January News Letter 2021


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!!! Happy New Year !!!

Message From the President  by Nowell Newman


Note from the President: 

December's non-formal meeting was by Zoom. To be expected there were a few hiccups. It was good connecting with those that came. We did talk about skiing, what we have heard about skiing, what our plans are and how we have been doing. Most were at home, but Deb and Jack were in their car, and Barb and Barry had their Christmas sweaters and antlers on. This reminded me of how our meeting shave changed. New meeting space when we can be in person, Zoom when we cannot. Remember to connect whether in person or by another means. Connection is good forus. It is the soul of our being to have human connection. I hope the holiday season was good for you all, and hope to see everyone soon!

 As always stay safe all, Your pres, Noelle.




Social Events by Annette Ruffner 

No Report This Month...

Here we are at the end of 2020. I sure hope we can start doing some social events this next year, and that places will offer things to do.

!!! We wish you all happy holidays, and a better new year. !!!

 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 February Newsletter is Friday, January 22nd.

 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. The payment schedule is determined by the trip leader. 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 !!!


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.   

***If you do plan on going skiing on your own for a day, and would like to met up with other ski club members at the ski area, or otherwise, you can send an email a few days ahead of time to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will forward it to the membership. Include all the pertinent information. You can include contact information or have them reply to me and I can reply back to you. Whatever you are comfortable with. Any member that does not want to receive these emails can opt out at the same email address. Editor

Email Addresses
If you change your email address, please let me know your new address ASAP. This will insure that you will not miss any important news blasts or newsletters. Also, this last month I noticed that a member’s email address was suddenly missing from the email group. I am not sure how this happened. So, if you do not receive your newsletter by the 1st of the month or a meeting reminder notice before the meeting email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let me know. Editor

Update on the Ski Club meeting. We will be e-mailed as soon as details are known, it is more than likely our next meetings will be electronic meetings. Zoom may be how we will be seeing each other next. Again when more is known it will be communicated to you through an e-mail. Below are some in person guidelines for your consideration. 

New meeting Place!!!
Meetings are now held ((( On-Line Zoom))) at a new venue: Heroes West, 1530 Commerce Lane, Joliet, close to the I-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.

Good guidelines to follow for our meetings and everyday activities:

Do not attend if you will not feel comfortable at the meeting.
Face masks and social distancing will be observed.
In addition, if anyone answers yes to any of the following questions, please do not attend.
• Have you or anyone in your household had any of the following symptoms in the last 21 days: sore throat, cough, chills, body aches for unknown reasons, shortness of breath for unknown reasons, loss of smell, and loss of taste, fever at or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit?
• Have you or anyone in your household tested positive for COVID-19?
• Have you or anyone in your household visited or received treatment in a hospital, nursing home, long-term care, or other health care facility in the past 30 days?
• Have you or anyone in your household traveled in the U.S. or out of the country in the past 21 days?
• Have you or anyone in your household traveled on a cruise ship in the last 21 days?
• Are you or anyone in your household a health care provider or emergency responder?
• Have you or anyone in your household cared for an individual who is in quarantine or is a presumptive positive or has tested positive for COVID-19?
• Do you have any reason to believe you or anyone in your household has been exposed to or acquired COVID-19?
• To the best of your knowledge have you been in close proximity to any individual who tested positive for COVID-19?
If you plan on traveling by airline many things have changed and are changing daily. It is a good idea to check with the airline and your accommodations before going. Many ski resorts are planning to be open, but will require reservations for skiing, many will not being selling tickets on site, and they will give season pass holders priority for reservations.
Two other pieces of news: Liftopia, the ticket discount website was almost forced into bankruptcy because it owed almost $3 million to its partner resorts. Powder magazine is shutting down after 49 years of publication. 

 Your Editor, Ron



Welch Village Trip by Andrew Chemer

JSC Welch Trip Update:

Welch Tickets Now Available Online:  For those planning on going up to Welch Village. You should go on line ASAP to buy your tickets for 1/9 and 1/10. http://www.welchvillage.com  

Andrew has rooms reserved for the nights of Friday, January 8, and Saturday, January 9. You are on your own for lift tickets, rentals, and lessons; make arrangements online. Contact your trip leader, Andrew Chemers, contact at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if interested.

Wanted to let you know that. We will need to purchase lift tickets ONLINE IN ADVANCE. Welch does not know if they will be offering the tickets online for purchase two weeks OR three days in advance. Example: we want to ski Sat Jan 9. Tickets will either be available to purchase online Sat Dec 26 OR Wed Jan 6. When Welch decides what they want to do, they will let me know. We will be paying window rate. No advanced or group discount. SUCKS BUT OH WELL. Covid information is available on their website. Indoors such as chalet space will be VERY LIMITED. Welch is recommending people use their cars as their chalet/warning space. EVERYONE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PURCHASING THEIR OWN LIFT TICKET(S).

