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Cross-Country Skiing in Glen Sutton: Technique, Technique, Technique

Program Number: 14449RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/3/2013 - 3/8/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Eastern Townships, Quebec
Price starting at: $855.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Winter Sports Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt    

Join us for a favorite Québec pastime of ski de fond — cross-country skiing — as you traverse across the snowy, wooded country at the foothills of the Appalachian’s northern reaches, near the Vermont border. Intensive coaching will improve confidence, energy, speed, endurance and work all the muscles, not just your feet. Downhill skiers share this week, so you can switch back and forth and revel in the wintry activities of Québec’s premier skiing region.




Highlights

• Train under Gold Bar Coureur des Bois pros on everything from basic to advanced skills like waxing, telemark turns, energy conservation, and skating variations as they track your progress.
• Enjoy evening lectures on Québec history, winter survival, ball room dancing, nutrition and more.
• Relax by the fire of the rustic lodge, sip spirits of après-ski, play games of bridge, and review lessons.



Activity Particulars

Walking and skiing up to five miles a day; 4-5 hours on skis; for fit beginners and intermediates; ski rentals available.




Eastern Townships

The Appalachian foothills of southern Quebec contain some of the most fertile soil and bucolic scenery of the province, attracting visitors to its lakes, country villages, local gastronomical delights and Quebecois culture.



Accommodations
Centrally located in renovated schoolhouse, near numerous ski slopes, trails, and woodlands.
Meals and Lodgings
   Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton
  Glen Sutton, QC 5 nights
 Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton
Type: Lodge
  Description: The Lodge, a beautifully restored 19th century building, is designed with your comfort in mind: open format kitchen/dining room providing gourmet meals, club chair seating in the Great Room/lecture hall; duvets on beds, cotton sheets and ample reading lamps. Hardwood floors throughout with heritage Birdseye maple and American chestnut. Fireplaces, library and world class film collection, wraparound porch. Lighted tennis court and in ground pool. In winter our cross-country ski trail (20 acres) accesses those of the Sutton Massif.
  Contact info: 1351 Vallee Missisquoi Road
Glen Sutton, QC J0E 2K0 Canada
phone: 450-538-5816
web: www.outdoorlodge.ca
  Room amenities: Comfortable beds, cotton sheets, reading lamps, nicely furnished.
  Facility amenities: Tennis court on site (excellent lighting for night play), in-ground pool as well, large wraparound porch and decks for summer use. Trails for all outdoor activities, Summer and Winter, either begin on site or are nearby. Commodious Great Room with fireplace and Library provide a casual and comfortable spot for drinks before dinner and lively conversation. Most special diets (including gluten free) can be arranged with advance notice. Please indicate your special dietary needs on the Health & Safety form at least 3 weeks prior to the start of the program. You may also wish to contact the site directly to discuss your particular needs.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Call for current rates. Contact the lodge for availability and rates.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call for current rates. Contact the lodge for availability and rates.
  Check out time: 11:45 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Independent arrivals to the Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton; check-in is 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. You will be staying at Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton that night.
  End of Program:
Independent departures from the Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton; check-out is 12:00 noon. You will be staying at Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. A passport is required for all travel to and from Canada (by air, land and sea) as of June 1, 2009. Passport requirements are subject to change. Visit www.travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html for up-to-date info.
  Parking availability:
Free parking on site. You may park your car in the crushed stone area facing the main road or in the evergreen grove across the street from the Lodge. Side by side parking would be appreciated. Please do not park in the laneway next to the former church.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Glen Sutton, QC
  Nearest city or town:  Sutton
  Nearest highway: Autoroute 10
  Nearest airport:  Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport/Montreal
  From End of Program
  Location: Glen Sutton, QC
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Montréal

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Montréal-Trudeau L'Aérobus & Veolia Transport
phone: 514-843-4938 x5148422281

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Airport shuttle approximately $16.00/Coach to Sutton $20
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 1/2 hours 

   

1. Take shuttle from airport to downtown bus station. Purchase tickets from the counter in the terminal in the domestic flights area on the arrivals level, or at the booth outside the main entrance. Shuttles leaving the airport can be found at the ground level. Visit web site for current rates & schedules www.autobus.qc.ca/anglais/pops-up_an/mtl_dorval_an.html OR Taxi from airport to downtown bus station is approx $40. 2. Take coach (Veolia) from downtown Montreal to Sutton.

