February News Letter 2019



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Message From the President  by Kathy Beaudry (aka Queenie)


I hope all of you survived the snow, ice, and cold temperatures we have had over last several days! Just remember this is the type of weather some us wait for all year long. Be safe as you venture out to enjoy it! I could go for less ice and more moderate temperatures.
It was brought to my attention at the last meeting that we will be needing volunteers for a nominating committee for the election of officers in April. We need to have a slate of officers ready to publish in the March newsletter. If anyone is interested please let me or another board member know.





Social Events by John Ruffner


Hello from warm sunny Arizona.

I have a few things that you may be interested in going to, if you aren’t out on the slopes somewhere.

The Joliet museum has some events in February.
Friday the 15th at 7:00pm, “Lovin’ the Blues”, music concert. $10.00 members, $12.00 general admission.

Rialto has:
Sunday the 10th at 7:30, “The Twenties “ 2019 Tour.

Wishing you all a safe and fun time skiing.

Any questions you can call John R. 


 Have fun, Be safe, and Enjoy!!!    



From the Editor by Ron Dewey

Memberships expire 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 Sunday, February 17.

 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 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.


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. 



CMSC Events and News: 

Visit the CMSC website at  www.skicmsc.com  for
events and trips that may be of interest to you.


CMSC Spring Fling to Breckenridge, Colorado,   From: Saturday April 6th to Thursday April 11th 2019.    Four days of skiing.    See the CMSC website for details. Contact: Larry Douglas, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

The trip price is $705 plus $295 for main cabin on American Airlines out of O'Hare. Southwest air out of Midway will not be available until November 15, 2018. If it comes in lower, we will use Southwest since they allow 2 free checked bags while American charges $120 r/t for 2 checked bags.
The price of $705 includes:
• Round trip bus transportation from Denver to Breckenridge
• 4-day lift ticket.
• 5 nights lodging at the2Br/2Bth Pine Ridge
Condominiums that are located near the Four O'clock ski run and 1 block from the heart of downtown Breckenridge

To sign up go to CMSC.com, click on CMSC Events on left menu, then on European trip menu and follow the flyer to application and waiver, print all three for payment schedule. ALSO double check your passport it should not expire before July 2019. You need to send checks to Randy Baustert, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. at his address, not to Joliet Ski Club.

Trip Report – CMSC Europe Trip, Jan. 11-22, 2019 – by Barb Westphal

Four of us JSC members joined 71 other folks from various Midwest ski clubs for CMSC’s annual trek to Europe, this time to Selva Val Gardena and Florence, Italy. For the first week, we ski’d the majestic Dolomites in northern Italy. This included a mountain tour of the Sellaronda ski circuit which links multiple ski areas surrounding the impressive rock formations of the Dolomites. Little did we know that on the last leg of our Sellaronda tour near the end of the ski day, a near-blizzard would make our journey one to certainly remember! Looks like that blizzard followed us to Mammoth Mountain, how could that be?

Our week in the Dolomites had us staying at the beautiful Hotel Oswald in Selva Val Gardena with delicious breakfasts and multi-course dinners that were superb, to say the least. On Thursday of the first week, we took a day trip to Bolzano, Italy, where we toured the Museum of Archaeology and met Otzi, the Iceman. The Iceman is a uniquely well-preserved relic of our past, a mummy from the Copper Age estimated to be over 5,300 years old! He was discovered in a glazier in 1991 and is now preserved at the Museum in the same conditions that previously surrounded him. His body, his fur and leather clothing, his weapons and tools, perfectly preserved by the glacier, tell us about his life, his battle for survival and his suffering. It was most interesting!

