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October 2018 Newsletter

 | Published on 10/15/2018
For a complete and downloadable version of this newsletter: October Skiddoo 2018 

President’s Message


Hello All,

To bring you all up to date; at the August Board Meeting, board member Linda Berry communicated her concerns in fulfilling her position and supporting the club fully with future personal conflicts. So as much as we love having Linda on the board, we’re a small group trying to keep the boat afloat. So, with joint agreement on both sides, we’ve accepted her resignation. (She has agreed to continue helping us with the 2019 Rafting Trip planning) Since Teresa Smith was also on the ballot back in February with Linda, me, Mike Buckman and Steve Cummings, it was an easy and logical choice to ask Teresa to fill that position. So now, we introduce our newest Board Member: Teresa Smith.  Teresa has been lending a hand in securing speakers for the regular meetings and now we have her full-time attention. Thank you, Teresa, we look forward to your ideas and input.


As was mentioned briefly at the September meeting, member Rick Hurtado, via his H and H Foundation, has offered to support the club with a special Post Party celebration at the Marriott Hotel in NE Cedar Rapids and cover the cost of a live band “Milk and Honey.”  The intention is to raise awareness of the Foundation’s pet projects and the East Iowa Ski Club. More details will come out as we get closer to the date, April 27th.  Since this coincides with our 40th Anniversary year, the board is very excited to celebrate with a live band and would like to invite all former club members. I would like to invite any member interested to form a small committee to make this an extra special evening. Contact me before or at the October meeting.


Speaking of the October meeting, I would like to remind everyone that we’re at the Shores Event Center.  I know some of you are soooooo tired of hearing me say that. See the article following. Hope you all enjoy this new venue.

Good times and good friends.

-Brenda Garbe, EISC President


Brenda Garbe & Linda Berry, Banff, 2017



Our new meeting night and location

Take note that our regular meeting location and day has changed.   Starting in October our meetings will be “Friday” nights at the Shores Event Center, 700 16th Street NE, Cedar Rapids.  Many of you have asked “why the new location and Friday night?”  Unfortunately, the simple answer is availability and cost.   Saturday night hall rents in Cedar Rapids have skyrocketed the last several years to well over $600 an evening.   And the VFW is now no different.  Our small club, although growing, simply cannot afford those kinds of costs.   So this summer, we finally managed to secure a great new central location at the Shores Event Center.   We know it may be an inconvenience for some of our members to make a Friday night meeting, but your board hopes you all can understand why we moved.   And once you check out this new location, we also think you will like the new place as much as we do. 

REMINDER: ROAD CLOSED ON 16th St NE between D Ave and F Ave until the end of November.


Thank you from your EISC Board.  


Membership Note

At the September Kick Off meeting we always have a large influx of member renewals by check. Just as a reminder all those checks and paper forms have to be manually entered by hand, so if you received a second email stating your membership has lapsed we hope you understand. 


The board would like to take a moment to thank all of our members for being a part of our great club. Some members have shared their favorite memories and experiences below, what are yours? 

• Socializing and Friendships 

• Group Travel discounts and planning  

•  Fun activities and events 

• Informative Speakers

We are glad you choose to be a part of this great group. 

Brenda Garbe


A Blast from the Past


In the Beginning…


This article appeared in the very first SKIDDOO October 1979, in reference to the September Kick Off meeting. There were skits and elaborate booths for each trip. There weren’t any photos in the published SKIDDOO back then as they were simpler mailings.


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.


Logo Apparel

These will be available at October meeting.


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.


Fall Kickoff recap/photos


Decorah Trout Run Trail Bike Ride - Oct 6 weekend


$59 per person hotel double occupancy

A great place to go for a 2 day, one night stay in picturesque Decorah.  Drive up Saturday  morning

and enjoy the 11 mile Trout Run Bike Trail along with everything else Decorah has to offer.  Your lodging options are the Super 8 hotel (810 Highway 9 East in Decorah), or, camping at Pulpit Rock.  So get ahold of Dwayne Grote for your hotel reservations or Kim Betts, if you plan to camp. This time of year will put us in the heart of some of Iowa’s best fall color views in the whole state.  Plus there’s a lot to take in if you just want to wander the shopping district, enjoy the local parks, or relax in one of the best rated micro-breweries in the country – Toppling Goliath.


