This is for you, Dad

By Courtney DiFiore

Dad. Father. Daddy. Pop pop. Whatever your special name, today’s the day we celebrate dads. If you’re anything like me, you may have forgotten today was the day until, well…today! I didn’t prepare, I’m empty handed and, sure, ‘it’s the thought that counts,’ but is it?

As a result, I’ve determined others like me need some help so below you’ll find a list of go-to gifts great for last minute.

Fathers day Blog SliderU.S. Open Challenge – This Stratton Mountain Golf School/Course package is perfect for the father that wants to elevate his game this summer.

Clothes – Some dads are notorious for wearing socks with sandals, pairing black and brown and so on. Get him something he’ll thank you for later when the wife gushes about his good looks. In the Stratton Village the latest styles are always coming in.

Stratton Village

Food – Isn’t that the fastest way to a man’s heart? Satisfy dads sweet tooth with a dessert date or take him to lunch at one of the many dining options in Stratton Village. The cherry is a trip to the summit via Stratton’s Gondola.

SUP Boarding or Kayaking – Does the old man dream of the open sea? Rent a stand up paddle board or kayak for the day.

Season Pass – It’s never too early to give the gift of snow!

IOU – If all else fails, there’s always the IOU homemade card. It’ll remind him of the good old days of macaroni cards and little league games.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads of the world!

The Labor of Love

By Charlie Reetz

Everyone who skis and snowboards expects to have the most fun possible right on their first run. It continues until you’ve tired yourself out and you go to après to have even more fun. What some may forget or overlook is the process and preparation of shredding the gnar. Such things as driving 4 hours north from the city or constructing the perfect jump fall under this procedure. It is what’s known as “The Labor of Love.”

In my career of snowboarding there have been many things I’ve had to do before enjoying a day on and off the hill. For example, if my friends and I wanted to ski or shred urban rails it would take time to build a setup before attempting the tricks we plan to throw down. In the backcountry, skiers and riders will hike uphill, through the woods and into the bitter cold to get to that perfect untouched line. Families who are all jittery about getting to the mountain must prepare in good health, which may include a hearty breakfast and making sure everyone has their equipment. Snowmaking, Grooming, Park Crew, Ski Patrol and many other team members are out there before most of us to make sure we have the most fun possible by assuring the best quality conditions. It is something we are programmed to do in order to get the full experience. We even pride ourselves as East Coast Skiers because we look for the best things even when Mother Nature hits us with -20 degree weather.

It can’t always be perfect out there. In my own personal case I’ve had a day where I was having so much fun but by the end I broke my collarbone on a rail in the park. I actually kept on snowboarding until I realized that I couldn’t raise my arm above my shoulder. Eventually I had surgery with 9 bolts and a titanium rod put in. I was out for a month and a half. I was performing small physical therapy exercises before the end of the season and was able to comfortably ride a few more days before April. During my time off I exercised and told myself I’d be stronger and better for next season. I believe that kind of determination lives in all of us because if everything were to be perfect we might get bored.

Work hard so that you can get the full experience. It doesn’t matter if it’s skiing or not, it applies to everything in life. You do what you want because you love it and you want more. The rewards can be tremendous whether you’ve finally landed that trick or you’ve just taught yourself how to ski downhill without falling. That’s why it’s called “The Labor of Love” because if you’re not doing what you love, then why do it?

New Year, New Gear!


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

Snow Reporter’s Wish List

By Charlie Reetz

When you get to my age, which is 26 years young, you might be asking Santa for more money under the tree. It’s the first thing that comes to mind after paying bills, rent and maybe a few nights out on the town. However that doesn’t stop me from dreaming big and sending postcards to the North Pole for some extra swag. Here is a list of potential presents this year.

  • The Phantom II Drone. For those who don’t know, the Phantom is one the top remote control drones to fly the airways. It controls your GoPro with a Gimbal steadicam system and captures amazing aerial footage. One of our earlier videos has a bit of drone footage, so hopefully Santa can help me bring more of that to the snow report.
  • An array of camera equipment (which would take a while to explain the details).
  • New Boots. Always good for those cold winter days. Also my old ones have holes in them.
  • Socks and Underwear. As per usual.
  • A girlfriend. HA! Santa can’t help me with that one.
  • MORE SNOW! Because all I ever want for Christmas is an entirely snowed out winter with lots and lots of good skiing and snowboarding.

Please share with me what your Christmas wish list sounds like. If it’s anything like mine, then maybe St. Nick and Mother Nature can help us with some pow turns!

