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.

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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!
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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!

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.

Summer ’15 Event Line-Up

By Courtney DiFiore

Officially, summer starts June 21st, but at Stratton we’re starting early! Our 27-hole Championship Golf Course is open, tennis is in full swing, and hikers & bikers have been flocking to the mountain. In addition to the many summer activities we offer, this year’s event lineup should get you excited.
Stratton TennisKicking things off is a Memorial Day Doubles Tennis Tournament May 23-25 followed by the Golf Course Expo May 24.
Stratton's 27-hole Championship Golf CourseSoon after is Wanderlust! Returning to Stratton June 18-21, Wanderlust is a place for yogis alike. This festival of music and yoga is infused with amazing workshops, wonderful speakers and great food.
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Then July 4th rolls around beginning our annual Free Summer Concert Series. If you enjoy jam bands and tribute bands, you’ll love the line-up.
Fourth of JulyCome July, we’ll welcome cyclists from all over for the Tour de Grace on the 11th and Tour de Bondville on the 18th. The last cycling event bringing enthusiasts for the area is on August 12 – The Vermont Challenge.
Vermont CyclingFinally, we end the summer with Labor Day celebration and huge Tent Sale.
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End of Season Bucket List

By Courtney DiFiore

When you live for snow and the thrill of finding your line, it’s hard to say good-bye come spring. Like the sunset, closing day will come and we can’t stop it; however, we can make the most of it. There a few things every skier and riding visiting Stratton should check off their to-do list. Have you done them all this season?

NO!? What are you waiting for? Don’t wait till next year – get out there and get on it!

Spring Snowboarder at Stratton Mountain

1. Take a run to the Look Out. If you have to ask where it is, you’re not worthy. (hint: hidden in the trees)

2. Devour a waffle from Waffle Cabin located by the Gondola.

3. Ski or ride the Ravine…you know the one.

Stratton Pond Skim Crash4. Splash through the Annual Pond Skim!

5. Take a mid-mountain break at Mountain Smoke for some yummy BBQ.

6. Hang on the Grizzly’s deck with a cold one.

7. Take a selfie with the Village bear. Stratton Village

8. Take advantage of the nightlife in the Village with a visit to the Green Door Pub, Sushi Boat or one of our many village shops.

9. Take a hike out to the Firetower.

 

What’s on your list that we missed?

 

 

 

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.

Keep It on the DL

By Charlie Reetz

The DL is sometime known as the Down Low, meaning what’s the word on the streets. If I were to apply this meaning I could tell you that there’s an after after party at my place in Styles Brook following Saturday’s Marchdi Gras festival…but keep that on the DL. The anagram also means the Disabled List meaning because of an injury I am no longer fit to play. Consequently I am able to ride with a full cast on after I broke my scaphoid in my left wrist. I like how the Ski Patrollers referred to it as a “Snuff Box Fracture.” In any case I’d like to talk more about the great care I’ve received from the Carlos Otis Clinic.

Carlos Otis Clinic After this year’s renovations, the Clinic looks amazing. Upon entering you’ll notice how much the facility has changed for the better. Tracie was kind enough to treat me at the door with a bag of ice and a quick radio call to Dr. Weischler. The equipment is up to date and works like a charm. My X-rays looked particularly good. I think I could be a hand model in another life. With a quick response the doctor and nurses informed me of my situation. They gave me a splint, copy of paperwork and sent me off. Now I’m rocking a full plastic cast and should be out of it in 4 weeks’ time.

inside COCThe Otis Clinic will help in any situation. Even if you are not on the hill and happen to injure yourself, the clinic is open to assist you with any ailment. During the ski season, they are open daily from 8:30am – 5pm Sunday through Thursday and from 8:30am – 9pm Fridays, Saturdays and Holidays. I got to meet most of the staff and they are all incredibly nice while they treat you. I’m not saying you should injure yourself, but if you do they will patch you up just right.

Would You Do This For 24 Hours!?

By Courtney DiFiore

March, as always, is packed with events at Stratton. Spring skiing and fun events go together like peanut butter and jelly – a classic combination. Last weekend, the Vermont Open rocked the resort with amazing riders of all levels. This time around, it’s anyone’s game as we kick off the Annual 24 Hours of Stratton. This is your chance to enjoy skiing and boarding from dusk to dawn, live bands, event swag, fireworks and more! Whether you’re a first timer to the event or a veteran, you’ll love (and thank us for) our 24 Hour Checklist.

