by: Mark - 30th March 2013

  • 4
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
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  • 4All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 4Family Friendly
  • 4Nightlife
  • 3Terrain Park
  • Value
Glades, Snow Conditions, Resort Ammenities, Lifts
Lower Mountain Traverses, Easy Terrain

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Visited Stratton after VT was getting dumped on in late March. Read alot of "so-so" reviews but overall we were pleasently surprised. The resort feels alot larger than it is, which adds to the experience (if you're looking for that). The crowds, on a Sunday, were there but not unbearable. The Gondola line was no more than 5 minutes all day, and lift lines were generally the same. It had snowed a few inches the night before and conditions were stellar; powder everywhere, especially in the glades. The terrain here is easy all the way around - the double blacks are nothing more than a single black at most resorts, so you can generally notch the ratings back a bit, and the greens/blues are equal for the most part, which makes it easy to travel all around. Either "side" of the mountain proved fun, the middle runs were crowded and narrow. The biggest downside, which I had read all about, were the flats. Lower Mountain Traverses are rough for snowboarders - it's hard to avoid them if you ride Snow Bowl. Up top isnt bad, it's a short walk from all the lifts to the runs but that's nice in a sense so it's not crowded getting off. If you want a smooth run down, pick your run carefully or you'll be hiking. Overall, great experience. Plenty of lodging, seemed good for kids/families, close proximity to Bromley/Magic/Snow so it gives you options. Peep it.
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