Stratton Mountain Resort, Vermont, announced a $6.9 million investment this week for the 23/24 season. The resort’s press release states that the investment will go into enhancing multiple facets of the guest and employee experience beginning in the base area with RFID lift gates and a reimagined Beginner Area.
Stratton Mountain will be adding RFID gates to ease access to all major lift terminals. Stratton Mountain Season Passes, Day Tickets, and Ikon Passes will work with these RFID gates at all main base area lifts and carpets as well as Sunrise Express and Snow Bowl Express.
Groundwork has started on a reimagined Learning Zone as part of the Stratton Mountain Sports School’s commitment to the learning process and getting new skiers and riders on snow. Three new covered surface lifts (carpets) will be added to the Learning Zone, bringing the total to five surface lifts in the main base area.
Along with the addition of three new covered surface lifts, slopes within the Learning Zone will be regraded giving new levels of tiered progression for new skiers and snowboarders to start, learn, progress, and graduate from.
“The intention of the learning area project is to enhance the experience for new skiers & riders by removing some of the obstacles that often are difficult for those entering the sport. The regrading of the terrain, as well as the expansion of amount of accessible terrain available in the base area will allow skiers and riders to spread out and focus on developing the skills needed to continue to learn and progress, in a more comfortable environment.”
Devon Cavagnino, Director of Skier & Rider Services
Stratton is also investing in HKD’s KLIK Manual hydrant technology, an add-on to existing HKD tower guns. HKD KLIK manual hydrants can boost snowmaking production by as much as 100% when compared to using traditional hydrants and hoses.
Other investments include a new indoor rock climbing center, CLIMB Stratton Rocks and Boulders, which will open in the summer as well as investments in five side-by-side Utility Terrain Vehicles, six new snowmobiles, three new passenger busses and continued paving on the access road for summer 2023. On mountain lodges will also receive some upgrades and new LED lighting will be installed around the resort to increase energy efficiency. Annual lift painting on Sunrise Express, Ursa, and Shooting Star will be completed for winter, rounding out the bundle of investments for the 23/24 season at Stratton.