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Alpine or Nordic Skiing at Utah's Premier Resorts

Program Number: 8770RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/20/2013 - 1/26/2013; 1/25/2015 - 1/31/2015;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Sundance, Utah
Price starting at: $1,295.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Winter Sports; Natural History Activity Level: n (see description)
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Salt; Low Fat; Gluten Free; Vegetarian    

Ski Magazine wrote, “Sundance is the resort you would build if you’d won the lottery and could do what you’ve always dreamed of.” It offers spectacular alpine and downhill terrain, as well as “destination-quality” Nordic and cross-country trails. Choose to downhill ski amid more than 450 acres of pristine Utah terrain or cross-country ski a rare combination of wide, groomed Nordic trails and backcountry wilderness.




Highlights

Experience Sundance Nordic Center or Alpine Resort to see why the resort is called “Little Switzerland,” and commune with nature while alpine or Nordic skiing at Solitude Resort, high in the Rocky Mountains.
For X-C skiers, enjoy “Soldier’s Hollow,” home to the 2002 Winter Olympic cross-country and biathlon venue.
Experience an evening with the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir in their Salt Lake Tabernacle!



Activity Particulars

Five days of skiing. Elevations of 7,000-10,000 feet. Personal ski equipment welcome. Rentals available.




Sundance

Sundance ski resort, 45 miles south of Salt Lake City, is perhaps best known for the independent film festival it hosts. But the Sundance Institute, founded by Robert Redford, makes artists and their work a year-round focus in this mountain town.



Accommodations
Full-service hotel, indoor pool and hot tub.
Meals and Lodgings
   Best Western Plus Provo River Inn
  Provo, UT 6 nights
 Best Western Plus Provo River Inn
Type: Inn
  Description: Within walking distance to many local restaurants and stores.
  Contact info: 2230 N. University Parkway
Provo, UT 84604 USA
phone: 801-373-7044
web: http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/US/UT/Provo-hotels/BEST-WESTERN-PLUS-Provo-River-Inn/Hotel-Overview.do?propertyCode=45053
  Room amenities: Cable television. Private bath. Laundry room.
  Facility amenities: Indoor pool and hot tub, outdoor pool, free high speed wireless Internet, Business Center in lobby, pets allowed and Conference Rooms. Complimentary Breakfast: choice of breads cereal fruit hot eggs hot breakfast meat other hot items juice and coffee
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $64 +tax You must contact the hotel directly, in advance, to book any additional nights.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $64 +tax You must contact the hotel directly, in advance, to book any additional nights.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
5:45 at Hotel (Conference Room) Sunday evening. You will be staying at Best Western Plus Provo River Inn that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends following breakfast at 8:00 AM. You will be staying at Best Western Plus Provo River Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Nielsen Adventures Questionnaire and Liability Waiver, Road Scholar Health/Medical Information.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free at the hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Provo, UT
  Nearest city or town:  Orem, UT
  Nearest airport:  Salt Lake International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Provo, UT
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Salt Lake City, Utah International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Express Shuttle
phone: 800-397-0773
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$35-$40
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

40 miles

   

Express Shuttle Services at (800)397-0773 or (801)375-5533 for airport pickup at a cost of $33 for first individual and $15-$20 each additional person. You must tell them you are an Road Scholar participant to receive this rate.

 
Driving Directions
  Best Western Plus Provo River Inn-PROVO FROM THE WEST on I-80 or from SALT LAKE AIRPORT: Travel east on I-80 approximately 4 miles (follow Freeway signs to Provo) and get onto I-15 southbound. Follow I-15 south approximately 35 miles to exit 269 University Parkway in Orem. Turn east and follow University Parkway for approximately 2 miles east bound through Orem then down the hill into Provo. Get into the left lane and turn turn left onto 2230 North at the stop light. Travel 1 block east. Turn right at the next light. Best Western Plus Provo River Inn will be on your left. FROM THE NORTH on I-15 southbound, continue on I-15 south from Salt Lake City approximately 35 miles to exit 269 University Parkway in Orem. Turn east and follow University Parkway for approximately 2 miles east bound through Orem then down the hill into Provo. Get into the left lane and turn left onto 2230 North at the stop light. Travel 1 block east. Turn right at the next light. Best Western Plus Provo River Inn will be on your left. FROM THE EAST on I-80: Travel west on I-80 to I-15 southbound and get onto I-15 southbound. Follow I-15 south approximately 35 miles to exit 269 University Parkway in Orem. Turn east and follow University Parkway for approximately 2 miles east bound through Orem then down the hill into Provo. Get into the left lane and turn left onto 2230 North at the stop light. Travel 1 block east. Turn right at the next light. Best Western Plus Provo River Inn will be on your left. FROM THE SOUTH on I-15: Travel northbound on I-15 until reaching University Parkway exit 269 in Orem. Turn east and follow University Parkway for approximately 2 miles east bound through Orem then down the hill into Provo. Get into the left lane and turn left onto 2230 North at the stop light. Travel 1 block east. Turn right at the next light. Best Western Plus Provo River Inn will be on your left.
Elevation Note: Elevations 7,000 to 10,000 feet.

