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
Starts at
699
6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5B 4L 5D
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At a Glance

Experience some of New England’s finest cross-country skiing in the heart of Vermont’s unspoiled Northeast Kingdom. Spend the week with our expert instructors developing your Classic style Cross-country skiing technique, otherwise known as Diagonal Stride Technique. This program may be 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 classic and skate ski techniques.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Two ski classes per day. Ski 6-12 kilometers per day.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Enjoy time with cross-country skiing instructors who offer easy-to-follow advice for skiers of all abilities.
  • Snowshoe through the pristine wilderness surrounding a “green” facility, and enjoy nutritious meals prepared with locally sourced ingredients.
  • Take part in lectures and educational programming to stimulate your mind after the day’s exhilarating outdoor activities.
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Eloise Girard
A native of Quebec, Eloise has a bachelor's degree in education, has studied applied ecology and has over 10 years of field experience working with different organizations such as the Canadian Wildlife Service, Ducks Unlimited and Canadian universities. Before marrying a four-season organic vegetable farmer and settling down in Craftsbury, Vermont in 2014, Eloise traveled to Asia and Africa to work on community-based environmental projects. She enjoys cross-fit classes at the Outdoor Center, trail running, mountain biking, hiking and – of course – skiing and broomball!

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Lucy Donaghy
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Eloise Girard
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Kimberly Howell
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David Kaynor
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George Wilson
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Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Broken Wing
by David Budbill
Set in the remote mountains to the north this allegorical tale about a rusty blackbird with a broken wing who can't fly and therefore is trapped in the inhospitable north country for the winter, and a man, known only as The Man Who Lives Alone in the Mountains, who lives a solitary life of nurturing attentiveness, simple kindness, and passionate emotional intensity. Broken Wing is the story of how these two different lives come together.
Meanings of Maple: An Ethnography of Sugaring
by Michael A. Lange
In Meanings of Maple, Michael A. Lange provides a cultural analysis of maple syrup making, known in Vermont as sugaring, to illustrate how maple syrup as both process and product is an aspect of cultural identity. Readers will go deep into a Vermont sugar bush and its web of plastic tubes, mainline valves, and collection tanks. They will visit sugarhouses crammed with gas evaporators and reverse-osmosis machines. And they will witness encounters between sugar makers and the tourists eager to invest Vermont with mythological fantasies of rural simplicity.
Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival
by Bern Heinrich
From flying squirrels to grizzly bears, and from torpid turtles to insects with antifreeze, the animal kingdom relies on some staggering evolutionary innovations to survive winter. Unlike their human counterparts, who must alter the environment to accommodate physical limitations, animals are adaptable to an amazing range of conditions.
Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance
by Bill McKibben
Bill McKibben entertains and expands upon an idea that has become more popular than ever--seceding from the United States. Along with Vern and Perry, McKibben imagines an eccentric group of activists who carry out their own version of guerilla warfare, which includes dismissing local middle school children early in honor of 'Ethan Allen Day' and hijacking a Coors Light truck and replacing the stock with local brew. Witty, biting, and terrifyingly timely, Radio Free Vermont is Bill McKibben's fictional response to the burgeoning resistance movement.





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