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January 2017 Newsletter

 | Published on 1/1/2017
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President’s Message

Another year has come and gone.  I hope everyone had a good holiday season.

There was a small but hearty contingent at the December meeting.  The weather outside was frightful but the camaraderie was so delightful.  We considered canceling, but did not want to risk having folks show up only to find locked doors.  As it turned out, we did have at least one visitor from Iowa City who would have done just that.  Thank you to those who were able to make it.

I would like to also thank those who rang bells for the Salvation Army kettle drive.  It’s a very worthy cause and gives the club the right kind of image with the public.

A respectable number of EISC skiers were at Sundown on the 27th.  If you missed it, you missed a fine day of skiing with almost ideal weather and snow conditions.

As we descend from the dizzying heights of Sundown Mountain, with its supplement of manufactured snow, we look forward to nature providing the snow for Cross-country skiing and snow shoeing here in the low lands.  Brian Keller reported great conditions during December’s snowstorm with the trees protecting both skier and snow from the wind.

We hope for such conditions later this month when we have our annual Soup’n’Chili Cookoff at Squaw Creek Park.  Remember, this year it will be at the Prairie Oak Lodge.  That’s the one we normally pass by to our left as we go to our usual place.  Watch for the signs.


Stay active my friends.


~Mike Buckman, EISC President



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

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.


Soup n Chili Cookoff – Jan 21 Squaw Creek-Prairie Oak Lodge

This is your chance to show off your culinary skills and win a prize for your efforts.  Or just bring something to share. 

The lodge will be open at 2 pm for early birds.  If there is snow there will be opportunities for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or sledding on the hill.  If there is no snow maybe take a walk in the woods, or visit with friends around the fireplace.

Dinner will be at about 6pm.

The surveys for next year’s trips will be handed out, so be sure to think about where you want to ski next season.

We will provide the beer, wine, pop, condiments, and table ware.

This will be at Squaw Creek Park, Prairie Oak Lodge just off HWY 13 and HWY 100 (south of Marion). Follow the East Iowa Ski Club signs once you get to the park.


EISC X-Country/Snowshoe Schedule 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.



Morgan Creek Park 1/07/17

Matsell Bridge Park 1/14/17

Squaw Creek Park  1/21/17

Wickiup Hill Park     1/28/17



Matsell Bridge Park 3/04/17

Wickiup Hill Park     3/11/17

Jones Park              3/18/17

Morgan Creek Park 3/25/17



Jones Park             2/04/17

Ellis Golf Course     2/11/17

Lake Macbride         2/18/17 (see directions below)

Squaw Creek Park  2/25/17


  • Meet at Lake Macbride University of Iowa Campus: Macbride Nature Recreation Area, 2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd NE, Solon Iowa.

The entrance is off the road between North Liberty and Solon at the top of the hill after crossing the reservoir, go all the way to the end of the road there will be a parking lot and warming house.


~Brian and Gary


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.

All guest can enjoy access to the newly renovated recreation deck that includes a year-round outdoor heated pool, three outdoor hot tubs, fire pit and incredible view of Lionshead Village.  The condo amenities are: Fully equipped kitchen with microwave, gas fireplace, gas BBQ grill on the balcony, complimentary WI-FI, Cable TV/DVD, hair dryer, underground parking (one car per condominium rental), 250 yards from Vail Eagle Bohn Gondola.

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 Weekend Feb 10-12, 2017

Trip Chairs: Mary Jean Blaisdell,    Jane Sents

Now that the holidays are behind us, it’s time to dust off your skis and get signed up for the February Galena trip to Chestnut Mountain!


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

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

The final payment for the Banff trip was sent in – 29 members of the EISC will be taking off for Calgary and the Canadian Rockies.  We will be taking off at 9:00 Sunday morning, Feb 26, 2017 to begin our Banff / Lake Louise adventure.  There some news about a change in our Banff hotel.  The Ptarmigan Inn is going through some renovations this season so our group was upgraded to a new hotel next door to the Ptarmigan called the Moose Hotel & Suites.  This will be the 2nd part of the week after spending the first 3 days at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise 5 star, luxury hotel.  On Wednesday afternoon, we will move to Banff and spend the next 4 days in the new Moose Hotel.  Information from the Banff Lodging Co Sales Manager on the new, 4 star Moose Hotel follows:


“We would like to relocate the East Iowa Ski Club to our brand new property “The Moose Hotel & Suites”.  This new 4 Star property is receiving great reviews and the location is directly beside the Banff Ptarmigan Inn.   The room type would be a Superior Hotel Room and we would offer complimentary breakfast daily at the restaurant “Pacini” and this would be a plated breakfast (daily choice) from the menu.  The ski buses pick up just out front of the property, as the location is beside the Banff Ptarmigan Inn.”

Below is a link to the property with content and images.


Here are a few features about the property:

  • Full Service Spa- The Meadow Spa & Pools
  • Two roof top hot pools and outdoor gas fire pit
  • Sauna room
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Fitness room with mountain views

The Moose Hotel is approximately 20 minutes from Sunshine Village ski area by shuttle bus.  At the Dec. EISC meeting Jim W. was describing some of his favorite runs @ Sunshine Village.  There are 3 mountains that cover over 3,350 skiable acres, with 20% green, 55% blue and 25% advanced.  On the far side of Goat’s Eye Mountain, before Lookout Mountain there is a double black diamond run called the Delirium Dive that requires a special class and a transponder to ski.  After Jim’s description, we agreed to avoid it and look for the blue bail out runs if we got close. Sunshine Mountain features the new Teepee Town LX Quad that is Canada’s first hot chair lift, with heated seats & footrests and a protective orange bubble covers.  Looking forward to trying it!    

We have covered the many winter activity tour packages available at both resorts before.  EISC members may want to try 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 information on the ski resorts. 

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.

Da Hawks played one of their better games recently and the excitement for this team of youngsters is increasing!  
If you want to see a game, please consider joining us for a March 5th game against Penn State. 


Send your check of $27.30 payable to EISC to Don Boland, 3419 Riverpointe Circle NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52411.  Money talks, so don't delay as these tickets will go fast.

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

Questions:  Call Don Boland




The Linn Community Food Bank was very happy to receive the recent donations from the East Iowa Ski Club.  At the November member meeting we collected $415 in monetary donations, as well as many needed food items.  


The need does not end with the Holidays, so remember to contribute to your local food banks often. 

Thank you so much.          

~Marty and Janet Stimson



2016 Salvation Army Bell Ringing “Doing the Most Good!”

Salvation Army Bell Ringing is over for this 

holiday season.  Our volunteer numbers were down a bit from past years.  I am going to blame the unseasonably warm weather for that.  I do want to thank all who took the time to ring the bell for this wonderful cause.


~Sarah Wittnebel

Sundown Mountain Ski Day - Dec 27

Sundown Mountain December 27th, 37 adventurous EISC members, family and friends began another ski season with an outing to Sundown Mountain in Dubuque.
 With recent warm weather and rain it wasn’t ideal snow conditions, but Sundown does a great job of grooming the slopes, and I think everyone had a enjoyable day.  It was nice to see a large number of teenagers join us. Thanks to everyone who joined us, and for sharing their photos.  We look forward to the next ski outing and spending time with friends. 
~Ange and Alison