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Stratton 1/24/09-1/25/09

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Posted: Jan 26, 2009 - 5:17 PM GMT

The Mountain
Nothing much new to report. Arrived about 8 both days and as always parking at Sun Bowl was practically empty. Spectacular weather, sun with occasional snow squalls, breezy but not too cold.

The Snow
Groomed packed (deep!) powder. The kind where your pole goes in 4-6", and then you lean on it a little and it drops down another foot and a half. Quite firm early or in the shade, softening up to silky goodness in the afternoon. Snow bowl (Janeway, Drifter, Slaloms and Spruces) quite windblown and skiing down to ice in spots by lunchtime. Kidderbrook, Free Fall, Downeaster, and Tamarack were excellent the entire day. Shocking amount of untracked settled snow in the trees on the upper mountain. (Hint: the second largest of the bear family is a good place to look.)

The Crowd
Skied from 8:30 to 10 Saturday without waiting for a lift. Got fairly crowded (Shooting Star 5-10 minutes, Ursa 15 minutes, Gondola several years) from 10 until lunch. Saturday afternoon waits were 3-5 minutes everywhere, Sunday very little waiting from 1 to close.

Overheard
Austin, apologize to everyone on this lift for complaining so much... Why is that guy going in the trees? He must be lost... We don't have anything like this in North Carolina... The clock tower is a little bit over the top, don't you think?... Uh oh, the kids have figured out they can buy things with their lift ticket...


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Posted: Jan 26, 2009 - 6:01 PM GMT

Love your "Overheard" feature!
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Posted: Jan 26, 2009 - 6:26 PM GMT

Skied Stratton yesterday also. IT WAS FAST!. Quite burrrrrrrrrrrr outside, just could not dodge that wind all day. The Snow bowl lodge is an absolute zoo at the end of the day, never enough room.



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Posted: Jan 26, 2009 - 6:49 PM GMT

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IT WAS FAST!


Sure was! Especially toward Snow Bowl, almost like a race course in the morning.

I try to stay out of the lodges there during lunchtime and after 3. It's always a mob scene. I think having a good crowd-avoidance strategy is a big part of enjoying Stratton
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Posted: Jan 26, 2009 - 7:22 PM GMT

I was there too. It is worth mentioning that the band(AdamEzraBand) at Grizzley's(bar in base lodge) was great. If I needed to park in the Sun Bowl for crowd avoidance, I think that it would be worth driving back to the Main Base for libations. Usually a good band.

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Posted: Jan 26, 2009 - 8:31 PM GMT

dotguy, how is the Sunbowl lodge? I'm thinking about going to Stratton this Sat to use my comp tix but the main lodge is always so crowded and parking is a mile away.
Am I better off going to the Sunbowl?

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Posted: Jan 26, 2009 - 8:56 PM GMT

If you happened to notice two hacks hacking their way down the Ursa Express liftline at 3:00 on Saturday, that was Trackbiker and yours truly.

The Sun Bowl is usually the most expedient place to park and ticket.
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Posted: Jan 26, 2009 - 10:42 PM GMT
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The Sun Bowl lodge is small but full-service. Parking is never an issue early (not sure how it gets later)... much better than going to Lot 2 and waiting for a bus.

Ticketing is at booths outside. Inside there is a full customer service desk (if you have, say, a snow day ticket), a ski shop (with rentals), cafeteria, and bar. They've had a barbecue going on the deck the times I've been up this year.

The only advantage to the main base is luxury shopping and a bazillion condos. I believe there's a shuttle bus back and forth but I've never used it.

PS -- Mr Bolger, how are your skis? There looked to be some shrubbery poking up along there...
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Posted: Jan 27, 2009 - 12:44 AM GMT

The only advantage to the main base is luxury shopping and a bazillion condos. I believe there's a shuttle bus back and forth but I've never used it.


WRONG! see post above

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Posted: Jan 27, 2009 - 3:00 AM GMT

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If you happened to notice two hacks hacking their way down the Ursa Express liftline at 3:00 on Saturday, that was Trackbiker and yours truly.


Hey, speak for yourself! I was gapering my way down.

dotguy78, the snow and the shrubbery were both pretty soft under the lift. The rest of the mountain was starting to get a little hard at that point.
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Posted: Jan 27, 2009 - 2:32 PM GMT

Bondman, where do the shuttles from the snow bowl go then? I always see people getting on and off the buses there... do they only go to lot 2?
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Posted: Jan 27, 2009 - 3:18 PM GMT

The shuttles from the SunBowl DO go to the Main Base. I think that you are wrong when you say that the only benefit of the Main Base is the shopping and the condos. Grizzley's is one of the best Apres' locations in the U.S. A nightclub in the early evening for ageing boomers. The shuttle stops at 5PM, so I would suggest that you drive over. Parking is avalable in the garage late in the day.

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Posted: Jan 27, 2009 - 3:51 PM GMT

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The Sun Bowl lodge is small but full-service. Parking is never an issue early (not sure how it gets later)... much better than going to Lot 2 and waiting for a bus.

Ticketing is at booths outside. Inside there is a full customer service desk (if you have, say, a snow day ticket), a ski shop (with rentals), cafeteria, and bar. They've had a barbecue going on the deck the times I've been up this year.

The only advantage to the main base is luxury shopping and a bazillion condos. I believe there's a shuttle bus back and forth but I've never used it.

PS -- Mr Bolger, how are your skis? There looked to be some shrubbery poking up along there...


Great, thanks for the info.

Rickbolger and trackbiker, I'll give you a yell if I see someone moving as discribed.
Which brings me to another issue, I see all the time that SJ er's are meeting up on the slope. How do you guys find each other? Maybe we need some kind of a special yell or something.

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