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August 2017 Newsletter

Mary Jean Blaisdell  | Published on 8/1/2017
Fora downloadable and complete version of this newsletter, click here: August Skiddoo 2017

President’s Message


Lately, I’ve been keeping cool by watching a TV drama about a town on an island in the Norwegian Arctic Circle. The scenic backdrop of all that snow and mountains puts me in the mood to think about ski trips. Sure, I have a couple of warm weather trips planned before the Autumn chill sets in, but it’s not too early to look ahead to winter fun.

I know a lot of you are indeed looking forward to it as well since the Steamboat trip sales are moving briskly. The bus trip to Lutsen Mountain will be offered for sale at the September Kick-Off picnic. And don’t forget Sundown during the Holidays. (see articles below)

To help-out our trip chairs, and to keep yourself informed of important and fun activities, you’ll want to keep your personal information up-to-date on the ski club website, since that is what we use to keep in contact with you. So, if you have a change in your cell phone number, email address or mailing address, please take time to update that information.

Stay active my friends! And stay cool!

-Mike Buckman, EISC President


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.

CJ’s is close to the trail, so join your friends for a bike ride starting at about 5:30 and riding south, weather permitting.

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.



EISC Golf Outing - Report


The annual EISC golf tournament was held at Wildcat in Shellsburg on July 29th. Thirty-six golfers participated and it was an absolutely beautiful day to be out chasing around that little white ball! The course was very full and the manager scrambled to provide the last couple carts, but we got off on time and then played away.

Following golf we enjoyed a buffet meal and beverages at the club house and the winners were announced. (Well after a rendition of “Happy Belated Birthday” to returning board member, Marty Stimson!!)

Flag events:
Longest Putt – Karen Olivo
Closest to the Pin – Connie Miller
Women’s Long Drive – Sarah Wittnebel
Men’s Long Drive – Bob Thorkildson


Winning Teams:
1st Place: Don Boland, Ron and Deb Shields and Bob Kerdus
2nd Place: Jim and Sarah Wittnebel and Bob and Nancy Thorkildson
3rd Place: Marty and Janet Stimson, Sandra Cummings and Jeff Owen

We want to thank everyone for participating in this annual non-ski event!! It’s a great way to have some “outdoor fun”, followed by some indoor fun!

Kathy Healy, Sarah Wittnebel and Nancy Thorkildson






EISC Corn Roast 2017 – Sat. Aug 19th - 2:00PM


Mark your calendar for the party of the summer!!!

Trip chairs will be on hand to sign you up for ski trips or take your payments.

The annual Corn Roast will again be hosted by Sally Williams at her farm near the Eastern Iowa Airport.

Get ready to have an 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. 

 This event is open to members and non-members. 

Look for signs leading you there! >>   





Takes to the River– Saturday Aug 26th


Have you heard of the Whitewater Canyon Wildlife Area, one of only three true canyons in Iowa? This 563 acre site straddles 3 counties; Jones, Dubuque and Jackson. You'll find a 200 ft canyon, hiking trails, scenic overlooks, mature forests, open prairies, hidden caves, a winding river and no development. We invite you to come explore the Whitewater Canyon, or if you would rather, bring your canoe or kayak up and we'll help shuttle your vehicles to the Whitewater creek so you can float through the Canyon, it is a beautiful area! A second option would be to put your boat in at Cascade and float the North Fork of the Maquoketa River right to our farm - it's a 2-3 hour trip. Or, you might choose to come to the farm, sit in an inner tube and float the river through our farm, about a 30 - 45 min float, and then be shuttled back to the beach to lounge in the river, play volleyball or tour the area.

Our farm sits about 2.5 miles east of Cascade, and the North Fork runs through it. The Whitewater Canyon is only about 1.5 miles to our NE as a crow flies. We would love to have you come spend the day, evening, or night with us.

You can explore the area, or just relax along the river. We have a volleyball net set up on one of the sand bars, and this river is only a few feet deep in most areas, so it’s a good place to float or play. You are welcome to pitch a tent anywhere on the farm, (preferably not in a cow lot!) Kids and grandkids are welcome! We will have a potluck Saturday evening for anyone wishing to join us followed by a bon fire. It will be a good time, so if you don't have anything on your calendar that weekend, come on up and explore our neck of the woods!

Saturday evening, about 5:30-6:00, we plan on grilling some of our home raised Angus burgers, along w/ french fries and Jim's famous homemade onion rings!

We invite all of you to join us! Bring a dish to share if you wish! After supper we'll get a bon fire going and maybe we can talk some of our musically inclined members or guests to entertain us! It will be a good time, so if you don't have anything on your calendar that weekend, come on up and explore our neck of the woods! Hope to see all of you on the 26th of Aug. you can show up anytime of the day, we're always here.

