STRATTON MOUNTAIN - In less than two weeks, Stratton Mountain will crank on the lights and about 300 skiers and riders will hit the slopes for 24 hours straight for the first ever 24 Hours of Stratton.

Teams of six to twelve will compete to travel the most vertical feet in a 24 hour period, two teammates at a time.

The event - which is set for March 23 and 24 - is a fund-raiser for the Stratton Foundation, a community organization based at Stratton Mountain Resort.

"Skiers and riders will get to do something special and unique at the 24 Hours, and not only for fun but also to support our community," said Michael Cobb, director of marketing and sales at Stratton Mountain Resort. "The event is raising money for the Stratton Foundation, a continuing champion of families and businesses in our area."

Each team will send two skiers or riders at a time to make daytime laps on Standard and nighttime runs on a lighted Betwixt.

For the "off-duty" teammates and others, entertainment, music and more is scheduled to fill the night in Stratton's Base Lodge. Activities and events include:

Live music by Jeff Tuohy and Jam Stampede on the Main Stage from 4-11 p.m.

Fireworks will take place in the Main Base Area at 9 p.m. There will also be a hula hoop contest, movie marathon, team keg toss and golden watermelon hunt during the late hours of the night. The event will begin at 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 and will end at 12 p.


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m. the following day. Awards for most vertical feet skied during the 24 hours will be announced on Sunday.

The grand prize, a heli-skiing trip for four at CMH in Canada, will also be awarded to the team that raised the most money.

More information on the 24 Hours of Stratton can be found at www.stratton.com.