Stratton invests $6 million in the mountain and resort experience for 2013-14.

By Rob Chrostowski

Reap the rewards of summer projects that focus on enhancing the entire resort experience including snowmaking, lodging, on-mountain dining and Village food, drink and fun.

Glades and trails.  Thirty more acres of glades bringing the total tree skiing and riding (considered by many to be among the best in the East – especially Test Pilot) to 135 acres.  Sunbeam trail is stumped and ready to open with the first good snowfall, additional trail enhancements focus on Black Bear, Sunriser Supertrail, Runaway and Grizzly Access.

Three new snow cats. Corduroy is always in style.

1,500 horsepower electric snowmaking air compressor replaces a diesel model. Purchased in consultation with Efficiency Vermont, the new compressor delivers more cubic feet of air per minute using less, and cleaner,  energy.  With 95 percent snowmaking coverage, 270 million gallons of water in reserve and one of the most powerful systems anywhere, Stratton is known for snow so great it is guaranteed – every day of  the season and any time of the day.

Inn at Stratton Mountain takes on a new look and feel with a total room remodel combining comfort  and  convenience with that classic Vermont lodge vibe.  The Inn continues to offer value in a resort property that’s a short shuttle to the slopes. Guests enjoy hot tub and sauna, complimentary breakfast and Bentley’s Restaurant which also has a new chef and fresh new menu with comfort classics and a French Moroccan flavor – try the lamb burger. The Inn is also home to the Living Room yoga studio.

The Living Room,  a new yoga studio with wood floors, wood-burning fireplace and big windows looking out onto the lawn.  Stratton offers more than 20 yoga classes each week plus special events held in conjunction with the team from Wanderlust, the yoga and music festival that makes Stratton  home each June.  Health and wellness. Real world workouts. It’s all part of an invitation to Be. Active. Adventurous. Relaxed. Inspired. Together.

Investment in on-mountain dining experience with a focus on mid-mountain lodge – a popular gathering place that looks out onto the North American trail and offers quick access to the Ursa Express upper mountain six-passsenger lift.  Kelly McNabb, a classically trained chef who honed her skills in France and Switzerland , takes the helm and designs new menus  with an eye on fresh, local,  healthy fare served up fast to fuel the ski day.

The Mill House on the Commons. Stop in for a cup of the world’s best hot chocolate– Laura Cianci’s secret recipe – espresso, coffee drinks, pastry, salad or sandwich. Pull up a chair in front of the woodstove and watch the skaters glide by along the Mill Pond.

Slopeside Stratton Village offers new dining and shopping experiences. The Firetower Tavern is built with locally milled post and beam timber and Eastern white pine shiplab to set the stage for a Vermont artisan inspired menu, craft beers, signature spirits, comfort dishes, rustica pizza and a lively après scene in the tavern. New deli and grocer follows the post and beam theme with Vermont Fresh sandwiches and salads along with the best in local food purveyors.  First Run ski shop and the Boot Lab also take on a new look and add the Go Pro lounge – one of four to be found in Village shops.

Rentals, new gear and an expanded junior line in the Head fleet. Slopeside convenience, fast service, free overnight storage and a satisfaction guarantee.

12 responses to “Stratton invests $6 million in the mountain and resort experience for 2013-14.

  1. How about some lift upgrades? Or at the very least a place to put your skis on the outside of the Gondola so when you are packed in like sardines you don’t have to hold your skis and boards. Let’s try catering to the people who are actually at the mountain to ski!

    • Kyle,

      The gondola is definitely in our sights, and your suggestion is spot on. Stay tuned for details. This summer’s investment did include $750,000 for a new gondola gear box, custom built in Austria and now on site for installation. We know it’s not as splashy as new cabins (hint).

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, we appreciate the feedback.

  2. how about a new 4 passenger lift in the snow ball so those of us who enjoy that area can ski it all the time without going to the gondola or urea and wait in crazy lines.

