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
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.
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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By Courtney DiFiore If there’s a Richter scale for adventure, you’ll find Craig Panarisi registering an 11. But what Stratton’s vice president of mountain operations loves just as much as dropping into the next chute or gliding off the highest peak is sharing great outdoor experiences ranging from mellow to the extreme. With a passion for the outdoors instilled at a young age, Panarisi grew … Continue reading It’s in his nature – A Profile of Craig Panarisi