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July 2018 Newsletter

 | Published on 7/9/2018

For a more complete and downloadable version of the newsletter: July Skiddoo 2018

President’s Message  

Hi All, hope you're all enjoying the summer activities under way with the club. At our spring picnic Don Boland brought up a good point during our short meeting; that non-members are eligible to participate in most any activity to get aquatinted with the club and members. 

(As long as it doesn't involve any overnight lodging arranged by the club they are welcome to attend as a non-member, we still offer a  $5 for 3 months trial membership for those other trips)

This policy has been around for a long time and we all tend to forget the familiar, so if you know anyone that would like to attend any of our activities or meetings, PLEASE invite away. Your board is always looking for methods to engage potential members, but it is our own members that are the best recruiting tools. 

The board hopes you're excited about the next season ski trips out west, sales will commence at the corn roast in August. Check out the destinations at the end of this newsletter and stay tuned for more information from the trip chairs. 

Good times and good friends.

-Brenda Garbe, EISC President 

Nothing Nights – Wed Eve – CJ’s Bar and Grill 7:00; Biking 5:30  

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.

Non-Members Welcome!!

Please join us for any summer/winter/spring and fall activity to enjoy a sample of EISC. Any outing that is not an overnight event, you would not have to be a member to participate.


Join your friends for a fun day of Bicycling on the paved Cedar Valley trail! 
10:00 to 10:30 Start @ the Hiawatha Boysen Rd. Trailhead out and back ride on the Cedar Trail to Center Point.  Lunch & refreshments at the Sag Wagon, Center Point (short route option to Big Lebowski’s, Robins).  Optional meet at the Sag Wagon on the Cedar Lake upon return to town.   

Car Cruise July 8

Come join us on the EISC July Classic Car Cruise.  Date: Sunday, July 8th at noon, rain or shine.  Meeting place will be the Marion Walmart near the McDonalds.  We will be heading to a town named after an Indian princess and then will wind our way to a dead end for food and drinks. NO GRAVEL ROADS are on the route.

‘Truss’ us, you will like it.       

~David Meyer

Cedar Rapids Kernels’ Baseball Friday July 13 - Gates open at 5:30

Come out and cheer the Kernels’ on! 

The game date is Friday, July 13th and the game time is 6:35 pm. Gates open at 5:30 with food served beginning at 6:00.  We have seats in the Arctic Insulation Party Plaza located down the right field lane, on the concourse above the Plaza bleacher seating.

If you not signed up please call me immediately I will see if can get you a ticket   If you have not paid please call me also. The cost is $29.00. The food is from 6:00 to 9:00.  The menu is hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, brats, popcorn, peanuts, ice cream sandwiches, pop, bottled water and beer. 

I will be distributing tickets near the west gate between 5:15 and 6:00.  If you arrive later than that pick up your tickets at the Will Call Window and tell them you are with the East Iowa Ski Club. 

 ~Sue Goettel

EISC Annual Golf Outing – July 28th

The annual EISC Golf Tournament will be held at Wildcat Golf Course in Shellsburg on the morning of Saturday, July 28th.    This is a four person best shot with non-cash prizes.    We’ll have a shot gun start at 9:00am and the cost will be $47 for 18 holes of golf, cart and a meal following.    (Please plan to arrive by 8:30) This event is open to non-ski club members so feel free to invite friends and family!!    

Please register and pay through the club’s website.  (People not belonging to the ski club may also sign up and pay online.)   The deadline for registering and paying for the event is Friday, July 13th.   As an alternative, you may pay by sending a check to the EISC PO Box #843, Cedar Rapids, IA  52406 but please make sure your check arrives by July 13th.     You can organize your own teams, or sign up as an individual and we’ll pair you up with others.   

Non golfers are welcome to come out, order off the grill menu and enjoy the tournament wrap up.   So come on out and join in the fun exploring the mysteries of golf!!    And remember…..”If you hit it right, it’s a slice. If you hit it left, it’s a hook. If you hit it straight, it’s a miracle!”   

If there are any questions, feel free to contact us!   Hope to see you at Wildcat!!

