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!

5 Summer Activities Kids Will Love

 

Summer vacation is fast approaching! Looking for some new & fun activities to keep the kids busy and active this summer? Try something new and join us for summer in the Green Mountains.   Here’s our top 5 summer vacation activities right here at Stratton. 


1. Stratton Kids Adventure Camps  Choose from four different types of camps, each one allowing kids to make new friends and explore the beauty of Southern Vermont in the summer.

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2. Take a scenic gondola ride. You’ve seen the breathtaking views in the winter, but have you ever seen the Green Mountains actually green? A gondola ride to the summit will give the whole family a total 360 degree view!

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3. Golf as a family. The new 9-hole Pitch and Putt Course at the Stratton Golf School is ideal for beginner and family play. The Stratton Golf School also provides family and kids programs, where you can get personalized coaching from Stratton’s golf pros.

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4. Enjoy the Free Summer Concerts Series on the lawn with the whole family. Each Saturday, a new artist will entertain at the commons, where there will be lawn games and a BBQ. Dancing is encouraged.

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5. Hike & Explore! No matter what age or ability level, there’s a hiking trail for everyone in the family. Along the way, make it fun – see how many critters you can spot, collect fun shaped rocks and splash in natural streams.

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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

150117_IceCastleNight_HS_3572If your kids are in love with Disney’s “Frozen”, which they probably are, they will be in awe of the ice Castle at the Sun Bowl. It’s growing and changing every day, so there’s always something new to explore!

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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!

Event information

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.)

Kids Night Out

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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.

Dining information

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.

Tubing information

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!

Nordic Center information

10. Pamper yourself at the SpaHSP2013_7268

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

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

Planes, TRAINS & Automobiles

By Betsy Leiter

I recently had reason to travel via Amtrak from Stratton Mountain Resort to Penn Station, 34th Street ,  New York City.  The logistics in arriving at my destination were surprisingly simple and streamlined, so I thought our readers would appreciate some of the how to’s in making their own arrangements.

My trip started at 8:30am on a cold and wintery Tuesday morning up at Stratton. Local roads were clear and well plowed. Highways were spotless.  I drove Route 30, south on Vermont 7, over the 279 Bennington Bypass, and then West on New York Rte 7 to Rte 9. Follow 787 South about 8 miles, then take all exits to Rensselaer. Soon you’ll see well marked roads to Amtrak.  Follow those for long term parking, and enter the  parking garage.  One way the drive was  1.5 hours.

The parking garage rises up several levels, and you’ll be surprised how many cars are parked there, which is a vote of confidence about safety.  You’ll enter the station, and walk into a pleasant, warm waiting room complete with a well-stocked deli, restrooms, a car rental agency, a large ticket window staffed by real people who are very knowledgeable about the different routes, real paper maps and schedules (if you can remember how to read these), and a post office. Notifications on train arrivals and departures are easily read on multiple LCD screens throughout the room. My train, the Ethan Allen, departed on time at 11:15am.

The ride from Rensselaer to New York City takes about 2.5 hours. Make reservations on a route that includes the café car. I had a chicken salad sandwich, potato chips and a soda. All good.  Most passengers passed the time on lap tops or mobile devices since you can pick up wifi as soon as you enter the train. There are outlets in every seat cubicle for charging your device too. The train make quick stops at Hudson, Rhinecliff, Poughkeepsie, Croton-Harmon, and Yonkers before you arrive at Penn Station.  I arrived in New York City in the early afternoon, and was able to complete my business, catch a show, and return on the 5:47 the following evening. Thanks to technology, you can get on the train showing just an eticket on your mobile device, no printed copy necessary. In Albany, my car was right where I left it, and you pay a real attendant when you leave — $12 a day.  This is a good place to get rid of the $1 coins you may have collected from the MTA subway machines.

As I drove back to Stratton, relaxed and glowing, it was obvious that this service was excellent – clean, convenient, and fast. Already I was planning some personal trips that would allow me to get to the City without the complexities of inner City driving and parking. Amtrak offers severals discounts for children, seniors, and AAA consumers.  You can bring 2 pieces of luggage, one of which may be your skiis as long as they are not over 72” long. The other contains your personal belongings that can’t weigh over 50 lbs. There is plenty of storage room overhead and at the end of each car.  You’ll need to rent a car to drive from Amtrak to Stratton, and there’s a car rental agency on site.

So if you’d like a hassle free way of getting out of the City and spending some leisure time in the heart of New England, take Amtrak, and give it a try. You can leave New York Friday evening, and be back in time – refreshed and recharged —  for the Monday morning commute.

