STRATTON, Vt. – The Stratton Mountain Resort and Stratton Foundation are getting ready for the most magical weekend of the winter season! It’s the 7th annual 24 Hours of Stratton, March 16-17, 2019, and this year it’s got a new, fresh format for all to enjoy.
The 24 Hours event is the only night to ski Stratton under lit trails, fireworks, starry skies, and into first tracks at sunrise. According to Tammy Mosher, the foundation’s executive director, “the event combines the emotional goodness of charity, camaraderie, and doing what skiers and snowboarders love most for an epic amount of time.”
This year will be less about rigorous endurance and more about enjoying the mountain with all that Stratton has to offer. Participants of all ages and abilities can join as a team of up to 1-12 members made up of children, parents, colleagues, and friends. Wearing a 24-Hour bib grants access to Saturday and Sunday lift passes, cross country skiing and snowshoe trails, and tube park. Everyone gets a tracking chip to earn points for the team by riding the Amex, Gondola, Ursa, and Snow Bowl lifts to all levels of trails. Gondola hours will be extended, with giveaways, food, music, swag, and more.
At night, catch the Amex lift to ride Yodeler, Suntanner, Lower Standard, and Betwixt trails. Skin or snowshoe uphill, enter Saturday’s alpine race or play off-slope games to rack up additional team points. Fun prizes and contests include best team name and best costumes. It’s a Saturday 9 a.m. Parade of Champions start through to Sunday’s Athlete Appreciation Breakfast and Awards Ceremony.
At the heart of the event is the fundraising. It costs nothing to sign up with a commitment to raise a minimum of amount of fundraising per person by March 16 by asking friends, family, and corporate matching to support the experience and the cause.
Steve Kerstein, Foundation president, states “the 24 Hours is a powerful partnership between the Stratton Foundation and Stratton Mountain Resort to raise funds for Vermont children and to support our local communities.” It is the foundation’s largest fundraiser with proceeds benefiting children’s weekend food programs, in-school dental hygiene services, mental health, basic necessities, targeted education, and other human service initiatives.
The Stratton Foundation’s mission is to address the challenges of poverty that stand between a child and the opportunity to be safe, warm, healthy, and fed for the chance to not only thrive but to succeed.
“Vermont can be a difficult place to raise a family. Schools across the region witness a staggering 40-80 percent of children who qualify for free and reduced lunch at school, meaning that families are making less than $30k-$40k per year,” Mosher stated, “forcing parents to choose between food and heating the home, or their child’s health and paying for gas.”
The 24 Hours of Stratton is making a major impact by changing the lives of thousands of children and breaking the cycle of generational poverty.
24 Hours of Stratton sponsors include the Stratton Mountain Resort, Farrell Distributing and Bud Light, Long Trail, Harpoon, vonTrapp, ProCalc, DLA Piper, UBS Park View Partners, Casella, Alex Brown, and Stratton Magazine.