Ibex: Events

08/08/2017 07:55 PM
Oktoberfest - Downtown Palatine

For September we will be at the Rotary club of Palatines' Oktoberfest Celebration!

Friday September 15 at 6pm

Enjoy German  bands and foods including brats, pretzels, wine, and of course lot of BEER!

Ally types of German style beers will be available for you discerning palate.

The festival is located juste one block south of the Palatine Train Station on Smith Street, you will not be able to miss all the people flocking around and having a great time. Look closely and you may see a few guys in lederhosen and few women in dirndls roaming about.

For more information go to:


07/20/2017 08:28 AM
BOM Country Line Tavern

August Bar of the Month

Come join us for Bar of the Month at County Line Tavern and socialize with your fellow Ibex members. Bring a friend and introduce them to the group. They have a full bar and a great selection of craft beers. If the weather is good we can sit outside by the fire and enjoy the summer.

Details: County Line Tavern, 800 W. Lake Cook Rd, Buffalo Grove, IL (close to Lake Cook Rd and Arlington Heights)
Time: 5:00- ??
Please email me if you plan to attend so I can save enough spots.


07/13/2017 08:04 PM
Trip Sign-Up Party

Join us for our annual trip sign-up party.!  We expect several trips to sell out the first night so be sure not to miss out.

August 16

Durty Nellie's - Palatine

7:00 p.m.

Bring a friend and get an extra drink ticket!

06/26/2017 09:51 PM
Lake Geneva Bike Ride


On Saturday, September 16th we will meet in downtown Lake Geneva for our annual circum-navigational bike/bar ride around the lake!

Here’s ‘just the facts’:

THIS IS AN ALL DAY EVENT – START time depends on what you want to do:

Want some BREAKFAST before the ride? We will meet for coffee/light breakfast at Starbucks (885 W. Main Street, Lake Geneva) around 9/9:30a.
No Breakfast: Just want to ride? We’ll meet in the parking lot behind Champs (747 W. Main Street) READY TO RIDE at 11:15am.
THIS RIDE IS SOCIAL! The purpose is to be outside, enjoy the company of friends in good scenery with a bit of biking and beverages in between.

PARKING: Parking fees in the metered parking stalls are in effect and enforced daily 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday – Sunday. Parking at the Sage Street and Eastview/Dunn Field parking lots is free, year-round.


The ride is approximately 21 miles along a rolling landscape: some of the landscape is gentle, a small bit of it is not, all of it makes for a fun ride.

There are 5 pubs for us to rest our pedals – although we try to stop at them all, the total number of stops is a fluid evaluation of the fun had at each stop.

We will have lunch at either pub stop 3 or 4, depending on the hunger level of the group.

The ANNUAL GROUP PICTURE will be taken in front of the lake at our favorite stop.

We end the day ~6:30p at a restaurant for dinner and chuckles of the day’s events.


There are lots of ways you can still join this group:
1) Bring your motorcycle --- leather is just as fun as lycra!
2) Rent a moped!! (if you can find one, let me know and I’ll help promote it to others for you!)
3) Drive it!! If you think you can offer “sag” assistance to your biking buddies in the unlikely event that something unexpected happens, you’re pretty much guaranteed that someone will buy you a beverage of your choice out of gratitude!!


Look for the invitation to be posted to GroupSpace in the near future. It’s important that you reply to that electronic invitation so we don’t leave without you. If you’re not technically inclined, you can also just toss an email my way (j9west@comcast.net) or give me a call: 847.732.4804.

Come join us to celebrate the end of summer and welcome in the Fall Fun!!!

Attached is a link to a word doc that has all the details and maps.


2017 LGBT - Ibex article.docx

06/18/2017 12:27 PM
Japan Trip

6 nights lodging at the 5-star Hotel Tokyu in Hakuba along with welcome drink and orientation at the hotel evening of arrival with local rep, full hot and cold breakfast buffet daily and 4-course dinner for 2 evenings

•       Optional day tour programs available from Hakuba, including Masumoto Castle, Nagano Temple and Olympic Village, Saki Brewery, Snow Monkeys and more

•       Transfer between Hakuba and Kanazawa via private coach with English speaking guide with walking tours along the way

2 nights lodging at the 4-star Hotel Nikko in Kanazawa along with daily breakfast buffet

•       Transfer between Kanazawa and Tokyo Bullet Train with guided escort between Hotel and Kanazawa Station

•       Transfer between Tokyo Station and Tokyo Hotel via private coach, including a city tour of Tokyo with a local guide

2 nights lodging at the 4-star Grand Prince New Takanawa along with daily breakfast buffet

•       Transfer between Tokyo Hotel and airport via private coach with English speaking assistant

•       All local taxes and current air taxes 

•       Mt Fuji Tour

•       Lift tickets are not included but cost is approx. $30 per day

Price:  $3,620 (based on double occupancy)

06/17/2017 04:07 PM
Lake Tahoe Spring Break Trip

Forest Inn Suites – 2 bed/2 bath suites

•       Walking distance to Heavenly Gondola Base Station

•       36 spots

•       5 day interchangeable lift ticket for Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood - All three are included in Epic Pass

•       United

•       3/24 -  ORD to Sacramento 12:20 pm – 2:51 pm

•       3/31 – Reno /DEN/ORD – 1:36 pm – 4:46 pm; 6:10 pm – 9:35 pm

•       Round-trip transfers to/from airport(s) – chartered bus

•       Spacious living room with cable TV and fully equipped kitchens

•       On-site full service ski rental shop with complimentary ski wax.

