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December 2017 Newsletter

 | Published on 11/29/2017

For a complete and downloadable version of the Skiddoo, click here: December Skiddoo 2017

This holiday season, I have been thinking about all the things our club’s board and members do for which I am grateful.  

The list seems to lend itself to a musical treatment.  So, with apologies to Julie Andrews:





Skiddoos with trip news and articles written

Boots I can buckle and warmers in mittens

Members who Salvation Army bells ring

These are a few of my favorite things.


Ski club board members who work to support us.

Trip leads for sign-ups and payments exhort us.

Volunteer members take names and snacks bring.

These are a few of my favorite things


Food pantry donors with canned goods to leave us.

Meeting guest speakers with much they can teach us

Silver white winters Who cares about spring?

These are a few of my favorite things.


When the snow snakes

That cause yard sales

Have me feeling wrong

I simply remember my favorite things

And lift lines don’t seem so long.


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.

EISC November Meeting Recap

Our November meeting brought in a full house to listen to an interesting and informative story of a group of women who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. Deb Bartels was an excellent story teller who let us see what the journey looked like. 


The board is looking for ideas for other speakers. Let us know if you have someone in mind or something you would like to hear about. 

Member Meeting FRIDAY DEC 15,7:00 at the VFW

Let’s get festive for the holidays at our December 15 meeting with Christmas attire - - sweatershatstiessocks………    And share your favorite Christmas goodies too!!  

Come to the VFW Hall at 3240 Southgate Place SW, Cedar Rapids on FRIDAY.   Beer, wine, and pop will be available at reasonable prices at the cash bar.    Doors open at 7:00 with

the meeting at 8:00.   Guests are always welcome.   

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.  Bring the grandkids and their friends.  This is a great chance to introduce them to skiing.  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 December club meeting. You can also sign up and pay online. Be sure to get signed up by Dec 15th so we can get the correct number of tickets. We have warm weather right now but remember how it flips to the cold side every couple of weeks? Every night they are making snow there.

Contact me or Duane Grote will be helping me with the trip. Thanks and see you there!

Chris Kalmar

Steamboat Jan 13 to 20, 2018

In just 6 short weeks we will be headed to Steamboat Springs, CO. That time will go particularly fast with the Holiday Season approaching. There are currently 4 persons on the waiting list of this sold out trip.

If you want your skis and boot bag hauled out and don’t want to hassle with the airline, contact Gordon Bowman 319-270-9584 or Mike Monroe 319-679-2465. Charge is $60.

Condo assignments have been made. Each condo unit will have a parking space that is covered and additional spaces are in an uncovered lot just across the street. The assignments are such that each condo will have two persons that have a vehicle. Those that are flying will have a shuttle bus that gets them from the airport. A grocery stop is not an option.  However, Casa on the Mountains has an on-call shuttle service that will take guests to the store. A call when you are finished shopping will get you picked up. That saves the hassle of hauling a lot of things on the city bus. Condo mates are highly encouraged to discuss cooking and meal preparations prior to leaving Cedar Rapids. There may be options of those driving to stop and buy and/or bring some of the supplies.


Check-in time is 4PM. The resort is aware that those flying will arrive earlier barring no significant delays. They will work with us to accommodate us as best as possible.

Trip itinerary and other details will be provided to participants closer to departure time.  Cancellation date is 12/15/17 for the trip.


Questions?  Please contact the trip coordinators. 

         Ruth Van Tol                 Mike Monroe

Twin Cities Winter Carnival and Other Fun   Feb 9-11


Unfortunately, our planned trip to Lutsen had to be cancelled. In its place will be a trip to the Twin Cities February 9 – 11, 2018. The trip includes bus transportation to the Hampton Inn located near the Mall of America in Bloomington for a two-night stay. The hotel has complimentary breakfast in the morning and shuttle service to Ikea and the Mall of America. The Light Rail Transit hub is located at the MOA and provides access to downtown Minneapolis with an easy transfer for a line that also gets you to downtown St Paul. The Winter Carnival festivities are wrapping up that weekend with a number of activities happening. Cost of the bus and hotel is $237 per person double room occupancy. Two children stay free with adults in a room. Cost would be $100 per child for the bus and snacks/beverages in lieu of wine and cheese that will be available for adults. If there is enough interest, arrangements can be made for those wanting to ski to get to Welch Village on Sunday.


