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Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing in the Catskills

Program Number: 12025RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/24/2013 - 3/1/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Claryville, New York
Price starting at: $698.00 - 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: Vegetarian; Low Fat; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Spend your days exploring the limitless trail network of New York’s famed “forever wild” Catskill Forest Preserve on snowshoes, cross-country skis and on foot as we combine the best of all worlds for winter sports enthusiasts. Whether your goal is physical training or discovering the Catskill's hard-to-reach areas of breathtaking wilderness and pristine beauty, we provide extensive terrain and expert instruction.




Highlights

• Expert-led snowshoeing walks over the trails of the Catskills offer glimpses of the mountains’ diverse array of winter wildlilfe.
• Enjoy expert instruction on cross-country skiing and opportunities to explore Nordic trails.
• Evening presentations explore the history and animals of the area and a slideshow of our adventures.



Activity Particulars

Snowshoeing up to six miles a day and cross-country skiing up to three miles a day on ungroomed trails; beginners to intermediates.



Coordinated by Frost Valley YMCA/East Valley Lodge.




Claryville

The region surrounding Claryville is part of the New York City watershed, and as such, the natural beauty of the area’s forests and waterways is preserved in order to maintain the purity of the water that eventually reaches more than half of the state’s population.



Accommodations
Former country estate on the East Branch of the Neversink River.
Meals and Lodgings
   East Valley Lodge at the Frost Valley YMCA
  Claryville, NY 5 nights
 East Valley Lodge at the Frost Valley YMCA
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Located in the pristine forests at the base of Slide Mountain, the Frost Valley YMCA features nearly 7,000 acres of meadows, ponds, cascading waterfalls, and world-renowned trout streams, creating an idyllic background. The East Valley Lodge at Frost Valley is a lovely renovated home situated in a beautiful field just a few feet from the East Branch of the Neversink River. The East Valley Lodge deck, right off the dining room, looks directly over the Neversink River.
  Contact info: 21 Straus Lane
Claryville, NY 12725 USA
phone: 845-985-2254
web: FrostValley.org
  Facility amenities: The East Valley Lodge offers a warm country lodge atmosphere in a peaceful and secluded valley. This renovated turn-of-the-century estate features small active programs, tastefully furnished, comfortable rooms with private baths, and outstanding wellness cuisine. Marked hiking trails stretching throughout the Catskill Forest Preserve depart just a few feet from the front door of the house.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Check out time: 2:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check-in at 4 PM, program begins in the dining room. You will be staying at East Valley Lodge at the Frost Valley YMCA that night.
  End of Program:
2 PM check out, program ends in dining room. You will be staying at East Valley Lodge at the Frost Valley YMCA the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Release and Waiver of Liability and Indemnity Agreement Medical Form - kept strictly confidential, used only to expedite emergency medical care
  Parking availability:
Ample on site parking for participants
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Claryville, NY
  Nearest city or town:  Liberty, NY is 30 minutes away.
  Nearest highway: State Hwy 17
  Nearest airport:  Stewart International, Newburgh, NY
  From End of Program
  Location: Claryville, NY
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

To East Valley Lodge

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
YMCA East Valley Lodge
phone: 845-985-2254
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$50
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

   

It is important that you make contact with our East Valley Lodge Coordinator, at 845-985-2254 to arrange a ride from the bus station in Monticello, NY to the East Valley Lodge at a minimum of 1 week prior to arrival to ensure a timely pick up.

 

From New York City, NY

 

To Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Shortline Bus Company
phone: 800-631-8405
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

To be determined when booked
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2.5 hours 

   

Click on www.coachusa.com/shortline/ss.tickets.asp to view schedules and prices of buses leaving from New York City, NY to Monticello, NY. It is important that you make contact with our East Valley Lodge Coordinator, at 845-985-2254 to arrange a ride from the bus station in Monticello, NY to the East Valley Lodge at a minimum of 1 week prior to arrival to ensure a timely pick up.

