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Celebrate 50 years of Stratton on Friday

Posted by Heather Burke  December 21, 2011 12:44 PM

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Is your one-piece Bogner still hanging in the closet? Get it out and get it on for Stratton's 50th birthday on Friday. Enjoy a $50 (vs. $76) lift ticket in honor of the Vermont resort's 50th, but you must buy your ticket online by today for this birthday bash deal.

Stratton's five-decade history has been colorful. As one of the first New England resorts to create a slopeside pedestrian village, Stratton was the place to ski and be seen from its origin in 1961, home of stylish one piece ski suits, swift lifts and a gondola, and private mountain clubs. Then came the one planker era, Stratton served as the test slope for Jake Burton's boards and was the first area to officially welcome snowboarders in the 70's and 80's (when other resorts banned boarders) building huge halfpipes and playing host to the US Open (now in its 30th year).

Stratton has been a happening place for 50 years. Friday will be a celebration of Stratton's half century with a host of events, plus skiing and riding on at least 20 trails. Stratton's ski school will perform an on snow demo at 9am, this is like synchronized swimming on snow or powder eights - only on packed powder. Lunch at the Grizzly, which has a choice view of the slopes, will feature retro fondue - such a cheesy 60's dish. And throughout the day, you can Hunt for the Golden Watermelon hidden somewhere on Stratton's slopes (who knows if it's filled with rum, cash or swag). Of course, there is birthday cake cutting at 4:30, and special Stratton 50th Anniversary signature beer for cheers.

So the party of five decades is at Stratton on Friday. Now if you can just find that one piece Bogner ski suit, you will fit right in.

Pre-purchase your $50 Stratton ticket and register here.

Photo by Greg Burke

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Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.

Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at and


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