Overview of Stratton Mountain, Vermont
Written by Greg and Heather Burke
Stratton has long been home to Swiss chalets and chic Bogner ski suits. Stratton is old world meets new, classic Vermont trail skiing served by high speed six pack chairs and a base to summit gondola, with new cabins installed in 2014-15.
Stratton’s grand Clock tower marks the Village Center, where an improved $8.5 million base lodge will debut for winter 2015-16, and frames your Stratton photos for posterity, with a hint of Vail or St Moritz. Alpine architecture throughout the ski village conjures an authentic European scene, but includes underground parking and heated pedestrian streets leading to boutiques, pubs like the Grizzly and Mulligan's, a Sushi Bar, Verde restaurant, and a spa to complete your luxury ski vacation in Vermont.
The best lodging at Stratton is within a short walk to the lifts, and the Intrawest designed ski village. Long Trail, Hearthstone, Rising Bear, and Founders are all condominium hotels that offer luxury lodging – if you request a penthouse suite with a slope view. Outdoor heated pools and hot tubs are a nice touch for après ski.
Stratton gets a Gold Medal for its snowmaking and grooming, a cruise down Black Bear, Tamarack, Standard and Polar Bear will give you the white carpet treatment. Most of Stratton’s black diamond terrain skis more like blue squares, easy on the ego. Stratton has recently added 125 acres of exciting glades to the map like Emerald and Shredwood Forest. Stratton is also easy on the eyes-with beautiful views of the Vermont hills and neighboring Mount Snow and Bromley – with its southern exposure.
Stratton was the birthplace of modern snowboarding – Jake Burton Carpenter tweaked his prototype Burton snowboard here and the rest is snowboard history. Stratton continues to build state of the art parks and pipes. After all, this is home to Olympic skiers and snowboarders like Kelly Clark and Ross Powers. It’s no coincidence that the US Open snowboarding championship was held at Stratton through 2012 and its 30th year before moving to Vail, Colorado in 2013.
Stratton is a dichotomy, cutting edge terrain parks and speedy lifts with an upper crust for swank skiers. Beautiful slope side mountain homes and a posh private ski club, The Stratton Mountain Club, are proof that people in the know come here for corduroy, camaraderie and fine cuisine. You don’t have to be a member to dine at Stratton Mountain Club’s exclusive on mountain restaurant Luna, but you do need reservations.
Stratton’s mascot is the bear, and as you stroll the pretty snowy village, you will find wood carved bears everywhere. Just a reminder that you are in the cozy, countryside state of Vermont - despite the proximity for Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York skiers. Stratton is ideal for a luxury family ski vacation, excellent ski school and family programs, even a teen center called The Wreck, plus fine mountainside dining and nearby shopping at the Manchester Outlets for the sophisticated in your ski group.
The first time I went to Stratton, I was greeted by a mountain ambassador who took my skis as I went up the stairs, welcomed me to Stratton and wished me a stellar day on the mountain. all of that and a smile too. It set the tome for the day and the entire trip. When I retire and move to the mountains, I want to make people feel good like that person did for me my first time at Stratton.
Stratton has a wide variety of terrain and great signs all over the mountain. Additionally, great snow conditions and village.