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Cross-Country Skiing in Beautiful Rural Vermont…Plus!

Program Number: 20276RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/21/2013 - 1/25/2013; 1/11/2015 - 1/16/2015; 1/19/2015 - 1/23/2015; 1/25/2015 - 1/30/2015; 2/1/2015 - 2/6/2015; 2/8/2015 - 2/13/2015; 2/22/2015 - 2/27/2015; 3/1/2015 - 3/6/2015;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Craftsbury Common, Vermont
Price starting at: $498.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Winter Sports Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 12; 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Experience some of New England’s finest cross-country skiing in the heart of Vermont’s unspoiled Northeast Kingdom. Led by expert ski instructors, enjoy an introduction to cross-country skiing or a refresher course to hone your skills at every ability level. Whether your goal is physical training or exploring Vermont’s scenic treasures, you’ll have extensive options on trails that are wide, expertly maintained, and groomed daily for classical and skate ski techniques.




Highlights

• Experienced cross-country skiing instructors provide easy-to-follow advice to skiers of all abilities as you traverse rural Vermont’s lovely trails.
• On a snowshoe excursion through this pristine wilderness, learn to look for animal tracks and habitats.
• Each program includes an additional educational focus to stimulate your mind after the day’s exhilarating outdoor activities.



Activity Particulars

Two ski classes per day. Ski 6-12 kilometers per day.




Date Specific Information

1-21-2013

Participants will learn the fundamentals of astronomy, with an emphasis on some of the more exciting and interesting aspects. We will explore the scale of the universe and it;s contents - galaxies, dark matter, stars and planets and the story of the Big Bang.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



1-11-2015, 2-1-2015, 2-8-2015

New England Music and Country Dance - Learn the history of traditional country dance and song. Instructors offer standbys as well as newer songs and dances from New England, the Canadian Maritimes, the British Isles and Scandinavia. Live music to accompany song and dance will be provided by guitar, banjo and fiddle - bolster by one evening each week with additional local musicians for a festival contra dance.



1-19-2015, 2-22-2015, 3-1-2015

Yoga - Yoga and Cross-country skiing, a match made in heaven! Yoga is the perfect way to warm up for, cool down from, and build skills necessary for improving your physical fitness. Daily yoga classes will increase your flexibility and strength, improve your balance, and help to both prevent and cure common aches and pains.



1-25-2015

Film and Fiction - This exciting double program will introduce you to a variety of film and short stories. “Now and Then,” an exploration of film genre, will include documentary, animation, short film, and full length film. Evenings will include active participation with literature and at least one full length film.



Coordinated by Craftsbury Outdoor Center.




Craftsbury Common

The town of Craftsbury Common, tucked into green, rolling countryside in northern Vermont, is a year-round magnet for visitors seeking outdoor recreation or just the opportunity to enjoy the relaxed, small-town New England atmosphere.



Accommodations
Dorm-style accommodations with shared bath.

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

David Kaynor is a fiddler and expert contra dance caller. “Contra dance” refers to several styles of folk dance in which couples face each other in lines; they are especially popular in New England. David grew up playing music and took up the fiddle in 1974, then began calling local contra dances around 1980. He has called and taught dancing at many folk schools and music camps from Vermont to California to Sweden.
 
George Wilson

A talented, multi-instrumental virtuoso and singer, George Wilson's repertoire samples a wide variety of traditional and folk styles. As a fiddler, he has nearly 400 tunes for dancing and listening, and has been popular with contra dancers and concert-goers since the late 1970s. George has performed and recorded with Fennig's All-Star String Band and the Whippersnappers since the mid-70s, and has shared his music at contra dances, festivals and dance camps around the country.
 
Barbara Green

A self-employed artist and graphic designer, Barbara Green has a great love of films. She has shared her artwork extensively in exhibitions, publications, collections and commissions. Barbara holds a master’s in economics from Ohio State University, and has taught both economics and watercolors at Rhode Island School of Design.
 
