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September 2016 Newsletter

 | Published on 8/31/2016
For a downloadable and complete version of this newsletter, click here: September Skiddoo 2016

President’s Message


Are you feeling sad because the Summer is almost over?  Well, let me point out that Autumn doesn’t begin until the 22nd.  And even though students and educators have returned to the academic routine, and even though Labor Day is upon us, it is, for me, a time to look back on a busy Summer with satisfaction rather than being wistful: Spring Picnic, Cedar Falls and Sparta bike rides, Kernel’s baseball game, golf at Pleasant Valley, party at the Stimson’s, the Corn Roast and, finally, kayaking.  My only regret is that of the eight things I just listed, I missed two of them.  Now that was eight events in three months.


Looking ahead to the next almost four months, things slow down considerably.  Although we have a group leaving for a houseboat adventure on Rainy Lake, and there is a Jingle Cross UCI World Cup in Iowa City, our calendar shows nothing else except regular member meetings until the Sundown Learn-to-Ski Day on December 27.  Now would be an excellent time if someone is interested in organizing something like a get-together at a local winery or some other activity.


Speaking of our regular member meetings, please note that our kickoff on September 17 is at the Woodpecker Lodge at Pinicon Ridge.Please everyone remember to go to Pinicon Ridge.  After all, that will make it even funnier if I forget and show up alone at Squaw Creek.


Stay active my friends!


~Mike Buckman, EISC President



Nothing Nights – Wed Eve  


 New Location continuing through Sept


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) at 7 PM until further notice.  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.


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


Trip chairs: Dick Means       Ann Robinson


The adventure is almost upon us!


We’re Making our lists and checking them twice!  We’re taking food and clothes and other things nice to Rainy Lake Minnesota/Canada.  Read on to see what you are missing out on!  3 days and counting.


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 (4729 Horseshoe Falls Rd Central City, IA 52214).


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.  This will be a potluck only event.  In last months’ Skiddoo we said there would be a grill and pork burgers but there will not be for this event.  We will provide plates and utensils, a keg of beer, bottled water, 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.  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.  We will have paper membership forms on hand if you need one.


The Woodpecker Lodge will be open at 2pm.


Jingle Cross/Iowa City – Sat Sept 24


Here is the information to date that is known regarding the Jingle Cross activities on September 24.


Head to the website and get details and information on the World Cup that is being held on Saturday, September 24 at the Johnson County Fairgrounds, 3109 Old Hwy 218, IA City, IA.


General admission tickets for ages 10 and over are $15 and can be purchased a number of ways. I purchased mine on-line.  Apparently the general admission ticket will get you in all three days since I didn’t need to specify a date when I purchased mine.  It may also be that there is no charge for Thursday evening or Friday’s events.  I wasn’t able to learn that from the web site.  It did state that parking on Saturday is $10 and free the other days.  Another option that will be available is an Iowa City bus that will be running from downtown to the fairgrounds.  Event tickets can also be purchased at the local bike stores in IA City, Coralville and North Liberty (they are all listed on the web site above).  Understand that the general admission tickets do not get you into the grandstand or any seating.  Wear good walking shoes since you can stand and watch the races anywhere along the nearly 2 mile trail (3.1 Kilometers).


For a map of the area go to:


The Deschutes Brewery beverage festival will open at 11 AM as well as food vendors.  A road race is scheduled in the early morning if you want to make it a full day event.  Three sets of fun races start at 11:45 for kids’ ages 18 months to 9 years old on a shortened World Cup Course.  There are several other fun events including some attempts to race/climb MT Krumpit.


The World Cup Women’s race begins at 3:30 and the Men’s is scheduled at 5:00 PM.

I think the weather that day will help individuals decide if they want to spend the whole day or just the afternoon hours to see the “main event”.  With the cost of parking we will want to consider carpooling.  Watch your emails for last minute updates.


~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.


