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October 2019 Newsletter

 | Published on 10/2/2019

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

President’s Message


Welcome to Fall! If you were at the kick off meeting, you heard the exciting news about our new logo and there is an 2019 10 01  article in this Skiddoo to talk in detail about it. Please know that we, as a board, are always looking for ways to keep the club vibrant and growing. This new logo is one of many things we are working on for this year.


I truly believe this new logo is a launching point for the future of the club. Each one of us is responsible for what happens from here. Are you talking about EISC? Are your friends and kids members? Have you told them about us and asked them to join? We need everyone’s help to keep this club moving forward. Part of helping the club is also volunteering. That could be being part of the setup or clean-up crew for a meeting or helping to organize an event. We have several awesome trips on the calendar in the next year or so. We cannot do these trips without trip chairs.


I hope to see everyone at the events we have planned for October along with the October meeting. We are back at the Shores Event Center on FRIDAY the 18th.


Keep smiling,


Your Pres. 2019-2020

Teresa Smith


P.S. Making one person smile can change the world – maybe not the whole world, but their world.



New EISC Logo

The one constant in life is change, sounds simple and yes it’s so true. Our careers, family and personal life changes over2019 10 02  the course of our life and so shall the East Iowa Ski Club. After celebrating our 40-year anniversary this past spring, we’re unveiling a new era and look. Your current board has voted to adopt a modern, cleaner looking logo and tag line.


If you were present at the September Kick-Off meeting this all was announced at that meeting and we retired our old banner with many member signatures. You’ll still have an opportunity to sign the old banner at the October meeting, to leave a comment or a funny face.

The new logo is reminiscent of a mountain range, a nod to our heritage as a ski club. The simple “EISC” is a simplification of our longer and still legal name


As we’re so much more than a ski club, our desire is that we’re not pidgeon-holed as appealing to only skiers. This is elementary to our long-term members, but we feel the future (and younger) member is to whom we’re directing this message. If you must explain what EISC stands for, use it as a teaching moment to engage a potential member.


Our new tag line is a twist on the former Outdoor Fun People and then Outdoor Adventurers, still generic enough to encompass all our activities past and future.


The club is all 

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ages and diversities, just like the board and we recognize that this change is not universally embraced by all at this moment, but we hope that we’ll all get acclimated to the new look. Think how far we’ve come and our potential to continue to be a viable year-round club if we can continue to grow in the future. Welcome to the future EISC.   

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.



Our member meetings continue at the Shores Event Center, 700 16th Street NE, Cedar Rapids.   Friday Oct 18 is the next meeting date.    Doors open at 7:00.    The October “theme” is Halloween so BRING your favorite Halloween treat – and WEAR your best costume for our annual best costume contest.   Our guest speaker is from SOKO Outfitters; a new outdoor enthusiast store has opened up in the old Czech Village. They carry a wide variety of outdoor adventure equipment from many different suppliers.  They plan to come and share information about their business.  



Tait Cummins Bike Ride – Sunday, Oct 20   

Hey, gang, let’s enjoy a beautiful fall afternoon (fingers crossed) and check out the new sections of the Cedar Valley2019 10   Nature Trail (CVNT) on a ride to Solon on Sunday, 10/20. Meet at the Tait Cummins ball diamonds on C St SW, just across the street from CVNT, and we’ll ride at 1:30.


Be sure to wear your helmets and bring your water bottles for hydration. Also, for safety it is always important to be seen by wearing light or bright clothing and having lights on your bike.


We’ll take CVNT south thru Ely and on to Solon. Some, if not many of you have probably ridden it. The Linn County part of the trail has been completed to 7 Sisters Road, the Linn-Johnson county line. Johnson Co. sections from there south for 2.5 miles almost to 140th St (F12) and from the Solon Recreation and Nature Area on the west side of Solon out to Polk Av have been open for the last year. Now, Johnson Co. is finishing the center section from 140th St south to the roundabout at the Ely Road-Hwy 382 (F16) intersection and from there east along 382 to Polk Av.


In Solon we can ‘refresh’ at Big Grove Brewery or another watering hole along Main St.


On the return, we’ll retrace our route to Ely. From there, riders have an option. Anyone who wants to ride the old CVNT from Ely back to Tait Cummins is welcome to do so. Otherwise, we’ll explore a different route, going north on Jappa Road and west on Ivanhoe Road to Hwy 30 and crossing to the Worthington Acres area of SW CR. Old Ely Road will take us to a final stop at The Shack on Old River Road for some time on the deck and possibly a band. Then we’ll ride a short distance back to our starting point.


See you there.

Dick Mundy                                      Ruth VanTol


Roughriders vs Black Hawks Hockey Game - Nov 9

2019 10 Pull out the cowbells and other noise makers for making a big racket while watching the Cedar Rapids Roughriders Hockey Team take on the Waterloo Black Hawks on Saturday, November 9. Game start is 7:05 PM.


