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December 2018 Newsletter

 | Published on 12/30/2018

For a complete and downloadable newsletter:  December Skiddoo 2018

President’s Message

We’ve got two ski opportunities to warm up your ski legs and maybe engage the family during the Christmas school break. Join us at Dubuque’s Sundown Mountain on December 27th for a day of skiing, they’ve been making snow since before Thanksgiving, so it should be very good. Your friends and family do not have to be members to participate in this one-day outing.


Then in January, on the 11-13th, we’re planning a weekend in Baraboo WI at Cascade Mountain and Devils Head Ski Resort. Cascade has always been one of my favorite Midwest resorts, the way they laid out the runs and speedy lifts is awesome. 


Starting in  Dec your board is dreaming up activities for late winter-early spring time, it you have an idea for an event or activity, let us know. (it doesn’t have to be ski related)cember 

we’ll put up our cross-country ski schedule, hoping for some more white stuff. We’ve added McBride Nature Recreation Area to the list for some more variety. All you do is show up at the designated time and join with other members to enjoy the Iowa landscape.


In case you didn’t know, we publish and announce at the meetings the monthly birthdays based on the information you put on your membership application or enter into your online profile. So, if you wonder why we pass over your birthday, you probably omitted that item.

You can change that at any time, by logging into the club website; on the home page, top right is the log in button. When you hover over your name, a window will open. Select Profile. That opens the Member Profile. Under Personal Information, select Contact Info. You’ll see the space to add your birthday, and then next time we’ll remember yours. No singing Happy Birthday though.


Don’t forget to wear your ugly Christmas sweater to the next Club meeting, we know you’ve got them in the back of the closet.


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.  Thank you from your EISC Board.  


A Blast from the Past! 

Here is the featured front page of the December, 1984 Skiddoo,  34 years ago today




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.


November Meeting - Recap


Month #2 in our new location was another well-attended Friday night meeting.  The Shores Event Center looked wonderful with new carpet and flooring.    Unfortunately, the road construction was not completed, so the detour was still in use.  


We enjoyed our guest speaker - - Darrin Siefken from CrawDaddy Outdoors.   His business is located in Waverly at 207 E. Bremer Ave.  They offer a large selection of kayaks, backpacking equipment, camping gear, bikes, outdoor apparel, and much more.   They also offer some very interesting guided trips/tours, demos and clinics that are available to all.    Be sure to check out and look into all they offer.    THANK YOU to Darrin for an enjoyable presentation.


The month of November was also our annual food drive.    An assortment of canned goods were contributed, and we collected $342.00 to benefit Linn Community Food Bank.    They are very appreciative of all our support.  


November Meeting - Photos

December 14 Ugly Christmas Sweater Night


Break out those sweaters! The Ugly Sweater Contest is Back!

Everyone has Christmas or Holiday attire that they don’t get to wear very often. This is your chance to show off those styling duds you stuffed way back in the closet.


First prize is the drink of your choice: there is a full bar at our new meeting location. Second and third prizes are yet to be determined items from the prize bin. (I’m told there’s some nice stuff in there)


I hope to see those vests, sweaters, ties, you name it and lots of them.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the December meeting.

January 19 Meeting @ Squaw Creek: Chili Cookoff 

Everyone is welcome to come to the “new” Red Cedar Lodge at Squaw Creek Park on Saturday Jan 19 for our monthly meeting.   The lodge will be ours from 2:00 to 10:00 p.m.   If there is snow, there will be opportunities for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or sledding on the hill.   If there is no snow maybe take a walk in the woods, or visit with friends around the fireplace. Bring your card games, dominos, or any other indoor activities for more fun.


The survey for next year’s ski and non-ski trips will be handed out, so be sure to think about where you want to travel to next season.   The board values your opinion. 


And it’s our annual soup and chili cookoff.   Don’t forget to bring your crockpots full of soup or chili and maybe win a prize for your efforts.  Or just bring something to share.   Dinner will be “served” about 6:00.   Meeting will follow.  


We will provide the beer, wine, pop, condiments, and tableware.  So remember to come to Squaw Creek Park, Red Cedar Lodge, just off HWY 13 and HWY 100 (south of Marion).   Follow the East Iowa Ski Club signs once you get to the park.


Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Ski club covered one location for bell ringing for 2 days (for the most part).   I want to thank Brenda Garbe, Sarah & Jim Witnebel, Dave & Joanie Meyer, Denny Bossard, Ruth Van Tol, Denise Houlahan, and Danette Kremer for taking 2 hours of their schedule to ring the bell on 
Friday and Saturday  There was some creativity to increase interest such as Christmas music and our ski club signs were present to add to the display.   Thanks so much!   There is still time to ring the bell and if you would like me to help you sign up, just email, text or call.

