Who you calling Fat?

By Kirby Daly

When a friend asked me the other day if I wanted to go for a fat bike ride I thought he was trying to tell me that I needed to start working out because I was fat.  Being offended, I started laying in to him. It wasn’t until he began to laugh hysterically that I realized I was missing something.

“No” he said, “they are called fat bikes because of the size of their tires.” Fat Bikes

Have you ever seen these? They are super cool looking, like something out of a cartoon. But why fat tires, what’s the deal? Well how about the fact that you can ride them through sand and even in the snow. These bloated bikes first popped up in the late 80s after the first prototype was built and used to trek across the Sahara Fat Bikedessert. In 1990, an Alaskan man began fitting standard mountain bike frames with SnowCat rims, specifically for use in the snow. Since then, many big name bicycle companies have picked up the trend and it just seems to keep growing.

I tried one through some snow trails and let me tell you, it is so much fun. I never thought I would ever be mountain biking in winter; what a cool an experience. If you want to give my new hobby a try, you can right now! The Nordic Center here at Stratton has a fleet for you to demo. Go have an adventure.

Keep It on the DL

By Charlie Reetz

The DL is sometime known as the Down Low, meaning what’s the word on the streets. If I were to apply this meaning I could tell you that there’s an after after party at my place in Styles Brook following Saturday’s Marchdi Gras festival…but keep that on the DL. The anagram also means the Disabled List meaning because of an injury I am no longer fit to play. Consequently I am able to ride with a full cast on after I broke my scaphoid in my left wrist. I like how the Ski Patrollers referred to it as a “Snuff Box Fracture.” In any case I’d like to talk more about the great care I’ve received from the Carlos Otis Clinic.

Carlos Otis Clinic After this year’s renovations, the Clinic looks amazing. Upon entering you’ll notice how much the facility has changed for the better. Tracie was kind enough to treat me at the door with a bag of ice and a quick radio call to Dr. Weischler. The equipment is up to date and works like a charm. My X-rays looked particularly good. I think I could be a hand model in another life. With a quick response the doctor and nurses informed me of my situation. They gave me a splint, copy of paperwork and sent me off. Now I’m rocking a full plastic cast and should be out of it in 4 weeks’ time.

inside COCThe Otis Clinic will help in any situation. Even if you are not on the hill and happen to injure yourself, the clinic is open to assist you with any ailment. During the ski season, they are open daily from 8:30am – 5pm Sunday through Thursday and from 8:30am – 9pm Fridays, Saturdays and Holidays. I got to meet most of the staff and they are all incredibly nice while they treat you. I’m not saying you should injure yourself, but if you do they will patch you up just right.

Would You Do This For 24 Hours!?

By Courtney DiFiore

March, as always, is packed with events at Stratton. Spring skiing and fun events go together like peanut butter and jelly – a classic combination. Last weekend, the Vermont Open rocked the resort with amazing riders of all levels. This time around, it’s anyone’s game as we kick off the Annual 24 Hours of Stratton. This is your chance to enjoy skiing and boarding from dusk to dawn, live bands, event swag, fireworks and more! Whether you’re a first timer to the event or a veteran, you’ll love (and thank us for) our 24 Hour Checklist.

24 Hours Of Stratton Must-Have Checklist

1. Equipment – Though basic, it’s like your toothbrush; items such as these can be easily forgotten because they’re so obvious. If you don’t have you’re own ride, try rentals. 121121_opening_smile_lauren_meryl_HS (1)2. Check the Snow Report – Weather in Vermont is funny. It can (and will!) change in seconds. Let us help you pick the proper attire by checking in with the Snow Reporters first. Plus, whilst you’re on resort, you can continue to check for updates on your mobile device. Southern Vermont weather is tricky, but just like us, you’ll learn to love it.  Snowboarder in powder

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3. Coffee – Unless your the next Edward Cullen, you’ll need to sleep OR a lot of caffeine to keep you up for 24 hours. The Market and Market Bistro, located in the Base Lodge will be your go-to for coffee, soda and more.
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4. Friends No matter what you’re doing, it’s always more fun when shared with friends and/or family. Participating as a team will make for unforgettable memories and a lot of encouragement. See how much all the teams have raised!

 

5. Hand Warmers – You will be skiing and riding at night when temperatures usually dip into single digits so a few sets of hand and toe warmers are a must. A nice cup of hot chocolate is another way to keep those hands warm…and my personal favorite. Stop by the Village to pick up some hand warmers. 24 Hours of Stratton Night Skiing

6. Costume – It’s always a treat to see people in costume. Some teams match their attire while others are as unique as the snowflakes that fall over Stratton. Check out pictures from last year for inspiration.  24 hours of stratton costumes

24 Hours of Stratton7. GoPro – Once a year, we give skiers and riders the chance to carve up the mountain for a full 24 hours, that’s something we find people want to remember forever. What better way to do that, than snapping some photos or capturing some footage? As a bonus, those photos you take could win you a GoPro. Check out the Instagram Photo Contest for details.


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8. Tent – Camping gear probably isn’t the first thing you think of when preparing for a ski and snowboard event, but when it lasts 24 hours you may need one. On the other hand, if you plan on staying awake, you can skip the tent and enjoy the live music line-up.

