Wanderlust – Not Your Average Festival

By Courtney DiFiore

Wanderlust

[n] a strong or irresistible desire to
Travel • Practice Yoga • Listen to Music
Eat Well • Be Green • Appreciate Art
and create a community around mindful living


Expect the unexpected at Wanderlust. You’ll be surrounded by like minded people all looking to accomplish the same thing, yet differently. It’s poetic actually. You’ll learn, practice, reflect and feel the uncontrollable positive energy that accompanies every Wanderlust. This 4 day festival exceeds expectations and is best described through beautiful visuals.

I can show you a strong warrior pose. I can tell you where the best view is for a sunrise power vinyasa. I can share my pertinacious desire to explore every corner of the globe. But I can’t show you Wanderlust. It’s something to be experienced.

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I can’t describe the calm that settles at ones feet during a dancer pose. How the earth breaths fresh life into your soul with every Pranayama. Everyone’s Wanderlust will be uniquely their own.

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All walks of life will find their way to Wanderlust Stratton. You’ll meet new people and you’ll learn from them too. Share your wisdom, encouragement, your talents and watch the universe expand with love.

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New experiences will present themselves and those wise enough to accept them walk away enlightened. The beauty behind Wanderlust is its depth. You won’t just get a few fun yoga classes and jam out to live shows. You’ll discover new ways to see, be present and move.

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You’ll be challenged and when you are, I hope you grow. You’ll explore and when you’re through, I hope you still desire more. You’ll try something new and when you do, remember success is never giving up.

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Like I said, not your average summer festival.

8 Ways to Make a Difference this Earth Day

By Cassie Russo

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Happy Earth Day! Ahh, spring time, we meet again.We taste fresh fruits & veggies, hear birds chirping, smell fresh flowers, touch green grass and see trees budding once again. We use all five senses every day to absorb nature’s beauty, and it is especially important to celebrate Earth Day this spring so we can keep enjoying the earth’s natural beauty.

Want a longer ski season? I’m no scientist, but I do know that every person’s actions, even small ones, make an impact on the environment. So, join us & do your part to reduce global warming, go green and most importantly have fun with our Earth Day to-do list below!

1. Pick up litter. You’d be surprised how much trash comes around after the snow melts!

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2. Support local farmers. Sustainable, organic, delicious.

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3. Recycle, recycle, recycle!  Our goal at Stratton is to implement zero landfill resort-wide by 2017.

4. Be. energy conscious. Shut lights off when you’re not in the room & unplug chargers when not in use.

5. Bike to work! You will reduce air pollution and get a great exercise. A bit too far to bike? Carpool or take public transportation.

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5. Plant a Tree. We loved skiing through them this season, so give back and plant one in your neighborhood.

6. Use a re-usable water bottle to help reduce plastic waste. You can save as many as 300 plastic water bottle from going to a landfill by using a re-usable water bottle.

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7. Take a hike. Enjoy what’s in our backyard. Grab your friends and enjoy the natural things on Earth Day!

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8. Educate others. Pass on your going green tips!

 

What’s on your to-do list this Earth Day? Share with us on Facebook!

End of Season Bucket List

By Courtney DiFiore

When you live for snow and the thrill of finding your line, it’s hard to say good-bye come spring. Like the sunset, closing day will come and we can’t stop it; however, we can make the most of it. There a few things every skier and riding visiting Stratton should check off their to-do list. Have you done them all this season?

NO!? What are you waiting for? Don’t wait till next year – get out there and get on it!

Spring Snowboarder at Stratton Mountain

1. Take a run to the Look Out. If you have to ask where it is, you’re not worthy. (hint: hidden in the trees)

2. Devour a waffle from Waffle Cabin located by the Gondola.

3. Ski or ride the Ravine…you know the one.

Stratton Pond Skim Crash4. Splash through the Annual Pond Skim!

5. Take a mid-mountain break at Mountain Smoke for some yummy BBQ.

6. Hang on the Grizzly’s deck with a cold one.

7. Take a selfie with the Village bear. Stratton Village

8. Take advantage of the nightlife in the Village with a visit to the Green Door Pub, Sushi Boat or one of our many village shops.

9. Take a hike out to the Firetower.

 

What’s on your list that we missed?

