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Stratton 12/19 & 12/20 powder pics and video

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I had my first big powder day of the season yesterday and it was a blast. Saturday was one of the best days I can remember over the 30 years I have been skiing at Stratton.

I went to Stratton with my family early Friday morning to beat the storm that brought about a foot of new snow to the northeast. Between 9:00 AM - Noon on Friday, the conditions were slick and fast due to the light coating of man-made snow on hard-pack and ice. The prior week's snow/ice storm was not too friendly to Stratton.

like2ski_once_im_on_the_slope practicing his carving on the slick surface


Beginning around 12:30 PM, snow started to fall and became heavy by 1:30 PM. By 3:00 PM, the conditions were much improved with 2-3 inches of new snow, although the visibility was rapidly declining.



I quit at 3:00 PM to get my new boots adjusted at Green Mountain Orthodics at the base of the mountain. They did a great job. About one hour later, I left the shop with new custom foot beds, which really improved my skiing on Saturday. (Thanks for the tip, Dan Egan.)

We spent the night at the Long Trail House, which is located across the street from the Stratton Village. We had a one bedroom condo with two queen beds, a separate living room with a pull-out couch, kitchen and gas fireplace, a balcony and mountain view. The Long Trail also has an outdoor heated pool and two good-sized hottubs, which we enjoyed. We were very happy with the Long Trail, especially considering it only cost $238 with tax and I reserved it as late as Thursday afternoon.

View from the Long Trail


Stratton received about 13 inches of light, fluffy, Alta-like powder Friday afternoon through Saturday morning. We went up the gondola at 8:30 Saturday morning and found boot deep, untracked powder on Upper and Lower Slalom Glade.

Lower Liftline


like2ski_once_im_on_the_slope's first taste of real powder on Lower Slalom Glade. He said the powder slowed him down so I gave him a little boost.


After a few runs in the Snow Bowl, I skied by myself the rest of the day. Mid morning, I met a friendly crew of Stratton snowboard trainers on the gondola. They were training a new instructor and did not mind when I followed them onto some closed runs - Upper Kidderbrook, Free Fall and then into the trees on Vertigo. The boot to knee-deep powder here was the best I have ever skied at Stratton. I skied here the rest of the day.

Vertigo and Free Fall still need more snow to fully cover the few branches and rocks I ran into.







However, Kidderbrook was in great shape and probably could have been opened but for the poor condition of the long runout to the Sun Bowl chair. The snowmakers were blasting about a dozen guns on the runout. It was impossible to avoid getting covered from head to toe on the way to the lift.

Kidderbrook








Another bonus was that, aside from a small two minute line at the gondola, there were no lift lines at any time during the day. (The skiers I met on the chair were giddy that they had all the powder to themselves. The Village shop keepers I spoke to were predicting some of their competitors would soon go out of business if the slopes remained this uncrowded on Saturdays.)

Ursa


Sun Bowl


Snow Bowl


Thanks for the great day Stratton!
post #2 of 9
Wow!!!!!! Nice pics.
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Another bonus was that, aside from a small two minute line at the gondola, there were no lift lines at any time during the day. (The skiers I met on the chair were giddy that they had all the powder to themselves. The Village shop keepers I spoke to were predicting some of their competitors would soon go out of business if the slopes remained this uncrowded on Saturdays.)
Perhaps this is why they're giving away free lift tickets via Stratton 10K. I got mine...I don't think I would ski Stratton if it wasn't free.
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Did you stay and ski Sunday? If you thought the lift lines were non-existent on Saturday, you should have seen it on Sunday.

I think the storm on Friday kept a lot of people at home (it more than doubled the duration of our drive up there). Couple that with the proximity to the holidays, last minute shopping, etc, and I don't think the small crowd is going to be what the standard weekend will be like this season.
post #5 of 9
Mt snow was much, much busier on saturday
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Mt snow was much, much busier on saturday
That's why you never ski Mount Snow! Stratton PWNS Mount Snow IMHO!
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That's why you never ski Mount Snow! Stratton PWNS Mount Snow IMHO!

Ehhh. A lot of cruiser trails at stratton, from my experience. I dont really like stratton that much.

But I am not a huge fan of either. I travel from Albany, and stratton/snow are close. Add this to the fact most of the people I ride with snowboard, and like Snow's park setup, so I end up there.
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Ehhh. A lot of cruiser trails at stratton, from my experience. I dont really like stratton that much.

But I am not a huge fan of either. I travel from Albany, and stratton/snow are close. Add this to the fact most of the people I ride with snowboard, and like Snow's park setup, so I end up there.
They both have some great parks, except Stratton has their stupid park rule in which you have to get a park pass or something like that. But Stratton definitely has less lines once you leave the base; you won't find the best terrain serviced on the mountain by a high speed quad with no line (Shooting Star) at Mount Snow!

BTW, Stratton does have some good stuff besides cruisers. Try Hollywood-- the liftline of Shooting Star. Mandatory 10 foot cliffs and it's pretty steep. I wouldn't call World Cup or Beardown cruisers either. They're some nice 25-30 degree bump runs. Why Not is also supposedly very hard at Stratton, but I've never skied it.

I'm not saying Stratton is challenging, I know it's a cruiser mountain, but IMO I prefer Stratton > Mount Snow.
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You know I hadn't skied Snow in 4-5 yrs (I didnt ski much in college), so I was basing my comments from that. But I skied it twice this yr and haven't been too impressed. I used to like it more, but now I dunno. Honestly, I think I will drive the extra 30 mins and ride Killington the next 2-3 times I go.
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