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Cross-Country Skiing in Beautiful Rural Vermont…Plus!

Program Number: 20276RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/19/2015 - 1/23/2015; 1/11/2016 - 1/15/2016; 1/18/2016 - 1/22/2016; 1/24/2016 - 1/29/2016; 1/31/2016 - 2/5/2016; 2/7/2016 - 2/12/2016; 2/21/2016 - 2/26/2016; 2/28/2016 - 3/4/2016; 3/6/2016 - 3/11/2016;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Craftsbury Common, Vermont
Price starting at: $545.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Winter Sports Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 12; 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Experience some of New England’s finest cross-country skiing in the heart of Vermont’s unspoiled Northeast Kingdom. Led by expert ski instructors, enjoy an introduction to cross-country skiing or a refresher course to hone your skills at every ability level. Whether your goal is physical training or exploring Vermont’s scenic treasures, you’ll have extensive options on trails that are wide, expertly maintained, and groomed daily for classical and skate ski techniques.


• Experienced cross-country skiing instructors provide easy-to-follow advice to skiers of all abilities as you traverse rural Vermont’s lovely trails.
• On a snowshoe excursion through this pristine wilderness, learn to look for animal tracks and habitats.
• Each program includes an additional educational focus to stimulate your mind after the day’s exhilarating outdoor activities.

Activity Particulars

Two ski classes per day. Ski 6-12 kilometers per day.

Date Specific Information


This week will be limited to a Small Group size of 24. Yoga - Yoga and Cross-country skiing, a match made in heaven! Yoga is the perfect way to warm up for, cool down from, and build skills necessary for improving your physical fitness. Daily yoga classes will increase your flexibility and strength, improve your balance, and help to both prevent and cure common aches and pains.

1-11-2016, 1-31-2016, 2-7-2016

New England Music and Country Dance: Learn the history of traditional country dance and song. Instructors offer old standbys as well as newer songs and dances from New England, the Canadian Maritimes, the British Isles and Scandinavia. Live music to accompany song and dance will be provided by guitar, banjo and fiddle - bolstered one evening each week with additional local musicians for a festive contra dance.

1-18-2016, 2-21-2016, 2-28-2016

Small Group date. Yoga and Nordic skiing are a match made in heaven! Enjoy sessions of Hatha Yoga to relax and stretch both body and mind. Whether you already have a regular yoga practice or are just interested in trying something new, you will find a welcoming and supportive atmosphere where participants at every level are encouraged to play, explore and honor their individuality.


This exciting double program will introduce you to a variety of film and short stories. "Now and Then," an exploration of film genre, will include documentary, animation, short film and full length film. Discussion will follow most presentations. The stories, by contemporary authors, will range from the humorous to the contemplative. Discussion will focus on the relationships portrayed in the stories, exploring how characters relate to and interact with family, friends, and community.


Small Group date. The Feldenkrais Method® - The Feldenkrais Method is a remarkable approach to human movement, learning and change originally developed by Moshe Feldenkrais. This method teaches you the secrets of reducing unnecessary muscular effort and improves your awareness of how your body moves.This practice can help you to move more freely. The lessons are easy to learn and the results extraordinary.

Coordinated by Craftsbury Outdoor Center.

Craftsbury Common

The town of Craftsbury Common, tucked into green, rolling countryside in northern Vermont, is a year-round magnet for visitors seeking outdoor recreation or just the opportunity to enjoy the relaxed, small-town New England atmosphere.

Dorm-style accommodations with shared bath.

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

David Kaynor is a fiddler and expert contra dance caller. “Contra dance” refers to several styles of folk dance in which couples face each other in lines; they are especially popular in New England. David grew up playing music and took up the fiddle in 1974, then began calling local contra dances around 1980. He has called and taught dancing at many folk schools and music camps from Vermont to California to Sweden.
George Wilson

A talented, multi-instrumental virtuoso and singer, George Wilson's repertoire samples a wide variety of traditional and folk styles. As a fiddler, he has nearly 400 tunes for dancing and listening, and has been popular with contra dancers and concert-goers since the late 1970s. George has performed and recorded with Fennig's All-Star String Band and the Whippersnappers since the mid-70s, and has shared his music at contra dances, festivals and dance camps around the country.
Barbara Green

A self-employed artist and graphic designer, Barbara Green has a great love of films. She has shared her artwork extensively in exhibitions, publications, collections and commissions. Barbara holds a master’s in economics from Ohio State University, and has taught both economics and watercolors at Rhode Island School of Design.
Joan Glazer

Dr. Joan Glazer received her Ph.D. from Ohio State University, and taught in the Education and English Departments at Rhode Island College in Providence. She is the author of two college level textbooks on literature for children, as well as numerous articles on literature and literacy. Joan spent the 2002-2003 academic year in Norway as a Fulbright Scholar in American Studies. Now retired, she remains active professionally, leading organizations and teaching when the opportunity arises.
Sophia Barsalow

Sophia Barsalow teaches yoga to students of all ages and abilities who are looking to cultivate strength, flexibility, balance, relaxation and awareness. She has spent over 500 hours studying Raja Yoga and Ayurveda. An affection for the outdoors and love of community tie into her uplifting teaching style, which is also influenced by Kripalu, Anusara, and Restorative Yin Yoga styles.
Meals and Lodgings
   Craftsbury Outdoor Center
  Craftsbury Common, VT 4 nights
 Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Type: Lodge
  Contact info: 535 Lost Nation Road
Craftsbury Common, VT 05827 USA
phone: 802-586-7767
web: Scholar
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: Our lodging is dorm style with a shared bath down the hall. For an upgrade fee, bedrooms are available with private bath facilities. For information and availability please contact our office at 802-586-7767.
  Additional nights prior: $ 98.00 to $165.00 Please call our office at 802-586-7767 to arrange reservations for additional nights.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $ 98.00 to $165.00 Please call our office at 802-586-7767 to arrange reservations for additional nights.
  Check out time: 10:30 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in is 2:00 You will be staying at Craftsbury Outdoor Center that night.
  End of Program:
Noontime You will be staying at Craftsbury Outdoor Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
We have two large parking lots available in front of our dorms, along with several smaller parking spaces on the premises.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Craftsbury Common, VT
  Nearest city or town:  Craftsbury Common, Vermont
  Nearest highway: Interstate 91 and Interstate 89
  Nearest airport:  Burlington, Vermont
  From End of Program
  Location: Craftsbury Common, VT
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details

Burlingtion, VT


From Airport




Hotel Shuttle
Free Airport Shuttle
phone: 802-586-7767
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.




