by: Sam - 3rd March 2009

  • 4
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced/Expert
  • 4All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 4Family Friendly
  • 4Aprés Ski
  • 5Terrain Park
  • Overall Value
Excellent Trail Variety, Glades, challanging double black bumps and glades
Too commercial, Icey, Busy, Expensive, poor trail design

Full review

This is my main mountain in Vermont, mostly because the student season pass deal for sunapee stratton and okemo (280 bucks) is the greatest deal imaginable, if you are a student in the northeast get on it. Stratton minus a season pass or discount for some reason may not be worth it, the prices are astronomical and fit in beautifully with its over commercialization (similar to partner mountain Okemo in this sense) . 79 dollars for a weekend day pass is almost quizzical given the one hill and copious amounts of Ice. However, now that the bad is out of the way, Stratton does in fact have a lot to offer. I have been lucky enough to get there mostly on days where there is snow falling or covering the terrain with white powdery goodness. Stratton has a trails for every level of skier or boarder. Experts will find themselves on the Sun Bowl where there is a number of challenging glades where you can really push yourself. Their expert glades are similar to something you would find in a northern VT mountain, some real sweetness if you know where to look or you want to do some adventuring (I do wish they would take a machete to some of their intermediate glades, they are too tight for their level of difficulty) as well as multiple double black steeps and bump trails. The main part of the mountain has a sufficient amount of beginner trails, although I would not make Stratton my first skiing/snowboarding experience (simply too much uphill). Terrain Park Junkies Rejoice! Stratton kills it with a massive pipe and serious terrain parks, holding the US freeride championships this year, if you want to learn the park stratton is the place to go. Basic story, wait(...and wait... and wait) for some sweet pow, find a way to get a discounted or free ticket to stratton, go and ride the best trails south of killington, or go whenever and learn the park. And its a big resort so if you buy into that commercial drab bring the family and rock out, kinda lame though.
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