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Cross-Country Skiing in Beautiful Rural Vermont…Plus!

Program Number: 20276RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/8/2015 - 2/13/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Craftsbury Common, Vermont
Price starting at: $699.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Winter Sports Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; None; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

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.




Highlights

• 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

2-8-2015

New England Music and Country Dance - Learn the history of traditional country dance and song. Instructors offer 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 - bolster by one evening each week with additional local musicians for a festival contra dance.



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.



Accommodations
Dorm-style accommodations with shared bath.
Meals and Lodgings
   Craftsbury Outdoor Center
  Craftsbury Outdoor Center 5 nights
 Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Type: Lodge
  Contact info: 535 Lost Nation Road
Craftsbury Common, VT 05827 USA
phone: 802-586-7767
web: www.craftsbury.com/Road 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 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in 2:30 - 5:00 Sunday You will be staying at Craftsbury Outdoor Center that night.
  End of Program:
Noon Friday 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 lodges, along with several smaller parking spaces on the premises.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Craftsbury Outdoor Center
  Nearest city or town:  Craftsbury Common, VT
  Nearest highway: Interstate 91 and Interstate 89
  Nearest airport:  Burlington, VT
  From End of Program
  Location: Craftsbury Outdoor Center
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Burlingtion, VT

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Free
Prices are subject to change.

 

Distance:

 

62 miles

   

We offer a free shuttle service on Fridays and Sundays for RS participants. On Sunday, 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 chasl@craftsbury.com

 

Burlingtion, VT

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
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 

 

Distance:

 

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 ft.

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 our the latest ski equipment.Our Road Scholar 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
(Sunday, February 8)
   
 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. The Craftsbury Outdoor Center has a strong commitment to offering locally grown foods.
 Evening: ORIENTATION: We'll have our orientation session in the Tamarack classroom following dinner. You'll meet the course instructor and review the content of the arrival packet that contains the updated schedule of activities and meals for the program, a map of the Craft bury Outdoor Center, information about the facility and roster of the participants. Enjoy the history and character of traditional country-dance through the music from New England and beyond, accompanied by guitar, banjo and fiddle. Enjoy dancing and singing together everyday, culminating with a big festive contra dance. If you play an instrument and/or have songs to share bring them along.
   
Accommodations: Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Group Ski Lesson Music and Dance Class Wine & Cheese Social
(Monday, February 9)
   
 Breakfast: A hearty breakfast is served every morning in our rustic Dining Hall. Chose from hot entrees, baked goods, fresh fruit, dried fruit, yogurt, nuts, homemade granola and other cereals.
 Morning: STRETCHING CLASS: Learn the best warm up and cool down stretches for Nordic skiing. GROUP SKI LESSONS with expert instructors.
 Lunch: A hearty lunch buffet with hot entrées, homemade bread, soup, salad bar, fresh fruit and dessert is served every day.
 Afternoon: GROUP SKI LESSON with expert instructors. TRADITIONAL NEW ENGLAND MUSIC & COUNTRY DANCE: Experience living history and character of traditional country-dance and song through dancing and singing. Old and new songs and dances from New England and beyond will be accompanied by guitar, banjo, and fiddle. If you play a musical instrument and/or have songs to share, bring them along. WINE and CHEESE SOCIAL: Relax and get to know the other participants while you sample locally made cheeses.
 Dinner: Dinner in the Dining Hall.
 Evening: Social Time
   
Accommodations: Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Stretching Class Group Ski Lesson Music & Dance Class
(Tuesday, February 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the Dining Hall.
 Morning: STRETCHING CLASS: Learn the proper stretching techniques used before & after skiing. SKI LESSONS: Experienced instructors provide easy to follow advice to skiers of all abilities.
 Lunch: Lunch in the Dining Hall.
 Afternoon: GROUP SKI LESSONS with expert instructors on our cross-country trails which are wide, expertly maintained, and groomed daily for your enjoyment. Traditional New England Music and Dance Class: Experience living history and character of traditional country-dance and song through dancing and singing. Old and new songs and dances from New England and beyond will be accompanied by guitar, banjo, and fiddle. If you play a musical instrument and/or have songs to share, bring them along.
 Dinner: Dinner in the Dining Hall.
 Evening: TRADITIONAL NEW ENGLAND MUSIC & DANCE CLASS: Experience living history and character of traditional country-dance and song through dancing and singing. Old and new songs and dances from New England and beyond will be accompanied by guitar, banjo, and fiddle. If you play a musical instrument and/or have songs to share, bring them along.
   
Accommodations: Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Core Strength Exercises Group Ski Lesson Music & Dance Class Contra Dance
(Wednesday, February 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the Dining Hall
 Morning: CORE STRENGTH EXERCISES: Learn the exercises that strengthen your torso and protect your back during skiing as well as daily activities. GROUP SKI LESSONS with expert instructors.
 Lunch: Lunch in the Dining Hall.
 Afternoon: SKI TOUR:Our cross-country trails are wide, expertly maintained and groomed daily for classical and skate ski techniques. TRADITIONAL NEW ENGLAND MUSIC & DANCE CLASS: Experience living history and character of traditional country-dance and song through dancing and singing. Old and new songs and dances from New England and beyond will be accompanied by guitar, banjo, and fiddle. If you play a musical instrument and/or have songs to share, bring them along.
 Dinner: Self-serve buffet in family style dining hall.
 Evening: CONTRA DNACE: Local Vermont musicians join your instructors for a fun and festive evening of music and dance.
   
Accommodations: Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Charley's Cabin at Hosmer Point Snowshoe Tour or Skate Ski Lesson Movie
(Thursday, February 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the Dining Hall.
 Morning: GROUP SKI, for all abilities, to Charley's Cabin at Hosmer Point (dependent on weather and snow conditions).
 Lunch: Lunch in the Dining Hall
 Afternoon: SKATE SKI LESSON: This is a great chance to try skate skiing or get some expert tips on improving your technique. Skate Ski equipment is provided free of charge. Some participants may prefer to take a quieter guided SNOWSHOE TOUR through our woodlands looking for winter signs of animals life. TRADITIONAL NEW ENGLAND MUSIC & DANCE CLASS: Experience living history and character of traditional country-dance and song through dancing and singing. Old and new songs and dances from New England and beyond will be accompanied by guitar, banjo, and fiddle. If you play a musical instrument and/or have songs to share, bring them along.
 Dinner: Dinner in the Dining Hall.
 Evening: Movie Night
   
Accommodations: Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Group Ski Free Time Lunch Departure
(Friday, February 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the Dining Hall.
 Morning: Take a final ski with the group or on your own.
 Lunch: Lunch in the Dining Hall or pack a bag lunch for the road.
 Afternoon: Departure
   
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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