20276
Vermont

Cross-Country Skiing in Beautiful Rural Vermont

Cross-Country ski your way through some of the most beautiful landscapes in New England as you enjoy expert instruction, a guided snowshoe excursion and engaging lectures.
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Program No. 20276RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5 B 4 L 5 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Welcome Orientation, Dinner.
Craftsbury Outdoor Center
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Craftsbury Outdoor Center

Activity note: Craftsbury Outdoor Center is located on a quiet dirt road in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. The Campus is comprised of several buildings that will be utilized throughout your program, with the furthest travel distance being between the new Hillside Cabin accommodations and the Touring Center (300 yards). There is sparse outdoor lighting at night; therefore a headlamp or flashlight can be of use but is not essential.

Afternoon: CHECK-IN: You may check in between 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the front desk located 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. If you need to pick up rental skis, you may do so in the Activity Center which is open until 5:00 p.m. Also feel free to grab a trail map and get out to ski a little before dinner! ORIENTATION: We will gather at 5 p.m. in the Dining Hall, where the Group Leader will welcome everyone, lead introductions and give an overview of the Craftsbury Outdoor Center's history and mission. We will review the content of your arrival packet which contains the updated schedule of activities, meals, special programs and a map of the Craftsbury Outdoor Center. You will be given a short survey to complete to help the ski instructors form similarly skilled groups for the first ski lesson in the morning. This week's supplemental program features Yoga: A Match Made in Heaven. Relax, breathe and enjoy your educational vacation!

Dinner: The Craftsbury Outdoor Center has a strong commitment to serving locally sourced and organic foods. While at the Center, you can enjoy milk, meats, vegetables and other specialty products that are raised and produced throughout Vermont, some within a few miles of the Center. The Craftsbury Outdoor Center also produces many of the vegetables used in the kitchen, in gardens located around the property. Dinner is a catered buffet of home-cooked dishes served family style in our rustic dining hall. Hot entrees, including vegetarian options, salad bar, fresh fruit and dessert are offered every evening. Please let us know of any dietary restrictions.

Evening: Take some time to get familiar with the other participants, the Center, or sit back and relax!

DAY
2
Group Ski Lessons, Local sugaring lecture, Artisan Cheeses
Craftsbury Outdoor Center
B,L,D
Craftsbury Outdoor Center

Activity note: Our ski lessons are designed to teach and develop your Classic Style cross country ski technique, also known as Diagonal Stride. Lessons include periods of time standing still during instruction and practicing techniques outside in variable winter conditions. Ski tours will cover distances ranging between 2k and 10k depending on your group’s skill level.

Breakfast: A hearty breakfast is served every morning in our rustic dining hall. Choose from hot entrées, homemade baked goods and granola, fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, yogurt, and cereals. Locally roasted coffee, fresh Vermont milk and cream, and local apple cider are always available.

Morning: STRETCHING AND BALANCE: In preparation for your ski lesson we will work our way through a series of dynamic stretches and balance activities. GROUP SKI LESSONS: Your first lesson will begin in our Touring Center with introductions of our expert ski instructors and a detailed orientation of what skills you can expect to learn and improve upon this week. Based on a brief self-assessment of your current ability level, your ski instructors will help you break into groups that will provide the greatest opportunity for learning and enjoyment. All groups will have the same goals for the week but may approach them from different angles and intensities. This first lesson will be a refresher for veteran skiers and get beginners off to a solid start! The trails here are wide, expertly designed and groomed daily. Our terrain provides fun options for skiers of all abilities.

Lunch: A hearty lunch buffet with hot entrées, homemade bread, soup, salad bar, fresh fruit and dessert is served daily.

Afternoon: GROUP SKI TOUR: After lunch, we will rejoin our ski instructors to head back out on the trails. You will be provided the opportunity to hone the skills you learned this morning and enjoy the outdoors with our expert ski instructors! LOCAL SUGARING LECTURE: learn about the process of making maple syrup. WINE, CIDER & CHEESE SOCIAL: Come together in our dining hall to get to know your fellow Road Scholar participants while enjoying red or white wine and exceptional local Vermont cheeses and apple cider.

