Stratton Mountain for Winter Skiing, Vermont Style

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In my twenties, I shared a house with about eight other people in Stratton Vermont, chosen for its easy access to Stratton Mountain, a less known but fabulous ski resort in southern Vermont. I hadn’t been back in years and decided it was time to pay the resort a visit to see what they had to offer for visitors traveling to New England in the winter.

One reason to head to Stratton is for its beauty alone. Imagine snow capped mountains which also dust the trees, making for a serene view as you make your way down the mountain regardless of which trail you take. Snowmaking blankets 93 percent of the terrain and they offer 95 trails and 11 lifts including a high-speed base-to-summit gondola and four six-passenger lifts. 

Stratton has been around since 1961, and expanded rapidly into one of Vermont’s largest ski areas. From 1985 to 2012, Stratton hosted the Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships; the premier open snowboarding event in the country. Last year, after a 27 year run at Stratton; the event moved to Vail, Colorado.

While west coast skiing is different than what you typically find on east coast slopes (fluffier and generally more powder), it was easy to avoid icy spots by staying away from the most frequently skiied areas, such as the middle of the trail. People were also generally good at sharing information at the top about where to avoid the ice based on a recent run.

I hadn’t skiied in awhile so was a little hesitant at first to take on tougher trails, however after an hour or so, it seemed to come back to me and I was eager to explore trails beyond the greens and blues I began my day with and there are plenty to choose from….some more scenic than others.

Below is the map of trails so you can get an idea of what they have to offer depending on your experience level.

The views were stunning. Since I’ve been spending more time on the west coast lately, I had forgotten how much I loved New England charm, which comes through even at a ski mountain.

 I noticed a lot of snowboarders on the mountain as well, particularly under the lifts since the area is so wide and varied, leaving lots of room for “play.”

The mountain is a great option for both family and individual skiing and the logistics couldn’t be easier. For example, we parked in the main parking lot and it was only a 2 minute walk to the rentals area in the lodge. Even though it was a holiday weekend when we were there, I got plenty of “clean runs” in which is easy to do with nearly 100 trails.

Family Options:

There’s a Mountain Sports School where you can take lessons for either skiing or snowboarding. There is coaching and camps for all ages and ability levels and you can choose a group or private lesson, Experience Snowboarding session, Women on Snow experience or all-day children’s program.

Adventure Camp, which is formally known as Kids Camp  is the perfect summer spot for your child to grow, learn, develop and most importantly enjoy summer in Vermont’s Green Mountains. Stratton has a few different summer camp options.

Stratton’s Childcare Program is a fully licensed facility where indoor fun is always the goal for children from 6 weeks to 3 years old, with safe (and sanitized) toys and a staff that understands how to fuel you child’s imagination. The facility opens at 8 a.m. on weekends and holidays and 8:30 a.m. on weekdays so parents have plenty of time to hit the slopes as they open.

Luxury: 

There’s a day spa in the village as well as a handful of restaurants. One restaurant in the village not to miss is Verde – see our separate restaurant write-up on it for photos and our thoughts. (Hint: we loved it).

Dining in Stratton Village:

There are a number of options to choose from on the mountain or nearby. Below are some suggestions, which range from pubs, delis and taverns to a steak house, pizza joint and Verde for more fine dining.

  • Cobs Market Main Base Lodge
  • Double Diamond Pizza & Salads
  • Fire Tower Restaurant & Tavern
  • Green Door Pub
  • Mid Mountain Lodge
  • Mulligan’s
  • Stratton Mountain Deli
  • Sun Bowl Base Lodge
  • Tenderloins
  • The Sushi Bar
  • Verdé

Lift Tickets & Rentals:

The lift ticket prices vary depending on time of year and whether it’s mid-day or a weekend. Adults are in the $70-92 range, young adults (13-17 years) are in the $58-80 range and juniors (7-12 years old) are in the $48-70 range. (prices as of February 5, 2014).

Centrally located at the base of the mountain, the Village Rental Shop offers one stop shopping: convenient rental equipment pick-up, lift tickets, ski and snowboard school lessons as well as Burton’s complete line of Learn-To-Ride programs for snowboarders and Stratton’s Learn-To-Ski program for beginner skiers.

They have all new Head ski equipment, Burton snowboards and a full line of high-performance skis and boards all in a convenient slopeside location for quick access to the slopes and easy adjustments to you equipment throughout the day. Lockers are also available and they have a coat check which is free of charge.

Did I mention how much fun we had?

Don’t just think of New England as a summer and fall destination – while the skiing in Colorado and Utah may be amazing, it doesn’t have Vermont’s charm or its people. And oh yeah, there’s also the incredible trees, birds and skies.

Details:
Stratton Mountain

5 Village Lodge Road

Stratton Mountain VT 05155

Top photo credit: Alpine Zone. All other photos from Stratton Mountain PR team or taken on my iPhone.

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3 Responses to Stratton Mountain for Winter Skiing, Vermont Style

  1. Anthony A Compagnone
    Anthony A. Compagnone February 13, 2014 at 7:11 am #

    I recently went skiing at Stratton Mountain with a old friend form high school. It had been at least 25 yrs for me since I strapped on a pair of skis but, not as many years for my friend. I thought for sure that my knees would give out due to all the martial arts and weight lifting training but, low and behold…….things all seemed to come back to normal again except my stamina of course. I was surprised to see how many things were still the same such the ski boots, the binding, the polls, the ice of the east coast (which by the way I love) etc. However, the skis were wider at the tips than I once remember them and the designs and colors were much more flamboyant. Some of the big changes that had occurred were all the snow boarders. Although I had seen snow boarders on T.V., I had never seen them close up and personal. I marveled how they could simply glide down the mountain on what appeared to be nothing more than one giant ski without polls. It was fantastic to watch. Other differences were the helmets. I guess when I was a kid, brain injury just wan’t an issue…… Everyone was wearing a helmet except my friend and I. Now when I think back, yes, wearing some good head protection would have been a good thing for all the times when I crashed into trees. The biggest and disconcerting difference was the price of a lift ticket. Wow!! since when has skiing become such an expensive sport. When I was a kid, I could save up enough money that I earned from delivering papers and go skiing every weekend. Those days are long gone. Nevertheless, my friend and I felt like kids again. Stratton Mountain is beautiful and I look forward to another ski adventure there in the future.

  2. Travel/Food/Events February 13, 2014 at 9:17 am #

    Stratton brought back a lot of memories and also reminded me why I love Vermont so much. I agree with you on the oh so many surprises – from newer skis, bindings and better boots.

    Would def go back as I’d also love to explore more of the area and of course take in Vermont again in October when the leaves grace is with their presence.

  3. Anthony A Compagnone
    Anthony A. Compagnone February 14, 2014 at 5:55 am #

    You are absolute right. Vermont is not only beautiful in the winter, but the Fall foliage is breath-taking. I am also sure that there are many fine restaurants there as well and Inns to be explored during that wonderful time of the year. Great hiking, a bit of chill in the air, the smell of wood burning stoves and the colorful Vermont mountains. Let us not forget the fine food and wines………

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