 

Montreal to Glen Sutton

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Veolia Transport/Montreal Bus Terminal
phone: 514-842-2281

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

approx.$20 one way, less if senior
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours 

   

Bus from downtown Montreal to Sutton (and return). Free shuttle between Sutton and the program site in Glen Sutton (12 miles each way). The bus leaves from the bus terminal in downtown Montreal at 505 de Maisonneuve East. Phone the bus terminal at 514-842-2281 for information, schedules, fares. Most participants take the 9:30 a.m. bus to Sutton. The phone number for the bus company Veolia Transport is 877-348-5599 (recommend that participants call the bus station for information).

 
Driving Directions
  From North Take Autoroute 10 to Cowansville/Granby/Sutton exit. Proceed to Cowansville thence to Route 104. Continue on 104 until 139 South and onwards to Sutton. Continue straight through town and follow signs to Glen Sutton. The Lodge is the first building on the right as you enter town.
  From South East Leave Vermont Interstate 91 at Newport. Continue on 105 West towards North Troy. Pick up 243N (north) to the Canadian Border. After Customs, proceed to Highwater. Cross railway tracks and two bridges and then take first left onto Chemin de la Vallee Missisquoi. Straight on for 11 kilometres to village of Glen Sutton. The Lodge is the last building on left hand side in the Village.
  From the South, West Exit Vermont Interstate 89 at 104 E (St. Albans). Turn Right off 104E onto 105E. Continue through Sheldon Springs, Enosburg Falls and Richford. After Richford, stay on 105 East and then turn on to 105A and continue another two miles to Canadian Border. After Customs, continue 3 miles straight ahead to Glen Sutton. The Lodge is the first building on the right-hand side as you enter the Village.
Elevation Note: Our Lodge is 600' above sea level.

Equipment Requirements: Cold weather attire as well as ski gear (poles, boots and skis), waxes (even if you have waxless skis), a day pack and water bottle will render this program fully comfortable. Rentals available at a fee.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Independent Arrivals/Orientation
(Sunday, March 3)
   
 Afternoon: CHECK-IN & REGISTRATION: Participants arrive independently in the afternoon to the Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton. Check-in time is 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. All levels of skiers are welcome Meet your hosts and fellow skiers in the commodious Great Room with its fireplace and extensive library that provides a casual and comfortable spot for refreshments and lively conversation.
 Dinner: WELCOME DINNER: Dinner served in our dining room from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the lodge in the open format kitchen and dining room. Enjoy high-end homestyle cooking with menus designed by Chef Joy and her kitchen team. Dinner will consist of salad or soup, entree and dessert. In this age of fast cuisine, we think you'll appreciate the effort that the dining team puts into their from scratch delicacies. All recipes are fully shared. Dress is casual and guests may bring their own wine to the table. We do not have a liquor license therefore it is a B.Y.O.B. establishment. We provide space in our fridges to keep the white wine chilled for our guests and all wine glasses are provided.
 Evening: ORIENTATION: We gather in the Great Room for orientation and introductions, followed by outline of the week's activities. A brief history of the Lodge and area are covered, followed by a question and answer period. Generally, the first night is an early one for our guests as many have traveled from afar.
   
Accommodations: Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Ski Instruction/Skiing Begins
(Monday, March 4)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the Lodge offering a variety of healthy options.
 Morning: SKI INSTRUCTION: Depart the Lodge at 9 a.m. Transportation provided to a choice of five nearby cross country ski centers. Morning, small group instruction (two hours). Attention will be given to individualized progressions. Beginner to advanced skiers welcome. All aspects of instruction will be covered.
 Lunch: Box lunch
 Afternoon: AFTERNOON SKIING: Free skiing in the afternoon to practice skills learned in morning session and if more individual attention is needed or wanted, instruction will be available.


APRES-SKI: We depart from the ski centre approximately 3:30 p.m. with time to unwind before dinner, have drinks in the Great Room or view instructional videos that reinforce the topics of the day.

 Dinner: Dinner is generally at 6:00 p.m. The kitchen is known in the Road Scholar world for its open format and use of the freshest ingredients. Many have called the results “Road Scholar gourmet.” Some typical menu items (may not be available in all programs): Black Bean Soup with plum tomatoes, corn kernels, black beans and fresh coriander, with optional dollop of sour cream. Chicken Marbella, using boneless, skinless chicken thighs, prunes, green olives, garlic, and white wine; served with basmati rice and glazed carrots. Or Vegetarian Lasagna with chopped spinach, mushrooms, carrots, and three different cheeses. Whatever the chef chooses for that evening, it promises to be delicious! Y
 Evening: EVENING ACTIVITY: We gather in the sunroom for a special presentation. Each evening will have a different focus, drawn from possibilities as varied as a Mezzo-soprano Evening of Arias and Classical Song, Winter Animal Tracking and Survival, French Canadian History, Local Authors, or a Film History of Skiing in North America. There is one evening in the week where there is no lecture scheduled. Guests will be free to watch a film from our extensive collection, play a game of bridge or simply relax by the fire with a good book.
   