Equipment Requirements: Personal ski equipment welcome. Rentals available for added cost. You can rent Alpine or Nordic ski packages at Sundance on our first morning. Downhill prices range from $25 for a basic package to $55 for high performance skis per day. Cross-country prices are around $18 per day. We encourage you to rent them for the weekly rate to save money from daily rental since you will be using them for five days. Reservations are not necessary but if desired, you can call the Nordic Rental Center at (801) 223-4170 or the Alpine Rental Center at (801) 223-4121 Both Alpine and Nordic rental shops will store your skis free each night if you rent from them. Or, if using your own skis, they only charge around $5 per night for overnight storage.
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: Arrival/Check-in/Orientation
(Sunday, January 20)
   
 Dinner: 2:00-5:30 PM Check-in at the front desk for your room assignment. (rooms are not ready until the 2:00 check-in). Anytime between 5:45-6:00 PM Come into the Conference Room for our Road Scholar Registration and pick up your packet and detailed itinerary of the week. 6:00-7:00 PM Enjoy a delicious catered buffet style meal from our private chef in the Conference Room.
 Evening: 7:00-8:30 PM, Welcome, Introductions and Orientation on the detailed overview of the coming week's activities in the Conference Room.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Plus Provo River Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Ski Lesson for Alpine or Nordic Skiing at Sundance Ski Resort or Nordic Center.
(Monday, January 21)

Note: Wear layers. Always take extra layers off when needed.



   
 Breakfast: Anytime between 6:00-7:45 AM Enjoy a delicious Breakfast Buffet style, provided by the hotel, in the Conference Room.
 Morning: 8:00 AM Board Bus to travel to Sundance Ski Resort. 9:00-12:00 Alpine and Nordic Skiing at Sundance. 10:00-12:00 Participants will have either 2 hours of Alpine or Nordic group lesson, for all levels, with a PSIA Certified Downhill or Cross-Country Ski Instructor.
 Lunch: 12:00-1:00 Enjoy a boxed lunch prepared by our private chef at Sundance.
 Afternoon: 1:00-3:30 Continue Nordic skiing at Nordic Center. 1:00-4:00 Continue Alpine Skiing at Sundance Ski Resort . You may choose to rent snowshoes and check out snowshoe trails. 3:30 Nordic Skiers Board Vans. 4:00 All Skiers Board Bus. 4:45 (approx.) Return to Hotel.
 Dinner: 6:00-6:45 Enjoy a delicious catered buffet style meal from our private chef in the Conference Room.
 Evening: 6:45-8:00 Enjoy an inspiring topic on: "Behind the Scenes: How the Sundance Film Festival became the Premier Film Festival in the World" with Debi Brady, Festival Historian, in the Conference Room.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Plus Provo River Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Alpine Skiers at Sundance Ski Resort and Nordic Skiers at Soldier Hollow, one of 2002 Winter Olympic Games Venues.
(Tuesday, January 22)

Note: Wear layers. Always take extra layers off when needed.



   
 Breakfast: Anytime between 6:00-8:00 AM, Enjoy a delicious Breakfast Buffet style, provided by the hotel, in the Conference Room.
 Morning: 8:15 Board Bus and drop Alpine Skiers at Sundance Ski Resort and then take the Nordic Skiers at Soldier Hollow, one of 2002 Winter Olympic Games Venues. 9:00-12:00 Alpine Skiing at Sundance. 9:30-12:00 Nordic Skiing at Soldier Hollow, an Olympic Venue.
 Lunch: 12:00-1:00 Enjoy a boxed lunch prepared by our private chef, either at Sundance or Soldier Hollow.
 Afternoon: 1:00-3:30 Continue Nordic Skiing at Soldier Hollow. 1:00-4:00 Continue Alpine Skiing at Sundance. You may choose to rent snowshoes and check out snowshoe trails. 3:30 Nordic Skiers board bus 4:00 Alpine Skiers board bus 4:45 (approx.) Return to Hotel.
 Dinner: 6:00-6:45 Enjoy a delicious catered buffet style meal from our private chef in the Conference Room.
 Evening: Free Evening
   
Accommodations: Best Western Plus Provo River Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Ski Lesson for Alpine or Nordic Skiing at Sundance Ski Resort or Nordic Center.
(Wednesday, January 23)

Note: Wear layers. Always take extra layers off when needed.