 

 

 

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.

Bacon and Coffee and Red Bull! Oh My!

By Charlie Reetz

As you may have read in my last entry I wrote about the Labor of Love and how we can admire the work we put into our passion. This week’s entry is about the fuel that drives us into that workflow and keeps us there until the end of the day. One of those methods of motivation is drinking coffee.

Many of you might agree with me that coffee is an incredible source of energy. Caffeine is also among the most addictive substances in the world. Every morning, even before I put on a pair of pants, the first thing I do is head straight to the coffee machine and brew a pot. One cup will get me out of bed and two cups will get me energized for the day. A third cup by the early afternoon keeps me going and maybe a fourth after dinner if I’m going out to party.

There are other forms of fuel that we consume that work just as well as coffee. For those who prefer tea to coffee that’s also a fine choice and it soothes the throat on a sick day. Red Bull gives you wings but I’m not one to drink that first thing in the morning. Nuts are a great source of energy especially almonds and peanuts. Healthy eating styles can keep you up beat on the ski hill but that doesn’t rule out the astounding power of bacon at breakfast.

Whether you need coffee, bacon or tea to wake you for first chair, we’ve got you covered. Stop by the Market or Market Bistro in the Base Lodge to fuel up for the day.

Preparing For 2014-15 Winter Season

By Courtney DiFiore

Imagine beginning your day with a beautiful sunrise over lush green mountains. As you gaze down into the valley, you bite into a locally grown apple. While stretching, you awe at the symphony of fall colors and plan out the rest of your day. Shall you take a swim in the local watering hole, play a few rounds on the links, rally some tennis balls or take a day trip to a nearby brewery? This is autumn in Vermont.

Between all the hikes, bonfires, swimming, biking and so on, there’s still one thing even the longest summer can’t make me forget… winter. Labor Day is celebrated nationwide and is the unofficial mark (for most) that summer is over. This holiday weekend has become a bittersweet time for those in love with the endless days of sunshine and tan lines. I, on the other hand, see Labor Day Weekend as a milestone counting down the days to the first snowfall.

This means there are fewer than 80 days to get ready for the season. While many are thinking about what new gear to buy or where to bring their old digs for a sharpen and wax, I’m concerned about my physical shape. I want to get the most out of my money. When I buy a lift ticket, I plan on lapping the lift until last call. If I’m not prepared, I’ll be the person huddled next to a heater in a base lodge. I don’t want to be huddled there tired, sore and hungry. No one wants to be that guy!

It’s important not to discount the physical beating your body takes when skiing and riding; it’s something to prepare for. Ready or not, Stratton’s chairlifts will start spinning. In an effort to jump start my winter training I’ve made a ‘to-do list’ that to keep me on track.

  1. Complete the 7 Summits Challenge – I’m looking to build my endurance and leg strength so I can go from first chair to Après with ease.
  2. Strengthen my core in the gym – Here’s a circuit I like to do from Men’s Health Magazine:
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    Sit on a flat bench, gripping the edges. Lean back, extending your legs. Then bend your knees and raise your legs to your chest. Lean your upper body forwards, bringing your chest towards your thighs. Aim for 12 reps.

    mb leg dropMedicine ball leg-drops
    Lie face-up and squeeze a light med ball between your ankles. Start with your legs straight up then lower them without touching the floor. Return to the start position as fast as possible. That’s 1 rep. Do 10-12.

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    Lie back, knees bent and feet flat. Hold a dumbbell with both hands by your right shoulder. Curl your torso up and rotate to the left, then lower back down. Perform 8-10 reps on one side, switch and repeat with the dumbbell by your left shoulder.

    cable crunchKneeling cable crunch
    Kneel facing the pulley of a cable machine with a rope attached high. Hold the ends of the rope near sides of face. Crunch three times in total: first aim your chest at your pelvis, then aim at your left knee, then at your right. That’s 1 rep.

    Perform 10

    burpee1 Burpee
    Get into a regular squat-thrust position: arms shoulder-width apart, hands on the floor with your legs tucked up to your chest. This is both your start and finish stance.

    burpee2Kick your legs back to a press-up position and lower yourself for a push-up before jumping back into start position.

