Wanderlust – Not Your Average Festival

By Courtney DiFiore

Wanderlust

[n] a strong or irresistible desire to
Travel • Practice Yoga • Listen to Music
Eat Well • Be Green • Appreciate Art
and create a community around mindful living


Expect the unexpected at Wanderlust. You’ll be surrounded by like minded people all looking to accomplish the same thing, yet differently. It’s poetic actually. You’ll learn, practice, reflect and feel the uncontrollable positive energy that accompanies every Wanderlust. This 4 day festival exceeds expectations and is best described through beautiful visuals.

I can show you a strong warrior pose. I can tell you where the best view is for a sunrise power vinyasa. I can share my pertinacious desire to explore every corner of the globe. But I can’t show you Wanderlust. It’s something to be experienced.

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I can’t describe the calm that settles at ones feet during a dancer pose. How the earth breaths fresh life into your soul with every Pranayama. Everyone’s Wanderlust will be uniquely their own.

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All walks of life will find their way to Wanderlust Stratton. You’ll meet new people and you’ll learn from them too. Share your wisdom, encouragement, your talents and watch the universe expand with love.

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New experiences will present themselves and those wise enough to accept them walk away enlightened. The beauty behind Wanderlust is its depth. You won’t just get a few fun yoga classes and jam out to live shows. You’ll discover new ways to see, be present and move.

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You’ll be challenged and when you are, I hope you grow. You’ll explore and when you’re through, I hope you still desire more. You’ll try something new and when you do, remember success is never giving up.

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Like I said, not your average summer festival.

Who you calling Fat?

By Kirby Daly

When a friend asked me the other day if I wanted to go for a fat bike ride I thought he was trying to tell me that I needed to start working out because I was fat.  Being offended, I started laying in to him. It wasn’t until he began to laugh hysterically that I realized I was missing something.

“No” he said, “they are called fat bikes because of the size of their tires.” Fat Bikes

Have you ever seen these? They are super cool looking, like something out of a cartoon. But why fat tires, what’s the deal? Well how about the fact that you can ride them through sand and even in the snow. These bloated bikes first popped up in the late 80s after the first prototype was built and used to trek across the Sahara Fat Bikedessert. In 1990, an Alaskan man began fitting standard mountain bike frames with SnowCat rims, specifically for use in the snow. Since then, many big name bicycle companies have picked up the trend and it just seems to keep growing.

I tried one through some snow trails and let me tell you, it is so much fun. I never thought I would ever be mountain biking in winter; what a cool an experience. If you want to give my new hobby a try, you can right now! The Nordic Center here at Stratton has a fleet for you to demo. Go have an adventure.

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)

Fit & Fun Winter Dates

By Courtney DiFiore

Claim First Tracks
It’s time for you and the sweetheart to earn those turns. Grab batteries for the head lamp and take to the hill early morning. Skin or hike up, share a private sunrise, then enjoy first tracks. Talk about a unique, shared experience to remember forever.
HSP2015_2297-2250px-2Hit the Nordic Trails
Not everyone is willing to race down steeps on two planks and that’s okay. We have Nordic trails for those who prefer flatter ground. Don’t let the lack of elevation fool you, this is quite the work out. Cross Country Ski or Snowshoe through 12 miles of groomed trails. Located in the Sun Bowl, the Nordic Center is open 7 days a week from 9am-4pm with the warming hut open Weekends and Holidays from 9am-4pm. Start planning your date!
HSP2014_5960-2250pxGo Tubing
Trade the lake for a mountain and go snow tubing! This is more on the fun side than fit, but if you opt to walk up the hill instead of taking the lift-service you could get a really good work out. Located in Stratton’s Sun Bowl, the Coca-Cola Tube Park features four lanes of lift-serviced snow tubing, warming hut with light refreshments and fire pit. Play by day or under the lights at night!
HSP_6213Visit the Ice Castle
Picture yourself as Elsa in the movie Frozen. That’s what you’ll feel like when stepping into the Ice Castle located in the Sun Bowl Base Area. You and your date can explore winding mazes and archways all crafted by hand using only icicles and water. This one of a kind, spectacular icy forest is the perfect back drop for that couple selfie you’ve been dying to take.
150117_IceCastleNight_HS_3572Go Biking
Ever heard of Fat Bikes? Equip with fatter, more durable tires Fat Bikes allow you to ride on snow. Now you and your special someone can go cycling year round. Talk about an Instagram worthy shot of the two of you!
Fat Bike Village

The Midnight Hour

By Charlie Reetz

As the Snow Reporter, I don’t get many late nights because I have to be in the office by 5:30am. It’s become a rejuvenating routine to start the day that early and fall asleep before 9pm while everyone else might be out on the town. Though if I were to do that every day I would not have a social life, and there’s nothing quite like a party to boost morale. In today’s entry I will take you through a typical procedure through the witching hour.

7:30pm – Around this time I’ve finished dinner and made contact with some friends. If plans are to lead me off the mountain I save the drinks for the bar, but normally I like visiting Green Door Pub in the Stratton Village, just a short walk from my house, so I start drinking PBR tall boys.

8:30/9pm – Pre drinks are a routine for many others. It allows you to spend less money when settled at the bar and to start a buzz early. I like to have a few and arrive at GDP before 10 when DJ Joe Bell usually kicks off the party. The first thing I do upon entering the pub is get another tall boy and some quarters to play a few games of pool.

10pm/12pm – During this time I’m fixated on having a good time no matter what. Typically, I’ll be holding it down on the felt for a few games, but I’m not going to be bothered if I lose a game or two. Any bar with parlor games available is a huge preference for me. Weather attending a club, pub, or the middle of the street DANCING IS ALSO WIDELY ACCEPTED IN MY BOOK. I may look silly sometimes, but again at this point nothing bothers me.

1pm – This is about the time I’ll start to wind down. Waking up at 4:30am for work days has affected my internal clock and I feel tired earlier, especially after a few drinks. As soon as I’m back home, I pour a massive glass of water for myself and fall asleep to a good movie.

Share with me what a typical night at Stratton is for you and maybe I’ll see you out there. If we do meet I’ll buy the first round, and if you’re a lovely lady I’ll buy the second.

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!

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

Latest and Final Foliage Report

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!

Up at Stratton early this season

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Foliage Report

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.

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I love fall!!!!!

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Slowly but surly fall is coming. #fall #winterisnext @strattonresort

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View from the top of the #firetower at #stratton #mountain. Sunday adventures with @jessemallis

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@jimboslice214 first annual Stratton Oakmont Invitational. #stratton #golf

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happy fall! #stratton #vermont #fall #autumn #stilltoomuchgreen

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Keep It Local

By Courtney DiFiore

Growing up in the Adirondacks, a love for fresh, local produce was instilled in me; I could walk into my backyard and pick my own berries. When I moved to Vermont, I found it even easier to stock up on locally made products. Stop by any farmer’s market and you’re surrounded with the freshest veggies and the most unique hand crafted goodies.

Typically, you’ll find me wandering the South Londonderry Market, but I do take the time to drive into Dorset on occasion. I have a weakness for Earth Sky Time’s gluten free multigrain bread; it’s the best gluten free bread I’ve ever had and now the only one I’ll buy.

Where do you go and what’s your favorite ‘must-have’?

Check out local Farmer’s Markets and their hours here.