How Facebook can get you ski goggles

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 29, 2009 8:17 am

                                                                             This week at Stratton – December 29, 2009
                                                                            Happy New Year from your Stratton friends!

Terrain Park Facebook Contest – Lower Middlebrook, a 2,000 foot, 15 acre jib park, the largest at Stratton and one of the biggest in Vermont, opened for skiers and riders this morning as part of the new Sun Bowl Adventure Center. And those who aren’t already friends of Stratton Mountain on Facebook, will want to sign up now, as the best viral video from the new trail will be rewarded with a pair of Smith Gauge Regulator goggles for their work. (Retail Value $129.99)
All shredders have to do is shoot a 1-2 minute video of them, their friends, their dog, their significant other or anyone skiing and riding on Lower Middlebrook. They will then upload their creation to Stratton’s Facebook page   where fans will vote for the best video and the eventual winner.
Voting will be done on a ‘like’ basis, by clicking the ‘like’ button alongside the video. The most ‘likes’ between Dec. 29 and 3 PM Eastern on Jan. 13 determines the winner. ALL entries must include helmeted riders. No helmet. No prize.
Another trio of new openings –Three new openings you’re going to want to pay attention to.
First the Sushi Bar, offering an Asian twist to resort cuisine. Dip your palette into an assortment of rolls, or a foreign brew in a laid back casual atmosphere. Call 802-297-4377 for hours and updated information.
The boardercross course complete with sharp turns, gap jumps, peaks and valleys, on East Byrneside. One very important rider gave her seal of approval after riding this past weeekend, that being 2006 Olympic silver medalist and Stratton native Lindsey Jacobellis.
The world’s best SBX’er was a fixture in the Nightrider boardercross series under the lights at Tyrolienne. And Stratton played a large role in Lindsey’s upbringing as an athlete before she went on to win the U.S. Open title here at the resort, the X Games, an Olympic medal and numerous times on the World Cup circuit.
Monday also marked the first day of construction on the World Class, 500 foot halfpipe that will be used for the 2009 U.S. Open being built on the Sunriser Super Trail in the Sun Bowl. Ryan Neptune from Planet Design is on site and working alongside the Stratton Grooming and Snowboarding Team in hopes of opening by Martin Luther King weekend.
And for those looking for some adventure, the lift serviced Coca Cola Tubing Park is also open! Located on Big Ben, this behemoth features four lanes that stretch up to 750 feet long. So grab your helmet, pick up some speed and ride the hill with vengeance. Open until 9pm throughout the holiday week.
Coca Cola Tubing Park Hours
Throughout the holiday week – 11am-9pm
Friday – 4pm-8pm
Saturday – 11am-9pm
Sunday – 11am-3pm

Coca Cola Tubing Park Prices
One hour $15
Two hours $22
Season passholders – 20 percent off
X2 card holders – 10 percent off
LPGA-USGA Girls Golf – Robin Rasch, LPGA and Director of the Stratton Golf University is pleased to announce that the golf school has been approved as an official site for LPGA-USGA Girls Golf in 2010. This community program provides an opportunity for girls ages 7-17 to learn to play golf, build lasting friendships and experience competition in a fun, supportive environment. A series of 10 events will be scheduled during the season and will include golf instruction at the Stratton Golf U with access to the Golf Course. The Stratton Girls Golf program is one of 130 throughout the U.S.  
Stratton ready to ring in 2010 – Come celebrate New Year’s Eve with Stratton starting at 6 p.m. as the base area becomes party central with fireworks, a torchlight parade, fun filled family activities and more.
It all begins with a family style dinner in the Base Lodge, with one wing being set up with food stations representing different themes from around the world, while the other wing is set up with dancing, a DJ, cash bar and kids crafts. Double Diamond will also be open selling decadent deserts and specialty coffees.
At 8:45, the fireworks show and torchlight parade begin on the mountain and after the lights go out, adults can continue to revel in the celebration by going upstairs to Grizzly’s where Grizzly’s where the Brother Josephus and Love Revival Revolution Orchestra will be performing, hor d’oeuvres will be served and per tradition, a champagne toast once the clock strikes midnight.
Ticket prices for the dinner are $64 for adults and $32 for children 12 and under. The kids buffet for those five and under is $7.95. Grizzly’s is open for those 21 and over only, tickets are $25.

 ‘Men Who Cook’ showcases Stratton Mountain Foundation’s new focus – The Stratton Mountain Foundation will host its annual ‘Men Who Cook’ event on January 16, 2010. Held in the Base Lodge of Stratton Mountain Resort, ‘Men Who Cook’ showcases not just fine cuisine cooked by Stratton favorites, but a silent auction featuring everything from gift items to exotic tours.
The event will also recognize the realigned focus of the Stratton Mountain Foundation to support Vermont children facing the challenges of obesity, substance abuse, poverty, depression.
The Stratton Foundation has supported a broad range of community organizations over the last 14 years. Under its new structure, the foundation will work with community organizations to expand opportunities for Vermont’s children to become socially integrated, healthier, smarter and more successful.
Vans ‘Cold Wars’ Rail Jam Results – Here are the winners from Saturday’s ‘Cold Wars’ Rail Jam under the lights at Tyrolienne:
14 and Under Skier – 1) Michael Brewer, 2) Stephen D’Agostino, 3) Robert Moores
15 and Up Skier – 1) Scottie Nelson, 2) Christian Franchino, 3) Justin Hardy
14 and Under Boarder – 1) Eric Cerra, 2) Max Lyons, 3) Jake Gaudet
15 and Up Boarder – 1) Justin Morgan, 2) Andrew Parsons, 3) Leon Townsend
The second of three 2009-10 VANS Cold Wars Rail Jams takes place on Saturday, January 16 at 5 p.m. Open to the public, this freestyle competition features cash prizes, not to mention King and Queen of the mountain bragging rights for the winners.
Registration starts at 4 p.m. in the Bears Cave at the Base Lodge. All riders will be required to wear a helmet, have an SES pass and parental consent upon registering. The Cold Wars series is open to both skiers and riders.
Health and Safety Initiatives – With the hopes of building a better mountain experience for all of its employees, Stratton’s Health and Safety Committee has started to build a foundation towards its long term goals of a sustainable, active workforce. Recent improvements include the introduction of a health awareness week, healthy dining options in the cafeteria and an Employee Open House at the Stratton Sports Center.
Hot Deals – Turn an ordinary weekend into a three-day escape. Book Friday-Sunday in any Stratton property and ski Monday for FREE! Rates start at $66 per person / per night, based on double occupancy. Not available on holiday weekends.