Stowe Skiing at a Glance:
485 acres, 40 miles of skiing
116 Trails – the longest run 4.7 mile Toll Road
Stowe is a bold and beautiful, steep yet sophisticated. We love skiing Stowe – the best skiing in New England, for stylish lodging, après ski and shopping, with impressive terrain and ski lifts amid gorgeous Green Mountain scenery. Mt. Mansfield offers challenging terrain, earning it the moniker “Ski Capital of the East.” Meanwhile the swank Spruce Peak Village, the church-steepled Main Street of Stowe and the bustling Mountain Road of European inspired establishments lend luxury and elegance to this Vermont ski destination.
We love Stowe’s Front Four trails on Mt Mansfield, served by the speedy quad, and the gorgeous runs from the Gondola and Cliff House, a great spot for on mountain lunch and views. Back in the day, Stowe didn’t have on mountain lodging, its one major flaw.
The Stowe Mountain Lodge – also called The Lodge at Spruce Peak in the heart of Spruce Base Camp have brought Stowe a Deer Valley vibe with luxury lodging “slopeside,” a spa, a centerpiece ice rink, and performing arts center. Its posh and pretty, stately and stylish, with outdoor fireplaces, a massive 139-room hotel and spa, ski valet, après ski bars and restaurants, and private mountain “cabins” (code for ski mansions) steps to the ski lifts and trails.
Stowe’s legendary terrain remains unchanged despite all this gentrification and luxe lodging. Original trails like Nose Dive and the famous Front Four, dating back to the 1930’s when Perry Merrill and Charlie Lord cut the first ski runs with the help of the CCC, have been altered and widened over the years to accommodate snowmaking and grooming. But they are still 2,055’ of butt-kicking vertical, just as steep and stunningly scenic. The rugged 1936 Stone Hut still stands at the summit as testament to early ski pioneers that shaped this mountain.
Stowe’s local skiers line up for first quad at 7:30am on weekends, 8am midweek. Stowe’s toughest trails, namely Starr and Goat, haven’t gotten any tamer with age. But Stowe’s more forgiving runs – Lord and Sunrise remain scenic and serene. If you have tackled your “10 by 10,” a Stowe locals’ thing, you start craving fondue lunch with a view at The Cliff House, in the Tyrolean lodge at 3,625’ atop the iconic red Stowe gondola.
Stowe Mountain Resort is EPIC! now owned by Vail Resorts, so the slopes are busier, with the Epic Pass being so affordable for 15 ski resorts (half $ of a previous Stowe-only pass). We suggest you ski Stowe midweek, and stay at The Lodge at Spruce Peak, aka the Stowe Mountain Lodge for luxury, alpine concierge service, and spa. Be sure to take a trip down the Mountain Road to the charming village of Stowe for shopping, and dinner at Stowe’s top restaurants.