9926
Park City
Rocky Mountain Grandparent Adventure and Hot-Air Ballooning in Park City
See your grandchild achieve new heights on a high-flying adventure in the Rockies, where you’ll soar in a hot-air balloon, learn about mountain geology and ride a historic train.
Program No. 9926RJ
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7 days
6 nights
17 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Program Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Midway, UT
D
Zermatt Resort

Activity note: Hotel check-in available from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: After you have your room assignment, unpack, relax and at 5:45 PM come to the Hotel Lobby, meet your program staff, register, receive your name-badge, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes and other important information, and to confirm when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: Order from the menu at hotel restaurant. Additional beverages beyond a soda, coffee, or tea are available for additional purchase.

Evening: After dinner, in the Conference Room, Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions and orientation. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Inside your name badge you will have: An up-to-date program schedule for the week, a participant list of fellow Road Scholar Participants, and breakfast meal vouchers for each morning. The meal portions in the Hotel Restaurant may be quite large and we recommend sharing an entree’ with someone, especially if you both like or order the same meal. Breakfast vouchers are provided and will include one-Entree’ and one-beverage. Additional beverages are available for purchase. When ordering your breakfast, give your voucher to the server who will bill the meals to the program. If for some reason you do not use some of your breakfast vouchers, just throw them away which prevents the voucher(s) from accidentally being charged to the master bill. Lunches, depending on the day, will either be in the Hotel Restaurant or boxed lunches. Dinners, depending on the day will either be in the hotel restaurant or at another restaurant. During the week there will be many announcements each day of what activities we will be doing and other information about the week. This is a Road Scholar intergenerational program. Grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren. Children are never to be left unsupervised. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. Group Leader will offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Hot-Air Ballooning, Movie, Float in Crater & swim in pool.
Midway, UT
B,L,D
Zermatt Resort

Activity note: Ballooning activity: Wear comfortable clothing and close-toed shoes; bring layers as weather conditions may change without notice; sun protection recommended. Be careful to prevent items from falling. Walking distance for the day will be around a half-mile between activities on mostly flat surfaces and may include a few stairs. Driving distances will be around 30 miles and 1 hour of driving time. Movie time. Float in “The Homestead Crater” and then swim in the Hotel pool. Bring your swimsuits.

Breakfast: Note: Since we have an early 6:00 AM departure for hot-air ballooning, we will have a late breakfast. Some snacks are provided during the ballooning activity.

Morning: Especially for kids: Meet in the Hotel Lobby early for Announcements and divide into ballooning groups before boarding the vans for transfer to the site where we will take off to go hot air ballooning! Upon arrival, we’ll help inflate the balloons and enjoy a soaring ballooning adventure! The Balloon Pilot will give everyone a briefing on safety orientation. There are (4)-sections in a basket of a balloon, which fits (3)-people in each section, therefore, (12)-people total in the basket, not including the pilot. While soaring to new heights in a hot air balloon, we’ll learn from the balloon pilot, a brief history on navigation and ballooning: how, where, when ballooning got started and who began the journey in the hot-air balloon industry and it is continuous on through the future. After landing, vans will transfer us back to the hotel for a late breakfast and make some announcements on the rest of the activities for the remainder of the day.

Lunch: Lunch at hotel restaurant. Order from menu. Additional beverages are available for purchase which are not included in the meal.

Afternoon: Especially for kids: After lunch, meet in the conference room for a wonderful movie. Following the movie, change into swim suits or shorts and T-shirt and board vans for a short 5 minute shuttle to “The Homestead Crater” where you will enjoy floating/swimming in this one-of-a-kind geothermal natural hot spring. When going inside the crater, put your things on the shelves provided, and grab a life vest to put on before going in the water, (you may want to keep shorts on and, especially, shirts on, so that the life vest will not rub against your bare skin). Everyone needs to have life vest on at all time while in the water for safety reasons. The Group Leader will discuss on the history and geology of how and when the Crater was made. We will float in the water for about an hour and then board the van and travel back to the hotel. Especially for kids: Since we are already wet we will go to the hotel’s indoor/outdoor pool and hot tub and enjoy a swim party with just the grandchildren and Group Leaders. Following the swim party, change and meet in the hotel restaurant for dinner. Following dinner will be some free time to walk around the resort or relax.

