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    Introduction Stratton is a big (and crowded) ski area in southern Vermont located near Magic and Bromley. It is owned by Aspen, and offers the same skiing amenities that you would expect. The terrain is very much an intermediate and beginner friendly mountain. Even it's double diamond terrain is really just single diamond difficult. For that reason, it is commonly referred to as "Flatton". The village at the base of Stratton closely resembles those you will see at many western resorts. It is one of the best developed commercial mountain villages in the East. It rivals that of Stowe. But don't expect affordability and authenticity. It's a manufactured "resort" experience geared at weekend visitors from New York City. The prices and atmosphere reflect their target clientele. Base Areas and Parking Most people will drive to the main base area and be herded onto shuttle buses from satellite lots. This is a mistake. Sure the village is cute, but the crowds are oppressive. The wise skier heads to the Sun Bowl where you can park close to the lodge. Drive past the main lodge to get to the Sun Bowl, or set your GPS to it. Lift lines at the Sun Bowl are shorter. The lodge is less crowded. Trail Recommendations Beginner On the main base side, work the trails off the Tamarack Triple. This is a gentle trail pod: Lower Tamarack, Mark's Run, Daniel Webster, etc. The Sun Bowl has longer novice trails: Lower Middlebrook and Lower Kidderbrook are off the Sunrise Six. Big Ben and 91 can also be accessed from the six pack, but are also accessible off the quieter Solstice Quad. If the summit is accessible, Mike's Way to Meadow is a gentle route to the main base. Intermediate All of the lower mountain trail pod on the Sun Bowl side is intermediate friendly. From the summit, Black Bear is intermediate. There are some intermediate options off the main base, but traffic can make them very busy. Fortunately even the "intermediate" trails on the lower mountain of the main base are easily skiable. Advanced Genuinely challenging trails are few at Stratton. Bear Down and Grizzly Bear have steep sections. Upper Middlebrook is narrower, but not too steep. Upper Tamarack has some nice turns. Tree Skiing / Glades Most of the glades are located on the Sun Bowl side. Upper Kidderbrook is a good feed trail -- Test Pilot is skier's right. Kidderbrook Ravine and Vertigo are skiers left of that trail. The Eclipse glade is widely spaced, well manicured, and intermediate friendly. It's the largest glade and is clearly visible to the right of the Sunrise Six. Lifts The lifts are modern and fast -- several are high-speed six-packs -- but the lines are often comically long. On weekends and holiday weeks avoid the gondola at all cost. The wise skier will work the Sun Bowl lifts. Even if you want to skier the trails on the right side of the mountain, use the South American or American Express lift to 91 to bring you back to the Sun Bowl. The lines on the gondola are almost never worth the wait. The Ursa Express from the mid-mountain is likewise very, very crowded. Ski it only in the early morning, around lunch time, or in the late afternoon to avoid crowds. Dining and Drinking -- On Mountain and Off Breakfast Lunch Apres Grizzly's, Fire Tower, and Bar 802 are decent places to stop for a beer after a day of skiing. Dinner The Red Slate at the Upper Pass Lodge is a small locally-sourced restaurant worth the visit. The menu is not large, but the food is good and atmosphere is nice. Late Night The Black Line Tavern at Magic Mountain offers the best night life in the area. It's a bar with live music, a great skier vibe and is open late. The Green Door Pub at the Stratton village is less authentic experience, but is conveniently located on-mountain if you are staying there. Annual Special Events The 24 Hours of Stratton is a 24-hour ski-a-thon to raise money for the Stratton Foundation to combat poverty in Vermont. It is the one time you'll get night skiing at Stratton as they bring in special generator-powered lights on the lower mountain. Local Ski Shops Where to Stay While not at Stratton directly, check out the Upper Pass Lodge at Magic Mountain. It is nearby in the same town and across the street from some of the Stratton employee housing. Season Passes / Lift Tickets Season Pass Options Lift Ticket Specials / Deals

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