Dinner: Dinner is a catered buffet of home-cooked dishes served family style in our rustic dining hall. Each evening dinner will feature a unique combination of fresh vegetables and meats, locally sourced whenever possible. Our kitchen staff does an amazing job accommodating a range of dietary needs/restrictions and delicious vegetarian and vegan options are available upon request. A salad bar, fresh fruit and dessert are offered every evening.

Evening: Social Time - Enjoy our rustic lounges or make yourself at home in the new Activity Center. Beer, wine and local chocolates made in Stowe, Vermont are available for sale in our Front Office until 7:00 p.m.

DAY
3
Ski Lesson and visit of a small scale sugaring operation
Craftsbury Outdoor Center
B,L,D
Craftsbury Outdoor Center

Activity note: Vermont Maple sugaring season is an amazing time to visit, especially here in the Northeast Kingdom. Without doubt, March is the best time to experience the maple sugaring process here in North Country. We will visit a small scale family sugaring operation and taste sugar on snow!

Breakfast: A hearty breakfast is served every morning in our rustic Dining Hall. Choose from hot entrees, baked goods, fresh fruit, dried fruit, yogurt, nuts, homemade granola and other cereals.

Morning: STRETCHING AND BALANCE: Awareness of your movement and balance skills will enhance your skiing experience. Join in an exercise session that will challenge your brain and coordination in an effort to increase your strength and balance. GROUP SKI LESSONS: We will continue our focus on proficiency with the "Classic" cross country ski technique, also known as "diagonal stride." Our experienced instructors provide easy to follow advice to skiers of all abilities. Our morning session will continue to progress with the goal of increasing your comfort in navigating our vast trail system.

Lunch: A hearty lunch buffet with hot entrées, homemade bread, soup, salad bar, fresh fruit and dessert is served daily.

Afternoon: SKI TOUR: Our extensive trail system offers enough variety to explore somewhere new each day. Hope for great snow coverage, but even if Mother Nature doesn't cooperate we have snow-making capability to ensure skiable terrain on our “Core Trail” network. YOGA: Our practice continues with restorative poses and rejuvenating breathing techniques.

Dinner: Dinner is a catered buffet of home-cooked dishes served family style in our rustic dining hall. Hot entree with a vegetarian option, salad bar, fresh fruit and dessert are offered every evening. You are welcome to bring beer and wine to the dining hall if you wish.

Evening: Join together for live music and a sing-along this evening at our “Houghtonanny.” This is local musician Don Houghton’s version of the Hootenanny, popularized in the 1960's. Hootenanny, an old country word for "party," is now better known as a performance of folk songs and dancing at which anyone is welcome to perform for the audience. This has been a wildly popular piece of our Road Scholar programming for the past few years. Bring an instrument if you play and join in, or sit back and rest by the fire! Beer, wine, and locally crafted chocolates are for sale in our main office until 7:00 p.m.

DAY
4
Ski Lesson and visit of a large scale sugaring operation
Craftsbury Outdoor Center
B,L,D
Craftsbury Outdoor Center

Activity note: We will visit this time a large scale sugaring operation using modern equipment.

Breakfast: A hearty breakfast is served every morning in our rustic Dining Hall. Choose from hot entrees, baked goods, fresh fruit, dried fruit, yogurt, nuts, homemade granola and other cereals.

Morning: Feldenkrais group classes are known as Awareness Through Movement. This practice is a tool for every day fitness helping to improve your quality of movement and reduce unnecessary muscular tensions throughout the body. Explore a Feldenkrais lesson with Kimberly Howell to investigate your strengths, coordination, weaknesses and ways to develop neurological function in your body. GROUP SKI LESSON: As new skills are honed and old ones are refreshed, we will cover more distance in each lesson. Feel free to check in with instructors about your goals for the week so lessons can be tailored to your needs.