Dinner: Order from the menu at hotel restaurant. Additional beverages beyond a soda, coffee, or tea are available for additional purchase.

Evening: After dinner feel free to relax, swim in the pool/hot tub, etc. at your leisure.

DAY
3
An Ultimate Day at Utah 2002 Olympic Park in Park City.
Midway, UT
B,L,D
Zermatt Resort

Activity note: Wear comfortable clothing and close-toed shoes; bring layers as weather conditions may change without notice; sun protection recommended. Be careful to prevent items from falling. Walking distance for the day will be around a half-mile between activities on mostly flat surfaces and may include a few stairs. Driving distances will be around 30 miles and 1 hour of driving time. At Utah Olympic Park was built for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games and still used by Olympic Teams around the world.

Breakfast: Order from menu in hotel restaurant. Additional beverages beyond the juice, coffee or tea included with your breakfast voucher is available for purchase. In Hotel Restaurant

Morning: Especially for kids: We’ll start out by boarding in the van and going to Utah Olympic Park in Park City. It’s about a half hour ride to Utah Olympic Park from the hotel. The facility challenges each participant to "discover his/her abilities" through many levels of challenges customized for each group of participants. Many challenges utilize the high ropes course and test an individual's inner and physical strength, agility, balance and coordination while other challenges, between where grandparents and grandchildren will experience activities together. In such team-building programs are geared towards discovering both the team's ability to work together and each individual's leadership ability. Rope Course can be a physically challenging activity for some participants so be involved as much as you feel comfortable. We encourage grandparents to be involved in this activity with their grandchild. A harness is required for safety. Depending on which rope course we will be using the height varies from 25 ft. to 55 ft. off the ground. The minimum weight is 45 lbs. and the maximum is 275 lbs. to participate in this activity. This activity will last about 3-hrs time. Afterwards, the group and the Utah Olympic leaders will discuss the experiences and what they learned about building relationships and trust between Grandparents and Grandchildren.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at Utah Olympic Park café and picnic area and additional beverages needed beyond soda, coffee or tea included with lunch are available for purchase.

Afternoon: Especially for kids: Stay and continue being at Utah Olympic Park and experience other activities which the park has to offer such as: the Zip-line, Alpine Slide, Visit the Museum, Watch Athletes train, (if they are training), in the aerial jumps by the pool and take the Utah Olympic shuttle with an expert speaking along the way on the history and the facility and explore the park’s ski jumps, bob sleigh, etc. There will be a safety orientation for each activities, such as the Zip-line and Alpine Slide. For those who are riding on the Extreme Zip-line there is a weight limit between 100-275 lbs. and for those who are riding on the Freestyle Zip-line there is a weight limit between 50-275 lbs. For those who are riding the Alpine Slide be caution, do not go faster than you can handle, and if the slide itself, may be hot, and so be careful not to touch it with your bare skins. When we are done with the wonderful activities, we will board the van and head back to the Hotel for dinner.

Dinner: Order from the menu at hotel restaurant. Additional beverages beyond a soda, coffee, or tea are available for additional purchase.

Evening: Especially for kids: After dinner, enjoy a Grandchildren Pool Party with Group Leaders. Meet in the Hotel Lobby and walk together to the pool.

DAY
4
Heber Valley Railway & Provo's Glacier-Carved Canyon.
Midway, UT
B,L,D
Zermatt Resort

Activity note: Wear comfortable clothing, bring layers, as weather may change, close-toed shoes; sun protection, swimsuit, shorts, shirts, etc. available for rafting. Getting on/off the train & in/out of 6-8 person rafts, assistances are provided. Rafting instructors are safety certified-no whitewater. Walking distance for the day is around ½ mi. between activities, mostly flat surfaces, stairs as well as uneven rocky ground getting in/out of the raft. Driving distances is around 40 mi. &1 hr. of driving time.

