We started skiing Stratton after experience in more northern VT resorts (Sugarbush, Killington) and a lot of skiing out west. Stratton has three advantages: It is the best snow making and grooming we have ever seen; The Village means you never have to leave - the trip is about skiing, not driving; and - it it is reasonably close.
We have found the skiing to be good on every trip so far, We are a family split by snowboarding and skiing - both seem to enjoy Stratton. It can be crowder on the Blue slopes (not on black nor green) from 10am-11:30, then again fro 1-2pm. Thats it. Stratton has an early morning pass available for season, or on a daily basis. It is worth it. very few skiiers and even less boarders make it out at 7:45. The conditions are great.
The village is extreemly nice with Mulberry's for pizza, Mulligan's for a nice family meal, and Verde is an excellent upscale resturant. We have been happy with all of the shops, and Equipe in particular is a great sports/gear/ski/shop.
Best runs on the mountain are: Kidderbrook; Liftline; upper middlebrook, north amaerican, polar bear, beardown (all black), and Mikes way (long green from the top for a rest or casual run).
One unfortunate experience landed us in the Carlos Otis medical clinic near the Gondola, and we were impressed - strong staff, and it looks like a mini hospital. We made a donation and thanked them for handling a minor stitching incident that would have taken 5-6 hours otherwise. (it turns out snowboards are sharp).
Net - best snow and management we have seen. People in other postings compare Stratton to Vail - it seems to be managed and groomed like the front of vail and the village on a smaller scale. (no back bowls however....)