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November 2018 Newsletter

 | Published on 11/5/2018

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

President’s Message

I fear I’m repeating myself, in case you weren’t present at the last meeting. Earlier in October, board member Ange Miller communicated her desire to resign from the board. I really enjoyed Ange’s humor and perspective while on the board, So, with joint agreement on both sides, we’ve accepted her resignation. At this time the board has decided to try to carry on as is. Teresa Smith has stepped into the role as Membership Director and assist with House and Clinics, so we feel comfortable for the next 8 months.


Looking ahead to 2019, we’re in search of volunteer trip chairs to market and sell the trips planned by the board. In case you don’t know, some initial legwork has already been done primarily in the location, dates and pricing. A Colorado Rafting trip in the summer and a Bike Trip on the Katy Trail near Herman MO in the fall are trips we’re looking to recruit chairs. Training and support are included from board leaders and club credits are issued to a trip chair. So, I hope you’ll join us in making this a great club to be a part of and interesting trips to enjoy.


If you were present at the October Member meeting, we had a great turn out, 70 strong. The Shores Event Center has a lot of character and cozy feel, but with some new technology. As soon as the road construction is finished (late Nov) it will be perfect. Jason and Laura behind the bar were super. Hope to see you next month.

Good times and good friends.

-Brenda Garbe, EISC President



Our new meeting night and location

Take note that our regular meeting location and day has changed.   Our meetings will be “Friday” nights at the Shores Event Center, 700 16th Street NE, Cedar Rapids.  REMINDER: ROAD CLOSED ON 16th St NE between D Ave and F Ave until the end of November. Thank you from your EISC Board.  



Welcome to the Club!

New member: Brad Colton

Returning former members:  Mike & Lois Coates, and Annette Hayes & Stan Cousins


A Blast from the Past!

The following page is the first Skiddoo opening page under the newly minted East Iowa Ski Club:


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.  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.


Decorah Trout Run Trail Bike Ride – photos/recap

The Decorah bike ride weekend was once again, a testament to our club's passion towards enjoying another outdoor fun activity.  A mix of 22 fair weather hotel enthusiasts and brave campers threw the weather forecast out the window to enjoy a cool, but dry bike ride around Decorah on the Trout Run trail.   We even had a couple non-bikers come just to enjoy the weekend away.   Some would say the trail was a bit challenging but still a good ride.   And if you asked anyone that went - it was a great weekend.    Everyone gathered at the Old Armory BBQ for a late lunch after the ride, then relaxed a bit before heading to the new Toppling Goliath Brewery.    A must see place if you haven't been there.  With a seating capacity of 1300 people, it was a great place to watch both the Cyclones and Hawkeyes win their games.   A huge thanks to everyone that came and to Dwayne Grote for organizing and running the trip.  


October Meeting - recap/photos

November 16th member meeting presenter

  Our Presenter for the November member meeting will be Darrin Siefken, owner of CrawDaddy Outdoors. He will explore the best places to kayak in the Midwest.  From Iowa rivers to Lake Superior, he will give you enough ideas to get out and enjoy some great paddling. Darrin will also highlight his store and trips that CrawDaddy Outdoors provides.

Food Bank Donations – collected at Nov 16 meeting  


  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. 


We Can Always Use:

Canned Items: vegetables, fruit, pork & beans, soup, tuna, and chicken.  

Creamy peanut butter, instant mashed potatoes, pasta, pasta sauce, macaroni and cheese, saltine crackers, cereal, corn muffin mix, pancake mix.   We can also use toilet paper.

Food Items Not Acceptable:

We cannot accept opened, badly damaged or dented containers.   Glass containers, home canned food, expired or perishable items.


Thank you in advance for your generosity to the Linn Community Food Bank – feeding the community since 1972.

Marty and Janet Stimson  


Invitation for a Thanksgiving Dinner Potluck


I am opening my home for others to join me for a Thanksgiving potluck meal. My family is celebrating on an alternate date so rather than having a bowl of soup by myself on Turkey Day, I decided to invite you to join me if you have similar circumstances. I don’t know if this could result in just a couple of people coming or a large group. This would be scheduled for noon on 11/22. I plan to prepare a turkey. If you come, I ask you to bring your own beverage and a dish to share. At the November meeting which is the week before Thanksgiving I will have a sign-up sheet so you can sign up and indicate what you would bring (we don’t want to have 3 veggies and no mashed potatoes) and I know what size turkey to purchase.  I will also send out an email a week or two earlier with my contact information so you can email, call or text me if you plan to come.


