Halloween Bash Done Right

By Tyler Lewis and Adam Gray (aka. your 2013-14 Season Snow Reporters)

Between picking out a costume and preparing for a party you can spend hours researching and preparing to make sure you do it right. Lucky for you we’ve already compiled some of the best winter costume and party ideas all in one place.

If you’re anything like us in the Snow Reporting office you still have no idea what you are going to be. Here are some of the ideas we have come up with so far…

  • Ross Powers (SMS Alumni and Olympic Gold Medalist)
  • Snowman
  • Snowflake (make sure you do the snow dance though)
  • Shaun White (If you have tight enough pants)
  • Stratton Snow Reporters
  • 80’s Skier/Snowboarder
  • VT Park Ranger
  • Yeti
  • Oktoberfest Bavarian
  • Team America (Beerfest)
  • Jackie Moon (Semi Pro)
  • Sal Masekela (Extreme Sports Reporter)
  • Big Foot
  • Smokey the Bear
  • Ski Patroller
  • Miley Cyrus *Pre Wrecking Ball (Hannah Montana, Etc)
  • Miley Cyrus *Post Wrecking Ball (You’ll need a foam finger)
  • The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)

Now that you have your costume picked out, it’s time to figure out the food, beverages and activities.

First and foremost, for all your bloodthirsty guests, there’s tasty jungle juice, your favorite Northeast brew or something more appropriate for all ages: Apple Bobbing Punch. If that’s the case then we have the perfect alchemy for your punch.

1 (32-ounce) bottle apple cider

1 (32-ounce) bottle cranberry juice drink

1 (16-ounce) jar whole crabapples, un-drained

1 (6-ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed

1 (6-ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed

1 (1-liter) bottle ginger ale or lemon-lime soft drink, chilled

After you’ve got your beverage options all in line, it’s time to decide what appetizers you want to offer your spooky friends. Here’s a list of ideas and links to their recipes if they sound worthy.

Onion-Bacon Dip

Goblin Dip with Bone Crackers

Green Dip with Spooky Chips

Easy Barbecue Sliders

Breadstick Haystacks

Up next is decorating.

Must haves include:
Pumpkins
Spider webs
Ghosts
Streamers
Bats
Vampires

Your going to want to keep your guests happy and active throughout the duration of the party, so here’s some ideas on activities.

  • Halloween Photo Booth
  • Spooky Piñata
  • Bobbing for apples
  • Mummy wrap (Race)
  • Candy Swap
  • Bean Bag Toss (aka corn hole)
  • Karaoke
  • Pumpkin Carving
  • Ghost in the Grave Yard

Now throw on your spookiest playlist and invite your friends over to have an amazing time!

First Snow

By The Snow Reporters. Adam Gray & Tyler Lewis

So we just received first snow here at Stratton Mountain and if you’re anything like us your probably anxious to start all the activities associated with it. Here are just a few ideas we could think of that could get you outside and enjoying this most fantastic season.

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  • Snow Angels
  • Catching snowflakes
  • Release your inner child
  • Seasons first snowball
  • Have a snowball fight
  • Nordic skiing
  • Sledding
  • Eat snow *not the yellow kind
  • Snow cones
  • Shake the cob webs out of your winter jacket
  • Write in snow with an icicle
  • Tuning your winter sports equipment
  • Shopping for Holiday gifts
  • Gear up for the Olympics
  • Go for a hike
  • Write “Facebook post”
  • Make a fire
  • Watch favorite ski or snowboard movie
  • Plan a ski trip
  • Hot Chocolate with whip cream
  • Drink a nice VT dark beer

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2013 VT Hall of Fame Inductions

By The Snow Reporters. Adam Gray & Tyler Lewis

This Saturday, the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum will be inducting six significant figures into their Hall of Fame. The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to honor athletes, special contributors, and pioneers of Vermont skiing/snowboarding. The inductees for 2013 are Jeff Brushie & the VTSP, CB Vaughan, Fred Pabst, Emo Henrich, Sverre Caldwell and Ross Powers. This inductee class is extra special for Stratton Mountain because they are three of the major reasons Stratton Mountain is where it is today.

Inductees

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Ross Powers, SMS (Stratton Mountain School) Snowboard Program Director and alumni (1997) attended his first U.S. Open at the young age of 9. Powers competed nationally and was a world champion before turning 18. In the 1998 Winter Olympics Powers took home the bronze medal in the first Snowboard Halfpipe event. Powers returned in 2002 to take the gold and secure his place in the history. Powers joined SMS in 2010 as the Snowboard program director and currently lives in Londonderry, VT with his wife (Marisa) and two daughters (Victoria and Meredith.)

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Sverre Caldwell, SMS Nordic Program Director joined SMS in 1980 and has been coaching top-level athletes ever since. Caldwell has coached 28 Junior World Team members, 17 National Team members, 12 Olympians and had at least one World Junior Team member and one Junior National Champion for 17 years straight. U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association named him Coach of the Year three times and has earned dozens of other top quality awards for his top quality coaching.

