Lots of new stuff at Stratton Ski Resort

Posted By: Steve Bellamy on September 30, 2009 9:11 am

The changing leaves signal the unofficial start of the ski and ride season as Stratton Mountain gears up to lay out that white carpet for opening day 2009-2010, scheduled for November 25. Crews are building rails, tuning up the grooming machines and the village shops have received the latest in 2010 equipment and apparel.
SKI Magazine readers have once again ranked Stratton in the top 10 in the East for grooming, lifts, terrain parks, service, lodging, dining, on-mountain food and of course snow. In fact, Stratton Mountain delivers snow so good it’s guaranteed. And that won’t change. But here is a look at what is new for 2009-2010.
Here’s what’s new at Stratton for 2009-10.
- Sunbowl @ Stratton Snow Tubing: A new lift serviced Coca Cola Tubing park on Big Ben features four lanes that stretch up to 750 feet long. Open Saturdays and holidays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday from 4-8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Helmets are recommended, and available for rent.
- Sunbowl Adventure Center is the hub for après fun with snowshoe treks, snowmobile tours (plus Mini-Zs for the kids), full moon parties, music and libations at the third floor Loft bar. With on-snow drop-off, base lodge and services, the Sunbowl @ Stratton is the insider’s favorite way to start and end the day.
- New rental fleet featuring Head’s innovative BYS fitting system streamlines the process for maximum slope time. Stratton Village Rentals: convenient slopeside location plus satisfaction guarantee. Skiers and Riders can swap gear throughout the day with the Premier rental package at Stratton Sports, which also includes free overnight storage and boot drying.
- Freestyle Terrain: 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 freshen the line-up for 2009-2010. Joining the team is new terrain park manager Eric Langman, an expert in building features, cutting pipe and fabricating rails.
- Mini Moguls: Continuing on the progression theme, skiers can build their skills in “Mogul Learning Areas” on several trails including White Birch, Daniel Webster and Downtowner as they work their way up to the mountain’s iconic bump runs like Bear Down and World Cup.
- Glades: Bringing a new school twist to old school terrain, skiers and riders will discover natural freestyle features in select gladed areas. Plus, Stratton’s 100+ acre network opens up thanks to thinning and pruning of underbrush in Vertigo, Kidderbrook Ravine, Shredwoofd Forest, Moondance, Diamonds in the Rough, Cabin Fever and Emerald Forest for the upcoming season.
- GPS: For finding the kids, tracking speed and vertical feet, posting photos on a map of that ski day … The new Flaik GPS tracking system is included with Ski School programs for kids 12 and under, and available for daily rental.
- Distinctive Properties: A collection of spacious mountain homes, four and five-bedroom condominiums on the Commons, including the Long Trail House Penthouse with private elevator, and a ski-in house with a hot tub on the deck, available for winter getaways. Includes personal concierge service.
With its convenient southern Vermont location, a wide range of accommodations, lively Village and scores of activities at the heart of the resort, Stratton is the smart choice for a winter getaway. For more information on travel packages, features or accommodations, call 1-800-STRATTON or visit www.stratton.com