Stratton 4th of July Activities Lineup

It’s that time of year again! Break out your red, white and blue attire and light up those sparklers because it’s almost Independence Day. What better way to celebrate than in the Green Mountains with family and friends? The annual Mountain Friends and Freedom celebration features fireworks, gondola rides, live music, barbecues, games and festivities for the whole family on July 3-5.
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On Saturday, July 4, enjoy lawn games, hay rides, dunk tank, glow in the dark hoola-hooping, firetruck display, paintball target practice and other carnival games from 4-9:00pm. Taste the best Vermont fare at the old fashioned barbeque. Take a gondola ride and experience the breathtaking views at the summit. You can even challenge your friends to a hot dog eating contest at 6:00pm! If you have more of a sweet tooth, enter the pie eating contest at 7:00pm for a chance at some great prizes. Jeff Tuohy and the Lustre Kings will take the main stage at 4:00pm as part of the Free Stratton Summer Concert Series.

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Fireworks will light the sky starting at 9:15pm.

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Activity will be buzzing throughout the Village, with caricature artists and face painters and family entertainers  ready to amuse from 4-7:00pm. The Vermont Museum of Natural History will also set up camp in the Village displaying New England’s largest collection of native species. Caricature artists and face painting will be available Sunday in the Village from 11am-2pm.

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Dining Specials can be found throughout the Village, with outdoor patios to enjoy your meals at.

Menu Selections Friday 7/3:

  • Mulligan’s – Tommy’s Famous Split Hot Dogs. Red, white and blue Sangria. Raw bar featuring  iced oysters, clams and shrimp.  Lobster bake special for dinner.
  • Sushi Bar – Fresh lemonade stand.
  • The Fire Tower – 4th of July Picnic Dinner featuring a $25 prix fixe 3 courses. Includes local lettuce salad, Whistle Pig BBQ basted ribs, VT Maple mustard grilled chicken, Mac-n-cheese, strawberry-bluebarb shortcake.
  • Bar 802 – $12 cheese pies

Menu Selections Saturday 7/4:

  •  Main base Area – Old Fashioned BBQ  4pm-9pm featuring Hot dogs, hamburgers, ribs, potato salad, corn on the cob, veggie burgers, chips and watermelon, assorted soft drinks. Cash bar.
  • Mulligan’s – Tommy’s Famous Split Hot Dogs. Red, white and blue Sangria. Raw bar featuring  iced oysters, clams and shrimp. Lobster special for dinner. Breakfast 7-11am.
  • Sushi Bar – Fresh lemonade stand.
  • The Fire Tower – 4th of July Picnic Dinner featuring a $25 prix fixe 3 courses. Includes local lettuce salad, Whistle Pig BBQ basted ribs, VT Maple mustard grilled chicken, Mac-n-cheese, strawberry-bluebarb shortcake
  • Bar 802 – Lobster Roll and tots $15, Fried clam roll & tots $15, Strawberry shortcake sliders $5, Red and white Sangria $5 , All Vermont Draft $5.

Menu Selections Sunday 7/5:

  • Mulligan’s – Tommy’s Famous Split Hot Dogs. Red, white and blue Sangria. Raw bar featuring  iced oysters, clams and shrimp.  Prime rib special for dinner. Breakfast 7-11am.
  • Sushi Bar – Fresh lemonade stand.
  • The Fire Tower – two course prix fixe at $25 Broiled ½ main lobster, shrimp, mussels and clams. Served with grilled potato linguica hash and corn on the cob. Blond brownie dessert bar with ice cream.
  • Bar 802 – $2 Tacos.

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We hope to see you here!

Venture Vermont: Wanderlust Festival

Location

Stratton Mountain Resort. 5 Village Lodge Road, Stratton, VT 05155.

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What to expect

Wanderlust is a yoga, music and food celebration that brings together the world’s most renowned yogis, teachers, inspirational speakers and artists for four unforgettable days. This being my first ever Wanderlust Festival, I can attest to how amazing it is. I practice basic yoga once a week for the health benefits and was not really sure what to expect while entering a class titled “Magical Elements: Black Light.” However, Wanderlust is all about trying new things. And the best part about it is that it doesn’t matter what your ability level is, everyone can join in and practice together.

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Throughout the four days, you can choose from a variety of different types of classes such as:

  • Stand up paddle board yoga
  • Meditation
  • Acro-yoga: using hammocks for an acrobatic experience
  • Black light: yoga in a dark room with blacklights to make your white clothing glow. Wanderlusters walk around and paint your arms and legs with tribal markings that glow, as well.
  • Yoga at the summit of Stratton
  • Small classes of 20 & large classes of 100+ yogis
  • Body specific: focusing on handstands, working your core, or focusing on breathing.
  • Classes to the tune of live music. The closing festival class included the lively sounds of High & Mighty Brass Band and an upbeat DJ.
Wanderlust acrobatic performers.
Wanderlust acrobatic performers. How the heck do they do that?!

