20276
Vermont
Cross-Country Skiing in Beautiful Rural Vermont ... Plus!
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.
Program No. 20276RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
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DAY
1
Welcome to the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.
Craftsbury Outdoor Center
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Craftsbury Outdoor Center

Activity note: Craftsbury Outdoor Center sits on the dirt roads of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Pristine waterways, forests and most importantly, ski trails await! After checking in, please feel free to explore the grounds, schedule massage, or get out on your skis and prepare for a wonderful week in the woods.

Afternoon: CHECK-IN: You may check in between 2:30 - 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. If you need to pick up rental skis, you may do so in the Activity Center which is open until 5pm. Also feel free to grab a trail map and get out and ski a little before dinner!

Dinner: The Craftsbury Outdoor Center has a strong commitment to serving locally sourced and organically raised foods. While at the Center you will enjoy milk, meats, vegetables and other specialty products that are raised and produced throughout Vermont, even within a few miles of the Center. The Craftsbury Outdoor Center also produces many of the vegetables used in the kitchen year round, on properties throughout the village of Craftsbury. Dinner is a catered buffet of home-cooked dishes served family style in our rustic dining hall. Hot entrée with a vegetarian option, salad bar, fresh fruit and dessert are offered every evening. Please let us know of any dietary restrictions.

Evening: Orientation. We'll have our orientation session in the Activity Center following dinner. You'll meet the Road scholar liaison and review the content of the arrival packet that contains the updated schedule of activities, meals, special programs and a map of the Craftsbury Outdoor Center. Information about the facility, additional fitness classes and participant roster will be available. This week's supplemental program features Yoga. A match made in Heaven, cross country skiing and yoga. Relax, breathe and enjoy your vacation!

DAY
2
Group Ski Lessons. Yoga. Afternoon Social.
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Craftsbury Outdoor Center

Activity note: Our focus for this week is skiing and relaxing with Yoga! The ski lessons are designed to teach and develop the Classic Style cross country ski technique, also known as Diagonal Stride technique. The Yoga lessons are designed to help keep you flexible and relaxed throughout the week.

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 is always available.

Morning: STRETCHING CLASS: Learn the best warm up and cool down stretches for Nordic skiing. Work with a Certified Personal Trainer or some of our Elite Athletes who train at the Outdoor Center. GROUP SKI LESSONS: This year we are trying a ski clinic style lesson. You will spend 15 minutes or so with one of our skilled instructors focusing on one aspect of Classic style cross county technique. Next you will move to another instructor for your next 15 minute skills practice. We plan to offer four specific skills for you to learn day one of your trip. This will refresh our veteran skiers and get beginners off to a solid start! Also this clinic format will provide an excellent opportunity for you to meet and learn from several members of our talented teaching staff. The trails here are wide, expertly designed and groomed daily. 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 everyday.

Afternoon: GROUP SKI TOUR: After lunch we will break participants into groups based on ski experience, skills and confidence. The afternoon ski tours offer an opportunity for a guided group ski. Practice the skills you learned this morning and enjoy the outdoors with our expert ski guides! YOGA: Clear your head, relax your muscles and enjoy rejuvenating your body and soul. Daily afternoon yoga sessions will keep you limber and feeling stretched and strong. Completely amazing! WINE, CIDER & CHEESE SOCIAL: Relax and get to know the other Road Scholar participants while sampling 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. 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 chocolates made in Stowe, Vermont are available for sale in our Front Office until 7pm.

DAY
3
Ski Lesson. Local Food. Live Music.
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Craftsbury Outdoor Center

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: BALANCE CLASS: Awareness of your movement and balance skills will certainly 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 mastering 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 sessions will consist of group ski lessons designed to refresh your confidence and depth of skills. Do your best and rely on your instructors for care and encouragement!

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

Afternoon: SKI TOUR: Our extensive trail systems offer so many trails that you can explore somewhere new each day! Hope for great snow coverage, but even if Mother Nature doesn't cooperate, we have abundant man-made snow to ensure we will have available snow surface on some of our "Core Trails." NEW THIS YEAR: We will offer a Skate Ski lesson on Tuesday afternoon for anyone interested in learning an additional technique. If you are interested in pursuing skate technique after the lesson, you can book private lessons or practice during free time. There will also be a skate skiing lesson offered on Thursday afternoon. AFTERNOON: Yoga session. Restore.

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: Music & Sing-a-long in the Activity Center. Local musicians are a large part of the culture and fun available during the long Vermont winters. Don Houghten presents "The Houghtenanny" Don's version of the popular Hootenanny of the 1960's. Hootenanny, an old country word for "party," is now better known as a performance of a collection of folk songs and dancing at which anyone is welcome to get up and 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!

DAY
4
Ski Lesson. Feldenkrais Method. Yoga.
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Craftsbury Outdoor Center

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: Fitness is a big part of the culture of Vermont. Many people make their living teaching classes or enjoy attending a variety of classes offered throughout the region. Enjoy a Feldenkrais- Awareness Through Movement Class. This interesting fitness modality relies on your own ability to communicate with your body via your nervous system to increase range of motion and strength of your nervous system. This 45 minute guided experience will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed. GROUP SKI LESSON: Take advantage of this opportunity to gather endless variety of skills, tips and tricks to practice on the snow.

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

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. NEW THIS YEAR: VIDEO REVIEW. 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 entree with a vegetarian option, salad bar, fresh fruit and dessert are offered every evening.

Evening: YOGA with Liz Keglor: Liz came to Vermont on a vacation, fell in love with our simple and natural way of life, returned home, sold her house and moved here! We have been blessed with her talent as a yoga instructor and our community benefits from her ingenuity as a small business owner and entrepreneur. Enjoy a restful rejuvenating yoga and meditation session facilitated by Liz. Stretch, breathe and get ready for some skiing in the morning!

DAY
5
Group Ski. Skate Ski or Snowshoeing. Movie Night.
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Craftsbury Outdoor Center

Activity note: Relax & Enjoy!

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: GROUP SKI: The schedule for Thursday morning allows for a lengthy ski as a large group. Enjoy skiing with friends you have made during the week and have fun. This ski adventure is for all abilities. Depending on the weather and ski conditions, we may ski to Charley's Cabin at Hosmer Point on the shores of Big Hosmer Lake, or over the river and through the woods to the Village of Craftsbury! Everyone can participate in this destination ski!

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

Afternoon: SNOWSHOE: Join our expert naturalist and explore our woodlands at a slower pace, on snowshoes. Hear local stories of adventures in the woods, animal encounters, learn to identify northern animal tracks, habitats, northern tree species and winter birds. 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. AFTERNOON YOGA: Our final session of yoga. Bring any questions, goals or mantras to share with your instructor and classmates. Enjoy!

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. The Craftsbury Outdoor Center has a strong commitment to offering locally grown foods.

Evening: BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND- MOVIE NIGHT: Howard Frank Mosher, American author of 13 books and long time resident of Irasburg Vermont, passed away this year. His writing, while quirky and distinctively peculiar, highlights the traditional ways of life in rural Vermont. A few of his books have been made into movies and we will show "Disappearances" tonight. If you haven't read the book, 'Disappearances' please enjoy reading it before you visit Craftsbury.

DAY
6
Group Ski. Program Concludes.
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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 entrees, baked goods, fresh fruit, dried fruit, yogurt, nuts, homemade granola and other cereals.

Morning: FINAL SKI TOUR: Join Katie and 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. Free Airport Shuttle leaves at 11:30. 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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