Stratton Mountain: Snowmaking with Enough Water to Fill 2.5 Million Bath Tubs

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 12, 2012 1:18 pm

Stratton Mountain is doing its best to pick up the slack from Mother Nature this season, and despite little snowfall, the mountain has a ton of man-made coverage and is ready for the upcoming holiday ski weekend!

Snowmaking operations at Stratton have truly saved the day for skiers and snowboarders looking to get on the slopes. They’ve pumped enough water for snowmaking to fill 304 Olympic swimming pools or 2.5 million bathtubs! Crews have been working non-stop and logged 404 hours of snowmaking during the month of December. Its truly amazing what went into to covering the mountain with snow, but even more amazing that it was actually accomplished!!!

 

Coming up this Saturday, January 14th is the Cold Wars Rail Jam, which will take place on Tyrolienne. It’s going to be a daytime jam, and will kick off at 2:30pm. Skiers and snowboarder of all ages and skill level are invited to compete for various gear and cash prizes. Registration is $20, and is going to take place in the Overflow Room from 1pm to 2pm on the day of the event. Helmets are mandatory! As an added bonus, visitors will be able to hike and ride Tyrolienne underneath the lights from 5pm until 9pm.

 

Everyone loves a MLK weekend ski getaway with the family. Thanks to the great snowmaking, you can rest assured that you’ll have a great time with the kids! There are plenty of activities throughout the weekend to keep you busy on the hill including late night music by Twiddle (a Vermont favorite), a fireworks display, Kid’s Helmet Flair Parade and a crowd favorite: sugar on snow!

Finally, Tubbs Romp to Stomp, the snowshoe event of the winter is back on Saturday, January 28th. The event is a 3k or 5k snowshoe tour through Stratton’s wooded Nordic trails and is held to benefit Susan G. Komen. Last year the event raised over $80,000 for breast cancer research, and organizers plan to blow that number out of the water this year!

Check out the full schedule for MLK Weekend on the next page. 

 Photography by Hubert Schriebl

 

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Friday, January 13

3-6pm
Grizzly’s Apres featuring live music by Waylon Speed

5:15pm
World Snowboard Week: Stratton Grudge Match
Use your skills to knock other riders out of the competition in this schoolyard-style game of S-N-O-W. A $20 entry fee gets you the chance to take home the first-place cash prize of up to $600. Registration is from 3 – 4:30 pm in the Overflow Room in the base lodge. Open to the first 32 riders, helmet and S.E.S. pass required.

 

Saturday, January 14

9-10am
Hot Cocoa served by the Stratton Bear by the Main Base Area
Main Base Area

10-11:30am
Gondi Games
Catch the right Gondi car on the way to the Summit and play trivia games for a chance to win prizes.

10:30-11:30am
Sugar on Snow
A wintertime tradition, pick up your maple syrup stick by the Main Base Area.

2:30pm
Cold Wars Rail Jam
Compete for prizes, cash and bragging rights on Tyrolienne in the second rail jam in the Cold Wars series. Registration in the Overflow Room, 1-2pm. Meet at the top of Tyrolienne at 2:15pm, competition kicks off at 2:30pm. $20 registration fee. Helmets required.

2-5pm
Grizzly’s Apres featuring live music by Holla Back

5-9pm
Tyrolienne Under the Lights
Hike Tyrolienne and hit the features by night.

8:30-12am
Twiddle live at Grizzly’s Late Night
Vermont’s favorite band will keep Grizzly’s dancing late into the night!

 

Sunday, January 15

9-10am
Hot Cocoa served by the Stratton Bear by the Main Base Area
Main Base Area

10-11:30am
Gondi Games
Catch the right Gondi car on the way to the Summit and play trivia games for a chance to win prizes.

10:30-11:30am
Sugar on Snow
A wintertime tradition, pick up your maple syrup stick by the Main Base Area.

5-9pm
Tyrolienne Under the Lights
Hike Tyrolienne and hit the features by night.

 

Monday, January 16

9-10am
Hot Cocoa served by the Stratton Bear by the Main Base Area
Main Base Area

10-11:30am
Gondi Games
Catch the right Gondi car on the way to the Summit and play trivia games for a chance to win prizes.

10:30-11:30am
Sugar on Snow
A wintertime tradition, pick up your maple syrup stick by the Main Base Area.

 

 

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