|Stratton Mountain Ski Resort|
|Among the closest Vermont skiing to New York City, Hartford & Boston, Stratton's sophisticated clientele get upscale services. Snowboarding was invented here.|
Stratton Mountain Ski Resort is on a country road between the villages of Bondville and Jamaica VT, off VT Routes 30 and 100 (map).
The nearest large town is Manchester VT, about 20 miles (35 minutes) away.
Travel to Stratton from:
Boston MA: 140 miles (225 km) SE, 3 hours
Hartford CT: 120 miles (193 km) S, 2.5 hours
New York City: 235 miles (378 km) S, 4 hours
The mountain (3936 feet/1200 meters) has a vertical drop of 2003 feet (611 meters) and 90 ski trails: 38 green, 28 blue, and 24 black, served by 16 ski lifts.
GPS units are issued to students (especially kids) in the ski schools so they can track their distance, speed and elevation, and as a safety measure to record their locations on the mountain. Other skiers can rent the GPS units as well.
Snowboarding is big at Stratton, and both riders and skiers are happy that snowboarders have their own parks with plenty of hips, tables, rails, pipes and half-pipes.
In fact, snowboarding was invented here in the early 1980s when Jake Carpenter snuck onto closed slopes to test and improve his first snowboard. (He went on to found Burton Snowboards.)
The village, built as a commercial center for the ski resort, has shops, boutiques, cafés, restaurants, and heated sidewalks that stay clear of snow in winter.