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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.
Rating (5)
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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Please Note:
The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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Prices displayed below are based on per person,doubleoccupancy.
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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(5)

A great way to learn to cross country ski! After 3 days of lessons, I enjoyed the long ski to Charlie’s Cabin to look for wild animal tracks (we even saw otter tracks - so cool!) and for hot cocoa and cookies. Lessons were available for all levels - novices and experienced skiers - and as you progressed, you could move up into more advanced ski groups. The program also included relaxing afternoon yoga and morning stretching and that was really welcome to my sore muscles. The leaders Eloise and Lucy are outstanding - all the Instructors were super.

(5)

Outstanding. This was my 5th RS trip and every aspect was well done. Accomodated my advanced beginner skiing ability with encouragement while making it fun. Yoga complemented the skiing and people perfectly. Food was better than my other RS trips and those were excellent. co-Leaders Lucy and Eloise were the best. Congenial at all time. Solicited and listened to suggestions for improvement. Location was one of the most beautiful places in New England. Could not be bettter. My first RS that I will repeat.

(5)

Wonderful opportunity to nurture body and soul in the snowy Vermont woods. I was able to resume cross-country skiing after a 20-year hiatus. I was surprised to find that a problematic knee felt better after four days of vigorous cross-country skiing. Excellent food. The lodge was clean, beds were comfy, but you had to be OK with the bathroom being down the hall.

(5)

The skiing program was a refreshing respite to visit the life and cultural aspects represented in the mountain setting of rural Vermont.

(5)

This was a first-rate program -- wonderful opportunities to learn and practice cross-country skiing, delicious food and comfortable accommodations,really interesting and friendly group members and leaders.

(5)

Highly recommend this event. Craftsbury Outdoor Center is a unique and magical spot, with such a community focus and a nice mix of athletes, Road Scholars and other age groups. The ski instruction was excellent--challenging but not defeating. The dance/music was excellent, program leaders welcoming and the other participants were fantastic. Loved the snowshoe trek, the food, the camaraderie, the facility, the ease of getting there via shuttle, etc. Will definitely go again.

(5)

Always a great learning experience

(5)

This is a wonderful program in a great facility in a beautiful spot. Over the years, I have attended I have met some great people. The food is terrific as is the instruction in cross-country skiing.

(5)

Impeccably groomed ski trails, lots of snow, fantastic food, helpful and knowledgeable instructors!

(5)

This program is for all levels of skiers - from brand new, never skied before to the experienced cross country skier. The staff of Craftsbury Outdoor Center are very friendly and go out of their way to help you achieve you goals. The music is fantastic - if you have an instrument bring it and join the band. All the participants are friendly and intermingle with ease. A great time!

(5)

The cross country skiing trip in VT was a GREAT introduction to Road Scholar. We were impressed by the leaders of our group, the staff that we interacted with, the friends we made, and came away with our eyes opened with new knowledge. Thanks for organizing this fun trip.

(5)

The cross country skiing instruction is great and is adapted for all different levels of comfort with the sport. The music and dance part of the program is pure joy.

(5)

If you are interested in learning or improving your cross-country skiing technique, this is the program for you! Excellent and very patient instructors who provide relevant feedback. I am a better skier for it. The educational focus on Vermont sustainable agriculture was thoroughly presented and absolutely inspirational.

(5)

We have done this program 2X and are planning to return next year. Craftsbury is a fantastic place to learn to cross country ski- the trails are always groomed and the quality of teaching is excellent. It is lovely country there. The daily yoga offerings are also fantastic after a long day of skiing. I have some food sensitivities and the kitchen staff made me special food according to what I could eat and it was always very tasty. Strong rec if you want to learn to ski.

(5)

I had no experience with cross-country skiing and had the best time. I intend to go back as often as I can. Wonderful people, a wonderful location, and wonderful food.






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