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February 2017 Newsletter

Teri Barnhart  | Published on 1/31/2017
For a downloadable and complete version of this newsletter: January Skiddoo 2017

 President’s Message


I have been thinking lately about the loss of our friend Gary Masbruch.  At the age of 60, Gary took up skiing.  He became a season lift-pass holder at Sundown.  He joined the East Iowa Ski Club and became a valuable board member.  Gary was a Vietnam veteran and secured use of the VFW Hall for the Ski Club.  In recent years, he was the one who picked up the keg for our picnics. 

Not long ago, Gary bought a Harley Sportster motorcycle.  I once asked him why, to which he replied that it ‘would be fun’. 


Clearly, Gary embodied the East Iowa Ski Club motto, “The Outdoor Fun People”. 


At the Soup’n’Chili Cookoff, we all raised our glasses in a toast to Gary.  It reminded me of an event that happened a few years ago on a ski trip.

A group of us were snowed in at Snowmass, Colorado and made the most of our extra night there by going to see a local band, “True Story”, led by Damian Smith.  He sang a song that so impressed me, I went up to him after the show to talk to him about it.  The chorus of this song is:


“So raise up your glass.

Raise it up high.

Let’s drink to the time that keeps passing us by.

Let’s drink to the ones, who didn’t make it this far,

And thank them for helping us be who we are.”


With that in mind, I urge all of you to find your passion, live life to … Stay active my friends.


~Mike Buckman, EISC President


Family News

East Iowa Ski Club member and former Board of Directors member Gary Masbruch passed away on Saturday January 14.  Gary Joined ski club and learned to ski at the age of 60 something.  He took ballroom dance lessons with the group from ski club, often volunteered to drive to dances that were out of town, and particularly liked to waltz.  He volunteered to help members who had flooded homes in 2008, even though his rental property in the flood zone was completely underwater.


Our condolences to Gary’s friends and family.  He will certainly be missed.

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.


Feb Member Meeting Sat Feb 18 at the VFW - 7:00

Our Feb 20 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 (right) on Southgate Place.  Program: Trip updates and discussions.  Beer, wine, and pop will be available but it will be a cash bar with very reasonable prices.  Doors open at 7:00 with the meeting at 8:00.  Guests are welcome.  Come on out. 

February has been designated for the Ugly Tie Contest so dig through your closet or make a trip to the goodwill store.  You never know what you might win!  Ladies – wear a tie, too.  You can’t win if you don’t play!

We will also be conducting the Board of Directors Election at this meeting


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.



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, 2074 Mehaffey Bridge Rd NE, Solon Iowa.

The entrance is on the west side 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.



Matsell Bridge Park 3/04/17

Wickiup Hill Park     3/11/17

Jones Park              3/18/17

Morgan Creek Park 3/25/17


~Brian and Gary

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

Trip Chairs: Mary Jean Blaisdell,  Jane Sents


By the time you read this article, we’ll soon be on our way to the Galena ski 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


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 EISC January Soup & Chili Cook-off meeting went very well.  We brought in information for the skiers and for non-ski activities, but had so much interest we ran out and will have to follow up with emails to the Banff / Lake Louise travelers.  The meeting was fun with all the trip reports and surveys for next years’ favorite destinations and activities.  The announcement that there are 3 openings on the board and only 2 members running this year means there could be an opportunity to finally draft perennial write in candidate Marty Stimson (sarcasm font) to serve – if we can talk him into it… 

There were several questions on the trip brought up at the meeting.  The cost of bringing your skis & boots vs rental is a common question.   United baggage fees are $25 for the first bag & another $35 for the 2nd bag.  Skis & boots may be in 2 bags and will only count as one – they must not weigh more than 50 lbs. together.  I should point out that these are regional aircraft with limited baggage capacity.  If you are bringing your skis and boots, it is a good idea to get there early.  There are several ski rental shops in both areas, including one in the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.  There are local shops and at least one major shop at  Some prices are listed, but it looks like they want to give you some options.  If you can pack or carry-on your boots and just rent skis, it usually works better, but it is up to you. 


There were questions if they were seeing the same snow levels as the western US.  Sunshine Village is listing 370 cm (12’2”), so they are okay & Lake Louise is listing less, however Feb. is both resorts big snow month. We confirmed the first 3 days will be at Lake Louise, staying the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.  The skiers will be skiing Lake Louise resort, a 10 minute shuttle ride from the hotel.  There are free Mountain Tours (10:00) and Heritage Tours (1:15) for skiers of all levels with the Lake Louise Ski Friends daily.  The non-skiers have their choice of activities with snowshoe tours, exploring the lake and snow tubing being favorites. 


On Wednesday afternoon we ride the bus over to Banff – about 45 minutes away, and checking into the Moose Hotel for the next 4 days.  The new Moose Hotel is a block off the Banff main street, on the shuttle line and offers free breakfast.  Most skiers will go to Sunshine Village – a 20 minute shuttle ride away, but the smaller Mt Norquay is on the edge of town 5 minutes away.  The shuttle does run back to Lake Louise resort as well.  Sunshine Village is a large resort with 3 different mountains and has a great, free Snow Host Tour that is set for skiers of all levels.  Non-skiers have many options in and around the Banff area.  There is an opportunity to go dog sledding or snowshoeing in the park, tour the ice glacier, explore the Cave and Basin Historical area or tour the town.  Jim W. told us that one of his favorites was taking the Banff Gondola up Sulphur Mountain o the mountain top complex for lunch.  The Banff Upper Hot Springs are located there as well.


We will be less than a month away when this comes out so it is time to get fired up for this trip.  Please check out the many Banff / Lake Louise area websites with more information and details.  If there are any questions, please ask your trip leaders.  Thanks again to all joining us on this great Canadian Rockies Ski adventure.  We are really 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, as well as one of there not so good games, but 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. 


Current plans are to meet for Brunch at 10am at the Longbranch. 


Send your check of $27.30 payable to EISC to Don Boland.  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


Post Party - Sat April 29 - 5:30 PM – The Eagles Club

We are returning to the Eagles Club for Post Party this year, 1735 11th St NW, 5:30 pm.

So mark your calendar and join us for a fun night of great food, great friends, and great memories of the 2016-2017 ski season.  The fun starts at 5:30 pm for cocktails and conversation, 6:30 for dinner, 7:30 meeting, and music from 8:30 to 11:30 pm. 

The band will be Hot Rod Lincoln.  The decorating theme is Plaid so be creative with your dress if you wish, but as usual dressing for the theme is completely optional.  We plan on a slide show and a review of the year that is always fun.

The full affair will cost $35, and if you come after dinner the price is $14.  No reservation is needed for the dance only.  Entrée choices are: prime rib, baked chicken, or pork chop.  The meal includes salad, potato, vegetable, and dessert.  Watch for your reservation form in next month’s newsletter.  Or you can sign up at the next member meeting or online.

Contact Teri Barnhart

Saturday, July 29th 2017 EISC Golf Outing

Before you know it schedules will be filling up for the summer months.   We want to let everyone know that the annual EISC Golf Tournament will be at Wildcat Golf Course in Shellsburg on the morning of Saturday, July 29th.   Tee time will likely be 9:00am. 


We’ll be getting more details out to you in coming months, but wanted to make you aware of the date.   Hope to see many of you at Wildcat that day!! 


Please contact any of us if there are questions or suggestions!

~Kathy Healy, Nancy Thorkildson,  Sarah Wittnebel


Soup & Chili Cook-off

Many thanks to all 65 members and guests who participated in The Soup and Chili Cook-off this year and thanks to those who brought in all of the great snacks and desserts.  The competition was intense once again.

The following are the Soup & Chili Cook-off Winners:


The Chili Chef Champs

1st place – Dick MeansMary’s Favorite

2nd place – Jeff Owen – “O” Chili

3rd place – Dave Malke – Beef & Barley Chili 


The Super Soup Title Holders

1st place – Sandra Cummings – Cheddar Broccoli

2nd place – Rhonda Bohr – Creamy Chicken Noodle

3rd place – Sally Williams – Sexy Steak Soup


All of the culinary victors were awarded a lovely bottle of wine.  Thanks to Lisa Landers and Connie Miller for tallying the votes and to Teri Barnhart for providing the tasting cups, spoons and power strips for the crock pots.   Hope all enjoyed the hearty fare.  Start planning early so we have more tasty entries next year!

~Sandra Cummings, Judge, Master Taste Tester & Sommelier.



Board of Directors Election – Feb 2017

There are 3 positions up for election in this year's election cycle.  Larry Smith will be running for reelection.  Ange Miller is running for the first time.  Teri Barnhart will be retiring from the board.  If you are interested in running contact a board member or the nominating committee:  Kim Betts, Don Boland and Pat Boland.

Ange Miller-

I joined the club 3 years ago, and am so thankful I found out about it.  I have participated in many non-ski events, and enjoyed 2 ski bus trips.  My dream vacation is coming up in February with a trip to Canada.  EISC has introduced me to so many new friends and already given me many great memories that I would like to give back to the group by becoming a board member.

I would welcome the opportunity to get more involved in the club, and learn more about how things work behind the scenes. I would appreciate your support in making that happen.  Thank You.

Larry Smith-

Hello there, my name is Larry Smith.  I have been an active member of EISC since 2006. I am passionate about many different events the club currently offers. My hope is to help the club by bringing new ideas to help us expand on the things we currently do, as well as, introduce new activities.

I also hope to bring some new ideas on how we can attract new members to the club. I would appreciate your vote.



Having a wonderful time in Vail, wish you were here!