Kim Betts


Sundown Ski Day – Thursday, Dec 27

Hello from Chris, welcome to the EISC Sundown trip. The trip is coming up soon, so it would be a good idea to get signed up soon. The sign up may be done online on the website. If you are a member, then you can log in and sign up. Or if you aren’t, you can create an account. This will allow you to enter your information and get on the list, and you may pay by check via postal mail to the club PO box or at the next club meeting. Credit cards are accepted. Get that mail sent early so it gets to the PO box in time.

I have checked the conditions as of the newsletter date and all but the steepest and most isolated runs are now open. The hours on 12/27/18 are 9AM to 9PM.

I plan to be there by 8AM to procure the lift/rental tickets. Go to the North Lodge (to the right as you pull in) to pick up your lift/rental tickets. 

The cost of this Sundown Mountain Warm up or Learn to Ski day is a group rate of $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 to have a relative or friend come back to the sport at a relatively low cost and enjoy 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 will distribute the lift tickets in the North Lodge.  The club will ski or snowboard from 9:00 until 4:00 at this great local ski area.  If you are renting equipment this is now located in the center building (a long one parallel to the parking lot).


Please sign up early at the EISC Member meeting or online 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:  Chris Kalmar,  Kim Betts 




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

Full package – Hotel and Lift tickets $204 pp (based on 16 skiers for the group discount)

No lifts - Hotel only - $124

Cancellation date: 12/28/18   

The EISC low cost Midwest ski trip to Baraboo, Wisconsin currently has 15 skiers and 2 non skiers signed up.  This is only a 3 hour drive (175 miles) and the cost of the bus was higher than the hotel & lift tickets. For a change of pace we are trying a drive yourself / car-pool trip. The club has reserved 12 rooms (a mix of 2 queens or a king bed) at the Baraboo Best Western.  8 of the rooms have been spoken for so you had better hurry and get your payment in to reserve a spot for this adventure.

We plan on driving to Baraboo on Friday afternoon on US 151. Check-in time is 3 pm.  The wine and cheese party will be at 8:00 in the hotel on Friday.  This will afford you the opportunity to ski both Midwest ski hills.  Wow, what a great chance to warm up for the upcoming West trips!  If you’re not a skier you can enjoy cross country, tubing, hiking or checking out the town.


After free breakfast at the hotel, plan on leaving for the ski slopes around 8:30 on Saturday morning. We’ll head over to Cascade Mountain for a day of skiing or snow tubing.  Or, you can take advantage of the XC skiing or snowshoeing options. Cascade is a modern ski area with a nice lodge, newer lifts and wide runs. There is a 4:00 night session and is NOT included with your lift ticket so plan on wrapping it up then. There are several restaurant options in Baraboo and the Ho Chunk Casino is very close.

Sunday morning after breakfast and checking out of the hotel, we’ll head to Devil’s Head. Devils Head is a trip back in time with its narrow wooded ski runs and older-style chair lifts – a flash back to simpler times.   The ski area is close to the Devil’s Head State Park which offers great XC ski, snow shoeing and hiking trails. We plan to head back to Cedar Rapids sometime after lunch around 2:00, but everyone is free to set their own schedule. 


The best part of this ski trip is the price. The full package with hotel & lifts is $204 per person. The cost for hotel only is $124 per person.  Both are based on 2 people per hotel room. This is a great deal for a 2 day trip.  The price is based on 16 skiers to get the group rate.  Every vehicle will have to decide a fair way to split the costs of driving up and back. We hope this type of low cost trip will work without a bus. Riding the bus has advantages but 40 people are required to make it cost effective on these short trips.  Please sign up at the December EISC Members meeting at the Shores Event Center or on the Club Express Website or send the money into the EISC PO Box.  We hope we can generate interest in this format.  We have to move quickly if we want to add more people and rooms, so don’t delay; sign up today!!


Thank you for your continued support,

Sandra Cummings, Trip Leader with Morgan Elliff the snow boarder, Assistant


Sandra Cummings  

Beaver Creek – Jan 26-Feb 2

Beaver Creek has received over 5 feet of snow this season,  with 15 + inches of snow in the last week and it’s still falling!  We are going to have a great base at the end of January! Our trip is sold out. We have a couple names on the waiting list and will accept others if you think you would like to join the fun of skiing at Beaver Creek.

By now everyone has received the rooming assignments and should be aware that all drivers that signed up with us will be able to have a parking spot available at the Lodge.  For those of you who are flying, Mike Monroe has offered to take your skis for a fair price; get ahold of him at the next meeting if you are interested.

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, you can enjoy a gorgeous view of the mountains.  Accommodations at The Borders Lodge include 2 bedroom / 2 bath condos and offers 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 trademark), the mouth-watering cuisine, blissful spas and captivating performing arts. 


