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A Fun-filled December Is Waiting for You at Stratton

by Linda Warner

Stratton Mountain ResortNow that the ski season is off to a roaring start, it’s time to plan a December get-away to Stratton. In addition to some of the best skiing in the east, Stratton offers a number of events to fill your nights as well as your days with fun and adventure for all ages.

Curious about what’s new in ski equipment? Take advantage of one of Statton’s Demo Fest weekends. Come talk to manufacturer’s reps and test the latest skis. K2 and Salomon will be on the mountain Dec. 14 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. Head and Rossignol come to Stratton Dec. 21 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.

On Dec. 14th, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm, The Stratton Foundation hosts “Taste of Vermont.” Sample offerings from some of southern Vermont’s most incredible professional and amateur chefs, caterers, bakers, delis, and more.  A guaranteed good time for the whole family.

Stratton Mountain ResortStratton celebrates the holidays with special events for the whole family during holiday week from Dec. 20 to Jan. 5, 2019. In addition to fabulous skiing, give snowshoeing a try, enjoy live music and, of course, snap a photo with Santa.

On Dec. 20th, Stratton joins with Fiddlehead Brewing Company for a special “Pairing Dinner” at Grizzly’s at Stratton Base Lodge.  At $66 per person, this event will sell out fast. (There are only 50 tickets available.) Experience the height of culinary creativity in each of four courses, with farm fresh ingredients expertly paired with award-winning brands. You’ll learn all the secrets to choosing ingredients and beverages that, together, will create a memorable menu.

Stratton Mountain School - Summit Film SeriesStratton Mountain School Summit Film Series continues on Dec. 28th at 7:00 pm with “Faction: The Collective” featuring SMS alumna Olympian Caroline Claire ‘18 as well as World Champion Freeskier Mac Forehand ‘20. The film is described as  — “Adventuring to undiscovered peaks together, platting midnight-raids on city handrails, lapping your home run until that last ray of sunshine … Skiing is Collective. Some call it a tribe mentality, others call it a shared sense of purpose. ‘The Collective’ is more than the sum of its parts. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you came from – it feels good to be part of something special.”  Cost is $10 to attend.

Stratton Mountain ResortCome ring in the New Year at Stratton, southern Vermont’s highest peak. Save some energy after a day of skiing to take part in an action-packed night. From 6:00 – 8:00 pm, come to the East Wing of base lodge to enjoy kids’ crafts and fun. Beginning at 8:30 pm you can view the Torchlight Parade, the 21 jump salute, and fabulous fireworks.

Three dinner options are available at the mountain. In the West Wing of the Base Lodge, you can enjoy dinner featuring local Vermont dishes perfect for the whole family (6-8 pm). Cost is $78 for adults (13+), $26 for children 12 & under, and free for ages 3 & under. Or, you can make reservations at Table 43.1 located in the Black Bear Lodge and choose from the regular menu.

Stratton Mountain ResortFor a truly special evening, ring in the New Year at Grizzly’s with DJ Joe Bell & Heated Xchange, and your own VIP table, located in the east & west wings of the Upper Base Lodge. Your private table offers Vermont local cheese & charcuterie board, and a champagne toast for the midnight countdown (21+ only). A table for 4 is only $250. Two additional seats is $125/pair. Or, enjoy the music & fun with the champagne toast for just $45/person. The fun goes on 8pm-2am!

For more information on any of these events, check Stratton’s Events Calendar. It’s time to plan your trip now. Don’t get shut out.

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