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October 2016 Newsletter

 | Published on 10/1/2016

For a downloadable and complete version of this newsletter, click here: October Skiddoo 2016


President’s Message


Mea culpa. We had a very successful kick-off on Saturday, September 17.  There was a very good turn-out and many members brought tasty food to share.  We enjoyed beautiful weather at Pinicon Ridge Park, several people took hikes along the trails, and those of us who stayed past sunset were treated to the appearance of an impressive harvest moon.  Aside from the keg running out early (which we supplemented with bottled beer) the only negative was in my personal organization.  I never decided on a time for the business meeting portion of the event and that made it difficult for others to plan their day.  For that, I am sorry. I will remember this in the future.  But more than that, I will begin a list of lessons learned which can help incoming board members in the future.


Learning from the past.  Those of us who live in Cedar Rapids, and other flood-threatened communities are all too aware of recent events.  As I write this, the river has not crested and we are all hoping that the barriers hold back the water.  As a whole, the community banded together in many different ways to help.  As I was out and about, I saw ski club members working to help protect the downtown area.  At the sand-bagging locations, I noticed this phenomenon: sometimes we ran out of sand, sometimes we ran out of bags, but we never ran out of volunteers.  That’s why I love this place.


Stay active my friends.


~Mike Buckman, EISC President




Nothing Nights – Wed Eve – Tanner’s Sports Bar and Grill


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.


Thank You


We would like to thank you for the cards and words of condolence at the time of my brother's passing.  Knowing you were there for us has been a great comfort.    Brenda and Bob Warner


Member Meeting - Oct 15 - 7:00 at the VFW


Our Oct 15th meeting will be back 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 on Southgate Place.  We will still be able to bring treats and the October meeting always brings out a few costumes.  Program: Trip updates and discussions.  Beer, wine, and pop will be available at the cash bar with very reasonable prices.  Doors open at 7:00 with the meeting at 8:00.  Guests are welcome.  Come on out.


Sundown Mountain Ski Day - Dec 27


Trip Chairs: Ange Miller,      Alison Henkle


Dubuque is a great way to start off our ski season with some great group rates.  It is also a paid holiday for many so no need to use vacation!! This year’s lift ticket only price is $34, or $50 for lift ticket, rental and lesson.  We are not restricted in number, so this event is open to non-club members too.


We will need payment prior to skiing to get the group rates for you.  Please contact us either by phone or email and let us know how many in your party as well as the ski package you will need. Make checks out to EISC.


We can assist with setting up carpools, just let us know.


Signup starts at the October meeting or you can call or email.


~Ange and Alison


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.  (Editor’s note: This picture is from Aug 27, 2016!)


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. They have upgraded Sun Up lift to the back bowls to a high speed quad. With this new addition every major chair lift on Vail Mountain will be a high-speed chair lift and making this the 9th new lift in the last ten years.  Vail is a skier’s paradise.


As always Vail offers plenty of things to do other than downhill skiing.  Such as cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, dog sledding and sleigh rides to name a few.  Of course there are places to chase away the cold and enjoy other skiers’ adventures.


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 final payment is due by Oct. 15th. 


 ~Dale and Rhonda                                                   


Chestnut Mountain/Galena Ski Trip Weekend 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


Trip Cancelation 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.


We’re betting that come February, you’ll be ready for a fun weekend ski getaway in the Galena area! Chestnut Mountain has 19 runs, ranging from novice to black diamond.  There is plenty to do in the Galena area for non-skiers too.   Galena is known for its specialty shops, wineries, brewery and great places to eat!   And of course, there will be a Saturday evening wine and cheese party at the hotel. 

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.

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.  You are responsible for checking this sheet and contacting potential riders/drivers.


For more information visit:


Things to Do:  -


Area Restaurants: 


~Mary Jean and Jane


Banff/Lake Louise (Feb 26–March 5)


Trip chairs:   Steve Cummings,  Sandra Cummings


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 club’s Fall Kick Off meeting is in the books.  We did collect a few payments – the on-line payment system along with collecting the checks has made keeping track of everything a challenge.  Starting the payment process in June this year should give us time to figure things out.  We are all working to support our treasurer in the new system.  The Banff trip is still full with 2 names on the wait list.  Sandra Cummings has signed up for co-trip leader taking over for Sally Williams, who had to drop off the trip for personal reasons.  Sandra plans to focus on the non-skier activities in the Lake Louise Banff areas.  We are sad to lose Sally, but happy to have Sandra as co-leader.


Below is information on the optional Travel Insurance that recommends trip participant’s purchase to protect their trip investment.  Red Sky Travel is the carrier.  Below are some of the coverage highlights


Trip Cancellation or Interruption – Trip Cost / Trip Delay - $750 ($200/day)

Emergency Accident & Sickness - $25,000 / Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation Of Remains & 525,000

Baggage Delay - $1000 ($200/day) / Baggage & Personal Effects - $1,250 $500/article)

Accidental Death & Dismemberment - $100,000


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 more detailed information visit

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 dynamic with wide-open bowls, gullies, snowfields and delightful glades. Banff/Lake Louise’s isolation and lack of crowds creates non-existent lift lines and a remote, private mountain feel.  The towns of Banff and Lake Louise offer history and character with world famous, castle-style hotels and more than 200 restaurants and bars.


