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A Hot Spot for Alpine Boarding

By Courtney DiFiore Like many that live in Southern Vermont, I too share a deep love for the outdoors. In the winter season, you can find me shredding the mountain on my snowboard most of the time, but I can ski as well. I don’t share the same love for it as riding but it is a nice change. Another on-hill sport I’ve been dying to try since I first…

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Congratulations to our Hometown Heroes

By Liz Millikin Nothing compares to the excitement of watching the best of the best competing on the global stage. In the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, 2,873 athletes from 88 countries competed in 98 events, going for the gold. It was an especially exciting Olympics for the Stratton Mountain School, which sent a record-breaking 14 athletes to the competition. In addition to the SMS athletes, two more Olympic competitors have…

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The North Face Park And Pipe Open

By Tyler Lewis A week before the North Face Park and Pipe series the Stratton Parks Crew started reworking Big Ben. They custom made a park to showcase the advanced skills of the skiers. As the park started taking shape, things where looking intense, a 50 and 60-foot jump lead right into an up rail and down flat down rail to finish off. The event kicked off Thursday, February 20th…

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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…

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SMS alumnus Alex Deibold wins bronze!

By Meredith Morin Sochi, Russia –Stratton Mountain School alumnus Alex Deibold (SMS ’04), Manchester, Vt., won bronze in the men’s snowboardcross (SBX) event at the Sochi Winter Olympics on Feb. 18. The SBX was postponed from Feb. 17, due to extreme fog. Alex finished third in his 1/8 final heat to move onto quarterfinals, where he also finished third. (The top-three riders from these heats advance.) As the only American…

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A Rare Treat For Vermonters

By Courtney DiFiore Your dreams of being Harry Potter can finally come true! Well, kind of. If you’re a fan of the Potter series, you’re familiar with Hedwig, Harry’s snowy owl. Traditionally snowy owls nest in the Arctic tundra of the northernmost stretches of Alaska, Canada and Eurasia. However, this winter there have been sightings as far south as North Carolina! There’s been sightings in Vermont too, making it especially…

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Two Sport Sunday

By Erin Morley I started skiing in fourth grade when my mom signed me up for night skiing at our local mountain. Nobody in my immediate family skis, but my best friend skied and my mom thought I might like it. I did! I would say the only negative thing about my skiing in the early days was that I took one, maybe two lessons, and I ended up developing…