For a complete and downloadable newsletter: September Skiddoo 2019
I hope everyone had a great summer and made lots of memories. Personally it has gone by so fast it’s crazy. Soon fall will be here, bringing with it cooler temps and beautiful colors. The club has some fun events planned so check out the Skiddoo and EastIowaSkiClub.com for all the details.
I’ll be enjoying the Katy Trail soon and look forward to riding with friends and wine and maybe more wine. Contact Dwayne Grote if you have questions about the trip.
We’ve got a great start on the sale of both west trips but there are still a few spots on each. Both are beautiful locations and great lodging. So clear your calendar and join in on the fun!
Many will be renewing your memberships this month. You can renew online and bring a check to the Kickoff. Don’t remember your password? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will reset it for you.
How to Renew
Live and work but do not forget to play, to have fun in life and really enjoy it.
P.S. Making one person smile can change the world – maybe not the whole world, but their world.
Your Pres. 2019-2020
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.
Ely Bike “Chicken” Ride – recap
The weather was sunny and far from foul,
Eleven die-hard EISC members rode
(I should’ve brought a towel),
Detour in Czech Village, thank you Ruth for
showing us the way,
Without her guidance it would have been a long day.
The ride was tough – up hill with a head wind both ways,
Just like walking to school in the old days.
We ate broasted chicken until we clucked,
Those that didn’t had the ground chuck.
Most rode back after lunch or so it seemed,
But Steve, Bill and I stopped for the ice cream.
Thanks to all that attended and for riding your bikes.
Lucky for us there were no bird strikes.
Takes to the River recap
We had a great turnout for the weekend on the farm! The weather was perfect and about 20 people grabbed their kayaks and paddled from Cascade to our place. As people arrived they set up chairs and visited or explored the farm. The meal was a success. Many pounds of Jim’s homemade onion rings were devoured along with angus burgers and a wonderful variety of dishes brought by all!
As the sun went down a fire was built, and chairs were moved to the fire pit. We had roasted marshmallows, some had graham crackers and chocolate and others stuck with their beverage of choice! We enjoyed a peaceful night under the stars with the exception of an occasional braying of the neighbor’s donkey. As midnight approached, farewells were said, and another successful event was in the books. Thank you to everyone who was able to come, we enjoyed hosting you once again!!
Kathy & Jim
Corn Roast Recap
The 2019 Annual Corn Roast party is in the books! It was picture perfect. A great turnout of 75+ members and friends attended the event. It was great to see some new faces! The sign-up for the 2 West ski trips was strong as people were lined up at 3pm. The “1918 barn” became a fun new focal point for the day......even some dancing at the end of the evening. The weather, sweet corn, the delicious food provided by all, and the company was at its best. Thank you to all who helped. Special thanks to Ruth Van Tol for searching out the best sweet corn, the “corn crew”, the Langhoff’s for the use of their grill and the “Board”. Many people helped make it a great event.
Thanks to all who attended!
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. For 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. The club will supply wine at the wine and Cheese party but members can bring their own.
Annual Kickoff Sept 21-3pm Red Cedar Lodge-Squaw Creek Park
The new ski season “kicks off” so come & enjoy the afternoon/evening with your friends at Red Cedar Lodge. The park is in Linn County at the SE edge of Marion at the corner of Highway 13 and Highway 100. The entrance to the park is on Highway 100. Watch for the EISC signs that will direct you to the Red Cedar Lodge. Bring your friends to check out the club. The “doors open” at 3:00 p.m.
Bring a dish or side to share. We will provide burgers grilled on site starting at 5:30 along with buns and condiments. Also plates and utensils, beer, bottled water, pop and wine. Donations for the burgers will be accepted. There will be updates and info on all the trips, and socializing. If you have not renewed your membership before the meeting we will have forms for your convenience.
Hope to see all of you there!!!
Kickoff info here
Boyson to Center Point Bike Ride Sat, September 28th
All bike paths lead to Center Point!
Celebrate the kick-off of another ski club year with the penultimate bicycle ride of the Fall season.
We will be meeting on Saturday, September 28 at 9:30 am at the Hiawatha Boyson Road trailhead of the Cedar Valley Nature Trail. At 10 am we'll pedal North with a brief stop at Lafayette then continue up to Center Point for lunch at Joensy's. After lunch we'll head back South with a stop for refreshments at Dry Creek Brew in Robins to celebrate a great day on the trail.
