Was there Saturday also. A solid 7" of snow pretty much everything this was open but the Sunbowl where they did not run the lift, never got close to freezing during the day felt like mid-winter. Interestingly for Stratton almost nothing was groomed bumps everywhere,They had an impressive crowd for April 7th,
Sunday, April 8 - Excellent mid winter conditions continue. It was in the teens when I got to the mountain and the trails were groomed to packed powder perfection. The woods and roped sections were skiing chopped up powder with some hard stuff underneath. There was lots of room for high speed cruising. The temps never got higher than the mid 20s and there were snow showers all afternoon. There was no spring skiing this weekend.
I'm generally not a fan of Stratton; IMHO, its flat, has long runouts and gets too crowded. Plus, it seems like you have to traverse a lot with the existing lift system. Hopefully, the new Snowbowl chair will help alleviate that. In any event, a good friend of mine and his family are and have been Stratton skiers for years and I usually ski a few days there with him each year. In fact, I've been skiing there with him since the late 80's.
Having my friend's house to crash in, an Ikon pass with 5 days at Stratton and last week's storm, the stars seemed to have aligned and I got 2 really good days at Stratton. The best in my recent memory at Stratton.
They left a fair amount (for Stratton) of trails ungroomed and the trees were in play which left me with a smile on my face. All of the ungroomed trails were soft with light powdery snow and powder bumps. Friday was great as the crowds were thin. Today, there was a good sized crowd but the soft snow made it worthwhile and gave us a memorable 2 days of skiing.
Missed the good stuff...didn't get there until Tuesday (4th). Temps had dropped so it was much firmer but not all bad with an 1" of new snow. Only complaint is that it looked like they could have had a lot more of the mountain open. I think those storms caught some of these placed off guard and maybe their full staff wasn't in place just yet. Fun mountain when there are no crowds.
Skied Dec 8,9 at Stratton. Conditions were mostly midwinter dust on crust on the steeper trails. Lots of high speed cruising. The trees were also firm.The lower trails were in better shape. The trails have plenty of coverage and the snowmaking was operating in the Sun Bowl area. The new Snow Bowl HSQ lift is not close to being done and it really throws the skiing patterns out of whack on the Snow Bowl side as all skier traffic is currently directed to Interstate.
New Upper Terminal
View down closed lower Liftline to lower Snow Bowl HSQ terminal area
We never waited more than a few minutes for a lift and the trails were mostly empty.
Skied Stratton today, and it was an interesting adventure. The rain changed over to wet snow around 10:30, but the wind picked up, so the gondola and Snow Bowl lifts were on hold.
Fog moved in, as temps started to drop, so we headed over to Sun Bowl, which was below the fog. Skiing was as expected after warm temps and rain. The snow makers started dragging out hoses to get ready to do damage control, as the snow held up, but there were areas of thin cover and grass showing.
We spent most of the afternoon in the Sun Bowl area flying up and down the mountain. The Shooting Star chair went down due to a mechanical issue for a few hours, and was still down at 3:00 when we took our last run.
We may just ski Killington tomorrow, but will decide during dinner.