October News Letter 2020


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Message From the President  by Nowell Newman


Note from the President: 

Everything is different now. I have mentioned this many times at the meetings and we are all aware of this. This is not something new any more so I think it is time to stop pointing this out. No one has said anything, I just feel it is time. I do want to share how my life has changed and if you want to I welcome others to do the same in future newsletters.
How my life has changed...
I work from home now, I also feel the pressure to do more and be more productive as others have been furloughed and more work has been put on my shoulders.
I do feel relief knowing that I can work from home and I am still working. I miss seeing my co-workers, I love my family but I do miss the camaraderie and idle chit chat with them. Plus I have been there for over 20 years. For the first 2 weeks of Covid, I did not leave my house. I do like not driving and having that extra time to get things done. Definitely have saved on gas. I did put on the Covid-19 10 pounds. Not ashamed to admit it. It happens. I have always had a very close circle of friends who I call family. Now that circle has gotten smaller, not because we aren't friends anymore, it's just because we have not seen each other. I miss them and I cannot wait to see them again.
We redid some of the kitchen - Mike did an awesome job. Give him an elbow bump next time you see him. Grace is schooling at home - I really was kidding last year when I was teasing her I was going to have her home schooled. Our time together as a family and even just for me and Mike has been better. Less hectic, better quality and much enjoyed.
Even though this has been a big change it has been somewhat a good change for us.

One more thing: The Will County restriction on indoor seating has been lifted. It was supposed to be lifted a week before our last meeting but was extended a week and we missed the final lift by 1 day. Hopefully no further restriction will be implemented. I do apologize that the last meeting was not in the private room but the private room was considered indoor. It did turn out nice as after everyone was finished eating we went to the open outside patio space and had our meeting. It was a little chilly but we kept it quick. We had a guest, Paul,who was our first recipient of a drink on us. Our next meeting is on 10/15/2020, @7PM. Halloween month. I want you to wear a Halloween theme shirt or costume. We will be taking a responsible spaced group picture with masks of course. As always, if you are not comfortable with being at a meeting please do not feel obligated to come. Your safety is a priority and only you know how safe you feel. 

Next meeting at Heroes West on 10/15/2020,  @ 7pm in their private room. Looking forward to seeing everyone.

 As always stay safe all, Your pres, Noelle.




Social Events by Annette Ruffner

The beauty of fall will soon be here. Hope you can enjoy some fun fall activities, like pumpkin carving, fire pits, with your favorite beverage, decorating, and yummy caramel apples!
Being the social director, I sure wish I had something to plan, but it just isn’t happening. So here is another funny!

I was in the public toilets and had just sat down.
A voice from the next cubicle said, “Hi, how are you?”
Embarrassed, I said, “I’m doing fine.”
The voice said, “So what are you up to?”
I said, “Just doing the same as you, sitting here!”
From next door, “Can I come over?”
Annoyed, I said, “I’m rather busy right now.”
The voice said, “Listen, I will have to call you back, there’s an idiot next door answering all my questions.”

Wishing Dee a speedy recovery! Take care , stay safe! 🎃

!!! Wishing you all safe and healthy days ahead !!!

 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 November Newsletter is Thursday, October 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 Notes !!!


New meeting Place!!!
The next meeting will be held at a new venue: Heroes West, 1530 Commerce Lane, Joliet, close to theI-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.

Change to the BylawsThe amendment proposed to allow for electronic meetings when it is not possible to meet in person, passed at our meeting on September 17. 


There is a new membership Application. One change is for those that are renewing their membership, and none of their information has changed in the last year. If that is the case, all you have to do is check the box above the name line and fill in the lines marked with the three asterisks(***). There is also an additional check box at the bottom for media permission. An application can be found attached to the e-mail this newsletter was attached to. If you receive your newsletter by USPS mail an application form should be included. Renew Now! If you do not renew by the time the November newsletter is ready to send, this will be your last newsletter until you pay tour dues.