After our week of skiing, we then moved on to Florence, Italy, for a three-day stay at the Grand Hotel Baglioni where we ventured from each day to tour this cultural and historical city. First on our list was a walking tour that included the Academia, where we got to see Michelangelo’s magnificent statue of David. “Wow” is all I can say! Also, Duomo Square with its beautiful cathedral and surroundings is truly a site to behold. On Day #2, we toured the Uffizi Gallery, the Pitti Palace, and the Boboli Gardens. The marble sculptures and artwork in the Gallery and Palace were just breathtaking, works of art by Leonardo Da Vinci, Botticelli, and Raphael to name just a few! And while there were no flowers blooming in the Boboli Gardens, it was a nice peaceful way to end the day...followed by a delicious Italian dinner and Chianti wine, of course.

On Day #3, we took a bus tour south of Florence to visit Siena and its magnificent Cathedral and surroundings. We also found out about Siena’s Palio di Siena, a horse race that is held in the piazza (town square) twice each year, on July 2nd and on August 16th. Ten horses and riders, bareback and dressed in the appropriate colors, represent ten of the seventeen city wards. A pageant precedes the race, which attracts visitors and spectators from around the world. It was a delight to discover the history of these unique areas…and that this history still lives on!

We also visited two medieval villages on our Siena tour, the towns of San Gimignano and Monteriggioni, where we visited a winery to taste wines, balsamic vinegars, and olive oils. Some of us bought wine, guess who?

In closing, this was our fourth CMSC trip to Europe and they just seem to keep getting better. If you want to see life on another continent (at a very reasonable price, I might add, plus they even have non-skier pricing), sign up for CMSC’s annual trip to Europe. You won’t be disappointed!




Week Trips by Jim Boisso 


Saturday to Saturday. Price is based on 20 skiers.

Prices: single adult $1595, Senior 65+ $1540, Non skier $1290.

All tips and gratuities included.

 For this trip is Done !!! 


Trip Leader: James Boisso This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Price includes:
Southwest Air - round trip Midway/Denver/Reno.,  Ground transport to Mammoth Lakes.
Five of seven days lifts.
Six nights at Mammoth Mountain Inn across road from main lodge, based on double adult occupancy, two double beds or a queen bed.
The Inn has a banquet room, lounge, sport shop, restaurant, game room, three indoor hot tubs, heated outdoor pool, ski tune room, laundry, bar and pub, on red shuttle route.,  A breakfast buffet is available at $23/day., 


Inn is at 8900 feet above sea level.,   Lowest spot on mountain is 7950 feet.,   Top is 11,055 feet.,   Vertical rise is 3100 feet.
Average snow fall 30 feet.,   Skiable acreage is 3500+.,   Average number of sunny days per year is 300.,   29 lifts - express six pack,     8 express quads, 7 triples, 3 gondolas, 5 doubles, 4 surface. 25% beginner, 40% intermediate, 20% advanced, 15% expert, terrain park.
Nine places to dine on the hill and base areas.

Protect your skin with high number SPF. Protect your eyes with proper sunglasses or goggles. Altitude increases the suns UV rays damaging properties.


Week Trips by Jim Boisso


  FEBRUARY 23  -  MARCH 2, 2019

Sign-ups For this trip is closed !!!

The prices on this trip have been reduced by $50 since we will be flying on Southwest Air. The new prices:

Price single adult: $2000; extra ski day w/ 35 day advance notice $71

Senior price (65+ as of 22 Feb.’19): $1930; extra day ski w/ 35 day notice $57 Adult non skier or with IKON Pass: $1730, Senior 65+ with IKON Pass: $1660.

Price includes:

Round Trip Air on Southwest or United into Denver (Air into Aspen available at extra cost) Round Trip Bus Transport (Colorado)

A five out of six day lift ticket (Aspen/Ajax, Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass)
Welcome Reception, Mountain Tours, One Mountain Lunch, NASTAR, Pub Crawl, Two Après Ski Parties, a Banquet Dinner with Music and Dancing, CMSC Event Credential
Seven Nights Lodging at The Gant based on multiple occupancy (3 bedroom/3 bath Condo, we have one reserved, and 2 bedroom/2 bath Condo, we have two units reserved.)
The condos have a full kitchen, fireplace, balcony/patio, Concierge, valet, bell service, and shuttle service 7am - 11pm. There are two outdoor heated pools, three outdoor hot tubs, and a fitness center. The Gant is located two blocks from downtown Aspen and Silver Queen Gondola, nightlife, and restaurants.