This trip is going to be a good one.  The trip is full but a waiting list is available.  Just email, call, message or send us a letter we will make sure your name is added. 


The next payment is due by Sept.17.  That is our Kickoff at Pinicon Ridge Park.

See you there.


 ~Dale and Rhonda


Chestnut Mountain/Galena Ski Trip Feb 10-12, 2017


Trip Chairs: Mary Jean Blaisdell  Jane Sents


Trip price with Lift Tickets $279 (double occupancy room)::

Trip price without Lift Tickets $196 (double occupancy room):

Under 18 Trip price with Lift Tickets (minor staying in the same bedroom with two adults. Up to 2 minors) $148:


EICS Trip Cancellation date is January 21, 2017.


Payment Schedule:

Adult full pkg  $93 SEPT, $93 OCT, $93 NOV

Minor full pkg  $50 SEPT, $49 OCT, $49 NOV

Lodging only $66 SEPT, $65 OCT, $65 NOV


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.


Get ready for a fun weekend ski getaway in the Galena area! Chestnut Mountain has 19 runs, ranging from novice to black diamond.  Or, you can spend the day in Galena shopping and sightseeing.   And of course, there will be a Saturday evening wine and cheese party at the hotel.  There is plenty to do in the Galena area for non-skiers as well.  Galena is known for its specialty shops, wineries, brewery and great places to eat!


Galena or bust!  All participants will provide their own transportation.  There will be a carpool signup sheet for people interested in saving a little money and riding together.  Those signed up are responsible for checking this sheet and contacting potential riders/drivers.


Trip includes the following:

· 2 nights lodging

· 2 – 1 day lift tickets

· Wine and Cheese party


We will be staying at the Chestnut Mountain Resort hotel located at the ski resort area.  The hotel has a pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, sports bar, on-site restaurants, game room, gift shop, free Wi-Fi.


For more information visit:

Things to Do:  -

Area Restaurants: 


~Mary Jean and Jane


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 sign ups really took off after the Corn Roast at Sally’s farm in August.  The trip is now completely full with 2 names on the wait list and 3 more that were trying to decide.  Please let us know if you want on the wait list and if anyone on the trip needs to cancel as there are people who would like your place in line.  It is easy to understand when we will be headed to a special place like Banff / Lake Louise.  We have been researching the trip and found the Canadian tourism slogan is: Moose, Mountains and Mounties.  Hopefully we will get to see all three!  Now for the trip information.


Banff and Lake Louise have something for all types of skiers with 3 resorts to choose from Lake Louise Ski Area, Mt. Norquay and Sunshine Village and some of the world’s most spectacular scenery.  Located within the protected wilderness of Banff National Park, this area also offers remote beauty for those in search of serenity and quiet. Every level of ski terrain can be found at Banff Lake Louise.  Boasting 4,200 skiable acres the Lake Louise Ski Area is the Big Skiing in the Banff area and also has the most convenient location.  The Village at Lake Louise features restaurants and shops are minutes from the skiing.  Sunshine Village is nestled in Banff National Park and is about 15 minutes from the town of Banff.  It is a higher elevation than the other resorts affording not on a chance to ski on the Continental Divide, but also in two Canadian provinces: Alberta and British Columbia.  Because of its elevation and remote location Sunshine Village often gets the most and the fluffiest snow of all 3 resorts.  Mt Norquay is located minutes from the town of Banff is considered the family friendly resort and offers night skiing on the weekends.  The town of Banff is the gateway to Canada’s oldest National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which offers visitors 1.5 million acres of unspoiled forest to discover.   We came across some interesting items on the history of the area:


Historical facts: : The town of Banff was named in 1884 by Canadian Pacific Railroad President George Stephen after county Banffshire in Scotland which was his birthplace.