Ruth Van Tol


Salvation Army Bell Ringing

  Hello fellow ski club members, it is time to give back to the community with a bell ringing volunteer event!  I am in the planning stages, and I am planning on the ski club covering one location for a whole day or possibly 2 days!.  Can you image the impact of this for the Salvation Army?  Plus this will be fun for us.  The days are a Friday and a Saturday, so this should give retirees and worker bees an opportunity. You can do a shift by yourself, or with a friend or ski club member.  The days are November 30th & December 1st.  The location is the 51st Avenue Theisens (where you will be on the warmer sunny side).  Shifts are 10-12, 12-2, 2-4, 4-6, 6-8.  If you want to participate, email me, text me or call me.   Let's fill the kettle!


Kim Betts

Sundown Ski Day – Thursday, Dec 27


  Warm up or Learn to Ski day

The EISC has a Trip Leader for the one day, drive yourself or car-pool trip to Dubuque’s Sundown Mountain.  Chris Kalmar, with assistance from Kim Betts volunteered to lead the Sundown Mountain event after the Oct. Member Meeting @ the Shores Event Center.  Thank you Chris and Kim! – without our volunteer trip leaders the club would not be able support the events we all enjoy. 

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.  Please remember you do not have to be an EISC member to participate in this one day event.  This makes it a great opportunity to introduce someone to skiing or have a relative or friend come back to the sport at a relatively low cost and enjoys a great ski day at a fun Midwest ski hill.  

Some of the club will meet in the Marion Walmart parking lot to gather up for the easy 1 hour drive over to Sundown Mountain.  Other folks just drive themselves over early.  The Trip Leaders Chris and Kim will passes out lift tickets in the North Lodge.  The club will ski or snowboard from 9:00 until 4:00 at this great local ski area.  The rental equipment is fairly new and the instruction is good.  Several EISC members have been instructors there over the years.  The new equipment rental building is a huge improvement over the earlier set-up.  This is the building that hosts the annual Sundown Ski Swap that the club will be participating in this year. 

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.

Sundown Mountain Ski Resort

North Lodge / Tips Up Bar & Grill  

  • Tips Up Bar & Grill
  • Gift Shop- Winter Gear & Souvenirs
  • Molly's Mountaintop Cafe
  • Complimentary Ski Corral-Open Week Nights & Weekends
  • Live Music-Friday, Saturday & Sunday's
  • 2 Fireplaces
  • 100 yards of windows overlooking the slopes
  • Deck for viewing Turkey Ridge Run & North Park
  • Seating for 300 guests
  • Restrooms

Directions from Cedar Rapids: Highway 151 north – follow Hwy. 151 north to just east of Cascade, Iowa. Watch for signs indicating county road Y21 (Sundown Road). Turn left onto Y21 (Sundown Road). Sacred Heart Church is on the corner. Proceed north for approximately 13 miles along Y21 (Sundown Road) to Asbury Road. Turn right onto Asbury Road. Sundown will be approximately ¼ miles on your left.

Trip Chairs:

Kim Betts 

Chris Kalmar   


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

  The EISC low cost Midwest ski trip to Baraboo, Wisconsin is a go.  Many thanks to Sandra Cummings, who volunteered to lead this trip.  The board decided that since this was only a 3 hour drive (175 miles) 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 – again – Google says it is only a 3 hour drive. We will check into the Best Western and have fun in Baraboo.  This an opportunity to ski 2 fairly close Midwest ski hills – great chance to warm up for the West trips, just enjoy the Midwest skiing experience or have a fun weekend in Wisconsin.  


