Stratton unveils $10M in capital improvements

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STRATTON MOUNTAIN — Stratton Mountain is planning new trails for its bike park, a new event venue, employee housing, additional parking and other upgrades as part of a $10 million capital improvement campaign.

Alterra Mountain Company, which owns Stratton Mountain, recently announced its plans to invest $223 million in capital improvements across its 15 North American mountain destinations for the upcoming year.

In year three as part of the Alterra Mountain Company family of destinations, the capital investment for Stratton now totals more than $30 million. Year one brought the new Snow Bowl lift, opening quicker access to the west side terrain on the mountain. Year two brought mountain biking and 12,000 feet of snowmaking pipe for the learning area, which was also redesigned to enhance the beginner ski and snowboard experience.

Phase two of the mountain bike park build begins this summer. Together with Sinuosity, a Vermont-based company known for sustainable design, Stratton will add six new trails to complement last season's eight downhill trails. Highlights include a hand-cut single track which is a tighter trail that pushes the rider's technical skill in wooded areas. Stratton is also adding its first black diamond trail that features steeper, faster terrain, rock drops, roots, larger jumps and tighter turns. Sinuosity plans to round out the build with a flow/jump trail. Built with progression in mind, this trail will feature larger jumps and tabletops to push riders looking for air, but will also include "go-arounds" and smaller jump options, allowing riders to build their skills and confidence, and work towards hitting the larger features in the bike park.

Sinuosity plans to make refinements to some phase one trails, including rerouting the first two berms on Trail 1 to take away the intimidation factor when dropping in for the first time. Adding black diamond terrain, while rerouting beginner trails, adds progressive variation in the bike park, accommodating everyone from first-time riders to trail veterans.

Also included in the capital improvement plan is a new lake house venue located on Stratton Mountain Lake at the Stratton Golf Course. This new building will be home to weddings, corporate outings, family retreats and more, as a scenic summertime venue nestled in the Green Mountains.

In addition to new mountain bike terrain and an outdoor summer concert series, Stratton offers a 27-hole golf course, tennis school, wedding venues, corporate retreats, kid's camps, hiking, fitness classes, yoga, and mountain bike lessons in the summer.

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