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Ski Spectacular Colorado!

Program Number: 21271RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/23/2014 - 2/28/2014; 2/16/2015 - 2/21/2015; 2/22/2015 - 2/27/2015; 3/1/2015 - 3/6/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Colorado Mountains, Colorado
Price starting at: $999.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Winter Sports; Outdoor Adventures, Misc.
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    

Colorado’s world-class ski resorts all have two things in common: more than 300 inches of snow and more than 300 days of sunshine each year. Meanwhile each resort has a unique flair, whether it’s Winter Park’s history as one of the oldest ski-friendly regions in Colorado or Crested Butte’s Victorian storefronts and expressive local characters. Choose your preferred destination and hit the slopes at your own pace with local experts who know each resort.




Highlights

Carve through snow so good that Colorado skiers have given it the nickname “champagne powder.”
Experts familiar with the resorts lead small groups of skiers with similar speed and terrain preferences.
On-mountain presentations provide insight into various aspects of these breathtaking destinations.



Activity Particulars

Program for intermediate and advanced skiers; not suitable for beginners. Elevations up to 12,500 feet.



See date-specific information and choose the date that corresponds to your resort of choice.
Participants will be divided into small groups with a 1:8 ratio based on ability.




Date Specific Information

2-23-2014

Winter Park. Discover the beautiful vistas and excellent snow conditions of Colorado’s Grand Valley. Winter Park and Mary Jane offer a skier’s dream come true. Enjoy 369 inches of consistent, annual snow. Discover the joys of five mountains, 134 trails and 22 lifts on 2,886 acres, with 3,676 vertical feet of wintry bliss.



2-16-2015

This date features skiing at Winter Park. Discover the beautiful vistas and excellent snow conditions of Colorado’s Grand Valley. Winter Park and Mary Jane offer a skier’s dream come true. Enjoy 369 inches of consistent, annual snow. Discover the joys of five mountains, 134 trails and 22 lifts on 2,886 acres, with 3,676 vertical feet of wintry bliss.



2-22-2015

This date features skiing at Crested Butte. A historic mining-turned-ski town, Crested Butte is the place to inspire your passion for adventure. With vibrant Victorian storefronts and expressive local characters, Crested Butte remains true to its heritage and radiates a welcoming spirit that will take you back to a simpler time. The ski area receives an average of 300 inches of snow per year and more than 50 percent of its trails are marked for intermediate skiers.



3-1-2015

This date features skiing at Telluride. Founded in 1878, Telluride’s history is as colorful as the Victorian homes lining the streets. Snow once despised by local miners falls in glorious abundance on the tops of mountains and covers the trails for a superb skiing experience. Telluride is often ranked as one of the most scenic ski areas in the world, with more than 2,000 skiable acres and 4,425 feet of vertical drop. Lodgings in the historic downtown are connected to the ski area by a gondola just five minutes from the front door.



Coordinated by Mountains and Plains Institute.




Colorado Mountains

Aspen, Snowmass, Breckenridge, Telluride, Crested Butte, Steamboat Springs — the mountains of Colorado support a veritable “who’s who” of American ski resorts. An average of 300 inches of snow falls every year on this network of winter-sports Meccas and at least one Colorado resort is on the dream list of every serious skier in the world.



Accommodations
Winter Park: Hotel steps from shuttle stop. Telluride: Hotel downtown connected to ski area by a gondola. Crested Butte: B&B with shuttle to ski area.

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

Peter McCarville is a consulting geologist, geological instructor and educator who has lived in Colorado on the western slope since 1995. He also works as an instructor and program designer for Mountains and Plains Institute (MPILLS), leading hiking and skiing excursions, while making cameo appearances as a geology expert on other programs. He has a wonderful ability to convey complex natural history in layman's terms.
 
Gary Israelson

Gary Israelson has been leading Road Scholar skiing, bicycling and hiking trips for the last 10 years, including 25 skiing trips in Colorado. He has been carving turns on the mountain slopes for more than 55 years and is a past member of the National Ski Patrol and the Professional Ski Instructor Association.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Best Western Alpenglo Lodge
  Winter Park, CO 5 nights
 Best Western Alpenglo Lodge
Type: Hotel
  Description: Central location in the town of Winter Park. Close to shops, restaurants, and across the street from the public transportation center.
  Contact info: 78665 US Highway 40
P.O. Box 35
Winter Park, CO 80482-0035 USA
phone: 970-726-8088
web: www.bestwestern.com
  Room amenities: Cable satellite television Expanded cable with Encore, Starz and all Denver networks, AM/FM alarm clock, Coffee/tea maker, Microwave available, Refrigerator available, Hairdryer, Iron, ironing board
  Facility amenities: Elevator, wheelchair accessible, Smoke free property, Cocktail Lounge, Hot tub, Interior corridor, Multilingual staff (English, Spanish, Russian)
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Contact hotel for rates Contact hotel directly to reserve
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Contact hotel for rates Contact hotel directly to reserve
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel Check-in is between 4 - 5 PM. Information for dinner and orientation will be available at hotel desk. You will be staying at Best Western Alpenglo Lodge that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. Check out of hotel by 11 AM. You will be staying at Best Western Alpenglo Lodge the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. IMPORTANT Acknowledgement of Risk Form and Ski Questionnaire to be mailed back to Mountains and Plains Institute Office, 155 W. Harvard Street, Suite 202, Fort Collins, CO 80525
  Parking availability:
On hotel site, no charge
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Winter Park, CO
  Nearest city or town:  Winter Park, CO
  Nearest highway: U.S. Hwy 40
  Nearest airport:  Denver International Airport (DIA)
  From End of Program
  Location: Winter Park, CO
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Winter Park

