December 19, 2015 | Cassie Russo Christmas may be a week away, but this morning certainly had me dashing down the stairs in my pajamas as though Santa paid a visit last night. The morning started like any other, with my alarm nudging me awake before the sun woke from its slumber. I opened my eyes with hesitation, but as I rolled over and peeked out my window … Continue reading Powder Day Feelings
Smiles are growing and excitement is peaking for this year’s Minus Zero Festival, April 7-8. make the most of your Minus Zero Festival with these tips from a local.
- What to do upon arrival – Grab a parking spot by the base and stop by the Welcome Center to have all your questions answered and get tips from the locals. We’ve got lots of people around the mountain looking to help you enjoy your weekend and make the most of your time at Stratton.
- Where to go first – Hop on the gondola (with or without skis) and cruise up to the summit stage and enjoy the tunes as you get in those turns before the lifts close at 4 pm. If you’re skiing or riding, Mike’s Way and the Meadows are some Stratton favorites if you’re looking for an easy way down the mountain. On the other hand, experts can enjoy carving turns town Black Bear, Tamarack, and Standard for those seeking a steeper pitch to hold those edges. If you’re just here to enjoy the tunes, hop back on the Gondola for a scenic ride down southern Vermont’s tallest peak.
- Where to eat – Grizzly’s at the base of the mountain is our go-to for lunch. Enjoy some loaded nachos or an oven-fired flatbread on the deck while jamming out to music on the main stage. For dinner, visit the Village for a variety of eateries. Some of our dinner favorites are Mulligans and Firetower, both offer some apps and entrees to keep you dancing all night long.
- Where to go before the headliners – Grab your gang and play a round of pool at the Green Door Pub. This is a great chance to get off your feet and indulge in some great drink specials. With the cheetah carpet and vintage snowboards, this is a corner of the mountain that has just as much personality as it does swag.
- Show us what you’ve got – We know you’ll have your smartphones and GoPros out documenting your amazing weekend, so why not opt for a chance to be featured on one of our social channels. Post a photo on social media tagging #stratton and #MinusZeroFestival and you might find your image reposted as we share in on the fun.
All of these ‘day-of’ recommendations may have you excited as you’re packing for the festival, so you may be wondering what you can do now to bottle your excitement. Head over to the Minus Zero website and watch highlights from last year’s festival as well as gather any additional information and register for the Monster Rail Jam and Jump.
It’s that time of year again, some of you may be excited about turning over a new leaf, while others might see New Year’s Resolutions as more of an obstacle. As winter welcomes us to 2017 we decided to put some thought into how resolutions can bring joy in an unexpected way. Here are some of our resolutions for 2017 and how Stratton is the … Continue reading Six Ways to Fulfill Your New Year’s Resolutions at Stratton
Stratton’s summit saw its first snowfall on October 22, 2016 – a sign of Accuweather’s winter prediction calling for “frequent storms to bring above-normal snowfall to the northeastern US.” Shortly after the first snowfall, snowmakers fired up their fleet of snow guns prepping the mountain with the goal of top-to-bottom skiing and riding for November 25. We caught up with Craig Panarisi, Vice President of … Continue reading The Inside Scoop: Stratton Snowmaking
Let’s take time to disconnect from our devices and reconnect with the outdoors. Swap the liking for hiking, the clicking for apple picking and email sending for family time spending. Start your digital detox with these activities, and unplugging will leave you rejuvenated to start the fall season. Discover foliage at new heights Catch a ride on the Stratton gondola and before you know it you’ll be … Continue reading 5 Effortless Ways to “Unplug” this Fall
Since it’s Vermont Beer Week, we called on our local expert to give us some tips on beerfests in general , and specifically what you will find during Stratton’s Columbus Day Weekend event. Greg’s (Meuleman’s Craft Drafts) Guide to Beer Festivals First, don’t go to an event just because it says “beer festival.” Don’t get me wrong, beer is a good thing. But on occasion … Continue reading Expert Tips on How To Navigate the Brewfest
To every season there is a beer … and here in Vermont you’ll tap into some of the best in every style from crisp wheat to deep stout, from a bubbly framboise to the trendy sour. While IPAs are never out of style or season, 2016 is the year of the dry hopped sour, according to bon appetite as well as Stratton’s local beer expert … Continue reading Stratton Mountain, Where the Beer Trails Meet
Adventures in southern Vermont are more fun with your furry family member. Here’s our top picks, specially approved by Stratton dogs.
1. Lye Brook Falls // Hike, Scenic
After an approximate 2.2 mile hike through the scenic Lye Brook wilderness, you and your pup will be greeted by the breathtaking 125-foot tall Lye Brook waterfall. Difficulty level is moderate, with only a few fairly challenging inclines. Be sure to wear proper hiking boots and bring plenty of water. Getting there: Follow Glen Road in Manchester and bear right at the fork to turn onto the Lye Brook Access Road, clearly marked.
2. West River Trail // Walk, Bike, Scenic
The 16-mile West River trail welcomes walkers, runners and mountain bikers looking for a dog friendly adventure in southern Vermont. Be sure to stop by the Ball Mountain Dam (pictured above) for spectacular views of the surrounding Green Mountains. Trail access and parking directions found here.
3.Heels to Paws 5K // Event, Run/Walk, Fundraiser
For this Stratton tradition, four legs are as welcome as two! On October 8, runners and walkers will explore Stratton’s 5K route to raise money for Second Chance Animal Shelter. This year’s race is accompanied by the Columbus Day Weekend Brewfest!
4. Stratton Firetower // Hike
Venture to the crossroads of the Appalachian and Long Trail with your four-legged friend. Hike to Stratton’s summit (explore uphill trails here) and reach the fire tower trailhead off of Mike’s Way. From the summit, the moderate hike is 0.7 miles one way. The firetower offers 360-degree views of the green Mountains – pictured above.
We suggest fido stay leashed at the bottom of the firetower should you decide to climb it.
5. Stratton Pond // Hike, Camp
Up for a challenge? Once you and your pup reach the Stratton Firetower, venture north on the Appalachian and Long Trail to the scenic Stratton Pond. Grab supplies from First Run Ski Shop in the Village and make it an overnight camping trip or do it all in a day!
6. Batenkill River // Walk, Swim, Scenic
Pick any spot on the 59.4-mile-long river that flows through Vermont and New York and your pooch is sure to be satisfied to take a dip in the cool water on a hot summer day. Visit the Arlington Green swimming hole for a perfect Vermont day.