Venture Vermont: Stratton Snow-Making Pond
If you’ve ever wondered about the science behind snow making, you’ve probably wondered where the water that makes the early season snow comes from. For this Venture Vermont, you can relax and enjoy the pond that helps get snow on the mountain each fall, just a short drive from the Stratton Village.
If you are starting at the Village, travel down the access road until you meet Route 30. Take a left and travel for about 2 miles and take a left on Kendall Farm Road. The road is directly after you see Homestead Landscaping. Travel on Kendall Farm Road (dirt road) until you see a road to the right with a black gate. At the top of the hill, you will find the pond. You can see a map here.
What to expect
Expect to be surprised at the beauty of this hidden gem! This pond is filled with the water that is pumped through the guns to make the Stratton snow we know & love. When you arrive, there are no marked parking spaces, so you can either park along the road to the right or get closer to the water up ahead of you. It can seem crowded at first on the sunnier, warm days, however, there is plenty of room around the pond for everyone. The pond is a popular spot for dog owners, so expect to meet new furry friends. The path around the pond is hard dirt,making it a perfect bike-riding loop for kids. The pond is a great spot to float, SUP, kayak and fish, as well! A majority of the pond is surrounded by rocks that you can sit on and jump into the water off of. If you walk toward the back side of the pond, there is a small beach area where you can wade in the water. Once you get there, look right and you’ll see the Stratton ski slopes!
What to pack
You’ll want the essentials for a day spent by the water.
- Bathing suit
- Beach towel, blanket or chair
- Kayak and Stand Up Paddle board – you can rent from First Run in the Village.
- Sunscreen and bug spray
- Lunch or snacks – Grab some yummy fresh made sandwiches and snacks from the Deli before you leave the Village.
- Trash bag – there is a trash container near the entrance of the pond, however, we suggest you carry out what you take in.
All ages can enjoy the snow making pond. Please note there is no lifeguard, so swimming is at your own risk. Overall, it’s a great place for the whole family to spend a hot summer day.
About the Author:
Cassie Russo | Cassie’s family clicked her boots into skis at the age of 2, and she couldn’t be more grateful. Growing up in Central Massachusetts, Cassie ventured to the snowy mountains of Vermont almost every weekend until her late teens, where she worked at a ski shop as she studied for a degree in journalism. She switched to snowboarding at age 10 & her passion for the sport grew every time she touched snow. You can now find Cassie living her dream of residing in Vermont, pursuing a writing career and strapping a snowboard to her feet almost every day. When the snow melts, you can find her on her paddle board, on the tennis courts and trying to find the next adventure.