What’s New for 2015

What’s New for 2015

Stratton invests $7 million for a two-year total of $21 million

Stratton Mountain, VT —  It truly is Christmas in July as shiny new gondola cabins, the latest HKD snowguns,  new snowcats, two new glades,  buses and  bullwheels,  grips, racks and rental gear … arrive in what will be a $7 million capital investment for the upcoming season at Stratton Mountain.

These projects follow on the heels of  last year’s $10.5 million investment that touched virtually every aspect of the resort experience.   Additional  projects this summer,  including new Village shops and restaurants, expansion of the Carlos Otis Clinic and the Patricia Kaltsas Performing Arts Center at Stratton Mountain School, bring that two-year total to more than $21 million.

DSC_0006 Manufactured by Sigma, an affiliate of Leitner POMA, the 58 new gondola cabins feature a rubber mounted frame designed for a smooth ride.  Carpeted flip-up seats and exterior ski and snowboard racks create a comfortable carriage for  12.

DSC_0001New cabins and cable replace the originals built in 1988; a new  gear box was installed at the start of last season bringing the gondola project in at about  $3 milllion.  With a trip time of less than eight minutes, the Stratton gondola carries 2,400 people per hour and runs 7,580 feet from base to the summit of southern Vermont’s highest peak with a vertical rise of 1,742 feet.

Wonder what $1.2 million will buy?  How about 350 high efficiency, low energy HKD snowguns bringing Stratton’s fleet of tower mounted snowguns to more than 1,000. In addition to boosting firepower, these efficient new HKDs  make Stratton’s move from diesel to clean electric compressors complete, saving 60,000 gallons of fuel.   “It’s a win for the environment, and our bottom line,” explains Snowmaking Manager Kevin Booth.

HSP2013_6049-2250pxThis summer’s snowmaking  project also includes 20 new air/water snowguns for a total of 75 portable air/water snowguns.  “While these air water guns are not our go-to gun, they work well in the early season and for touch ups,” explains Booth. “We just want to have as many tools as possible!”  Add the 14 fan guns, unrivalled air and water capacity (with 280 million gallons in reserve), two new Prinoth BR 350 grooming machines in the fleet, one of which is winch ready, and there’s a recipe for snow so great it’s guaranteed.

Two new Blue Square (intermediate) glades extend beyond the western boundary  for a total of 125 acres of gladed terrain designed for all abilities ranging from the wide open Emerald Forest to the tight and technical double black runs like Squirrel’s Nest.

And there’s more with new shops including Lole, eateries and pub in the Village,  restaurant expansion at mid-mountain, summer trail work, state-of-the-art sound and video in the Training and Fitness Center’s cycling studio … Stay tuned for complete details as the countdown to winter 2015 begins.

25 responses to “What’s New for 2015

    • No idea! They must have been packed at random, because the next cabin to be unloaded was number 30.

      • The Village gondola is a slightly different model than the ours, so it will not be joining the fleet. Instead, the Village gondola is owned by Whistler and will be shipped west this summer.

      • Chris, the Village gondola is a Sigma demo that was already sent to Whistler and instead of shipping a new one, they opted to borrow this demo and send it to us temporarily.

    • We’re currently gauging interest on Facebook actually! Once there’s a final decision made, we’ll be sure to let you know.

    • The spooling of the old cable is taking place this weekend (weather permitting) and the new line won’t begin going up until Tuesday, August 19th (weather permitting). We’ll make sure the Gondola Webcam is pointed toward all the action and continue collecting GoPro time laps footage. A time laps hasn’t been posted yet, but will be within the month.

    • The gondola will not be open Labor Day weekend due to cabin replacements. The splicing of the cable was just completed; we’re now loading cabins and scheduling safety tests. We hope to see you this weekend!

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