 

East Valley Lodge

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
YMCA East Valley Ranch
phone: 845-985-2254
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

To be determined when booking
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 

 

Distance:

 

70 miles

   

A complimentary shuttle runs from the airport to Shortline bus station in Newburgh. Catch the Shortline bus to Monticello - this is booked through the Shortline bus company. Please contact us (845 985 2254) at least a week in advance to tell us what time you will be arriving at the Monticello bus station so that we can pick you up in a timely fashion. The shuttle from Monticello to the East Valley Ranch is $50 one way.

 
Driving Directions
  From Albany and Points North Keeping track of mileage will be very helpful! From NY Thruway Exit 19 (Kingston), go 30 miles West on Route 28. Look for signs on left side of road marked "Big Indian" Turn left onto County Road 47 and go 21 miles (note: at 14 miles you will pass through Frost Valley and pass by the Frost Valley YMCA) to County Road 19 in Claryville. Turn left and follow County Road 19 for seven miles (past the "Dead End" sign). Turn right at the Straus Center sign and follow the driveway.
  From Binghamton and Points West Take Route 17 East to Exit 100 (Liberty). Make a right at end of ramp, go through town on Rt. 52. Turn right on to Rt. 55 East. Follow directions from Liberty.
  From Connecticut and Points East Take 1-84 West to Route 17 (Middletown, NY). Go West on Route 17 to Exit 10OA (Liberty). At the end of the exit ramp turn right onto Route 55 East. Follow directions from Liberty.
  From Liberty, NY Take Route 55 East 10 miles to Curry. Look for sign on the right side of the road marked "Claryville." Turn left onto County Road 19 and go 4 miles toward Claryville. See white Church on right. Do NOT turn left at the Frost Valley sign!!! Continue straight ahead on County Road 19 (which is called Denning Road in Claryville) through Claryville for 7+ miles. Drive past the "Dead End" signs. The Straus Center driveway will be on your right. Turn right at the Straus Center sign and follow the driveway all the way around keeping left.
  From New Jersey and Points South From the New York Thruway Exit 16 (Harriman) go 55 miles West on Route 17 to Exit 100A (Liberty). Note that exit 100A will be AFTER exit 100. At the end of the exit ramp turn right onto Route 55 East. Follow directions from Liberty.
Elevation Note: Facility is at 2000 feet.

Equipment Requirements: Ski equipment and snowshoes will be provided. Winter clothing will be required including hats, gloves, scarves, winter boots, and wicking socks. Please be sure to bring multiple layers of clothing. Bottom layers should include either polypropylene, capalene, or spandex. Mid layer should be a fleece or wool. Top layer should act as a wind proof layer or water proof layer such as wind stopper or gore-tex. Please be sure to avoid using cotton or cotton blends. A full list of clothing will be sent out in the welcome packet.
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/Orientation
(Sunday, February 24)
   
 Afternoon: Check-in begins at 4:00 PM in Straus Center dining room.
 Dinner: Conclude the day's travel with warm welcome to the East Valley Lodge and a delicious selection of wholesome entrees. Dinners may include salmon steaks, tofu milano, or other tasteful choices. Side dishes may consist of garlic mashed potatoes, rice pilaf, tortellini, or sauteed fresh vegetables. Enjoy coffee, homemade desserts and conversation around one of our three fireplaces.
 Evening: Introductions and an orientation to the Straus Center and the week's Road Scholar program.
   
Accommodations: East Valley Lodge at the Frost Valley YMCA
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Snowshoeing
(Monday, February 25)
   
 Breakfast: Fireside breakfast served in East Valley Lodge dining room.
 Morning: Become acquainted with winter's fastest growing form of outdoor recreation. You will find that snowshoeing is simply a modified form of walking. Begin to get comfortable climbing and hiking in these slightly awkward winter shoes.
 Lunch: Lunch will consist of healthy wellness cuisine prepared to replenish your active body's needs. Homemade soups, complete salad bar and light deserts are provided daily.
 Afternoon: Continue building familiarity with your snowshoe skills as we take a leisurely guided walk along any of our myriad of private, wooded trails. In addition to being an excellent source of aerobic exercise, showshoeing allows an outstanding opportunity to catch a glimpse of the Catskill Mountains' diverse array of winter wildlife.
 Dinner: Conclude the day's activity with a hot meal at the East Valley Lodge. Enjoy coffee, homemade desserts and conversation around one of our three fireplaces.
 Evening: On-site evening presentations in our cozy living room often include an array of topics ranging from local history or environmental education, to instructional videos and local performances.
   
