Bluebird Weekend at Stratton, Vermont

This past Friday we headed up to Stratton, Vermont to hit the slopes for a weekend. Stratton is located in southern Vermont, about a three hour drive from Boston.

One unique aspect about Stratton is that there is a whole village situated right on the mountain with numerous restaurants, shops and accommodations. We found this to be very convenient. Upon arriving Friday night and parking our car, all amenities were within walking or shuttle distance. We stayed at the Black Bear Lodge which had a great ski mountain vibe to it. The rooms were clean, comfortable and well designed. Each morning there was free continental breakfast. And be sure to check out the lodge's other amenities like hot tub, sauna, and game room.

On Saturday morning we woke up to a beautiful, blue sky day for skiing. There’s a shuttle that continuously runs from Black Bear Lodge to the ski mountain. The ride is just a few minutes long or just a short 5-10 minute walk.

We started our day with a ride up the gondola. Mike's Way and Janeway Jct. are great warm-up runs. A convenient aspect to Stratton Mountain was despite having nearly 100 trails, once you get to the top of the mountain, any part of the mountain is accessible. You don’t have to take multiple lifts up and down, to get from one side of the mountain to the other. Our favorite area of the mountain was all the way to lookers left, by the Sun Bowl lodge. Taking trail 91 to get there was a unique experience, as you ski by condos and houses situated on the mountain.

For challenging terrain on the Sun Bowl side, be sure to access the Shooting Star 6 chairlift.
Our favorite trails on that side of the mountain were Upper Downeaster and Bear Down. After our day on the slopes, we headed to Grizzly's for their apres ski band. The band really had the crowd engaged and it was one of the most enjoyable apres ski experiences of every mountain we’ve ever visited.

Later that night we went back to Grizzly's to see a local comedian, who put on a great show of laughs and music. For dining recommendations check out Mulligan's for a casual vibe and expansive menu including their sushi bar.

We are looking forward to our next trip to Stratton!

Travel the East ©
Kristy Albano & Matt Pickering                                                      

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