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SUN VALLEY, IDAHO

Downhill Skiing at Sun Valley, America’s Original Resort

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Program #7579RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
All activities will take place above 3,500 feet. 9,150 is the highest elevation.

Equipment Requirements
Skis, boots, poles, goggles, helmet optional. You may bring your own ski equipment or rent it on site. Visit www.rentskis.com or call 800 544-6648 for pricing and location of Paul Kenny's Ski Shop at the River Run base area.

Itinerary for Feb 10 — Feb 15, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: A beautiful Austrian style lodge overlooking majestic Bald Mountain and only 500 yards from Sun Valley's magnificent River Run Base ski facilities. Located in a quiet residential neighborhood, yet a 5 minute walk puts you in the heart of downtown Ketchum.

Contact info:
Cottonwood and Third Avenue
Ketchum, ID 83440 USA
phone: 208-726-5336
web: bestwesternidaho.com

Room amenities: Full cable color tv; am/fm alarm clock; free local telephone calls; coffee/tea maker; iron/ironing board; dataport/internet access.

Facility amenities: Sauna; whirlpool; game room; laundromat; outdoor pool and spa; fitness center (fee); high speed internet access.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call hotel directly for price.
Mention that you are with Road Scholar in order to insure your stay in the same room for the program week.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, February 10 - Registration
Afternoon: Road Scholar Registration and check in from 4:00 to 4:45 p.m. in the hotel lobby. Pick up your packet of materials and name badge. Walk to restaurant leaving 5 pm from the Lobby.

Dinner: Dinner at Ketchum Grill served promptly at 5:30 pm. The Ketchum Grill was recently named "one of the eight best ski-town restaurants in America" by Snow Country Magazine. This is a very popular and busy restaurant; the owner has agreed to acommodate our group during early seating at 5:30 pm, so punctuality is important. If your flight is delayed or you plan to arrive after 5:30 pm, we regret that no dinner can be provided since the restaurant does not provide carry-out dinners.

Evening: Program Orientation, distribution of ski lift passes, "meet and greet" session. Please plan to be present at this important session as we will answer any questions you may have about the upcoming week.

Lodging: Best Western Tyrolean Lodge

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: A beautiful Austrian style lodge overlooking majestic Bald Mountain and only 500 yards from Sun Valley's magnificent River Run Base ski facilities. Located in a quiet residential neighborhood, yet a 5 minute walk puts you in the heart of downtown Ketchum.

Contact info:
Cottonwood and Third Avenue
Ketchum, ID 83440 USA
phone: 208-726-5336
web: bestwesternidaho.com

Room amenities: Full cable color tv; am/fm alarm clock; free local telephone calls; coffee/tea maker; iron/ironing board; dataport/internet access.

Facility amenities: Sauna; whirlpool; game room; laundromat; outdoor pool and spa; fitness center (fee); high speed internet access.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call hotel directly for price.
Mention that you are with Road Scholar in order to insure your stay in the same room for the program week.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, February 11 - Road Scholar guided mountain exploration/Class on...
Road Scholar guided mountain exploration/Class on topic of local interest

Note: Lifts open 9-4. Walk from Tyrolean across Sun Valley parking lots to River Run lift or take convenient frequent shuttle bus. Meet promptly at 10 am at base of River Run for Road Scholar mountain exploration.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast available at hotel.

Morning: Lifts run 9 am-4 pm daily. Walk 400 yards to the River Run lift or take one of the complimentary buses that stop in front of the hotel. At 10 am meet fellow Road Scholar participants at the bottom of River Run Lift for a mountain tour. Note: must be intermediate skier comfortable on blue runs in all weather conditions. Green runs on Baldy are similar to blue runs at other ski areas. We will ski the easiest trails while showing you how to access varying terrain on both the Warm Springs and River Run sides of Mount Baldy. This tour will include skiing from the summit as well as a visit to the Seattle Ridge area. Option to have lunch together at the end of the tour.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own so you don't need to interrupt your skiing. Break for lunch at one of the well-appointed day lodges on the slopes or visit the famous Roundhouse Restaurant on Bald Mountain. You also have the opportunity to exchange your lift ticket on one day for another activity; choose from snowshoe rental, nordic skiing or ice skating - all with lunch included.

Afternoon: Ski/Free Time: Time for "getting your skis under your feet." Start your skiing expedition in comfortable terrain. Questions about trail options? Please ask Road Scholar coordinator.

Dinner: Depart promptly 5:00 pm from lobby to walk to restaurant. Walk 0.7 miles to town. Dinner at the Ketchum Grill, named "one of the eight best ski-town restaurants in America" by Snow Country Magazine. Let celebrity chef Scott Mason surprise you with a different gourmet meal each night.

Evening: Class: The fascinating history of the Wood River Valley, from trappers, miners and sheep ranchers to movie stars and a world class resort.

Lodging: Best Western Tyrolean Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: A beautiful Austrian style lodge overlooking majestic Bald Mountain and only 500 yards from Sun Valley's magnificent River Run Base ski facilities. Located in a quiet residential neighborhood, yet a 5 minute walk puts you in the heart of downtown Ketchum.

Contact info:
Cottonwood and Third Avenue
Ketchum, ID 83440 USA
phone: 208-726-5336
web: bestwesternidaho.com

Room amenities: Full cable color tv; am/fm alarm clock; free local telephone calls; coffee/tea maker; iron/ironing board; dataport/internet access.

