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

Find accommodations around here

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

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

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Fabulous!4.2 / 5Nov 06, 2017
KBKeith B.
expert skier
Stowe was the first large east coast resort I️ skied at in my youth. It snowed four feet on the way there with the class trip and that depth and quality of snow changed my skiing. The gondola line was not long and moved quickly. The remaining lifts were expeditious as well allowing max time on slope. The staff was then and continues to be top notch... More
Superb!4.5 / 5Nov 06, 2017
GBGene B.
advanced snowboarder
I have enjoyed my time at Stowe Mountain Resort for the past 15 years, as I started out there as a skier. Which through time the excellent family friendly environment and the elite team of snowboard/ski instructors, i will always be going back but, as a snowboarder. As well as through my high school years they have amazing ski/snowboard camps for... More
Superb!5 / 5Oct 19, 2017
JSJosh S.
How do I love thee, let me count the ways: the Front Four, The Octagon, The Glades, The top of the Goat and Starr-Blue Stone Pizza, Tres Amigos, Plate, Doc Ponds, Topnotch, - A Foodies Delight ...Main Street: Shows General Store.....Stowe No Wrong answers...
Very Good!4 / 5Oct 08, 2017
JRLJason R L.
Even though it has been several years since I have been at Stowe, it is a resort any Eastern skier should visit. The Front Four trails are very good. Just bring a lot of money!
Superb!5 / 5Sep 27, 2017
MBMatthew B.
Stowe is one of my favorites in the late Northeast season due to the amount of natural snow they get, and also, after the powder has been tracked up to the south, winds over the Champlain Valley dump copious amounts of fresh powder there for days after many storms. It's a longer trip for me, but when I make it, it's always worth the drive.
Superb!5 / 5Jul 27, 2012
DDeb
classic new england sking without all the hoopla, which I hear is about to change with the addition of condos and homes
Very Good!4 / 5Jun 10, 2012
TTara
I believe that Stowe has some very challenging terrain and some easy stuff as well. The trails seem twice as long as some of the other resorts I have been. I believe Stowe is just an all around good time.
Superb!5 / 5Mar 28, 2012
SStephen
i love stowe it is a small alpine town a place where you can regroup with your family and ski all day. and you have many choices to dine at in the evening.
Superb!5 / 5Feb 14, 2012
JJason
It had plenty of runs to choose from and enough to challange me all day long.
Superb!5 / 5Oct 07, 2011
JJohn
terrain & scenic beauty unlike anywhere else in the northeast. travel distance as compared to anywhere out west makes this more attractive to me than Jackson Hole, for example. Obviously, JH as well as Alta & others are more exciting but too far away.

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