~Kathy Healy    Nancy Thorkildson      Sarah Wittnebel 

Club Paddle Day – July 29

Please mark your calendars for a 8-10 mile group paddle. River and meet time, etc. to be determined the week before, depending on water level and stream flow. I have a couple extra kayaks if anyone needs to borrow one, please let me know ahead of time. No sign up is necessary, but it is good to have an idea who is coming.  Any day is a good day on the water!

~Ange Miller   

Corn Roast at Stimson’s - Sat Aug 4 - 2:00PM

Sally Williams will be pre-occupied in August celebrating a new grandchild, so this year the annual Corn Roast will be hosted by Marty and Janet Stimson in rural Center Point.  Get ready to have an afternoon/evening of festivities and feasting on August 4.   
Activities will start at 2:00 pm with fellowship and outdoor games.   So bring your favorite game – bean bag toss, bocce ball, etc. We will also have guest guitar entertainment from Darryl Hokanson and Phil Thomas.  Marty will be cooking up smoked pork for sandwiches, and we will have Iowa fresh sweet corn.  So bring a dish to share, your favorite lawn chair, and a friend or two. This event is open to members and non-members.  We plan to eat about 6:00.     

We will provide the sweet corn along with plates, utensils, pop, beer, wine, bottled water, and take donations to cover these costs.  There will be a bon-fire by the pond at dusk.  For those who like to camp you’re welcome to bring a camper or a tent and stay overnight.

Ski trip sales will begin that day.  3pm will be the beginning of on-site registration and web-site registrations will be allowed 2 days later to give a buffer for trip chairs to enter Corn Roast attendee registrations.  On-prem buddy assistance allowed.

Hope to see you there!! 

~Marty Stimson,  Janet  Stimson   

Decorah Trout Run Trail Bike Ride - Oct 6 weekend

The EISC has decided to try the 11-mile loop around Decorah as our Fall bike ride.  Besides the trail there is quite a bit of interest in visiting the new Toppling Goliath Brewery and Tasting room!  The club has rented 10 rooms at the Super 8 motel and several members are planning on camping at the Pulpit Rock campground once again.  More information will be coming and we still need a trip leader for this fall adventure.   Please contact Marty or any of the board members if you are interested in leading this trip.
There's a reason it's called the "Trout Run Trail!"  It runs next to the Decorah Trout Hatchery--the second largest trout hatchery in Iowa.  The 11-mile loop crosses trout streams five times.  The trail follows the Upper Iowa River for its first two miles.  The Upper Iowa River is noted for kayaking, canoeing, tubing and--yes--trout fishing.  Of course, you can stay on dry land and just enjoy the scenery!

As you travel the Trout Run Trail, you might have to remind yourself you're right next to the city of Decorah because of the secluded route the trail takes.  But the city is close at hand--and so are restaurants, hotels, gift shops, bike shops--even several ice cream shops!  One of the highlights of the Trout Run Trail is the Iowa DNR Trout Hatchery at Siewer Springs (pronounced "SEE-ver").  Feed the fish at the hatchery (it's just 25 cents for a handful of food!)   Siewer Springs is also a great spot for picnics, family photos, trout fishing and bird watching.

While you’re on the trail look up!  You’ll see the famous Decorah Eagle’s nest.  Mom, Dad and eaglets live in this six-foot-wide nest weighing more than 750 pounds.  A camcorder is set up to give a live feed via the internet.  Check it out for yourself on the “eagle cam” at

And while much of the trail is flat, there are sharp switchbacks (tight curves) that weave you back and forth along beautiful Iowa countryside.  There are a few slights climbs as Brenda can confirm.

Beaver Creek – Jan 26-Feb 2

The EISC announced the first major West trip this year and it is a special one.  For the week of January 26th through February 2nd 32 EISC members will be traveling to Beaver Creek, Colorado for a week of skiing and fun at this exceptional resort.  We are happy to announce that the Trip Leaders and your hosts for the week are Kathy Takes and Ruth Van Tol.  The trip will go on sale at August 4th EISC Corn Roast at Marty and Janet Stimson’s farm, near Center Point.

