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post #1 of 13
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Hello,

 

My family has recently purchased a condo in the TreeTop development at Stratton and as such I plan to be there almost every weekend this winter!  Very excited and fortunate to have this at my disposal.  I've also purchased season passes for my girlfriend and I.

 

Just wanted to start a thread about Stratton and see if anyone has any tips regarding the mountain, good demo shops, demo days, good bars etc.  I've been to Stratton a bunch of times, but as I mentioned, I plan to be up there regularly. 

 

Our passes are good at Okemo, so I'll definitely be skiing several days there and I also plan to hit Magic and Bromely a few times.

 

Hopefully we'll get to meet some of you on the mountain!

 

Kevin M

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Just wanted to start a thread about Stratton and see if anyone has any tips

 

Our passes are good at Okemo, so I'll definitely be skiing several days there and I also plan to hit Magic and Bromely a few times.

 

Just one tip - go to Magic or K-Mart (or, of course, SB, MGR etc) if skiing is really what you're interested in. Stratton is flat and Bromley's even worse (hard to believe I know), and Nokemo has about the world's worst lift layout, with barely a hint of vertical drop and big crowds (why?). About the only redeeming area at Flatton are some of the trees, but often the coverage is from hunger.

 

If you want to look like a Flatton local, buy yourself some Spyder or Bogner gaperwear, a full-face , and, or course, some Volkls, as they're "the best" . Next, stand at the top of the gonjola entry, and survey the assembled masses (usually NYC dentists in like gaperwear) with Volkl's (of course!) to demonstrate how core Flatton skiers are.

 

A few years back in the gondola (I had free tickets), some yahoo mountain host started some nonsense about "what's the best S VT area" - and my then 10 year old screamed "MAGIC" - one proud dad I'll tell you.

 

You should try Alpinezone - Stratton's "big mountain" to that crowd.

post #3 of 13

Stratton is a much better mountain than Okemo, not that I'm a big fan of either. If I never ski Okemo again it would be a good thing but I can enjoy a day at Stratton. Magic is probably the most challenging & authentic N.E.skiing in S. VT. but they need natural snow. There is one trail at Bromley that I've always enjoyed & you'd never think there was a trail like it at Bromley. It's called the Plunge & is gladed, again you need a good amount of natural snow for it to be good. Hope you enjoy your winter, I'm sure you will, but to me the good skiing in VT. starts at Killington & north from there. I like you will be spending a lot of time up there this year as i have for many years. My house is about 20 minutes north of K & 40 minutes south of the Mad River Valley. That's where I spend most of my time but always take adventures elsewhere. I hit the S. VT. areas occasionally to shorten my ride home & have skied them to many times to count. Enjoy it, after all that's what it's all about.

 

I can't give you much advise about night life in your area.

post #4 of 13

Kevin, people that know I ski a lot often ask me where my favorite place to ski is. My reply is usually "wherever I happen to be that day." I have some mountains that I like more than others, but I can find things that I like and dislike about every place I ski. Any day on snow is a good day in my book. And no, I'm not from NY, and I'm not a dentist. Don't have any Spyder or Bogner stuff, only an LL Bean jacket and pants that have seen better days. And I certainly don't have any Volkl's (but I do have some new Kastle's, heh heh). But if you don't mind skiing with someone that may not fit the Stratton stereotype, I'd be glad to meet up with you anytime, whether it be at Stratton, Magic, Bromley, or even, gasp, Okemo.

post #5 of 13
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Snofun.  You aren't even addressing my question.  You are immature.  I'm sure you can find a better use of your time than being a pest on the internet.

 

Steamboat.  Thanks for the thoughts.  I know Stratton ain't the best, but as Mac said, any day on snow is fun.  I actually really enjoy Bromley under the fixed grip quad.  I can ski that all day.  I think I know the run you are talking about.  Good thing is that its only 15 minutes away.  As is Magic!

 

Mac.  When the snow comes, maybe I'll shoot you a PM.

 

Thanks guys.

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 I actually really enjoy Bromley under the fixed grip quad.  I can ski that all day.  I think I know the run you are talking about.  Good thing is that its only 15 minutes away. 


The plunge is along the 1st hard right when skiing off the top of the high speed quad. It's fairly steep & gladed, more like something you'd find at Mad River than Bromley. I enjoy Bromley too but liked it much better before they widened out the back side many years ago.

