stic spot in Dubuque that overlooks the Mississippi and all the docked boats in the Harbor Marina. Much thanks to Ann DeLaney for the suggestion.
Only one small hickup when one of our EISC’ers left their backpack at the Durango Depot Bar & Grill with their car keys in it. But all ended well after a quick return car ride up the road to retrieve the backpack. Many thanks to those that went. It’s the people that always make the trip a success.
Sundown Mountain December 27, 2017
Put December 27th on your calendar. This is a great occasion to prepare yourself forthat big ski trip or to try out skiing and see how you like it. You can always expect great snow conditions at Sundown because of its expansive snow making and grooming equipment. Bring everyone who is interested, you don’t 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. I will have the signup roster at the October club meeting. This week in the news I heard the western resorts have already started making snow - wow.
Chris Kalmar, Duane Grote
Steamboat Jan 13 to 20, 2018
The Steamboat trip scheduled for 1/13 to 1/20/2018 is currently full, but people can always sign-up on the waiting list.
How did Steamboat Springs get its name? Fur trappers that frequented the area in early 1800’s heard a chugging sound and believed that a steamboat was coming down the river. When the trappers saw that there was no steamboat, and that the sound was coming from a hot spring, they decided to name the spring Steamboat Springs.
Who is responsible for the Steamboat Springs Ski resort? Jim Temple and John Fetcher, two local men, worked together to establish the ski resort. Temple led the effort to develop the area. Fetcher, a local rancher, was the main designer and builder. The resort opened on what was then called Storm Mountain in 1963.
Champagne anyone? The term “Champagne Powder” was coined by Kremmling rancher Joe McElroy who operated a rope-tow hill on Baker Mountain. It was James Temple who “got permission” to use the phrase in the late 1950’s to promote the new Steamboat Springs ski area.
The thrill of victory? Steamboat has produced more winter Olympians than any other town in North America, a record 88 and counting as well as several summer Olympians. Given this, it’s also known as Ski Town USA. On Seventh and Yampa Street you’ll find the beginning of what will be Steamboat’s own “Walk of Fame”. Bronze plaques are being embedded in the sidewalk to represent a plaque for each Steamboat Olympian.
Want to go hot-tubbing? More than 150 mineral springs have been identified in the Yampa Valley, including the famous Steamboat Springs. The Yampatika Ute and Arapaho Indian tribes visited the Valley regularly for its mineral or “medicine” springs, which were considered sacred places of physical and spiritual healing. A few of the more famous springs include Litha Springs, Strawberry Park Hot Springs, the Heart Springs at the Old Town Hot Springs, Soda Springs.
TRAVEL INSURANCE: An email was sent on September 22 with all the details regarding travel insurance to all the trip participants. If anyone didn’t receive the email contact one of the trip coordinators.
Have questions about the trip? Please contact the trip coordinators.
Mike Monroe, Ruth Van Tol
Lutsen, Minnesota Feb 9-12
EISC is planning the perfect New England get away this year. Only to keep the costs in line, we are going to Lutsen, MN. There we have a New England look-alike resort which gets rave reviews for scenery, thanks to its spectacular views of Lake Superior. Located on four separate peaks of the Sawtooth Mountain range, it has trails on 1000 acres of skiable terrain, 90 runs, 1088 feet of vertical, and 10 feet average snowfall. Recent upgrades include an 8-passenger gondola, 6 passenger high speed chair, and $9 mil in snowmaking equipment.
We will depart by deluxe motor coach the morning of Feb 9th from Cedar Rapids to travel along the scenic North Shore Drive of Minnesota. Lodging will be at the Best Western Superior Inn in Grand Marais on the shore of Lake Superior for three nights and returning home on Monday, Feb 12. The hotel includes a hot breakfast along with a large hot tub and giant indoor whirlpool. The bus will provide transportation to the picturesque Lutsen Resort and other nearby areas including trails.
Non-skiers can also keep busy in and around Grand Marais with a vast trail system for cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and hiking. Or how about taking in 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?
Bonus!! There is no added cost for children to stay with two adults/room.
The adult package 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 ticketsfor $450 w/o lifts. Add $105 for a two day lift ticket.
The children’s package is $192 w/o lifts.
Sign-up is open now, so don’t wait.
- Adult full pkg -$185 Sept, $185 Oct. $185 Nov
- Adult w/o lifts-$150 Sept, $150 Oct, $150 Nov
- Child full pkg - $99 Sept, $99 Oct, $99 Nov
- Child w/o lifts - $64 Sept, $64 Oct, $64 Nov
Cancellation date is November 18, 2017
Looking forward to January,
Your three fantastic trip chairs: Ruth Van Tol, Jeff Owen, Mary Day