    From here, thrust your body upwards, using your legs and core muscles to launch yourself burpee3from the ground.

    Do 3 sets of 20 reps.

  3. Attend two yoga classes a week – I plan on increasing my flexibility as it’s very important.

What are you doing to get ready for the season?

Climber’s Faith

Originally posted on September 2, 2014 by Liz Millikin on her blog Slackcountry Living.

Now here is something worth writing about:

In all sports, you must learn to trust your body. In skiing, you place your trust in the power of your legs, the pressure of your shins against the front of the boot, the angle of your hips. You trust your body to control your speed and propel you forward, to absorb impact and launch you into flight.

But I think… In one sport, it’s less about trust and more about faith. Trust has a logical basis. Faith is at least a little illogical. Faith requires a willful denial of logic. Which sport is this? Climbing.

In climbing, you must have faith that your hand will not slide and that the strength in your fingers is enough to hold steady. You must have faith that your reach will expand that extra inch, that your jump will bring you just a little bit farther than seems possible.

More than anything, you must have faith in your feet. Faith in the ability of your feet to find a hold where none exists, to turn rock crystals into a perch that will bear your weight just long enough to follow your momentum to the next hand hold, the next foothold-that-isn’t-there, anything to move forward.

Can you tell that I just went climbing after a hiatus of years?

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Ted and Lauren climbing near Stratton Mountain.

I was very rusty. It was awesome.

Hiking at Stratton

September is hiking month at Stratton Mountain Resort. Cooler temperatures keep the bugs at bay and makes for more comfortable hiking weather as the trees put on a show of colors. It also means it’s time to start getting your ski, snowboard, and snowshoe legs and lungs in shape.

Try the 7 Summits Challenge – Beginning September 1 through October 13, 2014.

hiking_summitWhen hiking up Stratton, there’s a lot of routes to choose. Ranging from easy to more difficult, you can use our guide to help you.

If you’re looking to hike more off the beaten path, try the Appalachian and Long Trail. The Appalachian and Long trails share a southern 103.6 miles, crossing over Stratton Mountain which was the inspiration for both of these storied routes.

Have fun getting those legs ready for the 2014-15 winter season. Don’t forget to tag us @StrattonResort on Twitter and Instagram when posting your awesome hiking shots this fall.

Wanderlust re-dux

By Guinevere Hilton

I walked into my first workshop at Wanderlust at Stratton Mountain with an abundance of body image issues, and a well developed arsenal of was to deal with them. I was ready. I knew that I could find lots of reasons to hate on myself, to compare and despair, to judge, belittle and then hop on the self-improvement train (which for me usually means immediately becoming vegan and ending the day curled up in a ball with a pint of Ben and Jerry’s in one hand and a pork chop in another). Not this time. No way. I am 40 now! I’ve got this covered. I have spent the last year making it my mission to accept my body and create a place for others’ to love, celebrate and accept theirs. I figured that the chances of this issue rearing up and dominating my experience were slim to none. I was actually excited to show off how far I’d come.

I may have jumped the gun a wee bit. I walked in to the tent and all around me I saw what I wasn’t: thin, beautiful, born with innate fashion sense and a stylist. I was immediately thrown back to being 20 again: living in New York City, trying to be an actress when the flavor of the times was cookie cutter skinny. I wanted to hide. I actually started to cry on my mat. I was sitting there, about to take a workshop with two of my most favorite teachers, Elena Brower and David Harshada Wagner, and I felt so gross, less-than and ashamed that I was considering walking out. I went to the corner and filmed a little video expressing my dismay and concern. My idea was to turn this experience into content for My Real Yoga Body. Then I watched the video, was horrified by how old I looked and promptly deleted it and went back to my mat to continue weeping.

Class began. David started to lead us through a meditation. He opened with the reminder to move away from “self-improvement” and towards being our best selves. Thank you. I softened a little … which just made me cry more. He kept reminding us that “You deserve the best of life, and life deserves the best of you”.   Elena led us through a powerful asana practice; they tag-teamed taught our group in the most loving, authentic and no-nonsense way. I began to move away, at least a little, from my analyzing, self-improvement mind, and towards a part of me that at least was open to the idea that maybe it doesn’t matter so much that I am not a Lululemon model. Yet. Just kidding. Maybe.