 

Stratton does have some decent terrain but I just don't care for the clientel that tends to ski there. I haven't skied Magic in quite a few years but think I'll have to drop by this season to check it out again.
 

post #7 of 13

Congratulations on your condo!  So I ski Stratton from time to time, usually on ski council days.  When the natural snow is deep I go to Magic, but Stratton has some fun runs and what people wear or slide on has never caused me any issues.  Stratton has a good snow making system and does get decent natural snow for SoVT.

 

To answer some of your questons:

 

I hit the mountain early (I don't qualify for first tracks) and ski the "front" of the montain before the crowd bulds on the weekend.  When the crowds build on the gondola and Ursa lifts the Shooting Star rarely gets a line and I do laps off of that.  I enjoy glades and Test Pilot is one of the longest in SoVT.  The Snow Bowl lift while slow rarely has a line and has some fun trails and glades. 

 

In poor snow years I also ski at Okemo which does get mobbed on weekends.  The key to Okemo is to get there early and hammer the trails off of the Northstar until the crowd builds.  The Southface and Jackson's Gore can be good hide outs for awhile.  I eally like Rolling Thunder at Jackson's Gore and some of the glades there.  There are some good restaurants in Ludlow like Sam's, Cappucino's, Panarello's and Pot Belly Pub.

 

I can't really help you with demo  shops in the greater Stratton area.  Northern ski works in Ludlow and Killington is pretty good.

 

Magic is fun, challenge and has a few secrets and with very friendly skiers who will show you things.  Magic after a shot of fresh snow is one of my favorites in SoVT (note my screen name).  The mountain is most challenging to the West (skiers left) off of the summit or under the Red and Black chairs.  The low up hill capacity at Magic means laid back skiing on uncrowded slopes.

 

The only bar in the area I go to is the bar at Magic as it is laid back, big and has live music for happy hour.  I usually hit Stratton on Sundays and head home rather to a bar after skiing.

 

All the best for a great ski season!

post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks Talisman.  Very helpful!

post #9 of 13

On a really cold, windy day, Bromley's southern exposure can't be beat...it's called sunny Bromley for a reason. Both Stratton and Okemo get very crowded on the weekends. If you get a chance to ski mid-week, non-holiday, give Okemo a try. After a snow storm, Magic is the place to go. Mid-week, Stratton runs very few lifts and I am not a gondola person. Okemo tends to have the most lifts running mid-week.

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Robin, I hope this helps.  We ahve been sking at Stratton of and on for 10 years, and bought a place there (Solstice) in 2003.  Our three sons are now 18,19,24 and have skiied all over, including 20-30 days per year a Stratton.  My two cents worth:

A. If you are spending all the time and money to be there, get the early pass and ski at 7;45AM.  The sun bowl is empty from 7;45-10am, crouded until noon, then empty until 4.  We typically ski there, then move to the snow bowl for mid morning, or take a long break. 

B. I find Equip, Norse House, and Starting gate as the most helpful with gear.   All are helpful if you need clothing, but these three have the best gear help.  All will work with you on a demo program so you can demo as many skis as you want without cost, as long as you ultimately buy skis.   prices on the end of season are very competitive.

C. In the sad case where someone is hurt (I have three sons...) the Carlos Otis Clinic near the Gondola is fantastic.  It does not look like much outside, but underneath is nearly a hospital, with an orthopedic on site every weekend.   I am a regular donor to their fund (they are independant) and a huge fan, they get you back on the slopes or to real help if you need it.

D. Mulburry's is best for pizza, Muligans best for Burgers, Verde is very nice but expensive and needs reservations, partridge in the pantry makes a great sandwich for lunch.  Shoppig for food in the village is expensive but convienent, they have reasonable stock.  their is a nice grocery store at the bottom of the hill across from the 7-11.  Regular prices, regular food, plus some VT specialty stuff. partridge has stuff you can throw into the oven (pasta, etc)

E. As a home owner you get a "red card" that gives you the same prices as employees at the stratton stores (first run, etc), most of the other stores will give you this as well if you ask.

F. The sports center is 1/2 mile from your condo is a reasonably good gym and pool.  You can join or buy day passes.

G. NO ONE SKIS EARLY ON HOILIDAYS, OR WHEN IT IS SUPER COLD.  naturally, but the skiing is great then and you have a nice warm house to come back to.  90 minute or 2 hour ski periods on the togh days are actually fun and the skiing s really good. 

F. Sorry to be a parent, but we had a rule when the kids were younger that no TV nor game/internet while Lifts are running.  that was a good idea.

G. If you are interested in church services the Chapel in the Snow is across from the Gondola and is a real neat old church.  Saturday evening and sunday noon services.

