Introducing Venture Vermont: A Vermont Travel Guide

It is no secret that many of our readers and guests may only visit Vermont in the winter time. However, have you ever visited us in the summer, to witness the beauty of the Green Mountains in all its green glory?

This summer, starting June 18, join us on the journey to Venture Vermont and explore Southern Vermont’s best summer
logoactivity spots, all within a short distance to Stratton Mountain. Our goal with this travel guide is to find the best unique activities, swimming holes, hikes, mountain biking trails and more and give you the information you need to know such as directions, gear guides and first hand activity highlights, so your family can enjoy the best that Southern Vermont has to offer. Choose from a variety of lodging options here at Stratton and you can stay comfortably before and after you start your outdoor adventure.

Follow our Blog,  website and social media channels for everything Venture Vermont. We also want to see how you do Vermont in the summer! Share your photos with us using the hashtag #VentureVermont, and your photo and activity can be featured on our channels and you could be picked for special give-aways.

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The best thing about Vermont isn’t the amazing winters; it’s that every season is incredible. The Venture Vermont journey kicks off on June 18, with Stratton’s Wanderlust Festival. Join us on this adventure as we share the wonders of Vermont in the summer – the beauty may surprise you.

For questions, more information or to suggest a place for us to visit, please email Cassie at crusso@intrawest.com.

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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.


24 Hours of Stratton

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!

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)

Highlights of 2014

By Courtney DiFiore

We began 2014 with a bang. Winter storm Hercules dropped 18 inches! 

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We partnered with Wild Honey Pie to bring you On The Mountain. It went so well that they came back and On The Mountain 2 is already in production.

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Then there was the winter Olympics that included 14 Stratton Olympians. That was really exciting for not only the resort but the community. Congrats to Alex Deibold for bringing home the Bronze in Men’s Snowboard Cross. olympics sc

The second Annual VT Open was bigger and better than the first with over $20,000 in prize money.


We raised even more money than last year for charity with the
24 Hour event in March.
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Early spring we introduced the Passport pass allowing guests to spend time at our sister resorts.

We celebrated 50 years of golf at our 27-Hole Champion course.
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We embraced our inner yogi at Wanderlust, a multi-day yoga festival that features world-renowned yoga instructors, live music, inspiring lectures, outdoor expeditions, organic food, wine, and art. And we’ll do it again this summer.


We got new toys! Brand new
gondola cabins made their way on the line, new HKD snowguns joined the fleet, glades were added and new shops and restaurants moved into the Village.
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We raised awareness and donated money for ALS in completing the Ice Bucket Challenge.

We changed our food to include more local, fresh products!

Columbus Day was a HUGE success with the addition of the Black Dagger Parachute Team, more selection at the Brewfest and a 5k Fun Run.
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Opening day for the 2014-15 season arrived with a storm on its coat tails that dropped 13 inches! Can we start every season like this?


We teamed up with Rossignol, giving fans a chance to win gear and a ski & stay package for two valued at over $5,000. Contests are the best aren’t they?

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New Year, New Gear!

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Find full descriptions of all featured items HERE!

1. Brunton Charging Devices at Head Case

2. Analog Outerwear at Burton

3. Electric Goggles at Syd & Dusty’s

4. Skea Women Daria Jacket at Dashing Bear

5. Logo Wear at Stratton Sports

6. Women’s Verbera Utility Boot at The North Face

7. Marmot Outerwear at First Run

8. Learn to Ride Boards at Stratton Rentals

9. Simone One Piece at Lole

November Gear Guide

Struggling to find pieces that will smooth the transition from fall to winter? The Stratton Gear Guide is here to help. Outfit your adventures in Stratton’s Village, where you’ll find all of these items and more.
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Find full descriptions of all featured items HERE!

1. Women’s Juno Pant at Lole

2. Coal Hats at Syd & Dusty’s

3. Fall Flannels at First Run

4. Garbo Vest at
Dashing Bear

5. Men’s Fuse Brigandine Jacket at The North Face

6. Women’s Arya Trench at Burton

7. Season Leasing at Village Rentals

8. Tent Sale at Stratton Sports

Time for snow tires

By Courtney DiFiore

This weekend is calling for snow upwards to 5 inches by Sunday morning. Can you believe that? Despite our first snow last weekend, I’ve still neglected to switch my all-season tires for winter. I can’t possibly be the only one behind the eight ball on this one. Actually, now that I think of it, I did overhear a co-worker making an appointment today. There’s hope for me yet. As a result of this realization that I’m NOT ‘winter ready,’ I created a to-do list to keep me on track.

What am I missing and more importantly, what are you missing? Ready or not, winter is coming.

  1. Get snow tires
  2. Schedule oil change
  3. Make emergency winter kit to store in trunk
    This includes things like a flashlight, blanket, salt (dirt or kitty litter work too), batteries, jumper cables etc.
  4. Put in storm windows
  5. Stack fire wood
  6. Body conditioning (Check out this recent post on conditioning for winter)
  7. Tune equipment
  8. Get out the old base layers, jacket and so on
  9. Buy season pass or lift tickets early
  10. Watch ski and snowboard videos!

