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Ski Spectacular Colorado!

Program Number: 21271RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/2/2014 - 3/7/2014; 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: $1,145.00 - 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

3-2-2014

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.



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
   Cristiana Guesthaus
  Crested Butte, CO 5 nights
 Cristiana Guesthaus
Type: Bed and Breakfast
  Description: Cristiana Guesthaus, a cozy bed and breakfast lodge, is the perfect lodging choice for your Crested Butte vacation both for summer and winter. Conveniently located just one block north of Elk Avenue and the main business district, the lodge is a short walk to shops and restaurants and about 50 yards from the free shuttle to Crested Butte Mountain and to the Nordic ski center. Hiking and mountain biking trails are also easily accessible.
  Contact info: 621 Maroon Avenue
Crested Butte, CO 81224 USA
phone: 970-349-5326
web: www.cristianaguesthaus.com
  Room amenities: 21 comfortable rooms, phones wireless, Internet access, private bathrooms with hair dryers. Pillowtop beds are furnished with triple sheeted duvets and down pillows. The rooms do not have televisions although there is a TV in the upstairs sitting area.
  Facility amenities: The lodge also has a sauna and bike/ski storage and a guest computer with high speed Internet access is available. For the comfort of our guests smoking is not permitted in the lodge or the guest rooms and we do not accept pets. On the north side of the lodge our outdoor hot tub offers a great spot to unwind with its beautiful views of Crested Butte Mountain and the Elk Mountain Range, whilst the south facing sundeck is an ideal place to watch the sun set over town. Each morning we serve a generous continental breakfast featuring our homemade granola and muesli, fresh fruit with yogurt, and a delicious selection of freshly baked pastries such as cinnamon rolls, croissants, homemade scones and muffins, along with juices, freshly ground coffee, a selection of Celestial Seasonings teas, hot chocolate and spiced cider. Guests may also help themselves to complimentary hot beverages throughout the day. During ski season we set out freshly baked cookies for a tempting apres ski treat.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Call lodge for information Call lodge for reservations
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call lodge for information Call lodge for reservations
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Arrive and check-in by 4:00 pm. Required orientation at 5:00 pm. You will be staying at Cristiana Guesthaus that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. Room check-out is 10:00 am. You will be staying at Cristiana Guesthaus 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 Mountains and Plains Institute Office, 155 W. Harvard Street, Suite 202; Fort Collins, CO 80525
  Parking availability:
On site, no charge
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Crested Butte, CO
  Nearest city or town:  Gunnison, CO
  Nearest highway: US. Hwy 50
  Nearest airport:  Gunnison, CO
  From End of Program
  Location: Crested Butte, CO
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Crested Butte

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Alpine Express
phone: 800-822-4844

   

Gateway Airport: Gunnison (GUC) via Denver (DEN) Alpine Express shuttles meet every flight and provide door-to-door service between Gunnison Airport and Crested Butte. Reservations required.

 
Driving Directions
  Denver to Crested Butte Crested Butte is 231 miles southwest of Denver. From Denver take US HWY 285 South to Poncha Springs/Salida. Go West on US Highway 50 over Monarch pass to Gunnison. In Gunnison go North on CO Highway 135 to Crested Butte. Continue on HWY 135 as you enter the town limits, Maroon Avenue will be on your right across from the Town Hall and the lodge is about ½ block on the left side of Maroon Avenue. There is no charge for parking outside the Guesthaus.
Elevation Note: 8,000 to 12,000 feet; Ski area information: www.skicb.com

Equipment Requirements: Good clothing for very cold skiing weather, ski helmets strongly recommended
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
(Sunday, March 2)

Note: Crested Butte has a lot to offer in the summer, winter and in-between. The mountain scenery is spectacular and recreational opportunities are endless. Crested Butte is known as "Colorado’s Last Great Ski Town." Crested Butte Mountain Ski Resort is just minutes from town on the free shuttle bus. Stroll down the streets and alleys and enjoy the historic buildings, most of which date back to the late 1800’s when Crested Butte was a bustling coal mining town.



   
 Arrive To: Check-in for the Guesthaus is Monday, anytime after 3:00 pm. Instructions will be available at check-in as to when and where to meet for dinner. A required orientation meeting for Road Scholar will be held after dinner, where daily itinerary sheets will be handed out.
 Dinner: Restaurant meal
 Evening: Required orientation
   
Accommodations: Cristiana Guesthaus
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Skiing-lift tickets provided
(Monday, March 3)

Note: The mountain, Crested Butte, rises to 12,162 feet (3,707 m) above sea level. The ski area base is at 9,375 feet (2,858 m). 14 lifts serve 1,058 acres (4.28 km2) of terrain. 121 runs: 23% beginner, 57% intermediate, 20% advanced/expert; 448 acres (1.81 km2) of the terrain are double black runs. The longest run on Mount Crested Butte is 2.6 miles (4.2 km) long.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in Lodge
 Morning: Downhill skiing, group guided or individually
 Lunch: Vouchers will be provided for on mountain dining.
 Afternoon: Downhill skiing, group guided or individually
 Dinner: Restaurant Meal
 Evening: Most evenings are free, two evening programs will be scheduled during the week.
   
Accommodations: Cristiana Guesthaus
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Skiing-lift tickets provided
(Tuesday, March 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in Lodge
 Morning: Downhill skiing, group guided or individually
 Lunch: Vouchers will be provided for on mountain dining
 Afternoon: Downhill skiing, group guided or individually
 Dinner: Dinner on own to sample varied restaurants of Crested Butte
 Evening: Most evenings are free, two evening programs will be scheduled during the week
   
Accommodations: Cristiana Guesthaus
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Skiing-lift tickets provided
(Wednesday, March 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in Lodge
 Morning: Downhill skiing, group guided or individually
 Lunch: Vouchers will be provided for on mountain dining
 Afternoon: Downhill skiing, group guided or individually
 Dinner: Restaurant meal
 Evening: Most evenings are free, two evening programs will be scheduled during the week
   
Accommodations: Cristiana Guesthaus
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Skiing-lift tickets provided
(Thursday, March 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in Lodge
 Morning: Downhill skiing, group guided or individually
 Lunch: Vouchers will be provided for on mountain dining
 Afternoon: Downhill skiing, group guided or individually
 Dinner: Restaurant meal
 Evening: Most evenings are free, two evening programs will be scheduled during the week
   
Accommodations: Cristiana Guesthaus
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Departures after breakfast, check-out 10 am
(Friday, March 7)
   
 Depart From: Independent departures after breakfast
 Breakfast: Breakfast in Lodge
   
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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