Stratton, VT

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10 thoughts on “Stratton, VT

  1. Collin March 13, 2018 / 7:07 pm

    URSA, Shooting Star, and Villager are top drive lifts. The rest are bottom drive.


  2. smacpats April 4, 2018 / 6:29 pm

    North american was taken out when they put in ursa in 1999, because they no longer needed it (would’ve possibly been too much uphill capacity, and flooded the slopes in the middle of the mountain). Here’s the 1999-2000 trail map-


  3. somebody January 4, 2019 / 9:03 am

    Kidderbrook was a top alpha drive. At the bottom of kidderbrook the single pole for the alpha return still stands, and at the top the two concrete supports for the drive have been built over by a wooden deck that is used in the summer.


    • Ryan Jacobsen March 13, 2019 / 12:00 pm

      What was the reason for the removal of Kinderbrook? I remember it being very windy and cold at the top


      • Teddy's Lift World March 13, 2019 / 1:03 pm

        It was very underutilized in its later years after Shooting Star was installed. It was a very long ride that was useless with Shooting Star right next to it. It only ran on certain weekends and holidays. Intrawest made the smart decision to sell it and make some money off of it that could be used for future investments. Shooting Star almost never has a line. Just imagine what it was like before 2006. Nobody rode Kidderbrook. There was no legitimate reason to ride it except to lap Kidderbrook or to avoid non-existent lines at Shooting Star. Hope that helps.


        • Collin Parsons March 13, 2019 / 1:14 pm

          Shooting Star was never intended to replace Kidderbrook. It was built to act like a two stage lift with the Sunrise Express below it. With detachable access out of the Sun Bowl they did not want to put even more people on URSA, so they added Shooting Star to allow anyone on the Sunrise Express to continue to the summit without waiting in line. Having that direct access to the summit via the two high speed 6 packs resulted in the Kidderbrook Quad becoming very underutilized. It rarely ran, so Intrawest decided to remove and sell it and it’s now somewhere in Quebec.

          I don’t see it as a high priority to replace because it’s pretty quick to just take the two detachables to the top as it is. Then again I’ve never been to Stratton on a powder day when the runout would be totally awful. If they added some more trails out there, then maybe it would make more sense to replace it.


      • skitheeast March 13, 2019 / 2:46 pm

        When Shooting Star was constructed, Intrawest was cheap and bought a shorter lift instead of having to remove Kidderbrook and install a longer lift. In their defense, they were spending a lot of money at Stratton that year. With Shooting Star in place, Kidderbrook was only used on weekends and holidays (like South American/Solstice are today). In 2005, Intrawest was in bad financial shape and sold part of the lift to Jay Peak to use for their existing quads and sold the rest to Mont Saint-Sauveur in Quebec.


  4. Tijsen January 5, 2019 / 6:33 pm

    Snowbowl Express has 98 chairs, URSA has 86, Amex has 65,


    • Tijsen January 8, 2019 / 5:23 pm

      Also both solstice and South American have an uphill capacity of 2400. Amex has 13 towers, Sunrise has 15, Ursa has 14, Shooting Star has 12, Gondola has 27.


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