Facility amenities: Sauna; whirlpool; game room; laundromat; outdoor pool and spa; fitness center (fee); high speed internet access.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call hotel directly for price.
Mention that you are with Road Scholar in order to insure your stay in the same room for the program week.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, February 12 - Ski Lesson/Classroom Session
Note: Lifts open 9-4. Walk from Tyrolean across Sun Valley parking lots to River Run lift or take convenient frequent shuttle bus. Meet promptly at 9:45 at base of River Run for assembling into appropriate ski class.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast available at hotel.

Morning: Lifts operate 9 am - 4 pm. Walk 400 yards to the River Run lift or take one of the complimentary buses that stop in front of the hotel. Meet certified Sun Valley Ski School instructors 9:50 am at the Ski Clinic meeting point by the River Run ski lift for an optional two-hour ski technique improvement lesson. Participants will be grouped according to their individual ability.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own while skiing.

Afternoon: Ski/Free time.

Dinner: Dinner at Ketchum Grill. Depart hotel lobby promptly at 5:00 pm to walk to restaurant.

Evening: Class: Curious Crystals-Snow Science: What makes powder dry? Why are Wyoming and Colorado avalanche prone? Why are western scientists interested in the snow pack? Learn interesting facts about the science behind the winter landscape.

Lodging: Best Western Tyrolean Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: A beautiful Austrian style lodge overlooking majestic Bald Mountain and only 500 yards from Sun Valley's magnificent River Run Base ski facilities. Located in a quiet residential neighborhood, yet a 5 minute walk puts you in the heart of downtown Ketchum.

Contact info:
Cottonwood and Third Avenue
Ketchum, ID 83440 USA
phone: 208-726-5336
web: bestwesternidaho.com

Room amenities: Full cable color tv; am/fm alarm clock; free local telephone calls; coffee/tea maker; iron/ironing board; dataport/internet access.

Facility amenities: Sauna; whirlpool; game room; laundromat; outdoor pool and spa; fitness center (fee); high speed internet access.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call hotel directly for price.
Mention that you are with Road Scholar in order to insure your stay in the same room for the program week.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, February 13 - Ski Lesson/Classroom Session
Note: Lifts open 9-4. Walk from Tyrolean across Sun Valley parking lots to River Run lift or take convenient frequent shuttle bus. Meet promptly at 9:45 at base of River Run for assembling into appropriate ski class.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast available at hotel.

Morning: Lifts operate 9 am - 4 pm. Walk 400 yards to the River Run lift or take one of the complimentary buses that stop in front of the hotel. Meet certified Sun Valley Ski School instructors 9:50 am at the Ski Clinic meeting point by the River Run ski lift for an optional two-hour ski technique improvement lesson. Participants will be grouped according to their individual ability.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own while skiing.

Afternoon: Ski/Free time.

Dinner: Depart hotel Lobby promptly at 5:00 pm for walk to restaurant. Dinner at Ketchum Grill.

Evening: Classroom Session: Avalanche Danger; discuss what causes avalanche conditions in the snowpack and watch video “A Dozen More Turns"; a documentary of the Jan. 1, 2005 avalanche in the Centennial Mountains that caught five experienced backcountry skiers. What this film does so well is illustrate the human factor: how people make decisions in the backcountry," said Doug Chabot, director of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center.

Lodging: Best Western Tyrolean Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: A beautiful Austrian style lodge overlooking majestic Bald Mountain and only 500 yards from Sun Valley's magnificent River Run Base ski facilities. Located in a quiet residential neighborhood, yet a 5 minute walk puts you in the heart of downtown Ketchum.

Contact info:
Cottonwood and Third Avenue
Ketchum, ID 83440 USA
phone: 208-726-5336
web: bestwesternidaho.com

Room amenities: Full cable color tv; am/fm alarm clock; free local telephone calls; coffee/tea maker; iron/ironing board; dataport/internet access.

Facility amenities: Sauna; whirlpool; game room; laundromat; outdoor pool and spa; fitness center (fee); high speed internet access.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call hotel directly for price.
Mention that you are with Road Scholar in order to insure your stay in the same room for the program week.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, February 14 - Skiing/Classroom session.
Note: Lifts open 9-4. Walk from Tyrolean across Sun Valley parking lots to River Run lift or take convenient frequent shuttle bus. Meet fellow participants at 8:30 am to determine ski partners and plan lunch rendezvous.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast available at hotel.

Morning: Ski/Free time.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own.

Afternoon: Ski/free time.

Dinner: Depart hotel Lobby promptly at 5 pm for walk to restaurant. Dinner at Ketchum Grill.

Evening: 7:30 pm Meeting: Discuss highlights of the week and evaluations. Bring your evaluations and nametags. Video "Sun Valley Serenade", the 1941 movie filmed in Sun Valley featuring the Glenn Miller Band and Sonja Henni. When Phil Corey's band arrives at the Idaho ski resort its pianist Ted Scott is smitten with a Norwegian refugee he has sponsored, Karen Benson. When soloist Vivian Dawn quits, Karen stages an ice show as a substitute.

Lodging: Best Western Tyrolean Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, February 15 - Breakfast and Check Out
Note: Program ends following breakfast to allow time to travel to your next destination.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast is available at the hotel 7 - 10 am.

Morning: Good-byes! Hotel check out at 11 AM.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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Ketchum, ID
Sun Valley/Ketchum Chamber & Visitors BureauPhone: 800-634-3347
For additional information, visit: www.visitsunvalley.com
Idaho Travel & TourismTravel information for Idaho.
For additional information, visit: www.visitid.org

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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6 Expert-led lectures
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8 Hands-on experiences
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