November News Letter 2019



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Message From the President  by Nowell Newman


Change in the meeting day for November!

The Meeting will be Thursday, November 7 at 7 PM.
We will return to the third Thursday of the month in December.


Note from the President: 
The cold has set in, people are signing up for trips, are you going?

Thanksgiving is this month and we all have things to be thankful for. Share this time with family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

 Your pres, Noelle.



Social Events by Annette Ruffner


Happy Fall !!!

The calendar says it’s fall, but not feeling like it. Yet, ski season is just around the corner.

There will be no Meet and Eat this month.

November Events:
GAME NIGHT will be Saturday, November 2nd, at 4:00pm at the Ruffner’s, in Morris. Pulled Pork sandwiches will be served. Bring a snack or dish to pass, and as always BYOB. RSVP to me, either by text or call. Let me know what you are bringing. We always have a good time!

CHICAGO WOLVES GAME is Saturday November 16th at Allstate Arena at 7:00 pm. They are playing the Iowa WildthingsTickets are $21.00 each, and you get a knit hat! If we want to sit together, I will have to buy the tickets all at the same time, or we will be mixed with other ski clubs. PARKING is $15.00 per car, so it would be good to car pool.

So... I will need to know who wants to go by the meeting on the 7th. Contact me, text or call, leave message if no answer.
PS. Our home phone will be disconnected. All done with the tellamarketers.  HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL !!!

At our October Ski Club meeting, we celebrated a momentous occasion, the Golden Wedding Anniversary of a very special couple, John & Annette Ruffner. Wow, 1/2 century of wedded bliss! Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary. 

Future events:

I’m looking at a couple December events. The Rialto is having the luncheon again on Tuesday, December 3rd at 11:00 am. It’s $15.00, a box lunch, then singing by high school kids and the organist plays Christmas songs on the Barton Grand organ. It’s a nice time. If interested, let me know, I will reserve seats. Call or text, leave message.
For our Christmas dinner and outing, Martina McBride will be at the Rialto with her Christmas show on Friday December 20th. Balcony seats are $44.50, and they are good seats. I can reserve through the Rialto and not pay the extra for ticket master. More on this later.

Social director,   Annette R.


 Have fun, Be safe, and Enjoy!!!    




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 December Newsletter is Friday, November 22.

 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. 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 Note !!!

The European trip ($2167) to Grindelwald, Switzerland. This trip is January 31 to February 8, 2020. There is an optional extension ($478) to Athens, Greece, February 8 to 11, 2020. Next, the Chicago Week to Whitefish, Montana, Lastly, is the Spring fling 2020 trip ($1190) to South Lake Tahoe, California, April 5 to 11, 2020. In 2021, the CMSC Chicago Week will be to Mammoth, California. Details for all CMSC Events and Trips can be found on the CMSC website, .




Welch Village Weekend Ski trip by Jim & Salle Rorie

January 3-5, 2020--Welch Village Ski & Snowboard Area – Red Wing, MN

It’s that time of year again and our first weekend trip to start the season off is a favorite for us all!

30 skiers have already signed-up for this trip at the July Meeting.

A few spots are still available for this trip.

This trip is closed. See the August Newsletter or the website for more details on this trip.
In addition to the 30 advanced tickets already purchased at $35 each in July, we have enough people going to qualify as a group (15 more people)! The group ticket rate is $40 each so the cost increases to $310/per person for the weekend, (for the skiers #31-45), and you will NOT need to purchase your own lift tickets, we will purchase them as a group. Also, we have 24 people needing rentals so again, we meet the criteria for the group rate of $25/person/per day. If you plan to rent skis or a snowboard, please include the $50 cost with your payment to Joliet Ski Club as we will purchase them in total as a group. 

NEW this year: the liability release forms MUST be done on-line. Welch has given us a hyperlink for our club, click here: Daily Release Agreement  and each person MUST complete the liability release form ONCE for the entire ski season before you can receive your lift ticket. If you do not have access to the internet, please come to the December 19th meeting as we will have a lap top available and walk you through the process. Any questions, please call Jim or Salle Rorie.
Also attached to the e-mail with this newsletter newsletter is the menu selection sheet for the Friday night dinner on the bus. If you do not complete this or contact us, you will receive a plain hamburger with fries. Again, if you can’t make it to a meeting, give us a call with your menu selection. Leave a message with your name and selection if we are unavailable.
Trip must be paid in full one month prior to departure.

