- Overall Rating 4
- Family Friendly 4
- All-Mtn. Terrain 3
- Terrain Park 3
- Nightlife 3
Date Visited: Feb 5, 2008
I skied at Stratton on Super Bowl Sunday, February 3, and had a very enjoyable day. What made it good was the lack of crowds and the impeccable grooming following the previous day's ice storm. Amazingly, the icy patches were few and far between until quite late in the day.
My only complaint about this place is that the terrain is enormously overrated -- perhaps to appease the lawyers and/or accommodate the corporate types with enormous egos who need to brag about what they're skiing. The scary thing is that those guys will be deluded into skiing hard stuff at other places and pose a hazard to themselves and others.
Only a handful of runs warrant a single black diamond (e.g., Bear Down, Grizzly Bear, Upper Downeaster, Free Fall) -- not the double diamonds they've got. The rest are really just solid intermediate runs, nice and wide (good for the crowds on busy days) and forgiving and nary a bump in sight. In fact, I spent most of the day hunting for shadows of bumps.
In short, this is a fun place if you like to ski fast and get lots of runs in, but I can't imagine doing two days there in a row. The lifts are well located and you can cover a lot of ground, especially if you break for lunch at off-peak times.