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November 2017 Newsletter

Kimberly J Betts  | Published on 11/1/2017
For a downloadable and complete version of this newsletter, click here: November Skiddoo 2017


Hygge!  Do you feel that crispness in the air?  We all know what’s coming and, for many, it’s a SAD time (Seasonal Affective Disorder), when there’s less daylight and our colorful fall gives way to a drab winter.  But for us year-round outdoor people, it’s a great time.  We can ski, Alpine and Nordic, or snowshoe and then head indoors to get cozy.  But, unlike the winter-haters among us, we have the added satisfaction of feeling like we earned the right to sit by the fire with a hot beverage warming our hands.  Hygge (“hoo-ga”) is a Danish and Norwegian word that describes this sensation.  Enjoying food, drink and laughter in a warm, cheerful atmosphere with friends and family is hygge.  And it’s worth noting, that February 9 – 15 will be the “Hygge Festival” of Cook County Minnesota, home of Lutsen Mountain Resort.  That corresponds nicely to the weekend when we are planning to be there.  By the time February gets here, winter deadbeats may be about ready to stab themselves in the heart with an icicle, but those of us who are willing to get out there will be enjoying ourselves.  I encourage you to sign up for the Lutsen trip.  I guarantee there will be plenty of fun in the snow, and plenty of hygge.


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.  Interested in having Nothing Nights at a different venue?  Visit us at  CJ’s and discuss with the regulars, perhaps they are up for a change.

Come on down!  You don’t want to miss out.


Sundown Mountain December 27, 2017

Put December 27th on your calendar. This is a great occasion to prepare yourself for that big ski trip or to try out skiing and see how you like it.  You can always expect great snow conditions at Sundown because of its expansive snow making and grooming equipment.  Bring everyone who is interested, you don’t need to be an EISC club member to join in the fun.  The full group package includes lift ticket, equipment rental, and a ski lesson for an economical $52.  Group lift ticket is $34.  I will have the signup roster at the October club meeting. This week in the news I heard the western resorts have already started making snow - wow.


November Meeting Guest Speaker

Next Member Meeting:  Saturday, November 18, VFW Post 788, 3240 Southgate Place S, Cedar Rapids, doors open @ 7:00 pm.


 Deb Bartels will be sharing the story of her trip climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Mount Kilimanjaro, with its three volcanic cones, "Kibo", "Mawenzi", and "Shira", is a dormant volcano in Tanzania. It is the highest mountain in Africa, and rises approximately 4,900 meters from its base to 5,895 meters above sea level. She travelled with a company based out of Bend Oregon for women called “Call of the Wild”, come and hear about her fantastic journey. Deb is a frequent traveler and her next destination is Patagonia, Chile with Wild Woman Expeditions.


Steamboat Jan 13 to 20, 2018 

It is hard to believe that in less than 75 days we will be in Steamboat. The recent freeze and colder temps bring thoughts of getting out the winter jackets and checking over the ski gear.

The Steamboat trip is sold out and currently there are two individuals on the waiting list.


The majority of trip participants are driving out while 18 will fly out. We will be staying in condos at the La Casa on the Mountain properties. On-line pictures show the condos are multilevel units that include a large kitchen, laundry, gas fireplace in the living room with some bedrooms also having a fireplace. Balconies will have a mountain or valley view. There are two outdoor hot tubs and a BBQ area. Each unit will have one covered parking spot with an overflow lot for the additional vehicles. Previous guests have rated the properties with 4.7 stars on One statement says we are 150 yards from the slope and another says we are 100 yards away. The condos are also on a stop on the free winter bus shuttle service. As I write this, the 2017/2018 schedule is not on line but the transfer location is at the base of the mountain. It looks like getting to a grocery store, liquor store, dining and entertainment places should not be a problem.


For those skiing, in addition to their lift ticket for 5 days, they receive 5-$10 lunch vouchers that can be used on the slopes. Trail maps indicate there are limited daily quantities of First Tracks Tickets which gets you out on the slopes early. Hopefully we can get details of how to get those tickets when we receive our orientation when we arrive. I know personally, getting First Track Tickets at Beaver Creek several years ago was fantastic…..especially with the treat of hot fresh pastries and hot chocolate with heaps of real whipped cream after the slopes opened to everyone.


For those not skiing, please look at some of the brochures we have at the next meeting. There is a wide variety of things to do that include winter bike riding, horseback riding, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, hot air ballooning, hot springs, etc.



Have questions about the trip?  Please contact the trip coordinators. 


Lutsen, Minnesota Feb 9-12 

Your Fantastic Trip Chairs are pulling out all the stops to present you with this winter's best getaway. To do that, we sent out our best EISC Ski Scout - Steve Sartori, also known as SSSS, to check out this place. Here is the SSSS report:

“The hotel is located right on the water in Grand Marias. The hotel has been completely remodeled inside and out. Breakfast has all the normal continental fare with make yourself pancakes, eggs and breakfast potatoes, ham or sausage, bread and a variety of juices. Several variety of coffees are available 24/7. There is also a small beer/wine bar. The hot tub officially seats 13 but I think you can fit 20 comfortably. The best part of the hot tub is the water fall to relax those worn out shoulders from skiing all day.  All rooms have a balcony and face the bay. No need to drive; everything is just a few blocks away. There are two grocery stores, a post office, pharmacy and a liquor store that is now open on Sunday.”

We will depart by deluxe motor coach the morning of Feb 9th from Cedar Rapids and return home on Monday, Feb 12. The bus will provide transportation to the picturesque Lutsen Resort and other nearby areas including trails. Non-skiers can also keep busy in and around Grand Marais with a vast trail system for cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and hiking.

Remember! There is no added cost for children to stay with two adults/room.

The adult package includes:

  • Round trip bus from Cedar Rapids
  • 3 nights lodging at the Best Western Superior Inn in Grand Marais
  • Wine and Cheese Party
  • Optional lift tickets

The price is:

  • Adult full pkg w/ two day lift ticket - $555
  • Adult w/o lifts - $450
  • Child full pkg – w/ two day lift tickets - $297
  • Child w/o lifts - $192

Cancellation date is November 18, 2017



Looking forward to January, 


Salvation Army Bell Ringing

It is that time of year again when we can donate a few hours of our time to help a very worthy organization. Bell ringing runs Tuesday, November 7 thru Saturday, December 23 at over 30 locations in the metro area.


To make it simpler to sign up we now have a dedicated login page for the club. The dedicated page will also allow for easier tracking of the hours we donate. It also means that we should have an EAST IOWA SKI CLUB sign whenever we are ringing.


Shifts are for 2 hours each and you can invite 1 or 2 other people to join you if you would like. Note: You will NOT receive a reminder email as you would if you signed up under your own name.


They have over 10,000 service hours that need to be filled so let us do our part. If they don’t get volunteers they need to pay someone to ring the bell. Thanks to all who have donated their time in past years. I am sure they will all agree it is a very rewarding.


Donations for the Food Bank   

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


Monetary donations can generate even more food than what each of us can buy on our own and deliver.    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 within the expiration date 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   


EISC Board of Directors Election

Marty Stimson, will be on the election committee for our 2018 Board of Directors election in February. We are still looking for 2 others from the general membership to fill out the nominating committee.  Contact Marty if interested.


The current members leaving the board are: Kim Betts, Jim Wittnebel, Bob Thorkildson.  Mike Buckman is up for reelection.  If you are interested in running for the board contact a committee member.