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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
The North American Double circa 19621962-63 Eastern Ski Map1964-65 Stratton Mountain Trail Map1964-65 Eastern Ski Map
1966-67 Eastern Ski Map1967-68 Stratton Mountain Trail Map1967-68 Eastern Ski MapThe Snow Bowl as seen on a late 1960s map
The Sun Bowl as seen on the 1968 trail map1971-72 Eastern Ski MapThe proposed lift on the 1972 Stratton trail mapStratton Aerial Imagery, 1992 vs. 2010
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Lifts
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Name Type Brand Installed Removed After
Standing Lifts
American ExpressChairlift - Sixpack - DetachableDoppelmayr  1995-96    
Shooting Star ExpressChairlift - Sixpack - DetachableGaraventa CTEC  2001-02    
SMS PomaPlatterHeron-Poma  1971-72    
Snow Bowl QuadChairlift - Quad - FixedPoma  1986-87    
Solstice QuadChairlift - Quad - FixedPoma  2001-02    
South American QuadChairlift - Quad - FixedPoma  2001-02    
Starship GondolaGondola - 12 PersonPoma  1988-89    
Sunrise ExpressChairlift - Sixpack - DetachableGaraventa CTEC  2001-02    
Tamarack TripleChairlift - Triple - FixedBorvig  1977-78    
URSA ExpressChairlift - Sixpack - DetachableGaraventa CTEC  1999-00    
Villager DoubleChairlift - Double - FixedPoma  1985-86    
Past Lifts
Betwixed DoubleChairlift - Double - FixedBorvig  1982-83  1994-95  
Grizzly DoubleChairlift - Double - FixedBorvig  1977-78  1998-99  
Kidderbrook QuadChairlift - Quad - FixedPoma  1989-90  2006-07  
Lower T-BarT-BarHall  1963-64  1975-76  
North American DoubleChairlift - Double - FixedHeron  1961-62  1984-85  
North American QuadChairlift - Quad - FixedPoma  1985-86  1998-99  
Snow Bowl DoubleChairlift - Double - FixedHeron  1964-65  1985-86  
Standard DoubleChairlift - Double - FixedHeron  1966-67  1994-95  
Sun Bowl DoubleChairlift - Double - FixedHeron  1968-69  1985-86  
Sun Bowl QuadChairlift - Quad - FixedPoma  1986-87  2000-01  
Suntanner DoubleChairlift - Double - FixedHeron  1961-62  1994-95  
Tamarack DoubleChairlift - Double - FixedBorvig  1976-77  1976-77  
Teddy BearPlatter      
Tyrolienne DoubleChairlift - Double - FixedHeron  1961-62  2000-01  
Upper T-BarT-BarHall  1963-64  1977-78  

Skier Visit History
Season Skier Visits Source
2000s
2005-06390,000GraphIntrawest AIF 2006  
2004-05400,000GraphIntrawest AIF 2005  
2003-04368,000GraphIntrawest AIF 2004  
2002-03417,000GraphIntrawest AIF 2003  
2001-02387,000GraphIntrawest AIF 2002  
1980s
1981-82350,000GraphSki  
1980-81310,000GraphSki  

Ticket Price History
Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket
Season Price Source
2010s
2013-14$92.00Graphstratton.com  
2012-13$87.00Graphstratton.com  
2011-12$87.00Graphstratton.com  
2009-10$82.00Graphstratton.com  
2000s
2007-08$78.00Graphstratton.com  
2006-07$75.00Graphstratton.com  
2005-06$72.00Graphstratton.com  
2004-05$72.00Graphstratton.com  
2003-04$72.00Graphstratton.com  
2002-03$72.00Graphstratton.com  
2000-01$60.00Graphstratton.com  
1999-00$59.00Graphstratton.com  
1990s
1997-98$50.00Graphstratton.com  
1996-97$49.00Graphstratton.com  
1992-93$39.00GraphBoston Globe  
1991-92$39.00GraphBoston Globe  
1990-91$38.00GraphBoston Globe  
1989-90$36.00GraphBoston Globe  
1980s
1988-89$35.00GraphRock Hill Herald  
1987-88$34.00GraphBoston Globe  
1983-84$25.00GraphSki America  
1982-83$24.00GraphNashua Telegraph  
1981-82$23.00GraphSki America  
1980-81$20.00GraphBoston Globe  
1970s
1974-75$12.00GraphSkiing  
1969-70$10.00GraphBoston Globe  
1960s
1963-64$6.50GraphBuxton's Eastern Ski Slopes  
1962-63$6.50GraphBuxton's Eastern Ski Slopes  

Visitor Memories
 
Jim Hall
Feb. 21, 2013
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.
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External Links
  • Stratton Mountain - official site
  • Stratton Mountain - FranklinSites.com
  • Last updated: June 6, 2014

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