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Home James
phone: 800-359-7503
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours unless weather or traffic delays 

   

For those of you that will be flying, Denver International Airport (DEN) in Denver, Colorado will be your destination. You can contact Home James Transportation Service at 800-359-7503 or www.homejamestransportation.com to make reservations for shuttle service from Denver to Winter Park. Please have the shuttle service drop you at the Best Western Alpenglo Lodge.

 
Driving Directions
  Denver To get to Winter Park Resort from all points around the Denver area, find your way to I-70 heading West out of Denver. Follow I-70 West approximately 40 miles to Exit 232 to Winter Park, Empire and Granby. Follow Exit 232 onto Hwy 40 which will take you over Berthoud Pass (great photo ops) and to Winter Park. Mileage from Exit 232 to Winter Park is approximately 24 miles. Total mileage from Denver is 67 miles.
Elevation Note: 12,600 feet is the highest elevation at the ski area. Ski area information at www.skiwinterpark.com

Equipment Requirements: Skis, boots, poles, clothing, etc. Helmets strongly recommended. Rentals available. Four day lift ticket is provided.
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: Hotel Check-in/Orientation
(Sunday, February 23)

Note: The town of Winter Park is a convenient base for the ski areas of Winter Park and Mary Jane. The town and ski areas are connected by a frequent free shuttle bus right across the street from the hotel.



   
 Arrive To: Hotel check-in is between 4 - 5 PM. Meet in the hotel lobby at 5 pm for orientation and information.
 Dinner: Restaurant or catered meal
 Evening: Orientation.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Alpenglo Lodge
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Skiing - lift ticket provided
(Monday, February 24)

Note: The Winter Park Ski Resort consists of three interconnected mountain peaks — Winter Park, Mary Jane, and Vasquez Ridge — which share a common lift ticket. Mary Jane is known for its moguls, tree skiing, and generally more difficult terrain. It encompasses the above-tree line terrain of Parsenn Bowl. Vasquez Ridge offers intermediate terrain and mogul runs. 435 acres of backcountry terrain in Vasquez Cirque with a triple chairlift providing lift access to much of that terrain.



   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast with choice of hot items
 Morning: Skiing, during each day opportunities will exist for some coaching and group guided skiing.
 Lunch: Lunch voucher provided for on mountain dining
 Afternoon: Skiing, during each day opportunities will exist for some coaching and group guided skiing.
 Dinner: Restaurant or catered meal.
 Evening: Free time.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Alpenglo Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Skiing - lift ticket provided
(Tuesday, February 25)
   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast with choice of hot items
 Morning: Skiing, during each day opportunities will exist for some coaching and group guided skiing.
 Lunch: Lunch voucher for on mountain dining
 Afternoon: Skiing, during each day opportunities will exist for some coaching and group guided skiing.
 Dinner: Dinner on own to discover downtown and restaurants of Winter Park.
 Evening: Local speaker about the Winter Park area.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Alpenglo Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Skiing - lift ticket provided
(Wednesday, February 26)
   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast with choice of hot items
 Morning: Skiing, during each day opportunities will exist for some coaching and group guided skiing.
 Lunch: Lunch voucher for on mountain dining
 Afternoon: Skiing, during each day opportunities will exist for some coaching and group guided skiing.
 Dinner: Restaurant meal
 Evening: Expert led discussion on ski equipment design and latest technology.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Alpenglo Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Skiing - lift ticket provided
(Thursday, February 27)
   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast with choice of hot items
 Morning: Skiing, during each day opportunities will exist for some coaching and group guided skiing.
 Lunch: Lunch voucher provided for on mountain dining
 Afternoon: Skiing, during each day opportunities will exist for some coaching and group guided skiing.
 Dinner: Restaurant meal
 Evening: Free time.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Alpenglo Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Departure after breakfast by 11 a.m.
(Friday, February 28)
   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast with choice of hot items
 Morning: Program ends after breakfast. Check out of hotel by 11 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


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



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.





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