Stowe Mountain Resort

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Stowe mountain resort
Joretta Wong
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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.
Airplane

FLY TO

Burlington Airport

Car

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

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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

Beginners

How well the resort caters for intermediate skiers / boarders?

Intermediates

How well the resort caters for advanced skiers / boarders

Advanced

How accessible and convenient it is to get to this resort from a major destination

Accessibility

Quality of the off-piste terrain

Side/Backcountry

Overall value for money of the resort

Value for money

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

Lifts

Quantity and quality of the snow

Snow

How uncrowded is the resort

Uncrowded

Après ski and dining options

Town

Services and facilities e.g. child care, tubing, health care, equipment hire

Facilities

How family friendly is this resort?

Family Friendliness
Average!

3 / 5

Sep 08, 2011
RRob
Best terrain selection in the East
Superb!

5 / 5

Jun 17, 2011
MMarcq
its the biggest and best snow and best lifts. even tho its the furthest from my house we still love it
Superb!

5 / 5

Aug 20, 2010
JJeff
Stowe has the best balance of features for me (a skier) and my wife (a non-skier).
Very Good!

4 / 5

Feb 24, 2009
RRick
I like different areas for different reasons. Stowe has wonderful challenging terrain, great scenery and enough good skiers to make me put up with the "show" crowd. You don't list the resort I would have chosen, Whiteface. The top of that mountian can't be beat on a good day :-) Of course, the snow in Utah (Alta) is wonderful. Vail's bowls are... More
Poor!

1 / 5

Jun 10, 2006
LLucy
Don't have much that I saw
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