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Downhill Skiing and Therapeutic Hot Springs at Steamboat

Program Number: 7578RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/9/2014 - 2/14/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Price starting at: $1,148.00 - 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    

Ski the champagne powder at one of Colorado’s premier resorts: Steamboat Ski Area. All levels of ability will find rewarding trails among the 2,939 acres of terrain. Top guides from the region lead small groups of eight to 10 skiers on the best runs of this world-class area, while offering pointers on fine-tuning your technique. See why they call Steamboat “Ski Town USA!”




Highlights

• Enjoy four full-day lift tickets and experience 3,668 vertical feet over 140 trails, 70 percent of which is rated intermediate or beginner.
• Improve your turns through group coaching two of the four days, with guided skiing available every day.
• Learn about Steamboat's 150 mineral springs, and experience the soothing therapeutic effects of this natural hot-springs wonder.



Activity Particulars

Previous skiing experience advised. Participants will be divided into small groups based on ability. Expect all skiing/weather conditions from snow and powder to bright sun and hard pack. Rental equipment available for extra charge. Elevations of 6,400-10,568 feet.



Participants will be divided into small groups with a 1:8 ratio based on ability.



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.
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:
Hotel check-in is between 3 - 5 PM. Orientation session and dinner at 5 PM in Motel Meeting Room You will be staying at Rabbit Ears Motel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. Check out by 10am. 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 and Ski Experience Questionnaire to be mailed back to the Mountains and Plains Institute office.
  Parking availability:
On site of motel, 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
Go Alpine Shuttle Service
phone: 800-343-7433
Advanced Reservations Required

   

The nearby Yampa Valley Regional Airport, known as Hayden Airport (code HDN), is served by many direct flights from U. S. cities. Some may choose to fly into Denver International Airport (DEN). Both airports have commercial shuttle service available to Steamboat Springs. Contact GO Alpine Shuttle Service at: 1-800-343-7433 or www.goalpine.com for schedules and to make reservations. Travel times of shuttles to Rabbit Ears Motel: Denver (DEN, about 3.5 hours) or Yampa Valley (HDN, about 32 min)

 
Driving Directions
  Denver 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
  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: Ski area highest elevation is 10,568; ski area information at: www.steamboat.com

Equipment Requirements: Skis, boots, poles, clothing, etc. Helmets strongly recommended. Equipment Rentals available. See attached packing list
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 at motel from 3 to 5 PM; Orientation in Motel Meeting Room at 5 PM. Our motel is ideally located in the central business district, across the street from the Hot Springs Pools and Spa; and the ski mountain shuttle bus stops in front of the motel.
(Sunday, February 9)

Note: Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival precedes our program Feb. 5-9; many special events are free to the public especially Friday and Saturday. Details can be found at http://www.steamboat-chamber.com/signature-events/winter-carnival.aspx



   
 Afternoon: Check-in at motel from 3 to 5 PM; Orientaion in Motel Meeting Room at 5 PM.
 Dinner: Dinner will be catered in Motel Meeting Room.
 Evening: Orientation.
   
Accommodations: Rabbit Ears Motel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Skiing
(Monday, February 10)

Note: Steamboat Ski Area is actually a complete mountain range: Mount Werner, Sunshine Peak, Storm Peak, Thunderhead Peak, Pioneer Ridge and Christie Peak. 2,965 acres (1200 hectares) of permitted terrain offer a diversity of trails for all levels of ability. Gladed areas of Pioneer Ridge, Sunshine and Storm Peak are Steamboat's particular claim to fame, with legendary Champagne Powder® snow in the trees for the most avid powder hounds.



   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast in Motel lobby.
 Morning: Skiing, during each day opportunities will exist for some coaching and group guided skiing.
 Lunch: Voucher will be provided for on mountain dining
 Afternoon: Daily access to the famous Steamboat Springs Hot Springs Complex across the street from the Motel will be provided complimentary to Road Scholar participants.
 Afternoon: Skiing, during each day opportunities will exist for some coaching and group guided skiing.
 Dinner: We dine at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Free time.
   
Accommodations: Rabbit Ears Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Skiing
(Tuesday, February 11)

Note: The Yampa Valley was the summer hunting grounds of the Ute Indians for hundreds of years. The Yampatika Ute and Arapaho tribes also visited the area for its mineral or “medicine” springs considered sacred places of physical and spiritual healing. The name of Steamboat Springs around the early 1800s when French trappers thought they heard the chugging sound of a steamboat’s steam engine. The sound turned out to be a natural mineral spring, to be named the Steamboat Spring.



   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast in Motel lobby.
 Morning: Skiing, during each day opportunities will exist for some coaching and group guided skiing.
 Lunch: Voucher will be provided for on mountain dining
 Afternoon: Skiing, during each day opportunities will exist for some coaching and group guided skiing.
 Dinner: Dinner on own to explore downtown restaurants of Stemaboat Springs or dining options at the ski area.
 Evening: Evening program on history of the Steamboat area and geology of the hot springs.
   