Thanks again to the 30 EISC members who will be traveling to the Banff/Lake Louise on this trip.  We will be sending out a cancellation date acknowledgement message this month.  We thought this was covered in the on-line registration, but this proved to be inaccurate.  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, Sandra and Steve


Takes Farm Outing 

Rainy Lake Minnesota/Canada Houseboat Fishing Trip 


It was a moist and early morning when 6 adventurers packed up into 2 cars and a boat and headed north.  We arrived at Rainy Lake on Sunday, moved our gear onto our houseboat and launched the fishing boat.  There was a flurry of activity to search for Gary Dalecky's missing fishing rods, but alas, they were never found.  Despite this hiccup, the adventurers listened intently to the instructions on how to operate the houseboat and the rules to follow on the lake.  


We were piloted to the main part of the lake, and when the pilot left the houseboat, we were on our own!  Away we went, motoring north to the Canadian side of the lake.  This was afternoon, and our radio crackled from base advising all houseboats to find anchorage as a high wind was coming in.  We could see rain clouds to the west and the water was white capping.  We couldn't help but sing the tune "a three hour tour" as we nervously navigated to find our way to a safe anchorage.   We found a safe location on the leeward side of land and made our landing.  Once tied securely, toddies of triumph were enjoyed!  

Ann made supper that night of spaghetti and meatballs with a nice salad.  The galley contained a stove, oven and utensils needed for cooking.  The head (bathroom) was roomy with a nice hot shower (using lake water), so comfort was top notch.  We had 2 gas lights and a couple of house batteries which could be topped up by running the twin engines that powered the houseboat.  We were provided a fishing boat, and Dick brought his motor, so we had 2 fishing boats for our use.  There were 4 bunks in the aft of the vessel and 2 fold out couches in the fore, with some storage under each of these for gear.  The upper deck was open and supplied with deck chairs for sunning, visiting and motoring.  Riding the upper deck while motoring was like being the queen of the Nile!  On the main level at the front was a screened porch which was a favorite hangout location.  We had a gangplank to access shore, but this location was full of vegetation and not very easy to hike. 


The next morning, we arose, had breakfast and Bill, Ann and Gary ventured out to do some fishing.   They came back and reported that a primo location was spotted for our houseboat to anchor.  We untied and motored to our new location on a picture perfect, mirror lake day.   Kim took some video footage of this trip.  Video link:


Our new location was a "C" shaped island, and we drove up onto a nice sandy beach on the leeward side.  There was a point with a fire ring and lovely view all around.  Perfect!  We celebrated another safe landing and fishing 3's fruitful reconnaissance.  


Gary is our fisherman extraordinaire, catching and releasing many fish, and keeping a few.   He is hard core with a pole in the water almost full time.   Big Bill was a close second catching quite a few fish, and Ann is also a master angler.  Ann is quite the expert on filleting and we enjoyed a fish fry that left everyone full and satisfied.  Dick, Kim and Dave, not so much into fishing, but having the time to have nothing on one's mind is what the doctor ordered for those with lives that are busy back home.   We did fish, but for an hour at a time, and mostly to motor around and look at the beautiful views.   

This island was more hospitable for hiking and was interesting to see the sphagnum moss, northern trees and unusual rock formations.  Wildlife spotted was Spruce Grouse, loons, ducks and Bald Eagles.  We had a bon fire one night on the point and life was good.  


Evenings were spent listening to music and singing along with John Denver and Willy Nelson.  We didn't have a care in the world. 


Dick Means did a great job of putting together this trip. Ann Robinson provided her comfortable vehicle and fishing boat.  Gary Dalecky was helpful with his guidance on how to improve one's fishing skills.  Bill Bonewitz was very helpful with moving gear and any heavy lifting needed.  Dave Brown's expertise was needed to light the oven, relight the water heater and figure out how to operate other components that were needing tending and also drove his vehicle. Kim Betts provided the GPS navigation that helped to verify our location on the charts and the music. 


All who ventured on this trip came away with a positive experience and each received the enjoyment they were seeking. 


~ Kim Betts


EISC Annual Kickoff 


The annual East Iowa Ski Club Kickoff Meeting was well attended with 70 members and guests traveling to Pinicon Ridge Park’s Woodpecker Lodge.  Our northern members appreciate it when we southern members do the traveling on occasion.  Our apologies, the lodge is small for our group, it was unavoidable because of the reconstruction of the Red Cedar Lodge at Squaw Creek Park.  We were lucky that it was a beautiful night to be outdoors once the no see ums went to bed.  The potluck was tasty and the beer was cold.  A big thank you to all who helped and managed to make the journey. 


Jingle Cross/Iowa City 


I don’t know if there were any East Iowa Ski Club members that attended the World Cup/Jingle Cross event.  I didn’t.  It was a beautiful day, but you are all aware that there were other things in the news and plenty of things to do with the impending flood.


In February when this event was announced, it sounded like an interesting and fun event to attend. Maybe next year if the event is held again we can make another attempt to attend as a group.


~Ruth Van Tol


Kim’s Korner


Did you ever notice that the ski club website has different web pages when you are logged in?  


When you first view our website you see what the public at large can view.  The web pages are more geared to general information about the club and answering questions of the club.  There are 2 menu options of interest to the public: “About” and “Membership”.  The About has 3 webpages that explain what our club is about: “History”, “Executive Board” and our “Affiliations”.  The “Membership” has 2 webpages:  a question page called “Why Join?” and a membership application page “Join/Renew”.






When logged in as a member, the menu options are somewhat different.   The “Members” menu appears and gives you an opportunity to look up other member’s information.  The “Interests” page allows you to select the area you like to be alerted about: