While most ski resorts announce offseason capital improvements around this time every year, guests aren’t likely to appreciate any of the work that’s being done until the snow starts falling. At Vermont’s Stratton Mountain Resort though, visitors can already make immediate use of some of the improvements made since the lifts were shuttered for winter back in April.
Highlighting Stratton’s $8.9 million in capital improvements for the 2022-23 season is the addition of five new trails — including a skills park — to the resort’s bike park, bringing the total number of resort mountain biking trails to 16. Created with the help of Sinuosity Flowing Trails, a Vermont trail development company, the trails include “Paper Route,” which stretches 1.23 miles into the Snow Bowl area, and the 1-mile, multi-directional “Bear’s Den,” which connects the bike park to the Sun Bowl area.
The skills park, named, “Kick Start,” will also be the home for Stratton Mountain Sports School’s MTB Lessons with ideal terrain to promote proper technique.
“It’s fun,” said Myra Foster, Stratton senior manager marketing and communications, said. “There are berms and gaps and a tabletop. [It’s] a way to to check out your skill level and improve.”