Trail Picks at Stratton

By Kirby Daly

Do you have a favorite trail at Stratton? Many of us do. See if you can match up the face to their favorite trail!

fav trail collagea) Upper Spruce
b) Upper Slalom Glade
c) Moon Dance
d) Diamond In The Rough
e) Anything with a park feature
f) Mike’s Way
g) all of them!
h) Polar Bear
i) Black Bear
j) Lower Spruce
k) Upper Tamarack
l) Upper Downeaster
m) Lower Downeaster
n) Drifter Link
o) Upper Standard

The Little Luxuries

By Charlie Reetz

There are a lot of great things that we as a skiing/snowboarding community can enjoy. Fresh powder over corduroy or vice versa is just one example. Greater luxuries include massages, fine dining or soaking yourself in a hot tub after an amazing day of skiing. This is the following list of smaller luxuries that I personally enjoy.

  • The smell of fresh ground coffee. It’s not as good as an actual cup of coffee but it’s as good as opening a fresh can of tennis balls or that new car smell.
  • A free drink. One time at the Green Door the bartender gave me a PBR tall boy and said it was from that man over there. I searched the room and saw my good friend Rob waving and smiling.
  • Warm boots. I don’t have a state of the art boot dryer, but finding an old hair dryer hidden in the bathroom left there from your ex-girlfriend will help toast those kicks.
  • Yes ladies and gentlemen I am a fan of receiving snail mail. It’s authentic, heartfelt and always puts a smile on my face.
  • Discovering new music. No matter where I am there should be good music playing and if I don’t know the tune I’ll learn more about it.
  • A roaring fire. Man’s most primitive discovery.

charlie luxeriesIf you’d like to respond back to me with more little luxuries please share them with me over Facebook or Twitter. You can even send me a post card!

Holiday Deals & Steals


GearGuide_DecemberHolidaySpecials_webThe Stratton Gear Guide is here to help you outfit your adventure. You’ll find all these package deals and more in the Stratton Village. Valid December 8 – 21

Syd & Dusty’sBuy a Board, boot and binding package & receive 10% off your purchase.
Lole – Buy any 3 long underwear garments and receive 20% off your purchase.
Dashing Bear
Buy a Jacket, pant, and accessory from either Spyder, Skea or Erin Snow and receive 20% off your purchase.
Stratton Sports
Buy 3 Ottowear Stratton Logo corporate Long sleeve or short sleeve tees (men’s, women’s or kids) and receive a free water bottle.
Head Case
– Buy any UVEX helmet, goggle and a Buff & receive 10% off your purchase.
First Run
– Buy a Smartwool top & bottom base layer and get the smartwool glove linear for $12.99 while supplies last!
North Face
– Buy 3 Thermoball’s men’s, women’s or kids vest, jacket or hoody and receive 10% off your purchase.
Burton – Buy a Burton Jacket, pant, and Layering piece & receive 10% off your purchase.

True Life: Being A Stratton Snow Reporter (the quick version)

By Charlie Reetz

4:30 am: I’m waking up while my coffee machine automatically brews a few cups of coffee. The Weather Chanel gives me a few updates as I check my emails and Facebook.

5:25 am: Arriving at the office 5 minutes early is a must for me. Clock in and get to work.

5:30 am: Radio in to the grooming team and get the low down on the trail and lift count. From there it’s a matter of updating several websites and documents for the world to see. Lay down the phone message with enthusiasm.

7:00 am: Handing out the hard copies throughout the village and mountain. After I finish my rounds I see Liz at the Market for another cup of coffee. I’d say I drink 3-5 cups of coffee a day.

8:00 am: Waiting to hear of any changes to the trail list or weather conditions. If so I update said websites and documents.

9:30 am: Tying up my boots and headed to the hill with my GoPro in hand. Get in as many runs and film as much as I can with new friends and old.

Noon: Return to the office to download the footage received and work on the afternoon reports and documents for the next day.

1:30 pm: Attend the Operations meeting. This information is classified (but not really).

2:00 pm: Write updates for tomorrow’s projected weather and trail count. Lay down the phone message again with just as much enthusiasm, if not more. Comb over some of the footage and edit to make it prettier.

4:30 am: I call it a day, clock out, and enjoy après with some friends.

December Gear Guide


Find full descriptions of all featured items HERE!

1. Split Fish Board at Burton

2. Holden Rydell Jacket at Syd & Dusty’s

3. UVEX Snowstrike Variotronic Goggles at Head Case

4. Perrito Toddlers Jacket at The North Face

5. Lily Tote at Lole

6. Tela Pants at Dashing Bear

7. Smith I/O7 Goggles at Stratton Sports

8. Dart Night at First Run

9. Rossignal Performance Skies at Stratton Rentals