Your Welch trip leaders, Jim & Salle Rorie

Your trip begins:

6PM Friday night, bus departs from Knights of Columbus @ Infantry Drive on Lamers coach. Box dinner catered by Doing Thyme through K of C. Meal options will be available later. Water furnished on bus, all other beverages are BYOB.
Two days of lift tickets (included for the first 30 skiers; after 30 skiers, price will be $70 less and tickets will need to be purchased on-line on your own for best pricing).
Rentals and lesson information available upon request or visit: Rentals will not be at a group rate unless we have 15 or more rentals. Please note that they do have a lift ticket/rental/lesson package that may work better for you and you can pre-register for a discount as well.
Lodging is at the Super 8 in Red Wing, MN (651-388-0491). Indoor pool and hot tub available 24hrs a day.
Saturday and Sunday continental breakfast available starting @ 6AM. Saturday dinner is on your own – restaurants within walking distance or order in. Liberty Restaurant has a shuttle for transportation to/from. All are good eats. Bowling available across the street. Saturday game night.
Trip pricing is based on 30 seats. We have pre-purchased 30 lift tickets at a discounted price of $35 per day. This is a cheaper rate than the group rate offered by Welch.Club prices are:

Skiers 1-30: Adult $300 / Child $220 staying with 2 adults in their room.

Skiers 31+ and non-skier: Adult $230 / Child $150 staying with 2 adults in their room. This DOES NOT include lift tickets. You have the option to pre-purchase your own discounted lift tickets online through (The lift tickets will not be $35/day but will be cheaper than purchasing them at the resort ticket window; the sooner you purchase, the better. Ticket window pricing is $60, ages 13-61; Age 5-12 and senior $50.)

This trip will be closed at 45 persons or one month prior to the trip: December 3rd.

Scheduled payments:

Initial deposit at sign up       $50/person

Balance due November 7th $250/person ($180 without lift tickets)

Payments 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 trip name on the memo line. One trip per check. Payment may include all in your party.

Trip must be paid in full one month prior to departure.

Your Welch trip leaders, Jim & Salle Rorie.




Chestnut Mountain Day/Night Trip by Skylar Newman

February 29, to March 1, 2020 - Chestnut Mountain - Galena,IL


Your trip begins:

Bus Loading time: 11:15AM.  12PM Saturday noon, bus departs from Knights of Columbus @ Infantry Drive on Lamers coach. No lunch on bus or bring your own.
Water furnished on bus, all other beverages are BYOB.
Lodging at Best Western Designer Inn & Suites, 9923 W Hwy 20, Galena, IL (815-777-2577).
We should arrive by 3PM. Check-in is at 3PM. The hotel is 15 minutes from Chestnut Mountain. Pool/hot tub/elevator available. Basic continental breakfast w/waffle maker.
Saturday dinner is on your own – Restaurant right outside hotel, Frank O’Dowds Irish Pub & Grill. I did not check on local delivery options.
1-day lift ticket for Sunday March 1st.
Bus departs 4/4:30PM on Sunday from Chestnut Mountain to Joliet, IL. Should arrive by 7/7:30PM.

Club Price:

(Non-member’s add $10 to price):              If 25 skiers
Adult (2 adults per room)                              $220.00
Child 12 and under w/2 adults in room         $160.00

(Non-member’s add $10 to price):            If only 20 skiers
Adult (2 adults per room)                             $240.00
Child 12 and under w/2 adults in room        $180.00

If you will be doing rentals the price for your lift + rental will be priced at $70. If you need lessons anyone who gets rentals will have a free lesson.

Scheduled payments:
  Initial deposit at sign up $50,    October 17, 2019 $100
  Balance due December 19, 2019 (or December meeting)    TRIP WILL CLOSE January 28, 2020

Trip must be paid in full one month prior to departure.

Your Chestnut Mtn, trip leader. Skylar Newman.




Joliet Ski Club Banff, Canada Trip  by Sherry Lepacik
February 1 to February 8, 2020
This is a Saturday to Saturday trip.

You need a valid passport, with six months remaining after your return date, to go on this trip. If you need to apply for or renew your passport you can find information at

The Trip price includes:
Round trip Airfare from Chicago to Calgary, Ground transfers (bus from Calgary to Banff), 7 nights hotel stay at the Ptarmigan Inn ( Buffet breakfast daily
5 day lift tickets good at Lake Louise, Sunshine, and Mt. Norquay Shuttle buses to all ski resorts.

Check out the hotel website. Our hotel has a bar and restaurant as well as other amenities. One of the best is that the shuttle buses to the resorts pick up at the front door of the hotel.
There are plenty of restaurants and shops of all types in Banff, and our hotel is located within walking distance to most of them. The town of Banff in general is very walkable. The US Dollar is strong against the Canadian dollar. So it should be economically a good time.
There is also plenty of things to do if you do not feel or do not plan on skiing. Sleigh Rides, Outdoor Hot Springs, High Tea at the Chateau Lake Louise, sightseeing Helicopter rides, hiking, shopping, dog sledding, or just being on vacation.

