May News Letter 2021


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Message From the President  by Nowell Newman

The sun is staying out longer and the flowers are blooming. Soon we can all see each other in person. In lieu of a meeting in May we will be having a club picnic on May 15, and we cannot wait. We will still adhere to socially distancing and many of our members have gotten their shots as well.

 See you all soon, live and in person, Your pres, Noelle.



Social Events by Annette Ruffner 

Get ready for some summer activities. Being outside seems to be the safest way to enjoy friends and family.

I had mentioned in last months newsletter about going to the mansion in LaSalle, and the wine tasting in Utica, in May. I’m going to change that to June because of graduations, and it needs to warm up some. Next month’s article will have details.

Golf, I will be getting tee times when it warms up some, and let the golfers know which course and times.

I’m also hoping to start a Meet and Eat again, just need to think of the restaurants that have out door seating.

Hope two see you all in person soon.


Club Meeting and Picnic by Ron Dewey

For those that did not get the email notice about the picnic/meeting.
Who: All club members, their families, and/or others accompanied by a member are invited.
What and when: We are having a Picnic/Meeting on Saturday, May 15 at 1 pm. The club is providing all the food and water. It is BYOB if your taste is for something different.

Where: The Crumby Shelter in Hammel Woods, 23601 W. Black Rd, between I-55 and Route 59 in Shorewood.
You must RSVP by May 7 to attend. When making your RSVP give the names of all members you are making reservations for, and the number of family/nonmembers you are bringing. You can call Ron D. and leave a voice mail or text.  Ron Dewey 

!!! We wish you all a safe, and better year. !!!

 Annette, Social Director



From the Editor by Ron Dewey

Memberships expired June 30th, Please renew ASAP.
Applications can be found on the web site. Renew and be part of the fun!

If you do not renew before the October Newsletter is ready to send out, the September Newsletter will be the last one you will receive, until you renew.

The deadline for the June Newsletter is Saturday, May 22nd.

 Send articles and pictures to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and put “JSC Newsletter” on the subject line. 

You do not have to wait until the 22nd to send something to me. Editor 

        Memo:   Payments for all Joliet Ski Club trips are taken at all meetings, as we would really love to see you,

or can be mailed to PO Box 2542, Joliet, IL 60434-2542.

Checks made payable to Joliet Ski Club
Note the trip name on the memo line. One trip per check.
Payment may include all in your party. The payment schedule is determined by the trip leader. Each Trip must be paid in full one month prior to departure.

Now is the time to make sure your Skis, Board, and boots are ready for the coming ski season.




Editor's Notes !!!


About ski trips this year.

Due to Covid-19 and the need for social distancing, buses will not be used this year for club overnight and weekend trips. This will allow you to travel at a time more convenient for you, or you may caravan and car pool with others if you are comfortable with that. The club has also chosen not to do our own week trips, but will advertise trips from CMSC and other clubs for those that are comfortable with that. Be advised that other clubs will likely require you to become a member or pay a fee. Since our club is a member of CMSC, those trips do not require an additional membership fee. If you plan to ski on your own, many ski resorts will be requiring reservations this year and/or will only be selling lift tickets, rentals, and lessons on line. Check online before you go.   

***If you do plan on going skiing on your own for a day, and would like to met up with other ski club members at the ski area, or otherwise, you can send an email a few days ahead of time to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will forward it to the membership. Include all the pertinent information. You can include contact information or have them reply to me and I can reply back to you. Whatever you are comfortable with. Any member that does not want to receive these emails can opt out at the same email address. Editor


Email Addresses
If you change your email address, please let me know your new address ASAP. This will insure that you will not miss any important news blasts or newsletters. Also, this last month I noticed that a member’s email address was suddenly missing from the email group. I am not sure how this happened. So, if you do not receive your newsletter by the 1st of the month or a meeting reminder notice before the meeting email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let me know. Editor

Update on the Ski Club meeting. We will be e-mailed as soon as details are known, it is more than likely our next meetings will be electronic meetings. Zoom may be how we will be seeing each other next. Again when more is known it will be communicated to you through an e-mail. Below are some in person guidelines for your consideration. 

New meeting Place!!!
Meetings are now held ((( On-Line Zoom))) at a new venue: Heroes West, 1530 Commerce Lane, Joliet, close to the I-80 and Houbolt Road exchange, in their private meeting room. They are not charging us for the room and there is no minimum food or drink purchase required. I would suggest that we patronize them by ordering drinks perhaps partaking a meal before the meeting.


