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December 2016 Newsletter

 | Published on 11/30/2016
For a downloadable and complete version of this newsletter, click here: December Skiddoo 2016




President’s Message


As I write this, it is Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.  It seems an appropriate time to offer some words of thanks to all of you who make this club a success.


First, I’d like to thank Bob Thorkildson for running the November member meeting.  I’d like to thank Teri Barnhart for many years of publishing the Skiddoo.  I would like to thank the other members of the board as well for all that they do.  Thanks to Jim Wittnebel for helping to line up all of those great ski trips and keeping up with the industry in general. Thanks to Kim Betts for being the club secretary and setting up the Club Express website to bring our club into the 21st Century.  Thanks to Janet Stimson for being the treasurer and keeping us all accountable.  Thanks to Larry Smith for setting up the meetup, publicity and helping find and organize events.


Remember, Elections are coming up.  All members should consider whether they would like to participate in the board, or ask others who they think should consider it.  And, in addition to the opportunity to serve on the board, another way to contribute is to keep those ideas coming to the board about destinations, events and the conducting of member meetings and other club business.  We really do appreciate it.


In particular, we would appreciate ideas for the non-ski events which help keep us vital all year long.  If you have an idea that you would like to champion, we are always looking for trip leaders and event coordinators.  And I know that those who do volunteer for those positions would greatly appreciate the help of other members.


Finally, I would like to thank each and every one of you, the members.  You make the club work.


Stay active my friends. 


~Mike Buckman, EISC President




Family News


Teri Barnhart’s brother, and Rachel Mascarella’s uncle, David Wilson, passed away on Nov 13 at his home in Apache Junction, Arizona.  Our condolences to Teri and Rachel and their family.


Recent East Iowa Ski Club member Linda Thomae Recker passed away on Thanksgiving Day.  She lost her husband, Gary, also a member, in 2014.  Our condolences to her daughters Jennifer and Melanie and their families.  Linda will be greatly missed.



Thank You


To all of you who sent prayers, messages, hugs, and cards on the death of our brother and uncle, David Wilson, we are truly grateful.


Thank you ~ Teri Wilson Barnhart and Rachel Mascarella


Nothing Nights – Wed Eve – CJ’s Bar and Grill 7:00


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 have moved back to CJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 62 17th Ave SW.  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.



EISC X-Country/Snowshoe Schedule 2016 - 2017


Join us Saturdays at 1:00pm. 


Contact- Gary Dalecky or Brian Keller


Dates in red are when a ski trip coincides, blue are member meeting days.  If not enough snow, consider taking a hike and get some fresh air.  This schedule is found on the ski club website calendar which provides a map.  If we get a good snow day outside this schedule, use the ski club forums & set up a spontaneous ski/snowshoe day. There are 34 members in the Snowshoe forum and 37 in the X-country ski forum. Give it a try. 



Matsell Bridge Park 12/03/16

Wickiup Hill Park     12/10/16

Squaw Creek Park  12/17/16

Jones Park             12/24/16

Ellis Golf Couse      12/31/16



Morgan Creek Park 1/07/17

Matsell Bridge Park 1/14/17

Squaw Creek Park  1/21/17

Wickiup Hill Park     1/28/17



Jones Park             2/04/17

Ellis Golf Course     2/11/17

Morgan Creek Park 2/18/17

Squaw Creek Park  2/25/17



Matsell Bridge Park 3/04/17

Wickiup Hill Park     3/11/17

Jones Park             3/18/17

Morgan Creek Park 3/25/17


Member Meeting – Dec 17 - 7:00 at the VFW


Our Dec 17th 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.  There may be some ugly (and not so ugly) Christmas attire. 