~Kathy and Jim Takes


Steamboat Springs Jan 13 to 20, 2018


We have had a good response to the Steamboat Springs Trip. As of press time only 7 spots are still available.

One of the foremost activities on this trip is the Cowboy Races. Over 40 years ago Billy the Kid invited a local cowboy professional and other cowboys for a ski event at Steamboat. The event turned out to be such a hit it continues today. Pre-race events on Sunday, January 14 include a hot air balloon glow at the base of the mountain. The Cowboy Races will start at 1 PM on Monday, January 16. The cowboys must wear chaps and a cowboy hat. The dual races are timed and include a slalom course, going over a jump, lassoing a lady, saddling a horse and crossing the finish line. After all of the competitors have completed this event, The Stampede happens, which is a mass start and the first to the bottom wins. There are a number of great videos of this event on YouTube so you know what fun there will be on Monday on the slopes.

Along with skiing there is an alphabet soup of other winter activities one can do. They include: Winter biking, Bowling, Cross Country Skiing, Dog Sledding, Ice Fishing, Helicopter Sightseeing, Horseback Riding, Hot Air Ballooning, Hot Spring Lounging, Ice Climbing, Sleigh Rides, Snowmobiling, Snow Tubing, Indoor Tennis, Tours and a Winter Driving School.

If you have made a monthly payment to register for this event please make sure that you stay current with your payments. The second payment is due August 19th, the date of the annual Corn Roast.

Payment schedule:
FULL PKG $1498: $375 due July and August, $374 due September and October
W/O AIR $936: $234 due July, August, September and October
W/O LIFTS $1219: $305 due July, Aug and September; $304 October
LAND ONLY $656: $164 July-October

CANCELLATION DATE IS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7

Ruth Van Tol Mike Monroe



Sundown Mountain December 27, 2017


You don’t need to leave Iowa to find a good ski area. Sundown is less than two hours away from Cedar Rapids and offers great snow conditions with its expansive snow making and grooming equipment. This is always a great learn to ski, get your ski legs going again, testing your equipment, and a family ski day where you don’t need to need to be an EISC club member to join in the fun. The full group package includes lift ticket, equipment rental, and a ski lesson for an economical $52. Group lift ticket is $34. The trip goes on sale at the September club kickoff meeting. We still need a trip chair. Please contact Mike Buckman or Jim Wittnebel if interested. Thanks!


Lutsen, Minnesota Feb 9-12


It’s been quite a few years since the EISC last visited the beautiful Lutsen resort on the shore of Lake Superior. This is always a popular destination and coupled with the club’s positive survey results for this resort; it’s time to revisit Lutsen.

A deluxe motor coach will take us the morning of Feb 9th from Cedar Rapids to along the scenic North Shore Drive of Minnesota and arriving at Grand Marais. We’ll be lodging at the Best Western Superior Inn on the shore of Lake Superior for three nights and returning home on Monday Feb 12. The hotel includes a hot breakfast along with indoor swimming pool and hot tub. The bus will provide transportation to the picturesque Lutsen Resort and other nearby areas including trails. Lutsen is quadruple the size of most Great Lake ski resorts. This New England look-alike resort gets rave reviews for scenery thanks to its spectacular views of Lake Superior from just about anywhere on the mountain. Located on four separate peaks of the Sawtooth Mountain range – Lutsen offers long New England-like trails on 1000 acres of skiable terrain, 90 runs, 1088 feet of vertical, 10 feet average snowfall, and the regions only gondola. Recent upgrades include an 8 passenger gondola, 6 passenger high speed chair, and $9 mil in snowmaking.
If you don’t ski, there are many things to do in and around Grand Marais including a vast trail system for cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and hiking. Other ideas include the village shops and museum, riding the Lutsen gondola up to a resort restaurant with a beautiful view, and taking in a guided nature hike or tour.
Also, this trip is advantageous for families as there’s no added cost for children to stay with two adults/room.

The trip includes:
• Round trip bus from Cedar Rapids
• 3 nights lodging at the Best Western Superior Inn in Grand Marais 
• Wine and Cheese Party
• Optional lift tickets

Adult Pkg $450 w/o lifts
Children Pkg $192 w/o lifts

Optional lift ticket prices for 2018 aren’t available at the time of this article. 2017 non-group lift rates were $82 for age 13+, $72 for Seniors 65 and over, $67 for children age 6-12. The 2018 group rates are anticipated to be about the same as the 2017 non-group price.

The trip goes on sale at the September club kickoff meeting. Don’t miss out on this fun trip with three fantastic trip chairs.