((See the note****Important*** About ski trips this year.))

Rentals and lesson information available upon request or visit: http://www.welchvillage.com  

  • 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:      Pay in full when you sign up, or pay balance ASAP.

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 2021 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 is canceled to Val d'Isere France and Barcelona Spain Jan 22-Feb 2, 2021. A full refund will be made.

  • 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.
  • 2021 Trip Seminar: May 15, 2021.
  • Chicago Week 2022: will be to Telluride, 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


!!! Other Ski Club News !!!

 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 !!! 

 First Days and Other Memories...
What are your memories of the first day you skied, or of that special day that every so often happens when we do not expect it? What are your ski stories? Here is the second story in what I hope will be a long series of such stories. Please share your story with us in the newsletter.   Editor



On spring break of my senior year in high school, my best friend and I decided we were going skiing, to Colorado.
Neither of us had ever skied, I had never been out of the Midwest. We both had cars, but she wanted to drive...her Camaro! We had no ski gear, nor ski wear. Not knowing they might rent equipment at the resort, we planned ahead. We rented rickety skis from the local A-Z Rental place in Crest Hill, and drove with them laying between the front seats. We also planned ahead for clothes. We brought tights or pantyhose for our long underwear and Scotch-guard for our jeans. I’m sure we had some kind of hats and gloves or mittens.
Having absolutely no knowledge of skiing, or ski resorts, we just headed out I-80, to I-76 to I-70. Of course, there were no smart phones, nor GPS. We relied on old fashioned maps and pay phones. Neither did we make any reservations. We made a 2 day drive of it, stopped somewhere when we got tired. When we started seeing signs for ski areas we took an exit off I-70 and found a Best Western in Dillon, near the lake. It was beautiful!
We got all our luggage and settled in for the night. We had to make phone calls home to parents and boyfriends. That took up the night. The next morning we asked the hotel clerk something dumb like, “Are there any good ski areas around?” She gave us some directions, down the road a piece. We pulled into the parking lot, and my friend’s Camaro promptly got stuck in the snow. Some nice young men/boys pushed us out and we found a parking space. Amazingly, that was the only issue we had with the car sliding or getting stuck in snow!
We also didn’t realize what a job it was to haul all that equipment across what seemed like a mile-long parking lot. Some of the details are a little fuzzy, like where did we leave ours shoes/boots, what and when did we eat. We were there to ski. We got our ski boots on and bundled up. We got our skis on, and looked at a trail map. We also looked out over the whole snow-covered mountain that was, Arapahoe Basin!
We spotted what I now know to be a beginner/bunny hill. We could see both the top and bottom of the run from where we stood. We wisely decided that is where we should start. With our skis strapped on, we shuffled/poled a very long distance to the lift. We didn’t know we could have carried our skis over there. It was very hard work. My girlfriend was more adept at skating, and had gotten ahead of me. Suddenly I fell. We hadn’t learned how to get up on flat ground, nor any ground for that matter. Nor did I know how to detach the skis. I hollered for my friend, as a big snow- cat was approaching. I was right in its path. All I could do was lay there. The machine kept heading toward me, I kept yelling for my friend. The snow-cat stopped short of making me part of the terrain. Then he honked his horn. I was like a turtle on its shell. I couldn’t get up. The driver climbed out of the cab, came over to me. It’s all getting very embarrassing by now. He grabbed me from behind, under my arms and dragged me out of his path. He didn’t help me up, just slid me over! So rude! By this time, my friend realized I wasn’t with her, and she was making her way back to me. Somehow we finally made it over to the lift. On the first run down, is where the Scotch-Guard came in handy; I executed a perfect face plant! But my clothes stayed dry! Ohhh, this is how you get the skis off!
We didn’t stay the full week that we planned to. I think we were running low on money, and missing our boyfriends. But it was a trip I will never forget.  Pam B.


Andrew’s New “Child” by Andrew Chemer

Just wanted to introduce the club to its newest member, Bryn. She is a two year old rough collie that I got from an organization in Chicago called LEADS Rescue. I have had her three weeks now. The bond was almost instant. She is a wonderful dog. I'm not sure how much of a life she had before me, but she is doing well at learning to "be a dog." I just need to train her to stop counter surfing! Luckily she doesn't have room to do that in the camper. She has already completed her first ski camp trip to Boyne Mountain a few days ago, and we are heading up there again right after I'm done typing this!   Andrew C.


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:

January has 5 club members that have a Birthday, so say Happy Birthday to them this month !!!

The deadline for the February newsletter is Friday, January 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