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Stratton Mountain Resort Reviews

by: anonymous_user - 15th February 2007

  • 4
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
  • 3All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 5Family Friendly
  • 4Aprés Ski
  • 4Terrain Park
  • Overall Value

Full review

I've been going to Stratton for just what seems like a long time and have done everything many times over. Stratton has undergone huge developments (the benefits and setbacks of those are for another post) and looks to be pretty much maxed out terrain wise, while there always seems to be more skiiers. The question is then how can a good advanced intermediate skier get around Stratton without being bogged down by crowds? I am reluctant to share my answer, but here it goes: Start off at Sun Bowl, easier, faster, and just an all around better move. Take the six pack up and opt to either take shooting star or a warm up (don't even think about going to Ursa unless Shooting Star is closed.). For a warm up don't take mellow churchill downs which really flattens out, but the supertrail is often steep and crowded with questionable snow. Take lower downeaster instead for a solid new england run and then come back up this time all the way to the top. Once at the top of shooting star, there are a couple of rules to follow, never take Black Bear unless you're using it to get to another trail, and if you can come back to Shooting Star then you do it because it is incredibly less crowded then Ursa. With that being said, depending on grooming and your ability, take a lap down middlebrook or bear down (double black but manageable if groomed) two fun trails that have been getting more attention recently. Of course take those back to shooting star. At the top, don't be enticed by trails like North American or Tamarack, save those for later and get the trails that haven't been skiied much like the Drifters an incredibly fun trail regardless of ability. If you're a trooper take the snow bowl lift (can't believe it's not highspeed) and do anything in that area, or head all the way down for a quick break. It's important to break while everyone is skiing and ski while everyone is breaking, becuase everyone at Stratton acts as one big mob (especially in the gondola line). While everyone is eating, it is now time to hit the convenient Ursa lift and make runs down Polar and Grizzly Bear or any of the others that bring you back to Ursa. It would not even be a terrible idea to run over to snowbowl and take and Upper Slalom Glade and ride the interstate back to Ursa although it may seem inconvenient. Head back down to the base by taking standard to the Switchbacks one of the few trails at stratton that doesn't get much action. Their is plenty of good stuff on the lower mountain too. Yodeler is fun, and don't be shy to try its offshoots in Spillway and Ducksoup because although they are short they will have cordouroy even late into the day. You've probably had enough by now (if you haven't try a kidderbrook or upper down easter) and are ready to head back or at least make your way back to Sunbowl. Don't waste your time on 91 getting back, take Black Bear and veer right at the end of the trail to bomb down Big Ben to your car in your parking lot. If you do these trails in this order then you will get the max out of stratton, and won't find yourself waiting in the American Express line all day.

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