After an overnight dump, get in line for first chair, and head over to the aptly named Snow Bowl. Located to the skiers left, with exposure to the north, trails in the Snow Bowl squeeze the most out of every storm. Blowing snow always finds its way to Drifter—a trail that forms nice pillows of east coast pow. Act quickly, as the locals know to milk Drifter, Spruce, Liftline, and World Cup early in the day before they get tracked up.
Take a breather and hit the quaint and unique mountain village, which features some of the best ski shops in the east, as well as townhouses, gift shops, a jewelry store, and delicious restaurants for a quick bite, drink, or sit-down dinner. We recommend the locally renowned Partridge Deli. Grab “The Pilgrim”—a melt-in-your-mouth combination of Thanksgiving favorites, like hot turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and melted provolone cheese, all in a wheat wrap.
Skiers who call Stratton home know that when the gondola stops spinning, the taps keep flowing at Grizzly’s. Located right in the main base area, Grizzly’s hosts events and specials all season long with live music from local bands daily, and because of its proximity to local lodging, you never have to rock-paper-scissor for a driver. New for this season, Grizzly’s closes at 4pm on Saturdays and reopens with live entertainment at 8:30pm as Grizzly’s Night Club. On sunny days enjoy a locally brewed Long Trail Ale and work on your goggle tan outside on the deck.
Stratton offers a plethora of lodging options, all within walking distance of the base area. If you are on a budget, the Liftline Lodge offers cozy rooms, perfect for a weekend stay. Stratton also offers great ski-and-stay packages, with small families in mind. If you want to take advantage of what Stratton does best, make reservations at the recently built Heathstone Lodge or Rising Bear Lodge. Both are decorated with luxurious yet rustic furnishings, and are walking distance from the slopes. Each lodge offers pool access, hot tubs, and saunas for relaxing after a long day of ripping around. Don’t forget to bring your ice skates for a skate session on the pond in the village common. We promise it will feel more like Apen or Vail than the east coast.
On weekends and holidays most eastern resorts are packed with people escaping the “real world” to enjoy a few days of quality skiing. Thankfully, Stratton has an arsenal of high-speed lifts, six-packs and a gondola to whisk visitors up their 2,000 feet of vertical. Once out of the base area, head to the skiers right and spend the day shredding the terrain served by the Shooting Star Six-Pack on the upper mountain and the Sunrise Express in the Sun Bowl Base Area. The lines are virtually non-existent on these lifts, and trails like Middle Brook, Polar Bear, and Kidder Brook will make you happy you’re not getting bogged down by the crowds in the main base area.