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Stir it Up!  Vermont Spirits Make the Best Springtime Cocktails

Words by Myra Foster Unlike white shoes, spirits aren’t really limited to a season.  But springtime does invite us to put a fresh twist on cocktail hour with lighter liquors like vodka, gin and rum. We’re lucky to live in Vermont where some of the world’s best brews and spirits are crafted;  you are lucky that many of the finest are shipped well beyond our … Continue reading Stir it Up!  Vermont Spirits Make the Best Springtime Cocktails

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Minus Zero Festival

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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. HSP2016_1548-2250px
  3. 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.
  4. 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. HSP2016_1133-2250px
  5. 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.

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A Local’s Guide to Spring at Stratton

With two weeks left in the season, we went in search of the inside scoop on how you can make the most of spring skiing at Stratton. Locals have shared their favorite parts about spring and recommendations on how you can get in on the fun! A Late Start – With powder days becoming more of a rarity, you can enjoy the extra hour of … Continue reading A Local’s Guide to Spring at Stratton

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The Inside Scoop on Stratton’s Ski and Ride Camps

As the 2016-2017 winter season approached and I was unpacking my snowboard gear, the same thought that crosses my mind each winter loomed – I should really learn how to ski.  Having been an avid snowboarder for the last 14 years, I’ve had a blast carving turns and learning new tricks.  Loving the mountains as much as I do, I would hate to ever be … Continue reading The Inside Scoop on Stratton’s Ski and Ride Camps

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The Vermont Open and the Path to the Top

With the Vermont Open coming up on the horizon, we thought what better than to catch up with Steven Hayes himself on how this event got started, and why it’s such a great competition for riders of all ages. As a native Vermonter, Hayes grew up at Stratton. He reminisces about watching Phil and Steve Mahr take the World Cup Podium at Stratton in 1976, … Continue reading The Vermont Open and the Path to the Top

Six Ways to Fulfill Your New Year’s Resolutions at Stratton

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

How to Make the Most of a Spirits Tasting

Words by Libby Dalziel As we prepare for Spirits of the Season, our new spirits tasting and brewfest, we want to share with you the inside scoop on how to navigate such a tasting event. We caught up with Max Overstrom-Coleman from Mad River Distillers to pick his brain on things we should keep in mind while sipping on these local liquids. Max reinforced that … Continue reading How to Make the Most of a Spirits Tasting