Mountain Guide

Stratton Trail Guides

Beginner

A learner's paradise, 40% of the terrain here is Green and Beginners can access nearly all areas of the mountain. The lower portion of Stratton, serviced by the American Express Lift has a progression of short, gentle runs - great for children and for building skills and confidence. Novices can ski from top to bottom on Mike's Way to Wanderer. The Green runs by the Sunrise Express are a little longer and steeper.

Intermediate

Intermediates have free reign and ample opportunity to explore different terrain types. The Blues are wide open and groomed with some glades as well as manufactured moguls in short spurts with areas to bail. Much of the Black terrain is also Intermediate-friendly. For a long groomer with some sharper pitches we like Sunriser Supertrail. The Eclipse glades on the lower portion of the Sun Bowl are also fun, the snow tends to stay soft and the pitch is gentle.

Advanced

Though a quarter of the terrain is Black and 9% is Double Diamond, Stratton is not the steepest mountain around. However, the vertical descent is respectable and you can work up a good burn with top to bottom runs. We like to take laps off of the Shooting Star lift (the upper portion of the Sun Bowl) which has some of the mountain’s steeper terrain and a few gladed areas. The large bumps on World Cup are also a good challenge. 

Most lifts service varied terrain so skiers and snowboarders of differing ablities can stay together. The Gondola and three upper lifts converge at the Summit. Crowds can be smaller on the Sun Bowl Side, though there are no Beginner runs from the Summit into the Sun Bowl.

Top Trail Picks

Our team of experts has skied them all. Here are some of our favorites in each category.  
Category
Trail Name
Description​
Area / Getting There

Just Learning

Lower Tamarack

Wide open, groomed, mostly a slow zone, optimal for learning

Exit American Express and take "Underpass" to skier's right; its directly underneath the slower Tamarac Triple

Longest

Mike's Way - Upper West Meadow - Lower Wanderer

~3 miles; From the Summit to the base, scenic views with some flattish areas

From the Summit, head away from the main face (past the bear) and follow large yellow "Easy Street" sign

Scenic Cruiser

Lower Middlebrook

Longer, wide open groomer on the Sun Bowl side

Exit Sunrise Express to the left and follow the signs

Groomers

Sunrise Supertrail

Wide groomer with some steeper sections and centered tree clusters

Black Bear

Groomed, moderately pitched option from the Summit

From the top of Sunrise Express, exit left

From the Summit, stay to your skier's right (past Chute)

Bumps

(Learning)

Suntanner (Park)

Medium sized, manufactured bumps, not too steep and an area to bail

Exit American Express to the left and follow Underpass, look for the big orange sign

Glades

Eclipse

So many options, hard to pick one, but pitch combined with tree spacing makes this one of our favorites

Exit Sundown Express to the left and enter just below Ski Patrol HQ

Burner

Upper to Lower Standard

Together, these broad runs offer a  direct route from Summit to Base; groomed with a moderate pitch

From the Summit, head down underneath the Gondola

Cruiser

Upper Kidder Brook

Not too steep, this run receives ample sunlight, has great snow-making and is perfect for carving big turns

From the Summit, stay all the way to your skier's right (past the Shooting Star Lift)

Bumps 

(Advanced)

World Cup

Site of the FIS World Mogul Competition in 1978 (the first in the East)

From the Summit, stay left on Upper Lift Line to Get My Drift, then follow Upper Slalom Grade and stay to skier's left 

Glades (Steeper)

Moondance

Head here when there is natural snow, it tends to stick and its great fun

From the Summit, head down Black Bear and look out on skier's left

Short & Steep 

Bear Down

Short, but steep and by the end of the day, the bumps can be large

From the Summit, follow Black Bear and take the first cutt-off on your skier's right, connects to Sunrise Supertrail 

On Mountain Dining Recommendations

Dining generally requires a trip to the Base. Mountain Smoke is the only mid-mountain restaurant. For fine dining, head to Verde (weekends and holidays), for pizza try Village Pie. Our top picks for a tasty, convenient meal are here:

Grizzly's

Fun for a sit down lunch or après ski. The atmosphere is lively and there is a full  pub style menu - nachos, soups, sandwiches, pizza. There is also a kids menu. This place is no secret and does get crowded. Come early or plan for a late lunch and secure a prime seat for après. Head to the deck on a nice day.    

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Stratton Market & Deli

Its worth the short walk down the stairs from the Main Base for lunch at this charming deli in the Village. The service is friendly and they have a delicious selection of deli sandwiches, many are served warm. So many options, you will want to return day after day. The cookies are good and big enough to share. Bring your own water though, or be prepared to buy a bottle. 

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Base Camp

Directly next to the Gondola and perfect for a quick bite. Avoid decision fatigue - they only have waffles and pizza. Grab a waffle before heading up the Gondola ($5 with a choice of toppings - chocolate, sprinkles). On a bluebird day, its perfect for a snack between Gondola laps. 

 
 

Stratton Mountain Stats

Size / Elevation
  • Peak: 3,875ft | 1,181m

  • Vertical Drop: 2,003 ft |611m

  • Base: 1,872ft | 571m 

  • Total Area: 625 acres |
    (2.5 sq km)

Terrain Overview

​Mountain Range: Green Mountains

Peaks
  • Summit (3,875ft)

Base
  • Village Base (Main)

  • Sun Bowl Lodge

On Mountain Dining

Lift Stats

Uphill Capacity: 33,928 ppl / hr

11 Total Lifts

  • 1   Gondola (10 passenger)

  • 4   High speed six packs

  • 3   Quads

  • 1   Triple

  • 1   Double

  • 3   Magic Carpets  

  • 1   Lift to access peak from base

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