Stratton is for learners

STRATTON, Vt. – Stratton has been the epicenter for Olympians, weekend warriors, and locals since the 1960s. This winter, southern Vermont’s highest peak wants to take “never evers” of all ages and make them snow sport lovers.

January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard month nationwide, and there’s no better place to learn a new sport than the slopes of skiing and snowboarding’s original state. On Friday, Jan. 11, Stratton wants to get as many beginners as possible on snow to learn how to ski or ride.

“We want to instill a passion for the sport from day one,” says Duane Stutzman, director of Stratton Mountain Sport School. “Participants will have a blast learning new skills and meeting new friends. A fun nurturing and safe environment ensures that they develop an appreciation for the mountains and a love for skiing and snowboarding.”

For those looking to enter the snow sports community, join in the fun Jan. 11 with a Learn to Ski/Ride package, which includes a 1.75-hour lesson from a Stratton Mountain Sports School professional, complete and freshly tuned rental package, and a learning area lift ticket. To book, visit

Throughout the month, Stratton is also participating in Ski Vermont’s beginner lesson package, which includes a beginner area lift ticket, lesson, and rentals. At Stratton, this program is open to new skiers and riders ages 13 and up, and is unavailable Jan. 1 and Jan. 19-20. For more information, visit

Stratton is focusing on beginners of all ages throughout the season this year by offering the same Learn to Ski and Learn to Ride programs any day, all season long. For those looking to explore Stratton’s peak and see all the terrain that awaits them, an all mountain access ticket can be added to the program for an additional fee.

No matter ability or age, lessons are a great way to have more fun and learn to be more efficient, and less tired for après, in your skiing and riding.

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