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Downhill Skiing Vermont's Mount Snow and More

Program Number: 20809RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/9/2014 - 2/14/2014; 3/8/2015 - 3/13/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Mount Snow, Vermont
Price starting at: $999.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Winter Sports Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt    

Nestled among the Green Mountains and convenient to many Northeast metropolitan areas, Mount Snow boasts some of the best skiing in New England. Take advantage of four mornings of ski lessons with PSIA-certified instructors and spend your afternoons perfecting your technique amid the Green Mountain National Forest. Enjoy short lift lines thanks to the newly opened Bluebird six-seat bubble chairlift and enjoy informative evenings with resort staff, historians and naturalists who teach you about the history, wildlife and daily operations of Mount Snow.




Highlights

• Morning stretch classes prepare you for group clinics each day, while video analysis and afternoons of free skiing reinforce what you’ve learned.
• Learn from Mount Snow management, snowmaking personnel and ski patrol about how the mountain is maintained and operated.
• Meet Lynn Levine, a local forester and author, to discuss native wildlife and her work creating interpretive nature trails.



Activity Particulars

Walking, skiing and other physical activity each day. Some downhill skiing experience required. Elevation 3,700 feet.



Personal ski equipment welcome. Rentals available.




Mount Snow

Operating under a special use permit from the U.S. Forest Service, this mountain and ski area in southern Vermont is entirely within the Green Mountain National Forest, not far from the metropolitan hubs of the Northeast. Three high-speed chairlifts allow skiers and snowboarders to spend more time on the slopes and less time waiting in lines.



Accommodations
Slope-side resort at the base of Mount Snow, with restaurant, full-service spa and health club on site.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Sharon Foehl

Sharon began working as a Site Coordinator and Group Leader with Road Scholar programming throughout Vermont in 2003. Since that time, she has helped in developing programs that take her all over New England, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. She received her certification with IGA (International Guide Academy) in 2012 and continues working with them as an instructor helping others achieve certification as tour guides and directors.
 
James Dassatti

James Dassatti is the executive director of the Vermont Living History Association and states that he “lives to teach.” A graduate of Norwich University in Vermont, James instructs Road Scholar programs on Lake Champlain history and the American Revolution.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Grand Summit Hotel
  Mount Snow 5 nights
 Grand Summit Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Beautiful slope side ski in/ski out hotel. Offers an indoor/outdoor heated pool, full service spa, ski storage, convenience store, library, full service lounge and restaurant. Less than a 50 yard walk to the lifts and base lodge.
  Contact info: 89 Grand Summit Way
West Dover, VT 05356 USA
phone: 802-464-6600
web: www.mountsnowgrand.com
  Room amenities: Rooms have coffee makers, flat screen cable television, full baths. Shared units available with living rooms and kitchens.
  Facility amenities: Full service spa, Jacuzzi's, indoor/outdoor pool, fitness room, convenience store, full service lounge and restaurant.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: Some studios have pull down queen murphy beds.
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $159 - $209 Please contact provider for up to date rates for pre and post lodging.
  Check in time: 3:30 PM
  Additional nights after: $159 - $209 Please contact provider for up to date rates for pre and post lodging.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00 PM Lobby of Grand Summit Hotel You will be staying at Grand Summit Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
10:00 AM Following wrap up class You will be staying at Grand Summit Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. None
  Parking availability:
No Charge for parking at the hotel
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Mount Snow
  Nearest city or town:  West Dover
  Nearest highway: I 91
  Nearest airport:  Albany or Hartford
  From End of Program
  Location: Mount Snow
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Grand Summit Hotel/Brattleboro

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Buzzy's Taxi
phone: 802-464-5431
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$70.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 Minutes 

 

Distance:

 

24 Miles

   

Will arrange a round trip fare.

 

Grand Summit Hotel/Brattleboro

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Moo'ver
phone: 802-464-8487

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$0
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 hours 

 

Distance:

 

25

   

The Moover operates on a schedule from Brattleboro to Wilmington and then transfer onto Wilmington bus to Snow Lake Lodge. They also operate a return.

 

Grand Summit/Albany

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Car Rentals
Thrifty
phone: 518-782-7612
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$191.00 Round
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 hours 

 

Distance:

 

50 miles

   

Thrifty has the best price for a five day rental and rates range from $190 to $240 for the week.

 

Brattleboro/NYC

 

To Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Amtrak
phone: 800-USA-RAIL
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Prices vary from destination
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Vary 

 

Distance:

 

Vary

   

Amtrak services Brattleboro, VT from the East Coast. Brattleboro is located 45 minutes from hotel.

 
Driving Directions
  Albany and West From New Jersey, Albany N.Y. Thruway to Albany Exit #23. After toll take I-787 by-pass to N.Y. Route 7 to Vermont Route 9 East to Wilmington. Left on Vermont Route 100. Travel 8 miles to the first blinking light and turn left and Snow Lake Lodge is the first entrance on the right.
  All Locations From New York City, Connecticut, Long Island I-95 to New Haven; I-91 North to Exit #2 in Brattleboro, Right on Vermont Route 9 West to Wilmington. Right on Vermont Route 100 North. Travel 8 miles to the first blinking light and turn left and the lodge is the first drive on the right. From Boston Area US Route 2 to Greenfield to I-91 North to Exit #2 in Brattleboro. Right on Vermont Route 9 West to Wilmington. Right on Vermont Route 100 North. 8 miles to the first blinking light, turn left and the lodge is the first entrance on the right. From New Jersey, Albany N.Y. Thruway to Albany Exit #23. After toll take I-787 by-pass to N.Y. Route 7 to Vermont Route 9 East to Wilmington. Left on Vermont Route 100. Travel 8 miles to the first blinking light and turn left and the drive is the first on the right. Boston -127 mi -2.5 hours Hartford-117mi -2.25 hours Montreal-257mi -5.5 hours NYC -213mi -4.5 hours Philadelphia-291mi -6.5 hour
Elevation Note: Summit of Mount Snow is over 3700 feet

