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November 2016 Newsletter

 | Published on 11/1/2016

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


President’s Message


Ski season has begun!  By the time you read this Arapahoe Basin and Loveland will already be open, with Keystone opening on the 4th and Breck and Copper on the 11th.  I know of eleven other resorts which will open on or before Thanksgiving.


I’ve always felt that skiers are a lucky bunch of people.  I know that I will soon be hearing the woeful laments of non-skiers complaining about the snow, with its shoveling, snow-blowing and travel problems.  But for us, the coming winter represents an opportunity to hit the slopes and to stretch our legs with cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing.  It’s as if winter time is when we come OUT of hibernation.


The Learn-to-Ski day on December 27 is our first downhill skiing event.  To get you in the mood, you should be aware of a couple of things coming up right away this month.  Sunday November 13 is the Open House and Ski Swap at Sundown Mountain Resort in Dubuque.  Also, our November Member meeting on the 19th will feature Mark Gordon, General Manager of Sundown.


Stay active my friends.


~Mike Buckman, EISC President


Family News


Julie Gilmore’s father, Lorimer Olson, passed away on October 20.  We send our condolences to Julie and Lyle (Bischof) and their friends and family during this difficult time.


Nothing Nights – CJ’s Bar and Grill 7:00 starting Nov 9 


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.  By popular demand we are moving back to CJ's Sports Bar and Grill, 62 17th Ave SW, starting on Nov 9.  CJ’s has a varied menu and good prices.  Most of the time we are in the back room.


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.


Member Meeting - Nov 19 - 7:00 at the VFW


Our Nov 19th 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 on Southgate Place.  


Program: Trip updates and discussions.  We will have a guest speaker: Mark Gordon, General Manager of Sundown Mountain


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.


Salvation Army Bell Ringing


It's that time of the year again when the members of our club ca

n give back to the community by ringing the Salvation Army Bells.  Bell ringing will start on November 11 and continues until Christmas Eve.


To volunteer go to and hit the Volunteer button. On the upper right side of the page you will see the statement "I would like to volunteer".  


If you volunteered last year you would have already created an account with a user name and password.  Proceed to your account and sign up for any time and place that is convenient to you.  If two or more are ringing together only one of you has to sign in.


If you do not have an account you can easily set one up. You only need to establish a username and password and set up a profile.  Only the very basic info is required, including your email.  The email is used to send you reminders of your shifts.


IMPORTANT FOR ALL: Everyone please check Under "My Profile" and then "Additional Info" that you have added East Iowa Ski Club (spelled out exactly like this) as the local group you are representing under "Group Affiliation".  I can then get a report at the end of the season on how many hours our club has volunteered.


Please call me with any questions.


Thanks for volunteering.


~Sarah Wittnebel


Food Drive


Bring your donations for Linn Community Food Bank – Nov meeting  


We invite you once again to bring your monetary or food donations to the November 19 meeting to benefit the Linn Community Food Bank.   Our contributions help provide food to families in need and are welcomed year-round.  In 2015, the Food Bank served 14.836 individuals!

Monetary donations can generate even more food than what each of us can buy on our own and deliver.    Local grocery stores will provide goods to the Food Bank at cost.   So your check, payable to Linn Community Food bank, is welcomed and it can be claimed as a charitable donation on your tax return.  

Canned (no glass please) and non-perishable items in good condition are accepted – such as vegetables, fruit, pork & beans, soup, tuna, chicken.   Creamy peanut butter, instant mashed potatoes, pasta, macaroni and cheese, saltine crackers, cereal, pancake mix.   We can also use toilet paper.

Thank you in advance for your generosity to the Linn Community Food Bank – feeding the community since 1972.


~Marty and Janet Stimson  


Sundown Mountain Ski Day - Dec 27


Trip Chairs: Ange Miller      Alison Henkle               Sundown Mountain Ski Day


December will soon be here and Dubuque is a good way to start off your ski season with some great group rates. This year’s lift ticket only price is $34, or $50 for lift ticket, rental and lesson. This event is open to non-club members so bring your family and friends.


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 has started, stop and see us at the next meeting or give us a call.


~Ange and Alison


Vail (Jan 28-Feb 4)


Trip chairs: Dale Bohrer    Rhonda Bohrer                           Vail Ski Trip


$1649 full pkg ($412 OCT, Srs 65+ get $50 off on lifts)

$1179 w/o air ($294 OCT, Srs 65+ get $50 off on lifts)

$1232 w/o lifts ($308 OCT)

$761 Land only ($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. 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 of now there is no snow but their projected opening day is November 18.


As always Vail offers plenty of things to do other than downhill skiing.  Such as cross country skiing, snowshoeing at the Nature Discovery Center or the Nordic Center, tubing, snowmobiling, dog sledding and sleigh rides at Bearcat Stables to name a few.  Of course there are places to chase away the cold and enjoy other skiers’ adventures.  Plenty of shopping is also available, like the Chocolate Factory or the Golden Bear jewelry shop.


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.  


