Stratton Mountain Resort

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Stratton Mountain
Location Stratton Mountain, Windham County, Vermont
Nearest city Manchester (village), Vermont
Vertical 2,003 ft (611 m)
Top elevation 3,875 ft (1,181 m)
Base elevation 1,872 ft (571 m)
Skiable area 625 acres (253 ha)
Runs 97
Longest run 15,840 ft (4,830 m)
Lift system 1 high speed gondola, 4 high speed six packs, 3 quads, 1 triple, 1 double, 3 carpets
Snowfall 180 inches (460 cm)
Snowmaking 93%
Web site http://www.stratton.com/

Stratton Mountain Resort is a ski area located on Stratton Mountain in Stratton, Vermont.

History[edit]

Stratton was established in December 1961 with three double chairlifts and a three-story base lodge. Although the mountain was top notch, the access road was a disaster. It was paved in time for the 1962-1963 season. Stratton added two T-bar lifts in time for the third season. A big expansion took place for the 1964-1965 season when the Snow Bowl was opened, bringing a double chairlift and over 30 acres of terrain. Another double chairlift was opened and the base lodge was expanded for the 1966-1967 season.[1] In the early 1970s, following development of the initial terrain, Stratton began to develop a new beginner area; this opened in 1972 with additional trails, though plans for a new lift were not realized.[2] In the late 1980s, Stratton constructed new terrain to the south of the main mountain, and dubbed it "Kidderbrook."[2] The expansion included a new quad chairlift, and was planned to be a starting point for potential additional terrain and housing in the area, though this never occurred.[2] In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the ski area constructed several new high-speed six-person lifts,[3] and in 2007, the Kidderbrook Quad was removed and sold, as it was underused and Stratton's parent companies were in financial trouble at the time.[2] From 1985 to 2012, Stratton hosted the Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships; the premier open snowboarding event in the country. In 2013, after a 27 year run at Stratton; the event moved to Vail, CO.

Mountain statistics[edit]

Stratton has 97 trails over 625 acres (253 ha) of skiable terrain, 93% of which has snowmaking.[4] 42% of the trails are rated as easy, 31% are intermediate, and 27% are advanced.[4] There are eleven lifts, which can transport 33,528 people an hour.[4] The mountain's base is at 1,872 ft (571 m) and the summit is at 3,875 ft (1,181 m) for a vertical drop of 2,003 ft (611 m).[4] Stratton has an average annual snowfall of 180 inches (460 cm). Stratton also ranks in the top 10 (SKI Magazine) for snow, grooming, lifts, terrain parks, service, lodging, dining, on-mountain food, apres and nightlife.[4]

Trails[edit]

Stratton has 97 trails covering over 625 acres (253 ha) of skiable terrain.

Easier More Difficult Most Difficult Experts Only Terrain Parks
Lower West Meadow Bear Bottom Big D Upper Grizzly Bear East Byrneside SBX
Mike's Way Black Bear Franks Fall Line Stevek Parkway
Old Number 8 Get My Drift Liftline Cut Through Upper Spruce Sunriser Supertrail (Park)
Upper East Meadow Interstate Lower Spruce Lower Slalom Glade Tyrolienne
Upper Wanderer Janeway Junction Lower Switchback World Cup Big Ben Park
Upper West Meadow Lower Grizzly Bear Polar Bear Bear Down Suntanner Halfpipe
Work Road Upper Drifter Rimeline Free Fall
Cabot's Run Beeline The Chute Upper Down Easter
Craig's Run Betwixt Upper Liftline Vertigo (g)
Daniel Webster Duck Soup Upper Slalom Glade Free Fall Gully (g)
Detour East Byrneside Upper Standard Kidderbrook Ravine (g)
Drifter Link Lower Drifter Upper Switchback Squirrel's Nest Glade (g)
Ethan's Alley Lower Standard Upper Tamarack Why Not (g)
Flukey's Run Number 6 Lower Liftline Moon Dance (g)
Grizzly Access Snow Bowl Alley Upper Kidderbrook Test Pilot (g)
Hemlock Spillway Upper Middlebrook Shred Wood Forest (g)
Lad's Legacy Suntanner Cabin Fever (g)
Lower East Meadow Tink's Link Dancing Bear (g)
Lower Tamarack White Birch Diamond in the Rough (g)
Lower Wanderer Yodeler
Mark's Run Busters Trail
Old Log Road Gentle Ben
Old Smoothie Lower Down Easter
Overpass Rick's Catch 22
Runaway Rising Star
Underpass Shooter
Yodeler Express Shortcut Big Ben
Tyrolienne Shortcut Gentle Ben
91 Sunbeam
91 Extension Sun Bowl Express
Big Ben Sunriser Supertrail
Churchill Downs Tree Top Way
Home Run Way Home
Lower Kidderbrook Eclipse (g)
Lower Middlebrook Buckshot (g)
Main Line Emerald Forest (g)
Solstice Way Moonbeam (g)
Downtowner
Stage 1
Village Walk
Daniel's Web (g)
  • (g) – gladed trail with trees
  • (m) – trail with moguls regularly when conditions provide

