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Choose Your Pace: Cross-Country Skiing the Adirondacks

Program No. 23189RJ
Learn about the winter wonderland of the Adirondacks as you explore by snowshoe or cross-country ski! Choose from different activities each day with expert instructors.
Length
6 days
Rating (5)
Activity Level
Starts at
1,349

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Standard View Deluxe View
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Comfortable accommodations that offer typical/average views of the area’s scenery.

Accommodation Details

Comfortable accommodations that offer the facility’s best views of the area’s scenery.

Feb 26 - Mar 3, 2023
SOLD OUT
Standard View 1,449
Deluxe View 1,649
Mar 5 - Mar 10, 2023
Standard View 1,349
Deluxe View 1,549
Itinerary Note

This date will only offer one winter sport; snow shoeing. Select this date if you prefer a full week of practicing snow shoeing!

DATES & PRICES

Standard View Deluxe View
Accommodation Details

Comfortable accommodations that offer typical/average views of the area’s scenery.

Accommodation Details

Comfortable accommodations that offer the facility’s best views of the area’s scenery.

Feb 26 - Mar 3, 2023
SOLD OUT
Standard View 1,689
Deluxe View 1,889
Mar 5 - Mar 10, 2023
Standard View 1,589
Deluxe View 1,789
Itinerary Note

This date will only offer one winter sport; snow shoeing. Select this date if you prefer a full week of practicing snow shoeing!

At a Glance

The Adirondacks of New York offer stunning vistas and dynamic terrain, perfect for an active winter learning adventure with Road Scholar! Join expert instructors each day as you break into groups by activity level to explore 30 miles of groomed cross country ski trails, dedicated snow shoe trails and direct access to marvelous backcountry ski trails at Garnet Hill Lodge. Plus, learn about area wildlife and nature, and delve into stories of the garnet mines that make this area famous. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned skier or snowshoer, you’ll love exploring the winter wonderland of the Adirondacks. Transfer available at added cost.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Choose Your Pace
Choose from cross-country skiing or snowshoeing options each day based on your desired level of challenge, up to eight miles and 1,200-foot elevation gain. For more experienced skiers, backcountry trips will be offered.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Decide among three activities each day based on your desired level of challenge, from introductory cross-country ski lessons to a nighttime snowshoe trek.
  • Rendezvous at the charming Sugar House in a cabin in the woods for your picnic lunch by the wood stove.
  • Choose from other active adventures like yoga and outdoor survival lessons, and learn from expert instructors.

General Notes

Program does not include ski rentals. Skis can be rented for the duration of the program from Garnet Hill Lodge upon arrival at the rate of $70. Snow shoes can be rented at $50 for the program duration. Airport transfer available at added cost. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Jim Rucker
Jim Rucker and his wife are the owners of Garnet Hill Lodge. Jim is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys running, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and skiing. Whenever the opportunity arises, he is out hiking the trails or canoeing the lakes and rivers of the Adirondack Mountains. Jim has had a home in the Adirondacks for more than 20 years and is thoroughly familiar with the trails, both easy and more challenging, that are accessible from the lodge. He thoroughly enjoys introducing Road Scholars these activities.

