Strattoncondos "Unofficial" Ski and Slope Conditions 2009
2009 / 2010 Winter Season - Stratton Is Open Dec. 9th Finally
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This is the latest we have seen Stratton open in many years, and it jumped from warm weather into zero plus cold the first week in December. Great for making snow. Top to bottom skiing. Snow Report for Amazing 2008 / 2009 Winter Season at Stratton Mountain
Last report - April 2009. Warm, wet and great. Stratton finished with a great season on Easter, April 12th. It was probably the best in Southern Vermont with about 180 inches of natural snow.
March 2009. Mid March really warmed up and it was spring skiing all month. Stratton groomed every day it could. Some days there was vermont gravel ... chuncked up hard snow to start. By mid-day it was warm. The US Open started warm and slow in mid-March. The roads became muddy. Skiing and snowboarding were still great.
January and February 2009, Great Skiing. It is typical Vermont. Everything was open. The world was almost perfect. Sometimes very cold. It snowed a lot that season. It has been very cold, warmed up, perfect, rained pellet ice, froze, became tremendously windy and then snowed again. And this sometimes at Stratton, this is all in one day and even all in one hour. We just bring waterproof and layered clothing and go for it. (Check out our Packing List).
For example, Jan 7th everything happened, snow, ice pellets and then finishing with some overnight snow. It all was groomed by 8:30 AM January 8th. The ice pellet storm finished with 4 inches of powder, and things were almost perfect, but windy, on January 8th.
December. "Amazing", "awesome", "terriffic", "best ever". Those were comments I heard from people passing in the Village in mid-December both this and last year (plus some other extremely positive, but not printable comments). I asked everyone I met, and explained I had to work all day with condo rentals and could not get out. I searched for someone to tell me that it wasn't perfect. One young man said "Sorry, but we can not tell a lie. It was superb." Thanks to tons of natural snow, cold weather and great snowmaking, the whole mountain was open.
By mid-December, Stratton looked like Arapaho Basin in the middle of winter. And it was cold.
Wednesday Opening Day, Nov. 26, Thanksgiving Weekend. Perfect. Stratton opened up with a lot of trails open, top to bottom. There was about 8 inches of new powder. The rest of the weekend was really good.
From previous years: Stratton and it's residents all want to thank our local Olympic participants, Lindsey Jacobellis, Andy Newell and Tricia Byrnes. How one Southern Vermont mountain can produce a winter gold medal winner in 2002 and a silver winter medal winner in 2006 and another in soccer is just amazing. Thank you. For pictures of the snowfalls this year and the past two years, just click on pictures.
We even had fun (and talk about it) in the bitter cold spells during the winter. Several nights outside of our condo on the mountainside last year, we were reading minus 11 to minus 16. When it warmed up (to minus 6), we went over to the Bistro Henry's with some friends for dinner in Manchester. It was an adventure ... but it just takes a good bottle of wine at the Three Clock Inn, Chanticleer, Perfect Wife, Wilburton Inn (where it sometimes cold, but a warm fire is always going) or at Ye Olde Tavern (just a few of the great places we stop at in the bitter cold). For a list of great restaurants, click on "restaurants listed by distance from Stratton".
So the trick is to bring warm layered clothing to Vermont. Then you can shed off layers in the mid-day. If you get hurt on the mountain, you can go to the Stratton Mountain Otis Clinic ... just below the gondola for help. They are right there for emergency help. They quickly patched up my daughter, after she ran into an invisible (?) mogul one spring, sliced through her sister's skipants (she was wearing). Quickly, they sewed her up. They were great and she was back on the slope next day. (The pants still are not fixed ... now does anyone know a good tailor?)
Winter Sking Tip: Even if it's warm during the day, it can still be cold early, late in the afternoon or at the top of Stratton. Bring lots of layers and varied clothing to Vermont. Cover everything up when it is better cold. Face and hand protection are a must. Wear layers of long undergarments. Check often for frostbite on zero degree days and stop in often. For fun and a quick warm up, take a break at the Igloo mid-mountain and learn about safety in the theme parks. Also bring some exercise clothing and swimming gear for the Stratton Health Club. Try cross country skiing when it is cold ... also layers of loose clothing there because it is a workout and you shed clothing as you go. Most of all ... have fun ... be safe ... stay warm.
A tree off the Drifter trail.
At the top of Stratton Mountain, you can take a long easy cruize down Wanderer or Drifter and enjoy incredible view.
Cleaning off the Bear at the top of Stratton.
At the top of Stratton, we always visit and take pictures by the bear the first day Stratton is open.
This picure was taken one Thanksgiving of my oldest daughter, who had to climb on to the base of the bear. Within a month this year, the bear was almost level with the snow.
Within a year, our grandson was sitting on the bear.