The Green Door Pub, located in the basement of the clover-themed Mulligan’s Restaurant, is a windowless shrine to the U.S. Open and Stratton snowboarding. While the great legends of snowboarding have left their mark on the trails and pipes of Stratton, it is hard to get “sense of place” while on the mountain. Although one can traverse the slopes that once served as the base for memorable competitions, it is hard to feel the history. A journey down the slightly curved steps and a sharp left into the Green Door is akin to stepping into U.S. Open’s hallowed grounds. The Green Door Pub evokes a tangible sense of heritage and tradition. Started in the early 1990s, Pete Christy, with the assistance of cheap eats and drink, created a comfortable hangout. In the depths of this room, competitors and spectators, carvers and jibbers, Goofy and Regular, Burton and Sims, even skiers and snowboarders came together to create a whole new legend. They seem to be essential rites of passage for U.S. Open spectators—watching the half-pipe finals and a night at the Green Door.
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