March News Letter 2020


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Message From the President  by Nowell Newman


Note from the President: 

St. Patty's Day, March Madness, Spring and unfortunately the winding down of ski season is what March brings to us. Banff was wonderful. I hope every one else had a great ski season as well. It was good to see Deb, Jeff, Queenie and my dad back out there.

 Your pres, Noelle.



Social Events by Annette Ruffner


Hello from sunny Arizona. Hope everyone is enjoying their ski trips.
We saw on TV that they were skiing at Arizona Snowbowl, up by Flagstaff, but our fun is on the golf course.
I found another poem for you to enjoy.
I’m very good at skiing, I have a kind of a knack
For I can do it front ways And also on my back,
And when I reach the bottom I give a sudden flop
And dig myself in sideways And that’s how I stop. 

 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 April Newsletter is Sunday, March 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 !!!

CMSC trips planned. South Lake Tahoe, California, April 5 to 11, 2020.

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, .

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:




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

 Closed - No Report Yet!!!

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.

Hello Fellow Skiers from Rapid City, SD. I learned about two months that there is a ski hill in this area. It is called Terry Peak, just a short drive from here, tomorrow will be my first attempt.

I started this years' Ski Safari in the Northern part of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan and skied in the Boyne Country which gave me Nubs Knob, Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands. All the ski areas had at least a 40 inch base and were getting two to three inches of snow during the day. Temps were high 20's to mid 30's, a great way to start the ski trip.

While driving up I didn't see much snow cover from the hi-way until Cadillac. There was an earlier snow fall off the lake so it really piled up in the towns. Luckily, the roads were all clear when I came thru, except for the parking lots. When it was time to continue my travels I went further north up over the Big Mac bridge get into the UP. The weather going over the bridge was misty and wet and fog so dense you couldn't see one end to the other, thankfully the were no high winds.

Immediately when on ground again there was much more snow to see all the way west to the Rapid River area, up to Ishpeming and my cabin in the woods. Lots and lots of snow piled as high as the payloader can push it, street corners are treated with extra caution. I Skied Ski Brule the first and last days and Marquette Mt, I tried Pine Mt near Iron Mountain, but it was closed in preparation the ski jumping competition coming soon.

I then moved to the Ironwood area for skiing at Powder Mountain, Indianhead and Whitecap. Lift tickets prices are good for us seniors, and the IKON pass is good at Boyne. Two places were free so far.

Just to let the ladies know the shops were open and yes I did look around, but I know it was not as complete as the Turtles would do. I also looked at the ski jump at Copper peak, it too was closed.

The weather started to change on the last day. As I left Ironwood the snow and temps were falling, and there were blizzard warnings further out west into Minnesota and the Dakotas. That's where I was headed, so I waited an extra day, then drove to Fargo, ND after the storm passed, and then on to Rapid City, SD where I just arrived. The snow storm hit all across MN and ND but as I traveled south the snow thinned out.

Tomorrow I will be skiing and then some touristy type of stuff. Then on to Bozeman, MT before meeting CMSC and Joliet at Whitefish.
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:

March has 3 club members that have a Birthday, so say Happy Birthday to them this month !!!

The deadline for the March newsletter is Sunday, March 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.


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