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August 2019 Newsletter

 | Published on 7/29/2019

For a complete and downloadable version of the newsletter:  August Skiddoo 2019

President’s Message


Hello My Friends!


Wow! Where has summer gone? So much to do and so little time, it’s August already.2019 08 


Check out the online calendar to see the cool stuff happening around town AND of course all the club activities. There’s cycling (Solon here we come), music (Rock the Block), food, and kayaking (Takes to the River) options. If you can’t find something to do, just check out the website.


Sign up for the west trips will be at the Corn Roast again this year. You must have payment with you to reserve your spot. Sign up begins at 3:00. I’m looking forward to Winter Park in 2020!


See you on the trail, or in a lawn chair listening to music, or floating down the Maquoketa.


In the end, we only regret the chances we don’t take. So get out and enjoy yourselves!

Your Pres. 2019-2020

Teresa Smith

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 at 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.  Come on down!  You don’t want to miss out.

A Blast from the Past!


Here is the featured front page of the August 1987 Skiddoo: 

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Rock the Block/Meet Me at the Market


Check out the calendar for these regularly scheduled activities at Newbo Market on Thursday and Friday nights during2019 08 the summer.  Learn more here.


Center Point Bike Ride

It was a hot, sticky day for a bike ride, but 5 of us managed to make the ride from Boysen Road to Center Point.  2019 08

A break was enjoyed at Bully’s North with great food & drink and especially air conditioning! Elaine Gustafson is not pictured. Thanks Dick Mundy for being the bike leader for the day.


Kim Betts

EISC Annual Golf Outing


The golf outing literally started off with a bang as nine teams of members and guests 2019 08teed off on their first hole to the sounds of thunder and lightning in the distance, followed by a brief rainstorm. But soon the sun was shining again and the balls were flying in this eighteen hole four-person best shot at beautiful Wildcat Golf Course in Shellsburg.


2019 08At the end of the day after the scores were tallied, honors went to the team of Connie Miller, Matt Turnis, Tavis Garringer and Tyler Koch with a blazing 60. Second place went to Don Boland, Deb Shields, Ron Shields, and Bob Kerdus with a six under par 64, and the folks who enjoyed the most golf, and clearly had the most fun, were Kim Betts, Kathy Takes, Roger Van Zee and Chris Bowers.2019 08 


Our flag event winners were: Men’s Longest Drive – Tyler Koch; Women’s Longest Drive – Dana Healy Nogelmeier; Closest to the Pin – Nancy Thorkildson; and Longest Putt – Don Boland.


After the event teams enjoyed a delicious lunch of burgers, brats, beans and cole slaw! But most of all, the group enjoyed a fun day of good weather, great fellowship, and fun golf! Plan to join us next year!


Nancy Thorkildson, Sarah Wittnebel, and Kathy Healy

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Ely Bike “Chicken” Ride – Saturday, Aug 3

“Eat More Chicken”

Date:  Saturday, August 3, 2019

Time: Meeting at 10:30 / Departing at 11:002019 08  

Place: Parking Lot at 2nd St & 12th Ave (New Bo Parking next to Cedar River Trail)

Cost:  Ride $0 / (Food and drinks are on your own) Non-Ski Club Members Welcome No Sign-Up Necessary.

Lunch at Odie’s – Saturday Special – All you can eat Broasted Chicken, with Fries and Coleslaw $8.99.  Other menu items are available for non-chicken eaters.

Stopping at Dan and Debbie’s Creamery for an Ice Cream Delight!  Optional stops or extended riding – it is up to you! 

Return to Cedar Rapids at your own pace.


Looking for a nice, sunny, warm day!  No “Fowl” weather allowed!


For More Information Please Contact:

Sandra Cummings:  

Takes to the River– Saturday Aug 10th 

Once again we invite you to join us for a relaxing day on the farm. If you want to kayak the north fork of the Maquoketa river from cascade to our farm, plan on meeting at the farm at 1 PM and you can carpool to the starting point.

If you don’t want to kayak you can bring a lawn chair and join others under the oak trees for a relaxing afternoon. 
You could also just float around the sand quarry on an innertube or try out my paddle board. 