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

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Jim Rucker and his wife are the owners of Garnet Hill Lodge. Jim is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys running, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and skiing. Whenever the opportunity arises, he is out hiking the trails or canoeing the lakes and rivers of the Adirondack Mountains. Jim has had a home in the Adirondacks for more than 20 years and is thoroughly familiar with the trails, both easy and more challenging, that are accessible from the lodge. He thoroughly enjoys introducing Road Scholars these activities.
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.
Adirondack Trails with Tales: History Hikes through the Adirondack Park and the Lake George, Lake Champlain and Mohawk Valley Regions
by Russell Dunn and Barbara Delaney
Bike, paddle, bike, or cross-country ski along beautiful trails through sites made famous by Adirondack guides, artists, writers, entrepreneurs, colonial settlers, and combatants in the French and Indian and Revolutionary Wars. Visit abandoned iron mines and the ruins of tanneries, famous Adirondack great camps and old resorts, lost villages, Native American battlegrounds, and the homestead of John Brown, catalyst for the Civil War. Visit the scene of America s first naval battle and marvel at geological wonders like Indian Pass, Canajoharie Gorge, Chimney Mountain, and the tufa caves of Van Hornesville. Includes detailed directions, maps, photographs, and vintage postcards. Foreword by Joe Martens, President, Open Space Institute. Hikes include: Valcour Island, Coon Mountain, Crown Point: Fort St. Frederic & His Majesty s Fort of Crown Point, Fort Ticonderoga, Ironville & Penfield Homestead, Rock Pond, Rogers Rock, Shelving Rock Mountain & Shelving Rock Falls, Prospect Mountain, Fort George and Bloody Pond, Cooper s Cave & Betar Byway, John Brown s Farm, Mt. Jo & Mt. Van Hoevenberg, Adirondac & Indian Pass, East Branch of the Ausable River & Adirondack Mountain Reserve, Santanoni, The Sagamore, Paul Smiths, Hooper Garnet Mine, Chimney Mountain, Kunjamuk Cave, Griffin, Griffin Falls, & Auger Falls, Moss Island, Tufa Caves & Waterfalls of Van Hornesville, Canajoharie Gorge, and Wolf Hollow.
High Peaks: A History of Hiking the Adirondacks from Noah to Neoprene
by Tim Rowland
The unique geological history of the Adirondacks can be found in a pebble. So discovers humorist and outdoorsman Tim Rowland as he chronicles the evolution of hiking in the howling wilderness of the High Peaks. From nineteenth-century guides’ “random scoots” to Melville Dewey’s “Adirondaks Loj” to today’s technologically enhanced weekenders, Rowland, who has climbed the forty-six himself, incorporates personal anecdotes and laugh-out-loud wit to capture the appeal and beauty of this beloved region, all the while reminding us of the importance of keeping these stunning mountains, and their attendant “neat rocks,” “Forever Wild.”
Adirondack Wildlife: A Field Guide
by James M. Ryan
The breathtaking six-million-acre Adirondack Park in upstate New York is comprised of a multiplicity of habitats, including over 2,800 lakes and ponds, more than 30,000 miles of running water, and 46 major mountain peaks. Adirondack Wildlife: A Field Guide is, astonishingly, the first authoritative handbook devoted to the natural history and ecology of the Adirondacks and the Park’s invertebrates, fish, reptiles, birds, and mammals. The book leads the reader on an intimate journey through the Adirondack Park, beginning with the alpine communities above timberline and descending through the conifer and hardwood forests to the wetlands, streams, and lakes. Ryan’s crisp and authoritative species-by-species accounts of the park’s fauna are fabulously illustrated in color and in black and white. The book is portable and geared towards use in the field. Each chapter concludes with “sources and additional readings;” back matter includes a glossary and species checklists. The park’s hundreds of thousands of residents and millions of visitors will profit immeasurably by having the indispensable Adirondack Wildlife at hand.
The Adirondack Reader
by Adirondack Mountain Club
Writers of the past 400 years reflect the changing attitudes toward wilderness and the development of wild lands in the Adirondack Mountains.
The Adirondacks: A History of America's First Wilderness
by Paul Schneider
Paul Schneider's book is a romance, a story of first love between Americans and a thing they call "wilderness." For it was in the Adirondacks that masses of non-Native Americans first learned to cherish the wilderness as a place of recreation and solace. In this lyrical narrative history, the author reveals that the affair between Americans and the Adirondacks was by no means one of love at first sight. And even now, Schneider shows that Americans' relationship with the glorious mountains and rivers of the Adirondacks continues to change. As in every good romance, nothing is as simple as it appears.
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5 B 4 L 5 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Program Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
North River, NY
D
Garnet Hill Lodge

Activity note: Shuttle from Albany Airport will be leaving at 2:00 p.m. at the latest. If you plan on taking the shuttle, please complete and return the shuttle information form that can be found in the information packet. Upon receipt of the form, a Road Scholar representative will reach out to you confirming your pickup location and shuttle time.

Afternoon: If you are taking the transfer from the Albany Airport, the shuttle will be leaving at 2:00 PM. It will be approximately a 1.5 hour drive, depending on traffic. Please complete and return the shuttle information form that can be found at the end of your information packet. Program Registration, 5:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Program does not include ski rentals. Skis can be rented for the duration of the program from Garnet Hill Lodge upon arrival at the rate of $70. Snow shoes can be rented at $50 for the program duration. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At 6.30 p.m. we will enjoy a special welcome dinner at Garnet Hill's Log House Restaurant. Guests will be able to help themselves to a delicious dinner buffet and enjoy a free glass of wine or beer as they look out over spectacular views of 13th Lake and the Adirondack mountains.

Evening: Before dinner, guests will be introduced to the group leader and program for the week, as well as your fellow Road Scholars. We will also go over Monday's activities in detail and give you a chance to sign up for your choices. After dinner, enjoy music by local musician, Dave Hyde.

