head back early, but you can ride the trail more if you want.  There is a nice golf course near Sparta called Viroqua Hills that is a lot of fun & some have talked of taking a slight detour on the way back through Spring Green and touring Frank Lloyd Wright’s historic Taliesin campus.


This trail is one of the most popular trails in the country.  The three rock tunnels and five small towns along its 32.5 mile route makes the trail a favorite Wisconsin bicycling destination. Traveling between Sparta and Elroy, the trail stretches through the communities of Norwalk, Wilton and Kendall.  It is located in Hidden Valleys Country and passes through a portion of the unglaciated areas of Wisconsin.  The three century-old railroad tunnels highlight the trail. The Kendall and Wilton tunnels are 1/4 mile long and the Norwalk tunnel is just over 3/4 mile long.  The tunnels are dark and cool, even on the brightest days, and water from springs above the tunnels can trickle onto the trail.  Bikers should walk bikes through the tunnels.  Make sure you have a light as it will be pitch black dark in the tunnel.  The Trail is covered with limestone screenings and provides a smooth riding surface.  The bridges are covered with planks and are guarded with railings. 


We hope you can join your fellow EISC bicycle riders on what is sure to be a great adventure.  Plan on signing up early if you would like to go & stay at the hotel.  This is a fun trail and should be a great trip.  More information will be available at the Spring Picnic.


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       Long Shot Saloon in Norwalk                                       Hidden Inn Bar & Grill in Kendall


Thanks, Marty and Steve.


EISC Corn Roast 2015 – Saturday - Aug 20th - 2:00PM


Mark your calendar for the party of the summer!!!  Trip chairs will be on hand to sign you up for ski trips or take your payments.


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.  




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


Trip chairs: Dick Means

                  Ann Robinson

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

Rainy 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 houseboat.  Eight 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 am fine tuning the price but it still depends on what we spend on, carpool gas, and one night hotel fees will add up to about $600. Meals groceries, beverages, and miscellaneous extras, permits and fishing licenses will be additional expenses.  A ballpark maximum is $700 for the eight days that we will be gone.  A current passport will be required.  Each houseboat tows a fishing boat with motor.


We have 6 signed up and have room to take 2 more.  We want to leave early on the 3rd and spend the night in a hotel north of the Twin Cities.  We plan to arrive mid-morning on the 4th, shop for groceries, pay, board the boat and find a camping spot.  After 5 days on board, return on the 9th and head for home.


Go to: for more info.


Cancellation date June 4, 2016.


~Dick and Ann


Jingle Cross/Iowa City – Sat Sept 24


We have a wonderful opportunity to see and experience one of the fastest growing sports in the world right in our own backyard.  The UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) has chosen Iowa City for the Jingle Cross Cyclocross World Cup event September 22 – 25.  One writer explains that the sport is a combination of motor cross, mountain biking, the Tour de France and cross country running all combined.  The races are on a loop course located at the Johnson County Fairground.  The course is a combination of riding on paved surfaces, rugged terrain, steep grades, tight turns, obstacle courses and mud pits.


On Saturday, September 24th, the event will feature both

Men Elite and Women Elite riders from around the world.  In addition there is a Belgium Beer Festival also happening.  Mark your calendars for this event.


Watch for more details later regarding times and cost of the event.  YouTube has a number of videos of previous events if you want to see what you will experience.  Spectators can position themselves around the course to cheer for their favorite rider.  Much like Word Cup skiing events, cowbells seem to be needed for cheering purposes.


Looks like this will be great fun.  In the past the Jingle Cross event was held in December with snow and cold temperatures.  Hopefully we will be able to see it during some nice fall weather.


Go to: for more information about this event.


~Ruth Van Tol


Titans’ Football


The Titans game May 7th was a lopsided 58-17 score, but at least it was in the good guys favor. The action was fast, the entertainment is always different and I’m only talking about the fans.


The evening starts with a dramatic entrance of the Titan Dolls cheerleaders on eight Harleys followed by the introduction of the team players. The passing is wild, interceptions are a plenty and don’t take your eye off the action or you’ll miss a touchdown. I really appreciate the passion these young players have for the game.


After the game we shared pizza at NEED Pizza, a great thin crust pizza of huge proportions and great beer menu, highly recommend you try it.




EISC Ski Trips for 2017 by Jim Wittnebel


Mike and I have identified (with board approval) a couple of exciting EISC trip destinations for 2017 which are based upon value and club survey results.  These trips will be announced to the membership at the spring picnic along with this Skiddoo article.  