Kathy TakesRuth Van Tol



Mt. Bachelor, Oregon – March 3-10

Greetings Bendolian-minded Travelers,


“Bend (OR) zee knees, two dollars please” and you thought the Austrians coined that phrase!  Andererseits Meine Freunde.


The official opening of the Mount Bachelor ski season happened on 11/24/2018.  Mount Bachelor is celebrating 60 years of offering the Northwest’s (WA, OR) highest skiable elevation and is known for its light, dry snow, diverse terrain and ever-evolving lift-served trail access.  Plus, you can ski in any direction from the summit. The new Cloudchaser high-speed quad serves a slew of newly accessible intermediate powdery terrain.  Nordic skiers and snowshoers are well accommodated at Mount Bachelor, as well as at several nearby Snow-Parks.


Flash forward to March 2019, the average high/low (*F) temperatures in Bend are 51/28 and 40/27 at Mount Bachelor.  Sounds like there is more than alpine skiing afoot!

Bend and all of its charm bracelet areas nearby, are ripe opportunities for exploration.  Our area ambassador contacts are well-versed in these possibilities, be it hiking, fishing, snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, dogsledding, snow tubing, gaining exposure to the variety of cultural and art experiences unique to Bend and nearby surrounding areas (yes Steve, this includes the Ale Trail).


Consider the possibility of additional charges related to airline baggage policies and ski equipment. If one weighs the potential $80 round trip cost and schlepping effort, rental options might be a way to go. We can explore the possibility of group rates for renting.

Our trip roster reflects 26 travelers and holding. We would be happy to place anyone on the waitlist if so desired.


Additionally, if anyone is interested in seeing activities that can be done as a group, please see,  


Nobody correctly answered the remarkably obscure question in the last trip article, so the crackpot jackpot will go unclaimed.


We will look forward to seeing everyone at the next member meeting on December 14. Bring your comments and questions.


Until next time, “keep your stick on the ice” R Green.

We’ll be skiing you,  Diane Scholl,  Chip Scholl



EISC X-Country/Snowshoe Schedule 2018-2019

Join us Saturdays at 1:00 PM when there is enough snow to enjoy nature. Dates in red are when a downhill 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 and set up a spontaneous ski/snowshoe day. There are 34 members in the Snowshoe forum and 37 in the X-Country ski forum.

DECEMBER:                                                                        FEBRUARY:

Wickiup Hill Park                  12/8/18                                   Jones Golf Course               2/02/19                                                                                                         

Squaw Creek Park               12/15/18                                 Ellis Golf Course*                2/09/19

McBride Nature Area           12/22/18                                 Morgan Creek Park             2/16/19

Ellis Golf Course                  12/29/18                                 Squaw Creek Park               2/23/19

JANUARY:                                                                            MARCH:

Morgan Creek Park             1/05/19                                   Matsell Bridge Park             3/02/19

Jones Golf Course               1/12/19                                   McBride Nature Area           3/09/19

Squaw Creek Park               1/19/19                                   Wickiup Hill Park                  3/16/19

Wickiup Hill Park                  1/26/19                                   Jones Golf Course               3/23/19


* Feb 9 Ski the beautiful gently rolling hills of Ellis Park and end the day relaxing at Tim Gull’s Ellis Harbor Boathouse, 2:00 P.M. if we’re skiing, and if there is no snow that day, plan on 1:00. Hot toddies and soup provided, bring a light snack. The Boat House is located near the harbor end (west) on the peninsula side, look for the Christmas decorations.


Contacts:  Gary Dalecky or Brian Keller


Post Party - April 27

We have quite an event planned for this season’s annual post party.   So mark your calendars now for Saturday, April 27th to attend our 40th Anniversary Post Party Celebration.   Through a most generous donation from the H and H Foundation established by Rick Hurtado, we are able to host this year’s party at the Marriott Hotel on Collins Road.  Rick established the Marilyn Ganrude Hayes and Rick Hurtado H and H Foundation in 2008 in memory of Marilyn, a past ski club member. 


We hope everyone can come and enjoy a fine dinner evening and dancing to the group Milk and Honey.


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. This would be for the month of March. Please contact Teresa Smith, if you know of someone or a group who you think would be great for the club to hear.


EISC Board of Directors Election


Our 2019 Board of Directors election will be held in February. We have 3 positions open, Larry Smith’s, Marty Stimson and one position vacated previously by Ange Miller. Marty Stimson has consented to run for re-election.


The nominating committee is Larry Smith, along with Sarah and Jim Wittnebel.  If interested in serving on the board, please contact them. Please consider saying “yes” to EISC if you are contacted. We can always use new “blood” on the board to bring new ideas. The club runs on volunteers and as I can confirm, it’s very gratifying and you’ll get to know so many nice people.  Come join us to guide the club into the future.