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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
749
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.
Length
6 days
Starts at
749
Program No. 20276 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Jan 9 - Jan 14, 2022
Starting at
879
Itinerary Note

On this departure, participants will also study Yoga.

Jan 17 - Jan 21, 2022
Starting at
749
Itinerary Note

On this departure, participants will also study Vermont's sustainable agriculture.

Jan 23 - Jan 28, 2022
Starting at
879
Itinerary Note

On this departure, participants will also study Yoga.

Jan 30 - Feb 4, 2022
Starting at
879
Itinerary Note

On this departure, participants will also study Live Music and Dance.

Feb 6 - Feb 11, 2022
Starting at
879
Itinerary Note

On this departure, participants will also study Live Music and Dance.

Feb 13 - Feb 18, 2022
Starting at
879
Itinerary Note

Spend a week learning about Sustainability Practices. Learn about the efficiency, construction and green modifications to buildings from environmental construction experts and discover Craftsbury’s environmentally friendly snow making, snow farming and snow storage process.

Feb 27 - Mar 4, 2022
Starting at
879
Itinerary Note

On this departure, participants will also study Yoga.

DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Jan 9 - Jan 14, 2022
Starting at
1,349
Itinerary Note

On this departure, participants will also study Yoga.

Jan 17 - Jan 21, 2022
Starting at
1,129
Itinerary Note

On this departure, participants will also study Vermont's sustainable agriculture.

Jan 23 - Jan 28, 2022
Starting at
1,349
Itinerary Note

On this departure, participants will also study Yoga.

Jan 30 - Feb 4, 2022
Starting at
1,349
Itinerary Note

On this departure, participants will also study Live Music and Dance.

Feb 6 - Feb 11, 2022
Starting at
1,349
Itinerary Note

On this departure, participants will also study Live Music and Dance.

Feb 13 - Feb 18, 2022
Starting at
1,349
Itinerary Note

Spend a week learning about Sustainability Practices. Learn about the efficiency, construction and green modifications to buildings from environmental construction experts and discover Craftsbury’s environmentally friendly snow making, snow farming and snow storage process.

Feb 27 - Mar 4, 2022
Starting at
1,349
Itinerary Note

On this departure, participants will also study Yoga.

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.

General Notes

Select dates are designated for small groups and are limited to 24 participants or less.
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David Kaynor
David Kaynor is a fiddler and expert contra dance caller. “Contra dance” refers to several styles of folk dance in which couples face each other in lines; they are especially popular in New England. David grew up playing music and took up the fiddle in 1974, then began calling local contra dances around 1980. He has called and taught dancing at many folk schools and music camps from Vermont to California to Sweden.

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

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David Kaynor is a fiddler and expert contra dance caller. “Contra dance” refers to several styles of folk dance in which couples face each other in lines; they are especially popular in New England. David grew up playing music and took up the fiddle in 1974, then began calling local contra dances around 1980. He has called and taught dancing at many folk schools and music camps from Vermont to California to Sweden.
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A talented, multi-instrumental virtuoso and singer, George Wilson's repertoire samples a wide variety of traditional and folk styles. As a fiddler, he has nearly 400 tunes for dancing and listening, and has been popular with contra dancers and concert-goers since the late 1970s. George has performed and recorded with Fennig's All-Star String Band and the Whippersnappers since the mid-70s, and has shared his music at contra dances, festivals and dance camps around the country.
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Sophia Barsalow teaches yoga to students of all ages and abilities who are looking to cultivate strength, flexibility, balance, relaxation and awareness. She has spent over 500 hours studying Raja Yoga and Ayurveda. An affection for the outdoors and love of community tie into her uplifting teaching style, which is also influenced by Kripalu, Anusara, and Restorative Yin Yoga styles.
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Liz is a lifelong student of yoga, continuing to seek out education opportunities in the field. Teaching yoga since 2008, she has over 500 hours of teacher training and conducts weekend workshops on yoga as a tool for stress management. Believing yoga is a tool to connect the mind and body, she has worked with everyone from athletes to preschoolers to seniors.
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Kimberly Howell has been practicing massage full-time since 1994. Over the course of 1997-98, she trained extensively in Core Structural Integration, a deep-tissue modality that aims to release tension in the fascia and restore the musculature’s natural length and plasticity. She is trained in Trigger Point Therapy and Orthopedic Massage. Currently, she is in her last year of a 4 year program of studying the Feldenkrais Method®. In August 2014, she became an authorized trainee Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® teacher.
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For the last three years, Lucy has worked at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center both in the Front Office and in the Touring Center teaching skiing. Lucy grew up in New Hampshire and has been on cross country skis for most of her life. Lucy came to Craftsbury 14 years ago as a student at Sterling College where she majored in conservation ecology and natural history. She is looking forward to a great season of skiing and getting to know all the Road Scholar participants.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Welcome Orientation, Dinner
Craftsbury Outdoor Center
D
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 not essential.

