Stratton Mountain Resort
Stratton Mountain Resort
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Submitted on January 17, 2019 by rocket21 (866 Rating866)
Session SessionAfternoon
Lift Ticket Ticket TypeIkon Pass
Lift Lines Lift Lines0 minutes
Snow Trail Conditions85% open; Loose Granular, Frozen Granular
Glades GladesDid not venture in, but fully covered.
Moguls Moguls
Terrain Park Terrain Park(s)
Run of the Day Run of the DayBig Ben
Food and Beverage Food and BeverageWith prices on the high side, opted to grab a quick lunch at the 7-11 near the access road.
Comments CommentsSkied Stratton this afternoon as if it were two ski areas (Sun Bowl and Snow Bowl), completely avoiding the main mountain lifts.

Started on upper Sun Bowl/Kidderbrook with the Shooting Star 6 open early afternoon. Kidderbrook was a bit inconsistent, as I don't think it had been groomed overnight. Random boilerplate and windrows. Free Fall had some random ice, but there was granular to be found to turn in. Bear Down had some ice and some man made powder moguls. Upper Middlebrook was a skating rink on the steeps and turns, as it often seems to be.

With the new Snow Bowl high speed quad running, I headed over there when the Shooting Star 6 shut down for the afternoon. The new lift certainly makes this complex more appealing. Conditions weren't particularly good, though. Spruce and Switchback had lots of boilerplate. Liftlift was pretty bad, with ice, bumps, and rocks. I recollect Upper Slalom Glade and Drifter also being scratchy. Lower Slalom Glade and World Cup were closed for snowmaking. Janeway Junction was decent, as there was snowmaking in progress to refresh it. Mike's and Meadows were so so, but Drifter Link was icy. Upper Wanderer and Work Road were closed. Lower Wanderer was also closed with some heavy equipment digging on it, as was Cabot's Run.

I rounded out the day on lower Sun Bowl. Lower Middlebrook was boilerplate, but it's pretty gentle, so turning isn't much of an issue. Lower Downeaster was okay. Sunriser Supertrail was pretty much wall to wall groomed and pretty good. For last run, I skied Big Ben, which was still mostly untouched corduroy. Other than I-91, pretty much everything else in the Sun Bowl is closed.

Chilly with some early afternoon sun. A little wind on Snow Bowl, but otherwise not too much. Of the three complexes I skied, Snow Bowl was easily the busiest, likely attributable to the new lift (which ran smoothly).
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