Good guidelines to follow for our meetings and everyday activities:  

 Do not attend if you will not feel comfortable at the meeting.
Face masks and social distancing will be observed.
In addition, if anyone answers yes to any of the following questions, please do not attend.
• Have you or anyone in your household had any of the following symptoms in the last 21 days: sore throat, cough, chills, body aches for unknown reasons, shortness of breath for unknown reasons, loss of smell, and loss of taste, fever at or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit?
• Have you or anyone in your household tested positive for COVID-19?
• Have you or anyone in your household visited or received treatment in a hospital, nursing home, long-term care, or other health care facility in the past 30 days?
• Have you or anyone in your household traveled in the U.S. or out of the country in the past 21 days?
• Have you or anyone in your household traveled on a cruise ship in the last 21 days?
• Are you or anyone in your household a health care provider or emergency responder?
• Have you or anyone in your household cared for an individual who is in quarantine or is a presumptive positive or has tested positive for COVID-19?
• Do you have any reason to believe you or anyone in your household has been exposed to or acquired COVID-19?
• To the best of your knowledge have you been in close proximity to any individual who tested positive for COVID-19?
If you plan on traveling by airline many things have changed and are changing daily. It is a good idea to check with the airline and your accommodations before going. Many ski resorts are planning to be open, but will require reservations for skiing, many will not being selling tickets on site, and they will give season pass holders priority for reservations.
Two other pieces of news: Liftopia, the ticket discount website was almost forced into bankruptcy because it owed almost $3 million to its partner resorts. Powder magazine is shutting down after 49 years of publication. 

 Your Editor, Ron




!!! Please Check Details !!!

Details for all CMSC Events and Trips can be found on the CMSC website, .

Windy City Ski Show:The next show is scheduled for September 24-26, 2021.

The 2021 Trip Seminar has been canceled.

There is only one 2021 trip left schedule for CMSC. Deposits can be put down on all these trips now. Here are some details for these trips. Please see appropriate Trip page on the CMSC website for full details.

  • The CMSC Ski and Ride Magazine: is now available on the CMSC website.
  • Chicago Week 2021: Has been canceled. 
  • Chicago Week 2022: will be to Telluride, Feb 26-Mar 5, 2022. Something to think about.



February 26–March 5, 2022 Spaces are still available.
Ground transport in Colorado.

Seven nights lodging in one of five resort hotels or condos your choice. A five out of six-day lift ticket with sixth available.
Travel Insurance is available.
Also included:
Welcome party & NASTAR Race, Pub Crawl & Après Ski Parties, Dinner Banquet and dancing Thursday evening

Current price range without airfare { expected in May or June }:

Hotel in town $1475 — $1515, Condos in town $1745 — $1865, Bear Creek Lodge ( Mountain Village ) $1960 — $2035,    Initial sign up NOW is $50 per person.

PLEASE LET JIM BOISSO KNOW BY MAY PICNIC OR SOON AFTER, WE NEED TO MAKE A DEPOSIT, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., text please. Make all checks out to the Joliet Ski Club, pull Telluride on the memo line. At this time, we have not booked any spaces!

Hopefully next year will be back to normal. Check out the CMSC website:  



!!! Club Member's Notes !!! 

 First Days and Other Memories...
What are your memories of the first day you skied, or of that special day that every so often happens when we do not expect it? What are your ski stories? Here is the second story in what I hope will be a long series of such stories. Please share your story with us in the newsletter.   Editor


The First Time I Tried Skiing by Jim Boisso

When I was in the service in Central North Carolina, it was almost the same distance and time to head either to the mountains or the beach. Several of the troops that I rode dirt bikes with also skied. Somehow we had a four-day weekend, must have been payday on Thursday and we all managed to get the Friday off, or the General declared it a non-essential personnel day. If you were critical to base operations you had to report. Not Us!

So, we all packed into Gary’s car and drove to Sugar Mountain at the Tennessee Carolina border for a three-day adventure. The lodging and rentals were all set up ahead of time, none of the guys had their own gear with them. Gary was from West Virginia but had learned to ski while stationed in Germany. John was from Massachusetts having learned in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. Dustin was from Casper Wyoming getting baptized in the Rockies.

After spraying my Oshkosh bib overalls with three cans of Scotch-Brite protector, we were off to the rental shop and my first boot cramping. One of the guys had brought a can of silicone spray for easy boot entry, and everyone used it. This was the era when your ski length should be one hand above your head, open your hand and place it above, mine eventually were 208 cm—but not today. The three of them debated on whether I should start on the bunny slope i.e. rope tow, or the green run and just handle the chair for another first.