Emo Henrich, came to Stratton Mountain in 1961, where he built and ran the ski school. For 26 years Henrich provided an unforgettable experience to Stratton Mountain visitors by hiring world-renowned ski instructors. Although Henrich is no longer with us, his spirit still lives strong in the Stratton community. Each year the Stratton Foundation gives out an award called the Emo Henrich Award which recognizes an individuals impact on Stratton through professional excellence and exemplary community service.

If you plan on attending the VT Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame induction at the Stratton Mountain Club, the reception starts at 4pm, followed by the induction ceremony and heavy hor doeuvres, cash bar and silent auction

So far 23 businesses have donated over 75 items valued at over $7000!

  • Helly Hansen has contributed over $4000 worth of clothing
  • Vermont Bicycle Tours $1000 gift certificate for a Europe cycling vacation
  • Sweaters from Dale of Norway
  • Packs from Camelbak, Deuter, Gregory, and Mountainsmith
  • Poles from Black Diamond Equipment and Leki
  • Fishing and outdoor lifestyle products from Fishpond and Lilypond
  • Boots from Perfect Storm
  • Hat/Scarf/Mitten sets from Pistil
  • 40’x50″ mounted limited edition B&W print of a Bromley scene from the 50’s – Bob Ellis
  • Hooked pillow and rug from Chandler 4 Corners
  • Ash Serving Boards from JK Adams
  • Wood work by Bucky Broomhall
  • Vermont Food Basket

We look forward to seeing you there!

2013 VT Hall of Fame Inductions

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Stratton Mountain Club, Stratton, Vermont

Car Shows at Stratton

By Tyler Lewis

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Is your car group looking to change things up and go on an adventure? Through the years Stratton Mountain’s been the host for dozens of car shows for car enthusiast groups including Porsche, BMW, Corvette, Land Rover, Lexus, Volvo and Mini Cooper.

Stratton Mountain Resort is located in the picturesque Green Mountains, in Southern Vermont. Car enthusiasts enjoy their scenic drives through the Green Mountains, alongside our winding rivers and through our rustic towns.  Car shows are held in the beautiful Stratton Common space.cars in commons2

This weekend the Mini Cooper group of Boston enjoyed all Stratton has to offer: the twisting roads, amazing fall foliage and slew of activities.

If your car group wants to have a weekend getaway that includes scenic drives, car shows, and great times, what could be better than a weekend trip to Stratton Mountain Resort with all your buddies? Come fall in love with Southern Vermont like we have.

The Village at Stratton Mountain

By Courtney DiFiore

Last weekend wasn’t just the Grand Re-Opening of Syd’s, Burton and First run; it was the Grand Re-Opening of the Village as a whole. Stratton Mountain Market and Deli is running full speed ahead with The Fire Tower, another new Village Dining location, hot on their tail to open. Head Case is also a soon to be addition to the Village, supplying guests of the mountain with tech gear. Talk about a face lift! The Village is looking awesome and the first snowfall hasn’t even hit. Stop by to see for yourself and if you’re in the Village this week don’t miss these deals and new product.

First Run: New Scott apparel, Kids & Ladies Obermeyer, and great deals on fall clothing by Prana, Isis, Lole and Icebreacker.

Burton: Great deals on spring and summer apparel and 2012-13 winter season clothing.

Syd & Dusty’s: New product by Candy Grind (gloves) and Arcade (belts).

Mountain Sweets: Fully stocked Trail Mix Bar, maple syrup, caramel covered popcorn, toys, stuffed animals and more.

The North Face: New Thermoball apparel, a great down alternative. Retains heat, even when wet.  

Antique Treasures

By Tyler Lewis

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Are you looking for that new-old table to get that rustic look you’ve been looking for? Southern Vermont is the mecca for antiquing. With hundreds of antique stores to choose from, it’s a fantastic place to go. For anyone who isn’t familiar with antiquing it’s the buying, selling and collecting of antiques. Antiques are considered to be 100+ years old and still in original condition. Antiquing isn’t just for retirees anymore; people of all ages can enjoy the thrill of antiquing.  Whether you’re looking for that specific China cabinet that fits perfectly in your dinning room or old ski memorabilia for the ski house, Southern Vermont is the place to start.  Stratton Mountain is right in the heart of antiquing territory; with ten antique shops in the area, you’ll be antiquing long after the sun goes down.

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The last time I went antiquing I ended up buying three old pairs of skies, an old ceramic ice cream cone and a 25-pound stone shaped like Vermont. Why you may ask? I’ll never know, but I proudly display my treasures in my living room and get countless nods of approval. When you step foot in an antique store you never know what you’re going to find, each time’s an adventure. To get the most out of your next antiquing adventure follow my antiquing top tips.

 Antiquing Top Tips

  1. Knowledge is power
  2. Think outside the box
  3. Only buy the things you like
  4. Don’t be afraid to ask questions
  5. Examine old items for damage
  6. Old doesn’t mean gold
  7. Don’t pay full price
  8. BRING CASH
  9. Always get a receipt
  10. Make sure to enjoy

Now get out there and start antiquing!

