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August 2016 Newsletter

 | Published on 8/1/2016
For a downloadable and complete version of this newsletter, click here: August Skiddoo 2016

President’s Message


Here we go!  In last month’s President’s message, I told you to take advantage of the relatively quiet month of July to plan your ski club activities in August, Autumn and Winter.  In theory, you could occupy all but two weekends in August and September with ski club activities.  This month, we have the Sparta bike trip on August 12 and 13, the Corn Roast on August 20 and the Takes farm outing on August 27.  Also, a number of you will be leaving for Rainy Lake right away the first week of September.  A big thank you in advance to the event leaders and their helpers who make these events possible.


Our thanks also go out to Linda Ferguson for running the Kernel’s baseball outing and to Ann Robinson for the golf outing.  Both events went very smoothly and everyone enjoyed them very much.  (We won’t comment on my hopes to lower my golf score.)


Our planned ski trips have met with great enthusiasm.  As of this writing, we are four slots shy of a sellout for Vail and only two slots shy of our minimum for Banff/Lake Louise.  This is an impressive level of interest in our Winter offerings considering that it’s been 80 degrees or more for some time now.

A lot of people have done a lot of good work to make these things happen, making my job easier and making the ski club look really good.


Stay cool and stay active my friends!


~Mike Buckman, EISC President



Nothing Nights – Wed Eve


New Location for August


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.  We are moving to Tanner’s Sports Bar (5200 Fountains Drive NE, Cedar Rapids- next to Edgewood Rd NE Hy-Vee) beginning Wednesday Aug 3 at 7 PM until further notice.  This will be a change from CJ's for minimum of a month to see how we like it.  We'll have the back room unless we prefer differently.  Wed nights is their special burger and side choice anyway you want it for $5.99.  They also have a lot of different beers on tap.


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.


Join your friends for a Wednesday night bike ride at 5:30pm when weather permits.


Sparta - Elroy Bicycle Trip – Aug 12-14


Marty Stimson & Steve Cummings, Trip Leaders

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


There are still a few rooms left but don’t wait much longer to sign up.   The weekend of August 12 – 14, The East Iowa Ski Club bike riders 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 has 15 rooms reserved 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.  We were planning to turn the unclaimed rooms back August 1st, so if you would like to go & stay in the hotel this is your last chance.   Please call one of the trip chairs before 8/1.  There are camping options on or near the trail with different amenities and at various costs that should be set up by the campers.  The club has a recommended site picked out with several members already having sites reserved.   


The Pine View Campground, 8053 West J Street, Sparta (a few miles outside of town) was picked as the best option.  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.  Several members have reserved a campsite for August 12 & 13 at the Pine View campground.  Since the Pine View campground is in the Camp McCoy, which is a military installation, you need to first call 1-800-531-4703 to set up an account with the military.  Go to their website (, login, change your password and/or your user name, and then select a site. 


It is approximately a 3½ hour drive to Sparta and everyone will be car-pooling or on their own for the Friday afternoon drive.  Google Maps plots Hwy IA 13 crossing into Wisconsin at Prairie Du Chien and up WI 27 all the way to Sparta as the quickest route.  We usually take US 151 and cross at Dubuque, then pick up US 61 north in Wisconsin almost to Sparta – you have to take WI 27 for the last few miles into Sparta.  Either way it is a nice drive.        


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.  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.


And if you still have energy to burn after Saturday’s bike ride, or if you get to Sparta early on Friday, you might want to check out the 12th Annual Irish Festival La Crosse.  There are Irish bands and music both nights as well as food and beverage tents.   You can check the whole event out by going to  There are some fine places around Sparta to eat and relax with a beverage or two if you decide on a little slower pace for the evenings.  


Please call to see the trip leaders to see if you can still sign up.  The cancellation date has past.  This is your last chance to join your fellow EISC bicycle riders on what is sure to be a great adventure.  There are only a few rooms left at the hotel.  This is a fun trail and should be a great trip.

Thanks, Marty and Steve   


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.  



Takes Farm Outing – Saturday Aug 27th


Have you heard of the Whitewater Canyon Wildlife Area, one of only three true canyons in Iowa?  This 563 acre site straddles 3 counties; Jones, Dubuque and Jackson.  You'll find a 200 ft canyon, hiking trails, scenic overlooks, mature forests, open prairies, hidden caves, a winding river and no development.  On Aug. 27th, we invite you to come explore the Whitewater Canyon, or if you would rather, bring your canoe or kayak up and we'll help shuttle your vehicles to the Whitewater creek so you can float through the Canyon, it is a beautiful area!  A second option would be to put your boat in at Cascade and float the North Fork of the Maquoketa River right to our farm, it's a 2-3 hour trip.  Or, you might choose to come to the farm, sit in an inner tube and float the river through our farm, about a 30 - 45 min float, and then be shuttled back to the beach to lounge in the river, play volleyball or tour the area.