 ~Dale and Rhonda         


Chestnut Mountain/Galena Ski Trip Weekend

Feb 10-12, 2017


Trip Chairs: Mary Jean Blaisdell       Jane Sents                   Chestnut Ski Weekend


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, 2016


Payment Schedule:

Adult full Pkg  $93 SEPT, $93 OCT, $93 NOVMinor full pkg  $50 SEPT, $49 OCT, $49 NOV

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


You can now pay online!  Go to the ski club website, click on the Chestnut Ski Weekend event on the February calendar and register and pay from there!


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.


It will not be long before the snow falls and you are ready to hit the slopes! You’ll want to join the ski club in Galena in February as we ski Chestnut!  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       Banff/Lake Louise Ski Trip


Pricing is –

$1602 full pkg ($400 OCT, Srs 65+ get $20 off on lifts)

$1005 w/o air ($251 OCT, Srs 65+ get $20 off on lifts)

$1339 w/o lifts ($334 OCT)

$741 Land Only ($185 OCT)


EISC Trip Cancellation date- Nov 19, 2016.


On Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 the EISC will begin our great Canadian Rockies Ski adventure – it is getting closer.  Most will be flying out using the United Airlines package.  We need to provide the flight list next month, so we will need everyone’s name as listed on your passport, your passport number and frequent flyer number (if you have one).  We will send out an email request for this information, a reminder that final payments are due & the last cancellation date is Nov. 19th.  There has been a change in our return flight this past week – look for an email to the Banff flyers this week with the details.


The EISC is staying in the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, a 5 star hotel – arriving 02/26/17 for 3 nights.  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.  Just 10 Minutes to the Lake Louise Ski Area with a free shuttle available.


Included are daily maid gratuities; welcome party and luggage transfer to Banff hotel; Indoor Pool and Hot Tub; Fitness Facilities and Steam Room; Ski Shop; High Speed Internet.


For the 2nd part of the trip the club will be traveling to the Banff Ptarmigan Inn on the afternoon of 03/1/17 for 4 nights.  In the heart of the majestic Rocky Mountains, just two minutes’ walk from downtown, the Ptarmigan Inn is the perfect headquarters for those who love to ski, hike, fish, and enjoy the splendor of Canadas largest and oldest National Park.  The Inns rustic design is evident in its split beam construction, brass rails, lounge fireplace and patio.  The lobby also features the Canadian Alpine Wall of Honor celebrating the achievements of the Canadian National Alpine Ski Team.  The Banff Ptarmigan Inn features a free continental breakfast daily; an in-house ski school; a unique restaurant and more.  All rooms have hairdryers, cable TV, free wireless internet and a coffee maker with complimentary tea and coffee. 


There is an all day shuttle service to downtown shops, restaurants and nightclubs, free heated underground parking, and the Caribou Snow School.  Located on Main Street of Banff on Shuttle route with 2 Indoor Hot Tubs, a Sauna, Fitness facilities, private ski lockers and wax room.


Banff is one of the best kept secrets of the Rocky Mountains.  World renowned for its spectacularly beautiful location, this resort is set amid the towering Canadian Rockies and awesome Victoria Glacier, across the emerald waters of Lake Louise.  Banff and Lake Louise have some of the most stunning skiing in North America: steep bowls and gullies, wide open snowfields and glades.  The area is comprised of 3 mountains, all located within 45 minutes of the Town of Banff. Ski Banff Norquay is the closest at just 10 minutes outside of town with 190 acres of skiing.  Sunshine Village, located about 30 minutes from town with 3358 acres full of long cruisers full of natural snow!  As most skiing is above 7000 feet, the views are unforgettable, and no lift lines! Lake Louise, located 45 minutes from town is the largest at 4200 acres.  Lake Louise has it all from gentle perfectly groomed beginner runs to double black diamonds.


Please check out the many Banff / Lake Louise area websites with more information and details - is the best for the ski resorts.  Please bring any questions to your trip leaders. Thanks again for those joining us on our great Canadian Rockies Ski adventure.  We are looking forward to what is sure to be a fantastic trip.  


Thanks, Sandra and Steve


Kim’s Korner


We have 2 more trips that you can register and pay online.   The Sundown ski day is open for registration for members, their guests and non-members too!  Yes-you don't have to be a member to register and pay for this ski day.  So, let you friends know and tell them to go to and sign up for the ski day at our group rate.  The Chestnut mountain trip has online registration and is a member only event (involves an overnight).  To register, chose the trip from the home screen.  Click on "Register Now" button on the right.  Members can log in (this will fill in all the fields for you), non-members, fill in the information.  You will have the opportunity to choose who you are as the person entering the info (yourself, other member, household member or non-member) and chose who is being registered (yourself or someone else).  Give it a try, you can cancel out up to the “Submit for Payment” page.


Screen 1: Chose who you are and what you what to do.






























Screen 2: If you are only registering yourself, then click “Next”, otherwise chose the type of guest to add and follow these screens shots (2a, 2b, 2c)











Screen 3: This screen will show for each person registered.



Screen 4: Summary of order, click “Complete Registration” to pay by credit card.  An email confirmation will be sent.