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Season Pass decision time - Mt. Snow or Stratton?

post #1 of 14
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Looking for advice about where to purchase a season pass.  I just moved down to Pownal, VT.  Last year I lived in N Benn, had a season pass at Stratton, and got a little bored but would be willing to do it again if compelled. Here are the considerations so far:

Stratton:
+I have good friends who have season passes there - would be nice to see them
+Slightly easier drive, I think, than to Mt. Snow - more miles to Stratton, but less treacherous in bad weather?
+Speedy gondola can be nice on cold days
-Had a season pass there last year - boredom?

-Nickname "Flatten" says it all

-Not very much sun exposure on the main face



Mt. Snow:
+new and different since I had a pass @ Stratton last year
-slightly more difficult drive (shorter, but steep Rte 9 heading up to Wilmington can be scary in bad weather, I think?)

I am an advanced skiier, enthusiastic about all terrain (bumps, steep and fast, anything in between). Can anyone add any advice for Stratton or Mt. Snow?  I haven't skiied Mt. Snow in over 10 years, so I really can't remember the terrain and crowds situation.

I'm open to other areas close by (Bromley, Jiminy Peak) - basically just looking for advice re: where the best investment in a season pass would be.  Finding challenging terrain and good snow are my two most important considerations, followed closely by the fact that I have friends who will be skiing at Stratton. I'm less concerned about crowds, since I'll have a season pass and will be satisfied with skiing just in the morning before the lines get bad.  But I am interested in knowing if there's a real difference in attitude among the skiers at Mt Snow vs Stratton.  My sense is that they're both close enough to NY to be bothersome.

Thanks for any advice you can give!
post #2 of 14

Ehhh its sort of a tossup.  Both will be infested with mouth breathers from NY.  Both are not particularly challenging (Stratton maybe less than MS) and neither one has especially good snow.  

Mt Snow has installed a huge amount of "boyne" fan guns lately, they will likely have more manmade snow (and of better quality) than stratton.  Also the "scene" there has less of a rich yuppie vibe than Stratton (IMHO)   The lifts and base lodges are probably better at stratton with all those 6 pak quads and the gogo but you said crowds not an issue.....that being said last time i was at MS it was a zoo

i'd go for MS, also from the map it looks like you are closer to dover so less time in th e car, more on the hill

post #3 of 14
Which pass at Stratton were you considering purchasing?

I ask because I know with the more expensive passes, you get access to Okemo and Sunapee(?) too. That might keep you from getting bored.
post #4 of 14
I have the Okemo/Stratton/Sunapee pass. Works out well for me. As far as Stratton vs. Mt Snow, I think that overall Stratton is a better mountain. I would get bored quicker at Mt Snow than Stratton. MS has some steep stuff off the North Face, but other than that, it's pretty flat. Stratton is not all that steep either, but it does have some narly terrain in the Snow Bowl area, I think the trail layout is just more interesting than MS. Stratton has more bump runs, and definitely more tree skiing. And you can't complain about the lift system. A gondola and four high speed six packs, your not going to find that anywhere else in the East. Plus it's an easy mountain to navigate, with four lifts that access the summit, and you can get anywhere you want on the mountain from there. I also think that MS tends to be more crowded on the weekends. And yeh, I know that Stratton has a certain snob appeal, but I could care less about that, I seldom go near the main base, anyway. So I guess if I could only ski at one, I would probably pick Stratton for those reasons. But someone else that really likes MS may give you a totally different perspective. It's all in the eye of the beholder. But I personally would get pretty bored skiing at just one mountain no matter where it was.
post #5 of 14
As you said yourself  "Nickname "Flatten" says it all". Beside that it's gaperworld with damn little to recommend itself with. The good news is they have a gondola. The bad news is you've got to share it with Strattonites, with all the negative connotations that go along with it.

"I am an advanced skiier, enthusiastic about all terrain (bumps, steep and fast, anything in between)." I can hardly imagine not being bored silly after a few hours at Flatton with that self appraisal.

Flatton has trees, but they're not as good as Mt. Snow's off the north face, and they don't have anything remotely as steep and / or challenging as the North Face. Simple - get 2 passes for the price of a Flatton pass - one to Mt. Snow, and one to Magic, and you're completely covered and will never miss not going to Flatton.
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by Vermonter View Post

Finding challenging terrain and good snow are my two most important considerations, followed closely by the fact that I have friends who will be skiing at Stratton. I'm less concerned about crowds, since I'll have a season pass and will be satisfied with skiing just in the morning before the lines get bad.  But I am interested in knowing if there's a real difference in attitude among the skiers at Mt Snow vs Stratton.  My sense is that they're both close enough to NY to be bothersome.

Thanks for any advice you can give!

If challenging terrain and good snow are your two most important considerations, you may find the additional 40 minute drive to Killington to be well worth it.  I live about 25 minutes further west than you.  It takes me 2 hours to drive to Killington and 80 minutes to Stratton.  While I like the convenience of Stratton, I bought a mid-week season pass at Killington because of its much better terrain and snow.  I also have a six day pass at Jiminy so I can ski there on Sundays and in the mornings before work and at night after work.  Jiminy is fun for a few hours if you like short, fast, steep groomers.   