Happy Columbus Day – Weekend Recap

By Courtney DiFiore

Columbus weekend has always been a favorite of mine. It’s a two day celebration filled to the brim with events and activities. The resort becomes animated and alive. You hear laughter and glasses clinking, dogs prance through the Village while kids get their face painted and friends gather on the lawn for music and beer. It’s an explosion of color, sound and taste that complement each other perfectly.

Below of some snapshots from this year’s Columbus Weekend.

See more photos from the weekend here.

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Columbus Weekend Stacked Schedule

Stratton’s annual Columbus weekend celebration has always been an event catering to the whole family but this year our event planners have upped their game, building a bigger and better weekend. Set in the scenic mountains of Vermont, the views alone will be enough to create a memorable weekend but you’ll get so much more than a pretty panoramic snapshot here.

Saturday kicks off the weekend with a long list of events and activities.
Saturday, October 11 (See More Details HERE)

9am Run or Dye 5K
 10am-5pm Gondola Rides
 11am-2pm Live Music by Gypsy Reel (The Village)
11am-6pm BBQ
 Noon USASOC Black Dagger Parachute Team Jump Time
1-4pm Caricaturist (The Village)
Vermont Natural History Museum (The Village)
Face Painter (The Village)
DUX the Balloon Man (The Village)
Noon-6pm Brew Fest
Live Music by The Jeff Tuohy Band (Main Stage)
Live Music by The High & Mighty Brass Band (Main Stage)
1-3pm Chili Cook-off (while supplies last)
1-6pm Hay Rides (main base lawn)
2pm Pumpkin Painting (courtyard – while supplies last)
 3pm Caramel Apple Dipping (courtyard – while supplies last)
 3-6pm Live Music by Mark Harding Band (The Village)
 4pm Keg Toss at AMEX Lift
 6pm-close Grizzly’s (Second floor of Main Base Lodge)
 7pm-close DJ Joe Bell (Grizzly’s)

If you’ve been to past Columbus weekend celebrations at Stratton, you’ll notice some new events. The Run or Dye 5K will be making its debut along with new Gondola cabins, USASOC Black Dagger parachute team jump, a bigger and better Craft Brewfest, Keg Toss and beefed up live music.

HSP2013_3976The Run or Dye 5K starts the day off at 9am followed by the opening of the Gondola at 10am. This year, you’ll be soaring to the Summit in new Gondola cabins. The parachute jump at noon will land in the Main Base area, giving everyone a front row seat to the show. Our Craft Brewfest, held on the Main Base lawn, has expanded from 60 to over 80 regional and local Vermont beers, ales, lagers and cider by partnering with local craft beer shop, Meulemans’ Craft Draughts. Just to put that into perspective for you, a tasting is four ounces and if you taste all 81 that equates to 120 ounces. A keg is made up of 124 ounces. Wow! And what’s a brewfest without a keg toss right? This year’s keg toss received a makeover via Dos Equis. Those entering can expect bigger and better prizes.

HSP2013_4252-2250pxMusic is always vital to any event, as it sets the tone and this year we’ve created dueling bands on the main stage located on the Main Base lawn. Jeff Tuohy, a traditional favorite, is a blend of Dave Matthews and Jason Mraz, creating a sound for all to enjoy. Sharing the stage, the High & Mighty Brass Band, hailing from Brooklyn brings a mix of classic New Orleans Funk, R&B, Afro-Beat and Hip Hop to the party. The whole family will be bouncing to the beat.

Among all the new remain the classics like hay rides, pumpkin painting, face painting and more. A bonus to Columbus weekend at Stratton is that everyone in the family will find something to satisfy their wants.

Sunday, October 12

9:30am Race to the Summit (Registration 8-9am at The North Face Store)
 10am-5pm Gondola Rides
11am-2pm Live Music by Moose Crossing (The Village)
BBQ Cook-Out/Bar (Main Base Lawn)
Stratton Foundation Presents – Vermont Field Day
Pie Contest (enter a pie & nominate your favorite charity to win)
Live Music by Bob Stannard and those Dangerous Bluesman
Dog Costume and Trick Contest
Hay Rides, Pumpkin Chuck’n & Bowling Games
3-6pm Live Music by The Mark Harding Band (The Village)

1383569_699814036713134_865760729_nKicking things off Sunday is the Annual Race to the Summit at 9:30am. Later, dog lovers of the world will unite for the Foundation’s Vermont Field Day that includes a dog costume contest and dog trick contest. Who doesn’t like seeing a pup in a cute outfit strutting its stuff?! Again, music will fill the air and classics like a pie contest and pumpkin bowling will be taking place.

Finishing off the week is a pancake breakfast at Table 43.1. How Vermont!

7-10am Pancake Breakfast ($14) at Table 43.1
 10am-5pm Gondola Rides

Pancake Breakfast Menu – $14
VT. Blueberry Pancakes
VT Maple Syrup
Taylor Farms Thick Slab Bacon
Local Farm Fresh Scrambled Eggs
Earth Sky Times Choice of Breads
Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
Pierce Bros. Coffee