From a ski season that seemed to be on its last legs a week ago, the weather has turned upside down and we are now in the midst of some of the best skiing of the year. Last week’s storm brought lots of snow to the ski areas of New Hampshire and Vermont, so we thought we’d check out the conditions at Stratton Mountain.
Stratton isn’t far from Keene, NH — Route 30 leads there from Brattleboro, Vermont. Unlike a lot of the ski resorts of New Hampshire, Stratton is more like a destination village with hotel facilities and a raft of shops and restaurants along its own main street. In short, the feeling of the place is more akin to that of Mont Tremblant in Quebec, or some of the major western ski resorts. The scope of Stratton is best seen from its access road when, as you pass the golf club, the whole face of the mountain and its trails appear. It is big enough to keep you occupied for days. And the snow conditions are near perfect right now.
Direct access to the top is via a gondola, and the views from the summit cover miles of Vermont and over into New Hampshire. The vertical drop here is more than 2,000 feet, which means multiple long slopes and trails. But the important thing to note now is that the snow of earlier in this week has created some of the winter’s best conditions. With a solid base, the new stuff has put a finishing touch on all the trails. Just looking down on Upper Standard from the gondola is enough to get your heart beating. This is packed powder at its best.
The colder weather is supposed to hold for a while, making this a very good time to give this mountain a try if you have not yet done so, or to renew an old friendship. Stratton also has some substantial discounts on ski and lodging packages, making a stay of a few days very tempting.