Lunch: A hearty lunch buffet with hot entrées, homemade bread, soup, salad bar, fresh fruit and dessert is served daily.

Afternoon: SKI TOUR: Our cross-country trails are wide, expertly maintained and groomed daily for classical and skate ski techniques. While our program focuses on teaching the Classic style skiing technique, you are welcome to go out on your own or book a private lesson to learn Skate Skiing technique. Ever wonder what you look like when you are skiing? Let us show you! Video and review of classic technique will be offered as part of our programming this year. This is optional, but we hope you will take advantage of this coaching tool. AFTERNOON: Our yoga practice continues this afternoon. Focusing on lengthening any tight muscles and learning new restorative postures that you can do at home.

Dinner: Dinner is a catered buffet of home-cooked dishes served family style in our rustic dining hall. Hot entrees with a vegetarian option, salad bar, fresh fruit and dessert are offered every evening.

Evening: Local Northeast Kingdom author Howard Frank Mosher has had several of his literary works adapted for the big screen. This evening we will show "Where the Rivers Flow North". Directed by Jay Craven, another Vermont local, the movie focuses on a logger and cedar oil harvester who refuses to give up his lifetime lease on a piece of land despite the fact that it will be flooded by a dam project beginning down river.

DAY
5
Group Ski, Skate Ski or Snowshoeing, Hands-on maple products
Craftsbury Outdoor Center
B,L,D
Craftsbury Outdoor Center

Activity note: The destination ski can range between 2.5k and 10K depending on which route participants choose to take. All ability levels are welcome to attend the Skate Ski lesson today. This technique requires more balance than the Classic Stride if you are looking for a new challenge. The snowshoe tour will go at a leisurely pace and focus more on experiencing the forest than cover a large distance.

Breakfast: A hearty breakfast is served every morning in our rustic Dining Hall. Choose from hot entrées, baked goods, fresh fruit, dried fruit, yogurt, nuts, homemade granola and other cereals.

Morning: A relaxed start to this morning gives folks time to prepare for a longer destination ski today. Weather permitting, we will all ski to Charley's Cabin where a warm fire, cookies, and hot drinks will be waiting. Additional instructors and several trail options will allow for the entire group to make the trip. After warming up in the cabin, participants can choose to ride back to the Outdoor Center by van or to ski back, time permitting.

Lunch: A hearty lunch buffet with hot entrées, homemade bread, soup, salad bar, fresh fruit and dessert is served daily.

Afternoon: SNOWSHOE: Join our expert naturalist and explore our woodlands at a slower pace. Hear local stories of adventures in the woods and animal encounters. Learn to identify northern animal tracks, habitats, northern tree species and winter birds. Snowshoes are provided free of charge or feel free to bring your own. SKATE SKI LESSON: This option is provided for participants who are interested in learning the technique of skate skiing. Skate ski equipment can be borrowed from the ski shop at no charge to Road Scholar participants. In the afternoon, MAKE YOU OWN MAPLE SUGAR CANDY!

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: Sit back and watch a maple industry movie.

DAY
6
Group Ski, Program Concludes.
Craftsbury Outdoor Center
B

Activity note: Thank you for enjoying a great week of skiing and fun with our staff at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center. Please come again!

Breakfast: A hearty breakfast is served every morning in our rustic Dining Hall. Choose from hot entrées, baked goods, fresh fruit, dried fruit, yogurt, nuts, homemade granola and other cereals.

Morning: FINAL SKI TOUR: Join the ski shop crew for a final fun morning on the snow! Enjoy an hour of skiing on your own or with the instructors before heading home. FREE TIME. Room check-out is at 10:30 a.m. Free airport shuttle leaves at 11:30 a.m. Please feel free to enjoy our lounges, gym and facilities while you wait. Thank you for visiting the Craftsbury Outdoor Center!






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