SMS – Stratton, VT

This Poma platter services race training for the Stratton Mountain School.
Unloading at the last tower.
Old school Poma tower.
A half tower.
Bottom station.
Poma instructions.
Lower station overview.

10 thoughts on “SMS – Stratton, VT

  1. Tijsen January 21, 2020 / 11:13 am

    I think this lift was sold to Killington


  2. Gavin Lee May 12, 2020 / 5:30 pm

    If this was for race training, why did they remove it?


    • Somebody May 12, 2020 / 6:25 pm

      The main reason it was used was because it was considerably shorter and faster than using the old Snowbowl Fixed Grip Quad. This lift took ~3 minutes whereas the FGQ would usually take ~14. The new snowbowl High Speed Quad takes ~4 minutes and I guess they just decided that it wasn’t worth it to keep maintaining and running this fairly ancient lift to save racers 1-2 minutes.


      • Teddy's Lift World May 13, 2020 / 10:47 am

        Also, I never saw the platter operate and I skied at Stratton 10+ times between 2015 and 2018. It wasn’t really worth maintaining a lift that barely operated.


      • Sam Altavilla May 13, 2020 / 5:48 pm

        The platter rarely ran, only ever for bigger events that usually took less than a day. The hours on the lift were too low to keep spending money on maintenance, hence its removal.


  3. Somebody May 12, 2020 / 6:29 pm

    This was the oldest lift at Stratton for 17 years. That honor now goes to Tamarack (but I doubt that chair will make it even 5 more years). After that chair goes, the oldest lifts on the mountain will be Villager (1985), South American (1985 relocated in 2001), Solstice (1986 relocated in 2001) and the gondola (1988).


  4. Connor February 8, 2021 / 10:44 am

    How do you distinguish a Heron-Poma platter from a Poma one? They look nearly identcal.


    • Peter Landsman February 8, 2021 / 10:45 am

      When they were built. Kind of like Doppelmayr CTEC vs. Doppelmayr.


      • Connor February 8, 2021 / 10:48 am

        Oh right, that makes sense. I can apply this to the old Loveland platter too. Thanks for clarifying.


    • pbropetech January 2, 2022 / 8:23 pm

      You don’t. They’re both Poma; Heron merely sold and installed them. I guess the towerbase bolt pattern was Heron judging from our C-lift.


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