Why Stratton is One of The Best Ski Resorts in Vermont

Whether you’re new to skiing and riding, or you’ve been coming to Stratton for years, you’ll find it’s a special place. While speaking with guests across the mountain, we often like to also ask why they choose to ski or ride at Stratton and what it means to them. Some of the most common responses describe Stratton as a place for family, offering something for everyone, and making the most of each day on the mountain. Here you’ll find information about what makes Stratton a great family ski resort and why it’s one of the best ski resorts in Vermont.

Your Vermont Family Ski Resort

Stratton truly is a family ski resort. With 40% novice terrain, 35% intermediate and 25% advanced, your entire family can enjoy a variety of runs across the mountain. We even offer top-to-bottom novice terrain so the whole family can take the Gondola up to the summit. From ski school lessons and seasonal programs to après-ski activities for both kids and adults, we’ve got you covered all day long. Spend an evening ice skating or tubing under the stars and next to a fire pit. Or swing by Grizzly’s for family-friendly live music and/or trivia nights. We’ve even got family deals like our Spring Break Kids Ski Free package and a variety of lodging options just a short walk from the village and the slopes. 

Does Vermont Have Good Skiing?

The Vermont mountains are full of opportunities for outdoor adventure and an escape from the city. Located in the Green Mountain National Forest, Stratton is southern Vermont’s highest peak at 3,875 feet. In the winter, we receive an average annual snowfall of 180 inches. To make the most of our cold winter weather, our snowmaking system covers 95% of the mountain with more than 1,200 snowguns. Under ideal conditions, the snowmaking system delivers 16.9 million gallons of water per day to 300 snow guns at a time, covering 100 acres in a foot of fresh snow every 24 hours. To enjoy all of the natural and man-made snow, we’ve got 99 trails, 670+ acres and 11 lifts. So yes, not only does Vermont have good skiing, but Stratton has some of the best skiing in Vermont.

Best Skiing in Vermont

Stratton has a little bit of everything from crisp corduroy groomers to moguls, glades and powder days. We’ve got a variety of terrain parks including Tyrolienne, our progression park, Big Ben, our more advanced terrain park, and East Byrnes Side, our boardercross course. Not to mention, we have a lift capacity of 33,928 people per hour between 11 lifts, including a Gondola. We also take pride in our hardworking snowmaking and grooming teams. They’re constantly taking whatever conditions Mother Nature throws our way and making strategic decisions in order to give our guests the best skiing and riding conditions possible all season long. 

When Can You Ski In Vermont at Stratton?

Stratton is typically open for skiing and riding from mid-November through mid-April, weather dependent. Our snowmaking team works hard to get as much terrain open as early as possible by taking advantage of cold and dry autumn conditions when they occur. We’re open every week Monday-Sunday. Our lifts spin from 8:30am-4pm on weekends and holidays and from 9am-4pm on weekdays, offering prime Vermont skiing all season long.


  • Vermont family ski resort
  • Something for everyone
  • Variety of terrain
  • Top-to-bottom novice run
  • Ski school
  • Seasonal programs
  • Apres-ski activities for adults and kids
  • Ice skating and tubing
  • Live music and family-friendly trivia
  • Spring Break Kids Ski Free package
  • Lodging just a short walk to the village and slopes
  • Ski resort Vt
  • Southern Vermont’s highest peak
  • Powerful snowmaking system
  • Best skiing Vermont
  • 99 trails, 670+ acres and 11 lifts
  • Groomers, moguls, glades, powder days
  • Beginner and intermediate/advanced terrain parks and boardercross
  • 33,928 people per hour lift capacity
  • Gondola
  • Open Monday-Sunday every week all season
  • Open mid-November through mid-April