Warm weather brings golf as well as spring skiing to Stratton Mountain

Posted By: The Ski Channel on May 11, 2010 1:23 pm

                                                                               This week at Stratton – May 11, 2010

Golf Course set to open on Monday the 17th – The early burst of warm weather brought sunny skies and ‘Spring’ skiing and riding conditions to Stratton, but it also meant great things for golfers as well. Thanks to Mother Nature’s glow, Stratton’s 27-hole championship golf course will open early in 2010, a rare feat for an elevated mountain course, with the first tee time scheduled for Monday morning. (Weather permitting)

Your favorite ski resort has had a long tradition as a hotbed for summer golf. Designed by Geoffrey Cornish, Stratton was a six-time stop on the LPGA Tour. Three different layouts (Mountain, Lake and Forest) will challenge golfers of all abilities, with picturesque views of Southern Vermont’s highest peak. The fifth hole of the Mountain course is the longest Par 5 in Vermont at 621 yards from the blue tees. Stratton is the only public access course in the state with more than 18 holes.

And those looking to get out and play all summer long will want to grab a Stratton Green Card before June 18, to save up to 30 percent on each round all season long. The $59 card also includes a free round of golf, a price that pays for itself.

LPGA-USGA Girls Golf comes to Stratton – Robin Rasch, LPGA Teaching Professional 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. The Stratton Mountain Resort Girls Golf Program is one of 185 throughout the United States.

“This program provides an opportunity for girls to learn and play golf, build lasting friendships and experience competition in a fun, supportive environment,” Rasch said.

The program runs from Friday, May 14 through July 16, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. and is open to girls aged 7 to 17. The price for the ENTIRE series is just $10 and includes 10 Girls Golf events at Stratton Golf University and on-course instruction at the Stratton Mountain Country Club. Travel, transportation and tournament fees not included.

Drysdale Tennis School at Stratton honored – The Cliff Drysdale Tennis School at Stratton Mountain Resort recently picked up world class honors in Tennis Resorts Online’s annual listing of the top tennis camps and resorts of 2010.

The Drysdale Tennis School was named the fourth best Tennis Camp in the world and second in the country among existing camps. Stratton also placed in the Top 5 for Best Resort Tennis and Instruction Program, Best Resort Junior Tennis Program and overall New England Tennis Resorts.

“When the opportunity to base The Drysdale Tennis School at Stratton Mountain Resort arose we were very excited” said Cliff Drysdale, the one-time U.S. Open champion and the voice of tennis on ESPN. “I have a lot of history here from commentating and playing in the 80’s and to now return to teach and vacation in the summer is fabulous!”

“I love being able to walk to the courts from my condo, the proximity of world class golf, and being able to relax and dine in the village at the end of the day”

Director of Tennis Scott Colebourne was also recently named the Professional Tennis Registry’s Member of the Year for the State of Vermont. In addition to running Stratton’s Drysdale Tennis School, the New Zealand native assists with certification workshops in Vermont and New Hampshire and volunteers through the North Shire Community Association.

“These accolades reflect the strength of the staff and our programs,” said Colebourne. “We wouldn’t have been able to achieve this without the support of the staff, the resort and all of the people who have contributed to the program.”

Golf University opens for the season – Stratton’s Golf University, founded in 1969 by golf legend Arnold Palmer is open for the 2010 season with classes for all ages and ability levels. And now is the perfect time to get a jump on those Spring Training programs, with six hours of instruction per day, so you can get your game off on the right foot.

Golf University is situated on 22 acres in the heart of the beautiful Green Mountains and its comprehensive teaching facility allows participants to simulate every shot in the game, from uphill to sidehill, sand to troubleshot, utilizing every club in your bag. Our professionals will work with you on your goals, creating a pathway to success from tee to green.

We’re having a Memorial Day Weekend Rail Jam – Skiers and boarders won’t want to miss the first ever Stratton Mountain Mayhem jam, a freestyle mash up, ‘park builder’s pick’ event featuring cash prizes and free swag. What better way to get your summertime fix?

The event takes place on Sunday, May 30, starting at 10am in the Sun Bowl. Registration is $20 and participants can sign up through www.active.com , or on-site beginning at 9am on the day of the event.

This is your last chance to dazzle us with some high flying action and killer tricks before the snow takes a five month hiatus. DJ Joe Bell will be spinning tunes with free schwag, cash prizes and a post event barbeque to follow.

Stay tuned to www.stratton.com   or the Stratton events line at 802-297-4FUN for further details as the event draws near.
LINK TO REGISTER: http://www.active.com/skiing/stratton-vt/stratton-mountain-mayhem-2010

Stratton wins NSAA Safety Award – Stratton Mountain Resort has been honored as one of 12 member resorts to win a National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) Safety Award for the 2009-10 season. Stratton was specifically rewarded for its Safety Week Program and its efforts during National Safety Awareness Week back in January.

