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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
What’s that sound coming from the mountain? It’s Wiley & Hariklia on the Gondola! Music is everywhere at Stratton. Wild Honey Pie has been here with bands like Ra Ra Riot, Magic Man and more already this season. See the full line up of music to come!
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.
The leaves have definitely reached their peak at Stratton over the last week. A blanket of brilliant reds, orange and yellows now lie across the Green Mountains. This change has been happening slowly and silently over the past few weeks and like every year, one day we wake up realizing that it’s fall and winter is at its heels. Below is a timelapse to show off the changing leaves and some Instragram favorites from Strattonites!
Pops of color have been showing up all around Stratton lately and we’ve been keeping track. Our “Peak-O-Meter” is yours to use this fall when planning your trip to Stratton Mountain. Check out some of the great pictures people have been snapping around the area! Use the hashtag #StrattonFoliage so we can find your Instagram pictures too.
Stratton invests $7 million for a two-year total of $21 million
Stratton Mountain, VT — It truly is Christmas in July as shiny new gondola cabins, the latest HKD snowguns, new snowcats, two new glades, buses and bullwheels, grips, racks and rental gear … arrive in what will be a $7 million capital investment for the upcoming season at Stratton Mountain.
These projects follow on the heels of last year’s $10.5 million investment that touched virtually every aspect of the resort experience. Additional projects this summer, including new Village shops and restaurants, expansion of the Carlos Otis Clinic and the Patricia Kaltsas Performing Arts Center at Stratton Mountain School, bring that two-year total to more than $21 million.
Manufactured by Sigma, an affiliate of Leitner POMA, the 58 new gondola cabins feature a rubber mounted frame designed for a smooth ride. Carpeted flip-up seats and exterior ski and snowboard racks create a comfortable carriage for 10.
New cabins and cable replace the originals built in 1988; a new gear box was installed at the start of last season bringing the gondola project in at about $3 milllion. With a trip time of less than eight minutes, the Stratton gondola carries 2,400 people per hour and runs 7,580 feet from base to the summit of southern Vermont’s highest peak with a vertical rise of 1,742 feet.
Wonder what $1.2 million will buy? How about 350 high efficiency, low energy HKD snowguns bringing Stratton’s fleet of tower mounted snowguns to more than 1,000. In addition to boosting firepower, these efficient new HKDs make Stratton’s move from diesel to clean electric compressors complete, saving 60,000 gallons of fuel. “It’s a win for the environment, and our bottom line,” explains Snowmaking Manager Kevin Booth.
This summer’s snowmaking project also includes 20 new air/water snowguns for a total of 75 portable air/water snowguns. “While these air water guns are not our go-to gun, they work well in the early season and for touch ups,” explains Booth. “We just want to have as many tools as possible!” Add the 14 fan guns, unrivalled air and water capacity (with 280 million gallons in reserve), two new Prinoth BR 350 grooming machines in the fleet, one of which is winch ready, and there’s a recipe for snow so great it’s guaranteed.
Two new Blue Square (intermediate) glades extend beyond the western boundary for a total of 125 acres of gladed terrain designed for all abilities ranging from the wide open Emerald Forest to the tight and technical double black runs like Squirrel’s Nest.
And there’s more with new shops including Lole, eateries and pub in the Village, restaurant expansion at mid-mountain, summer trail work, state-of-the-art sound and video in the Training and Fitness Center’s cycling studio … Stay tuned for complete details as the countdown to winter 2015 begins.