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Stratton Mountain Resort
Stratton, Vermont
Stratton in 2002
Stratton in 2002
Stratton Mountain Resort Details
Status:Open
First Year of Operation:1961
Vertical Drop:2,003 feet
Lifts in Operation:1 gondola, 4 high speed six packs, 3 quads, 1 triple, 1 double, surface lifts
Lifts Removed/Non Operational:
Located in Southern Vermont, Stratton Mountain is one of the tallest peaks in New England at 3,936 feet in elevation.

Lift served skiing debuted on the northern peak of the mountain when Stratton Mountain ski area opened with 3 double chairlifts (installed using a then-unique helicopter method) in December of 1961. Designed by Gene Gillis of Sel Hannah's Sno Engineering firm, the area also sported a three story base lodge.

While the facilities were top notch, the muddy access road was called a 'tank-proving ground' by the press. The road received much needed pavement in time for the area's second season.

Stratton's uphill capacity was improved for its third season with the installation of two T-Bars.

A sizable expansion took place the following season, when 30 acres of terrain, served by a new double chairlift, were opened in the new Snow Bowl.

1966-67 saw an expansion of the base lodge, as well as the installation of another double chairlift. The Grizzly Bear and Polar Bear trails were added for the following season.

A New Base Area
The Sun Bowl was developed for the 1968-69 season, adding a new base area, 5 miles of trails, and a new double chairlift.

Main Line (2004)
Main Line (2004)
An additional two chairlift expansion was planned for the 1971-72 season, however Stratton became one of the first ski areas in the state to run into trouble with the new Act 250 law, when residents of Winhall forced the ski area to first overhaul its sewer system in advance of potential increases in skier vists.

The Main Line pod was partially developed in the early 1970s, however development was halted prior to the installation of a chairlift.

Snowmaking was expanded to the summit circa 1974.

Also in 1974, James Sunday was paralyzed after a fall while skiing at Stratton. In a landmark decision three years later, Sunday was awarded $1.5 million by a jury. The decision resulted in significant price increases throughout the ski industry, due to skyrocketing liability insurance costs.

New Ownership, Part 1
Late in 1979, Stratton purchased nearby Bromley and assumed its multi-million dollar debt. Stratton's debt was now reportedly up to $7 million. Moore and Munger, Inc. came to the rescue and purchased Stratton in early 1980. During during the 1980s, Jake Burton found an ally in Stratton, when it became the first ski area to allow snowboarding. In addition to this, Stratton also became home to the first snowboard school, and would start hosting US Open snowboard races in 1985. Stratton would later become home to the first half pipe and formal terrain park on the east coast.

In the mid 1980s, in conjunction with the expansion of Stratton Village, the lift network at Stratton was modernized. Four new Poma chairlifts were installed in 1985 and 1986, replacing aging Heron-Pomas.

In the fall of 1987, Moore and Munger, Inc. sold Bromley to the owners of nearby Magic Mountain. The following year, the famous Gondola was installed to the summit of Stratton.

New Ownership, Part 2
In the spring of 1989, Victoria USA, Inc., a Japanese sporting goods company that owned Breckenridge, purchased Stratton. Later that year, the Kidderbrook area debuted.

New Ownership, Part 3
Intrawest purchased the ski area from Victoria USA, Inc. in 1994 and quickly started another round of new lift installations, eventually rolling out four new high speed six pack chairlifts.

With the installation of these new high speed chairlifts, the fixed grip quads of the area quickly lost popularity. With its parent company facing some tough times, Stratton removed the often-idle Kidderbrook chairlift following the 2006-07 season.

Intrawest announced $6.5 million of projects for the 2013-2014 season, including new snowcats, improved snowmaking, two new glades, and base resort improvements.


Expansion History
Expansion History
Project NameSeasonStatus
Snow Bowl1964-65Open
Sun Bowl1968-69Open
Main Line1972-73Open
Kidderbrook 1989-90Open

Image Gallery
1962-63 Eastern Ski Map1964-65 Eastern Ski Map1965-66 Eastern Ski Map1966-67 Eastern Ski Map
1971-72 Eastern Ski MapStratton Aerial Imagery, 1992 vs. 2010
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Lifts
Click on lift name for information and photos
Standing Lifts
Installed
The American Express in 2013American Express
Doppelmayr
Chairlift - Sixpack - Detachable
1995-96
The Shooting Star Six Pack (right) in 2004Shooting Star Express
Garaventa CTEC
Chairlift - Sixpack - Detachable
2001-02
The SMS Poma in 2004SMS Poma
Heron-Poma
Platter
1971-72
The Snow Bowl Quad in 2006Snow Bowl Quad
Poma
Chairlift - Quad - Fixed
1986-87
The Solstice Quad in 2002Solstice Quad
Poma
Chairlift - Quad - Fixed
2001-02
The South American Quad in 2014South American Quad
Poma
Chairlift - Quad - Fixed
2001-02
The top of the Stratton gondola in 2006Starship Gondola
Poma
Gondola - 12 Person
1988-89
The Sunrise Six Pack (left) in 2004Sunrise Express
Garaventa CTEC
Chairlift - Sixpack - Detachable
2001-02
The Tamarack Triple in 2014Tamarack Triple
Borvig
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
1977-78
The URSA Six Pack in 2006URSA Express
Garaventa CTEC
Chairlift - Sixpack - Detachable
1999-00
The Villager Double in 2014Villager Double
Poma
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1985-86

