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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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.

Let’s Get Spinning This Month

It’s Spin Month at Stratton Resort meaning there’s points up for grabs in our Be. Event Series. Check out the details HERE!

Next month is Reflection Month. It’s your chance to practice yoga and find your happy (Plus you earn BONUS Be. points). You can see all Stratton has to offer when it comes to yoga HERE.

Below is the full list of Stratton’s remaining Be. Bonus Events and all the points that go along with them:
January: Spin month, one class during the month earns you 10 points. (one time deal)
February:  Yoga month. One class during the month earns you 10 points. (one time deal)
March: Cross Fit month, one class during the month earns you 8 points (one time deal)
April: Tin Man worth 50 points (complete within the Sports Center over the month)

  • Swim (2112.00 yards)
  • Bike (56.00 miles)
  • Run (13.10 miles)

May: Shires Marathon worth 50 points.
June: Tennis month, one class during the month earns you 5 points. (one time deal)
July: TBD
August:
TBD
September:
Hiking month. Compete in the 7 Summits Challenge to earn 15 points.
October: Heels to Paws worth 15 points.

Riding High

By Courtney DiFiore

July has become cycling month here at Stratton and it makes a lot of sense with all the bike racing that happens this month, not only in Southern Vermont, but around the world. In honor of this theme, I’ve compiled a few benefits to cycling.

1. It’s easy on the body.

Cycling puts very little impact on joints making it an easy sport to jump into. “Even if you have pain walking, you can still ride a bike, because it isn’t weight bearing,” says bike fit specialist Andrew Pruitt, EdD, Director of Boulder Center for Sports Medicine, in Colorado (Prevention Magazine).

2. It’s a great lower body toner.

The largest muscles in your body are in your legs and butt, making it easy to burn some major calories as you tone those areas of the body. “Riding 12 to 14 MPH burns more than 500 calories in only 60 minutes, and many people (even novices) can easily bike for an hour or two,” writes Selene Yeager from Prevention Magazine (from Joy Ride).

3. It creates a sense of community

Cycling is great for someone at any age which is why (I think) it’s so popular. “6.9 Million: The number of boomers who own a bicycle,” according to Yeager. That’s a lot of people! And it seems as though all who ride share in the same passion for riding. It’s a great second family to have.

4. It brings out the kid in you.

Who didn’t ride a bike as a kid?! If you claim you didn’t, well, I’m sorry you missed out on one of the best parts of childhood, but luck for you biking can be picked up at any age! So get peddling.

Cycling can be challenging, especially if you’re aiming to become the next Tour De France winner or something like that, but it can also be calming and fun in a casual setting. Grab a bike and get going. There’s still a lot of summer left. If you’re like me and need something to work toward (I can’t seem to just ride, I have to be training for something), you should check out all the upcoming cycling events at Stratton.

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July 27 Tour de Bondville – The Seventh Annual Tour de Bondville combines a bike ride, golf outing and after party. Choose the 50, 25 or 18 mile bike ride or to spend the day on the links, all while raising funds for a good cause – breast cancer research.

Aug 14 – 18 The Vermont Challenge – Four day cycling tour through southern Vermont, beginning and ending at Stratton Mountain. The people of Vermont welcome you to tour Vermont’s beautiful landscape, replete with rolling farmlands, bucolic villages, and quiet country roads. The Vermont Challenge is a friendly experience drawing on the qualities of the people of Vermont.

Sept 1 Grizzly Triathlon – Mark your calendars for the inaugural Stratton Mountain Grizzly Triathlon! Compete solo or create a team of three. Swim 600 meters, bike 13 miles and finish with a 5k mountain run.