  3. Spend some money keeping the existing lifts running late in the season? Was skiing April 6th and there was great snow all over the mountain but only three out of the nine lifts were running. Kinda boring having to ski the same five center mountain trails.

  4. I concur with Ted – it’s not rocket science! You need a HSQuad in Snowbowl and Kidderbrook – this will disperse the crowds and make the place skiable on the weekends. Skiing the 5 core trails on the front side is akin to rollerblading in the mall! You have the mountain, it’s a gift – just utilize it better!

    Don’t forget, your customer has options, and they may not even be on the East Coast.

  5. To follow up with Brian & Ted’s comments – i’d be happier if the Snowbowl chair merely ran regularly. Inexplicably, several Sundays last season when I looked forward to concentrate on Snowbowl that darn chair wasn’t running. After St. Patrick’s Day, I looked forward to enjoying Spring Skiing and hanging out at mid mountain lodge jamming to tunes on the deck…On April 6th (mountain was open until April 14th), the main attraction was the pond skim at the base (which was really cold this year, it was only about 30 degrees that day), and the mid mountain lodge was completely closed. And never mind trying to go to the Sunbowl that are was completely closed,not just the lodge. If someone who normally skis Okemo or Bromley or Snow were to have come to Stratton that weekend they wouldn’t have departed jealous for the experience. Same as if I who have a stratton pass were to go pay $85 to spend a day late season at another resort, i’d expect that resort to be fully operational if the snow was there. Whenever I mentioned this to anyone they’d say all the workers went back to school in south america, but i respectfully say that is not my problem. it would be nice if the mountain can be staffed to maintain the experience when the student workers have to return to classes.

  6. These are all great points. I ski a lot during the spring and stopped coming to stratton for late season turns this year and drove an hour further to killington because it was cheaper and they had way more terrain open. The most frustrating thing was coming not being able to ski the sunbowl at all when there was still plenty of great snow everywhere. One of the days I went only amex and ursa were open but the snow was plentiful everywhere… really left a bad taste in my mouth that there was no way to access the great terrain in the snow bowl because you guys were cutting costs… I was very disappointed and really hope this doesn’t happen again this year because ursa is pretty short and lapping it became old fast… Do a better job staffing or keeping the lifts going or whatever but I will definitely not come back in the spring if only ursa and amex are running!

    • would be nice if Stratton Mountain would respond to these loyal customer comments. I know they must be monitoring this chat because I just was notified this morning of Will’s comment – five days ago – it was being reviewed all that time? I own a condo there and I’m a captive skiier and I support all the lifestyle improvements to the base experience – but the main reason I’m there is to ski. – it would be nice to see a response by stratton that they are hearing these complaints. It’s simple really, if you have 9 lifts, run the 9 lifts from 8:30 am to 4pm every day you are open.

      • Great feedback regarding the Snow Bowl lift and why that lift rarely runs. The Snow Bowl lift is exposed to the strong North Westerly flow we receive during the winter months. It’s an older lift and not designed well to handle strong winds. As a result, we mainly rely on it to help increase uphill capacity during weekends and busy periods. The great news is that a replacement high speed quad is on the horizon! No promise on construction dates; however, we have surveyed and engineered the site this summer. Next step, financing, and that is also underway! Fingers crossed? The new design will be a huge improvement, moving many towers off the trail and keeping chairs lower to the ground reducing wind closures.

        Thanks again, keep the feedback coming!

    • Since you speak about wind being an issue, and may want to consider a six-pack. I remember chatting with a Ragged Mt. rep at a ski show. A six-pack was “only” $60k more than a high speed quad and it was worth the publicity. I’m not thinking of the publicity, I’m thinking of the heavy chairs that are more wind resistant. Plus since you have four six-packs you can have the same set of parts.

  7. Truly a great place to be. I’m also a property owner and my wish is that activities during the summer becomes a priority. It would be nice to have more of a reason to visit during the summer and it would be nice if there was more of a demand for renters during that period. Would be great for property values.

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