There is a $400 Deposit to place your name on the list, then payments, with amounts depending on the price you pay,

Payments Due On:  (See Memo)
September 20,2018,   October 18, 2018,   November 15, 2018,   December 20, 2018.          Final payment is Due...

A CMSC Waiver and Information sheet required. Travel Insurance is also available.
Make checks payable to Joliet Ski Club with Aspen CMSC on the memo line.
Trip Leader: James Boisso,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stay tuned for more information.  Questions call or email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Let your body adjust, don’t over do it first few days. Avoid alcohol, sleeping pills, and caffeine. Diamox can be take two days prior.
SYMTOMS OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS: usually in first few days: feels like hangover, dizzy, headaches, muscle aches, nausea, trouble sleeping.
TREAT ALTITUDE SICKNESS: Drink plenty of water during the entire day. Peppermint tea, licorice, lemon raw, ginger.




Weekend Trips by Noelle Newman

Welch Village Ski & Snowboard Area – Red Wing, MN

January 4-6, 2019  !!!DONE!!!

Skiers 1-30: Adult $295 / Child $220 staying with 2 adults in their room. This price includes lift tickets

It’s that time of year again and our first weekend trip to start the season off is a favorite for us all!
***Please note that this is a group trip with the JSC only. It is not a registered group with Welch due to us pre-purchasing lift tickets @ a cheaper than group rate***

Your trip begins:

  • 6 PM Friday night, bus departs from Knights of Columbus on Infantry Drive on Lamers coach.
  • Box dinner catered by Doing Thyme through K of C. Meal options is available see Ron or Noel. Water furnished on bus, all other beverages are BYOB.
  • Two days of lift tickets (discounted for the first 30 skiers).
  • 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. If you are renting let me know and I can see if we can get a cheaper rental rate for you.
  • 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 across the street. Saturday game night.

This trip was announced in the August Newsletter, and sign-ups opened at the August meeting. The first 30 spots have been filled. You may still sign-up and purchase your own lift tickets online. Online lift ticket sales for Welch Village have not yet started. A total of 32 people have signed-up for this trip.


Trip Report  By Noelle Newman

Welch 2019

What a fun trip! So glad to see everyone. Incredible weather and awesome skiing. No ski injuries, what every trip leader wants. 1 bowling injury though, but my dad brushed himself off and finished his game. Jim Bousso had fun bowling as well. John Ruffner had a "turtle sunday"...you'll have to ask him. The group "Catch Phrase" was fun on the bus on the way home - thanks Skylar. And thank you Barry for letting us know what you thought the little blue pill was. It was actually Razzles. New driver this year, Tiara got us there and back safely.
Thank you all and enjoy the rest of your ski season!


Another Welch Village story: A Success by Judy McCarthy

The wonderful kickoff trip to Welch Village was a big success in many ways.
As with all ski club trips we had great skiing, great company, and wow, this time in Minnesota, really unexpected and unusually warm sunny skies and temperatures. (I did place an order for sunny skies and nice weather, much appreciated, Lord!)
Let me tell you how especially grateful I am to be back skiing this year! This trip was the maiden voyage for my new hip on skis and it was a complete success.
I’d like to thank the following, who I am very grateful for. Trip leader Noelle, the designer of shaped skis (I can still make turns with this “power steering” technology.), John (the boot fitter), my sister Nancy and her family for the support they gave me during my recovery, and finally my whole ski club family for all your support and helpfulness.
I could not have done it without each and every one of you. I am blessed! Thank you again everyone. By the way, here is how you ski with new artificial parts, first you find an easy way down...then you rest.

Also 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:

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

The deadline for the March newsletter is Sunday February 17th. 

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