February News Letter 2020


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Message From the President  by Nowell Newman


Note from the President: 

Skiing is underway and Valentine's day is approaching. Welch was a great trip. So wonderful to see the family groups on at  Welch. The little ones have me feeling hopeful for the ski future.
We are in need of two board members and one non-board member to volunteer for the nomination committee, unless anyone wants to volunteer up front for the open positions. We only need a treasurer and weekend trip leader. The club cannot run without a treasurer.

 Your pres, Noelle.



Social Events by Annette Ruffner


It’s finally here! Ski your booty’s off, and have a great time!!
I wish you all a wonderful holiday with family and friends.

❄ ASnowpoem❄
I made myself a snowball
As perfect as could be
I thought I’d keep it as a pet, And let it sleep with me
I made it some pajamas,
And a pillow for its head, Then last night it ran away,
But first-it wet the bed!

Happy New Year 🎉 Annette...

Have fun, Be safe, and Enjoy!!!  


 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 March Newsletter is Thursday, Febuary 21.

 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 !!!


CMSC trips planned. First, the European trip leaves January 31. 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. Details for all CMSC Events and Trips can be found on the CMSC website, www.skicmsc.com

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, www.skicmsc.com .

 For Joliet Ski Club Members not going on the Banff Trip: The TRAVEL & ADVENTURE SHOW is February 8 – 9, 2020 at Donald Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont. CMSC will have a booth there

CMSC has two baseball outing planned. the first is to St. Louis to a Cubs Cardinal game and the second to a White Sox game in Chicago.

The Cubs Trip: CMSC “hit one out of the park” with the 2020 baseball trip July 25 – 26, 2020. We will be going to Busch Stadium in St. Louis for an afternoon game between the Cubs and the Cardinals. This will not be your normal day at the ballpark as we will be hanging out in the all-inclusive “Party Suite” (skybox) in the 200 level with food and drink included. Cost: $413.00 / person

We will be leaving from Suburbanite Bowl in Downers Grove via motor coach on Saturday morning (about 7:30am) and should be arriving in St. Louis in the early afternoon. You will have the afternoon and evening to explore the Ballpark Village or other sights and attractions in downtown St. Louis.

We will be staying Saturday night at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, located about 1 block from the ballpark village and 2 blocks from the ballpark.

It’s a 1:15pm “First Pitch” on Sunday afternoon. Ballpark gates open at 11:15am which is when food and drink open in our “Party Suite”. We will have 4.5 hours of open bar and 3.5 hours of buffet. We will depart St. Louis after the game (around 5:00pm) and planning to be back in Chicago around 10:30pm Sunday night.
This is open to sign-ups by CMSC clubs or by individual members of clubs. Space is very limited to the capacity of the “Party Suite” and is on a first come, first served basis. Cost includes bus transportation, hotel room (double occupancy) and “Party Suite” ticket.

A $200/person deposit is due for sign-up. Final payment of $213/ person is due on or before Saturday, May 16, 2020 (Trip Seminar). As of January 19, 22 of 45 seats are filled.
Contact Kevin to sign-up or ask questions.
Phone: 708-906-9517 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The White Sox Game: Come join fellow CMSC Clubs to see the Chicago White Sox take on the Kansas City Royals on Saturday September 19, 2020. We will meet at 4:00 pm for a Tailgate party. There will be burgers, hot dogs, brats, soft drinks and water provided. BYOB. The game is at 6:10. The seats are in the left field bleachers. All this for $24.00.
Contact Mike Thomas for tickets: 630-640-5989 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
More from CMSC: The CMSC Trip Seminar will be Saturday, May 16, 2020 at the Sheraton Chicago O’Hare Airport Hotel in Rosemont.
CMSC PICNIC will be Saturday, August 29, 2020.
CHICAGO WEEK 2021 at Mammoth Mountain is February 27 to March 6, 2021
Check out the CMSC website: www.skicmsc.com


Report from Ron D. "Skiing Wilmot Mountain"

Jim Boisso and Ron Dewey skied Wilmot Mountain on Wednesday, January 22. There were maybe 10 cars in the parking lot when we got there a little after 10 am when they opened. I have an Epic pass which is good at Wilmot and Jim bought a senior ticket for $50 after I found out my “ski with a friend” discount would have cost him $51 (no senior discount). There were no lift lines which gave us little rest between runs. We skied 2 hours before stopping to eat lunch. After lunch we skied until almost 4 pm when the slopes started to get more skiers. They have night skiing until 9 pm. We skied between 30 and 40 runs and were satisfied with our day. All in all a good day and it gave me a chance to try out my new boots that were a big improvement over my old boots. Remember it is not the mountain, but the skier that makes the day. Ron Dewey



Welch Village Weekend Ski trip Report by Jim & Salle Rorie

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


Our trip to Welch Village this year was a great one! We had perfect weather around the freezing mark and most importantly no one was seriously injured. Everyone seemed to have a great time. Queenie had a great weekend on her two new knees, and Ron was back on his skis this year after ending his ski season early last year when he injured his knee in a fall. Deb Hylek got back on her horse after falling and seriously injuring herself three years ago at Welch. In fact, she was channeling Norm’s spirit by using the skis he left behind when he passed! Jack Warner reports that he fell off the horse, but was not seriously injured and still had fun. Oh, the kids! We had lots of kids with us this trip and every one of them enjoyed the snow.
Barb Westphal’s sons Scott & Steve, and her grandkids both reported having a wonderful time and can’t wait for next year! Ruth Ann’s grandsons Matthew and Jacob said they both knew they would like it, but they didn’t know how much they would REALLY LIKE IT and asked grandma if they can go again next year thanks to Sherry for helping them around the
hill to inspire their love of skiing! The Newmans had a great time and the entire bus enjoyed singing Happy Birthday to Noelle. Dee’s family all enjoyed the trip as well. Our newest members, Jim Capparelli and Kris Mokrzycki skipped the skiing the second day and spent the day exploring the town of Red Wing. Good to know that there are so many interesting things to see!

Thank you all for being a great group and making our jobs easy!

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

!!! This Trip is Cancelled !!!...

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 https://travel.state.gov.

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 (https://banffptarmiganinn.com) 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.



Travel Report: with Rich C.

I will be starting my Ski Safari 2020 on the east side of Lake Michigan in the Boyne Mt/Highlands area, cross over Big Mac to see what is happening in the UP. After that I have some serious days of driving to get to Western MT before I can get my skies back on.
I've made my own little pamphlet off the computer piecing together info of the map of the state, add the ski areas, nearby cities for lodging and anything touristy along the way. This is new, before I was on the fly with certain destinations determined by the ski club, the weather and friends' homes using my memory and a road atlas. This way I will be able to remember this trip in my old age. Guess I'll reminisce about past ski trips and the people who were on them and the fun we had on and off the hill.
Sometimes it was a challenge even getting there. Like Crested Butte, this is one of my special top 5 to date. A blizzard closed the Chicago airport and the roads while we were waiting to take off. The airlines put us up in a motel down the street because we were from out of town. Two days later we finally got there and they were still digging out of the same storm system that hit us back at O'Hare.
With four of us going Whitefish; Dee, Ruth Ann, Pat and I don't know how adventurous we will be. Haven't skied with Pat for a long long time! I know the ladies are in the Turtle Gang, so we will be staying on the blue runs or in the lodge, heh heh. Rich Czimer...




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:

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

The deadline for the March newsletter is Thrusday, February 21st. 

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