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Stratton 11-29-08 Pics & Link to Free Lift Ticket

post #1 of 22
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Due to the crowds, I don't usually ski on Saturdays. I could not resist sampling the slopes at Stratton today, however, after experiencing the great conditions at Killington last Wednesday. The fact that I had won a free Stratton lift ticket yesterday helped motivate me, too.

Stratton is running a "contest" where it is giving away 10,000 tickets. Enter to win here: http://stratton10k.com/form.php I won on my second try. Just about everyone I spoke to had won as well.

On to the conditions.

It was a great morning of skiing. Stratton had about 30 trails open today. Most of the challenging runs that were open are accessed from the Ursa Express chair, where I spent most of the day. The conditions were excellent between 8:30 - 10:30 AM, before the majority of the crowds took to the slopes. North American (renamed this season to Frank's Fall Line - but one of the old North American signs is still hanging near the trail) and Black Bear had a nice cover of a man-made/natural snow mix while the other trails like Upper Tamarack and Grizzly were mostly hard packed, but edgeable. By Noon, most of the soft snow had been scraped to the sides or in the woods, causing a lot of sliding, skidding and sprawled little kids on the slopes.

The weather was partly cloudy, mid 20s on top and low 30s at the base, and windy. The light was flat most of the day and made it difficult to spot the transitions from hard packed to soft snow.

While the few trails off the Ursa lift were very crowded by 11:00 AM, the liftline was never longer than 5 minutes.

Stratton at 8:00 AM


Base area at 8:45 AM - No line at the gondola.


My favorite trail, Upper Standard, needs more snow before it can open.


Top of the Ursa lift


Longest line at Ursa all day (about 11:00 AM):


Looking up North American


Looking down North American


Polar Bear
post #2 of 22


you take some nice pics!!

thanks for sharing and Stratton is one of the best cruising resort in the nation
post #3 of 22
Ditto, wish I was there.
post #4 of 22
Conditions look great! I'm either hitting that or Hunter Mountain during Xmas vacation... but prices are a bit high and those free tickets don't work during my dates!

Oh, and in caase your wondering, an employee named Frank died this summer. That's why they named North American "Frank's Fall Line".
post #5 of 22
Nice pics and thanks for that link! I was wondering if they were gonna do it again this year.
Won a free lift ticket after about 6-7 tries last year.

Update- Won on the first try!!!!
post #6 of 22
thanks - couldn't get up yesterday but hopefully soon!
post #7 of 22
Was there today and it was quite nice. Slick in spots with the powder pushed to the sides. Skied over on Grizzzly six pack. Tons of fast runs.

Met a nice lady to ski with, not a chick, Chaos. Former ski patrol and excellent skier. Joined up with another former patroller later.

I felt they could have done more with snowmaking last night. It was dumpin as I was leaving and it's really coming down now.

I did not win but will try again tomorrow. They might have remembered me from this morning, trying to get the clergy discount. Not easy to do on Sunday morning
post #8 of 22
Looks like you had better time than me doing nothing!
post #9 of 22
Was there on Friday - very similar to Saturday's conditions, and far less crowded (place was practically deserted until 9:30 or so). I'll upload pix once I get back to DC and will link 'em from here.
post #10 of 22
Thanks Liv. Won on 2nd time.
post #11 of 22
Won on 1st try. Now I have to inform gf about the contest. Never won last year. And I've never seen that many people on North American, but I've never been there on a weekend.
post #12 of 22
Got mine on the third try! Can't wait to try the place out
post #13 of 22

here we go again

Sorry, but I'm not buying anything else but that this "deal" is rigged to be geographically exclusive. I tried almost every day last year and won squat! Same thing this year so far.

Sure, they let a few win from nearby, but I'm suspecting they want to draw the folks who are most likely to spend extra bucks on lodging, food, rental, etc. Since it's a 1½ hr drive for me, I'm a "geographically undesirable".

(Man, am I cynical in my later years, but I still believe it! )
post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by C.B. View Post
Sorry, but I'm not buying anything else but that this "deal" is rigged to be geographically exclusive. I tried almost every day last year and won squat! Same thing this year so far.

Sure, they let a few win from nearby, but I'm suspecting they want to draw the folks who are most likely to spend extra bucks on lodging, food, rental, etc. Since it's a 1½ hr drive for me, I'm a "geographically undesirable".

(Man, am I cynical in my later years, but I still believe it! )
Hmm...chances are that might be illegal...if I get a minute I'll go through the contest small print. But how do you suppose they do it? All they really have are your IP and your area code. And while those two numbers can be used to approximate your location, they can be unreliable for sure. (For instance, I won with a 215 Philly area code, but my IP is in NYC, a little closer to Stratton).

For your sake, I hope that's not the case! I would certainly help raise a stink about it if it were. Have you tried at all? Might not hurt to try for a week or so if you're ok with the text messages...
post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by reducedfatoreo View Post
Hmm...chances are that might be illegal...if I get a minute I'll go through the contest small print. But how do you suppose they do it? All they really have are your IP and your area code. And while those two numbers can be used to approximate your location, they can be unreliable for sure. (For instance, I won with a 215 Philly area code, but my IP is in NYC, a little closer to Stratton).

For your sake, I hope that's not the case! I would certainly help raise a stink about it if it were. Have you tried at all? Might not hurt to try for a week or so if you're ok with the text messages...
I don't know how you logged in, but I had to give a birth date, zip code, days skied, etc. It's not really a big deal to me, just musing and having fun. And yes, I have been trying this year...so far no joy.
post #16 of 22
Hmm...yeah, I did set my days skied at Stratton to 0, but I thought I remembered seeing a "answers will not hurt your chances" disclaimer. How about this for a deal...if I can't make it up there this season and you still haven't won, I'll forward you my winning text. Eh?
post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by reducedfatoreo View Post
Hmm...yeah, I did set my days skied at Stratton to 0, but I thought I remembered seeing a "answers will not hurt your chances" disclaimer. How about this for a deal...if I can't make it up there this season and you still haven't won, I'll forward you my winning text. Eh?
Thank you for the generous offer, very kind.

I'm really not hurting for the price of a ticket, it's just us that grew up in the 60's look askance at everything!!
post #18 of 22
6 shots so far, no joy.
post #19 of 22
let's all post our texts to eachother and thereby multiply our winnings!
post #20 of 22
Thanks I won and so did my SO.

Quicker way to do it:

Text: Skifree
To: 22122
post #21 of 22
Won on 7th try! Thank you liv4ski for letting us know about this contest.
post #22 of 22
yeah I got one too Friday!

Thing is I used a $34 ticket today through Vermont travel club too - Jack Nickerson is the guy. Good deal btw. $35 gets you a 2for1 at Stowe, many discounts. Not affiliated other than I have one and it's awesome!

Got a few pics I'll post later ....
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