Trip Payments:  The airlines and lodging are requesting earlier deposit and final payments each year.  Thus we will begin major trip sign-up July 16th through October with the trip amount divided into four payments.  This will help with trip budgeting and allow more time to fill the trips prior to the cancellation date.   Additionally, we’ll implement credit card payment as an option.  Payments in the form of checks can be sent to the EISC P.O. box or given to the trip chair.


Midwest Trip Status:

  • Sundown December 27th – Price TBD.  We need a trip chair.
  • Bus Trip – The destination, date, and pricing is TBD.  Where do you want to go as the club survey was mixed?  Since we’ve been to Welch and Granite Peak a number of times, a thought is to go to Cascade/Devils Head Wisconsin.  Another thought is to forgo the bus trip and car pool to Galena Chestnut Mountain or Cascade/Devils Head/etc.  We need a trip chair.

Major Trip Status:

  • Vail (Jan 28-Feb 4) – Max trip size 30 (6 per condo).  The club hasn’t been to Vail in over 20 years.  This is a fantastic ski area that is legendary for its back bowls and 5200 plus acres of ski terrain.  We’ll be staying in 3 bedroom 3 bath condos in the heart of Vail village near shops, restaurants, pubs, and lifts.  Included in the full package are bus, air, lodging, wine/cheese, taxes, and 5 out of 7 day lifts interchangeable with Beaver Creek.  Pricing is - $1649 full pkg ($413 July, $412 AUG, $412 SEPT, $412 OCT, Srs 65+ get $50 off on lifts), $1179 w/o air ($295 July, $295 AUG, $295 SEPT, $294 OCT, Srs 65+ get $50 off on lifts), $1232 w/o lifts ($308 July, $308 AUG, $308 SEPT, $308 OCT), $761 Land only ($191 July, $190 AUG, $190 SEPT, $190 OCT ).  EISC Trip Cancellation date- Oct 15, 2016.  We need a Trip Chair.


  • Banff/Lake Louise (Feb 26–March 5) – Max trip size 30 (double occupancy per room).  Trip chair is Steve Cummings.  The club survey indicated that 97% of you would like to travel to a new ski destination.  With the favorable exchange rate it’s now advantageous to travel to a new EISC destination of Banff and Lake Louise.  The Canadian Rockies will blow you away with unmatched scenery and one of the most pristine wilderness settings in North America.  We begin the week at the luxury 5 star Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for three nights.  This spectacular lodge/setting faces Lake Louise and mountain glaciers.  It’s a 5 minute shuttle ride to the Lake Louise ski area (4200 acres).  The remaining four nights are at the fun town of Banff staying at the Ptarmigan hotel which is a 5 minute walk to the city downtown shops, restaurants, and pubs.  Included is a hot breakfast.  The shuttle stop is out the front door.  Close by are the ski areas of Banff Norquay (10 minutes – 190 acres) and Sunshine (20 minutes – 3300 acres).  The full package price includes lodging, air, taxes, wine/cheese, and 5 out of 7 day lifts interchangeable at the three ski areas.  Pricing is - $1602 full pkg ($401 July, $401 AUG, $400 SEPT, $400 OCT, Srs 65+ get $20 off on lifts), $1005 w/o air ($252 July, $251 AUG, $251 SEPT, $251 OCT , Srs 65+ get $20 off on lifts), $1339 w/o lifts ($335 July, $335 AUG, $335 SEPT, $334 OCT ),  $741 Land Only ($186 July, $185 AUG, $185 SEPT, $185 OCT),  EISC Trip Cancellation date- Nov 19, 2016


Please note that changes in fuel surcharges and exchange rates may result in the end price to change slightly for better or worse.   If interested in chairing a trip, please contact Mike or Jim.



Kim’s Korner


Have you looked at the Membership Directory page on the ski club website?  It gives the 

phone number and picture of the members and also a link to their social media pages.  Would you like to update your picture, add a bio or add your social media link?  Here is how. Before starting, have an image in mind you would like to reprent you in the membership directory. 





  1. Log into the ski club website at
  2. Hover over the down arrow next to your name at the top of the webpage and select the “Profile” option:


  3. Select “Standard Member Directory”
  4. Roll down to the Social Media lines and paste in the URL from your page.  Click on “Test” next to each to see if the link works.



  5. In the middle of the page, type up a bio-people are interested in when you joined the club and your history with the club.
  6. At the bottom of this page, click on “Chose File” to add your photo image.




  7. When finished, don’t forget to click “Save” at the bottom of this page.