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Cross Country Skiing and Hot Springs: Discover the Amazing Steamboat Springs Area

Program Number: 19452RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/17/2014 - 2/22/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Price starting at: $1,129.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Winter Sports Activity Level: n (see description)
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    

Everyone's heard about its champagne powder and incredible alpine skiing, but Steamboat Springs is a world-class Nordic skiing destination as well. Home to four Nordic ski centers within 30 minutes of downtown Steamboat, the Yampa Valley provides an ideal backdrop for both skate and classic cross-country skiing. Explore 75 miles of trails for skiers of all ability levels, and enjoy the Yampa Valley’s lower elevation and heavy falls of good-quality snow that make it the perfect Nordic destination all winter long. Review skiing techniques and safety, and hear lectures in the field about the area’s famous hot springs and fascinating local history. Relax after skiing with daily passes to a hot-springs spa across the street from your lodgings.




Highlights

• Review skiing techniques and safety with local experts.
• Hear lectures about the area’s famous hot springs and local history.
• Relax after skiing in a hot-springs spa.



Activity Particulars

Previous cross-country skiing and snowshoeing experience recommended. Elevations of 6,000-10,500 feet.



Coordinated by Mountains and Plains Institute.




Steamboat Springs

Nestled in the beautiful Yampa Valley, Steamboat Springs — "Ski Town USA" — boasts numerous natural hot springs and friendly Western hospitality. Regarded as a haven for skiers, Steamboat Springs also offers ample summer opportunities for fishing, kayaking and river rafting along the Yampa River.



Accommodations
Convenient downtown motel with refrigerators and microwaves. Continental breakfasts, restaurant/catered dinners, lunch vouchers for on-mountain restaurants. Hot springs, swimming pools across the street from motel, daily passes included.
Meals and Lodgings
   Rabbit Ears Motel
  Steamboat Springs, CO 5 nights
 Rabbit Ears Motel
Type: Motel
  Description: Our location is considered one of the premier locations in Steamboat. We are located in Main Town directly across from the Hot Springs Pool and next door to Yampa River Park. We are within walking distance to all the downtown shops and restaurants. The bus service is free and stops at our driveway every 20 minutes. We are approx. 2 miles from the ski area.
  Contact info: 201 Lincoln Ave.
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477 USA
phone: 970-879-1150
web: www.rabbitearsmotel.com/
  Room amenities: The amenities include: refrigerators, coffee makers, hair dryers, wireless internet, dataport phones and remote control TV on extended service cable.
  Facility amenities: Our Road Scholar program provides daily paid passes to the hot springs spa across street from motel also see unique features.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call for rates Reserve directly with motel. Rates at discretion of motel.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call for rates Reserve directly with motel. Rates at discretion of motel.
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Motel check-in from 3-4 pm. Program begins at 5:00 pm with orientation and dinner in motel Meeting Room. You will be staying at Rabbit Ears Motel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast at 8:00 am; Check out by 10 am. You will be staying at Rabbit Ears Motel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Acknowledgement of Risk Form to be mailed back to the Mountains and Plains Institute Office.
  Parking availability:
No charge
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Steamboat Springs, CO
  Nearest highway: Us Highway 40
  Nearest airport:  The Yampa Valley Regional Airport (HDN)
  From End of Program
  Location: Steamboat Springs, CO
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Steamboat Springs

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Alpine Taxi and Limo
phone: 800-343-7433

   

Gateway airports are Denver International Airport (DIA) or Yampa Valley Regional Airport (HDN) Commercial shuttle Alpine Taxi and Limo, Inc. from both airports to Steamboat Springs available. www.alpinetaxi.com

 
Driving Directions
  Steamboat Springs from Denver and Salt Lake City From Denver (DEN, about 3.5 hours) Take the I-70 WEST exit toward CO-470/GRAND JCT - go 55.2 mi Take exit #205/CO-9 NORTH onto BLUE RIVER PKY[CO-9] toward SILVERTHORNE - go 3.3 mi Continue to follow CO-9 NORTH - go 34.3 mi Turn on PARK AVE[US-40] - go 0.5 mi Continue to follow US-40 - go 51.0 mi Arrive at 201 LINCOLN AVE, STEAMBOAT SPRINGS From Salt Lake City Turn onto I-80 EAST - go 259.9 mi Take exit #187/WY-789 SOUTH toward BAGGS RD - go 0.3 mi Turn on BAGGS RD[WY-789] - go 5.0 mi Continue to follow WY-789 - go 48.2 mi WY-789 becomes CO-13 - go 36.5 mi CO-13 becomes YAMPA AVE - go 1.6 mi Turn on W VICTORY WAY - go 0.3 mi Turn on RANNEY ST - go 0.1 mi Turn on 4TH ST - go 0.6 mi Turn on LINCOLN ST - go 0.1 mi Turn on E VICTORY WAY[US-40] - go 0.3 mi Continue to follow US-40 EAST - go 41.3 mi Arrive at 201 LINCOLN AVE, STEAMBOAT SPRINGS
Elevation Note: 6,000 to 10,500 feet elevation

Equipment Requirements: Cross country skis, boots, poles or snowshoes and boots, rentals available
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 and Orientation
(Monday, February 17)
   
 Arrive To: Check-in 3-5 pm
 Dinner: Restaurant Meal
 Evening: Introductions, Orientation including information on safety, schedule, transportation details.