H. Stratton has a "book of 10" family and friends tickets.  They are about 20-25% less than normal tickets, but you have to buy 10.  We get a book and keep it for guests, most repay for the ticket, and it eliminates the trip to the ticket line/etc, and saves money.  We have about 30 guests per year (3 sons....) so this works for us.

 

I hope this helps, and we hope you enjoy Stratton and the surrounding area/mountains. 

post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 

I couldn't have imagined a more helpful reply, Steve.  Thank you.

 

The Soltice houses are nice!  We are in TreeTop.

 

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Robin, I hope this helps.  We ahve been sking at Stratton of and on for 10 years, and bought a place there (Solstice) in 2003.  Our three sons are now 18,19,24 and have skiied all over, including 20-30 days per year a Stratton.  My two cents worth:

A. If you are spending all the time and money to be there, get the early pass and ski at 7;45AM.  The sun bowl is empty from 7;45-10am, crouded until noon, then empty until 4.  We typically ski there, then move to the snow bowl for mid morning, or take a long break. 

B. I find Equip, Norse House, and Starting gate as the most helpful with gear.   All are helpful if you need clothing, but these three have the best gear help.  All will work with you on a demo program so you can demo as many skis as you want without cost, as long as you ultimately buy skis.   prices on the end of season are very competitive.

C. In the sad case where someone is hurt (I have three sons...) the Carlos Otis Clinic near the Gondola is fantastic.  It does not look like much outside, but underneath is nearly a hospital, with an orthopedic on site every weekend.   I am a regular donor to their fund (they are independant) and a huge fan, they get you back on the slopes or to real help if you need it.

D. Mulburry's is best for pizza, Muligans best for Burgers, Verde is very nice but expensive and needs reservations, partridge in the pantry makes a great sandwich for lunch.  Shoppig for food in the village is expensive but convienent, they have reasonable stock.  their is a nice grocery store at the bottom of the hill across from the 7-11.  Regular prices, regular food, plus some VT specialty stuff. partridge has stuff you can throw into the oven (pasta, etc)

E. As a home owner you get a "red card" that gives you the same prices as employees at the stratton stores (first run, etc), most of the other stores will give you this as well if you ask.

F. The sports center is 1/2 mile from your condo is a reasonably good gym and pool.  You can join or buy day passes.

G. NO ONE SKIS EARLY ON HOILIDAYS, OR WHEN IT IS SUPER COLD.  naturally, but the skiing is great then and you have a nice warm house to come back to.  90 minute or 2 hour ski periods on the togh days are actually fun and the skiing s really good. 

F. Sorry to be a parent, but we had a rule when the kids were younger that no TV nor game/internet while Lifts are running.  that was a good idea.

G. If you are interested in church services the Chapel in the Snow is across from the Gondola and is a real neat old church.  Saturday evening and sunday noon services.

H. Stratton has a "book of 10" family and friends tickets.  They are about 20-25% less than normal tickets, but you have to buy 10.  We get a book and keep it for guests, most repay for the ticket, and it eliminates the trip to the ticket line/etc, and saves money.  We have about 30 guests per year (3 sons....) so this works for us.

 

I hope this helps, and we hope you enjoy Stratton and the surrounding area/mountains. 

post #12 of 13

Kevin, glad this might help, and hope you enjoy Treetop, they look great.  We are in the last Solstice as you go down 91, on the corner of 91 and big ben (number 39A). Wave or say hi as you ski past.  

Another few ideas:

If you have kids you might consider the Alegro coaching programs.  We did not, however friends who did are really happy. 

Like a lot of mountains Stratton has charity breakfasts, etc, where teenagers can ski or snowboard with pros after breakfast.  This has been great, it is both a huge confidence builder, and a huge cockiness killer. 

The nordic center ski area is very laid back and casual.  Not very challenging, but a good afternoon distraction.

Snowshoeing is a great activity if you have guests who don't ski or someone with an injury.   

With a family and lots of guests you will have problem with passes at some point, want to upgrade, need to put a pass on hold for an injury, etc.  the manager of the pass/ticket office is Amy, and she will fix any reasonable problem.  She is fair and great to work with as long as you are fair with her.

Sky Folkes who is the general manager of the ski operations/resort, goes to all the annual homeowner meetings for each development (treetop, solstice, etc) and will give an overview of plans and seek feedback. I find it informative.

When the BBQ comes out onto the deck at the mid mountain lodge they make a pretty good burger, especially if you ahve been skiing since 7:30am. 

post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 

Steve,

 

Thanks again for the great info. 

 

I will keep an eye out for you and if you see a guy in a green Arc'teryx jacket hollering, it'll be me.

 

Take Care,

 

Kevin

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