Equipment Requirements: Will be required to either bring skis or rent skis at the resort.
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: Individual check in and registration from 3;00 - 5:00 PM. Check in with your Road Scholar respresentative.
(Sunday, February 9)
   
 Arrive To: Individual check in and registration at the hotel. Register with your Road Scholar representative in the lobby of the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner is included this evening at the lodge.
 Evening: Evening program orientation with Road Scholar representatve and mountain staff.
   
Accommodations: Grand Summit Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Skiing and lessons at the Mount Snow Resort, Evening Program with staff on resort operations.
(Monday, February 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is included at the lodge.
 Morning: This morning enjoy a stretching class with our PSIA Instructor. Following our morning exercise class we take the Moo'ver shuttle to the ski resort where we meet with our instructors. You will be broken into groups based upon ability.
 Lunch: Lunch is served at the mountain.
 Afternoon: This afternoon you will have the opportunity to practice your newly improved skiing skills on your own.
 Dinner: A delicious dinner is included at the lodge.
 Evening: This evening we meet with three Mount Snow employees who will talk with us about resort operations. Meet with management personel, snowmaking personel and ski patrol. This evening we also will enjoy a film on the history of Mount Snow.
   
Accommodations: Grand Summit Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Downhill Skiing, Evening program with Forester Lynn Levine
(Tuesday, February 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is included at the inn.
 Morning: We start our day with a warm up stretch session with our PSIA instructor. Board the shuttle to the ski resort where we will meet with our instructors for our two hour group clinic.
 Lunch: Lunch is included at the resort.
 Afternoon: Your afternoon is free to experience the Mount Snow Ski Resort and practice your newly learned skills.
 Dinner: Dinner is included this evening.
 Evening: This evening we enjoy a lecture by Lynn Levine. Lynn is a local forester and Co-author and publisher of Mammal Tracks and Scat. She has been currently creating nature interpretive trails and has just written a book for middle grade students. called Snow Secrets
   
Accommodations: Grand Summit Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Downhill Skiing Lessons, Skiing, Evening Historian
(Wednesday, February 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served at the hotel.
 Morning: Morning stretch and limber class. Morning of skiing and professional instruction at the Mount Snow Resort.
 Lunch: Lunch is included today at the mountain.
 Afternoon: Afternoon of free skiing at the Mount Snow Resort where you will be able to improve your skills.
 Dinner: Dinner is included at the resort.
 Evening: This evening we enjoy a lecture on local and early history of the region. This lecture will be given by the Vermont Living History Association.
   
Accommodations: Grand Summit Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Downhill Skiing, Group Lessons, Professional Ski Instructors of America Lecture
(Thursday, February 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served at the lodge.
 Morning: Morning stretch class followed by a shuttle to the mountain for our last day of lessons and downhill skiing. Today we will do video of all participants for our evening program.
 Lunch: Lunch is included at the mountain.
 Afternoon: Afternoon to enjoy some free skiing or take a trip to the charming town of Wilmington for a little exploring.
 Dinner: Enjoy a wonderful farewell dinner served this evening at the lodge.
 Evening: This evening we will enjoy a video review session and critiques with our Professional Ski Instructor Staff Member. This analysis will help you with your skiing in the future.
   
Accommodations: Grand Summit Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Final Review and Video Analysis
(Friday, February 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is included at the hotel.
 Morning: Finish review of skiers and discuss our week. Following the program we check out of our rooms and begin our journey home.
   
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


Mammal Tracks and Scat: Life-Size Tracking Guide


Author: Lynn Levine and Martha Mitchell


Description: Mammal Tracks and Scat: Life-Size Tracking Guide© is a handy waterproof year-round field guide designed to be carried through brush, bramble and snow banks, and emerge unscathed. It uses a novel three-step process to identify tracks of 29 different animals that are commonly encountered in the field. First, a movement pattern is determined (walker, trotter, hopper, waddler or bounder). Then, the group is identified (e.g. rodent or cat family) and, finally, the species is pinpointed using clues under the heading "Species Differences." For scat, first a shape is identified (round or cylinder). Then the categories are divided into more detailed shapes (pointed, twisted, broken, etc.). Finally, the species is identified using other tracking signs (dens, teeth marks, etc.).



Two Planks and a Passion: The Dramatic History of Skiing


Author: Roland Huntford


Description: Roland Huntford's brilliant history begins 20,000 years ago in the last ice age on the icy tundra of an unformed earth. Man is a travelling animal, and on these icy slopes skiing began as a means of survival. That it has developed into the leisure and sporting pursuit of choice by so much of the globe bears testament to its elemental appeal. In polar exploration, it has changed the course of history. Elsewhere, in war and peace, it has done so too. The origins of skiing are bound up in with the emergence of modern man and the world we live in today.





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