24 Hours Of Stratton Must-Have Checklist

1. Equipment – Though basic, it’s like your toothbrush; items such as these can be easily forgotten because they’re so obvious. If you don’t have you’re own ride, try rentals. 121121_opening_smile_lauren_meryl_HS (1)2. Check the Snow Report – Weather in Vermont is funny. It can (and will!) change in seconds. Let us help you pick the proper attire by checking in with the Snow Reporters first. Plus, whilst you’re on resort, you can continue to check for updates on your mobile device. Southern Vermont weather is tricky, but just like us, you’ll learn to love it.  Snowboarder in powder

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3. Coffee – Unless your the next Edward Cullen, you’ll need to sleep OR a lot of caffeine to keep you up for 24 hours. The Market and Market Bistro, located in the Base Lodge will be your go-to for coffee, soda and more.
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4. Friends No matter what you’re doing, it’s always more fun when shared with friends and/or family. Participating as a team will make for unforgettable memories and a lot of encouragement. See how much all the teams have raised!

 

5. Hand Warmers – You will be skiing and riding at night when temperatures usually dip into single digits so a few sets of hand and toe warmers are a must. A nice cup of hot chocolate is another way to keep those hands warm…and my personal favorite. Stop by the Village to pick up some hand warmers. 24 Hours of Stratton Night Skiing

6. Costume – It’s always a treat to see people in costume. Some teams match their attire while others are as unique as the snowflakes that fall over Stratton. Check out pictures from last year for inspiration.  24 hours of stratton costumes

24 Hours of Stratton7. GoPro – Once a year, we give skiers and riders the chance to carve up the mountain for a full 24 hours, that’s something we find people want to remember forever. What better way to do that, than snapping some photos or capturing some footage? As a bonus, those photos you take could win you a GoPro. Check out the Instagram Photo Contest for details.


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8. Tent – Camping gear probably isn’t the first thing you think of when preparing for a ski and snowboard event, but when it lasts 24 hours you may need one. On the other hand, if you plan on staying awake, you can skip the tent and enjoy the live music line-up.

 

9. A Positive Attitude – You’re never truly dressed without a smile! Remember that this event is to raise money for the the Stratton Foundation which focuses on underprivileged youth in Vermont. It should be fun and you should feel good knowing you’re helping the foundation provide basic living necessities such as food, warm clothing, personal care items, access to dental treatment,  school supplies, transportation to school and doctors visits, and an equality of educational opportunities for  children that cannot otherwise afford them. 24 Hours of Stratton

And finally…this isn’t an item to check off your list but remember to have fun and thank Ski Patrol, Lift Operators, Groomers and anyone else you see in a red jacket. Just like you, members of the Stratton team will be on the hill a full 24 hours working to keep our trails maintained, lifts running, lodge open and more. It’s always nice to hear your appreciated. Speaking of, we can’t wait to join you on the Mountain for 24 hours of FUN(raising). We’re overjoyed to see so many people coming out for this great event.24 Hours of Stratton Fireworks

What’s Your Favorite Ski Film?

By Charlie Reetz

Everyone who has a GoPro camera can make a two-minute ski film just like Kirby and I do as Snow Reporters. It’s always a great idea when you have footage of family and friends skiing/riding together to put it into the timeline and edit it to a favorite song of yours. I’ve always taken aspects of other people’s work and adapted a version of my own to create a good-looking video. Below is a list of some of my favorite ski and snowboard films that you may or may not have heard of. If you get the chance I would find these films and watch them every time you are about to hit the hill.

  1. “Vacation” – Created by the team members of Forum Snowboards, this video is one of the most upbeat edits I’ve ever seen. Riders like Jake Welch and Andreas Wiig look like they’re having too much of a good time and Pat Moore kills it with the ending part both in the park and the backcountry. Not only does each of these riders throw down, but the soundtrack to the whole video is on point with bands such as INXS and Motorhead.
  2. “The Art of Flight” – By popular demand this sequel created by Travis Rice and Red Bull House Media takes you across the world in an incredibly well made film. Curt Morgan decided to shoot the film on a Phantom camera, allowing HD quality while shooting from a mile away in a helicopter. This camera also has the ability to shoot 1000 frames per second giving us those super awesome slow mo shots.
  3. “Into The Mind” – Sherpa Cinemas comes out with a production once every two years because of the amount of work they put into it. This film will give you chills through your body because it is so visually enticing. Skiers and Snowboarders like Kye Peterson and Jeremy Jones find the most impossible lines in the Nepalese backcountry to shred, making it look it easy every time.
  4. “Think Thank is Brain Dead and Having a Heart Attack” – If you ever wondered how snowboarders can get more creative and innovative with tricks nowadays, you have to watch what the boys at Think Thank are doing. Pro riders like Scott Stephens revolutionizes the way snowboarders can change style. You’ll walk away after watching this video asking yourself, “Did that actually happen?” Yes, yes it did.

Share with me some of your favorite ski and snowboard films!

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)