Accommodations: Rabbit Ears Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Skiing
(Wednesday, February 12)

Note: Over the past six years Steamboat has invested nearly $30 million into the sculpture of the ski run terrain, the engineering of the chairlifts, the architecture of the restaurants, and the science behind the snow making. The results are an excellent ski experience!



   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast in Motel lobby.
 Morning: Skiing, during each day opportunities will exist for some coaching and group guided skiing.
 Lunch: Voucher will be provided for on mountain dining
 Afternoon: Skiing, during each day opportunities will exist for some coaching and group guided skiing.
 Dinner: We dine tonight at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Free time.
   
Accommodations: Rabbit Ears Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Skiing
(Thursday, February 13)

Note: The ski mountain has: Trails: 165 named trails Trail Classification: 14% Beginner 42% Intermediate 44% Advanced Longest Run: Why Not – over 3 miles/4.8km



   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast in Motel lobby.
 Morning: Skiing, during each day opportunities will exist for some coaching and group guided skiing.
 Lunch: Voucher will be provided for on mountain dining
 Afternoon: Skiing, during each day opportunities will exist for some coaching and group guided skiing.
 Dinner: We dine tonight at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Free time.
   
Accommodations: Rabbit Ears Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Departure
(Friday, February 14)
   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast in Motel lobby.
 Morning: Program ends after breakfast. Check out of hotel 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.

Suggested Reading List


The Story of Modern Skiing


Author: John Fry


Description: John Fry, a renowned insider, discusses the ultimate history of skiing through the decades. This is the definitive history of the sport that has exhilarated and infatuated in just North America, about 30 million Americans and Canadians over the course of the last fifty years. The Story of Modern Skiing is laced with revelations from the author’s personal relationships with skiing greats such as triple Olympic gold medalists Toni Sailer and Jean-Claude Killy, double gold medalist and environmental champion Andrea Mead Lawrence, first women’s World Cup winner Nancy Greene, World Alpine champion Billy Kidd, Sarajevo gold and silver medalists Phil and Steve Mahre, and industry pioneers such as Vail founder Pete Seibert, metal ski designer Howard Head, and plastic boot inventor Bob Lange. Fry writes authoritatively of alpine skiing in North America and Europe, of Nordic skiing, and of newer variations in the sport: freestyle skiing, snowboarding, and extreme skiing. He looks closely at skiing’s relationship to the environment, its portrayal in the media, and its response to social and economic change. Hardcover, 380 pages JOHN FRY is the former editor-in-chief of SKI, America’s oldest ski magazine, and founding editor of the award-winning New York Times magazine Snow Country. His contributions to skiing include direct roles in launching the NASTAR (National Standard Ski Race) program, The Nations Cup of alpine ski racing, and the Graduated Length Method of teaching. Fry is a member of the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame and has received the International Skiing History Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He has skied since childhood in North America and around the world.



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


Author: Warren Miller, Ray Atkenson


Description: The early, romantic days of skiing in the West, from the 1930s to the '50s, were a time of glamour and great excitement. Hollywood movie stars in the latest snow fashions shared chair lifts with the originators of "extreme" skiing. Skiers zoomed down the mountains with primitive equipment, relying on enthusiasm and their own brand of skill to take them successfully to the bottom. Otto Lang, Hannes Schneider, Errol Flynn, and dozens of other celebrities and even early Olympic athletes peppered these snowy slopes, having the time of their lives. Signed by Warren Miller. That era of fun and elegance was captured on film by famed outdoor photographer Ray Atkeson and ski movie maker Warren Miller, who became friends in Squaw Valley in 1949. In this nostalgic tour of an earlier time, Miller reminisces about the places, people, and props that color the history of skiing in the West. His lively, firsthand account of the events that populate this unequaled photo collection is fascinating reading. Ray Atkeson became a legend in his lifetime, taking over 40,000 photos of the pioneer years of skiing the West. Warren Miller has produced nearly five hundred sports films during his fifty-year career. He teaches skiing in Big Sky, Montana. Hardcover, 120 pages



Steamboat: Ski Town USA


Author: Tom Bie


Description: Steamboat Springs, Colorado, is an uncommon mountain town-part cowboy capital, part internationally renowned winter sports playground. It's a magical place, where snow falls in prodigious amounts and Olympians seem to sprout like weeds. "Steamboat: Ski Town USA captures it all. From the earliest ski jumpers on Howelsen Hill to the nordic skiers and freestylers of today, from the legendary tree skiing on Mount Werner to the remarkable fly-fishing on the Yampa River, this book captures the essence of both the town and the resort as never before.





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