Zones: Stratton, Vermont

March 17th, 2011 by

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Home to the US Open of Snowboarding for 29 years, Stratton, Vermont is a destination deeply rooted in the history of snowboarding. Stratton provides two base areas, one at Main Mountain connected to the village, and another named Sun Bowl where the US Open is held.

Stratton also houses the Stratton Mountain School where many pro snowboarders built their reputations. The area itself lends a resort feel with a good-sized village with plenty of lodging, restaurants and shops, while the surroundings vicinity is more backwoods Vermont with rustic houses and an off the beaten path feel.

Photos courtesy of Stratton Resort

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WHERE

Located in Southern Vermont's Green Mountains, Stratton is approximately four hours from New York City, two and a half from Boston and 50 miles from Albany, NY.

GETTING THERE

The majority of people traveling to Stratton from a far distance fly into Albany, NY and rent a car or take a shuttle into town. For those closer by, there are several trains, shuttles and bus services available. Once on location, a car is unnecessary since there are plenty of shuttles and it is easy to walk from place to place. Check out Stratton Lodging for more information.

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TERRAIN

Stratton is set on the highest peak in Southern Vermont. Located in Vermont's "snowbelt" Stratton receives a good amount of natural snowfall each year. Stratton also offers a "great snow guarantee". If within an hour of riding you are not satisfied, Stratton will give you a voucher for another day.

Stratton has one of the best snowmaking systems on the East Coast covering 95 percent of its terrain. They offer an array of terrain covering 600 acres, from groomers and tree runs to steeps and a variety of park. It's convenience and consistency make it no surprise why people chose it as their East Coast shred destination.

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FACTS

Vertical drop: 2,003 ft
Uphill capacity: 33,528 per hour
Annual Snow Fall: 180 inches - Snowmaking covers 95 percent
Lifts: 14

Elevation:
Base: Mountain Village – 1,872 ft
Summit: 3,875 ft
Skiable Acres: 600 acres
Average Winter Temp: 32 degrees F

Lift Ticket Pricing
Daily tickets range from $67-$84 depending on day of week. Day and multi-day tickets are available online for a discounted rate.

Season Passes are $1349 for a full season Ultra Pass valid every day of the season and valid at Okemo and Sunapee as well.

Parks: Stratton has three parks to meet riders abilities. There is also a halfpipe and a separate Kids Parkway for the mini's. Riders must apply and pass a SES (Safety Education Session) to access Stratton's parks.

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Long Trail House

LODGING

Long Trail House

The Long Trail House is difficult to miss brightly painted and standing high, directly across from the village. Amenities include underground parking, a year-round heated pool, wireless access, in-room kitchens and key accessed buildings.

The Inn at Stratton

Just a short walk across the village the Inn at Stratton is convenient and quaint. Providing free continental breakfast, an indoor/outdoor hot tub and sauna. The Inn is a reliable place at an inexpensive price.

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Founders Lodge

Founders Lodge

One of the newest properties at Stratton, Founders Lodge, is a 1-3 bedroom condo located just a short walk from the lifts. The units are equipped with a kitchen, spacious family room, gas fireplace, dining room and even a washer and dryer.

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EATS & NIGHTLIFE

Sugar & Spice

Sugar & Spice serves everything nice such as coffee, teas, crepes and an array of breakfast items. In the evening enjoy a glass of wine and light snacks.

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Mulligan's
The two-story tavern offers and array of American style food including burgers, steaks, soups and wings. Mulligan's has a vast selection of beers and mixed treats for the beverage connoisseur. Open for brunch, lunch, dinner and late night downstairs at Green Door Pub.

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The Sushi Bar
The Sushi Bar is a quaint (and usually packed) little joint right in the village. The Sushi Bar features nightly specials and is the sushi lovers go-to at Stratton.

Grizzly's
The place to party for apres, Grizzly's serves yummy wood-fired pizza and offers nightly drink specials and a full bar. Come for apres and stay through the late night, busting a move on the dance floor with DJ's and musicians playing daily.

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Grizzly's Apres
 

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