November 28 marks winter kick-off on southern VT’s tallest peak STRATTON MOUNTAIN, VT. – Winter has begun in southern Vermont, as Stratton Mountain opened today for its 55th winter season of skiing and riding. Snowmakers have worked around the clock making and grooming snow for over a week preparing 5 trails for snow enthusiasts to take their first top-to-bottom turns of the season. In line … Continue reading Stratton Mountain Opens for 55th Season of Skiing and Riding
“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” – Alexander Bell With another epic winter about to begin, I’ve made sure being prepared is my number one priority. When I arrive opening day, I’ll be sitting first chair with a fresh tune and proper attire. It’s been a great Vermont summer, as always, but I’m built for the cold and so excited to be on snow! Below, is my … Continue reading Opening Day Prep
Two new faces will be skiing and riding Stratton this season: Victoria and Monica. They will be your go-to gals for all things snow. Find them daily on the Snow Report page. Victoria Rezny | Victoria has been in love with the outdoors ever since she received an ATV under her Christmas tree at the age of 7. Although Victoria grew up on Long Island, 15 minutes away … Continue reading Meet Your Snow Reporters
Guests to enjoy skiing, riding, family fun events at resort’s opening weekend STRATTON MOUNTAIN, VT. – Stratton Mountain will open for top-to-bottom skiing and riding on Saturday, November 28 with at least 5 trails ranging from novice to intermediate terrain. Stratton snowmakers took advantage of the window of cold weather and fired up over 250 HKD snowguns Sunday evening when the temperatures dipped as low … Continue reading Stratton to Open for Skiing and Riding November 28
The countdown to winter has begun and we’re celebrating by sharing our favorite moments from last year’s storied season. See pow shots and more as we honor throwback Thursday. There you have it. From fat bikes to shredding the gnar, we’ve shared some of our favorite moments from last season. What’s your best Stratton memory on snow? About the Author Courtney DiFiore | Three years ago, … Continue reading Dear El Niño, Bring It!
Brewfest: Over 100 Craft Beers, Ales & Ciders Saturday Noon-6PM | Sunday 11AM-2PM Live Music Saturday Noon-6PM | Sunday 11AM-2PM Caricaturist, Face & Pumpkin Painting, Balloon Animals Saturday & Sunday 1-4PM Hay Rides Saturday, 1-6PM | Sunday 11AM-4PM Gondola Rides Friday 10AM-5PM | Saturday-Monday 10AM-4:30PM Keg Toss Saturday 4PM North Face Race to the Summit & Heels to Paws 5K Sunday 9:30AM | Sunday 9AM … Continue reading 2015 Columbus Day Weekend Festivities
In search for the best fall activities in southern Vermont, we found ourselves in East Dorset at Mad Tom Orchard. On our way to pick our own apples, excitement buzzed throughout the car in anticipation to embrace the cool, crisp fall air and gather fresh produce from the Vermont trees. Little did we know that we would be greeted by a friendly couple and immerse ourselves into the breathtaking surrounding mountains.
Located on Mad Tom Road just 20 minutes from Manchester Center and about 35 minutes from Stratton, Mad Tom Orchard dates back to 1962, first run by Tom as a commercial orchard and eventually developed into a pick-your-own. The Orchard was forced to close in 1997 due to loss of an airplane spray service, but was re-opened and restored by Tom’s son (also named Tom) and his wife, Sylvia in 1999. The couple pruned over 100 of the original trees and planted 1,2000 new apple trees resulting in 8 acres of prime apple picking. The first tree planted on the orchard dates back to 1940, making this season the orchard’s 75th birthday.
Choose from 14 different apple (depending on the time of season):
Zestar, Sansa, Ginger Gold
McIntosh, Gala, Cortland, Honeycrisp, Macoun, Fuji, Spartan
Empire, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Northern Spy
Be sure to pick up a gallon of fresh apple cider, just $5.00. There’s also a variety of Vermont’s best items to take home like local maple syrup and cookie cutters made up the road in Rutland.
What to Wear & What to Pack
Be sure to wear warm clothing and boots or sneakers. This orchard is nestled in the mountains and there is often a cool breeze. Bring a camera – you’ll definitely want to take pictures of the surrounding mountains. The orchard accepts debit and credit cards, as well as cash.
Hours of Operation
During apple harvest season, the Orchard is open Tuesday through Sunday 9AM-5:30PM. The orchard is closed on Mondays. The apple picking season varies, so give the orchard a call to see when they are open until. Phone: (802) 366-8107.
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