Stratton Mountain improvements: New snowmaking, park features, and ski school social network

Posted By: The Ski Channel on August 23, 2010 7:04 pm

Vermont ski resort, Stratton Mountain, has announced a ton of new improvements being brought to the mountain resort this upcoming 2010-11 winter season. State-of-the-art snowmaking, big-time contests, and superior customer service are just some of the highlights marking the upcoming ski and snowboard season at Stratton.

No matter how much natural snow actually falls this winter, Stratton will be prepared as the resort will be replacing two front line snow cats with advanced Prinoth BR 350′s and significant efficiency upgrades by adding the latest in snow gun technology.

All that extra snow will come in handy as terrain park crews have used summer of 2010 to hire two full time fabricators, who have been working around the clock welding and cutting new features and tinkering with the old, meaning that once the season gets underway, so does the high flying action on some of the best parks in America.

Besides just terrain parks, the cross course at Statton is about to get an upgrade – Olympic style. Last winter, Olympian Lindsey Jacobellis took an early morning ride with grooming expert Al Desroches and Parks Manager Eric Langman with suggestions for improvements to the course on East Byrneside. The resort took those ideas into account, along with the input of 2002 Olympic gold medalist Ross Powers to create the most realistic snowboardcross experience possible.

Having some of the world’s best facilities also means drawing some of the world’s best athletes, and that’s exactly what visitors can expect from Stratton this year. It’s not just about the annual U.S. Open of Snowboarding anymore as Stratton welcomes the USSA J4 State Championship on March 12-13 and the U.S. Freestyle Nationals from March 22-27, featuring the best amateur skiers in the nation.

Even if you’re not a pro or competing, Stratton is a great ski resort for beginners and experts alike. Boasting one to one of the newest rental fleets in the Northeast thanks to the Head BYS system, Stratton offers guests five simple steps to streamline the rental process with ease. And for those that preregister online, your boots will be waiting for you when you arrive. While you’re online, be sure to browse Stratton’s all new social networking for Ski School as all of Stratton’s instructors will have individual profiles up on, so you’ll be able to pick the instructor with the right style, personality and objective for you.

Beyond just skiing, snow tubing returns for the second straight year on Big Ben in the Sunbowl. The lift serviced Coca Cola Tubing park opened to rave reviews in 2009-10, with lanes that stretch up to 750 feet long. New customer service improvements will make the Tubing park more family friendly with a warming hut and improved facilities among the improvements. Open Saturday’s 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.