Our farm sits about 2.5 miles east of Cascade, and the North Fork runs through it.  The Whitewater Canyon is only about 1.5 miles to our NE as a crow flies.  We would love to have you come spend the day, evening, or night with us.  You can explore the area, or just relax along the river.  We have a volleyball net set up on one of the sand bars, and this river is only a few feet deep in most areas, so it’s a good place to float or play.  You are welcome to pitch a tent anywhere on the farm, (preferably not in a cow lot!)  Kids and Grandkids are welcome!  


 Saturday evening about 5:30 -6:00 we plan on grilling some of our home raised Angus burgers, along w/ french fries and Jim's famous homemade onion rings!


 We invite all of you to join us!  Bring a dish to share if you wish! After supper we'll get a bon fire going and maybe we can talk some of our musically inclined members or guests to entertain us!


It will be a good time, so if you don't have anything on your calendar that weekend, come on up and explore our neck of the woods! 


Hope to see all of you on the 27th of Aug. you can show up anytime of the day, we're always here

If you have any questions, feel free to call     ~ Kathy and Jim Takes


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


EISC Annual Kickoff Sept 17th- 2PM


 Woodpecker Lodge in Pinicon Ridge Park, Central City


Come out and enjoy a nice afternoon at Woodpecker Lodge in Pinicon Ridge Park near Central City.


Directions: Take Highway 13 to Central City. 

Turn west (left if you are coming from Cedar Rapids/Marion) on Main Ridge Rd.

Turn right on Horseshoe Falls Rd and then follow the park signs to Woodpecker Hill.

Also watch for the EISC signs that will direct you to the Woodpecker Lodge. 


There are trails to walk, a gorgeous view, and nice fall temperatures.  Bring a dish or side to share.  We will have pork burgers grilled on site for a $2 donation 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 Woodpecker Lodge will be open at 2pm, with pork burgers grilled at 6pm.


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.


At this point there are no definite schedules on the web site.  We should have more details next month and plans can be made to meet at a central location and carpool.  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.


~Ruth Van Tol


Vail (Jan 28-Feb 4)


Trip chairs: Dale Bohrer        Rhonda Bohrer


$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.


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 the Enzian condo, in the Lion’s Head Village.  They are 3 bedroom 3 bath condos, 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.


Vail receives 348 inches of snowfall and there’s 1500 acres of “corduroy” each day.  They say it is the most groomed terrain on the planet.  Vail is a skier’s paradise.


We have 3 spots left so hurry and register before those spots are gone.


Banff/Lake Louise (Feb 26–March 5)


Trip chairs:

Steve Cummings   Sally Williams


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


The Banff, Lake Louise ski trip got off to a great opening weekend with 19 EISC members signing up.  The Banff promo promises the Canadian Rockies will blow you away with unmatched scenery. Glacial lakes and tall, jagged peaks create one of the most pristine wilderness settings in North America. The skiing is equally dramatic with steep bowls and gullies, wide-open snowfields and skiable glades. Explore the seemingly endless terrain at Lake Louise, experience the wide-open bowls of Sunshine Village, or get a taste of local flavor of the steep and deep at Banff Mount Norquay.  The towns of Banff and Lake Louise offer history and character with world-famous, castle-style hotels and more than 200 restaurants and bars. 


The club realizes that travel to Banff, Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada may not be for everyone.  It is a ways up there and in a whole other country, but it is one of Canada’s most popular destinations known for its spectacular terrain.  We will be staying in hotels on this trip rather than condos, but these are pretty cool hotels.  The first 3 days we will be staying in extreme luxury at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.  Nestled on the shores of majestic Lake Louise in the heart of the pristine Canadian Rockies, The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise combines luxurious resort living with the spirit of adventure. Since 1890, this has been an adventure destination in a spectacular scenic region of rugged peaks, majestic glaciers and world-renowned skiing.