Saturday evening about 5:30 to 6 o’clock we plan on grilling some home raised Angus burgers and serving with French fries and Jim‘s famous homemade onion rings. Bring a dish to share and your own plates, silverware and beverages

After supper we will get a Bon fire going and you are welcome to pitch a tent or bring your camper if you choose to stay the night.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, August 10

~Kathy and Jim Takes

Corn Roast 2019 – Saturday, Aug 24th - 2:00PM 

The annual Corn Roast will be hosted by Sally Williams at her farm near the Eastern Iowa Airport. Get ready to have an2019  afternoon/evening of festivities and feasting. Activities will start at 2:00 pm with bean bag toss, bocce ball, etc. The grill will be fired up around 5 pm. For those who like to camp you’re welcome to bring a camper or a tent.  So bring a dish to pass, a meat to grill, your favorite lawn chair, any yard games you want to play, and a friend or two. We will provide plates, utensils, corn, pop, beer, wine, bottled water, and grill. Cost is $4.00 which covers the beverages, corn, and Kybo. 

Bring your check book since trip chairs will be on hand to sign you up for Sun Valley and Winterpark ski trips and take your payments. Signups will go on sale at 3pm sharp!  Remember, if you can’t attend this event to sign up, send a check with a ski club member to be your proxy signup (not to a board member or trip chair). Online signups will start Sunday evening at 8:00pm after registrations from the Corn Roast have been entered. 

This event is open to members and non-members.

Katy Trail Fall Bike Ride – Herman, Missouri,September 5-7


Harbor Haus Hotel:                      $158 per person based on two people per room

Herman City Park Camping:       $99 per campsite

Cancellation Date:                        July 1st

You must be a current EISC member to go on this trip


Herman, Missouri is the destination for our fall, drive yourself, three night sight-seeing, touring, and bike ride trip.   Herman is a picture book village where 19thcentury brick buildings hug the sidewalk as they do in Germany.   It was voted Missouri’s most beautiful small town as well as being the birthplace of Missouri’s wine country.  So whether you enjoy biking, shopping, touring the wineries, or just sitting back and relaxing along the banks of the Missouri River, come join us for a long weekend and stay in either Historic Harbor Haus B & B, or hook up with your friends for camping.


The Katy Trail is just across the river from Herman, so it’s easy to get to.  And at 250 miles, it’s the longest “rails to trail” in the US extending from St Louis to Kansas City. You can bike one or two days or just tour all the wineries.  And of course there are many good dining establishments around the area to also enjoy. Hermann is an easy 4 Hour Drive directly south of Cedar Rapids mostly on four-lane highway.


There are just 10 hotel rooms and 9 campsites reserved. The last room at the bed-and-breakfast is taken. No more rooms but plenty of camping. You can reserve one of the 9 full hookup campsites. The park rules are one RV or two tents per campsite.  


We will be visiting Stone Hill Winery on Saturday.  That night we will have a wine and cheese party (bring your own wine) at the Harbor Haus.  


 Dwayne Grote 

Sun Valley – Jan 25-Feb 1


Great News for the EISC Sun Valley trip!  We have two outstanding long time club member’s volunteer as Trip Co-Leaders – Sally Williams and Dave Brown are prepared to start selling the trip at the EISC Corn Roast on Aug. 24th.  We have some more good news – we were able to get flights into the Hailey Regional Airport, a short 20 minute ride to the Sun Valley Lodge in Ketchum.  Originally we were quoted to fly into Boise and had a longer bus ride.  This change lowers the cost of the trip!   
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Sun Valley was developed as a railroad resort destination.  The resort skiers at the time were the European nobility, wealthy Americans and Hollywood stars.  The world’s first chairlift was introduced when it opened in 1936.  The EISC will be staying in the recently remodeled Sun Valley Lodge condos.  The Lodge Apartments were built to suit the ski lodge standard of Sun Valley's early years.   We are fortunate to be able to be staying in a lodge that is an important part of American skiing history. 


Bright, sunny days with comfortable temperatures combined with long, wide-open groomed runs and awesome scenery are the reasons for Sun Valley’s appeal among the world’s skiing elite. Please don’t let the prestige mislead you—this is Idaho after all. Expect a low-key atmosphere with the highest standards of service and comfort. Famed ski-filmer Warren Miller began his early career in Sun Valley Idaho, camping out in a van in the parking lot by night and filming by day.