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 some may take advantage of the XC skiing or snowshoeing options. Cascade is a fun modern ski area 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 on your own. There are several restaurant 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 makes for a fun skiing experience. The ski area is close to the Devil’s Head State Park with the great XC ski, 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. That is a great deal for  a 2 day trip.  This price is assuming we get 15 skiers to get our group rates.  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 riding the bus, but need about 40 people on these short trips to make them work.  We didn’t find a Trip Leader at the October member meeting in the Shores Event center and would like to thank Sandra Cummings for volunteering!  We would like to apologize if anyone tried to sign up at the meeting and we missed you.  Please sign up and the November EISC Members meeting at the Shores Event Center or on the Club Express Website or send the money into the PO Box.  We only reserved 12 rooms and 3 have been taken already.  If we have enough interest in this format, we can see about adding some rooms, but we will have to move quickly.  This should be a fun Midwest ski trip!



Sandra Cummings  

Full package – Hotel and Lift tickets $204 pp

No lifts - Hotel only - $124


Beaver Creek – Jan 26-Feb 2


  Word on the street is that several resorts have been making snow and have opened for the season! That means you need to start working on your fitness regimen to get ready for skiing.


The Beaver Creek trip is sold out. We have one name on the waiting list and will accept others if you think you would like to join the fun of skiing at Beaver Creek.


Your trip chairs are working behind the scenes. We have reported the number of flyers so that the additional airline seats that were being held could be released. Thanks to Jeff Owen and Tim Gull who agreed to fly instead of ride/drive so we have the needed number of flyers to get the group discount rate. That has also helped with parking limitations we faced at The Borders. Although we have asked for ski trail maps, something has been lost in translation and we have gotten over 100 hiking trail maps. Beaver Creek is adding some new chair lifts and the new maps have not been printed. We will get the ski trail maps once we arrive.


The EISC will be staying at the Borders Lodge/, near Beaver Creek I 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 was 10/20/2018


Kathy Takes,Ruth Van Tol


Mt. Bachelor, Oregon – March 3-10

  Greetings Mount Bachelor/Bend Bound Blithesome Band of Bohemians,


Following a strong member turn out for the October 19 meeting, our trip is presently comprised of 24 participants. This most likely represents the maximum capacity. We would encourage those who may be still on the fence, to sign on to our wait list.


First, a little historical perspective is in order at this time. This destination represents a first time visit for an EISC trip.  It is the result of a brainchild hatched by Jim WIttnebel  several ages ago.  Mount Bachelor was no doubt still active at that time. Proof positive that no trip is offered in haste!  Several trip members have had the pleasure of previously visiting this area, one in particular, is happy revisiting so that she can return and overdue library book, such honesty D.H..


The EISC has established itself as a very desirable club with which to work in coordinating it’s various trip activities. Upon our arrival on Sunday, March 3, there will be an introductory reception at the Riverhouse Hotel involving trip members and representatives from the various tourism organizations. This will be a great time for an information exchange and socializing.  The anticipation of working with the local representatives gives us the ability to develop itineraries to satisfy every variety of trip participant interests.


The Mount Bachelor trip package includes:


Air Travel

Round trip Cedar Rapids to Redmond, OR and back.  Leaving early morning 03/03/2019 from Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) and returning late night 03/10/2019.

The up to date flight schedule will be reported as our trip departure nears.  Schedules are subject to change.



The Riverhouse Hotel on the Deshutes River.

Seven nights, complementary hot breakfast daily, round-trip airport/hotel transfers, complementary transportation to and from Mount bachelor ski resort daily. Transportation consists of two trips in the morning (8 AM and 10 AM) and two pick up times from Mount Bachelor in the afternoon (2 PM and 4:15PM).  20% off Riverhouse Hotel Spa services.


Lift Tickets

Mt. Bachelor 5 day Adult Lift Ticket


Remember, the last day to cancel your trip without penalty is 11/16/2018.  This coincides with the next scheduled member meeting at The Shores  Event Center.


We also encourage trip participants to secure trip insurance. 


In the near future, we will be asking trip participants to provide their identification information for TSA and airline booking records.  Similarly, information regarding equipment rental will be made available as we communicate with the area representatives.


Please feel free to contact us with questions, suggestions and concerns.  Until then, we look forward to seeing as many possible of the trip participants at the next member meeting 11/16/2018.


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 November 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.