•       Welcome reception with Hot Apple cider and snacks upon arrival

•       Comp wine & cheese reception

•       Complimentary continental breakfast daily

•       $15 lunch credit for each lift ticket day per skier

•       Price:   $1,599

06/17/2017 04:02 PM
Sun Peaks, British Columbia Trip

Sun Peaks Resort is an alpine ski resort located in Sun Peaks, British Columbia, Canada, 56 km northeast of Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada.

Deep steeps, long cruisers, gladed areas, powder stashes and corduroy groomers can all be found within 4,270 acres of skiable terrain. Three mountains surround a European-style, ski-through village filled with quaint shops, cafes and eateries. Sun Peaks has an abundance of activities and events for both on and off the slopes leaving you wishing for more time at Canada's second largest ski area.

Sun Peaks Grand (4-star hotel)

•28 spots

•4 day lift ticket

•Ski-in ski out hotel rooms

•Round-trip air ORD to Kelowna (via Vancouver)

•United Depart ORD 9:05 am - 11:29 am; Air Canada 1:40 pm - 2:35 pm
•Air Canada Depart Kelowna 11:00 am - 11:59 am; United 1:41 pm - 7:44 pm 

•Transfers to/from airport
•Breakfast daily – 4 days hotel; 1 day Fresh Tracks

Price:  $1,199

06/17/2017 03:48 PM
Big Snow, Upper Michigan Bus Trip

Located in Upper Michigan, Big Snow is best known as Indianhead and Blackjack mountains.  A shuttle connects the two mountains.

•Indianhead Mountain Main Lodge – double occupancy

•2 day lift ticket – Indianhead and Blackjack

•26 spots

•Roundtrip motor coach to Big Snow

•Food and beer/wine on bus

•Includes 2 breakfasts and 1 dinner

Price:  $399

06/17/2017 01:39 PM
Granite Peak Trip

Granite Peak at Rib Mountain State Park is the largest and most complete ski resort in Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan. With 700' of vertical, that's higher than any other ski area, and 75 runs, that's more than any other mountain, and 3 high speed lifts, that's more time skiing and less time riding the lifts.  

Set on 405 acres, we have the largest and most perfect mix of beginner, intermediate and expert runs, including 4 terrain parks, 3 mogul runs, multiple tree skiing glades 

Stoney Creek Hotel

-  32 spots
-  2 day lift ticket
-  Drive up on your own
-  Hotel 10 minutes from Granite Peak
-  Breakfast daily
-  Hotel drink tickets


•  Adults:  
   - < 65  $225
    -   65+  $195
•  Kids staying in adults' room (<13)  $75

06/15/2017 06:44 PM
Mayrhofen, Austria Trip

Mayrhofen is a town in the Zillertal Valley, in the west Austrian province of Tyrol. It’s known for its ski areas with 136 kilometres of slopes, 100 percent of which are equipped with artificial snow-making machinery, and 57 state of the art lift systems. 

For many skiers and snowboarders, a winter holiday in Mayrhofen starts with a single question: where first? How about the Penken mountain, or maybe the Rastkogel, or the Eggalm, the Ahorn or even the Hintertux Glacier, the only ski resort in Austria open 365 days a year? During the winter months these diverse peaks, ridges, resorts and mountains fuse together to form the Ski- und Gletscherwelt Zillertal 3000 with almost 200 kilometres of pistes catering for skiers and boarders of all ages, abilities and ambitions. 

And, last but by no means least, Mayrhofen is famous for its après-ski. Some of the top locations for partying the are the Harakiri-Bar, Mo's Café, theIcebar and the Elchbar at the top of the Penkenbahn cable car.

Price:  $1970

06/14/2017 06:41 PM
Taos, NM Trip

Taos Ski Valley is located in the Sangre De Cristo Mountains in Northern New Mexico and is home to a distinctive European atmosphere combined with local Native American and Spanish cultures. Taos is a powder lover’s paradise and is known for having light dry powder, undetectable lift lines, steep chutes, big bumps, cornices and tree glades.