“We are honored and thrilled to receive this award,” Stratton CEO Sky Foulkes said. “There was a lot of thought, effort and teamwork that went into our safety planning this season. It was our goal to make National Safety Awareness Week a resort wide initiative, encompassing both our on hill and off hill operations.”

“I believe we accomplished that goal and I am really proud to see that our team’s efforts and hard work have been recognized.”

Stratton took several steps to recognize and promote National Safety Awareness Week resort-wide, including themed snow report messaging, poster making contests, sticker giveaways, social media interaction and daily trivia. The Stratton bear mascot made appearances at Ski School, ski patrollers were handing out coupons for free hot chocolate to ‘safe skiers and riders’ and the week was capped off with a helmet parade and fashion show, attracting young resort guests who took pride in their choice of headgear.

Summer schedule rounding into shape – With the warm weather finally here, Stratton Mountain Resort has a bevy of summer events and activities for adventure seekers, lovers of the Great Outdoors and those looking to upgrade their golf swing.

June 18-19 – Green Mountain Soccer Tournament
Nearly 1,000 soccer players from Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Canada take part in this weekend dedicated to getting your ‘kicks.’ Five divisions ranging from U10 to U17 and each team is guaranteed four games.

June 26-27 – Stratton Golf Festival
Highlighted with a public clinic hosted by David Leadbetter and an autograph session to follow, discounted clinics and a Sunday afternoon tournament are also part of the festivities.

July 3-4 – Mountain Friends and Freedom Festival
Revel in our independence with the Mountain Friends and Freedom Celebration with live performances from Brother Josephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra and the Wayne Canney Trio. There will be fireworks, village venders, and activities a plenty as we throw America a birthday party.

July 16-18 – New England’s Concours D’Elegance
A weekend for the classic car enthusiast, including the fourth annual Concours D’Elegance with concours-quality collector cars displayed on the Village Commons and an all-makes car show that is open to all pre-1986 cars, trucks and motorcycles, with the winners featured in Hemmings Motor News.

July 24 – Teddy Bear Parade
Come celebrate our favorite furry friends with a story teller and book signing on the Village Stage, or take part in the family fun carnival before live music in the Main Base Tent.

August 14 – Heels to Paws 5K
Our pets have always been a welcome sight in the Stratton Village and this is a day just for them. Check out the live demonstration by the Green Mountain Disc Dogs, or run, walk, or jog in the race to benefit the Second Chance Animal Shelter


1) ‘Saturday Under the Stars’ returns – Warm summer nights and live music go hand in hand, thus making Stratton’s Saturday Under the Stars the place to be starting on July 10 and continuing weekly through Labor Day, with scheduled acts: The Peach Eaters, Wyld Nightz, Rustic Overtones, Twiddle and Jam Stampde. Held in the base area, this summer concert series is a fun, free event for the entire family with food and beverage for purchase on site. So pull up a chair, bring a blanket and get your groove on under the great weather.

2) Off the beaten path – Vermont’s Long Trail celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2010 and while you may not be ambitious enough to tackle all 270 miles of the oldest hiking trail in the United States, you can still trek along the spine of the Green Mountains right here at Stratton. Our Stratton Mountain trail is a nine-mile loop that spurs off the Long Trail and a great way to explore the Green Mountain National Forest.

It was here at the Stratton Summit that James P. Taylor in 1909 envisioned the idea of a hiking trail ranging the length of Vermont. It was also here where Benton Mackaye fathered the idea for the Appalachian Trail, which spans from Maine to Georgia in 1921.

3) Legends Weekend – Join Grand Slam winner and the voice of tennis on ESPN, Cliff Drysdale for an unforgettable weekend getaway on and off the court. This amazing package includes clinics, competition and meals, where you’ll be able to share stories and pick the legend’s mind on most anything and everything. After all, how often can you have a U.S. Open winner help you with your backhand? Held July 9-11 and July 16-18.

4) Kids Kamp – Held weekly from mid-June to Labor Day, Stratton Kids Kamp 2010 is catered to kids 3-13, with eight different themed weeks to please the foodie, traveler, environmentalist, adventurer and the athlete in all of us. From field trips, to rock climbing, pottery, photography and a Camp Olympics, your child’s options are as limitless as the day itself.

5) Paintball – The action, the strategy and the adrenaline of gearing up and opening fire awaits you at the Stratton Sun Bowl. Great for birthday parties, family outings, team building, corporate retreats, or just a fun way to release some energy.