The Steamboat Springs area is home to four Nordic ski centers, all within 30 minutes of downtown Steamboat. The Yampa Valley provides a perfect backdrop for both skate and classic cross-country skiing. With over 80 miles of groomed trails, these four centers each offer a unique experience and trails accessible to skiers of all ability levels. One center will be visited each day.

   
Accommodations: Rabbit Ears Motel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Cross Country Skiing-Steamboat Ski Touring Center
(Tuesday, February 18)
   
 Breakfast: Motel Lobby
 Morning: Steamboat Ski Touring Center offers groomed cross country ski and snowshoe trails, winding through the aspen groves and along beautiful Fish Creek, and some of the most enjoyable and accessible wintertime recreation in the Yampa Valley. Groomed cross country ski trails are suitable for all ability levels, novice to advanced. The trails are groomed for both classic and skate skiing.
 Lunch: Box lunch, eat in the warming hut
 Afternoon: Daily passes will be provided to enjoy the Hot Springs pools and spa across street from motel.
Old Town Hot Springs offers two 230-foot waterslides, a new 3,000 square foot hot activity pool, refurbished Heart Spring pool, eight lap lanes and more. It is a multi-use complex open seven days a week.

The swimming and soaking pools have been here in one form or another for over 100 years, first serving as a gathering and bathing place for the Ute Indians who first settled in this area. Later it was most likely a social place and a bathing place for the early homesteaders

 Afternoon: Continue skiing the beautifully groomed trails at Steamboat Ski Touring Center. Sven Wiik, a native of Sweden, immigrated to the United States in 1949 to be employed by Western State College as Professor of Health and Physical Education. He also accepted the offer to be the US Olympic Nordic coach. The Wiik family has contiguously owned the Steamboat Ski Touring Center since 1980. Prior to acquiring the touring center, their cross-country operations were located at the Scandinavian Lodge, Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
 Dinner: Restaurant meal
 Evening: Free for relaxation and exploring downtown Steamboat Springs and soak up some of the town's vibrant western culture - all surrounded by some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in the world.
   
Accommodations: Rabbit Ears Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Cross Country Skiing-Steamboat Springs Nordic Center
(Wednesday, February 19)
   
 Breakfast: Motel Lobby
 Morning: This morning we will head to the Cross Country skiing at Howelsen Hill Nordic Center. This Center is located right inside town and is a public facility operated by the city of Steamboat Springs, the center offers 14 miles of trails with 20% beginner, 60% intermediate, and 20% advanced. The area also has two ski jumps used for training Olympic Athletes and competitions.
 Lunch: Box lunch in warming hut
 Afternoon: We will continue to ski trails at Howelsen Hill. In general the trails tend to be more aerobically and technically challenging than any of the other Nordic areas in Routt County. These same trails have been part of the Nordic Combined World Cup Cross country course as well as several other high level regional and national Nordic skiing competitions the past several years and the area operator, Jeff Nelsen, was Chief of Course for the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics.
 Dinner: Dinner on own to explore restaurants and downtown of Steamboat Springs
 Evening: Lecture and powerpoint on History of Steamboat Springs area
   
Accommodations: Rabbit Ears Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Cross Country Skiing-Lake Catamount Touring Center
(Thursday, February 20)
   
 Breakfast: Motel Lobby
 Morning: Cross Country Skiing at Lake Catamount Touring Center. The center is located south of Steamboat Springs with beautiful views of the Flat Top Wilderness area. 18 miles of trails, 60% beginner, 20% intermediate, 20% advanced.
 Lunch: Box lunch in warming hut
 Afternoon: We will continue on the trails of the Lake Catamount Touring Center. It differs from any of the other Nordic Center ski areas in the valley in that it has an abundance of flat to easy rolling terrain and continual wide open views which include Lake Catamount, Mt. Baldy and Pleasant Valley.
 Dinner: Restaurant meal
 Evening: Free for relaxation or exploring historic downtown Steamboat Springs.
   
Accommodations: Rabbit Ears Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Cross Country Skiing-Fish Creek Waterfall, Strawberry Hot Springs
(Friday, February 21)
   
 Breakfast: Motel Lobby
 Morning: Steamboat is known as the Nordic center of the Rockies and today we will cap our week with cross country skiing in two more destinations. The group will choose among several options. One possibility is to offer untracked but guided skiing to attractions near Steamboat Springs. Possible destinations are Fish Creek Waterfall (a beautiful forested setting about 2.5 miles one way) and Strawberry Hot Springs a city park with natural pools (heated changing rooms).
 Lunch: Box lunch
 Afternoon: Once again we will assess our options for a final afternoon of skiing. We may choose to travel to Steamboat Lake State Park, a half hour or so north of town. The Steamboat Lake State Park Touring Center is located at over 8000 feet of elevation and has 10 miles of groomed trails. All grooming at the park is provided by the Steamboat Lake Snow Club, a local non-profit.
 Dinner: Restaurant meal
 Evening: Free for reflection and packing
   
Accommodations: Rabbit Ears Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Departures after Breakfast
(Saturday, February 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the Motel Lobby
 Morning: Check out by 10 am
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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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