Once you’ve left behind Colorado’s main I-70 thoroughfare of the Rockies and passed through Beaver Creek’s natural gateway, you’ll be greeted by an overall top-shelf atmosphere with picture-perfect ski runs and a quaint, but polished Bavarian-style village with escalators.  While some resorts excel at providing terrain specific for a certain type of skier, Beaver Creek has something to everyone. First-timers to the most aggressive skiers will feel like this mountain was made for them.

Beaver Creek is known as a “World Cup Mountain” because the annual World Cup men’s downhill race and several women’s World Cup events are held on its Birds of Prey run & on the Grouse Mountain runs. The skiing at Beaver Creek is right in line with the resort’s specialty: world-class experiences. Some steep, wide-open, blue runs, like those found underneath the Grouse Mountain and Birds of Prey chairlifts are favorites of intermediate skiers.  Beginners flock to the left side of the mountain, where the Drink of Water chairlift allows novices to get up on the mountain, enjoy scenic views of the surrounding mountains and take long runs to the base village.  The new Centennial Gondola from Dopplemayr alternates a high speed 6 pack chair for faster skiers with the 10 person gondola for those who want the more relaxed pace.  Everyone can end the day with fresh, homemade chocolate chip cookies, served daily at 3 p.m. at the base.  No matter what your skiing ability, you can rest assured that the resort is doing everything in its power to make Beaver Creek skiing as safe as possible; they were awarded the National Ski Area Association’s Best Overall Safety Award. 

MOUNTAIN STATS Skiable Area: 1832 acres Vertical Drop: 3339 ft
Base Elevation: 8,100 ft. / 2,469 m
Summit Elevation: 11,440 ft. / 3,488 m
Number of Trails: 150
Number of Lifts: 24
Skiable Acreage: 1,832 acres 
Longest Run: Centennial at 2.75 miles a top elevation of 11,440’. 
Explore…20 miles of Nordic trails in McCoy Park. 
Learn…about ski history at the Colorado Ski Museum.
Taste…70+ awesome restaurants.

Experience snow tubing, sleigh ride dinners, snowshoeing and snowmobiling, just a few examples of Beaver Creek’s many winter activities.

While there are so many things to do and experience at the Beaver Creek village you aren’t limited to the base area for shopping, dining and activities. Beaver Creek’s convenient location near neighboring towns Avon, Edwards and Vail adds a whole new element to off-mountain activities sure to please every interest, palate and preference.
While Beaver Creek ski area appears to be a seamless groomed mountain, it is actually 3 connected ski areas Beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch and Arrowhead, each with their own village.   

The heart of the resort, Beaver Creek village is full of quaint shops, art galleries, bars and restaurants—all conveniently linked by heated walkways and escalators.  All accommodations are ski-in by means of connecting trails and skier bridges.  Available to guests staying in Beaver Creek village:  Main access to the Centennial and Strawberry chairlifts for beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain.  Ski & Snowboard Schools, Nordic Center, Small World Play School equipment rentals, and ski storage.  Ice Rink, Vilar Center for the Arts, and numerous restaurants and bars.
Bachelor Gulch is home to The Ritz-Carlton. It is a perfect for slope-side access and mountain serenity.  Available in Bachelor Gulch are:  Ski & Snowboard School.  Retail apparel and equipment rental in Beaver Creek Sports.  Main access to the Bachelor Gulch Express lift for beginner and intermediate terrain.  Restaurants, outdoor patio and bar. Free dial-a-ride shuttles to Beaver Creek village.

