Stowe Mountain Resort

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Joretta Wong
Pros
  • Efficient and fast, updated lifts
  • Challenging variety of trails and great out of bounds skiing
  • Free shuttle bus between the ski resort and historic Stowe Village
  • Good après-ski activities
  • Upscale atmosphere in the Northeast, from lodging to dining options
Cons
  • Everything is expensive, from lift tickets to equipment rentals
  • Unpredictable weather
  • During the holidays, bad traffic on the main highway to the ski resort and difficult to find parking
  • Crowded trails on weekends
  • Far drive from NYC (6 hours) and Boston (4 hours)
Overall
3.9

Consistently ranked as one of the top-ranking ski resorts in Vermont, Stowe is as posh as it is popular. The expert terrain draws quite some attention in the Northeast with challenging trails and incredible out of bounds skiing. Off the mountain, it's all quite glamorous with everything from luxurious accommodation to fine dining. 

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go

January and February

When there has been a decent snowfall, the best months to visit Stowe are January and February. You should avoid going on President's Week because all of New England will be on school vacation.

FLY TO

Burlington Airport

DRIVE TO

Stowe Mountain Resort (1 hour)

Stowe Village (8 mi)

  • Budget to luxurious accommodation available
  • Offers a variety of restaurants and facilities
  • Free shuttle to the ski resort

Find accommodations around here

Stowe Mountain Lodge

  • High-end ski-in/ski-out accommodation
  • Offering everything from studios to suites with full kitchen
  • Full service spa

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For beginners

Given the high prices of everything here, Stowe is probably not the best value for beginner skiers. Nevertheless the base of Spruce Peak has a beginner area while for boarders, there are 6 terrain parks within Midway Small Park to practice at. The best beginner run is Toll Road to Lower Toll Road - it goes from summit to bottom, is long and winding, and a good challenge for beginners who are ready for to step it up. It's also the longest run at Stowe!

For intermediates

Stowe is perfect for intermediate skiers and snowboards with 55% of the trails being blues! The best intermediate trails are the long cruisers like Main Street which is wide with great views from all directions. Boarders will enjoy the Lower Standard Medium Park.

For experts

Serious skiers will be thankful for how steep Stowe mountain is. Stowe is known for its infamous Front Four double-black diamond trails (National, Goat, Starr and Liftline). They are the most challenging trails, narrow, with boulder drops and ledges on one and ungroomed terrain so be prepared for moguls. Expert boarders should try out Tyro Large Park for massive jumps, boxes and rails.

Find freshies

Access the woods by taking the Sensation Quad for the best freshies and evenly spaced tree skiing! You can also hike off the Gondola to the summit towards Hourglass Chute and Hellbrook.

Ditch the crowds

Crowds can be found near the Adventure Center and Toll House Double because it services the less experienced skiers. You can avoid the crowds by sticking with the trails off the Fourrunner Quad since it is more suitable for advanced skiers. Be sure to also jump on the lifts as they open before the crowds start rolling in!

Non skiers

Stowe is a great pick for non-skiers, as there is so much to do outside of skiing. The nearby historic village of Stowe, accessible by the free shuttle bus, is great for shopping and dining. For the adults, there are luxury spas, a great après-ski atmosphere, and Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, which hosts various cultural events. If you fancy something a bit more active, there is also ice-skating, indoor rock-climbing, hiking one of the best winter hikes in Vermont, and snowshoe tours.

Families

If you've got little ones starting out on the snow for the first time, Stowe has an amazing ski school! For families with varied ski levels, the Mount Mansfield area has a simple gondola crossover, allowing easy access to beginner/intermediate/advanced terrain all in one area.

Stowe Mountain Resort vs
Stowe Mountain ResortJay Peak
beginner16 %20 %
intermediate55 %40 %
advanced15 %40 %
expert14 %-
total runs116 78
ski area485ac 385ac
summit elevation4,395ft 3,968ft
total lifts13 9
child lift ticketFree Free
adult lift ticket$99 $64
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall156″ 226″

Stowe Mountain Resort Reviews

Fabulous 4.2 / 5
based on 25 reviews

How well the resort caters for beginner skiers / boarders

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Overall value for money of the resort

Value for money

Quality of lifts, lift speed and lift layout in the resort

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Quantity and quality of the snow

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How uncrowded is the resort

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Après ski and dining options

Town

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Good!3.8 / 5Apr 25, 2018
Wendy B. Wendy B.
intermediate skier
Conditions were supreme this season! Best in the East! Ski, board or play, Stowe had it all. Blue bird days were spectacular ! Patrol and staff had a blast too! March was amazing.... More
Average!3.4 / 5Apr 24, 2018
Charles W. Charles W.
advanced skier
Stowe is the quintessential Vermont Ski Resort. Picture perfect but boy was it cold! The locals said it was spring conditions but it was 11 degrees Fahrenheit. Snow mix was all over the place from light powder, to firm courderouy to bullet proof ice. If you can ski here you can ski anywhere. Also taking a dip through the trees is not to be missed... More
Very Good!4 / 5Dec 03, 2017
JNJohn N.
expert skier
As a college student in Vermont I pinched pennies year long in order to afford my college pass at Stowe. This was before it was acquired by Vail Resorts last year. Now at 25 it is much harder without the college discount! I strictly ski at Vail Resorts mountains. Vail and Bever Creek are some of my favorites where I worked my first year out of... More
Superb!4.9 / 5Nov 24, 2017
ASAdrian S.
advanced snowboarder
Awesome. Classic mug mountain resort that has everything you looking for. Nice grooms even better Glades 5 star. Beautiful town that is worthy of the tallest peak in Vermont. I'll be coming back 100%... More
Very Good!4 / 5Nov 23, 2017
JRJason R.
expert skier
My favorite place to ski in the eastern US. Loaded with ski history and beautiful scenery. It's gotten more upscale and fancy over the years but the great terrain what keeps me coming back. Star, Goat and terrain that doesn't appear on the map!... More
Superb!4.6 / 5Nov 12, 2017
JWJason W.
intermediate snowboarder
The resort is fantastic and the staff are great i wish i was able to go more than one time per year. Lufts are top notch and the snow is the best in the east... More
Good!3.7 / 5Nov 11, 2017
JCJames C.
intermediate snowboarder
Had a great time the facility was very nice. I will denfilely go back. All around great resort for the money great slopes well groomed. Fun time see you soon. ... More
Very Good!4 / 5Nov 11, 2017
GZGreg Z.
expert skier
Absolutely the best combination of expert terrain on the east coast. I make it a priority to get here every year and always have a great time. The town and overall atmosphere is phrnominal... More
Good!3.8 / 5Nov 08, 2017
AMAndy M.
advanced snowboarder
Be stoked for a pass! Been riding stowe for eighteen years and would love to live there for the winter. I would love to promote the snowpak brand should I win this give away! Cheers! Andy... More
Fabulous!4.4 / 5Nov 08, 2017
GMGraham M.
advanced snowboarder
Stowe is an absolute dream. An adorable town, incredible restaurants, and a huge mountain. As far as skiing on the east goes, Stowe is clearly the most beautiful and most luxurious.... More

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