Road Scholar, an outgrowth of the 35-year-old nonprofit organization started as Elderhostel, recently issued its catalog of Traveling and Learning Vacations for Adults.
Winter sports enthusiasts looking for an opportunity to try something new or hone their skiing skills will find a wide variety of possibilities within its pages.
Even easier, they can go to the group's Web site On the left side, click on Programs by Interest and then on Outdoor Adventures: Winter Sports.
There you will find information on 39 different programs, from New York State's Catskills to the Tahoe area of Nevada and California, up into Canada, even Davos, Switzerland, and the Antarctic.
JoAnn Bell, vice president of programming for Road Scholar, told OnTheSnow, "Our most popular winter sports program is Park City Mountain: Ski In, Ski Out."
Bell, reached by e-mail in Turkey, said other programs include, Cross-country skiing in Beautiful Rural Vermont and Music and Dance, and Downhill Skiing: an Uplifting Experience and Musical Theater.
Elderhostel offers [R,314R, Park City Mountain]: Ski In, Ski Out eight different times during the season. This is a six-night, seven-day program, with a five-out-of-seven-day lift ticket, three afternoon lessons, and a variety of off-mountain classes and activities. The first session, in mid-December, costs $1,395; the others are $1,695.
A variation on that is called Park City Mountain: Ski In, Ski Out and Enjoy Ski University which starts the day with stretching and then offers five days of lessons, five hours a day." This, too, is six nights, seven days. The first group Dec. 12-18 costs $1,595; the second, Jan. 23-29, $1,995.
Bell cited Cross-country skiing....with Music and Dance. There are two sessions of this program. The first has sold out; the second is Feb. 6-11. You will receive two lessons a day. Evenings are spent accompanied by banjo, guitar, and fiddle, with discussions of folk music and folk dance. The cost is $619.
Variations on that, also in Vermont, are X-C skiing with poetry and films, X-C skiing with the poetry and prose of Vermont, and X-C skiing with yoga.
Bell also singled out the program based on downhill skiing and musical theater. That costs $699, and is held at Mount Snow, West Dover, Vt.;, with evenings devoted to American musical theater.
Road Scholar offers a Roaring ‘20s New Year's Celebration, for which they provide the attire, based at White River Junction, Vt., Dec. 28- Jan. 2, $810.
One program among the 39 is aimed at grandparents and grandchildren, what Road Scholar terms "intergenerational." The title is Minnesota: Grand Winter Adventure, Dec. 27 - Jan. 1, with adventure ropes, rock climbing, X-C skiing, Ojibwe snowshoeing, and animal tracking during the day; and star watching, block printing, paper making, and talks by a naturalist in the evenings. You can also try dogsled rides, ice fishing, orienteering, and learn about winter lake ecology. The cost is $499 for adults, $464 for youngsters.
Other skiing programs take place at Soldiers Hollow, Sundance, St. George, and Orem, Utah; Winter Park, Telluride, Steamboat, Aspen, Snowmass and Crested Butte, Colorado; Mont Sutton, Quebec, teamed with Jay Peak, Vt.; Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee, Wyo,; Sun Valley, Idaho; Ely, Minn.; New York's Catskills; the Eastern Townships of Quebec; and Mount Hood, Ore.
You will find several programs centered on wolves, as well as adventures in Yellowstone, trips on a snowcoach, dogsled driving, lessons in handling a snowmobile, and access to the Sundance Film Festival.
More information. Or call 800-454-5768.