****Important*** 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 on line. Check online before you go.

Your Editor, Ron



Welch Village Trip by Andrew Chemer

The Welch Village Trip will be January 8-10th. The Super 8 in Red Wing is holding a block of rooms for us, and we'll be buying advanced lift tickets during the sale. Welch will be a DRIVE UP trip (covid). Members are encouraged to carpool/caravan however they feel comfortable. This also means that those that do not wish to drive at night can head up Friday morning/early afternoon. Sign- ups for this trip will begin at the September general meeting. A deposit will be required for each person that is signed-up.


It’s that time of year again and our first weekend trip to start the season off is a favorite for us all!
The latest word is that Welch Village will be open, the continental breakfast is still offered, and the bowling alley will be open. This is a drive-up trip. Leave at your own convenience on Friday. ((See the note****Important*** About ski trips this year.))
You are on your own for Lift Tickets. Welch Village is not offering group rates this year. There will be a sale on CYBER MONDAY starting at 12:01 am at the lowest rate possible. If you do not have internet access feel free to contact me: Andrew Chemers, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will purchase them for you.
Rentals and lesson information available upon request or visit: http://www.welchvillage.com/.

  • Rentals are not available online yet, as Welch is still figuring out how they are going to offer them.
  • 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 with restaurants within walking distance or order in. Liberty Restaurant has a shuttle for transportation to/from. All are good eats.
  • There is Bowling across the street and Saturday game night.

Club price is $90/person based on double occupancy in the hotel room. THIS COST ONLY COVERS THE HOTEL ROOM

Scheduled payments:
Initial deposit at sign up $50
Balance due November 19 $40 (trip will be closed by December 8)
See the note at the top of page 4 about payments.
Trip must be paid in full one month prior to departure.

Your trip leader, Andrew Chemers, contact at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



!!! Please Check Details !!!

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

Windy City Ski Show: The show scheduled for September 25-27, 2020. has been canceled. The next show is scheduled for September 24-26, 2021.

Here is the upcoming trip 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 2021 CMSC European Trip will be to Val d'Isere France and Barcelona Spain Jan 22-Feb 2, 2021

  • Includes round trip air, ground transfers in Europe, three star lodging with breakfast and dinner in Val d’Isere, three star lodging with breakfast in Barcelona, and medical insurance. The price is $3099.
  • Chicago Week 2021 will be to Mammoth Feb 27-Mar 6 2021 Jim Boisso is coordinating this trip for the club. See below for details.
  • Spring Fling will be South Lake Tahoe April 7-12 2021 Includes round trip air, ground transfers from/to Reno, five nights lodging with hot breakfast, three or four day lift ticket (Epic Pass accepted). The price is $1189. Discount available with three day lift ticket or Epic Pass.
  • The 2021 Trip Seminar: May 15, 2021.
  • For 2022:Telluride for Chicago Week 2022 Feb 26-Mar 5 2022. Something to think about.

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



Chicago Week Trip 2021

February 27 to March 6, 2021



Seven nights lodging in hotel or condo properties, Roundtrip Air, & Bus, Five-day lift ticket, sixth available
Welcome Reception, Two Après Ski Parties, Mountain Tours, Mountain Lunch NASTAR Race, Pub Crawl, Dinner Banquet, and CMSC Credentials  Also Available Options Travel Insurance

JUNIPER SPRINGS CONDOS ski in/ out right next to Eagle Lodge and 6 pack lift, ski school, rentals. Condo will require 4 or 6 persons per unit, on bus route to town and other parts of mountain. Two outdoor pools, six hot tubs, full kitchen, laundry on site, fitness center.

MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN INN walking distance to Panorama Gondola, chair 1 and 11. Restaurant on site with bar, heated outdoor pool and two hot tubs, plus one indoor tub. General store onsite, fitness center. On bus route, short walk to Main Lodge, cafeteria, and Yodler Diner.

MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN is 7,953 above sea level at base, 11,053 at top. 3,500 skiable acres, 151 trails – 25% green, 40% blue, 20% black, 15% double-black, 3 gondolas, 23 chairs ( 11 high speed ) 400 average inches of snow. Yes, we got 95 inches of that amount on our last trip!