Breakfast: Order from menu in hotel restaurant. Additional beverages beyond the juice, coffee or tea included with your breakfast voucher is available for purchase.

Morning: Especially for kids: Load up our vans for transfer to Heber, Utah, for – All Aboard! – An experience aboard a steam engine train through the glacier-carved Provo Canyon along the Heber Valley Historic Railway. This open-air ride on the historic Provo Canyon Limited steam engine train, also known as the Heber Creeper, parallels Deer Creek Reservoir and often has both wildlife and water sport enthusiasts within view. Enjoy some entertainment while on the train such as a make believe train robbery, songs and some commentary from train employees. We will get off the train after a 1.5 hour ride and about 15 miles down the canyon where our rafting activity begins.

Lunch: Enjoy a boxed lunch at the High Country Rafting picnic tables. Includes water or soda.

Afternoon: After lunch, meet with our rafting instructors for a safety orientation before hopping in the rafts and floating down the snow-fed Provo River! Each person in the rafts will be given a paddle and will be taught how to properly paddle and follow commands from the raft guide. Then you will help paddle the raft down the river. This is mostly a float trip with very few rapids but life vests must be worn at all times. As we float down the river, we’ll get a unique perspective by the rafting guides on the geologic wonders of this glacier-carved canyon. There may be a section of flat water where the raft guide may invite those who want to float along the raft for a short distance. The water will be cold but may feel good on a hot summer day. After reaching our destination on the shore of the river, we will be shuttled back to our vans and return to the hotel.

Dinner: Order from the menu at hotel restaurant. Additional beverages beyond a soda, coffee, or tea are available for additional purchase.

Evening: We will gather at the hotel to go over the activities for the following day before having the rest of the evening at leisure for swimming, relaxing, etc.

DAY
5
Park City Historic Main Street & The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Midway, UT
B,L,D
Zermatt Resort

Activity note: Wear comfortable clothing and close-toed shoes; bring layers as weather conditions may change without notice; sun protection recommended. Be careful to prevent items from falling. Walking distance for the day will be around 1-mile between activities on mostly flat surfaces and may include a few stairs. Driving distances will be around 60 miles and 2 hours of driving time. Learn about Mountain Men Explorers, Park City’s Mining & Skiing History and walk on Historic Main Street.

Breakfast: Order from menu in hotel restaurant. Additional beverages beyond the juice, coffee or tea included with your breakfast voucher is available for purchase.

Morning: Meet in conference room where the Group Leader will give some announcements on today’s activities and then our local Utah historian will educate us with stories about Utah’s fascinating mountain men. These hardy single men did not stay in one place very long and led lonely lives out in the mountains enduring the harsh winters and hot summer days in the Rocky Mountains and the Old West. We’ll learn about the lives of these American legends and how they survived in the wilderness for so long and will help to disclose some of the fascinating and colorful history of Park City including details about its iconic silver mining history to becoming a ghost town and then a thriving ski town rated among the best rated ski destinations in the world! Afterward the discussion, meet in Hotel Lobby and Load Van for Park City Historic Main Street. It’s about a half hour ride from the hotel to Park City.

Lunch: When we arrive on Historic Main Street in Park City, we will enjoy ordering off the lunch menu in a local Restaurant and additional beverages beyond a soda, coffee or tea included with your lunch are available for additional purchase.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will explore the Park City Museum and Historic Main Street with a Park City historian. While here, we’ll learn what was it like to live in Park City 100 years ago by examining the fun and informative exhibits that explain how early settlers found their way to Park City, as well as how they built and expanded the city into a mining town. After learning about the Kimball Stagecoach, which carried people and mail to Park City. We’ll also get to see a big model of the late 19th century Mega Mine and see the Cornish pump and hoist, which travel all the way to the 1,000-foot level. A truly risky profession due to unhealthy conditions and dangerous equipment, mining required strong backs and wreaked havoc on miners' lungs, but could pay well in comparison those days. We’ll learn how ore becomes silver and earn our pay by mock-drilling into the rock face before climbing into an original car from the world's only "Skier Subway" and watching a film explaining Park City's transition from a mining to a skiing town. Additionally, you will visit the original city jail in the basement of the museum and learn from recordings of some of the people jailed there clear up until the 1960’s! Especially for kids: You will have about 2-hrs of exploring Historic Main Street up and down the sidewalk at your leisure. If you would like, you can ride the free Main Street Trolley up or down Main Street and make sure to pull down on the string to stop the Trolley if you want to get off to explore a certain area. We’ll then gather for some recap before traveling to Salt Lake City where we will get to experience a rehearsal performed by the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir on Temple Square. The ride will be about 45-minutes to get to our destination in Salt Lake City. Our destination is a local restaurant for dinner near Temple Square.