Joan Glazer

Dr. Joan Glazer received her Ph.D. from Ohio State University, and taught in the Education and English Departments at Rhode Island College in Providence. She is the author of two college level textbooks on literature for children, as well as numerous articles on literature and literacy. Joan spent the 2002-2003 academic year in Norway as a Fulbright Scholar in American Studies. Now retired, she remains active professionally, leading organizations and teaching when the opportunity arises.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Craftsbury Outdoor Center
  Craftsbury Common, VT 5 nights
 Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Type: Lodge
  Contact info: 535 Lost Nation Road
Craftsbury Common, VT 05827 USA
phone: 802-586-7767
web: www.craftsbury.com/Road Scholar
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: Our lodging is dorm style with a shared bath down the hall. For an upgrade fee, bedrooms are available with private bath facilities. For information and availability please contact our office at 802-586-7767.
  Additional nights prior: $ 98.00 to $165.00 Please call our office at 802-586-7767 to arrange reservations for additional nights.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $ 98.00 to $165.00 Please call our office at 802-586-7767 to arrange reservations for additional nights.
  Check out time: 10:30 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in is 2:00 You will be staying at Craftsbury Outdoor Center that night.
  End of Program:
5:00 pm You will be staying at Craftsbury Outdoor Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
We have two large parking lots available in front of our dorms, along with several smaller parking spaces on the premises.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Craftsbury Common, VT
  Nearest city or town:  Craftsbury Common, Vermont
  Nearest highway: Interstate 91 and Interstate 89
  Nearest airport:  Burlington, Vermont
  From End of Program
  Location: Craftsbury Common, VT
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Burlingtion, VT

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Peg's Taxi
phone: 800-370-9490

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$ 72.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 1/2 

 

Distance:

 

62 miles

 

Burlingtion, VT

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Free Airport Shuttle
phone: 802-586-7767
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Free
Prices are subject to change.

 

Distance:

 

62 miles

   

We offer a free shuttle service on Fridays and Sundays for RS participants. On Sunday, the shuttle leaves the airport at 1:00 pm and arrives at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center at 2:30 pm. The return shuttle leaves the Craftsbury Outdoor Center at 11:30 am on Friday and arrives at the Burlington International Airport at 1:00 pm. Participant can reserve their spot on the shuttle by calling the front office at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, 802-586-7767 or emailing chasl@craftsbury.com

 
Driving Directions
  Interstate 91 From Interstate 91 take exit 21 for St. Johnsbury and head west on route 2 towards West Danville. Turn west on route 15 to Hardwick, and North on route 14 towards Craftsbury. From Rt. 14 take a right turn at the "6 miles to Craftsbury Outdoor Center" sign onto the South Craftsbury Rd (also called Town Highway 1). Pass through the village of Craftsbury, up a steep hill, and through Craftsbury Common where you will see signs for Sterling College and Craftsbury Academy. Approximately 0.75 mile past the Common look for a small sign that says Craftsbury Outdoor Center. Bear right and follow the signs from there to the Center. You will be traveling on Mill Village Rd, which turns sharply to the left on a downhill. On your left you will see a small dam overflow area by Little Hosmer Pond. Continue on Mill Village Rd and then turn Right onto Lost Nation Rd. From the intersection of Lost Nation Road, you will climb up a steep hill and after about 0.5 miles you will see a large Craftsbury Outdoor Center sign on your left in front of a white house. This is the Craftsbury Outdoor Center office.
Elevation Note: The elevation at the Craftsbury outdoor Center does not exceed 2000 feet.

Equipment Requirements: Our Touring Center has a wide array of wax less rental skis, and can outfit anyone needing ski gear. High-performance skating and wax able classic ski equipment is also available, and our demo program is a great way to try out the latest ski equipment. Our rental fee for a package including skis, boots and poles costs $40.00 for the week.
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: Check -In Dinner Orientation
(Monday, January 21)
   
 Afternoon: CHECK-IN: You may check in between 2:00 - 5:00 pm at the front desk in the white farmhouse. You'll receive your room assignment, room key and arrival packet with the most up-to-date schedule that we'll review during orientation this evening. You're free to explore the grounds and facilities until dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner is a catered buffet of home-cooked dishes served family style in our rustic dining hall. Hot entrées with a vegetarian option, salad bar, fresh fruit and dessert are offered every evening. Every effort is made to source locally grown and organic foods and products.
 Evening: ORIENTATION:.We'll have our orientation session in the Tamarack classroom following dinner. You'll meet the course instructor and review the content of the arrival packet that contains the updated schedule of activities and meals for the program, a map of the Craft bury Outdoor Center, information about the facility and roster of the participants. INTRODUCTION to ASTRONOMY:Participants will learn the fundamentals of astronomy, with an emphasis on some of the more exciting and interesting aspects. We will explore the scale of the universe and it;s contents - galaxies, dark matter, stars and planets and the story of the Big Bang.
   
