Destinations
The Rockies
New England
Canada
Europe

Top 10 Guides
Romance
Family
Skiing 101
Gear Guide
Adrenaline

About Us
Ski Blogs
Ski Videos

Sun & Sea Travel

Site Map
Links
Advertise
Home

Vermont
Bolton Valley
Bromley
Burke Mountain
Hermitage Club
Jay Peak
Killington
Mount Snow
Magic Mountain
Okemo Mountain
Pico Mountain
Smugglers Notch
Stowe
Stratton
Sugarbush
Suicide Six

Bolton Valley l Bromley l Burke Mountain l Jay Peak l Hermitage l Killington l Magic l Mount Snow l Okemo l Pico l Smugglers Notch l Stowe l Stratton l Sugarbush l Suicide Six l Vermont Photos

The Tale of Two Strattons

Stratton has long been a playground for the well to do, the Bavarian village brims with Bogner wearing skiers on weekends and holidays. Stratton’s base to summit gondola reaches scenic meandering runs, nothing too steep, typically buffed to perfection for all 2,003’ vertical. But Stratton is also the progressive playground to new schoolers: huge parks, slopestyle trails, and a 22’ tall superpipe that stages the US Open, are evidence that Stratton was the birthplace of Burton snowboarding, and Olympic riders Ross Powers and Kelly Clark.

The Vermont resort, turned 50 in 2010, is on one hand elegant and upscale, with swank boutiques and the sophisticated Verde restaurant in the Intrawest village with heated walkways. But Mulligan’s has $.40 wings and the Grizzly serves pizza and shots with a slope view. For lodging, The Inn at Stratton is the original alpine lodge with modest rooms, a cozy lobby and casual Bentley’s restaurant. The Long Trail or Landmark are more luxurious condo style hotels with underground parking, etc.

I love the dichotomy of Stratton Mountain Resort. Wealthy Connecticut condo-owners, with memberships to the exclusive Stratton Mountain Club, share gondolas with grungier riders amped on granola and Redbull. You are as likely to encounter Martha Stewart or the Hilfigers, as you are emerging XGame stars trying to hit it big at Stratton.

Stratton tips:
Arrive early, Stratton’s parking is at a premium – or you can pay to Valet.
When the Gondola gets busy, hit the six pack chairs instead.
Get your SES pass if you want to hit the parks– a quick but required quiz at Stratton.com to earn access.
Check out Stratton’s glade runs, 100 acres of tree skiing makes Stratton’s 600 acres more interesting.
Go on a bear hunt, count the many bears and bear trail names, Stratton’s mascot.
Bring your camera; Stratton has splendid Vermont views – of Bromley, Magic and Mount Snow.
Go to Verde for après ski complimentary Swiss fondue and wine specials at 4pm.

 For more Stratton reviews:
Stratton Terrain Park Safety Pass
Stratton Vermont

Stratton

Bolton Valley l Bromley l Burke Mountain l Jay Peak l Hermitage l Killington l Magic l Mount Snow l Okemo l Pico l Smugglers Notch l Stowe l Stratton l Sugarbush l Suicide Six l Vermont Photos

All Stories by Heather Burke
All Photography by Greg Burke
Our Picks