STRATTON, VT - Since its establishment in 1972 the Stratton Mountain School has been educating and exposing youths to the wonders of snow sports. This year marks the program’s 40th anniversary, and on Columbus Day weekend, October 7-10, Stratton will kick off a year-long celebration, which will include alumni activities, which are open to all SMS Alumni along with their friends and family.
Warren Hellman and Donald Tarinelli were the founders of SMS, which during its first two years, began with 15 students in the winter program. In 1972, the school expanded to a full academic year curriculum and increased enrollment to accommodate 140 students, ranging from winter-term students to full-time. In 1976, SMS was approved by the Vermont Department of Education, and in 1982, they became the first ski academy accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
It all begins at 8pm on Friday, Oct. 7, where SMS alumni will join Stratton 50th anniversary revelers at the Red Fox Inn in Winhall. On Saturday, Oct. 8, there will be a 10am tour of the SMS campus followed by an 11am soccer game at Luckenbill Field. All are welcome to join in the game, as well as the BBQ at the Seki Dining Hall will follow. There are many more activities to participate in throughout the weekend, for a complete listing of the SMS events, go to www.gosms.org/40th.
Other upcoming activities celebrating the Stratton Mountain School 40th anniversary include the annual SMS Ski Sale on Nov. 25 and 26 at the Burtscher Fieldhouse on the SMS campus. For more information, go to www.gosms.org/SkiSale.
The main attraction of the SMS Anniversary season is surely going to be the Annual Winter Ball, which will be held on Jan. 28, 2012. It has sold out the past three years in a row — so get your tickets ASAP. Go to www.gosms.org/40thwinterball for more information.