Accommodations: Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Ski Instruction/Afternoon Skiing
(Tuesday, March 5)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the Lodge offering a variety of healthy options.
 Morning: SKI INSTRUCTION: We depart the Lodge at 9 a.m. Transportation provided to a choice of five nearby cross country ski centers. Morning, small group instruction (two hours). Attention will be given to individualized progressions. Beginner to advanced skiers welcome. All aspects of instruction will be covered.
 Lunch: Lunches which were provided to guests after their breakfast are now eaten at the lunch facility at the cross country ski centre.
 Afternoon: AFTERNOON SKIING: Free skiing in the afternoon to practice skills learned in morning session and if more individual attention is needed or wanted, instruction will be available.


APRES-SKI: We head back to the lodge at approximately 3:30 p.m. Time for a shower and a drink by the fire before dinner.

 Dinner: Dinner will again feature the chef's specialties.
 Evening: EVENING ACTIVITY: We gather in the sunroom for a special presentation. Each evening will have a different focus, drawn from possibilities as varied as a Mezzo-soprano Evening of Arias and Classical Song, Winter Animal Tracking and Survival, French Canadian History, Local Authors, or a Film History of Skiing in North America. There is one evening in the week where there is no lecture scheduled. Guests will be free to watch a film from our extensive collection, play a game of bridge or simply relax by the fire with a good book.
   
Accommodations: Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Ski Instruction/Afternoon Skiing
(Wednesday, March 6)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the Lodge offering a variety of healthy options.
 Morning: SKI INSTRUCTION: Guests depart from the Lodge at 9 a.m. Transportation provided to a choice of five nearby cross country ski centers. Morning, small group instruction (two hours). Attention will be given to individualized progressions. Beginner to advanced skiers welcome. All aspects of instruction will be covered.
 Lunch: Lunches which were provided to guests after their breakfast are now eaten at the lunch facility at the cross country ski centre.
 Afternoon: AFTERNOON SKIING: Free skiing in the afternoon to practice skills learned in morning session and if more individual attention is needed or wanted, instruction will be available.


APRES-SKI: Late in the day when your body feels appropriately fatigued we'll head home with plenty of time to unwind before dinner, enjoy refreshments by the fireplace or view some instructional videos that reinforce the topics of the day.

 Dinner: Dinner provides yet another opportunity to enjoy more creative cooking.
 Evening: FREE EVENING: One evening during the week will be free - explore the area, relax and read a book or watch a movie.
   
Accommodations: Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Final Ski Class/Afternoon Skiing
(Thursday, March 7)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the Lodge offering a variety of healthy options.
 Morning: SKI INSTRUCTION: Guests depart the Lodge at 9 a.m. Transportation provided to a choice of five nearby cross country ski centers. Morning, small group instruction (two hours). Attention will be given to individualized progressions. Beginner to advanced skiers welcome. All aspects of instruction will be covered
 Lunch: Lunches which were provided to guests after their breakfast are now eaten at the lunch facility at the cross country ski centre.
 Afternoon: AFTERNOON SKIING: Free skiing in the afternoon to practice skills learned in morning session and if more individual attention is needed or wanted, instruction will be available.


APRES-SKI: We'll head home late in the afternoon with time to unwind before dinner, have drinks in the Great Room or view instructional videos that reinforce the topics of the day.

 Dinner: FAREWELL DINNER: Our final dinner together provides one last opportunity to enjoy more creative cooking.
   
Accommodations: Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Review Techniques/Departures
(Friday, March 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served from 8:00 until 9:00 a.m.
 Morning: PROGRAM REVIEW: This morning we will review the techniques learned during the week with the possibility of a short ski tour from the Lodge.
 Lunch: Enjoy a last delicious lunch at the Lodge followed by independent departures. A bag lunch is available to those who are leaving early.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Glen Sutton, QC St Benoit du Lac Abbey
Gregorian Chant available at Eucharist. 35 minute drive from Lodge.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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