Holidays are time to spend with family... your snow family that is. Stratton Mountain is inviting all their long lost "family" members to join them for a holiday celebration at the mountain that leads right up and through the first night of 2013. Their event calendar is jam-packed with fun events, including a handful of free ones, that ensure not only will the New Year celebration be memorable, but the whole week leading up to it will keep the whole family entertained and everyone in a merry spirit.

One of the main events gearing up to the New Year can help skiers and riders get an early jump on their resolutions to be more flexible. Stratton's "Om for the Holidays" yoga festival kicks off Dec. 27 with a free group breathing event (Warm Your Hands & Warm Your Heart) and continues with classes throughout the day Dec. 28-30 like Hip Openers for Everyone, Yoga Hooping and even a full-moon snowshoe hike in the evening. Guests can join the activities for just one day, just for a class or get the full three-day experience. 

The one-day pass ($60) let's you choose three scheduled activities per day: yoga, snowshoe hikes, hooping and all evening events are included. Individual classes are $15 per session, excluding the snowshoe hikes and Yoga-on-the-Snow. The three-day pass ($150) let's you choose three scheduled activities per day Dec. 28-30: yoga, snowshoe hikes, hooping, and includes all evening events.

Want to put your yoga moves into the winter setting? Sign up for Yoga-on-the-snow class with Jo Krisch and stretch on the mountain between runs. A lift ticket is required and is not included in the price.

In keeping with their family friendly vibe, Stratton will be offering daily crafts and activities for families throughout the week Dec. 26-31: cookie decorating, ornament making and other holiday crafts, free for kids every day at 4 p.m. Plus, free cocoa in the morning and sugar on snow in the afternoon to sweeten the ski day.

The evenings will be filled with free evening entertainment, that's suitable for all ages including:

Dec. 28: 'Om for the Holidays Celebration. A party in the Base Lodge with a farmer’s market, local crafts, live music by DEVI, slack line, mountain hooping, food and more. 7 - 9 p.m.
Dec. 29: West Coast Swing. Class teaching this freestyle form of dance, no partner required and beginners are welcome. 7 – 8:30 p.m, at The Living Room.
Dec. 30: Everyone's Drumming. An interactive drumming experience for people of all ages. 7 - 8:30 p.m, at The Living Room.
Dec. 31: Free Party and Family Fun Activities. Kid’s crafts, karaoke, face painters, balloon art, magic and more, in the Base Lodge East Wing, 7 to 9 p.m.

Snowboarders can join in an on-mountain celebration of snowboarding as a sport, culture and lifestyle during World Snowboard Day, Dec. 30. Exclusive rider events include a snowboard flash mob, movie premieres, free clinic, retail specials, snowboard trivia and more.

Finally, when Dec. 31 rolls around, Stratton will take 2012 out with a bang, colorful flashes and plenty of "oohs" and "ahhs" during their New Year’s Eve Fireworks and Torchlight Parade.  Live music will keep the evening crowd moving during Grizzly’s Rockabillly New Year’s Eve (21+), 8:30 p.m – 1 a.m.

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