Past Lifts
Seasons
Betwixed Double
Borvig
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1982-83
-
1994-95
Grizzly Double
Borvig
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1977-78
-
1998-99
The top of the Kidderbrook Quad in 2006Kidderbrook Quad
Poma
Chairlift - Quad - Fixed
1989-90
-
2006-07
Lower T-Bar
Hall
T-Bar
1963-64
-
1975-76
The North American Double circa 1962North American Double
Heron
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1961-62
-
1984-85
North American Quad
Poma
Chairlift - Quad - Fixed
1985-86
-
1998-99
Snow Bowl Double
Heron
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1964-65
-
1985-86
Standard Double
Heron
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1966-67
-
1994-95
Sun Bowl Double
Heron
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1968-69
-
1985-86
Sun Bowl Quad
Poma
Chairlift - Quad - Fixed
1986-87
-
2000-01
Suntanner Double
Heron
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1961-62
-
1994-95
Tamarack Double
Borvig
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1976-77
-
1976-77
Teddy Bear

Platter

-
Tyrolienne Double
Heron
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1961-62
-
2000-01
Upper T-Bar
Hall
T-Bar
1963-64
-
1977-78

Maps
1964-65 Stratton Mountain Trail Map1967-68 Stratton Mountain Trail Map2005-06 Stratton trail map2007-08 Stratton trail map2008-09 Stratton trail map2011-12 Stratton trail map2012-13 Stratton trail map2013-14 Stratton trail map
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Year by Year History
Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket
2010s Ticket Price
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2014-15$98.002014-15 Ticket Price GraphNovember 26April 122014-15 Skier Visit Graph
2013-14$92.002013-14 Ticket Price GraphNovember 23April 132013-14 Skier Visit Graph
2012-13$87.002012-13 Ticket Price GraphNovember 21April 142012-13 Skier Visit Graph
2011-12$87.002011-12 Ticket Price GraphDecember 4March 252011-12 Skier Visit Graph
2010-112010-11 Ticket Price GraphNovember 272010-11 Skier Visit Graph
2009-10$82.002009-10 Ticket Price GraphDecember 8April 112009-10 Skier Visit Graph
2000s Ticket Price
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2008-092008-09 Ticket Price GraphApril 122008-09 Skier Visit Graph
2007-08$78.002007-08 Ticket Price GraphApril 202007-08 Skier Visit Graph
2006-07$75.002006-07 Ticket Price GraphApril 82006-07 Skier Visit Graph
2005-06$72.002005-06 Ticket Price GraphNovember 23April 9390,0002005-06 Skier Visit Graph
2004-05$72.002004-05 Ticket Price Graph400,0002004-05 Skier Visit Graph
2003-04$72.002003-04 Ticket Price GraphApril 11368,0002003-04 Skier Visit Graph
2002-03$72.002002-03 Ticket Price Graph417,0002002-03 Skier Visit Graph
2001-022001-02 Ticket Price Graph387,0002001-02 Skier Visit Graph
2000-01$60.002000-01 Ticket Price Graph2000-01 Skier Visit Graph
1999-00$59.001999-00 Ticket Price GraphApril 91999-00 Skier Visit Graph
1990s Ticket Price
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1997-98$50.001997-98 Ticket Price GraphNovember 151997-98 Skier Visit Graph
1996-97$49.001996-97 Ticket Price Graph1996-97 Skier Visit Graph
1993-94$41.001993-94 Ticket Price Graph1993-94 Skier Visit Graph
1992-93$39.001992-93 Ticket Price Graph1992-93 Skier Visit Graph
1991-92$39.001991-92 Ticket Price GraphNovember 91991-92 Skier Visit Graph
1990-91$38.001990-91 Ticket Price Graph1990-91 Skier Visit Graph
1989-90$36.001989-90 Ticket Price Graph1989-90 Skier Visit Graph
1980s Ticket Price
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1988-89$35.001988-89 Ticket Price Graph1988-89 Skier Visit Graph
1987-88$34.001987-88 Ticket Price Graph1987-88 Skier Visit Graph
1983-84$25.001983-84 Ticket Price Graph1983-84 Skier Visit Graph
1982-83$24.001982-83 Ticket Price Graph1982-83 Skier Visit Graph
1981-82$23.001981-82 Ticket Price Graph350,0001981-82 Skier Visit Graph
1980-81$20.001980-81 Ticket Price Graph310,0001980-81 Skier Visit Graph
1970s Ticket Price
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1974-75$12.001974-75 Ticket Price Graph1974-75 Skier Visit Graph
1969-70$10.001969-70 Ticket Price Graph1969-70 Skier Visit Graph
1960s Ticket Price
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1968-691968-69 Ticket Price GraphNovember 161968-69 Skier Visit Graph
1963-64$6.501963-64 Ticket Price Graph1963-64 Skier Visit Graph
1962-63$6.501962-63 Ticket Price Graph1962-63 Skier Visit Graph
1961-621961-62 Ticket Price GraphDecember 23April 101961-62 Skier Visit Graph

Visitor Memories
"Every year I go with my friend Revel, and we always have the greatest time! I remember when I graduated ski school it was one of the proudest moments of my life! I recommend this to ANYONE! See you on the slopes!"
Augustus Stimpson, Jan. 29, 2015
"I remember going to Stratton for a grooming trade show. I was a groomer at nearby MT Snow at the time. We were able to hop into any machine that was on the snow and running to operate it and get a feel for it. Others would have an operator take you for a ride. The Hagglund was most impressive and fast. I believe this was 1990. Also fond memories of ski trips from school."
Jim Hall, Feb. 21, 2013
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External Links
  • Stratton Mountain - official site
  • Stratton Mountain - FranklinSites.com
  • Last updated: May 19, 2015

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