Accommodations: Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Astronomy Course Ski Lesson
(Tuesday, January 22)
   
 Breakfast: A hearty breakfast buffet with hot entrée, fruit, and cereal options.
 Morning: STRETCHING CLASS: Learn good stretching technique for before and after skiing. SKI LESSONS: Chose a ski group to fit your ability. Novice to expert technique will be taught with plenty of time to practice your new skills.
 Lunch: A hearty lunch buffet with hot entrees, homemade bread, soups , salad , fresh fruit and dessert.
 Afternoon: Astronomy course: The Scale of the Universe: How big and how far? Appreciating the scale of the universe requires both a language to communicate and a series of exercises to build a mental model of the nearly inconceivably huge. For most non- Scientists, this is also an exercise in frustration. Yet that very nature of the visible Universe( and beyond!)_ generates a deep fascination for us all because the size and age of the Universe is , in fact, describable. How big is the visible Universe? How old is it? How is it changing?
 Afternoon: SKI TOUR: Join our ski instructors on our cross-country trails which are wide, expertly maintained, and groomed daily. Taste Vermont cheeses at the Wine, Cider, and Cheese Social. This is a great way mingle with other Road Scholar participants.
 Dinner: Self-serve buffet in family style dining hall.
 Evening: Social time / Games
   
Accommodations: Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Astronomy Course Ski Lesson
(Wednesday, January 23)
   
 Breakfast: A hearty breakfast buffet with hot entrée, fruit, and cereal options.
 Morning: STRETCHING CLASS then SKI LESSONS: Chose a ski group to fit your ability. Novice to expert technique will be taught with plenty of time to practice your new skills.
 Lunch: A hearty lunch buffet with hot entrée, homemade bread, soup, and salad.
 Afternoon: Ski Tour. Join our ski instructors on our cross-country trails which are wide, expertly maintained, and groomed daily for your enjoyment. Astronomy course: The contents of the universe: galaxies, dark matter, stars, planets. The fact that we occupy only one small planet is obvious. The fact that we orbit a star called the Sun, which provides us with heat and light is understood by even small children. But as astronomers developed better methods of gazing out into the cosmos, and better methods of understanding the science of deep space, our little corner of the Universe was found to be just one small sample of the great zoo of objects forming, burning, expanding, collapsing, orbiting and exploding across the heavens.
 Dinner: Self-serve buffet in family style dining hall.
   
Accommodations: Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Astronomy Course Snowshoe Tour Skate Ski Lesson
(Thursday, January 24)
   
 Breakfast: A hearty breakfast buffet with hot entrée, fruit and cereal options.
 Morning: GROUP SKI TOUR: to the classic New England village of Craftsbury. The option of a tour to Craftsbury Village is dependant upon the weather and snow conditions and requires stamina.. .
 Lunch: A hearty lunch buffet with hot entrée, homemade bread, soup and salad.
 Afternoon: SNOW-SHOE TOUR: Explore our snowshoe trails for lead by our resident naturalist. SKATE SKI LESSON: This option is provided for participants who are interested in learning the technique of skate skiing. Skate equipment can be borrowed from the touring center at no cost to Road Scholar. ASTRONOMY COURSE: STARS: how they form and burn and die. Stars form naturally, like raindrops, from great clouds of gas. But because they constitute the only source of light in the cosmos, their variety, forms and evolution are the most studied subject beyond our solar system. Furthermore, the demise of stars often results in the spectacular explosions called Supernovae that shine with the light of billions of stars and leave fragments behind that form the most exotic objects known.
 Dinner: Self-serve buffet in family style dining hall.
 Evening: Movie night
   
Accommodations: Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Free Ski Departure
(Friday, January 25)
   
 Breakfast: A hearty breakfast buffet with hot entrée, fruit, and cereal options.
 Morning: Free Ski
 Lunch: A hearty lunch buffet with hot entrée, homemade bread, soup, and salad or a bag lunch for travel.
   
Accommodations: Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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.

Suggested Reading List


Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival


Author: Bern Heinrich




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