In 1885 a New York reporter wrote that St Paul “was a Siberia, unfit for human habitation.” The residents of St Paul took offense and decided to prove that there are plenty of things to do in winter months. In 1886 the first Winter Carnival took place. This year the event is 17 days long. On occasion in the past a spectacular ice castle was built. Organizers had hoped to showcase one this year with the Super Bowl in Minneapolis, however, they couldn’t find enough corporate sponsors. There are however snow carving competitions, ice carving competitions, parades and new this year: Lawn Mower Racing on Ice (some reaching speeds of 60 mph!) and Bar Stool Ski Races (we still have time to submit our candidates and build our gear for this one!)


Schedule of Events that are happening while we will be there are:

Friday Night: Bar Stool Ski Races at Vulcan Park from 7PM to whenever (likely questionable if we can get there in time).

Saturday: 5:30 to 7:30 Lawn Mower Racing on Ice at Vulcan Park at the State Fair Campus.

5:30 to 7:30 Vulcan Victory Torchlight Parade, Downtown St Paul. Followed by the overthrow of King Boreas and Fireworks.

Other things to do before the late afternoon events are to view snow sculptures in Vulcan Park or see the ice sculptures in Rice Park (all weather permitting). St Paul has an indoor Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings that include specialty chefs offering lunches. The Light Rail is within walking distance to the Minnesota Science Museum which has a great view of the Mississippi and has an IMAX theater if you prefer indoor activities for part of the day.


If having fun outdoors isn’t your thing than you have the MOA with 500+ stores, 50 restaurants, movie theaters and all sorts of entertainment.


Join us for a fun weekend February 9-11, 2018

          Ruth Van Tol               Mary Day                Jeff Owen

EISC X-Country/Snowshoe Schedule 2017 - 2018


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.  

More info at: X-Country Snowshoe schedule


Wickiup Hill Park     12/02/17

Squaw Creek Park  12/09/17

Matsell Bridge Park 12/16/17

Ellis Golf Couse      12/23/17

Jones Park             12/30/17


Morgan Creek Park 1/06/18

Matsell Bridge Park 1/13/18

Squaw Creek Park  1/20/18

Wickiup Hill Park     1/27/18


Jones Park             2/03/18

Ellis Golf Course     2/10/18

Morgan Creek Park 2/17/18

Squaw Creek Park  2/24/18


Lake Macbride Park 3/03/18

Matsell Bridge Park 3/10/18

Wickiup Hill Park     3/17/18

Jones Park             3/24/18

THANK YOU for Donations to the Food Bank

At the November 18 member meeting, we collected $500 in monetary donations, as well as 125 pounds of food items.   The Linn Community Food Bank was very happy to receive such generous donations from EISC.    


Remember…. the need continues beyond the holidays, so contribute to your local food banks often.    Thank you.    Marty and Janet Stimson   

EISC Board of Directors Election

Our 2018 Board of Directors election will be held in February.  We have 4 positions open.  Kim Betts, Bob Thorkildson, and Jim Wittnebel are leaving the board.  Mike Buckman will be running for re-election.    

The nominating committee is Marty Stimson, along with Pat and Don Boland.  If interested in running for the board, please contact a committee member.  Please give consideration to say “yes” to EISC if you are contacted.

Thank you.   

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 will run 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.


For instructions click on this link: Salvation Army Bell 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.


Call Sarah Wittnebel,  if you have any issues or questions.