In addition to skiing, a multitude of activities from the serene to the extreme are available to you just outside the doors. From a guided snowshoe excursion to heli-skiing, let the Mountain Adventure Guide customize an itinerary of once-in-lifetime experiences.  Enjoy an alluring dining experience at any of the eight restaurants or indulge in a relaxing treatment in our full-service spa and salon.  Located only 10 Minutes to Lake Louise Ski Area with shuttle available.  Guest amenities include Indoor Pool and Hot Tub; Fitness Facilities and Steam Room; Ski Shop; High Speed Internet Access-Fee 


The 2nd half of this trip is staying 4 days at the Banff Ptarmigan Inn

In the heart of the majestic Canadian Rocky Mountains, just two minutes’ walk from downtown, the Ptarmigan Inn is the perfect headquarters for those who love to ski, hike, snowshoe, fish, and enjoy the splendor of Canadas largest and oldest National Park.  The Banff Ptarmigan Inn boasts 134 guest rooms. Natural wood accents add a warm glow to the Inns interior design.  The Inns rustic design is evident in its split beam construction, brass rails, lounge fireplace and patio.  The lobby also features our Canadian Alpine Wall of Honor celebrating the achievements of the Canadian National Alpine Ski Team.


In-house facilities include the ski school, the unique Caramba! restaurant; meeting areas and more, making the Banff Ptarmigan Inn an exceptional choice.


Rooms have an either an atrium or lobby view.  The rooms feature maple furnishings finished in natural tones and artwork inspired by Canadas Group of Seven artists.  These rooms can accommodate up to four adults in a room with two queen beds or two adults in a room with one queen bed.  All rooms have hairdryers, cable TV, free wireless internet and a coffee maker with complimentary tea and coffee.


All guests have access to the complimentary all day shuttle service to downtown shops, restaurants and nightclubs, complimentary heated underground parking, and the Caribou Snow School, which provides private ski and snowboard lessons from some of Canada’s best instructors - with transportation to all ski areas included.  The Banff Ptarmigan Inn is located on Main Street of Banff, on the main Shuttle route.  Amenities include 2 Indoor Hot Tubs; Sauna; Fitness facilities; free wireless internet; Private ski lockers and wax room. recommends trip participants purchase Travel Insurance to cover their investment. Travel protection must be purchased prior to final payment to Travel Insurance is 6% of your package price. For details visit


Please sign up soon and join the 30 intrepid EISC members who traveling to Banff / Lake Louise on this incredible trip.  There are several Banff area websites with more details - is the best for the ski resorts.  There are also several Facebook sites you can follow with great information and awesome photos of the area- Banff & Lake Louise Tourism, Ski Banff Canada Big 3, Fairmont Banff Springs. There will be more information on this trip will be coming in the near future.


Thanks, Sally and Steve


EISC Golf Outing – Saturday, July 16


Forty golfers played teams of 4 person best ball at Pleasant Valley Golf Course in Iowa City on July 16.  The weather was perfect for golfing and the course was in excellent condition.  Everyone had a fun filled day of golf and afterward gathered at Ann’s home for a potluck meal and awarding of prizes.


Six special event prizes were awarded: Longest Drive for Men went to Brown Montague (a member of Connie Miller’s team), Longest Drive for Women to Dana Nogelmeier (Kathy Healy’s team), Closest to the Pin (front nine) to Roy Rios (Gordy Bowman’s team), Closest to the Pin (back nine) to Brian Kurriger (Jeff Owen’s team), Long Putt (front nine) to Sue Young and Long Putt (back nine) to Dave Brown.  Prizes were also awarded the top two teams with 1st place scoring a 73 to Ann Robinson, Stuart Seiler, Jeff Sherman and Karen Olivo, and 2nd place with a 74 to Gordy Bowman, Dana Rios, Ray Rios and Roy Rios.


 Congratulations everyone! I’d like to thank the friends and family of our club members who joined us for a great day of golf.  And I’d expecially like to thank Teri Barnhart, Dick Means and Linda Ferguson for taking care of the food preparations and being at my home as people arrived after our play.  I couldn’t have run this event without you.


~Ann Robinson


Kim’s Korner


Membership renewals have started going out for the majority of our membership.  For those of you with an email in your account on the ski club website should have received an email notice (if your renewal falls at the end of August).   Those of you without an email address will receive a letter via snail mail. 


This is what the renewal symbol looks like when you log into the website:



Click on this symbol to renew.  You can pay by credit card, or send a check to the PO box listed on the last page of the renewal.  You will also have the option of filling out a paper copy at the Corn Roast and Kickoff meetings. 


Notice the Dollar Sign symbol in this example?  This means that I owe money to the ski club for an event.  Clicking on that symbol takes me to the payment screen where I can make a payment.


We currently have a limit of $500 that a credit card holder can pay for per payment-sorry about this folks.   The board will be discussing this issue and will get back to you on this.  Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.