Vermont Winter Vacation Checklist

A little bit of planning goes a long way when it comes to a ski vacation, so we asked the experts for a few hints and tips.

The first step is getting there; Vermont mountains are close, and Stratton is one of the closest. Pack the car, gather the kids and enjoy the ride.  Or leave it to the professionals and travel via Hampton Jitney, Tesla or helicopter.  Arrive in style.

Dress for the Weather.  You know what they say. There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.

  • Start with a good pair of wool socks, we recommend Smartwool, an American company offering an option for every activity from hiking to skiing and snowboarding.
  • Layer up. Multiple layers will keep you warmer, as air becomes trapped and acts as an insulator.  It’s also a way to pare things down when the temperature goes up. Choose a light, long-sleeved base layer in wool, polyester or a blend; when it comes to performance, cotton is a dirty word.  Next is the mid-layer, a vest works well here, followed by a “puffy,” Primaloft is a warm and light alternative to down. Top it off with your shell.
  • Breathable, lightweight, waterproof fabrics, like The North Face Futurelight, are a game-changer and you’ll find the latest in Stratton Village. 
  • Kids grow so quickly, you’ll want to choose options that grow with them. And there are plenty at First Run in Stratton Village.
  • Stop by Stratton Sports for a neck gaiter, gloves or mittens, beanie, hand warmers, lip balm or sunscreen in a convenient location with entrances in the Courtyard and across from Guest Service in the Base Lodge.

Gear Up.  In the market for new skis or a snowboard? You’ll want to talk to an expert and then take a few models for a spin. Check out the fleet at First Run and Burton in Stratton Village, just steps from the slopes so you can try them all quickly, and on a variety of terrain.

  • Are you still wearing the goggles you’ve had for a while? Today’s goggles feature interchangeable lenses, superior optics, and a comfortable fit. You’ll find a vast selection here at HeadCase, including the Smith ChromaPop,  voted best overall goggle by Outdoor Gear Guides.
  • Today’s helmets are light, warm and integrate with your goggles. Did you know the lifespan of a helmet is five years? Check out the options available here in the Village.
  • It’s a good idea to tune your skis and snowboards on a regular basis, and for the conditions at hand.  It will make a world of difference in your technique and enjoyment.
  • If you ski or ride a few times each season, why not travel light and rent at the mountain where you’ll find the newest, freshly tuned, skis and boards for sport and performance with complete packages that include a helmet.  

Get Your Bearings.  Make the most of your mountain time with a guided tour or session with a Mountain Sports School pro.  Here’s a snapshot to get you started.

  • Stratton offers complimentary tours each day at 10am. Intermediate and advanced skiers and riders sign up at the Information Desk and head out with a local to explore the Stratton trails and efficient lift system, which includes four high-speed six-passenger chairs and the summit gondola.
  • Turn up your technique, discover the secret stashes and hidden gems, or just go to the head of the line with a private lesson. Check out all the Mountain Sports School options for all ages and abilities, from beginner to the serious racer.

How Much Fun Can You Pack Into a Day?  Are you a first tracks to last chair skier?  Or always ready for aprés? Game to try something new?  You can do it all, at Stratton Mountain.

  • For fast-paced fun, how about a snowmobile tour – with mini-zs for the kids – or snow tubing under the lights.
  • Relax with a signature massage, swim in the saltwater pool, practice your tree pose with fireside yoga, skate across a Vermont Mill Pond, snowshoe through the hardwood forest.
  • Dance to the music into the wee hours …
  • Check out all the events and activities that make Stratton Mountain the ideal choice for your family ski vacation, romantic escape,  girlfriend getaway …

Where to Stay.  You’ll find that everything you love about winter is right outside your door when you choose lodging at the heart of the resort.

  • The Black Bear Lodge offers convenience and value, with complimentary breakfast and a short shuttle to the slopes.
  • Condominiums — on the Commons, Resort or Valleyside — are a perfect choice for families.  You can serve up the kids’ favorite foods in your well-appointed kitchen, that’s when you aren’t in the mood to sample the family-friendly fare or fine dining options throughout the Village. Gather around the fireplace for a movie or game night. It’s your home-away-from-home with one to five-bedroom options.
  • Stay and save with scores of package offers, midweek discounts and ticket savings.

When you are thinking about winter fun, think Stratton for big-mountain skiing and snowboarding on snow so great it’s guaranteed – thanks to 95% snowmaking and world-class grooming — a full menu of activities and events, charming slopeside Village, and a range of accommodations to suit every style and budget.  Stratton may just be the best ski resort in Vermont.