Expect to make new friends, forget all your troubles and dance like no one’s watching. During the closing class of the festival, I hugged at least 5 strangers, danced in a conga line, and relaxed for savasana with 100 people around me.

Photo credit: Ali Kaukas
Photo credit: Ali Kaukas

Expect to experience a wide variety of musical acts. High & Mighty Brass Band returned to Stratton with their unique sound that you can’t help but dance to. Trevor Hall rocked the stage with his acoustic jams and had everyone clapping to the beat. The Barr Brothers amazed the crowd with their skills on the harp and MC Yogi brought the house sound to the Wanderlust stage Saturday night.

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Expect to sample healthy protein bars and shakes and try new meals from local Vermont farms and restaurants. My personal favorites were the chia bars from Health Warriors & the farm fresh salad from Earth Sky Time. There are also plenty of vegan and gluten-free options. :-)

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Photo credit: Ali Kaukas

What to pack

  • Yoga Mat
  • Nalgene or other refillable water bottle – there are water stations throughout the village to re-fill. It can get hot during the day, and doing all the activities available, you’ll want to hydrate as much as possible.
  • Sunscreen
  • Sweater/sweatshirt/warm clothes- Although it may be in the high 70’s or warmer during the day, Vermont nights get chilly.
  • Rain gear – just in case.
  • Cash – many vendors accept cash only, and you’re going to want to shop around, trust me. :-)
  • Comfortable clothing – after all, it is a yoga festival – bring whatever you would normally wear to yoga or to work out.
  • Bathing suit – if you plan on taking a SUP yoga class or exploring local swimming holes or Stratton pools.
  • A positive attitude and willingness to try new things. 
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Age Range

The festival as a whole is suitable for the whole family. The artists, live music and dancers will amaze all ages and the food to sample will have your taste buds wanting more. Yoga classes are geared towards adults, however, you do not have to be a seasoned yogi to participate. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, there’s a yoga class for you.

Photo credit: Ali Kaukas
Photo credit: Ali Kaukas

What we learned

Book your classes as early as possible. The more popular classes, such as the Acro-yoga and SUP yoga classes fill up quickly. If a class you really want to take is full, go anyway. You will be put on a waiting list and more often than not, they will make space for you.

Learn more about wanderlust Festivals by clicking here. We really hope to see you here next year. Did you attend this festival? Share your photos on Instagram with the hashtags #WanderlustFestival  #Stratton and #VentureVermont. If you would like to share your amazing experience to be featured on this blog, please contact Cassie at crusso@intrawest.com.

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Photo credit: Courtney DiFiore

About the Author:
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| Cassie’s family clicked her boots into skis at the age of 2, and she couldn’t be more grateful. Growing up in Central Massachusetts, Cassie ventured to the snowy mountains of Vermont almost every weekend until her late teens, where she worked at a ski shop as she studied for a degree in journalism. She switched to snowboarding at age 10 & her passion for the sport grew every time she touched snow. You can now find Cassie living her dream of residing in Vermont, pursuing a writing career and strapping a snowboard to her feet almost every day. When the snow melts, you can find her on her paddle board, on the tennis courts and trying to find the next adventure.

Summer ’15 Event Line-Up

By Courtney DiFiore

Officially, summer starts June 21st, but at Stratton we’re starting early! Our 27-hole Championship Golf Course is open, tennis is in full swing, and hikers & bikers have been flocking to the mountain. In addition to the many summer activities we offer, this year’s event lineup should get you excited.
Stratton TennisKicking things off is a Memorial Day Doubles Tennis Tournament May 23-25 followed by the Golf Course Expo May 24.
Stratton's 27-hole Championship Golf CourseSoon after is Wanderlust! Returning to Stratton June 18-21, Wanderlust is a place for yogis alike. This festival of music and yoga is infused with amazing workshops, wonderful speakers and great food.
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Then July 4th rolls around beginning our annual Free Summer Concert Series. If you enjoy jam bands and tribute bands, you’ll love the line-up.
Fourth of JulyCome July, we’ll welcome cyclists from all over for the Tour de Grace on the 11th and Tour de Bondville on the 18th. The last cycling event bringing enthusiasts for the area is on August 12 – The Vermont Challenge.
Vermont CyclingFinally, we end the summer with Labor Day celebration and huge Tent Sale.
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Wanderlust Stratton 2015: Brand New Not-to-Miss Activities

Wanderlust Festival is less than a month away! (June 18-21, 2015) Can you believe it? Soon we will channel our inner yogi, jam to live bands, taste local Vermont fare and enjoy all that the Vermont summer has to offer. This year, the Wanderlust crew has added some new activities that you can only find at this amazing festival.

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Practice.