Lifts[edit]

Lift Name Length Vertical Type Make Year Installed
Summit Gondola 7,379 ft 1,742 ft Gondola Poma 1988
American Express 3,238 ft 658 ft High Speed Six Pack Doppelmayr 1995
URSA Express 4,620 ft 1,340 ft High Speed Six Pack Garaventa CTEC 1999
Sunrise Express 4,502 ft 1,122 ft High Speed Six Pack Garaventa CTEC 2001
Shooting Star 3,305 ft 798 ft High Speed Six Pack Garaventa CTEC 2001
Snow Bowl 4,877 ft 1,380 ft Fixed Quad Poma 1986
Solstice Fixed Quad Poma 2001
South American Fixed Quad Poma 2001
Tamarack Fixed Triple Borvig 1977
Villager 1,073 ft 155 ft Fixed Double Poma 1985
SMS Poma 1,726 ft 572 ft Platter Lift Heron-Poma 1971

Past Lifts[edit]

Lift Name Length Vertical Type Make Year Installed Year Removed Notes
Betwixed Double 3,235 ft 649 ft Fixed Double Borvig 1982 1995 Sold to Magic Mountain, replaced by American Express
Grizzly Double 4,765 ft 1,317 ft Fixed Double Borvig 1977 1999 Replaced by URSA Express
Kidderbrook Quad 6,285 ft 1,476 ft Fixed Quad Poma 1989 2007 Sold to Jay Peak and Mont Saint-Sauveur
Lower T-Bar 2,455 ft 373 ft T-Bar Hall 1963 1976
North American Double 4,500 ft 1,125 ft Fixed Double Heron 1961 1985 Replaced by North American Quad
North American Quad 4,380 ft 1,173 ft Fixed Quad Poma 1985 1999 Replaced North American Double
Snow Bowl Double 4,900 ft 1,386 ft Fixed Double Heron 1964 1986 Replaced by Snow Bowl
Standard Double 3,256 ft 644 ft Fixed Double Heron 1966 1995
Sun Bowl Double 4,773 ft 1,113 ft Fixed Double Heron 1968 1986 Replaced by Sun Bowl Quad
Sun Bowl Quad 4,639 ft 1,110 ft Fixed Quad Poma 1986 2001 Replaced Sun Bowl Double, realigned and turned into Solstice
Suntanner Double 2,800 ft 650 ft Fixed Double Heron 1961 1995
Tamarack Double 3,499 ft 569 ft Fixed Double Borvig 1976 1977 Converted to triple
Teddy Bear Platter Lift
Tyrolienne Double 1,700 ft 315 ft Fixed Double Heron 1961 2001 Replaced by South American
Upper T-Bar 1,580 ft 302 ft T-Bar Hall 1963 1978 Sold to Bradford, MA

Future Projects[edit]

Before the 2013/2014 season, Stratton announced that it was planning to replace the Summit Gondola cabins and cable for the 2014/2015. The new cabins will fit twelve people, an upgrade from the current eight, and travel faster due to improved aerodynamics of the cabins. The cabins will also sit farther away from the towers, making the gondola able run at wind speeds above the current 25 m.p.h. limit. Stratton also plans to replace the Snow Bowl lift with a High Speed Quad Lift for either the 2014/2015 season or the 2015/2016 season. The base lodge will also be renovated in the near future.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stratton". New England Ski History. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Stratton Mountain". New England Ski Area Expansions (New England Ski History). Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Stratton Mountain Resort". Skilifts.org. Archived from the original on 19 February 2011. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Stratton Mountain Resort". Skitown. Archived from the original on 19 February 2011. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 

Coordinates: 43°06′51″N 72°54′24″W / 43.11417°N 72.90667°W / 43.11417; -72.90667