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Adventure in the Monadnock Region By Cross-Country Skis and Snowshoes

Program Number: 8235RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/10/2013 - 2/15/2013; 2/8/2015 - 2/13/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: West Swanzey, New Hampshire
Price starting at: $598.00 - 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: Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

The forests in the shadow of Mount Monadnock — the most climbed mountain in the world — offer some of the finest opportunities in New Hampshire for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Whether you’re a beginner skier or intermediate snowshoer, embrace the New England winter and improve your skills with the help of expert activity leaders. Enjoy an opportunity to discover the Monadnock region, and get a glimpse into its local history, community, traditions, natural wonders and more.




Highlights

• Delve into the history of Harrisville during a field trip to its downtown region and mills — named a National Historic Landmark.
• Get insight into animal tracking during a presentation by a local naturalist.
• Learn about maple sugaring, a local tradition and New England favorite.



Activity Particulars

Snowshoeing/cross-country skiing for 1-4 hours daily on easy and intermediate terrains. All activities are paced to match ability levels.



Coordinated by Pilgrim Pines Conference Center.




West Swanzey

Nestled in the valley of southwest New Hampshire, West Swanzey is one of several postcard-perfect towns in the Monadock region. Winding roads pass covered bridges, historic sites and the 3,000-foot Mount Monadnock, one of the most popular ascents in New England.



Accommodations
Comfortable retreat and conference center with cabins and condos on the shore of Swanzey Lake. Alcohol free site. Single rooms available at no extra cost.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Steve Weber

When he’s not utilizing his maple sugaring skills or working to preserve local bee colonies, Steve Weber works an educational resource consultant and is an active environmentalist. With his wife, Alison, Steve has shared his enthusiasm for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing for 12 years on Road Scholar adventures.
 
Alison Weber

Alison Weber is an educational consultant and historian. An avid skier, she coaches high school racing teams in cross-country skiing. With her husband, Steve, Alison has shared her enthusiasm for skiing and snowshoeing with Road scholar participants for more than 12 years.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Pilgrim Pines
  West Swanzey 5 nights
 Pilgrim Pines
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Retreat center located on a lake with a quiet country friendly atmosphere
  Contact info: 220 W. Shore Rd
Swanzey, NH 03446 USA
phone: 603-352-0443
web: www.pilgrimpines.org
  Facility amenities: All rooms have private bath. Cabins by the Lake, condo style housing available and enjoy the quaint historic Mayflower Lodge. New beds in all units... single and double bed available. Some units have two singles pushed together for make a "king size" bed.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Additional nights prior: NA 
  Check in time: 3:30 PM
  Additional nights after: NA 
  Check out time: 10:15 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00 p.m. in Mayflower Lodge - Office You will be staying at Pilgrim Pines that night.
  End of Program:
12:15 p.m. Mayflower Dining Room -Lunch You will be staying at Pilgrim Pines the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  West Swanzey
  Nearest city or town:  Keene, NH
  Nearest highway: Interstare Rte. 91, Highways #10, #32
  Nearest airport:  Manchester, NH
  From End of Program
  Location: West Swanzey
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Logan/, Boston/Hartford Springfield, Bradley/Manchester

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Thomas Transportation
phone: 800-526-8143
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Logan-$160.00 Bradley-$145.00 Manchester-$136.00 per person... addl second person is $40.00 more
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

Logan - 95 miles. Bradley - 85 miles. Manchester - 75 miles

   

Bus service is available from Bradley - requires bus change. No bus service from Logan or Manchester. Rental car rental is an option. Avis and Enterprise have drop-sites in Keene. Please call Chuck Anderson, Coordinator 603-499-1994 to ask about the possibility of coordinating schedules with other participants.

