Trail cover was superb on a visit to [R430R, Stratton Mountain Resort] the Wednesday of Christmas vacation week.

It had been an interesting week for the resort, with high winds and snow Sunday into Monday, that left cover in fine shape, but forced some wind holds and shut downs on some lifts around the sprawling Southern Vermont resort.

By Wednesday the winds had diminished and only the Snow Bowl was not running.

Cover was deep, but variable, ranging from soft natural to groomed up manmade.

Two runs down the East and West Meadow Trails were among the best of the season to date, with very few other skiers there - where were they on this fairly busy vacation week?

Waits for the gondola were modest - ranging from 10 early in the day to about 18 minutes before lunch.

Stratton has a couple of interesting events later in January.

The 9th annual Stevek Mogul Challenge is coming up Jan. 22-23, hosted by Stratton Allegro.

Tubbs Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer is coming up Jan. 29. This ninth annual running of the event is a 3K snowshoe race, and 3K/5K snowshoe walk through the resort's wooded trails. Last year's Romp to Stomp attracted 625 snowshoers who raised more than $47,000 for the Vermont-New Hampshire Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Participants receive free use of snowshoes, prizes, and fundraising awards.

More information: Events; Romp to Stomp. Or call 800-787-2886.