Dinner: Order from the menu at restaurant in downtown Salt Lake City. Additional beverages beyond a soda, coffee, or tea are available for additional purchase.

Evening: After dinner we will gather together and we will walk across the street to the Tabernacle to listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The choir with 360 members, is known as “America’s Choir,” and has a long history of singing, performing in many special events, from Presidential Inaugurations to the 2002 Utah Olympic. We will be there about an hour and then go back across the street and load in van and return to the hotel.

DAY
6
Hike Timpanogos Cave National Monument, Free Time, Slideshow
Midway, UT
B,L,D
Zermatt Resort

Activity note: Hike Timpanogos Cave National Monument. Hiking about 1.5 miles (3 miles round-trip); elevation increase of roughly 1,065 feet; paved trails. Be sure to bring plenty of water, sun protection and comfortable sturdy-closed-toe shoes, and wear layered comfortable clothing as weather conditions may change. Walking distance for the day is around 3 miles on a paved trail with switchbacks up the mountain and gains just over 1,000 feet in elevation. Free Time and Slideshow of Activities.

Breakfast: Order from menu in hotel restaurant. Additional beverages beyond the juice, coffee or tea included with your breakfast voucher is available for purchase.

Morning: Travel in van to Timpanogos Cave National Monument which driving distances will be around 70 miles and 2 hours of driving time. Enjoy hiking & exploring nature on the Timpanogos Trail with a certified park ranger who will teach us all about the history of the cave, who discovered it, and the formations that grow inside. Walking pace will be very slow for everyone in the group. As we walk, we’ll enjoy the beautiful mountain, canyon and amazing views of the valley below before entering the cave to see the unusual formations, some unique to these 3 connected caves. Formed along a fault line, the cave’s formations include stalactites, stalagmites, siphon straw tubes, flow stone, and a giant "Heart of Timpanogos," which is a massive stalactite legend says is the “heart” of Timpani, a young Ute Indian maiden who lost her life on a nearby mountain. There are few sets of stairs in the cave with a few spots where adults will have to duck down to clear a 4 foot ceiling.

Lunch: At a picnic area with picnic tables directly across the street from the Timpanogos Visitor's Center, we’ll have a boxed lunch with soda or water.

Afternoon: Before returning back to the hotel, we will stop at the marvelous Bridal Veil Falls in the Provo Canyon near the Provo River. The Bridal Veil Falls is a 607-foot-tall double cataract waterfall in the beautiful Provo Canyon. The world-famous steepest aerial tramway, (opened in 1967), along with a lodge and restaurant, (opened in 1961), were above the waterfall and on top of the mountain. The tramway was in operational until (1996), until an avalanche destroyed it, and in (2008), the lodge and the restaurant were burned down by an arson and little remains of the structures. While at the waterfall, we will take some group and individual family photos, etc. Then return to the hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure. You may wish to swim, pack, or just relax.

Dinner: Order from the menu at hotel restaurant. Additional beverages beyond a soda, coffee, or tea are available for additional purchase.

Evening: In the conference room near the hotel, we’ll have a wrap-up session complete with awards and receive certificates of achievement and passport stickers. Share some of your favorite experiences from the program with new Road Scholar friends. Prepare for check-out and departures in the morning.

DAY
7
Program Concludes. Individual Departures.
Midway, UT
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Order from menu in hotel restaurant. Additional beverages beyond the juice, coffee or tea included with your breakfast voucher is available for purchase. This concludes our program.

Morning: We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys.