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March 2017 Newsletter

 | Published on 3/1/2017
For a downloadable and complete version of this newsletter click here:  March Skiddoo


President’s Message

President’s Day is a day when the major ski resorts out west are very busy.  However, here in Iowa, I was jogging outside in a t-shirt and shorts.  I know it won’t last, but it’s great to look forward to the spring and summer activities.  Our last member meeting enjoyed a nice presentation by Derek of Northtowne Cycling and it got many of us primed for some bicycling.  That said, I wouldn’t put those cross-country skis in mothballs just yet.  We’re bound to have a little snow before winter ends, perhaps by the time this is published.  You may have already gotten out to the golf course but, who knows, you might have to put your golf shoes on the shelf and reach for the snow shoes.  It’s best to stay flexible, both mentally and physically.  Some of us will be enjoying our last ski trip of the year and still others will be getting ready for the last Hawkeye basketball game of the regular season.  And then, it’s time to think spring!


Stay active my friends.

~Mike Buckman, EISC President


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.


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

Our March 18 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.  There are usually a few snacks to share.   Doors open at 7:00 with the meeting at 8:00.  Guests are welcome.  Come on out. 

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.



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


Iowa vs Penn State Basketball Game - Sun March 5th

Hosted by Don Boland

By the time you see this it will nearly be time to join us for the March 5th game against Penn State. 


Current plans are to meet for brunch at 9am at the 16th Avenue Bar and Grill. (Across from the west side Theisen’s store)


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


Questions:  Call Don Boland


EISC 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.  You will find your reservation form on the last page of this newsletter.  Or you can sign up at the next member meeting or online.

Contact Teri Barnhart

SAVE the DATE!!  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

Vail 2017

Trains, planes and automobiles, that's what it took to get us all to Vail, Colorado.

What a wonderful trip.  There was plenty to do and see in Vail.  We had people snowshoeing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and hitting the slopes of the mountains.  There were those that read a book, did some work, went to lunch, visited the museum, took a nap, shopped and just enjoyed everything the area had to offer.  In the evening if you wanted you could find music being played at several locations.

The conditions for all of the activities were great.  There were a few that grilled out for lunch on the mountain, at Belle's Camp, at the top of Blue Sky Basin.  Temperatures were warm and the sun was shining all but one day.  The cloudy day brought some new snow to the mountains.

The skiers went to Beaver Creek on Tuesday.  It was a great skiing day.  If you didn't have to get that one last run in, you may have had a warm chocolate chip cookie before returning to Vail.

All the good weather made it easy to get out and do something.  The hot tub was a hit even if you did have to walk a block to get there.  The word is if you left your things to close to the tub they got wet. Seems like it had a habit of overflowing with a large group of people.

All in all the week in Vail was wonderful.  As always there was plenty of good food and great friends to share it with.


~Rhonda and Dale

Chestnut Mountain/Galena Weekend


The weekend at Chestnut Mountain Resort was a good one with friends, families and fun!  We had 23 people join us for the event.  The snow conditions were less than favorable due to warmer weather but we had plenty of skiers and snowboarders who enjoyed their time on the slopes.  The resort reserved a suite for us that we actually were able to take advantage of for two nights.  One night, we got together for a birthday celebration (Teresa Smith) and the other was wine and cheese, of course!    Some people were able to take advantage of the other offerings in the area such as shopping, breweries and hiking.  It was a good gathering for all…thanks to all of you for joining us!


~Mary Jean and Jane

EISC Survey Results for 2017/2018

by Jim Wittnebel

Thanks to the membership on those that completed (qty 38) a survey during January on destinations and activities the club would like to see and do this next 2017/2018 season.   These results are important in helping provide a focus on 2017/2018 event planning.  A result summary is as follows:

     Major Ski Trips: 

  • 61% consider participating on a major ski trip, 16% not, 24% NA/Non-Skier
  • 51% support two major ski trips in one season, 24% not, 24% NA/Non-Skier
  • 50% support a budget major ski trip, 23% not, 26% NA/Non-Skier
    • 69% of skiers don’t want the budget trip to be over a children’s school holiday break
  • 75% support a new ski destination the club hasn’t visited previously, 0% not, 25% NA/Non-Skier

    Top Major Ski Resorts:

    38% Steamboat, 21% Beaver Creek, Snow Bird, Alta, Park City, Deer Valley, 17% Mt Bachelor. Telluride, 12% Jackson Hole, Winter Park, Whistler, Snowmass, any resort, 8% Breckenridge, Switzerland, Taos, Sun Valley, Tahoe, Big Sky, 4% Vermont, Alyeska, Keystone, Mammoth

    Midwest Ski Resorts:

  • 64% consider participating on a Midwest ski trip, 18% not, 18% NA/Non-Skier
  • 74% of skiers would consider going to Lutsen (primarily if on a 3 or 4 day extended weekend)
  • 65% of skiers would prefer that the club travels to resorts closer (4-5 hour drive) to home

Top Midwest Resorts:

42% Cascade, 36% Welch, Granite Peak, 14% Devils Head, Lutsen, 7% Duluth, MPLS, Lacrosse, Galena, Wild MNT, Upper Peninsula, cross country (Telemark, WI)

Off Ski Season Week/Weekend:

34% Biking, 31% sightseeing (Wash DC, Great Lakes, Keweenaw Peninsula, Civil War States, Missouri, Grand Canyon, Des Moines, Chicago, Kansas City, 23% canoe/kayaking, 9% hiking, camping, 3% Riverboat, houseboat, wineries, rafting, pro sports games

Off Ski Season One Day:

35% biking, 29% canoe/kayak, 13% golf, hiking, 11% any activity, camping, 7% river cruise, winery, 4% picnic, casino, 2% dining, Jimmy Buffet, Elkhorn WI, state fair, Broadway play

Post Party Entertainment Preference:  23% Live Band, 23% DJ, 54% No Preference