Stowe Ski Resort is one of the best known ski resorts in USA located in Vermont , at the base of Vermont’s highest peak , Mount Mansfield . Stowe offers traditional New England charm and the biggest vertical drop in the area. Stowe’s two ski areas are Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak.
Stowe was first developed as a resort last century , but its infrastructure is considerably newer and includes a quad and a gondola that are bang up to date. The town is six miles (9.6 km) from the skiing and is sufficiently charming to make Stowe one of the few North American snowsport resorts that non-skiers can enjoy as much as skiers.
The charming New England village has 90 plus shops and 60 plus restaurants give visitors a host of options.Stowe also has the longest average trail length and the most challenging fall line in New England.
Set on Vermont’s highest peak, Mount Mansfield, Stowe resort has a good snow record, averaging 333 inches (846 cm) per year.
There are free daily mountain tours led by a mountain host to introduce skiers to the area. Despite the resort’s popularity, midweek skiing, outside peak holiday times, is uncrowned. Night skiing is laid on from Thursday to Saturday from mid-January to mid-March.
Stowe has an impressive vertical drop (by New England standards) of 2,160 feet (659 m). From the top of Mt. Mansfield you have views of the Green Mountains of Vermont, the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and the Adirondack Mountains of New York. The resort is a 15-minute drive from the town and there is a regular shuttle bus service
Stowe’s 48 trails (“The Great 48”) cover a distance of 39 miles (62 km) and include the longest average trail length and the most challenging fall line in New England. The resort is perfect for typical recreational skiers, with a wide range of intermediate terrain and plenty of variety from top-to-bottom trails with groomed cruisers, bump trails, and some truly fine glade skiing. There is also good beginner skiing, mainly on Spruce Peak.
Most of Stowe’s twelve lifts run from bottom to top of the mountain, so that on most trails you ski the full vertical drop of the peak.
Snowboards are definitely welcome in Stowe, which is home to Burton snowboards, the brand that started it all.
The Burton Method Center is a popular place to take up boarding, with its combination of special techniques and learning equipment to get you over the painful early stages. The success rate for newcomers to snowboarding (in terms of them continuing to board) is far higher here than elsewhere.
At the mountain base there’s just one slope side hotel: the Inn at the Mountain, which also has condos, near the Toll House lift.
There are also hotels, houses and apartments spread along Mountain Road or are found in Stowe itself. The most famous hotel is the Trapp Family Lodge
Stowe takes New England charm to the extreme. If you’re looking for some good skiing , wooden buildings surrounded by snowy forest, this is the place to go for !