Although this is optional, recommends trip participants purchase Travel Insurance to cover their investment.  This can be a good idea if traveling to a remote location (such as far western Alberta in late Feb.)  Travel protection must be purchased prior to final payment to  It will be good to get his in before the final cancellation date in November.  Travel Insurance is 6% of your package price. For details visit


Banff Upper Hot Springs pool and bathers circa 1932      The Big 3 - Banff / Lake Louise


Thank you to the 30 EISC members who will be traveling to Banff / Lake Louise on this incredible trip.  There are several Banff area websites with more information and details - is the best for the ski resorts.  Please bring any questions to your trip leaders. 


Thanks, Sally and Steve


Sparta - Elroy Bicycle Trip – Aug 12-14


On Friday, 8/12/16, after a scenic and adventurous drive north from Iowa, 23 EISC members made it to the Country Inn & Suites in Sparta, Wisconsin.  Approximately 17 more members and friends were camping nearby at the Pine View Campground on Fort McCoy property.  That evening the EISC showed up and took over the Café Italliano in uptown Sparta.  It was good to get together, greet everyone and to welcome some new members to the group.  Okay, camping on an active military base sounds cool, however after hearing about the heavy rains, artillery practice until after midnight and the 5:00AM reveille, the folks who signed up for the motel seemed to appreciate their decision a little more.



After a good Country Inn breakfast and short ride to the trail Saturday morning the EISC crew was ready to get moving.  A few members took a shuttle to Elroy to begin the 32 mile trip back through all 3 tunnels to Sparta.  Most of the group opted for the out and back route from the old railroad station that has become a very nice trailhead.  The trail was a little slick for the folks with narrow tires, but we only had one slip down that I know of.


The tunnels were the highlight of the trail.  The first tunnel we came to was ¾ mile long, with cold springs above it that provide ice and dripping water as we walked our bikes through, in the dark.    The other 2 tunnels are about ¼ mile long, but impressive as well.  One of the historic signs on the trail told us we were standing on an 800 ft. steel bridge that had been filled with cinders from the trains over the years.  Fortunately Brenda, who is a strong historical sign reader and Master Gardener, was there to keep us informed.  We rode through 2 small towns – the first Norwalk, was having a Tractor Pull competition that some members stopped to enjoy.  Many of us rode on through the 2nd tunnel and had lunch and a few Spotted Cow Ales in a bar in Wilton.  We got to know 2 newer members, Cindy and Karen better – both are pretty tough bike riders and will be going on the Banff trip


There were an unusual number of flat tires this trip.  2 bike tire flats were before we got started, 2 more were on the trail and there was a camper flat that looked pretty bad.  It should be mentioned that Sarah W. saved the day for Tim, who was riding a Fuji racer.  Sarah had a spare tube and all the tools to change a flat in her bike bag.  


The Saturday evening wine and cheese party was a lot of fun.  Marty, Janet and Sandra did a great job of getting everything set up.  It was good to get together and catch up with all of the stories from the excellent day of riding on one of the best bicycle trails in the country.   Everyone made it back to Iowa on their own that Sunday.  It was another great EISC bike trip thanks to the members that make the activities so much fun.


Thanks, Marty and Steve


EISC Corn Roast 2015 – Saturday - Aug 20th


Another Annual Corn Roast party in the books!  At least 65 members and friends attended the event on my farm.  The weather cooperated, the sun came out, and everything dried off by 2pm. 


The corn, the weather, the company was at its best.  Thank you to all who helped.  Kim Betts for searching out the best sweet corn. Larry and Teresa Smith for bringing and returning the grill. 



Teri Barnhart for all the extras for the meal.  The beer keg setup by Nancy Thorkildson and Janet Stimson. The “Corn Shucking” and “Corn Boil” crew.  Those that manned the check-in.  Etc!  It truly is a joint effort of many people!!  Always a great Corn Bag tournament till dark and then a fire to end a perfect day.  


I enjoy sharing the farm for the day and sharing the big hackberry tree which envelops the party.  




Kim’s Korner


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