62 miles


We offer a free shuttle service on Monday for RS participants. On Monday the shuttle leaves the airport at 1:00 pm and arrives at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center at 2:30 pm. The return shuttle leaves the Craftsbury Outdoor Center at 11:30 am on Friday and arrives at the Burlington International Airport at 1:00 pm. Participant can reserve their spot on the shuttle by calling the front office at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, 802-586-7767 or emailing


Burlingtion, VT


From Airport




Peg's Taxi
phone: 800-370-9490


Per Person/One Way:


$ 156.00 one way for one to two passengers
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


1 1/2 




62 miles

Driving Directions
  Interstate 91 From Interstate 91 take exit 21 for St. Johnsbury and head west on route 2 towards West Danville. Turn west on route 15 to Hardwick, and North on route 14 towards Craftsbury. From Rt. 14 take a right turn at the "6 miles to Craftsbury Outdoor Center" sign onto the South Craftsbury Rd (also called Town Highway 1). Pass through the village of Craftsbury, up a steep hill, and through Craftsbury Common where you will see signs for Sterling College and Craftsbury Academy. Approximately 0.75 mile past the Common look for a small sign that says Craftsbury Outdoor Center. Bear right and follow the signs from there to the Center. You will be traveling on Mill Village Rd, which turns sharply to the left on a downhill. On your left you will see a small dam overflow area by Little Hosmer Pond. Continue on Mill Village Rd and then turn Right onto Lost Nation Rd. From the intersection of Lost Nation Road, you will climb up a steep hill and after about 0.5 miles you will see a large Craftsbury Outdoor Center sign on your left in front of a white house. This is the Craftsbury Outdoor Center office.
Elevation Note: The elevation at the Craftsbury outdoor Center does not exceed 2000 feet.

Equipment Requirements: Our Touring Center has a wide array of wax less rental skis, and can outfit anyone needing ski gear. High-performance skating and wax able classic ski equipment is also available, and our demo program is a great way to try out the latest ski equipment. Our rental fee for a package including skis, boots and poles costs $40.00 for the week.
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 Dinner Orientation
(Monday, January 19)
 Afternoon: CHECK-IN: You may check in between 2:00 - 5:00 pm at the front desk in the white farmhouse. You'll receive your room assignment, room key and arrival packet with the most up-to-date schedule that we'll review during orientation this evening. You're free to explore the grounds and facilities until dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner is a catered buffet of home-cooked dishes served family style in our rustic dining hall. Hot entrées with a vegetarian option, salad bar, fresh fruit and dessert are offered every evening. Every effort is made to source locally grown and organic foods and products.
 Evening: ORIENTATION:.We'll have our orientation session in the Tamarack classroom following dinner. We will review the content of the arrival packet that contains the updated schedule of activities and meals for the program, a map of the Craftbury Outdoor Center, information about the facility and roster of the participants. YOGA:
Accommodations: Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Yoga Ski Lesson
(Tuesday, January 20)


 Breakfast: A hearty breakfast is served every morning in our rustic Dining Hall. Chose from hot entrées, homemade baked goods and granola, fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, yogurt, and cereals.
 Morning: Warm up for skiing with 30-45 minutes of Stretching or Balance exercises Hit the trails for a 1 1/2 hour Group Ski Lesson. Chose a ski group to fit your ability. Novice to expert technique will be taught with plenty of time to practice your new skills.
 Lunch: All your meals will be held first seating in the dining hall.
 Afternoon: Group Ski Lesson
 Afternoon: YOGA followed by a Wine, Cider, and Cheese Social, featuring locally made Vermont Cheeses. This is a great time to get to know the other Road Scholar participants.
 Dinner: Dinner in the Dining Hall.
 Evening: Social time / Games
Accommodations: Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Yoga Ski Lesson
(Wednesday, January 21)
 Breakfast: Breakfast
 Morning: Warm up for skiing with 30-45 minutes of Stretching or Balance exercises Group Ski Lesson
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: Group Skiing followed by Yoga Class
 Dinner: Dinner
Accommodations: Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Yoga Snowshoe Tour Skate Ski Lesson
(Thursday, January 22)

Note: Hands-on experienced Lectures

 Breakfast: Breakfast in the Dining Hall.
 Morning: GROUP SKI TOUR, for all abilities,to Charley's Cabin at Hosmer Point (dependent on snow conditions and weather).
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: SNOW-SHOE TOUR: Join our resident naturalist and explore our woodlands for signs of winter animal and bird life. SKATE SKI LESSON: This option is provided for participants who are interested in learning the technique of skate skiing. Skate Ski equipment will be provided to Road Scholar participants, to be used for the lesson, at no extra charge. YOGA
 Dinner: Dinner
 Evening: Movie night
Accommodations: Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Morning Skiing Departure
(Friday, January 23)
 Breakfast: Breakfast
 Morning: Relaxed morning ski
 Lunch: Join us for lunch before departure or pack a bag lunch to take on the road with you.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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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