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 can give back to the community by ringing the Salvation Army Bells.  Bell ringing started 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



Sundown Mountain Ski Day - Dec 27


Trip Chairs:  Ange Miller,    Alison Henkle


It is almost here and the snow is in the making at Sundown!!  December meeting is the last chance to sign up in person.  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 or you can register online.  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


$1649 full pkg

$1179 w/o air

$1232 w/o lifts

$761 Land only


EISC Trip Cancellation date was Oct 15


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. Vail has adjusted their opening day to November 25.


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


Now that the weather has finally turned a bit colder, it’s time to be thinking of all the fun-in-the-snow opportunities you’ll have this winter!  The February Galena trip to Chestnut Mountain might be just the ticket for you!


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.


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

$1005 w/o air

$1339 w/o lifts

$741 Land Only


EISC Trip Cancellation date was Nov 19


At 9:00 Sunday morning, Feb 26, 2017 the EISC will begin our great Canadian Rockies Ski adventure.  29 members are currently signed up after one cancellation.  27 are on the Sunday morning flight.  We are now flying CR to Denver to Calgary, bus past Banff (90 min) into the park to Lake Louise (45 min from Banff).  The return trip has been routed through O’Hare, but we are scheduled to arrive much earlier.  The flyer list with all the passport numbers is complete & in.  We will be working on the rooming list.  Many have already requested a roommate and with the good group we have going it shouldn’t be hard to match up everyone else.


The first 3 days at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise 5 star luxury hotel.  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 the full-service spa and salon.  Located 10 Minutes from Lake Louise Ski Area by free shuttle. 


The 2nd half of trip is 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.  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.  Sunshine Village ski area is 20 minutes away by free shuttle.  The smaller, Mt Norquay ski area is less than 10 minutes away on the edge of town. 


There are many winter activity tour packages available at both resorts.  Dog sledding, sleigh rides, ice walks, snow shoeing, snow tubing, gondola rides, sightseeing in the park, historical tours and of course the famous hot springs are all options.  Please check out the many Banff / Lake Louise area websites with more information and details - is the best for info on the ski resorts, assuming we find time to ski.


The exchange rate is holding around the $1.35 to $1.40 to $1.00 US.  This seems incredible for someone who grew up when the Canadian dollar was more than the US dollar.




Not only is our beer stronger…          …your US dollar gets you 40% more!


If there are any questions, Please bring them 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




Iowa vs Penn State Basketball Game - Sun March 5th


Hosted by Don Boland.


Instead on going North or West for your March Trip, you could be traveling SOUTH (where it’s warmer) for an exciting Iowa Basketball game.  Yep, it’s time we do this again!!


Iowa vs Penn State on March 5th at NOON, which is a Sunday game and Senior Day.


Tickets are $27.30 – payable to EISC – so mail your check to:

Don Boland,.  We only have 20 tickets, so don’t delay.


We have some good tickets again this year, near where the players enter the arena. 


Questions:  Call Don Boland



ShotSki Record for Park City


On Saturday, October 22, Park City made history by breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest shot-ski in the world.



Celebrating the 30th anniversary of Wasatch Brewery, 1,191 people lined up in the middle of Park City’s Main Street to throw back some of Wasatch’s Premium Ale the best way skiers know how—with a 961-foot-long shot-ski.  People paid $15 to participate, with proceeds benefitting the Sunrise Rotary.  A few pro skiers, such as Tom Wallisch and Noah Wallace, joined in the fun, as well.

This shatters the previous record of 881 participants, set during Breckenridge’s annual Ullr Fest this past January.

- See more at:


Our thanks to Jeff Owen for calling our attention to this.


Kim’s Korner


Have you ever wondered, “did I sign up for that event and did I pay?”   I know I have.  There is a way to check online!   Just login to the Ski Club website, and click on your Name at the top of the screen and in the dropdown box, chose “Profile”.



In your Member Profile page, chose “Payment/Credit History”.  You will see a list of checks, credits and credit card transactions.  You can drill in further to a specific transaction to see details. 






Skiing is a dance, and the mountain always leads.


~ Author Unknown