  • Meditation. More meditation classes have been added to the diverse schedule. Get your om on! Beginners are welcome.
  • Practice in a brand new environment. A black light venue will be added this year, so get your white clothes ready and stretch it out in this unique space!
  • Soulscape Classes. Classes devoted entirely to the music of The Police and The Grateful Dead are on this year’s roster, designed to unwind the tension of everyday life.
  • Gentle Aerial Yoga and Stargazing: As the sun is setting, a class  lead by Carmen Curtis will practice slow and fluid movements with a hammock while watching the stars.
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 Listen.

  • Music. Among an abundance of talented musicians set to rock the stage, this year there will be a Musical Hike with Trevor Hall. Explore Stratton’s beautiful green trails to the sounds of Trevor’s acoustic rock and reggae tunes. Another hike accompanied by the tunes of Jacob Cohen and his cello will also be available this year.

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Explore. 

  • The stars. Wanderlust falls on the eve of summer solstice this year. In a class called “Slooh’s Summer Solstice Celebration in Space,” Wanderlusters will get close-up views of the stars through a large telescope and a hands-on tour of the cosmos. If you have ever seen a clear night sky in Vermont, you know this is one you won’t want to miss.

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Learn. 

  • Learn something new with the Tribal Body Marking and Movement – a partner class with exercised that incorporate acro yoga, Capoeira and balancing movements. Then embrace your artistic side by using special pens and markers to create your own unique designs on the body.
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Taste.

  • TY KU Sake Tastings: On Thursday and Friday late afternoons, sample four types of award winning sake and learn how to craft your own yummy cocktails.

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And MUCH more: check it out! 

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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Photo courtesy of www.snurferboards.com

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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

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.”

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2. Visit the Ice Castle

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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!

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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

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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

Who Run The World? GIRLS!

Unknown-1By: Cassie Russo

January-March at Stratton means ladies rule the mountain. We have two exclusive ladies camps for skiers and snowboarders! It can sometimes be intimidating learning a new sport, or even trying to advance your skills on the mountain. The thing I love most about these camps is that you are surrounded by ladies who encourage each other to be better, with no pressure! These women invite all skill levels, as well.

Women on SnoW is an all-women skier camp with a goal to perfect your turns in a friendly and supportive environment. You receive personalized coaching by Stratton’s top women instructors and guest coaches! How cool is that? It’s also multi-day camp, so the fun doesn’t stop after one day on hill! Besides skiing, you can enjoy life at The Village. Visit the spa, enjoy live music and do some shopping! (Who doesn’t love that). Here’s the schedule of this awesome weekend:

Dates:  January 23-25, 2015; February 6-8, 2015 (both Fri. & Sun.); March 4-6, 2015 (Wed-Fri).

Friday 5:30-7:30pm Reception & Presentation at First Run in the Village
Saturday 7-8:30am Warm-up and breakfast (At the Living Room for Warm-up and Table 43.1 for Breakfast)
8:30am-4pm On-Snow / Lunc
5pm-evening Personal Time! Get a facial, do dinner and more.
Sunday 7-7:30am Yoga Warm-up in the Livng Room or Group Snowshoe with Angie (Snowshoe begins at 7:45am)
7:30-8:30am Group Breakfast at Table 43.1 (Snowshoes group will eat at The Market in the Base Lodge)
8:30am-4pm On-Snow / Lunch

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Burton Girl’s Time Out Camps is our snowboarding camp for ladies of all skill levels. If you are just starting out, or you are an intermediate looking to supercharge your skills or if you are an advanced riders wanting to make new friends! It is a one-day camp with various focuses from park riding, riding switch and tackling those double diamond trails. I never took lessons when I started snowboarding, and I really wish I had. It can be scary trying snowboarding for the first time, so an environment like this is perfect for learning. Here’s the schedule for this year’s GTO camps:

January 25 – Switch It Up at 9:45am. Learn to ride switch so you can attack from any angle.

February 8 – Intro to Park at 9:45am. Begin your trip into the parks with the guidance of a skilled professional. We’ll get you off the ground, in the air and riding the rails!

March 8 – Diamonds at 9:45am. Gain confidence and hone your skills on the steeper groomed terrain that Stratton has to offer, or just rip it up with other ladies who love to shred the blacks.

March 15 – Switch It Up at 9:45am. Learn to ride switch so you can attack from any angle.

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22 – Intro to Park at 9:45am. Begin your trip into the parks with the guidance of a skilled professional. We’ll get you off the ground, in the air and riding the rails!

We want to know: What’s your favorite part of being a lady skier or snowboarder? Let us know in the Comments and on Facebook & Twitter!

Mine? I love being a lady snowboarder because I have met so many friends on the mountain! The atmosphere at Stratton is fun, exciting and supportive! Everyone encourages growth and just an all around great time. I encourage you to join us for Women on SnoW or Girl’s Time Out!