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Ski Spectacular Colorado!

Program Number: 21271RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/16/2014 - 2/21/2014; 3/1/2015 - 3/6/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Colorado Mountains, Colorado
Price starting at: $1,475.00 - 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

2-16-2014

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.



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.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Aspen Street Inn of Telluride
  Telluride 5 nights
 Aspen Street Inn of Telluride
Type: Bed and Breakfast
  Description: This charming 17 room Inn offers the perfect location in the center of the Town of Telluride - 1 block from the gondola station (connecting the towns of Telluride and Mountain Village) and Main Street. Convenient for skiers in the winter and shoppers and hikers in the summer - enjoy new bedding, a hot breakfast buffet served every morning during the summer and winter seasons, free HBO, wireless internet service, common dining/meeting area.
  Contact info: 330 W. Pacific Street
Telluride, CO 81435 USA
phone: 888-728-1950
web: www.telluridehotels.com/hotels/aspen-street-inn
  Room amenities: Free cable TV, Free wireless internet, Humidifiers, hair dryers and fans in each room, All rooms are non-smoking
  Facility amenities: On site innkeeper, common hot tub, common laundry facilities
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Call hotel for rates Contact hotel for reservations
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call hotel for rates Contact hotel for reservations
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel check-in is 4:00 pm. Program begins at 5:00 pm. You will be staying at Aspen Street Inn of Telluride that night.
  End of Program:
Ends after breakfast. Check-out is 10:00 am. You will be staying at Aspen Street Inn of Telluride the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Acknowledgement of Risk Form
  Parking availability:
Covered parking available for $10 a night; this parking cannot be reserved and provided upon check-in based on availability. Permits provided upon check-in for free street parking; read the signs regarding parking restrictions snow removal/road closures.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Telluride
  Nearest city or town:  Montrose
  Nearest highway: Colorado State Hwy 145
  Nearest airport:  Telluride and Montrose
  From End of Program
  Location: Telluride
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Telluride (TEX)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
See below
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Distance:

 

30 minutes

   

Mountain Limo - (970) 728-9606. Fax (970) 728-0212. Custom deluxe 4-wheel drive taxi service for the Telluride region. Telluride Express - 1-888-212- TAXI , (970) 728-6000. Telluride Express provides the highest quality transportation service in the Telluride Region. We operate a brand new fleet of Suburbans,vans,shuttles, and buses. Alpine Luxury Limo - 1-877-728-8750, (970) 728-8750- Late model Suburbans, equipped with roof racks, TV, VCR, wet bar and cell phones.

 
Driving Directions
  Telluride Telluride is located in the Southwest corner of Colorado. From Denver - Interstate 25 take US highway 285 south to junction with US highway 50. Turn west in US 50 to Montrose and junction with US highway 550. Take US 550 south to junction in town of Ridgeway and Colorado highway 62. Turn west on Highway 62, it will end at Colorado Highway 145. Take Highway 145 East to town of Telluride. From Durango - US 160 west to Colorado 184 north to Colorado 145 north to Telluride. HOTEL:Drive straight into the town of Telluride on Highway 145 which turns into Telluride's Main Street (Colorado Avenue). Pass the high school on the left and then Clark's Market on the right. Staying on Main Street, you'll pass two cross streets: Davis and Townsend. Aspen Street is the third cross street; turn right onto Aspen Street. Going over the cross street West Pacific, the Aspen Street Inn is a two story building on your left. Park on either West Pacific or Aspen Street and check-in. Covered parking is available for $10 a night; this parking cannot be reserved in advance and is provided upon check-in based on availability. Permits will be provided upon check-in for street parking; please read the signs regarding parking restrictions for snow removal and road closures.
Elevation Note: 8,500 to 12,750

Equipment Requirements: Skis, boots, poles, goggles, helmets strongly advised
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: Arrival & Check-in, Registration & Orientation, Introductions & Getting to Know You
(Sunday, February 16)
   
 Arrive To: Independent arrivals in Telluride.
 Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: 4:00-5:00pm. After you have you moved into your room, look for the Road Scholar information in the lobby for dinner and orientation information.
 Dinner: We'll dine out at a favorite local restaurant to begin savoring the flavor of Telluride.
 Evening: ORIENTATION: After greetings and introductions, we'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety, guidelines, logistics of the mountain, emergency procedures, and any other administrative issues You’re about to experience an exciting ski program that will introduce a unique and unmatched ski mountain destination stashed among the highest concentration of 13,000 and 14,000 foot peaks in North America. Telluride’s spectacular scenery is undeniably some of the most beautiful in the Rockies. You’ll also learn about the natural history of the San Juan Mountains during skiing field trips guided by a geologist and other naturalists. In addition to evening programs on topics such as the latest ski equipment and avalanche safety/forecasting, you’ll have opportunities to get to know Telluride and its colorful mining history.
   
