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Downhill Skiing Aspen’s Legendary Mountains: Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands

Program Number: 15647RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/1/2015 - 2/6/2015; 1/10/2016 - 1/15/2016; 1/31/2016 - 2/5/2016;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Aspen, Colorado
Price starting at: $1,599.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Winter Sports Activity Level: n (see description)
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free    

If you love to ski, this is your chance to experience America’s winter Mecca: Aspen/Snowmass. With 90 trails — half intermediate — and 23 lifts, Snowmass will serve as your primary ski mountain, with possible opportunities to ski Aspen’s other mountains. Whether you like the steep stuff, bumps, trees or wide-open cruisers, there are plentiful runs to satisfy the whims and skills of every type of skier.




Highlights

• Walk to the lifts from a slope-side hotel and enjoy four full-day lift tickets.
• Top guides from the region lead small groups of 8-10 skiers on the best runs of these world-class mountains.
• Slopeside and in the evening, enjoy lectures on regional geology and colorful local history.



Activity Particulars

For experienced skiers. Participants will be divided into small groups based on ability. Elevations of 8,100-12,500 feet.



Participants will be divided into small groups with a 1:8 ratio based on ability.



Coordinated by Mountains and Plains Institute.




Aspen

Situated in a mountain valley at the headwaters of the Roaring Fork River, the former mining town of Aspen is a renowned year-round resort offering magnificent natural beauty, spectacular winter skiing and a variety of performing and visual arts.



Accommodations
Snowmass ski area slope-side hotels with full services.

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
   The Stonebridge Inn
  Aspen Snowmass, CO 5 nights
 The Stonebridge Inn
Type: Lodge
  Description: See below webpage
  Contact info: 300 Carriage Way
Snowmass Village, CO 81615 USA
phone: 800-922-7242
web: www.stonebridgeinn.com
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call hotel Reserve directly with the hotel
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call hotel Reserve directly with the hotel
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel check-in is between 3 - 5 PM. Orientation at 5 PM followed by dinner. You will be staying at The Stonebridge Inn that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. Check out by 10 AM. You will be staying at The Stonebridge Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. Acknowledgement of Risk Form, Ski Ability Questionnaire both attached and to be mailed back to the Mountains and Plains Institute office.
  Parking availability:
On site at lodge. Extra charge
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Aspen Snowmass, CO
  Nearest city or town:  Aspen
  Nearest highway: Highway I 70
  Nearest airport:  Aspen Pitkin County (ASE)
  From End of Program
  Location: Aspen Snowmass, CO
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Snowmass Village-Aspen Sardi Field (ASE)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Stonebridge Inn Hotel Shuttle
phone: 970-923-2420

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

No charge from Aspen Sardi Airport (ASE)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

5 miles

   

Gateway airport is Aspen Pitkin County Airport (ASE). Hotel has free shuttle from Aspen Airport. Participants should call the above number once they land in Aspen and ask for a pickup. Aspen/Pitkin County Airport offers 14 daily flights with as many as 18 on Sundays from Denver (DEN), Houston (IAH), Dallas (DFW), Los Angeles (LAX), and Chicago (ORD). For current information on flights: http://www.flyaspensnowmass.com/

 

Snowmass Village

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
High Mountain Taxi
phone: 970-925-8294
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $160 total for up to 6 persons
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

 

Distance:

 

45 miles

   

http://www.hmtaxi.com/ High Mountain Taxi offers door to door service from AMTRAK Station in Glenwood Springs to the Stonebridge Hotel in Snowmass Village. Call for reservations

 

Snowmass Village/Eagle County Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
High Mountain Taxi/Limousine
phone: 970-925-8294
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

67 miles

   

Airport Code is EGE

 

Snowmass Village/Denver International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Colorado Mountain Express
phone: 800-525-6363
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5 hours 

 

Distance:

 

220 miles

   