There's a reason it's called the "Trout Run Bike 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 as it 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, and 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 the beautiful Iowa countryside.  There are a few slight climbs as Brenda can confirm.


Saturday morning meeting plans:  For biking, meet at the Super 8 motel before 10:00 so everyone can head out right at 10:00 from the hotel.  But take note that hotel check in is 3:00 pm so you can check in when you return from riding.  Later in the day, meet everyone at the new Toppling Goliath Brewery about 4 miles east of downtown off Highway 9 -1600 Prosperity Rd.      


Payment can be made to EISC, PO Box 843, Cedar Rapids, IA 52406, or on the website.    If camping, the fees are paid to the campground.


Check the website article for camping, hotel and meeting place details.

Dwayne Grote or Kim Betts for camping


Sundown Ski Day - Dec 27


 The EISC is continuing our long standing tradition of the one day, drive yourself or car-pool trip to Dubuque’s Sundown Mountain.  We believe we have a volunteer trip leader for this event, but still need to confirm this before our Oct. Member Meeting @ the Shores Event Center.  Look for the announcement at the meeting.  The cost of this Sundown Mountain Warm up or Learn to Ski day is a group rate $34 for lift ticket only and $51 for lift ticket, rental and group lesson.  We need to get at least 20 people to sign up and attend.  You do not have to be an EISC member to participate in this one day event.  That makes it a great opportunity to introduce someone to skiing at a relatively low cost.  Or bring out the relative who likes the occasional, low stress ski day at a fun Midwest ski hill. 

The club tries to meet in the Marion Walmart parking lot to gather up for the easy 1  hour drive over to Sundown Mountain.  Recently most folks drive on over early.  The trip leader passes out lift tickets in the North Lodge and club skis or snowboards from 9:00 until 4:00 at this fun local ski area.  The rental equipment is fairly new and the instruction is pretty good.  Several EISC members were instructors there over the years.  The new equipment rental building is a huge improvement over the earlier set-up.  It is easy to get around and a fast process since we are there early. 

Please sign up early at the EISC Member meeting to help us guarantee our group rate lift ticket price.  See you at Sundown Mountain!          


Sundown Mountain Resort offers:

  • Total Vertical Drop of 475 feet, with Runs Carved out of Picturesque Cedar Trees
  • 21 Scenic Trails with Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Runs
  • 2 Terrain Parks with Progressive Features
  • 2 Mountain Top Lodges overlooking 100 square miles of countryside
  • Tips Up Food & Spirits
  • Kids Park Facility for Children 3-11
  • Ski and Snowboard Lessons for All Ages and Abilities
  • State-of-the-Art Snowmaking and Grooming
  • Family Friendly Fun
  • And Much More!!

Our highly qualified and enthusiastic staff is here to make your experience the BEST of all Midwest ski resorts so you will want to return every season!



Cascade/Devil’s Head Ski Trip, Baraboo Wisconsin - Jan 11-13


 The EISC has decided to try a low cost, Midwest ski trip to Baraboo, Wisconsin.  The board decided that since this was only a 300 mile trip and the cost of the bus was higher than the hotel & lift tickets, we would try a drive yourself / car-pool trip this time.  The club has 12 rooms (a mix of 2 queens or a king bed) in the Baraboo Best Western.  The plan is to drive up to Baraboo on Friday afternoon on US 151 – it should be about a 3 hour drive.  We will check into the Best Western and have fun in Baraboo.


About 8:30 Saturday morning, after a free breakfast most of the club will head over to  Cascade Mountain for a day of skiing, snow tubing or perhaps the XC or snowshoeing options.  Cascade is a fun modern ski are with a nice lodge, newer lifts and wide runs.  There is a 4:00 night session so most will want to return to the hotel before that starts and get ready for the wine and cheese party and then dinner.  There are several options in Baraboo or the Ho Chunk Casino is very close.