The resort grants access to 1,294 acres of skiable terrain and receives an average 300 inches of snowfall annually. The ski area has a great mix of terrain providing trails for all ability types and is home to one of the country’s highest rated ski schools. - onthesnow.com

·         Snakedance  Condos & Spa (2 bed/2 bath)  - slope-side, 20 yds from Lift 1 quad
·         32 spots
·         7 nights, 5 day lift ticket
·         Air:  United (direct - ORD to Albuquerque)
o    Jan 13 Depart ORD 9:25 am – 11:36 am
o    Jan 20 Depart ABQ 9:25 am – 4:23 pm
·         Includes: 
o    Welcome party
o    Snakedance fleece vest
o    1 private dinner
·         Optional 6-half-day ski week lessons for $158

Price:  $1,640

06/13/2017 05:46 PM
Whitefish Mountain Trip

Rising above the town of Whitefish, in beautiful northwest Montana, in the backyard of Glacier National Park (only 35 miles away), Whitefish Mountain Resort charms its guests with a friendly fun-loving vibe, variety of terrain, and virtually no lift lines at an unbeatable value. Whitefish’s Big Mountain is the quintessential skier's mountain averaging more than 300 inches of snow annually on 3,000 acres of bowls, chutes, and glades on all aspects. 

Stats:  3000 acres, 105 marked trails, vast amounts of bowl and tree skiing, 5 terrain parks and a skier/boarder cross course, longest run - 3.3 miles (Hellfire)

Lodging:  The Lodge at Whitefish Lake (Viking Lodge)


Adults <65  $1,685
Sr. 65-69    $1,665
Sr. 70+      $1,495
Kids 7-12*   $1,000
Kids <7 *    $ 875
*Kids staying in adults’ room

05/24/2017 09:20 PM
Escape to Margaritaville the musical.

Escape to Margaritaville

Saturday November 18th, 2pm matinee performance, at the Oriental Theatre.

Tickets $99.  Seats are Loge Right, rows A, B, C, & D.

Escape to Margaritaville, more than a musical, it’s a way of life.

Imagine a place where the sun is hot, the ocean’s warm, and the drinks are as cold as they are plentiful.  Welcome to Margaritaville, the island paradise where city folk get away from it all and the locals get into the kind of trouble you can almost always sweet talk your way out of.

Featuring both original songs and your most-loved Jimmy Buffet classics, this new musical is the story of a part-time bartender, part-time singer, and full-time charmer named Tully who thinks he’s got life all figured out.  Until a beautiful career-minded tourist steals his heart and makes him question everything. 

This is a Limited Pre-Broadway Engagement.

Purchase tickets online, by mail or at the June 7th Ibex meeting.  If purchasing by mail or at meeting, you must email jeanbagel@comcast.net to reserve your tickets.  

Checks payable to Ibex Ski & Snowboard Club.  Mail payments to:  Ibex, po box 1542, Palatine, IL 60078

Only 30 total tickets available.  Payment is due by June 7th Ibex meeting.

02/23/2017 03:17 PM


GAME: Da Cubs vs. the Toronto Blue Jays

DATE: Sunday, August 20, 1:20 pm

LIMITED SPACE—RESERVE NOW! The Chicago Metropolitan Ski Council is doing a Rooftop Game again this year and Ibex is joining them again. We’re returning to the same Wrigleyville venue we used in 2016… this time, to see our WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS! We had a blast last year.


• One of the best rooftop views of Wrigley Field available

o Unobstructed by the new video screens

• All-inclusive food and drink

o Food served throughout the game o Beer, wine, and soft drink options. Alcohol served through the 7th inning o Vegetarian option available upon request

• Outdoor stadium seating on rooftop level

• Covered bleacher seating on club level • Indoor and outdoor eating areas • Bars on two levels • An elevator (which is NOT available at some other rooftop clubs) • Hours of FUN o The rooftop club opens for our event ONE HOUR prior to game, i.e., 12:20 pm (Food and beverage service starts then too.) o The rooftop club closes 30 minutes after finish of the game.

PRICE: $108 per person

TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT: Pay at the 3/1 Ibex General Meeting or via Group Spaces


01/12/2017 07:04 PM
Chicago Cubs 9/23/17 in Milwuakee

The Chicago Cubs vrs the Brewers In Milwaukee playing Saturday, September 23, 2017 6:10pm start time

Ticket price: $38 each. Includes Group Tailgating area*

Group sales begin on 2/8/17 and we must have 25 people for the group sales price. This is a drive up on your own event and you pay for parking ($11 advance purchase online). If available we would have a designated tailgate area for our group. We will set up tailgate plans when it gets closer…everyone can bring something to share along with their drinks and meat to grill. I will not cash the checks until I know I can get the tickets and we have at least 25 people. The Milwaukee brewers have a retractable roof so there are no rain outs.

If interested please issue a check to Ibex Ski and Snowboard Club and bring to the meeting on 1/18 or mail to me at: Joe Kelley, 190 Cherrywood Rd., Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

Any questions email me at Ibextrips2016@skiibex.com 

*Group tailing area will be included if it is available. This will be determined after tickets are purchased. Tailgating plans will be set up later. The event will not occur if we do not have a minimum of 25 people.