Beer & Chili

By Rob Chrostowski

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I LOVE beer and chili, so suffice it to say I’m excited for the Chili Cook-off and Brew Fest this weekend! There’s nothing better than a cold beer to take the edge out of some spicy food. Light lagers and amber ales pair quite well with Chili and are perfect to cool off those taste buds. If you like it more on the spicy side, give a pale ale or IPA a try. The bitterness of the hops will bring out the spice in your food. If you’re a fan of darker beers, try adding some to your chili while you’re cooking it!

RESULTS OF CHILI COOK-OFF:
1st – BBQ Beef Brisket Chili
2nd – Maple Chocolate Stout Chili Con Carne
3rd – Scooby Doo and the Ghost Chili
4th – Happy Hippy Habanero Chili
5th – Earth Candy
6th – Ghost Chili
7th – Drop It Like It’s Hot
8th- Tom’s Turkey Chili

Indian Summer

By Courtney DiFiore

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As a symphony of color fills the Green Mountains, the temperature begins to drop, foreshadowing the coming winter months. I begin to anticipate cool mornings and frost covered greens on the golf course but this year I’ve been duped! As we enter Columbus Day weekend, temperatures are hovering in the 60s with sunshine in the forecast too. Mother Nature is being oh so kind and adding an extra season this year: Indian summer.  Locals and those visiting can now be even more excited for a weekend full of great food, friends, music, fall favorite activities and the WEATHER!

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As excited as I am to report the beautiful forecast, we can’t forget that winter is on its way. Enjoy the Indian summer now but know that a snowy winter is soon to follow. My sources (a furry friend) tell me this year our slopes will be piled high with tons of snow.

Rejuvenating the Snowboarding Culture at Stratton Mt.

By Ted Rung
130209_SnowboardGroup_Summit_HS2400pxThe 2013/14 season is shaping up to be a fun and exciting time in the snowboard world at Stratton. A large part of our focus in preparing for this season has been on our two full service snowboard shops. Not one, but both snowboard shops have been completely remodeled to provide a better shopping experience for all of our customers. We feel that instead of having the two snowboard shop compete with each other, it would be better to have them work side by side to help rejuvenate the snowboarding culture that once thrived at Stratton.

The biggest change that visitors will notice is that Syd & Dusty’s has moved back to its previous location and has been connected to the Burton Store at Stratton. Combining the two stores into one open space will make picking out all the equipment that you can dream of even easier. All the brands will be in one spot so that you can mix and match as much as you want without having to go outside to another store.

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Next you will notice that everything in the two spaces is new and fresh. Syd’s has a new space and look to make it more inviting and visible to the customer. To add to this the Burton store has been updated to the current Burton Snowboards look and feel. New displays, counters, hardwood floor and a better lay out have been brought in or designed and built to make the space more tailored to the snowboard life style.

To go along with the new stores that we are excited to be in, we have to give you something exciting to buy while you are visiting Stratton. New brands have been brought into Syd & Dusty’s including Coal, Candy Grind, Celtek Gloves, Spy Goggles, and Switchback Bindings to name a few. Burton will carry a full line of their own products that you may have seen before. Something you may not have seen are 4 new board models, Burton/Stanley mugs and flasks as well as other collaborative items and a new line of women’s clothing designed in conjunction with Gwen Stafani’s L.A.M.B  clothing line.

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Come in and see it all for yourself. Saturday October 12th we will be having a reopening party.  The day will include exclusive one day sales, raffles, and a silent auction that will benefit Boarding for Breast Cancer. Winter is coming, see you soon!

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3 Million Miles

With so much to do this weekend I didn’t know where to start.

Gondola ride, hike to the summit, antique show, Volvo car show… the list goes on. I decided (since I can walk to it) I’d stop by the Volvo car show down in the Stratton commons. My first reaction was, wow. Me not being the car guru was surprised by how many cars were actually here. Car enthusiasts from all over the East Coast, US and Canada came out to enjoy, show off, and see Volvos from classics, customs and today’s models.

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I learned that a lot of people love their cars (as much as their own children). I also learned more about the Volvo then I ever thought I would need to know. (These guys know their stuff!)

As I wondered around I came across the 3 million mile Volvo. Not joking. Three million miles. On one car! Is this for real? Yes, it’s for real. Irv Gordon reached 3 million miles in Alaska in September. So technically the car has more than 3 million miles on it now.  To give you an idea of just how much 3 million miles is – that’s equivalent to 120 trips around the world. Or 6 trips to the moon and back!

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This P1800 Volvo was bought in NY in 1966. Within the first weekend of owning the P1800 Irv put 1500 miles on it. Since then he’s taken great care of the car. Regular service and maintenance have kept it running smoothly for almost 50 years. Also Irv says “quality” is what its all about. And I can assure you, Volvo sells quality.

If you would like to learn more about Irv and his Volvo visit 3millionreasons.com

And now I think I’ll take that hike to the summit..