Trip Prices (based on double occupancy):
Adult $1,450.00 Senior $1,410.00, A $100 deposit holds a spot. Balance due by January 1, 2020
The trip has 20 spots. With 11 already signed up. Please do not delay. As the trip gets closer we will talk about Limos to/from O’Hare Airport.

Payments are taken at all meetings, or can be mailed to PO Box 2542, Joliet, IL 60434-2542.

Checks made payable to Joliet Ski Club. Note trip name on the memo line. One trip per check. Payment may include all in your party.

Your Baniff trip leader, Sherry Lepacik




CMSC Chicago Week 2020 Whitefish, Montana  by Jim Boisso
Whitefish Mountain resort February 29 to March 7, 2020


Whitefish welcomes skiers and riders who are seeking a mountain that is beautiful, affordable, any\d yet is not crowded. Rising above the town of Whitefish, Whitefish mountain resort charms its guests with a friendly fun-loving vibe, variety of terrain, and virtually no lift lines. This is the quintessential skier’s mountain averaging more than 300 inches of snow annually on 3,000 acres of bowls, chutes, glades, and groomed runs on all aspects.

Mountain facts and information:
Summit: 6,817 feet (with breathtaking views of Glacier National Park!) Base: 4,464 feet
Vertical drop: 2,353 feet
Town of Whitefish: 3,036 feet
Annual snowfall (5 year average): 333 inches or almost 28 feet
Longest run: Hellfire, 3.3 miles
Trail classification and percent of each: Easier 12%
Intermediate 38%
Difficult 44%
Most Difficult 6% (use extra caution!)
Terrain Parks: 4 (plus a skier cross/boarder cross course)
Lift system:
3 High-speed Quad Chair lifts 2 Quad Chair lifts
7 Triple Chair lifts
2 T-bars
1 Carpet conveyor
On the average ski day the ratio of skiers to acres is an amazing 1:1.
The average high and low winter temperatures are 32°F and 17°F.
Whitefish Mountain Resort offers skiing for everyone on its 3,000 skiable acres. From its bowls and tree runs to the 50 miles of groomed trials that are done each night. Also, for those that want it there is night skiing on Friday and Saturday.
For Après ski, dining, and more, there are more than 56 restaurants and bars, three breweries and distilleries, 14 art galleries, and over 45 retail stores. Enough to keep anyone busy when they are not on the mountain. (Editor’s note: This is one of my favorite places to ski, just amazing.)

The Trip includes:

Seven night lodging at the Firebrand Hotel
Roundtrip airfare and Whitefish ground transportation.
Five day lift ticket and mountain tours
Welcome Reception
Mountain lunch
Nastar race
Pub Crawl
Two Aprés ski parties
Banquet dinner with music and dancing
Your personal CMSC credential that gets you into all of these activities

About the lodging:
The Firebrand Hotel is located in downtown Whitefish. You sleep at 3,000 feet elevation. There is a hot tub on the roof, a fitness room, full bar, WIFI, live music, onsite dinning, hotel shuttle, and onsite ski storage (also available on hill at the base lodge for a fee). The rooms are luxurious with large bathrooms and daily maid service. The hotel is 1 1/2 blocks from the town snow shuttle, and within 4 blocks of most downtown restaurants and stores.

Trip Prices (based on double occupancy):

Adult (under 65)      $1904.00

Senior (65-69)         $1871.00

Super Senior (70+)  $1662.00

Non-skier                 $1662.00

Payment Schedule:

Deposit at sign-up   $50.00
August 15                $450.00
September 19         $450.00
October 17              $450.00
November 21          Balance due ($504.00, $471.00, or $262.00)
No penalty cancellation date is November 1, 2019.

Make all checks payable to the “Joliet Ski Cub” with the trip name on the memo line.

Trip coordinator:
Contact: Jim Boisso ,   E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




For Sale!

Rhoda Schirmer has a large selection of ski apparel and equipment for sale. She has gloves, mittens, ski jackets, long underwear, helmets, skis, ski boots, poles, etc.

If you are interested give her a call 815 254-6278.

Ski equipment from Teri Carlson. Contact her at 815-741-3819 for pricing. Men’s boots; boot warmer, ski bag, pants and one knee brace.

Norm’s ski’s have been sold and will be put to good use in the future! Go to the club website (click address at the top of the page) to see pictures of the items For Sale.

From Noelle Newman: Any collected hotel toiletries that you are not using or have collected and don't want, can be given to Noelle to be given to the Daybreak Shelter in Joliet.  




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:

October has 4 club members that have a Birthday, so say Happy Birthday to them this month !!!

The deadline for the December newsletter is Friday, November 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.


Normal Schedule:
Knights of Columbus on Infantry Drive south of Jefferson Street in Joliet at 7PM