Public fear of skiing is greatly misplaced, especially in view of the tremendous improvements made in equipment over the past three decades. But it is not only equipment that has improved. Awareness programs have also made a great difference.
National Safety Awarness Week at Stratton
The week of January 15-21 Stratton Mountain is holding a weeklong series of snow sports safety programs as a part of the celebration of National Safety Awareness Week. The programs are interactive and will involve skiers and members of the Ski Patrol. During the week the Ski Patrol will be watching skiers on the trails and will recognize safe skiers and riders with the award of special give-aways. During the week the ski shops will also be offering special discounts on helmets in order to encourage the use of helmets. Anyone who has ever fallen and cracked their head on an icy slope will know their value, but beyond safety, they just keep your head and ears warm! From 10 am to 1 pm daily members of the ski patrol will also be giving guided tours of the mountain – while also dispensing tidbits of safety knowledge, of course. These tours are a great way to learn about the mountain and discover territory previously unknown and get tips on better skiing and boarding.
Fireworks and a Torchlight Parade
Stratton is also holding other events during this period including special events for kids. On Saturday, January 15, at 3:30 pm the Kids Flair Parade rewards the kids with the best flair in decorating their helmets. It includes a parade of decorated helmets through the village and ends with awards, hot chocolate and marshmallow roasting. The same night Stratton holds a Kid’s Kamp at Night for kids between 7 and 12 with themed programs and costume parties. Activities include snowshoeing, ice skating, crafts, movies and dinner followed by S’Mores. There is also a Pajama Party for kids 2 to 6 from 5:30 to 9pm with dinner, craft time and movies. The cost of the kids programs is $39 per child, $20 if booked through Junior School or Seasonal Program on the same day.
On the 15ththere will also be a Torchlight Parade on the mountain, always an enjoyable thing to watch and do. The parade will be on the Suntanner trail and begins at 8:30pm. Anyone planning to be there on over the weekend will also enjoy fireworks. Following the Torchlight Parade there will be fireworks inn honor of national Safety Awareness Week and the martin Luther King holiday, which falls on Monday the 17th. Stratton is also offering some attractive special package deals.
Getting to Stratton
Stratton is in Bondville Vermont in the south central part of the state. From the Boston area take Route 2 west to I-91. Get off at exit 3 at Brattleboro and take Route 5 south to Route 30 west.