What’s New for 2013-2014
Stratton invests $7 million in the mountain and resort experience, including snowmaking, lodging, on-mountain dining and Village food, drink and fun. Here’s a sample:
Three new snowcats. Two new trails. The double-black Squirrel’s Nest (a formerly secret local’s favorite) is among the new glades bringing total woods runs to nearly 150 acres. One 1,500 horsepower electric snowmaking air compressor replaces a diesel model. Purchased in consultation with Efficiency Vermont, the new compressor delivers more cubic feet of air per minute using less, and cleaner, energy.
Black Bear Lodge new look and feel for a classic Stratton property. This total remodel of the Inn combines comfort and convenience with that classic Vermont lodge vibe. Black Bear Lodge continues to offer value in a resort property that’s a short shuttle to the slopes.
No. 1 for Skiing
With 95 percent snowmaking coverage, more than 1,100 snowguns, 270 million gallons of water in reserve and three new snowcats in the fleet, Stratton snow’s so great it is guaranteed – every day of the season and any time of the day. A new energy efficient electric air compressor and additional snowmaking hydrants boost coverage for 2013-14 – especially key in the early season and during challenging weather patterns.
Two more trails bring the total to 97, but the real story this season is what skiers and riders will find in the new double diamond glades and a surprising series of features designed to challenge the experts as Stratton’s new Vice President of Mountain Operations Craig Panarisi brings an all-mountain vibe and a new bag of tricks to classic southern Vermont terrain.
Deals and Packages
A new family of passes offers big benefits, lower prices and an all-access option for the 29 and younger group that’s available for only $299 until mid-December. There’s something for everyone from the Summit Pass, which is valid every day, includes early lift access and tickets to four other resorts including Steamboat, CO and Quebec’s Tremblant, to the Value, Midweek and Sunday options.
Lodging packages include the One-Nighter – with a night of lodging and two days on the slopes for the time-strapped skier and rider -- a long weekend getaway that adds a free day of skiing or riding with three nights lodging, Stay Free (two nights of midweek lodging with purchase of a three-day lift ticket) and the popular Kids Stay Free available early season and during select peak periods.
Vermont Ski Village
Stratton Mountain delivers the complete resort experience with a range of accommodations, slopeside Village, Sports Center with pool, and scores of activities including moonlight snowshoe treks, snowmobile tours, ice skating under the stars, snowtubing and dog sled adventures. The HUB, at the heart of Stratton Village, is open daily for an inside guide to all that Stratton and southern Vermont have to offer.
Lodging options, all at the heart of the resort, range from the convenient Liftline Lodge and the newly reimagined Black Bear Lodge – with Bentley’s restaurant and the airy Living Room yoga studio – to spacious and well-appointed condominiums including the five-bedroom, five bath Penthouse with private elevator. Guests will also enjoy new options in Village shopping and dining for the 2013-14 winter season.
Guests will immediately notice the investment in on-mountain dining with a focus on mid-mountain lodge, a popular gathering place with spacious deck and quick access to the Ursa Express upper mountain six-passsenger lift. Stay tuned for new menus with an eye on fresh, local, healthy fare served up fast to fuel the ski day.
The Mill House on the Commons pours the world’s best hot chocolate-- Laura Cianci’s secret recipe. Espresso, coffee drinks, pastry, salads and sandwiches are enjoyed in front of the woodstove as skaters glide by along the Mill Pond. Bentley’s, at the Inn, offers a fresh new menu with a French Moroccan flair and secret family recipes. Also new in Stratton Village is the Firetower Restaurant and Tavern, built with locally milled post and beam timber to set the stage for a Vermont artisan inspired menu.
Being Green in the Green Mountains
Stratton’s Fresh Tracks programs involve projects large and small all aimed at four goals:
This past season saw replacement of paper welcome packets and paychecks, new containers resort wide for easy zero-sort recycling and the big-ticket addition of a new 1,500 horsepower electric snowmaking air compressor to replace a diesel model. Purchased in consultation with Efficiency Vermont, the new compressor delivers more cubic feet of air per minute using less, and cleaner, energy.
Ongoing programs include reusable dishes and silverware in the lodges, widespread recycling with an outlet for athletic shoes, skis, snowboards, outerwear and toner cartridges, BIgBelly solar compactors in the Village and CFLs and LEDs in all corporate buildings.
Snow, Sun and Fun
Spring brings sunny days, a full season of soft snow, hot deals and cool events. March means a triple play of big events with the Vermont Open (March 7-9), a celebration of snowboarding history, tradition and progression with the Washed Up Cup banked slalom for the legends of the sport, Marchdi Gras (March 7-9) Village street party with music, celebrity chefs and noted mixologists, and the 24Hours of Stratton (March 15-16), a Top 10 Vermont Winter event that has teams racking up the runs around-the-clock while raising funds for charity.
The ski and ride season wraps up in style with mid-mountain barbecues, long afternoons of après-ski on the deck of Grizzly’s, terrain park contests, college weeks and impromptu parties to celebrate a winter well-skied.
Nordic Skiing in Vermont
Nordic skiing and snowshoeing make fitness fun with real-world winter work outs in the great outdoors. Set at the Sun Bowl, Stratton Nordic Center offers cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals, and features classic New England terrain for beginners and experts. The 20k trail system is unique and varied with secluded trails winding through hardwood forests and over streams.
Snowshoe tours also head to the summit of southern Vermont’s highest peak and out to the historic firetower where views stretch clear across four states and mountain ranges.
Yoga on snow offers another twist on winter fitness bringing core awareness, balance and breath to the ski turn with classes offered weekends and holidays as part of The Living Room yoga curriculum with nearly 30 classes a week throughout the year.
It’s an invitation to Be. Active. Adventurous. Relaxed. Inspired. Together.
State-of-the-art facilities meet old-fashioned hospitality at Stratton’s Vermont where guests visit from near and far.
Stratton welcomes friends and neighbors with value passes designed to suit every budget, Green Mountain Women Wednesdays, JISP local shool program, and plenty of special events and activities, shops and restaurants, World-class amenities, a complete resort experience, guaranteed snow, family and learning programs and a range of accommodations attract visitors from around the world.
Vermont is an ideal destination for the British guest, offering a chance to enjoy New York or Boston along with their ski and ride holiday. Visitors from the UK comment on the spacious lodging, terrific snowsports school programs, friendly service and charming New England atmosphere.
Stratton Mountain’s seasonal alpine racing, freestyle and snowboard programs build skills, sportsmanship, progression and competitive spirit for 1,200 youth each season, many of whom go on to Stratton Mountain School, the US Ski and Snowboard Team and the Olympics.Follow alpine racer Libby Gibson and freestyle skier Brittany Loweree as they compete with the US Team this season. Elite Nordic skiers Andy Newell, Jessie Diggins and Sophie Caldwell train throughout the year at Stratton with the Stratton Mountain School’s T2 team.
The roster of snowboarders who got their start at Stratton reads like a Who’s Who. Lindsey Jacobellis, a seven-time X-games champion and Olympic silver medallist, traded in her skis for a snowboard and began competing in Stratton’s first boardercross events, and the rest, as they say is history. Ross Powers, who won bronze in 1998 -- the first Olympic games to feature snowboarding – and gold in 2002, is home at Stratton and the Stratton Mountain School where he runs the snowboard program. His daughter Victoria is now training and competing at Stratton where this dynamic duo shared the podium in the very first Vermont Open at Stratton last season.
They have more to say about Stratton than you might expect (believe me, I know). I’d love to introduce you.
Here’s to many, many powder days -
Senior Manager of Marketing and Communications, Stratton Mountain Resort