Do you plan on skiing midweek or just on weekends?  If midweek, there is no difference in attitude at any of the mountains because there are so few people midweek.  I don't ski Mt. Snow on weekends, so I don't know whether it has a different attitude from Stratton.  

I'm always looking for new ski pals, so if you decide to get a pass at Killington or Jiminy, send me a PM if you want to take some runs together.
post #7 of 14
How many days are you skiing?  Hard to answer without knowing your breakeven number and boredom threshhold.  A full price / no blackout pass at Stratton or Snow seems to be in the $1,000 range, which buys a lot of other (more varied) skiing.

Setting aside the perennial "Stratton/Snow suck  / no there's decent trees and bumps" aspect of this -- if it were me I'd buy a pass at Magic ($379 through 10/12) and watch the discounts at other nearby resorts, maybe buy a frequent skier card at one or the other of the neighboring snow-making factories (which often includes a free ticket and/or additional free days (Okemo)), and/or one of these: http://classicskitours.net/vermontTravel.asp

For what it's worth I skied in that area last year, without a pass at Magic but just using the Vermont travel card and freq skier passes at Bromley, Okemo and Stratton averaged under $40 a day for over 30 days of skiing.  Loved Magic; really liked Bromley; found some good stuff hidden at Stratton and a little at Okemo too; and side trips to Sugarbush, Mad River, Pico.
post #8 of 14
Stratton gets better snow.

Mt Snow has the north face - steep and varied terrain.

Stratton has some sweet woods.

Stratton's trails are boring as $#i#.

Mt Snow's front side is very flat, yet I find it to be fun some times.

Killington is so much more mountain.

If you go to Jiminy, I'll be there.
post #9 of 14
Dittos to what Paul said.

Falcon_O aka Charlie

PS - Paul  - did you get any Killington K50 tickets ??????????????????

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Originally Posted by Paul Jones View Post

Stratton gets better snow.

Mt Snow has the north face - steep and varied terrain.

Stratton has some sweet woods.

Stratton's trails are boring as $#i#.

Mt Snow's front side is very flat, yet I find it to be fun some times.

Killington is so much more mountain.

If you go to Jiminy, I'll be there.
post #10 of 14

I did - I got 4 and I am hoping to be able to buy more throughh the club.  We'll get to ski together for sure this season.  I plan to be there very early season on my friends skis.

On this Stratton - Mt Snow choice, for me I would, and have chosen Killington when facing this decision.  But it depends on the type of skier.  Killington has so much more terrain.  Stratton is flawless and there-by dull, except for the woods.  In a strange way, Killington can be a friendlier mountain as well.  I think there will be more Bears at Killington.

 

post #11 of 14
Stratton, because once you get bored Magic is only a few miles away!  
post #12 of 14
IMHO:
Stratton:
+the extensive woods are awesome
+very good lift system
+lots of runs
+easy to get around with a lot of runs coming from the summit that can be accessed by many lifts
-extremely easy terrain
-insanely crazy at the bottom of the mountain (huge lines, very crowded)
-bad vibe

Mount Snow
+North Face = steeper than all the terrain at Stratton
+Ripcord, Jaws, and The Plunge = some of the hardest runs in South VT
+all the snowboard parks are in Carinthia
+many different faces of skiing
-extremely crowded on the main face
-much worse tree skiing IMO than stratton
-can get bored on the very limited North Face where all the advanced runs are
-it's challenging runs are limited

I'd personally choose Stratton because the woods are so much better, and there's more "advanced" runs considering the North Face can get boring quickly.
post #13 of 14

For those leaning towards Killington, in additon to the K50 deal ending 10/15 ($50 lift tickets - blackout days) there is also a Killington Club Card. You must belong to a qualifying ski club to purchase it for $199 + tax loaded with 4 tickets. Once the 4 have been used you can add days at the ticket window and there are no blackout dates. Can only use 1 ticket/day.

The Onondagua Ski Club (Syracuse, NY) is a qualifying cub costing $25 to join and has a ski house between Killington and Sugarbush. It also offers discount tickets to Stowe and other Vt.resorts.

 

To save skiing $$$, check it out: http://www.osc-ski.org/home.asp You can get a membership application on line and do not have to live in Syracuse.

Good people !!!

Falcon_O aka Charlie

 

 



 

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Originally Posted by Paul Jones View Post

I did - I got 4 and I am hoping to be able to buy more throughh the club.  We'll get to ski together for sure this season.  I plan to be there very early season on my friends skis.

On this Stratton - Mt Snow choice, for me I would, and have chosen Killington when facing this decision.  But it depends on the type of skier.  Killington has so much more terrain.  Stratton is flawless and there-by dull, except for the woods.  In a strange way, Killington can be a friendlier mountain as well.  I think there will be more Bears at Killington.

 

post #14 of 14
Is there a town or music bars at Mount Snow?
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