Covid19 / Pandemic cancellation policies to follow when received.
Final date to cancel with no penalties 1 November 2020.

  1. Price per adult ( 64 or less ) at Mammoth Mountain Inn $2005, 
  2. Price per adult ( 65-79 ) at Mammoth Mountain Inn $1920.
  3. Price for adult with IKON Pass $ 1650, IKON & own transport $1150. 

Payment Schedule:

  1. Deposit $ 400 puts you on list
  2. Second Payment $ 400 due September 17, 2020
  3. Third Payment $ 400 due October 15, 2020
  4. Fourth Payment $ 400 due November 19, 2020
  5. Balance $$ due December 17, 2020

Make Checks out to Joliet Ski Club
Trip Coordinator with CMSC: Jim Boisso, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Information on other CMSC trips to publish in future newsletters



 Jeannie Conway of the Powder Dogs Ski Club by: Barb Westphal

has given the OK for us to announce this Breckenridge 2021 trip to our club.

January 21, to January 26, 2021   $1350/ per person.    28 Spots Available

Folks would have to join their club for a $30 membership.

All questions pertaining to the trip should be referred to:
Jeannie Conway (Trip Leader, Powder Dogs Ski Club) Phone: 847-989-8137
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Piccadilly Ski Club is offering some trips.
Here are two trips being offered .

If interested tell them you are a member of the Joliet Ski Club.

Kicking Horse/Revelstoke, Canada: 1/16 - 1/23/21, $1950.
Trip Leader: Mike Roche, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or cell (630) 465-3194.

Steamboat, CO: 2/6 - 2/13/21, $1624.
Trip Leader: Cheri Tanner, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or cell (630) 567-6074.
Check out their website at www.piccadillyskiclub.com.



Club Member's Notes !!! 

This from Jim Boisso

Couple of tidbits for you:

  • Breckenridge is installing heated Yurts for more seating of guests.
  • Squaw Valley is going to change their name, but have not come up with final decision.
  • Big Squaw Mountain Resort in Greenville Maine has changed the mountain name to Big Moose Mountain, but will keep the resort as Big Squaw.
  • The amendment proposed to allow for electronic meetings when it is not possible to meet in person, passed at our meeting on September 17.   

A few thoughts about skiing by from Jim Boisso

Skiing is a dance and the mountain always leads. If you don't do it this year you'll be one year older when you finally do. Skis are not just pieces of wood, steel and fiberglass. They are tools for escape, a medium for personal expression, a way to challenge fears, push limits, find solitude, and share incredible experiences with friends! You can't buy happiness .... but you can buy a lift pass. 

Let's go Skiing by Andrew Chemer

 I am looking to split the cost of gas on non-club trips this season. My hit list includes two trips to Brule, a couple trips to the Boynes, and hoping Lutsen and/or Mt. Bohemia. My typical trip looks like this: leave after work on Friday, ski all day Saturday, ski most of the day Sunday, leave hill, home late Sunday night. Due to the distance of Lutsen or Bohemia, I would probably add a day and either leave Thursday night or come home on Monday. I am also looking to do a week out west in March. I am thinking Big Sky or Jackson Hole. I could very easily be persuaded to do Steamboat or Deer Valley, however. This is ski bumming at its finest. Parking lot slumming, but with heat, running water, a kitchen, and one of the multiple beds. More luxurious than you are thinking. Truly skiing on the cheap. I get about 10mpg (you do the math), burn about $15 in propane for a weekend, and bring all my own food/drinks. I don't care what you do though. My "guests" are eligible for 25% window rate lift tickets at Ikon resorts. I take all possible Covid precautions and will continue to do so as long as recommended. First chair up, ski in - ski out accommodations. Can't be beat! First pic is from Boyne Mountain last season, literally "out my back door." Second pic is somewhere in Colorado. Email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you know ANYONE, non-club member included, that could potentially be interested, please forward my contact info along.

Trip Leader:  Andrew C.



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 November newsletter is Thursday, October 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