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Cross-Country Skiing in Beautiful Rural Vermont…Plus!

Program Number: 20276RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/23/2014 - 2/28/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Craftsbury Common, Vermont
Price starting at: $635.00 - 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; 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

2-23-2014

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.



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.
Meals and Lodgings
   Craftsbury Outdoor Center
  Craftsbury Outdoor Center 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 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in is 2:00 pm 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 lodges, along with several smaller parking spaces on the premises.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Craftsbury Outdoor Center
  Nearest city or town:  Craftsbury Common, VT
  Nearest highway: Interstate 91 and Interstate 89
  Nearest airport:  Burlington, VT
  From End of Program
  Location: Craftsbury Outdoor Center
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

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

 

Burlingtion, VT

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$148.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 1/2 

 

Distance:

 

62 miles

   

The Craftsbury Outdoor Center provides a free shuttle service for Road Scholar participants. The pick up and drop off times are 1:00 p.m. on Fridays and Sundays ( available Mondays for Monday program starts). Road Scholar guests need to make arrangements for this service through the front office,

 
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 ft.

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 our the latest ski equipment.Our Road Scholar 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
(Sunday, February 23)
   
 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 entr? with a vegetarian option, salad bar, fresh fruit and dessert are offered every evening. The Craftsbury Outdoor Center has a strong commitment to offering locally grown foods.
 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. This week's supplemental program features 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 ski technique. Daily yoga classes will increase your flexibility and strength, improve your balance, and help to both prevent and cure common ski-related (and non-ski-related) aches and pains, while daily ski lessons and tours build your confidence and proficiency out on the trails.
   
Accommodations: Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Group Ski Lesson Yoga Wine & Cheese Social
(Monday, February 24)
   
 Breakfast: A hearty breakfast is served every morning in our rustic Dining Hall. Chose from hot entrées, homemade baked goods and granola, fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, yogurt, and cereals.
 Morning: 1 hour Yoga Class followed by 1 1/2 hour GROUP SKI LESSON with expert instructors.
 Lunch: A hearty lunch buffet with hot entrées, homemade bread, soup, salad bar, fresh fruit and dessert is served everyday.
 Afternoon: GROUP SKI LESSON YOGA:Take a deep breath and let go with the guidance of an experienced yoga instructor. Great to stretch after skiing and relax your entire body and mind. WINE & CHEESE SOCIAL:Relax and get to know the other Road Scholar participants while sampling Vermont cheeses and apple cider.
 Dinner: Dinner in the Dining Hall
 Evening: Social Time
   
Accommodations: Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Ski wax clinic Ski lesson Yoga
(Tuesday, February 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the Dining Hall
 Morning: 1 hour Yoga Class followed by Group Ski Lesson with expert instructors.
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: GROUP SKI LESSONS YOGA:Take a deep breath and let go with the guidance of an experienced yoga instructor. Great to stretch after skiing and relax your entire body and mind.
 Dinner: Dinner
 Evening: Social Time
   
Accommodations: Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Ski Lesson Skate Ski lesson Yoga Special Yoga evening presentation
(Wednesday, February 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast
 Morning: Yoga Class followed by Group Ski Lesson
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: GROUP SKI LESSON YOGA: Take a deep breath and let go with the guidance of an experienced yoga instructor. Great to stretch after skiing and relax your entire body and mind.
 Dinner: Dinner
 Evening: Evening Presentation
   
Accommodations: Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Group Ski to Charley's Cabin Skate Ski Lesson Snowshoe tour Yoga Film
(Thursday, February 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast
 Morning: GROUP TOUR. for all abilities, to Charley's Cabin at Hosmer Point (dependent on snow conditions and weather).
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: SNOWSHOE TOUR: Join our expert naturalist and explore our woodlands at a slower pace on snowshoes. Observe animal tracks and habitats, northern tree species and winter birds. SKATE SKI LESSON:This option is provided for participants who are interested in learning the technique of skate skiing. Skate ski equipment can be borrowed from the Touring center at no charge to Road Scholar. YOGA: Take a deep breath and let go with the guidance of an experienced yoga instructor. Great to stretch after skiing and relax your entire body and mind.
 Dinner: Dinner
 Evening: Movie Night
   
Accommodations: Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Group Ski Free Time Lunch Departure
(Friday, February 28)
   
 Breakfast: A hearty breakfast buffet with hot entrée, fruit, and cereal options.
 Morning: SKI LESSONS: Enjoy an hour of skiing on your own or with an instructor before heading home. FREE TIME
 Lunch: Join us in the Dining Hall for lunch or pack a bag lunch to take on the road.
 Afternoon: Departure
   
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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