It’s opening day at Stratton Mountain, and the weather could not be better! Vermont’s skiers and snowboarders have been absolutely dying to get back on the slopes, and wouldn’t you know it — Mother Nature saw it fit to compliment the finely-groomed corduroy with pristine blue bird skies.
“The snow surface doesn’t get much better – these are practically midwinter conditions in mid-November,” says Mike Quinn, Stratton’s Vice President of Operations, fresh off his first run. “Our snowmakers and groomers have put in hundreds of hours of work to make opening day a success, and they nailed it.”
Stratton staff flipped the switch at 9am Wednesday morning, and began sending up the first shredders of the 2012/2013 season. At the top they’ll be greeted by 13 trails with top-to-bottom snow coverage. Trails currently open are Black Bear, Grizzly Bear, Polar Bear, Frank’s Fall Line, and four lower mountain trails. At this time there are two lifts operating.
While many areas around the nation have been getting slammed by early season storms, the region surrounding Stratton has been devoid of any major snow dumps during November. Thankfully, the resort’s snowmaking operations have been working tirelessly to ensure enough man-made snow has been laid down. According to resort officials, snowmaking crews have logged over 160 hours to establish a significant base.
From here on out, Stratton Mountain will be in operation from 9am-3:30pm on weekdays, and 8:30am-3:30pm on weekends. Since the mountain is currently only offering upper mountain terrain, they are advising only intermediate and advanced skiers and riders to hit the slopes.
To celebrate such an amazing start to the season, Stratton is hosting 5 days of festivities. From November 21-25, visitors can check out the Gobble Gobble Wobble 5k, the Village Rail Jam, fireworks and a number of parties!