Airport code is DEN

 
Driving Directions
  Snowmass Village from East or West-Interstate 70 Follow I-70 west or east to exit 116 in Glenwood Springs, take Exit 116, to Hwy 82. Follow the signs for Snowmass Village/Snowmass Ski Area. In approximately 38 miles, turn right onto Brush Creek Road at the traffic light, following signs toward Snowmass Village/Snowmass Ski Area. Take Brush Creek Road for six miles until you enter Snowmass Village. On the right will be the Village Center and a small Conoco gas station. Take a left onto Wood Road. Take an immediate right on to Carriage Way. Stonebridge Inn is located 2 1/2 blocks up the road on the left hand side--directly across from parking lots #1 and #2.
Elevation Note: Ski area highest elevation is 12,510'; Village at base is at 8,104'.

Equipment Requirements: Skis, boots, poles, clothing, etc. Helmets strongly recommended, Ski and boot rentals available.
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/Orientation
(Sunday, February 1)
   
 Afternoon: Hotel check-in is Sunday, in the hotel lobby from 3-5p.m. A required orientation meeting for Road Scholar will be held at 5:00 in the lobby meeting room. An itinerary sheet will be handed out at this time.
 Dinner: We dine this evening at our hotel's restaurant.
 Evening: Free to prepare for the next day
   
Accommodations: The Stonebridge Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Skiing
(Monday, February 2)

Note: At 4,406 vertical feet, Snowmass has the most in the country. And with 3,132 acres of terrain, 91 trails, 21 chairlifts and access to your choice of cruisers, glades, steeps, terrain parks and halfpipes.



   
 Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in hotel restaurant
 Morning: Skiing, during each day opportunities will exist for some coaching and group guided skiing.
 Lunch: Lunches will be in the form of a meal voucher to be used on the mountain(s) at restaurants.
 Afternoon: Skiing, during each day opportunities will exist for some coaching and group guided skiing.
 Dinner: We dine at a popular local restaurant.
 Evening: Free to relax and prepare for tomorrow.
   
Accommodations: The Stonebridge Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Skiing
(Tuesday, February 3)
   
 Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in hotel restaurant
 Morning: Skiing, during each day opportunities will exist for some coaching and group guided skiing.
 Lunch: Lunches will be in the form of a meal voucher to be used on the mountain(s) at restaurants.
 Afternoon: Skiing, during each day opportunities will exist for some coaching and group guided skiing.
 Dinner: Explore and enjoy the variety of Aspen and Snowmass Village Restaurants on your own tonight
 Evening: We will be joined this evening by a local expert for a presentation.
   
Accommodations: The Stonebridge Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Skiing
(Wednesday, February 4)
   
 Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in hotel restaurant
 Morning: Skiing, during each day opportunities will exist for some coaching and group guided skiing.
 Lunch: Lunches will be in the form of a meal voucher to be used on the mountain(s) at restaurants.
 Afternoon: Skiing, during each day opportunities will exist for some coaching and group guided skiing.
 Dinner: We dine at a popular local restaurant.
 Evening: Free to relax and prepare for tomorrow.
   
Accommodations: The Stonebridge Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Skiing
(Thursday, February 5)
   
 Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in hotel restaurant
 Morning: Skiing, during each day opportunities will exist for some coaching and group guided skiing.
 Lunch: Lunches will be in the form of a meal voucher to be used on the mountain(s) at restaurants.
 Afternoon: Skiing, during each day opportunities will exist for some coaching and group guided skiing.
 Dinner: We dine this evening at our hotel's restaurant.
 Evening: Free to relax and pack for tomorrow's departure.
   
Accommodations: The Stonebridge Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Departure
(Friday, February 6)
   
 Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in hotel restaurant
 Morning: Program ends after breakfast. Check out of hotel by 10 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.



Messages in Stone: Colorado's Colorful Geology


Author: Vince Mathews and the Colorado Geological Survey


Description: Introduction to the rocks, structures and geologic history of Colorado. Includes discussion of landforms and geologic hazards. Lavishly illustrated with photographs of Colorado sites and maps. Appropriate for geologists and non-geologists.





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