Accommodations: East Valley Lodge at the Frost Valley YMCA
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Cross-County Skiing
(Tuesday, February 26)
   
 Breakfast: Fireside breakfast served in East Valley Lodge dining room.
 Morning: Our morning session will consist of an introduction to cross country ski equipment and professional instruction. Participants will become familiar with ski terminology, skiing technique as well as falling and recovery skills.
 Lunch: Guests will be provided with a diverse variety of food selections to assemble their own picnic lunch.
 Afternoon: Continue to hone and master your newly acquired Nordic ski skills. Spend the afternoon exploring the East Valley Lodge's property on skis utilizing our own private network of both tracked and untracked trails.
 Dinner: Conclude the day with a delicious selection of wholesome entrees. Enjoy coffee, homemade deserts and conversation around one of our three stone fireplaces.
 Evening: Enjoy your evening doing as much or as little as you choose. Challenge a friend to a game of scrabble, read a book, start a puzzle or simply relax in one of our deep couches while watching the flickering fire.
   
Accommodations: East Valley Lodge at the Frost Valley YMCA
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Snowshoeing
(Wednesday, February 27)
   
 Breakfast: Fireside breakfast served in East Valley Lodge dining room.
 Morning: Take a van ride over to Frost Valley's main campus to explore our wonderful snowshoe trails . Begin to understand the vast geographic and natural diversity found here at Frost Valley's 6000 plus acre preserve on snowshoes. Explore areas like Banks Hill, Biscuit Creek, and Devil's Hole.
 Lunch: Guests will be provided with a diverse variety of food selections to assemble their own picnic lunch.
 Afternoon: Spend the afternoon continuing to explore the natural surroundings on snowshoes.
 Dinner: Conclude the day' with an evening meal at the East Valley Lodge. Enjoy coffee, homemade desserts and conversation around one of our three fireplaces.
 Evening: On-site evening presentations in our cozy living room often include an array of topics ranging from local history or environmental education, to instructional videos and local performances.
   
Accommodations: East Valley Lodge at the Frost Valley YMCA
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Cross Country Skiing
(Thursday, February 28)
   
 Breakfast: Fireside breakfast served in East Valley Lodge dining room.
 Morning: Continue to develop your cross country skiing skills as we hit the trails around Straus. Large open fields and trails through the forests provide enough challenge for beginner or intermediate skiers.
 Lunch: Lunch will consist of healthy wellness cuisine prepared to replenish your active body's needs.
 Afternoon: Continue to explore and navigate your way through our extensive trail system located over at Frost Valley's main campus.
 Dinner: Conclude the day' with an evening meal at the East Valley Lodge. Enjoy coffee, homemade desserts and conversation around one of our three fireplaces.
 Evening: Enjoy a review of the week's activities through a slideshow of photos taken by staff members and guests alike.
   
Accommodations: East Valley Lodge at the Frost Valley YMCA
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6:
(Friday, March 1)
   
 Breakfast: Fireside breakfast served in East Valley Lodge dining room.
 Morning: Explore the East Valley Lodge's private trail network on your choice of cross-country skiis or snowshoes.
 Lunch: Guests will be provided with a diverse variety of food selections to assemble their own bagged lunch to provide ultimate flexibility in traveling plans.
 Afternoon: Check out and goodbyes to follow lunch
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Claryville, NY Catskill Guide
For additional information, visit www.catskillguide.com
  Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce
(845) 292-8500 For additional information, visit www.catskills.com
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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