Steve Simmen has agreed to coordinate this event. Look for the sign-up sheet at the October meeting


Sundown Mountain – Warm Up or Learn to Ski Day – Dec 27

The EISC has a one day, drive yourself or car-pool trip to Dubuque’s Sundown Mountain planned for Friday, 12/27/19. 2019 10 Chris Kalmar, with assistance from Kim Betts have volunteered to lead the Sundown Mountain event.  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 get a relative or friend come back to the sport 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 Chris and Kim will pass 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 a 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!    



Baraboo, WI trip Jan 10-12, 2020


The EISC decided to repeat the Midwest ski trip to Baraboo, Wisconsin this year.  Thanks to Kathy Takes and Becky2019 10  Fenelon, who volunteered to lead this ski trip.  Since this is only a 3 hour drive (175 miles) & it worked last year we will do a drive yourself / car-­pool trip again this year. 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. We will check into the Best Western and have fun in Baraboo.  This is an opportunity to ski a favorite Midwest ski hill; a great chance to warm up for the West trips; 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 Devil’s Head Mountain for the 1st day of skiing. Some may take advantage of the XC skiing or snowshoeing options. Devils Head is like a trip back in time with the narrow wooded ski runs and a mix of new & 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.  The other option is to go to Cascade Mountain, but the lift ticket to Cascade is not covered in this trip.  We plan to quit around 4:00 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 again. 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 $192 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.  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.  Please sign up at the October 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 for this trip.  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!




Mountain Stats

Devils Head Mountain

Skiable Area

300 Acres of Terrain, the 3rd largest in the Midwest


500 Feet

Longest Run

3,500 Feet


30 Ski Trails
30% Beginner (green Circle)
40% Intermediate (blue square)
30% Expert (black diamond)

Types of Lifts

9 Lifts total including 1 double, 1 triple, 5 quads, 1 wonder carpet (410 feet long), 2 wonder carpets

Lift Capacity

16,500 skiers per hour



Cross Country

3 1/2 Mile Loop



Kathy Takes                                                            Becky Fenelon


Chestnut Day-Quad Cities Club – Jan 15

Plan on a mid-week ski day on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at Chestnut Mountain in Galena.2019 10 

We will join members of the Quad Cites Ski club for a day of skiing. The great thing about skiing midweek at Chestnut is that the prices are reasonable and crowd size is minimal. Those who are 70+ ski FREE, Seniors (55-69) ski for $35 and all others pay $40. Rental for the day (boots, skis and poles) is $35. If it has been a couple of years since you have been on your skis and you hate big crowds, here is your chance to get out and have some wide open spaces to test out your skills. 

If skiing isn’t your thing, you may want to shop in Galena and join the group for lunch at the lodge.

No pre-payment is needed. Just bring your ID to show to get the correct pricing for your lift ticket. You can also bring a snack or goodies to share with others during any breaks we take at the lodge.


Denise Houlahan is the leader for this group



Sun Valley – Jan 25-Feb 1

We are going to Sun Valley so far with 26 classy souls.2019 10  

And still there is an opening just for you!

We will ski, read, eat, shop, and hot tub soak till we drop.

Over the years there have been celebrities, movie stars, and common folk too.

We should all fit in of course with a Midwestern joke or two.

Dollar and Bald Mountains have alpine beauty

In common form the ski club skiers will do their duty to ski with glee!

Hemingway enjoyed so why not you?  Please come with us and enjoy the view! 😉


EISC is offering an awesome trip opportunity to visit the iconic and historic Sun Valley Ski Resort!

We have 26 ski club members signed up and ready to go!  Four more spots with air are open.


We will be staying at the remodeled Sun Valley Lodge condos next to the iconic Sun Valley Inn.  The Lodge Apartments (we have 4 person units) 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.  We will have a welcome introduction party after our arrival on Saturday at the iconic Ram Bar at the Sun Valley Inn.


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.  New addition is the Cold Springs Canyon. It’s a ski area within a ski area. A place to glide down a wide-open bowl, navigate through trees, and descend into deep chutes. This area expands the skiable terrain by over 380 acres. The town has many restaurants, bars, shops, and the Hemingway intrigue.


More on the non-ski activities next month!

Please note 2nd payment was due 9/21/19.  Also be advised that purchasing travel insurance is advised. recommends Needs to be purchased by 11.15.19.


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. 

Cancellation date:   10/18/2019


Sally Williams                                              Dave Brown




Color the Wind Kite Festival – Feb 15-16

2019 10  Want to get “blown away” watching the Midwest’s largest and most colorful winter kite festival? Color the Wind Kite Festival will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020 on the frozen lake of Clear Lake, IA. The event has been happening on the 3rd Saturday in February for 18 years. Some of the kites are massive (a 60 foot blue whale) and require a number of handlers. Stunt and acrobatic kite flying also occurs. You can check on what to expect at

The event is FREE and runs from 11 AM to 4 PM. That will allow attendees to drive over that morning for the event.


