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Stratton Weather Report

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Friday, August 29, 2014

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What’s New for 2015

Stratton invests $7 million for a two-year total of $21 million 

Stratton Mountain, VT --  It truly was Christmas in July as shiny new gondola cabins, the latest HKD snowguns,  new snowcats, two new glades,  buses and  bullwheels,  grips, racks and rental gear … arrive in what will be a $7 million capital investment for the upcoming season at Stratton Mountain.

These projects follow on the heels of  last year’s $10.5 million investment that touched virtually every aspect of the resort experience.   Additional  projects this summer,  including new Village shops and restaurants, expansion of the Carlos Otis Clinic and the Patricia Kaltsas Performing Arts Center at Stratton Mountain School, bring that two-year total to more than $21 million.

Manufactured by Sigma, an affiliate of Leitner POMA, the 58 new gondola cabinsfeature a rubber mounted frame designed for a smooth ride.  Carpeted flip-up seats and exterior ski and snowboard racks create a comfortable carriage for  12.

New cabins and cable replace the originals built in 1988; a new  gear box was installed at the start of last season bringing the gondola project in at about  $3milllion.  With a trip time of less than eight minutes, the Stratton gondola carries 2,400 people per hour and runs 7,580 feetfrom base to the summit of southern Vermont’s highest peak with a vertical rise of 1,742 feet.

Wonder what $1.2 million will buy?  How about 350 high efficiency, low energy HKD snowguns bringing Stratton’s fleet of tower mounted snowguns to more than 1,000. In addition to boosting firepower, these efficient new HKDs  make Stratton’s move from diesel to clean electric compressors complete, saving 60,000 gallons of fuel.   “It’s a win for the environment, and our bottom line,” explains Snowmaking Manager Kevin Booth.

This summer’s snowmaking  project also includes 20 new air/water snowguns for a total of 75 portable air/water snowguns.  “While these air water guns are not our go-to gun, they work well in the early season and for touch ups,” explains Booth. “We just want to have as many tools as possible!”  Add the 14 fan guns, unrivalled air and water capacity (with 280 million gallons in reserve), two new Prinoth BR 350 grooming machines in the fleet, one of which is winch ready, and there’s a recipe for snow so great it’s guaranteed.

Two new Blue Square (intermediate) glades extend beyond the western boundary  for a total of 125 acres of gladed terrain designed for all abilities ranging from the wide open Emerald Forest to the tight and technical double black runs like Squirrel’s Nest. 

And there’s more with new shops including Lole, eateries and pub in the Village,  restaurant expansion at mid-mountain, summer trail work, state-of-the-art sound and video in the Training and Fitness Center’s cycling studio … Stay tuned for complete details as the countdown to winter 2015 begins.

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