   
 Breakfast: Anytime between 6:00-8:00 AM, Enjoy a delicious Breakfast Buffet style, provided by the hotel, in the Conference Room.
 Morning: 8:15 Board Bus to travel to Sundance Ski Resort. 9:00-12:00 Alpine and Nordic Skiing. (10:00-12:00), Participants will have either 2 hours of Alpine or Nordic group lesson, for all levels, with a PSIA Certified Downhill or Cross-Country Ski Instructor.
 Lunch: 12:00-1:00 Enjoy a boxed lunch prepared by our private chef at Sundance.
 Afternoon: 1:00-3:30 Continue Nordic skiing at Nordic Center. 1:00-4:00 Continue Alpine Skiing at Sundance Ski Resort . You may choose to rent snowshoes and check out snowshoe trails. 3:30 Nordic Skiers Board Vans. 4:00 All Skiers Board Bus. 4:45 (approx.) Return to Hotel.
 Dinner: 6:00-6:45 Enjoy a delicious catered buffet style meal from our private chef in the Conference Room.
 Evening: 6:45-8:00 Enjoy an inspiring topic on: "Utah's Fascinating History" with Debi Brady, Utah State Historian and Vice President of Utah Tour Guide Association, in the Conference Room.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Plus Provo River Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Alpine and Nordic Skiing at Solitude Ski Resort.
(Thursday, January 24)

Note: Wear layers. Always take extra layers off when needed.



   
 Breakfast: Anytime between 6:00-8:00 AM, Enjoy a delicious Breakfast Buffet style, provided by the hotel, in the Conference Room.
 Morning: 8:15 Board Bus to travel to Solitude Ski Resort for Alpine and Nordic Skiers. 9:30-12:00 Alpine Skiing at Solitude. 10:00-12:00 Nordic Skiing at Solitude Nordic Center.
 Lunch: 12:00-1:00 Enjoy a boxed lunch prepared by our private chef at Solitude.
 Afternoon: 1:00-3:30 Continue Nordic skiing at Solitude. 1:00-4:00 Continue Alpine Skiing at Solitude. You may choose to rent snowshoes and check out snowshoe trails. 3:00 Nordic Skiers Board Bus. 3:30 Alpine Skiers Board Bus. 4:45 (approx.) Return to Hotel.
 Dinner: 6:00-6:45 Enjoy a delicious catered buffet style meal from our private chef in the Conference Room.
 Evening: Optional Evening Activity: 6:45 Load Bus for Salt Lake City 8:00-9:00 Experience the Famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir Rehearsal. 9:45 (approx.) Return to Hotel
   
Accommodations: Best Western Plus Provo River Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Ski Lesson for Alpine or Nordic Skiing at Sundance Ski Resort or Nordic Center.
(Friday, January 25)

Note: Wear layers. Always take extra layers off when needed.



   
 Breakfast: Anytime between 6:00-8:00 AM, Enjoy a delicious Breakfast Buffet style, provided by the hotel, in the Conference Room.
 Morning: 8:15 Board Bus to travel to Sundance Ski Resort. 9:00-12:00 Alpine and Nordic Skiing. (10:00-12:00), Participants will have either 2 hours of Alpine or Nordic group lesson, for all levels, with a PSIA Certified Downhill or Cross-Country Ski Instructor.
 Lunch: 12:00-1:00 Enjoy a boxed lunch prepared by our private chef at Sundance.
 Afternoon: 1:00-3:30 Continue Nordic skiing at Nordic Center. 1:00-4:00 Continue Alpine Skiing at Sundance Ski Resort . You may choose to rent snowshoes and check out snowshoe trails. 3:30 Nordic Skiers Board Vans. 4:00 All Skiers Board Bus. 4:45 (approx.) Return to Hotel.
 Dinner: 6:00-6:45 Enjoy a delicious catered buffet style meal from our private chef in the Conference Room.
 Evening: An inspiring program finale: Experience and Enjoy "Mango Jam," A Wonderful Father/Son Hawaiian Performing Group. Afterwards, distribution of Passport Stickers and saying our goodbyes until next time.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Plus Provo River Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Individual Departure
(Saturday, January 26)
   
 Breakfast: 6:00 - 10:00 AM, Enjoy a delicious Breakfast Buffet style, provided by the hotel, either in the Conference Room or the Front Lobby.
 Morning: Program ends after breakfast Saturday morning and individual departure.Check out of room by 12:00 Noon.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Provo, UT Provo, Utah
Utah Valley Convention & Visitor's Bureau: 111 S. University Avenue, Provo, UT 84601. Call 1-800-222-8824. For additional information, visit www.utahvalley.org
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


Ski & Snow Country: The Golden Years of Skiing in the West


Author: Ray Atkeson, Warren Miller


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Author: John Fry


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