There is a reason I started the My Real Yoga Body project, and it is not because I embrace and exemplify body-positivity. It is because my relationship to my body is my embarrassing Achilles heel. I hate that my body, my desire to be what I am not, is one of my biggest challenges. It is an old and familiar nemesis. And I am ready to, as they say in Buddhism, invite it to tea. And then, as I say in Guinevere-ism, smash it over the head with a scone.

At the end of the workshop, David gave us some tips on enjoying Wanderlust and getting the most out of it. The one that stuck with me was about conserving your energetic budget and being careful what you laid your eyes upon. He noted that there was so much exciting activity, interesting people, and neat stuff to buy that the experience could be exhausting and depleting. This helped me SO much through my time at Wanderlust. I reminded myself again and again to choose wisely. To spend a little time window-shopping, and more time looking at trees, mountains and sky. To spend less time sizing people up and wondering where they got those pants and more time making eye contact, laughing, and listening.

I had an amazing time. In the end, body stories did not dominate my experience. They were tempered and calmed by the yoga, the teachers, and the warm, friendly people I met. They became smaller and joy became larger. And again, I am left grateful for the mystery school that is yoga.

 

About the Author:

g hiltonGuinevere Hilton lives on a big lake in New Hampshire with her two beautiful boys. She is the founder of My Real Yoga Body (myrealyogabody.com, https://www.facebook.com/myrealyogabody, and on Twitter and FB #myrealyogabody.), a home for embracing all the various shapes and flavors that make up real yoga bodies. She is eternally grateful to her yoga practice, love that keeps buoying her up and the constantly surprising nature of life. Xoxo!!

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Let’s Ride!

By Adam Wanamaker

What is a glade skiing, powder-stash steward to do when the snow melts in southern Vermont? The most obvious answer is to go hiking.

Hiking is relaxing. It affords 360o movement on the mountain, an opportunity to explore and discover hidden nooks and crannies typically buried in the winter, a chance to meet some of the diverse wildlife and discover the down-right mesmerizing plant life that makes you swear James Cameron spent time in the Green Mountains during his “research” phase for Avatar. Hiking is great exercise, but it’s not the only way to get out and enjoy summer in the mountains.

Cue my personally preferred form of transportation, entertainment, excitement, and dopamine in non-snow bearing months; my mountain bike. It’s not often that two people get back from an hour-long hike and can, without saying a word, connect with a smile, a head tilt, or raising a glass with a mutual respect knowing exactly what the person across the way—a complete stranger perhaps—is thinking. In winter this happens regularly on a powder day in the lift line or in your preferred—ahem—establishment at the end of the day, and it happens after a mountain biking session, too.

Thankfully there is an increasingly large and dedicated community of mountain bike enthusiasts and land owners cropping up around the Stratton area, with most of the trail systems having opened or reopened to public access, planned, and constructed only within the past three years. Momentum is building around the mountain bike movement and clubs like the Manchester & The Mountain’s Bike Club have been busily building trails, organizing group rides, and taking the proverbial torch forward in making a cohesive community with a vision and a mission that area businesses and the Chamber of Commerce have been supporting around mountain biking. That’s why I implore you to go to your local bike shop in Southern Vermont and ask about trails. Not only will you get some great , non-Googleable info, but this is one of the few things where the internet hasn’t kept up entirely with the full-throttle work that’s being done to make steep mountains covered in ankle-deep mud not just rideable, but fun places to get your dopamine fix flying through the trees until winter comes back around. If I can’t convince you to revisit mountain biking or give it a spin for the first time, maybe this kid can.

About the author:

Adam Wanamaker got lost in his neighborhood the day he learned to ride a bike; although just 10 houses down his block, he’d broken into never-before seen territory. After biking all around greater Binghamton, NY and driving to ski Stratton on weekends in winter, he started at Stratton after graduating SUNY Binghamton. Three years ago he was part of a group on resort that started The Activity Hub, where he eventually became the supervisor of The Hub and more recently the Nordic Center. He loves exploring Vermont’s trails but prefers “bush whacking” to find new hidden Green Mountain gems and writing biographies in third person.