Where the Frank did North American Go?

By Kirby Daly

If you are like me, you grew up taking some fall line filled turns down the infamous race trail, North American. Shooting directly uphill from Mid-Mountain Lodge, North American spanned 15 acres and had a mixture of vertical terrain with rolling knolls, steep fall lines and an epic valley view. But where in the world did North American go?

Original Stratton SignIt didn’t go anywhere actually, it just got a new name: Frank’s Fall Line, you may have heard of it. Despite the many tales, the truth is that Frank’s a real person. But this only brings up more questions, like who is Frank? Well I did a little research and here is what I can tell you.

Frank Snyder, originally from upstate new york, traveled to Vermont regularly to ski Stowe Mountain in the 1950’s. In his travels he noted a hill that had great potential to become a ski site in southern Vermont.  In 1959 he teamed up with investors to realize the dream that is today Stratton Mountain Resort. By Christmas of 1961, Stratton Mountain was up and running with its 3 story base lodge, 3 lifts and 10 trails, including our beloved North American. Through Frank’s vision, Stratton became one of the first family-oriented ski resorts in the industry. Along with being a founder and patron of the hill, he also acted as president and, subsequently, chairman. When Frank passed away in 2006, the Stratton community thought it right to rename North American for the 2007-2008 season as Franks Fall Line. And that’s that. See the original 1961 Trail Map.base lodge with chair lift (2)

11 MUST-DO Activities @ Stratton this February Vacation

By Cassie Russo

February has brought so much snow and fun activities to Stratton – making Southern Vermont the best place for February Vacation. Whether your trip is planned, or you are here right now, here’s what I think are the 11 must-do activities while here at Stratton on your February Vacation.

1. Ski and/or SnowboardHSP2015_8576-2250pxA bit obvious, but with 60″ of fresh snow in February alone, conditions are better than ever!! Mike via Twitter said that these are the “Best conditions I’ve EVER skied.”

Snow conditions

2. Visit the Ice Castle

150117_IceCastleNight_HS_3572If your kids are in love with Disney’s “Frozen”, which they probably are, they will be in awe of the ice Castle at the Sun Bowl. It’s growing and changing every day, so there’s always something new to explore!

Hours and ticket information

3.Go Fat Biking

Fat Bike VillageThe newest and most popular trend has arrived at the Sun Bowl. On February 21, the whole family can try out Fat Bikes and learn more information about the growing sport!

Event information

4.Enjoy Live Music in the Village

No matter what your taste in music is, we’ve got a variety of live bands playing all season long. With 14 during President’ week alone, the whole family can enjoy live music at many venues throughout the village.

Live music line-up

5. A Night Out for the KidsHSP2014_0222-2250px

Kids Night Out returns on February 21, where kids of all ages come together to enjoy s’mores by a campfire, sledding and a movie night! While the kids make new friends, Mom & Dad can have their own night out (see #6.)

Kids Night Out

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6. Date Night

While the kids enjoy Kids Night Out, Mom & Dad can enjoy dining without ever having to leave the village. With a multitude of dining options, the Village is sure to satisfy even the pickiest eaters.

Dining information

7. Retail Therapy

HSP2014_0161-2250pxWhether you want to splurge on that new jacket you’ve been eying or treat your sweetie to a new pair of earrings, the Village is full of retail shops to satisfy all your needs. Check out the Stratton Clothing Company, where you can take home souvenirs from your Stratton exploration!

Retail shops

8. Go TubingHSP2011_4010Tube with the whole family at the Sun Bowl day or night! The Tube Park features four lanes of lift-serviced snow tubing, warming hut with light refreshments and fire pit.

Tubing information

9. Explore the Nordic CenterHSP2014_5966-2250pxCross Country ski or snowshoe our 12km of nordic trails located at the Sun Bowl! It’s a great activity to get the family together and stay active!

Nordic Center information

10. Pamper yourself at the SpaHSP2013_7268

Facials, massages and manicures are just the beginning of what the day Spa at Stratton has to offer. Treat yourself, you’re on vacation.

Spa information

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11. Visit the Training and Fitness Center

Stay active during your vacation with our Fitness Center’s many classes, including yoga, spin and swimming! The indoor salt water pool, hot tub and massages will help you wind down after a long day of skiing.

Fitness center information

A Near Perfect Valentine’s Day

By Charlie Reetz

Before I begin, I must say I do not currently have a significant other. I’ve learned that waiting for the right woman to come along is not only more appropriate but more useful to me now than my earlier years. That being said I’ve cared for everyone who has entered my life and I would share this following scenario with any one of you. This is my description of a near perfect date.

Waking up to a foot of snow is naturally a dream and to have that on Saturday would be more than awesome. The date actually begins at 8am when we both could get on the mountain before most skiers and riders. Having fun in the powder with friends is only half of the excitement for Valentine’s Day.  When the lifts start to close down or our legs have taken enough exercise then we enjoy après at Grizzly’s while some funky live music resonates the bar.

Afterwards it’s time to relax, maybe a moment of rejuvenation by visiting the steam room or hot tub at the Training & Fitness Center. At home she kicks her feet up on the coffee table and watches a romantic comedy or reads a good book while I prepare a dinner for the both of us. I’ll admit I don’t normally cook but I would make something to her liking, even if it were vegetarian or a big ol’ bacon burger. After dinner we could simply step out the front door to see the 8:30pm fireworks in the distance. No gifts have been exchanged; only the comfort of company brings warmth and joy.

Then the party begins. All of our good friends together while drinks and debauchery continue through the midnight hour means a good time. A favorite of mine actually is a glass of Ballantine’s scotch whiskey to help celebrate “Ballantine’s Day.”  All in all, the day is well spent with a lovely lady, and after describing those 24 hours I’d be happy to do it all over again the next day.