Afternoon: CHECK-IN: You may check in between 2:30 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. 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! 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 live music and traditional New England dance. Feel free to bring an instrument from home and join in the fun!

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 entrées, 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, Live Music, Afternoon Social
Craftsbury Outdoor Center
B,L,D
Craftsbury Outdoor Center

Activity note: The ski lessons are designed to teach and develop the Classic Style cross country ski technique, also known as Diagonal Stride technique.

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 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! LIVE MUSIC: David and George will be your source of amazing entertainment through music and dance sessions this week. These seasoned musicians arrive each year with an abundance of songs, jokes, contra dance choreography, and a variety of instruments. David and George welcome you to request songs, sing along, even bring your own instruments to join the excitement. The Music and Dance program is a perennial favorite, always high energy and lots of laughs! 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 including delicious vegetarian and vegan options. Salad bar, fresh fruit and dessert are offered every evening.

Evening: Folk songs and traditional New England tunes will be played for your enjoyment each evening. Relax to live music in our rustic lounges. Locally crafted beer, wine and chocolates are available for purchase in our Front Office.

DAY
3
Ski Lessons, Farm to Table Meals, Live Music
Craftsbury Outdoor Center
B,L,D
Craftsbury Outdoor Center

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: 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 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.

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. MUSIC AND DANCE: Join David and George in the Activity Center for live music and an introduction to or refresher of Contra Dance Techniques.

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. You are welcome to bring beer and wine to the dining hall if you wish.

Evening: Music & Sing-along in Cedar Lounge. Bring an instrument if you play and join in, or sit back, rest and enjoy the sounds of fiddle, banjo, and guitar!

DAY
4
Ski Lesson, Feldenkrais, Contra Dance with a Live Band
Craftsbury Outdoor Center
B,L,D
Craftsbury Outdoor Center

Activity note: Bring your dancing shoes! Wednesday evening David will help everyone put the dance moves they have been practicing throughout the week to good use at our Craftsbuy Outdoor Center Contra Dance.

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: 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 instructor 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 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 classic and skate ski techniques. While our program focuses on teaching Classic style skiing technique, you are welcome to go out on your own or book a private lesson to learn Skate Skiing. 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 your lesson. This is optional, but we hope you will take advantage of this coaching tool. MUSIC AND DANCE: Dance, sing, and play the afternoon away or sit back, relax, and listen to amazing musicians.

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.

Evening: LIVE MUSIC & CONTRA DANCE: The Activity Center is transformed into a dance hall this evening. Experience what Contra Dancing is all about. Musicians from around the Northeast Kingdom join George this evening while David expertly calls the dance. We will open this event up to other guests staying at the center and members of the community to make for an exciting and fun filled evening.

DAY
5
Group Ski, Skate Ski or Snowshoeing, Live Music
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 Charlies 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 to 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 available 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. MUSIC & DANCE: Enjoy this final session with George and David. This is your last chance to break out your instrument and join the excitement.

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: Enjoy a presentation from small business owner and Craftsbury staff member Liz Keglor. She will discuss the process by which she makes natural soap products and how she has grown her successful business.

DAY
6
Group Ski, Program Concludes
Craftsbury Outdoor Center
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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 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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