DAY
2
Winter Sports at Garnet Hill
North River, NY
B,L,D
Garnet Hill Lodge

Activity note: All groups will spend the day cross country skiing and snowshoeing on our trails. Participants may choose from beginner lessons, an easy guided ski with an instructor or a more challenging ski with an instructor.

Breakfast: A delicious buffet-style breakfast at Garnet Hill Lodge's Log House Restaurant, including eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes or french toast, fresh fruit, cereal, yogurt, granola and pastries.

Morning: Meet at the ski center to find your groups and set off on the Garnet Hill trail system for the day. Choose from one of our three tracks for the morning. Track 1: An introductory lesson to cross country skiing. Learn the basics and find your ski legs. Track 2: An easier guided ski with an instructor, expect an energetic stroll through the woods on skis with gentle ups and downs. Track 3: A more challenging guided ski with an instructor, expect steeper ups and downs and a moderate distance.

Lunch: Each participant will be able to make their own lunch from a delicious and varied picnic lunch spread laid out during breakfast. All skiers will meet at the Outdoor Center for lunch with the exception of the Challenging Group. They will meet at the old Sugar House for lunch. This cabin in the woods was once used for making maple syrup. Today it is a great rendez-vous point with a wood stove to warm our skiers as they eat.

Afternoon: Beginner and Intermediate skiers may choose from one of two activities for the afternoon. Track 1: Introductory snow shoe lesson. Track 2: Guided ski - Ski easy to moderate trails in the Upper Trails Area. Challenging level skiers will ski a challenging route on our trails and end at the Rogers Road Pick-up for a lift back to the ski center.

Dinner: A buffet-style dinner will be offered at our Log House Restaurant including vegetarian and gluten free options.

Evening: Join us for the evening meeting at 5pm during which you will hear about and sign up for activities for the day ahead. The meeting will be followed by a lecture on Maple Sugaring or Great Camps and the Adirondack Railways.

DAY
3
Wilderness, Technology, Civilization and Preservation
North River, NY
B,L,D
Garnet Hill Lodge

Activity note: Three lessons will be offered on Day 2: Basic Cross Country Skiing Lesson 2 in the morning, and Outdoor Survival or Skate Skiing in the afternoon. In addition to this, we will be offering an easier guided ski to 13th Lake and a trip to Camp Santanoni - one of the Adirondack's historic "Great Camps" for our more advanced group. We will wrap up the evening with a moonlight snowshoe tour.

Breakfast: A delicious buffet-style breakfast at Garnet Hill Lodge's Log House Restaurant, including eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes or french toast, fresh fruit, cereal, yogurt, granola and pastries.

Morning: Meet at the Outdoor Center, gear up, and find your group. Track 1 participants will learn to snow plow downhill and climp uphill in Basic Cross Country Skiing Lesson 2. Track 2 participants will ski to the lake. This is a moderate ski on our trais that does involve a somewhat steep hill down, and then back up from, the lake. Once we get there, conditions permitting, we will be able to experience skiing on the lake itself. There is no better way to experience the majesty of the mountains and the serenity of the Adirondack park. Track 3 participants will take the shuttle to Camp Santanoni, about an hour drive from Garnet Hill Lodge. We will ski 4.9 miles through the woods, down an old and peaceful carriage road to the main complex of Camp Santanoni. On our way, we will pass their old farm complex. Once we arrive, we can picnic, and look around the camp before skiing back to the gate complex. The challenge of this trip is the distance.

Lunch: Each participant will be able to make their own lunch from a delicious and varied picnic lunch spread laid out during breakfast. Participants will pack up their lunch, ready to be enjoyed at the Outdoor Center or Camp Santanoni.

Afternoon: After lunch, participants who are at Garnet Hill for the day can choose from either an Outdoor Survival Lesson (no prior knowledge required) or a Skate Skiing Lesson. This is a fast-paced form of cross country skiing that requires balance, coordination and stamina. While you may not become an expert in one lesson, we think you will enjoy trying something new in a low-risk environment.

Dinner: All participants will enjoy a buffet dinner at Garnet Hill Lodge including vegetarian and gluten free options.

Evening: As usual, we will have our evening meeting at 5pm to go over and select activities for the day ahead. After our meeting, join us on a moonlight snowshoe tour. With very little light polution, Garnet Hill is the perfect place for stargazing. Join us shortly after nightfall for a peaceful and magical snowshoe tour. After dinner, guests are welcome to relax by the fire or take advantage of the games room. As always, our cozy pub is open to all guests and patrons.

