October News Letter 2019



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Message From the President  by Nowell Newman


Note from the President

We had a productive kick off meeting on September 19th. I cannot wait for the ski trips to start. I am especially excited as my pass port arrived over the weekend and it looks like Banff is a reality for the Newman family. Let us not forget Welch Village and Chestnut Mountain.
One more thing, we are looking for ideas on how to boost the membership. Brent, Skylar, Paul and I along with our newest member Andrew are going to delve into this starting in October. What are your thoughts? Now is the time as a member of this club to let your voice be heard. Reach out to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All ideas will be considered.

 Your pres, Noelle.



Social Events by Annette Ruffner


October is about to arrive!!!

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

Past events:

The Meet and Eat at Backroads restaurant was really good. It’s a nice place to eat.
The Chicago Blues Angeles band at the Joliet museum on the 13th were really good. It’s such a nice place to go for an evening. Check it out next summer. The museum itself, is very well done.

 October events:

The Meet and Eat will be at Cemeno’s at 1630 Essington, on Thursday the 3rd at 6:00.
The tickets for the Christmas show, Martina McBride, and luncheon have been purchased. I will take payment for your tickets at the October meeting, if you have not paid. I think this will be a great show.
Thinking about a game night in October. Anyone interested in hosting?? If not, we will. It’s always a good time, with great friendship and good food. We will let everyone know by e-mail or a phone call as to the exact details.

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 November Newsletter is Tuesday, 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 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, www.skicmsc.com .




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.

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: http://www.welchvillage.com/. 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 http://www.welchvillage.com/. (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 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.



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 November newsletter is Tuesday, 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.


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