An overnight stay will be at the Holiday Inn Express in Mason City. On Sunday morning a tour of the Historic Park Inn, the only remaining hotel designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is scheduled. Folks may want to have breakfast at the 1910 Grille that is part of the hotel and rated as one of the best in the area.


This event should be a fun winter activity and likely a “first” for many to attend a kite festival held on a frozen lake and tour a hotel designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

If you would like to run this event, please contact Ruth Van Tol




Winter Park – Feb 23-Mar 1

Now that we are heading into Fall and soon will feel the chill of colder weather as it starts, Winter is in the forecast…2019 10 Winter Park that is!


We are well on our way to getting everyone signed up for the second west trip for EISC in 2020. We still have 9 open spots to fill and at least 1 spot to make the trip a go.


We will start our trip Sunday, Feb. 23rd and we are staying at the Zephyr Mountain Lodge for a week of winter fun filled activities. We have secured 2 bedroom/2 bath condos and in Winter Park’s only true ski in/ski out lodge. The Zephyr Mountain Lodge is located just feet from the Zephyr Express lift which in the past year has been upgraded to a high speed Gondola.


With easy access to ski shops and various après-ski locations and the rest of the Village area attractions we will eat, drink and relax. 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.


With 7 great territories and 3081 acres to explore, we’ll ride 21 lifts to ascend to the great white peaks.  There are 145 trails to swish down carving out some gnarly grooves in the snow and making sure by the end of the week we have reached the 12,060 foot summit.


Whether driving, flying or maybe even taking the train, we will make sure to have some great times the end of February. Come join me, your host, Larry Smith. This will be another great EISC trip adventure.


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

$1282 full air, lifts, condo                           $855               $427

$ 769 w/o air, lifts, condo                           $513               $256

$ 982 air, w/o lifts, condo                           $655               $327

$ 469 land only, condo                               $313               $156

Winter Park is an IKON Pass resort

Sorry – no senior discount available

Cancellation date:   11/15/2019


Larry Smith  



Sailing – Sailing – Over the Bounding Maine - July 2020

2019 10 Next Summer, July 2020, we are putting together a sailing adventure off the coast of Maine.   This would be a 6 night sailing adventure that would explore Maine’s beautiful coast and its hundreds of islands aboard the 95-foot windjammer Angelique.    If we get 22 people to go, we will have the whole ship to ourselves.  The Angelique is a modern day windjammer made of steel-and-wood that serves as lodge, classroom and serene retreat.  We would depart from the beautiful town of Camden, and then drop anchor every evening in a picturesque harbor to let you explore a fishing village, a historic town, a beach, tide pool or an uninhabited island.

We are still in the planning stages for this trip but hope to put this all-inclusive trip together for under $2000.   If you were not at the kickoff meeting to sign the interest sheet, please let Marty Stimson know if you are interested.


One note - moderate physical ability will be required to climb up and down ladders onboard ship, in and out of bunks and in and out of boats; walking on varied terrain and sailing 5-7 hours each day.




Katy Trail Fall Bike Ride – Recap

We enjoyed three marvelous days biking and visiting the Wineries. We started off Friday morning with twenty-four bicyclists for the trail. The trail was flat and mostly shaded. It did have a few rough spots from the record flooding in Missouri. The temperature rose to 88 degrees but we all made it to Marthasville - 26 miles and rested at the Twin Gables Bar. Along the way we saw turtles, plenty of frogs and snakes! The shuttle returned half of the group to Hermann from Marthasville while others pressed on to Augusta - 11 more miles. In Augusta we drank at the Micro Brew and rested after 37 miles. We were all tired and returned to Hermann via the shuttle. Saturday the group visited Stone Hill Winery for a tour and lunch. We listened to live music on the hill. Some of us visited other wineries with spectacular views of the Missouri River Valley.


For the wine and cheese party at Harbor Haus we had local wines and plenty of food including frozen cheese cake! Afterwards, some of the group went to the jazz festival two blocks away. We all had a great adventure!

Dwayne Grote

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Kickoff Recap/Photos

The Red Cedar Lodge at Squaw Creek Park was the meeting location for the Kick Off to the new season, Saturday, September 21.  As usual, there was a great selection of salads, munchies and desserts to enjoy along with the burgers that were grilled up by Marty and Steve.


The club’s new logo was unveiled and the new banner/flag was presented to a receptive audience.

Several sign-up sheets were out to gauge interest in a number of up-coming events: hockey game, late summer or fall 2020 trip to Lanesboro and a possible sailing trip along the coast of Maine this summer.

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