Well, after six times skiing UP the hill, I called it quits. They made it look so easy, just like water skiing. NOT! Dustin took me on the chair trying to explain what was going to greet us at the top. A short slope, just stand up do not push on the chair, emptying into a flat area and then the run of wide-open spaces. RIGHT! Stood up on a billiard table flat space and got banged in the legs by the chair. I had a partial idea of the wedge or snowplow from the bunny area, today called pizza for you younger readers. After three runs and a little more success with the same chair we took a lunch break, Praise Jesus.

The afternoon all four of us started out together, but John and I finished out the day around 3PM. Whomever set up the hotel made sure the hot tub was included, could have used a masseuse, and/or not something that needed a lot of concentration. All my buddies just kept saying relax and let it flow like you're dancing. Right snowplow dancing!

Stay tuned for more adventures! Jim Boisso


"Midwest Skiing - 2021 Style"by Barb Westphal


Yep, it sure was a different kind of ski season this year, but we made the best of it by taking a few mini-ski trips right here in the Midwest. As we were all still dealing with the pandemic and wanted to stay as safe as possible, we decided to only ski on weekdays and avoid the weekends, where a lot of ski resorts were packed with skiers. The one major thing that was different this year was that a lot of ski resorts required folks to buy their lift tickets in advance on-line. Also, a lot of resorts did not allow folks to store any belongings (like shoes, etc.) inside their facilities. So, we had to put our ski boots on in the parking lot at our vehicle and carry our ski’s to the mountain. This, however, did not present a problem, as the resorts we went to did not get crowded on weekdays.

Our first trip was in early February where we skied Granite Peak in Wausau, WI, with Deb Hylek and Jack Warner. We met Deb and Jack up there and we had two wonderful days of skiing with great snow, no crowds, and a dining area at the hill with social distancing for our lunch breaks. Dining and wining at local Wausau restaurants for dinner was a nice treat. Two weeks later, Barry and I took a second trip to Chestnut Mountain, in Galena, IL, with my two youngest grandkids, Logan and Kylie. You have to love remote learning, as the kids were able to do their schoolwork via their laptops! We stayed right there at the resort and had slope-side rooms. Perfect snow and no crowds on our two days of skiing, breakfast and lunch in our hotel rooms, and room- service for dinner from their restaurant worked out quite nicely. Our final trip was in early March up to Red Wing, MN, where Barry and I skied Welch Village and Afton Alps. Both resorts were great to ski at. We hadn’t skied Afton Alps in probably a decade, and we really enjoyed it. We were planning on skiing a third day, either at Welch or Afton, but the temp’s were in the 40’s up there and the snow was getting pretty sluggish the end of day #2, so we played it safe on that third day. Instead, we toured the Pottery Museum (which was a first for us) and enjoyed the town of Red Wing. On our way home, we got to do some pretty cool eagle watching along the Mississippi River.

So, all in all, we were glad to get out there and ski here in the Midwest, if only for a few days. We’re really looking forward to skiing in 2022, how about you?! ☺ Barb Westphal




 "Heavenly, California/Nevada, CMSC Spring Fling"  by Jim Boisso


Twenty-eight skiers from thirteen different clubs participated in the CMSC Spring Fling in early April. First flying to Denver then on to Reno, we bussed to Forest Inn Suites in South Lake Tahoe, arriving in the early afternoon. Wednesday take off from Midway was EARLY morning for me, as in get up at 1:30 am, driving to a parking area then transfer to the airport arriving there at 4:15 am and on to the plane. I did sleep on both legs of the flight, boy was my neck sore, but it helped to prepare me for the following days of skiing. The evening Après ski party was held at the Stateline Micro Brewery in the gondola village with the council providing the first drink, you bought your own supper, we were able to hold onto the western third of the bar/restaurant for an hour or so.

Thursday morning, we found out that the condo complex served a free breakfast of good portions and selection, this is exceedingly rare for a condo unit. Almost all the group stayed together for at least three runs in Nevada sunshine, totally blue sky, no wind and 56° at the top. Snow conditions were hard pack the first two runs and then turning into soft very workable snow, no more noisy edges. After six runs most of the group shifted to the California side and better conditions as the sun warmed the surface. We did eleven runs top to bottom in 3.5 hours; taking about half an hour for a fourteen-dollar cup of soup, and some water that was free. I was comfortable dressed in just an Under Armor shirt with vents opened on my jacket and pants.

Masks are required in all places including the lift lines, the operators were genuinely concerned that everyone was covered. Each lift had a designated checker and there were signs stating “no mask meant no ride”. They would literally shut the lift down no matter where you were in line until you covered. We heard things like, Hey you in the blue jacket get covered, Green hat get it up NOW, If I have to wear it all day, you have to cover for two minutes; and my favorite from the most petite young lady, Don’t make me come out there you So & So. That night the Après ski party was at the Fire and Ice outdoor grill and bar only a handful showed up, the rest had gone to one of the casinos, just two blocks up the road. Supper was taken by four of us at Mr. P’s Taphouse with outdoor seating and a four-piece band that we luckily sat off to their side.

