Stratton starts season Wednesday

Here’s another Vermont ski area in the starting gate: Stratton will kick off its season at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Here’s the official announcement:

Snowmaking at the base on Sunday, Nov. 18.

“We anticipate opening intermediate to advanced trails on the Upper Mountain, including Black Bear, Grizzly Bear, North American and Polar Bear. It’s too soon to tell if the Lower Mountain will be open, but our snowmakers’ priority is to get the mountain open top to bottom when Mother Nature delivers the temperatures. Parks Crew is dropping features in the base area and stockpiling snow for the Village Rail Jam on Saturday.

“Snowmakers are still hard at work layering the Upper and Lower Mountain with snow when and where they can. Another round of snowmaking over Saturday night added depth on the Upper Mountain and snowmakers continued to “connect the dots” from top to bottom.

“Meanwhile, those in the business of shaping that snow – our groomers – are busy pushing snow piles and smoothing trails. After two more nights, they will have made a pristine canvas for our first tracks.”

No word on what Stratton will be charging for lift tickets.

Other Vermont areas now open are Killington, Okemo, Stowe and Sugarbush. Visit Ski Vermont for updates.

Jim Shay