Time To Rethink Your Saturday Night Plans

By: Maureen Cronin

A cold clear night – a full moon – and a group of 20-25 men, women and children, wanting to experience winter in Vermont.HSP2012_1182

I started leading snowshoe tours with a group of instructors from the sports center some 10-12 years ago. Back then we hiked the Stratton Golf Course on our way to Pearl Buck’s house where we enjoyed hot chocolate, cookies and some stories about Pearl Buck (the writer of the Good Earth, amongst many others) and the Nearings who started a back-to-earth movement on Stratton Mountain.HSP2012_1213

Because the golf course could have difficult conditions at times we moved to the Sun Bowl’s cross country trails about 5-6 years ago. Building on our successful format of hike-break-chat-hike, we looked to continue our history conversations in some way in our new location. What we discovered was that history was all around us in the Sun Bowl: old cemeteries, cellar holes, stone boundary walls, original 18th century roads and the history of the people that first settled the town of Stratton.

Most of our snowshoe tour participants are not skiers or boarders nor have they snowshoed before so the chance to experience Vermont, get outside and try a winter sport and have the breaks necessary for everyone to catch their breath opened up the opportunity to share this history with our Stratton guests.  It’s been a wonderful way of engaging these new friends and having conversations that go beyond the weather and “where are you from” and leaving these folks with a memorable Stratton experience.HSP2012_1229

Hope all of you will think about joining us on one of these hikes.  It’s great to meet fellow employees as well as guests.

Meet the Women of Stratton – Kayte Suslavich

By Liz Millikin

kayteLike many of the shredding ladies at Stratton Mountain, the love of the mountain started young. Suslavich’s father duct taped her into the smallest ski boots he could find when she was just a year and a half old. “One of my earliest memories is being on the lift, clicking my skis together to get the snow off and having my skis and boots fall off onto a black diamond.” But, a great skier isn’t just born. “While I’d like to tell you that I was a black diamond skier from the time I could walk, the truth is that I took a teary-eyed, barefoot piggy back ride down one early [on], and then didn’t tackle one again for years.”

For all you parents out there trying to find ways to convince reluctant children to join in the winter sport fun, Suslavich is living proof that bribery works. “Until I was 6, my parents really only brought me out when it was 40 degrees and sunny and they bought me all of the hot chocolate I could drink.”

While skiing is a Suslavich family affair, so is Stratton Mountain. Suslavich trained in the mountain race program, scanned tickets in high school and joined the ski patrol at her college hill, only to return to Stratton after graduation to join the Stratton ski patrol team. Even her younger sister, Maisy, caught the ski patrol bug and is also part of the Stratton team.

Suslavich is passionate about her job, from being the first one up on the mountain in the morning to helping skiers and riders stay safe on the slopes. “Ski patrol,” she says, “is like a big family. I’ve adopted a few new grampas, so getting to come up weekends and see everyone helps me keep perspective when med school gets intense.”

Yes, you read that right. In addition to working weekends at Stratton as a ski patroller, Suslavich is also a first year med student at Tufts University in Boston. She sees her job as a way of keeping up her skills and gain experience that she will put to good use in either Emergency Medicine or Orthopedics (two branches of medicine she’s interested in pursuing).

On mountain, Suslavich has snow sports covered. You can find her on skis… snowboard… and telemark. It seems like the only thing she doesn’t do is monoboard, but she immediately said she’d love to learn if you know someone who’d let her borrow one.

When not on the mountain, Suslavich is an avid runner, having competed in her first marathon this past summer, hiking, wakeboarding, water skiing, and learning to surf.

Suslavich’s passion for snow sports and Stratton is incredibly inspiring. She got her start on this hill and keeps coming back for more. People like the Suslavich sisters are what make the Stratton community so special and such a warm, energizing place to be!

Apple Picking Adventure

Fall is my time to indulge in apple cider, hot chocolate, pumpkin pie, cider donuts, chili and of course apple pie. The best thing about seasonal treats is their freshness.

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This weekend a friend of mine and I took advantage of the beautiful, blue bird Saturday and drove out to Wellwood Orchard in Springfield, Vermont to handpick our own apples. They grow a wide variety of apples: Red Astercan, Vista Bella, McIntosh (my favorite!), Cortland, Golden Delicious, Empire just to name a few. Aside from the apple picking, they have a petting zoo, country store, pumpkins and berries (when in season of course).

By the end of my apple picking, we both worked up a real appetite. Lucky for us they still had fresh cider and donuts in the country store. We picked up a carton of cider and a small package of donuts and headed home to create some delicious apple pie.

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Lauren (my friend) knows her way around a kitchen far better than myself so she took the lead during the pie making. Armed with an apron, freshly picked apples and a generation old apple pie recipe Lauren and I got to work. The aroma of cinnamon and apples filled the room. Within an hour and a half we had a fresh, hot from the oven homemade apple pie.

Lauren and I had a fun time picking the apples our selves, but it’s a great activity for the whole family. Take a trip to your local apple orchard and don’t forget to share your adventure with us…oh and your delicious pie recipes!

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