Friday was much of the same scenario, temps at 58°, blue sky with a few high-altitude wisps. Snow was starting to turn to mashed potatoes, but very easy to carve and hold an edge without the noise. Plenty of shorts and tee shirts out today. We skied twelve runs today in four hours. The Après ski was at our pool/hot tub area with everyone bringing snacks and wine to share. We could not get a welcome party from the Inn, so they had placed something in everyone’s condo. Three of us went to the casino looking to eat at TGI Fridays, but the prices were out of this world, so we settled for seafood and salad from the service window of the Fire and Ice Bar.

Saturday, twenty-one of the group ventured off to Kirkwood via a previously rented bus to spend the day away from the weekend crowds at Heavenly. Our driver stayed at the resort having brought his own gear. It was 26° in the early morning with frost on all flat surfaces, gave way to 55° by mid-afternoon. More blue skies, mashed potatoes, no wind until mid-day, then real light. We skied thirteen runs on the face and in the bowl in four hours. Beautiful area with many tree runs and bumps, wide intermediate runs, and a designated beginner area. The lift lay out makes it quite easy to get from one area to another. The bowl is truly a three-hundred-degree curve with all sides accessible from one lift. It was not very crowded just like we had hoped for on a Saturday. The Après ski was at the Fire and Ice, with six of us eating at Applebee’s, seating is only at 35% indoor at all California locations.

Sunday, back at Heavenly most of the group just started on the California side and stayed there for the day, with light breezes, blue sky with high mare’s tail clouds, and temps at 58°, many more shorts and tank tops. A new twist, a few costumes of all sorts, Pokeman, Miss Piggy, Cheshire Cat, Kermit the Frog, two bananas, Sponge Bob, a chicken, ninja turtle, Pres. Nixon in a suit and face mask, bet he was hot. That evening the Après ski was in the pool area trying to get rid of all the remaining goodies. Five of us ventured off to Lusika Mexican outdoor patio and were immediate seated. We were well entertained by a three-piece band that took all types of request. We stayed to listen after eating and the patio had fire-pits and portable heaters spread around for the guest’s comfort.

A few observations and final remarks: Jumping from 600 feet to 6250 feet altitude is quite a bit of a change especially when walking 400 feet up hill from the gondola to the Inn after skiing all day. The lake as always a beautiful site and many shades of deep blue. Gas was $4.50 for regular, and all the locals like to cruise the strip back and forth, I know we saw and heard the same little BMW six times while eating outside Saturday evening. One of the wives did not ski she spent her time and money at the casinos. One elderly lady would fit right in with our ‘turtles’, she skied one run with her friends and then would ski to the Tamarac lodge to wait for us to come for lunch and then be in position to ride the gondola down. There were only two injuries: the first at Kirkwood, he did a face plant and knocked himself out. It was witnessed by a ski patroller on the lift, assistance arrived in two minutes, he was kept for two hours for observation. The second was the last run on Sunday at Heavenly, a bad wrenching of the left knee, but with icing and relaxing he felt much better on Monday, and was not limping at the airport. I had a great ski season with plenty of memories.

Until next year, keep ‘em pointed downhill! Jim Boisso




We have found a place to get t-shirts, sweatshirts etc! BIG FROG of Shorewood. at 1141 Brook Forest in Shorewood, right behind Portillos. They have numerous styles to choose from. Custom T-shirts shop for members to order shirts. Shirts can be purchased individually; from what they have in the store or they can also be ordered from a catalog. – we don't need a minimum order. They have our new logo on file – just go in and choose a shirt and decide where and how big you want the logo. Turn around time is usually 24 hours. Trot on over and see what you can find. Let's advertise our Club by wearing JSC shirts!




 This, That, and Whatever I Can Use to Fill the Space Below by Ron Dewey:

May has 2 club members that have a Birthday, so say Happy Birthday to them this month !!!

The deadline for the June newsletter is Saturday, May 22nd. 

On the Website there is a new area called "For Sale". Anyone can list things they want to sell. For details and information, on the website, place the curser over EVENTS, then find "!!!! For Sale !!!!" under Social Meetings. If your looking to buy you may find it there.


Non-Normal Schedule:

Due to the Pandemic:
Meeting will be held outdoors when possible, until farther notice.

Meeting locations will differ until farther notice.

Heroes West, 1530 Commerce Lane, Joliet, 
Close to the I-80 and Houbolt Road Exchange