DAY
4
History of North Creek and North River
North River, NY
B,L,D
Garnet Hill Lodge

Activity note: Participants who choose Track 3 will go on a back-country day-trip in the morning, skiing some fantastic non-groomed trails through the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area. Those who choose Tracks 1 and 2 can select from a Basic Ski Lesson 3 or a moderate ski out-ride back on our trails. In the afternoon, we will be offering a Snowshoe treck and a guided ski around the Sugar House and Hundred Acres Farm area as well as a telmark lesson. All participants will be able to change tracks at lunch time.

Breakfast: A delicious buffet-style breakfast at Garnet Hill Lodge's Log House Restaurant, including eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes or french toast, fresh fruit, cereal, yogurt, granola and pastries.

Morning: Meet at the Outdoor Center, gear up and find your group. Track 1: Work on increasing your efficiency and coordination when cross country skiing with Basic Lesson 3. Track 2: Ski a moderate route on our trails and finish at Rogers Road Pick-up for a bus ride back to the Outdoor Center. Track 3: Set out on a back-country day trip along the Halfway Brook Trail.

Lunch: Participants will prepare their lunches during breakfast from the delicious and varied picnic lunch spread.

Afternoon: Track 1: Continue to work on your classic skiing skills, head out on a guided ski around the beautiful, and relatively flat, Sugar House and Hundred Acres Farm area. Track 2: Set out on snowshoes for a beautiful treck through the woods on the Garnet Hill snowshoe trails. This treck will be appropriate for all levels. Track 3: Learn to telemark ski.

Dinner: All participants will enjoy a buffet dinner at Garnet Hill Lodge including vegetarian and gluten free options.

Evening: We will have the chance to relax around the fireplace or make use of the game room as we enjoy each others company and tell stories from the day. We will end the day with a lecture on the history of skiing in the Greater Gore Mountain Area by Greg Schaeffer, and affiliate of the North Creek Depot Museum.

DAY
5
History of North Creek & North River
North River, NY
B,L,D
Garnet Hill Lodge

Activity note: Explore an old garnet mine on a snowshoe tour, discover back-country skiing for the first time, or set out on the Botheration Pond trail. The Botheration Pond Trip is an 8 mile round trip. The trail takes skiers into a remote pond in the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area. Under the right conditions, Botheration Pond makes for a good stretch of easy, beautiful and remote pond and marsh skiing. This is a moderately challenging and beautiful wilderness ski that starts and ends right at Garnet Hill.

Breakfast: A delicious buffet-style breakfast at Garnet Hill Lodge's Log House Restaurant, including eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes or french toast, fresh fruit, cereal, yogurt, granola and pastries.

Morning: Choose from an easy ski on Garnet Hill groomed trails, an easy back country ski along the Old Farm Trail at Garnet Hill, or set off on the Botheration Pond day trip with your cross country skis.

Lunch: Participants will prepare their lunches during breakfast from the delicious and varied picnic lunch spread.

Afternoon: If you are at Garnet Hill, choose from a Skate Skiing lesson or a snowshoe treck around the beautiful Hooper Mine Loop. This loop typically takes us 3 hours to complete and works it's way past a pond and a lot of Adirondack wildlife in addition to an abandoned mine with connections to Garnet Hill Lodge. If you are on the Botheration Pond trip, you will continue on!

Dinner: Farewell dinner. Guests will be able to choose an appetizer, entree and dessert from the restaurant's full menu as well as a free glass of wine or beer as they enjoy our spectacular views of 13th Lake and the Adirondack mountains.

Evening: Join us for our final evening meeting at 5pm. After dinner, enjoy live music at the Log House, and a chance to relax with new friends and celebrate the end of a great week!

DAY
6
Departure
North River, NY
B

Activity note: Shuttle will be departing the Lodge to Albany Airport in the morning, based on flight schedule. Please do not book flights until after 12:00PM. Hotel check-out by 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: A delicious buffet-style breakfast at Garnet Hill Lodge's Log House Restaurant, including eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes or french toast, fresh fruit, cereal, yogurt, granola and pastries.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. For those enrolled to take the shuttle back to Albany Airport, the return shuttle will be based around your flight schedules and departure time will be sent to you prior to your program. Please do not book flights until after 12:00PM. Your information packet will include a form to fill out and send to Road Scholar regarding your flight information. It is very important to fill out this form We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on another rewarding program in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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