This roughly 26-mile ride is open to members and non-members. There is no fee or registration. Please check the East Iowa Ski Club - EISC Facebook for any weather cancellations.
Contact: Lisa Buckman
Center Point Bike Ride info here
Baraboo, WI trip Jan 10-12, 2020
There is a new EISC low cost Midwest ski trip planned to go to Baraboo, Wisconsin the weekend of Jan. 10-12, 2020. We had so much fun last year we decided to do it again. However, we need a trip leader to make this trip a go. The board decided to do the drive yourself / car-pool trip again, as it worked out well last year. The club is reserving 10 rooms (a mix of 2 queens or a king bed) at one of the Baraboo hotels. The plan is to drive up to Baraboo on Friday afternoon on US 151 - Google says it is only a 3 hour drive. This is great chance to warm up for the West trips, just enjoy the Midwest skiing experience or have a fun weekend in Wisconsin.
Cascade is a fun modern ski area with a nice lodge, newer lifts and wide runs. There is a 4:00 night session so we will want to return to the hotel before that starts and get ready for the wine and cheese party. Sunday morning will be heading to Devil’s Head ski area. Devils Head is like a trip back in time with the narrow wooded ski runs and older style chair lifts. It makes for a fun skiing experience.
Again - we still need a trip leader volunteer for this event. Please let one of the EISC board members know if you would like to lead this ski trip. There is compensation. Please sign the interest sheet at the September EISC Kick off meeting at the Red Cedar Lodge at Squaw Creek Park. This will be a great Midwest ski trip!
Chestnut Day-Quad Cities Club – Jan 15
Plan on a mid-week ski day on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at Chestnut Mountain in Galena.
We will join members of the Quad Cites Ski club for a day of skiing. The great thing about skiing mid-week 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.
If you would like to run this trip, please contact Ruth Van Tol
Ski with the Quad Cities Club info here
Sun Valley – Jan 25-Feb 1
At the time of the Corn Roast we have 24 trip takers.
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!
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.
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.
Cancellation date: 10/18/2019
Sally Williams Dave Brown
Sun Valley Idaho Ski Trip info here
Color the Wind Kite Festival – Feb 15-16
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 www.colorthewind.org.
The event is FREE and runs from 11 AM to 4 PM. That will allow attendees to drive over that morning for the event.
To cap off the day an overnight stay is planned at the Historic Park Inn in Mason City. The hotel is the only remaining Frank Lloyd Wright designed hotel. It was originally built in 1910 as an Inn and Bank. Renovations in 2011 converted it to a boutique hotel but maintain much of the Prairie Architectural style. The 1910 Grille is located on the premises and rated as one of the best restaurants 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 staying at 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
Winter Park info here
Well, with the “Dog Days of Summer” behind us and those soon to be cooler evening rolling in soon what is better than to be thinking SKIING… We started the sale of both winter trips at the corn roast. With that said, we have some openings on the Winter Park trip yet.
As in the past several years the club has made 2 BIG treks out into the snowy boundaries of this great country. This year our 2nd trip will head out to Winter Park, Colorado.
Every 4 years we host “Leap Year” and add an extra day to the year. What will you do with that extra day in 2020? 32 EISC members will leave Sunday, Feb. 23rd with and be staying at the Zephyr Mountain Lodge for a week of winter fun filled activities.
Great 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
With 7 great territories with 3081 acres to explore, 21 lifts to ascend to the great white peaks, 145 trails to swish down curving out some gnarly gooves in the snow and making sure by the end of the week we have reached the 12,060 foot summit.
We have approximately 12 openings left for this trip so make sure you don’t miss out and get your name on the list soon. Whether driving, flying or maybe even taking the train, we will sure have some great times the end of February. Come join me, your host Larry Smith. This is going to be another great EISC ski trip adventure.
Winter Park Trip Pricing
$1282 full air, lifts, condo
$ 769 w/o air, lifts, condo
$ 982 air, w/o lifts, condo
$ 469 land only, condo
Winter Park is an IKON Pass resort
Sorry – no senior discount available