STRATTON MOUNTAIN, Vt. --., Since this time last year, Stratton has become part of a new family of mountains, a partner in the landmark Ikon Pass, has built the foundation for a new Snow Bowl lift and is set to announce headliners in the first East Coast WinterWonderGrass Festival on December 14-16.


SnowBowl 2.0

Over the summer, Stratton Mountain broke ground on the new Snow Bowl lift, the major project in this year’s $10 million capital plan. After removing the old lift at the end of last season, crews from Doppelmayr and South Londonderry’s Hunter Excavating prepared the sites for the relocated terminals and readied new tower foundations. The high-speed quad is positioned to minimize wind impact with lower towers hugging the tree line, and built with a parking rail for all 98 chairs to combat overnight icing. With a 1,000-feet-per-minute speed, ride time is reduced from 14 to five minutes.  The top ramp will provide smoother access to Mike’s Way, a beginner run from the summit of southern Vermont’s highest peak, allowing a whole new way to lap the diverse Snow Bowl terrain.

 

New Trails and Conservation Area

As part of the new Snow Bowl lift, Stratton has returned part of Upper Wanderer and Lower Snow Bowl Alley back to nature, increasing Stratton’s overall conservation area. Trees will be replanted in these areas to help promote a lasting and native Boreal environment. In return, a new Snow Bowl Alley will cut across the fall line and a new trail will go from the upper lift terminal over to the Mike’s Way. Another addition to the map will be a trail following the old the Poma line, a not-so-secret powder stash long favored by locals. It’s a narrow line for those looking for a challenge and perfect on a powder day.


WinterWonderGrass

The country’s premier WinterWonderGrass music festival heads to Stratton for its East Coast debut. Music, winter sports, craft beer, fresh eats and family is what makes up the three days of the WinterWonderGrass Festival. With deep roots in Colorado, California and now Vermont, the event has established itself as a leader in the winter lifestyle culture and making music lovers in to powder hounds. With a focus on community, sustainability and the arts, it is a festival for everyone. So far, Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters and Keller & the Keels will be headlining the event, with tickets and the full lineup to be announced on Sept. 13.


Ski School

Learning at Stratton is not just perfecting the classic pizza and french fry. This year, Stratton is making access to the snow sports world that much easier by offering the Learn to Ski and Ride programs for $99 any day. The programs includes newly tuned rental equipment, “Learning Zone” lift access, and a 1 ¾ hour lesson with a Snow Sports professional. For those looking to explore Stratton’s peak and see all the terrain that awaits them, an all mountain access ticket can be purchased for an additional $20. Olympic gold medalist Jessie Diggins, who trains at Stratton with the Stratton Mountain School, is still learning to this day. “It’s great to have someone show you how to use the equipment, even something as simple as clipping in,” says Diggins. “It’s important to get out there and do it and just have fun with it. You don’t have to be an expert right away, you just need to be happy and enjoying it.”

 

Stratton BaseCamp

It’s not your typical waffle cabin. Located alongside the Gondola, BaseCamp overlooks Stratton’s main base area. In summer, BaseCamp serves up hearty fare like burgers topped with pickled onions, sweet jalapeño bacon and homemade bacon jam, as well as the Slavic favorite, grilled pierogies, and hot dogs covered in yellow mustard, diced sweet onions, relish, a house pickle spear, pickled chili peppers, and tomato on a poppy seed bun. Winter, BaseCamp will be serving everything up from pizza to waffles, makings it a perfect place to grab a snack before getting on the Gondola. Outfitted with Edison bulbs and a cozy bar stocked with some of Vermont’s favorite brews, the space creates a warm and intimate vibe. Two dartboards and a vintage-style shuffleboard table let everyone enjoy the space. The rooftop will be open to seating year round and the menu will reflect seasonal changes.


Ikon Pass

As part of the Alterra Mountain Company, Stratton Mountain is one of 35 destinations, fanning across 12 states, four Canadian provinces and two continents, all accessed by a single pass. The Ikon Pass and Ikon Base Pass offer a choice in access and price point that sets a new standard in season passes with access to unique terrain at some of the most iconic destinations in the world.


Green Mountain Room and the Lakehouse

Two of Stratton’s wedding venues received makeovers this summer just in time for fall foliage vows. The Green Mountain Room, located at Black Bear Lodge, received fresh carpeting, wall treatments and lighting fixtures. The upgrades have given the venue a modern vibe with a classic ballroom feel. The Lake House, located on the edge of Stratton Mountain Golf Course, offers a secluded and classically New England venue. Formerly a private golf club, the Lake House is surrounded by a large lawn leading to the lakeshore with views to the mountain beyond.