 
Driving Directions
  Boston, MA Highway #2 West to 140 N. 140 N to 12 N. 12 N through Troy, NH to Flat Roof Mill Rd., (3.5 miles N of Troy) L on Flat Roof Mill Rd to #32. (about 4 miles - stop sign). R on 32 and an immediate L on Swanzey Lake Rd. 2.2 miles on Swanzey Lake Rd to West Shore Rd. Turn R and follow 1 mile to Pilgrim Pines sign.. continue 1/4 mile to Mayflower Lodge - Office.
  Hartford, CT/Springfield, MA #91 N to exit 28A...(N of Greenfield, MA exit) Follow #10 N from that exit through Winchester, NH. Four miles N of Winchester look for Pilgrim Pines sign. When you pass the Shamrock Reality building, turn R on Swanzey Lake Rd. Follow 4 miles, bearing R to West Shore Rd. Turn L on West Shore Rd and follow one mile to Pilgrim Pines sign... continue 1/4 mile to Mayflower Lodge - Office.
Equipment Requirements: Rental ski and snowshoe equipment will be provided. If you have your own skis or snowshoes we encourage you to bring them.
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: Afternoon Arrivals/Welcome & Orientation
(Sunday, February 10)

Note: Orientation



   
 Afternoon: 3:30-5:30 pm Registration in the office with coffee, tea, and cold drinks available in the Dining Room
 Dinner: 6:00 pm in the Dining Room
 Evening: 7:30 pm Orientation in the Meetinghouse
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at Windblown
(Monday, February 11)

Note: Good beginner/teaching area and excellent for intermediate and advanced skiiers.



   
 Breakfast: 8:00 a.m in the Dining Room
 Morning: 9 am Leave by vans for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at Windblown Ski Lessons for beginners on site Coaching for intermediate and advanced skiers.
 Lunch: 12:30 p.m. Bag Lunch in Lodge at Windblown
 Afternoon: Individual instruction and opportunities for skiing and snowshoeing on your own.
 Dinner: 5:30 p.m in the Dining Room
 Evening: Videos on Cross-Country Skiing
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Cross-country skiing and/or snowshoeing at Grafton Ponds or Prospect Mt depending upon weather.
(Tuesday, February 12)

Note: Opportunities for individual instruction and full day of skiing.



   
 Breakfast: In the Dining Room
 Morning: Class I-Skiing & Snowshoeing- Grafton Ponds or Prospect Mt Weather driven... Alternate site may be chosen
 Lunch: Lunch-Brown Bag on-site
 Afternoon: Skiing & Snowshoeing with individual instruction.
 Dinner: 5;30 p.m. in the Dining Room
 Evening: Entertainment especially designed for Valentines day- TBA
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Full day of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
(Wednesday, February 13)

Note: Individual instruction



   
 Breakfast: 8:00 am in the Dining Room
 Morning: Class I-Skiing & Snowshoeing Place to be determined by weather and snow conditions. Place chosen will be good for all levels of skiing/snowshoe abiliies.t
 Lunch: 12:30 p.m. Bag Lunch on site.
 Afternoon: Opportunities for skiing and snowshoeing continue
 Dinner: 5:30 pm in the Dining Room
 Evening: Open evening - Options - TBA
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: History/Animal tracking and Snowshoeing
(Thursday, February 14)

Note: With staff of Harris Center learn about animal tracking and history of area. Snowshoe to identify tracks and observe terrain. l



   
 Breakfast: 8:00 am in the Dining Room
 Morning: Class I- Trip to Historic Harris Center. Snowshoeing and class on animal tracking .
 Lunch: Lunch at Harris Center
 Afternoon: Opportunities for Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing continue. On Site Instruction.
 Dinner: 6:00 pm Valentines Dinner in the Dining Room
 Evening: Homespun in the Meetinghouse
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Maple sugaring
(Friday, February 15)
   
 Breakfast: 7:45 am in the Dining Room
 Morning: Class I-Winter Ecology Break-Check out of rooms Class II-Maple Sugaring
 Lunch: Farewell luncheon, 12:00 pm noon in the Dining Room
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  West Swanzey New Hampshire Devision of Travel and Tourism
State of New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development 172 Pembroke Road P.O. Box 1856 Concord, New Hampshire 03302-1856 Fax: 603-271-6870 or travel@dred.state.nh.us To order your vacation kit please call: 800-FUN-IN-NH (386-4664) To speak with one of our Division office staff please call: 603-271-2665 For additional information, visit www.visitnh.gov/
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.

What’s included in this Road Scholar program?



Except for the occasional meal on some programs, Road Scholar programs are all-inclusive. That means there are no extra “options,” no passing the hat for tips and no surprises. From lectures and field trips to gratuities and accommodations – the price you pay up front is the price you pay.

Specifically, this program includes:


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