Arrowhead is the western-most destination on the Village-to-Village™ ski experience. It is home to the Broken Arrow Restaurant as well as many private homes and distinctive Colorado ski condos available for vacation rentals. Free dial-a-ride shuttles.  Main access to the Arrowbahn Express lift for beginner and intermediate terrain.  Broken Arrow Restaurant with outdoor patio and bar 

The EISC will be staying at the Borders Lodge, near Beaver Creek Village.  The Borders Lodge provides ski-in, ski-out access to the Elkhorn Lift at Beaver Creek Ski Resort. In addition to enjoying convenience to the slopes, guests of The Borders Lodge can take in gorgeous views of the resort to the south and the rolling, snowy fairways of the Beaver Creek Golf Course to the north.  Accommodations at The Borders Lodge are 2 bedroom / 2 bath condos, and offer features such as a fireplace, balcony and in-unit washer and dryer. Guest amenities also include an outdoor pool, two hot tubs, a fitness center, and underground parking. 

Beaver Creek features 300 days of sunshine, 1,825 acres of Colorado terrain, much of it groomed to perfection. The grandeur of the large mountain is contrasted with the closeness of the alpine village, but heated walk-ways and escalators to the slopes and around the village make it oh so easy to enjoy the aprés ski (warm cookies are a trade mark), the mouth-watering cuisine, blissful spas and captivating performing arts. 

The Beaver Creek Trip costs are:
  Total       Sign up   Sept 16   Oct 20-Final
Total Cost w/ air & lift:   $1694 $565  $565  $564
 Without air / with lift   $1354  $452  $452  $450 
 With Air / without lift  $1214  $405  $405  $404
 Land only    $874  $292  $292  $290
Senior with lift (+65)        SUBTRACT $40 from last payment

~Kathy Takes  Ruth Van Tol

Mt. Bachelor, Oregon – March 3-10

The 2nd EISC major West trip destination is Mt Bachelor, Oregon, March 3rd through the 10th, 2019.  Only the first 20 EISC member to sign up will be joining Trip Leaders Diane and Chip Scholl for what promises to be an outstanding trip.    

The first time you see Mt. Bachelor, don’t be surprised if you gasp a bit. The ski resort lives atop a dormant volcano and is absolutely stunning in the distance.  As the highest land mass for miles around, the views from atop Mt. Bachelor are equally breathtaking. Mt. Bachelor is part of the Cascade Volcano chain, which runs from Canada into the Pacific Northwest.  Ecology and geology enthusiasts will love learning about the science behind Mt. Bachelor’s formation, just as much as they’ll enjoy skiing or riding the resort’s unusual terrain.

The club will be flying into the central Oregon airport that serves Redmond and Bend after a stop at Denver.  The town of Bend and its many inns, hotels, boutiques, shops and restaurants a short 22 miles away from the skiing.  A Mt. Bachelor ski vacation offers more than skiing.  On the top of your don’t-miss list should be a beer at the famed Deschutes Brewery Bend Public House.  Bend is a small city on the Deschutes River. West are the lakes and peaks of the Cascade Mountains, with ski resorts and multi-use trails. In town, a trail leads up Pilot Butte, an extinct volcano. South, the High Desert Museum showcases the local environment, with history and live wildlife exhibits. In the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, stairs lead into the Lava River Cave, a huge lava tube.  For those looking to explore the local forests and get their lungs pumping, Mt. Bachelor offers an exceptional cross country trail system.

Skiable Area: 4318 acres / Vertical Drop: 3366 ft.
462 inches of annual snowfall 
3683 acres open 
Top Elevation 9065 feet, base 5700 feet 
25.0% expert, 35.0% advanced, 25.0% intermediate, 15.0% 

As you drive up to the ski resort, you’ll notice how the volcano formed natural halfpipe-like gullies which extend from the summit and wind down into tree level.  Designated trails have been cut to match the terrain’s natural flow. You won’t find anything like Mt. Bachelor’s playful trails.  Blessed with an annual snowfall of 462 inches, a Mt. Bachelor powder day is unforgettable.  Advanced and expert skiers can experience 60 percent of Mt. Bachelor’s terrain, including the 360-degree skiing from resort’s 9,065-foot summit. 

Advanced / Intermediates will have a ball meandering around Mt. Bachelor’s many groomed trails. Intermediate skiers have a great selection of blue runs off of the top of 9,000-foot Summit Chair. Intermediates and expert skiers alike, can ski or ride Mt. Bachelor’s 3,300 vertical feet.  