 

9. A Positive Attitude – You’re never truly dressed without a smile! Remember that this event is to raise money for the the Stratton Foundation which focuses on underprivileged youth in Vermont. It should be fun and you should feel good knowing you’re helping the foundation provide basic living necessities such as food, warm clothing, personal care items, access to dental treatment,  school supplies, transportation to school and doctors visits, and an equality of educational opportunities for  children that cannot otherwise afford them. 24 Hours of Stratton

And finally…this isn’t an item to check off your list but remember to have fun and thank Ski Patrol, Lift Operators, Groomers and anyone else you see in a red jacket. Just like you, members of the Stratton team will be on the hill a full 24 hours working to keep our trails maintained, lifts running, lodge open and more. It’s always nice to hear your appreciated. Speaking of, we can’t wait to join you on the Mountain for 24 hours of FUN(raising). We’re overjoyed to see so many people coming out for this great event.24 Hours of Stratton Fireworks

What’s Your Favorite Ski Film?

By Charlie Reetz

Everyone who has a GoPro camera can make a two-minute ski film just like Kirby and I do as Snow Reporters. It’s always a great idea when you have footage of family and friends skiing/riding together to put it into the timeline and edit it to a favorite song of yours. I’ve always taken aspects of other people’s work and adapted a version of my own to create a good-looking video. Below is a list of some of my favorite ski and snowboard films that you may or may not have heard of. If you get the chance I would find these films and watch them every time you are about to hit the hill.

  1. “Vacation” – Created by the team members of Forum Snowboards, this video is one of the most upbeat edits I’ve ever seen. Riders like Jake Welch and Andreas Wiig look like they’re having too much of a good time and Pat Moore kills it with the ending part both in the park and the backcountry. Not only does each of these riders throw down, but the soundtrack to the whole video is on point with bands such as INXS and Motorhead.
  2. “The Art of Flight” – By popular demand this sequel created by Travis Rice and Red Bull House Media takes you across the world in an incredibly well made film. Curt Morgan decided to shoot the film on a Phantom camera, allowing HD quality while shooting from a mile away in a helicopter. This camera also has the ability to shoot 1000 frames per second giving us those super awesome slow mo shots.
  3. “Into The Mind” – Sherpa Cinemas comes out with a production once every two years because of the amount of work they put into it. This film will give you chills through your body because it is so visually enticing. Skiers and Snowboarders like Kye Peterson and Jeremy Jones find the most impossible lines in the Nepalese backcountry to shred, making it look it easy every time.
  4. “Think Thank is Brain Dead and Having a Heart Attack” – If you ever wondered how snowboarders can get more creative and innovative with tricks nowadays, you have to watch what the boys at Think Thank are doing. Pro riders like Scott Stephens revolutionizes the way snowboarders can change style. You’ll walk away after watching this video asking yourself, “Did that actually happen?” Yes, yes it did.

Share with me some of your favorite ski and snowboard films!

Go Snurfing at the Vermont Open

The 3rd Annual Snurfer Challenge Celebrates
50 Years of the Snurfer at the Vermont Open

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March 3, 2015

For immediate release

Manchester Center, VT – Just getting to the finish line is often considered a victory when competing in the one of a kind Snurfer Challenge at Stratton Mountain’s Vermont Open. In celebration of the product that launched the snowboarding revolution, the Snurfer Challenge pits rider against mountain on a simple wooden board without bindings or edges. This year’s Snurfer Challenge celebrates 50 years since the production of the first Snurfer and honors its now 84 year-old creator, Sherman Poppen.

The Snurfer Challenge takes place on Saturday, March 14 as part of the Vermont Open, a snowboard competition at Stratton Mountain, Vermont. The 2015 Snurfer Challenge will feature a thrilling head-to-head elimination downhill format where it’s survival of the fittest and fastest. In honor of Sherman’s original creation, this years race format will be limited to a Classic Series format whereby only riders on original Snurfers or the replica Classic models now being offered by the revived Snurfer brand  will be allowed to compete.

Photo courtesy of www.snurferboards.com
Photo courtesy of www.snurferboards.com

One-of-a kind hand painted Classic Snurfers will be awarded to the top three finishers of the Snurfer Challenge. Although the entire weekend of competition is designed for snowboarders by snowboarders, the Snurfer Challenge places a huge emphasis on light-hearted, backyard fun while paying homage to the man and the brand that started it all.

For complete event details and registration information: click here.

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About Snurfer: The original Snurfer, designed by Sherman Poppen in December 1965, is credited as the starting point for what would become the modern snowboard. The Snurfer was reintroduced in the fall of 2014 after a three-decade absence from the market by Balance Designs, Inc. (BDI) and with the blessing of Mr. Sherman Poppen. All Snurfers are made-in-the-USA with high quality North American maple veneers and marine-grade glues designed to provide years of backyard fun. Snurfers are perfect for anyone with a love of snow, skill, speed and fun.

BDI also markets VewDo Balance Boards and has led the way in balance boards and balance training products since 1991. BDI is committed to providing its customers with exceptionally well-built products that build balance and create smiles.

 For more info on this awesome sport, contact Balance Designs Inc. at 802-362-2893 or info@snurferboards.com