Accommodations: Aspen Street Inn of Telluride
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Ski Telluride Mountain, Evening Program
(Monday, February 17)
   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast with daily hot special items in the Inn's lobby.
 Morning: This program is open to skiing levels from intermediate to advanced, so we’ll begin by sorting participants into smaller groups based on ability and interests. We’ll meet each morning at a designated place planned the evening before. Mountain skiing field trips will be led by experienced guides. You’ll have opportunities to work on particular skills or perfect some of the runs while also absorbing fascinating aspects of natural history. The program offers a genuine mountain skiing experience for all skiers thanks to a mix of quality terrain at all points on the mountain. From refined groomed runs to challenging moguls, there truly is something for everyone in this group.
 Lunch: Vouchers will be provided for restaurants on the mountain. There are multiple dining options, ranging from American comfort food favorites to more extravagant European inspired cuisine, all with spectacular views.
 Afternoon: After getting your “ski legs” this morning, this afternoon you can take on some Telluride favorites. The Plunge (for experts) is a classic run known for its breathtaking views of Telluride, descending 3,140 vertical feet from the top of the mountain down to the town. The popular See Forever (for intermediates) is just over three miles long with panoramic views all the way to Utah's La Sal Mountains. The favorite easier Galloping Goose gently works its way down to Mountain Village.
 Dinner: We'll dine out again this evening to mix and mingle with the local folks.
 Evening: EVENING PROGRAM: We'll hear from a local speaker about topics that may range from geology to mining history of the Telluride area.
   
Accommodations: Aspen Street Inn of Telluride
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Ski Telluride Mountain, Free Evening
(Tuesday, February 18)
   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast with daily hot special items in the Inn's lobby.
 Morning: We’ll gather at the designated spot(s) in our smaller groups as the guides lead another morning of skiing instruction, practice, and learning about natural wonders. Telluride’s terrain is legendary and revered as the best of Colorado. The region receives an average of more than 300 inches of snow annually and offers more than 2,000 skiable acres for all ability levels.
 Lunch: Vouchers will be provided for restaurants on the mountain. There are multiple dining options, ranging from American comfort food favorites to more extravagant European inspired cuisine, all with spectacular views.
 Afternoon: Continue skiing in what is often described as one of the most beautiful places in the world, situated within a box canyon and surrounded by majestic Rocky Mountain peaks.
 Dinner: FREE EVENING: Enjoy dinner on your own and take the evening to explore some of the lovely little Victorian town of Telluride. Due to its significant role in the history of the American West, the core area of Telluride was designated a National Historic Landmark District in 1964. Residents are committed to preserving Telluride’s historically significant architecture, open space, traditional design elements, and small town lifestyle.
   
Accommodations: Aspen Street Inn of Telluride
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Ski Telluride Mountain, Evening Program
(Wednesday, February 19)
   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast with daily hot special items in the Inn's lobby.
 Morning: We’ll gather at the designated spot(s) in our small groups as the guides lead another morning of skiing instruction, practice, and learning about some of the wonders that surround us.
 Lunch: Vouchers will be provided for on mountain restaurants.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Continue to master skills as we ski throughout the afternoon in one of America’s most beautiful places. Founded in 1878, Telluride prospered through mining until 1953, when the industry collapsed. It was a virtual ghost town for nearly 20 years, resurrected in the 1970s by ski entrepreneurs. Today, all level skiers can ride to the highest peaks and enjoy terrain and views typically reserved for the experts. You'll understand why Telluride has been called "the most beautiful place you'll ever ski."
 Dinner: We'll dine out together at a local restaurant, an opportunity to recall and share highlights of the day.
 Evening: Discover the interesting history of the Telluride area with a local expert.
   
Accommodations: Aspen Street Inn of Telluride
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Ski Telluride Mountain, Closing Session
(Thursday, February 20)
   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast with daily hot special items in the Inn's lobby.
 Morning: We’ll gather at the designated spot(s) in our small groups as the guides lead another morning of skiing pointers, practice, and learning more about natural history. How are your skills developing? Ready to try more challenging runs? The guides will help you assess your abilities and choose accordingly.
 Lunch: Vouchers will be provided for on mountain restaurants.
 Afternoon: Thrill to a final afternoon on your favorite runs. In addition to an annual average 300 inches of snow, Telluride boasts and average 300 days of sunshine each year, so the odds are that you’ll have outstanding conditions. And since the trails are never packed, and there is rarely a lift line, you’ll have a great time putting everything you’ve learned into play.
 Dinner: We'll dine out for our closing dinner.
 Evening: We'll take some time to celebrate good skiing, new friendships, and recount highlights of the program.
   
Accommodations: Aspen Street Inn of Telluride
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Departures after breakfast
(Friday, February 21)
   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast with daily hot special items in the Inn's lobby. Check-out is by 10:00am. We hope you have enjoyed this exciting ski program and will join us for other rewarding Road Scholar learning adventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!
   
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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