Sunday morning after breakfast we will check out of the hotel & will be heading to Devil’s Head ski area.  Devils Head is like a trip back in time with the narrow wooded ski runs and older style chair lifts.  It is a fun skiing experience.  This is close to the Devil’s Head State Park with the great XC, snow shoeing and hiking trails.  We plan to head back to Cedar Rapids sometime after lunch – we usually start back around 2:00, but everyone is free to set your own schedule.


The best part of this ski trip is the price.  The full package with hotel & lifts is $204 pp.  The cost for hotel only is $124 pp.  Both are based on 2 people per hotel room.  We still need a trip chair volunteer for this trip.  Please let a board member know if you are interested.  Every vehicle will have to decide a fair way to split the costs of driving up & back.  We are excited to see how this trip is going to work without providing a bus ride.  We like the bus, but were having trouble finding enough people to go for a short trip.  Please sign up and the EISC Members meeting at the Shores Event Center.  If we have enough interest in this format, we can see about adding some rooms.


Beaver Creek – Jan 26-Feb 2

Going, going………………….GONE! The trip to Beaver Creek is SOLD OUT! The last spot was snagged during the Kick Off picnic. We will gladly take names for a waiting list. As we know, life can throw some curve balls during the next 4 months and a lot of things could happen that could prevent someone from going. Let Kathy or Ruth know if you want your name placed on the waiting list. 

We want to encourage participants to consider flying. If we have fewer than 10 flyers we lose our group rate for airline tickets. We also face an issue of limited parking spaces. We will have 8 condos and 8 parking spaces. Borders has indicated they will work with us as best they can for additional parking spots but off-site parking is expensive and a distance away. Please keep Kathy and Ruth informed of drivers and passengers so we can work with Borders.


I have seen pictures of beautiful fall foliage in the mountains already.  Let’s hope that the snow will be soon to follow.


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:



Sign up

Sept 16

Oct 19-Final

Total Cost w/ air & lift:





Without air / with lift





With Air / without lift





Land only





Senior with lift (+65)        SUBTRACT $40 from last payment

Cancellation Date is 10/20/2018

Kathy TakesRuth Van Tol

Mt. Bachelor, Oregon – March 3-10

 Greetings fellow Bend bound buddies,


We here at Bend/Mount Bachelor Trip Central, alongside our colleagues at Muppet News Flash, are proud to report the following.


As of the Kick Off meeting on September 15, there remains one full package opening for the trip.  That said, if you don’t experience Bend/Mount Bachelor this coming season, you’ll be at least another year older when you do!  Thank you Warren.


In the event the trip roster fills, we suggest those yet to commit consider placing themselves on our wait list, pounds or kilograms, your choice.


Realizing what a sobering affect these trip articles have on our members, it must be noted that final trip payments are due at the next club meeting, October 19, to be held at the Shores Event Center.  Pay in person at the meeting or do so online.


Bend/Mt Bachelor Trip Package pricing:

                                       Total Cost    Amt due/Sign-up  Amt due 09/16  Amt due 10/19

Cost w/air & 5-day lift    $1606.00      $537.00                 $537.00            $535.00

Cost w/air & w/out lift    $1334.00      $445.00                  $445.00            $444.00

Special note to the above pricing

     Senior w/lift (65+), as of 03/03/2019, subtract $50.00 from last payment.

     Senior w/lift (70+), as of 03/03/2019, subtract $100.00 from last payment.

The final date in which to cancel your trip without penalty is 11/16/2018.


Also, please consider the importance of travel insurance.  Our trip is scheduled far  enough in the future that most crystal balls can’t forecast very well, probably should consider fiber optic network. Check the September schedule article for details or bring your questions for us at the meeting.


I am certain many of you are unaware, but the very last Blockbuster franchise in America, located in Bend, Oregon, closed last summer.


And now for a little inspiration.

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We’ll be skiing you,


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.