For New Yorkers, a Vermont ski weekend can mean as much as eight hours of driving one-way … or as little as four, which is what it takes to get to Stratton. Maybe if it were farther, Stratton skiers would appreciate the place more, but as usual they seem a little tough with their rankings. No. 13 for Lodging and Travel Ease? No. 17 for Scenery? Even Stratton’s highest mark—No. 6 for Nightlife—seems low to anyone who has ever partied at the Green Door.
It’s always easy to spot less deserving resorts with higher rankings, but reader comments tell a different story. No one describes Stratton as an expert’s paradise (No. 19 for Terrain), but it’s clear that there’s real love for the place—for the busy village, the reliably well-groomed cruisers, speedy lifts, luxurious lodgings, and splendid summit views. “Helpful staff ”… “Family-friendly” … “I’ve never had a bad day at Stratton.”
And those stingy rankings? Maybe they’re just trying to keep the place to themselves. — Joe Cutts
Wildcat Mountain's 2020 SKI Magazine Reader Resort Survey Rank: 13th in the East
- APRÈS-SKI: The party-hearty deck at the Grizzly, with its view of the base area and terrain park, makes all the other great après-ski decks of the East feel a little insecure.
- DINNER PICK: Try the 21-hour pork belly at Verde or Wiener Schnitzel at the new Fire Tower, then explain how Stratton only ranks No. 11 for Dining.
SKI Magazine's 2019 Review of Stratton, Vt.
Stratton is a classy place, long a destination for affluent metropolitan skiers who like the easy drive to its southern Vermont slopes. And as you’d expect at a place that feels a little like a country club on snow, Stratton’s trails are as immaculately groomed as any fairways. High-speed lifts and solid-blue cruisers, clean and spiffy lodges, a private slopeside clubhouse, a thriving race academy, and a base-area promenade lined with shops and fine restaurants seal the deal for the Westchester County families, many of whom have been loyal Stratton skiers for decades.
Come to Stratton Mountain for the...
- DINNER RESERVATION Fire Tower for a Bacon Old Fashioned and the signature Ahi nachos.
- MANDATORY RUN Limber up on Sunriser Supertrail, then hop the quad and hit sun-soaked Shooting Star first thing.
- APRÈS SPOT Totally redone this past season, Grizzly’s is bigger and better with more live music.