Beginners have tons of options on the East side of the mountain. Park skiers and boarders can enjoy the Bachelor Parks area, which features medium and large parks underneath the Skyliner Express. 

The EISC will be staying at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes Hotel – in hotel Rooms with 2 Queen or 1 King Beds.  Nestled along the banks of the beautiful Deschutes River in Bend, Oregon, The Riverhouse offers some of the finest lodging amenities in Central Oregon. 
Spacious queen hotel rooms to complete family suites with a kitchen.
Every room has a microwave, refrigerator with a separate freezer & Keurig coffee maker.
20% off spa services at brand new Drift Spa opening Sept 2018 on property
Includes complimentary 1 hour welcome wine and local microbrewery /apps reception 
Includes complimentary hot breakfast daily.  

Complimentary transportation will be provided to and from Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort daily for the group. Transportation will consist of 2 trips in the morning (8 AM and 10 AM and 2 pick-up times in the afternoon (2 PM and 4:15 PM).
Complimentary slopeside ski storage at Mt Bachelor (NEW) 

Surrounded by the tall hemlocks and pines of the Deschutes National Forest and breathtaking views of the Three Sisters and other Cascade peaks, you are sure to enjoy that mountain experience you seek at Mt. Bachelor!  More information on this trip will be coming soon.

Mt Bachelor trip costs and payment schedule.

   Total  Sign up   Sept 16   Oct 20-Final
Total Cost w/ air & lift:    $1609  $537 $537  $535 
 With Air / without lift   $1334  $445  $445 $444
Senior w/ lift (+65) SUBTRACT $50 from last payment  Senior (+70) w/ lift  SUBTRACT $100 from last payment

~Diane Scholl   Chip Scholl   

Speakers and presenters wanted

We are looking for people to speak or present at some of our meetings to help keep us informed and knowledgeable of what is happening, etc. These would be for the months of October, November, February and March. Please contact Teresa Smith, if you know of someone or a group who you think would be great for the club to hear.


Starting Friday, October 19, the new EISC meeting location will be Shores Event Center, 700 16th St NE L100, in the lower level.

Spring Picnic Photos



Annual Cedar Falls/Waterloo Bike Ride Pics


Kim’s Korner – GDPR

What is GDPR and why do I care?  That is a great question and please read on for important information to keep your personal data with the club available for trips, events and communication.

GDPR is in the news lately as a privacy law that was passed by the European Union (EU).   It affects privacy of people in this digital age, since website databases are accessible all over the world.  It is very likely that the U.S. too will follow the EU’s lead on this law, so it will affect us both now and later.

GDPR means General Data Protection Regulation.  It went into effect on May 25th, 2018.  It not only affects electronic storage of personal information, but also paper/manual versions.  Each and every person who has their private data stored with an entity such as a club, must “opt-in” to have their information stored.

When you log into our ski club website, you will be hit with 3 important questions about how we handle your private information.  Private information includes your name, address and phone number.  

The first question is about reading and agreeing to the privacy policy.  If you click “I do not agree” you are essentially resigning from the club, as your data will be deleted from our paper and electronic records.  This seem harsh, but we have to follow the letter of the law. 
The second question is on receiving communications from the club. If you chose no, you will no longer receive the Skiddoo, electronically or via paper, no longer receive forum information or any other breaking news alerts.   You always have the opportunity to opt out of email alerts only, this is a different question.  
The third question is a bit misleading, as it affects us in more than one way.  The question is about sharing data to interested third parties for marketing or other purposes.  We need to be able to communicate your name and other information to airlines, hotels and travel agencies to book rooms, flights and transportation.  If you chose “do not share my personal data” you will not be able to go on any club trips or events that require a name  However, to be clear, we won’t sell your data to agencies for marketing purposes.  

As you can see, we do need to you to read and understand what you are choosing.  If you make a choice at any point and want to change your response, you can log in and change it under your profile. (except for the first question-you have 30 days before completely being deleted). 

We will be making available a paper version of this law to our non-electronic members.  

~Kim Betts – Webmaster