good size mountain, lots of terrain, new glades, great lifts, proximity to NYC/Boston metro
weekend crowds, proximity to NYC/Boston metro, no excetional challenges
Stratton's been around a long time, it's nice to see the management keep it up to date by taking good care of good mountain. They do several things well here that are very important to eastern skiing: make quality & quantity of snow, have the expertise to groom it and keep it in shape, have several speedy lifts that place the crowds all over the mountain. The terrain has never been super challenging, but the addition of lots of new glades has substantially added some great new areas to explore and make a big difference, of course, they're only open when there's enough natural snow. They advertise a 2,000' vertical and here you really get it with several lifts providing access to the top with many choices of runs bringing you to the bottom, unlike some places that advertise that but only by taking measurements that don't really relate to the terrain as it's laid out - you know places where the runs just don't flow into to each other to get the vertical and you have take different lifts, traverses to try to get it, not here thankfully. As I stated in pros/cons, being easily accessible from NYC/Boston metro areas is a blessing and curse, so try to go off days to avoid crowds. The handsome new village area has made the base area much more attractive, with some great accomodations, dining options, shops, and charming Manchester is just down the road.