Things to do in Southern Vermont – Stratton Snowmaking Pond

By Courtney DiFiore

The sun is high in the sky, the air is still and you’re sweating buckets…what do you do? No, you don’t run inside to the comfort of your air conditioner. The answer I was looking for was “What is the Stratton Snowmaking Pond Alex.”

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Many people will tell you it’s a popular spot and I suppose it is; however, I’ve been there a handful of times and never once was it out of control busy like I’ve been told – so don’t let that scare you. The pond is a perfect summer hang out spot to beat the heat. Pack the car up with a floaty, some chairs, a cooler and your best friends (or the family) and spend a day soaking in the sun. Don’t have a car? No problem, many people bike or run to the pond and use it as a training tool.

I simply use it to cool off and get some color. I sit on the bank and watch the dedicated athlete swim the pond length (obviously preparing for some race), and the woman walking her dogs, and the family with a circle of chairs, beach balls, rafts and everything else you can imagine (family vacation!) and finally, it wouldn’t be a completed trip to the pond if I didn’t see some man or woman sporting awesome kicks and rocking out to their iPod as they run laps around the pond.

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Whatever your style, grab some pals, your running shoes, a good book, anything really and head to the pond for some fun in the sun this summer. Meanwhile, I’ll be hanging out on the sidelines doing the least amount of activity possible. That’s how I do the Stratton Snowmaking Pond.

Located, right off of Route 30 at the bottom of the mountain, it’s an easy destination to get to.
1. Drive to Route 30 in Winhall
2. Take a left onto Kendal Farmroad (or a right if you’re coming from Manchester)
3. Continue about 1 mile-ish and take a sharp right up the climbing dirt road that’s marked
with a Stratton sign
4. Enjoy the sunshine :)

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