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The Most Impressive Uphill Capacity in the Northeast

Stratton Mountain is our favorite Vermont resort and our Urban Sherpa coach will get us there in under four hours. Special? Yeah, Stratton has probably the most impressive uphill capacity in the Northeast; you will wait longer for a cup of coffee at Starbucks than for a chair at Stratton. And with over 600 inbound rideable acreage, you will probably never discover the whole mountain in a single day.

First-Time Visitors

Stratton means big-mountain skiing and riding, so before you hit the slopes, map out your perfect day! Follow the sun from corduroy super-cruisers, steep and deep glades and number-one rated terrain parks to family-friendly trails like Easy Street, a three-mile, easy-does-it trail, from the summit of southern Vermont’s highest peak. Experts would look for Upper Spruce and Polar Bear; they are popular multi-pitch diamonds that will keep even the best skier or rider amused. For a real challenge though, take to the woods on a good snow day and enjoy the natural features of the Test Pilot glade located off skiers right on Upper Kidderbrook. You have to keep your eyes peeled though or you may miss the entrance.

And when you want to take a break from Stratton’s awesome terrain, The Village has name-brand stores like Bogner, Burton, and North Face, or pick up some candy at Mountain Sweets. Hungry? Even more reason to take an hour during the day and visit Stratton’s own Blue Moon Cafe, Luna, Mulberry Street Ristorante, or, our favorite, Mulligan’s Pub.

Terrain Parks

Terrain Parks
2009/2010 Terrain Park Update: Stratton continues to offer the best terrain experience.  Look for our designated freestyle terrain trails with rollers, spines, a halfpipe and more.  Diversity, innovation and fun describe the focus for freestyle terrain in the new season. Stratton’s advanced terrain park and superpipe moves to Sunriser
Supertrail at the Sun Bowl, home to the US Open Snowboarding Championships. A full-length Jib Park on Lower Middlebrook plus a
boardercross course on East Byrnside freshen the line-up for 2009-2010.

2009/2010 Terrain Park Events:
Cold Wars Rail Jam - December 26
Cold Wars Rail Jam - January 16
Cold Wars Rail Jam - February 13
US Open Snowboarding Championships - March 15-22

You know freestyle skiing and riding requires imagination, creativity and innovation. New for this season is an expanded rail garden on Betwixt and Beeline, giving you more terrain and freedom to jib.  Consider it freestlye au natural.

And for skiers and riders of all ages and abilities they have designed a network of terrain parks centered on the idea of progression. Inexperienced freestylers can try their first trick in Stratton’s learn-to-freestyle park, Parkway, before moving on to their beginner park on Tyrolienne.

As always, the exact features in all the parks is subject to change based on weather and the need occasionally to refresh the layout. Stay posted for updates on their progress and conditions of their parks. In the meantime, dial in that equipment and enjoy!

Logistics | Pickups & Departures

Pickup/Dropoff Locations

  Union Square Times Square
Depart 4:15 AM 4:30 AM
Depart Stratton 3:30 PM
Return 8:30 PM 8:15 PM

Permissions Slip for Minors

A parent or legal guardian must complete and bring along a Minor Permissions Slip for each child age sixteen (16) and under.

How do I select the correct snowboard stance?

Your bindings settings usually follow your batting stance. If you are right-handed and bat right-handed, then you will probably feel most comfortable with your left foot forward (regular). If you are left-handed or bat “lefty,” then you will likely feel right foot forward is more natural (goofy).

These are just guidelines to start. We can help you find the right fit for your ride.

What type of skier are you?

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Determining your ski ability is your responsibility!

Your ski ability, height, weight, age, and boot-sole length are used by the shop to determine the visual indicator settings of your ski bindings. Be sure to provide accurate information, as any error may increase your risk of injury. Consult the skier type descriptions to select your classification. These descriptions are compatible with ASTM and ISO documents.

Type I Skier (Beginner)

Cautious skiing at lower visual indicator settings

  • Prefer slow to moderate speeds
  • Prefer gentle to moderate terrain
  • Receive lower-than-average visual indicator settings (this may increase the risk of inadvertent binding release in order to increase the likelihood of release in a fall)
  • Type I settings apply to entry-level skiers uncertain of their classification
  • Type I- setting apply for skiers who desire visual indicator settings lower than settings for a Type I skier

Type II Skier (Intermediate)

Moderate skiing at average visual indicator settings

  • Prefer a variety of speeds
  • Prefer varied terrain
  • Type II settings apply to skiers who do not meet all the descriptions of Type I or Type III classifications

Type III Skier (Advanced)

Aggressive skiing at higher visual indicator settings

  • Prefer fast speeds
  • Prefer steep terrain
  • Receive higher-than-average visual indicator settings (this may reduce the likelihood of release in a fall in order to reduce the risk of inadvertent binding release)
  • Type III+ settings apply for skiers who desire visual indicator settings higher than settings for a Type III skier