Snowmaking, walkable village
Too few dining options
Stratton is the go-to destination for a real weekend ski trip. Their lift and lodging packages are pretty reasonable, and you can get some awesome deals during early or late season. On a good snow day, there are enough trails to keep everyone happy: straight-shot steeps, windy twisty roller-coaster trails, some gentle cruisers, even some mogul runs that are fun when they get all slushy in the spring.
I'm super impressed with Stratton's snowmaking and grooming. Some of the trails can get icy, but I've always been able to find at least a few trails with some snow cover. On one late-season trip the temps were up to the low 50's, yet overnight Stratton's grooming team transformed a muddy, slushy mess into a respectable spring-conditions snow cover.
The village is another plus for Stratton, though it is way too small at the moment. I love being able to ditch the car and just walk everywhere. That said, the restaurants range from fair to mediocre, and there is really only one bar that's open after the lifts close, so you can get bored of this stuff fast.