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Known for the exceptional intermediate skiing, Sun Valley Resort has something for everyone.  Dollar Mountain has easier runs and a great place to get your ski legs back with its gentle, meandering groomers.  Bald Mountain has more challenging terrain, perfectly spaced glades and wide-open bowl skiing.  Sun Valley ski resort offers over 70 runs, a 3,400-foot vertical drop and more uphill capacity, per skier, than any other ski area.  This is going to be a very special trip!  Below is the new pricing and payments.  More information will be coming out soon.


Sun Valley Pricing                                  due at sign up   /   9/21/19   /   10/18/19

$1687 Full package – air, lifts, condo               $563               $562               $562

$1172 w/o air, lifts, condo                                 $391               $391               $390

$1372 air, w/o lifts, condo                                 $458               $457               $457

$857 land only – condo only                             $286               $286               $285

Sun Valley is an EPIC Pass resort / Sorry – no senior discount on this trip. 


Sally Williams                                           Dave Brown

Winter Park – Feb 23-Mar 1

Wow, it’s hard to believe that it’s August already and summer will be gone before we know it.  Sitting out in rural Iowawinter park while I type this months episode for Winter Park 2020 while on RAGBRAI one can’t be thinking about snow or cold this time of year but guess what?  We have to. Only 24 days till the BIG event for the Corn Roast and our big sale for trips.


This year our 2nd trip will head out to Winter Park, Colorado. We will leave Sunday, Feb. 23rd with 32 EISC members and be staying at the Zephyr Mountain Lodge for a week of winter fun filled activities.


winter parkGreat accommodations with 2 bedroom/2 bath condos in the Zephyr Mountain Lodge,  Winter Park’s only true ski in/ski out condominium lodge. The Zephyr Mountain Lodge is located just feet from the Zephyr Express lift. We will enjoy easy access to the ski shop and various après-ski locations. The Zephyr Mountain Lodge also includes four outdoor hot tubs, a fitness room, on-site Front Desk, interior hallways, and comfortable lobby areas. The Village restaurants, retail shops, and additional activities are within steps of these condominiums. Other amenities include heated underground parking (a small daily surcharge) and on-site storage for your skis, snowboard.

Some new highlights on the mountain is a new high-speed lift (Sunnyside) for the parks Mary Jane territory — Upgraded snowmaking and a vast amount of others, just to name a few.

People think Winter Park may be a small mountain town, but it’s been receiving some big accolades. Their latest achievement you ask? Being crowned the Best Ski Resort in North America by USA Today readers!


With groomers, glades, trees, steeps, bumps, powder stashes, what more do you want? Covering more than 3,000 acres of skiable terrain, 3,000 feet of vertical rise, and 7 distinct territories designed for every skill level, you’re sure to find any kind of trail you’re searching for.  With more than 315 inches of annual snowfall that’s a match made in skier heaven.


I am sure this trip will fill up fast so you will want to see me early at the EISC Corn Roast, Aug. 24th   to join me, your host Larry Smith.  This is going to be another great EISC ski trip adventure.



Winter Park Trip Pricing              Due at signup           9/21/19           10/18/19

$1282 full air, lifts, condo                        $428               $427               $427

$ 769 w/o air, lifts, condo                        $257               $256               $256

$ 982 air, w/o lifts, condo                        $328               $327               $327

$ 469 land only, condo                            $157               $156               $156

Winter Park is an IKON Pass resort

Sorry – no senior discount available


Larry Smith  

Kim’s Korner: There's an App for That (Kinda)


There is a way to put an app icon on your smartphone that will take you directly to the ski club home page, so you can jump right in for the latest and greatest information. It will appear to be an app on your phone.  I have directions for Android & Apple cell phones and tablets. 


For Apple phones, pods & tablets

  1. Open the browser "Safari" and search for East Iowa Ski Club and click into the website. 
  2. At the bottom of the browser page, choose the icon that looks like a box with an up arrow.
  3. Scroll sideways on the options and choose "Add to Home Screen" (looks like a gray box with a plus sign in it)
  4. Rename the icon to EISC to make it fit better on your phone, and then click "Done"

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For Android phones & tablets:

  1. Open the browser "Chrome" and search for East Iowa Ski Club and click into the website.
  2. Click the 3 stacked dots in the upper right corner & chose "Add to Home Screen"
  3. Rename the icon to EISC to make it fit better on your phone, and then click "Add" 

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