Stowe ‘The Ski Capital of the East’
Stowe Vermont is a ideal destination to spend your skiing vacation for snow skiers and snowboarders from around the world. There are many ways to spend your time in the area. The town is surrounded by mountains, including Mount Mansfield, a 2,360-foot lift-served vertical drop. And if you’re into backcountry adventures, the local trails are also a great place to go.
The town of Stowe is a charming and timeless setting, with plenty of outdoor activities and a cozy ambiance. The Dutch settlers who settled here describe it as “gezelligheid” – a warm and cozy feeling. If you’re going to Stowe to ski or snowboard, you’ll love the small, friendly town atmosphere. You can find a wide variety of activities in Stowe, from hiking to ice climbing.
Stowe Mountain Resort
The average annual snowfall at the resort summit is approximately 314 inches. The ski area is composed of two separate mountains, Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak. Some 116 trails on Spruce Peak and Mount Mansfield provide 40 miles of skiable terrain. Their lift system comprises a total of 12: 2 gondolas, 4 high-speed quads, 2 triples, 2 doubles, 2 surface lifts.
The Spruce Peak side has everything you need with a lovely main lodge for rental gear, boisterous village with shopping and dining, ski school and ski-in/ski-out accommodation. Getting between the two mountains is made even easier with the inter-mountain transfer gondola.
Stowe Mountain Resort was purchased by Vail Resorts in 2017, Vail offers a variety of multi-resort season passes under the Epic Pass program and the use of its mobile app EpicMix, which provides interactive trail maps, with trail grooming status, real-time weather, snow totals, mountain cams, your on-mountain GPS location, stat tracking resort updates, safety information and more!
Collecting, Preserving and Celebrating
Images: Courtesy of Vermont Ski & Snowboard Museum
The Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum has more than 8,000 individual items preserved in its collection, the majority of which have been acquired since 2002. Ski equipment, mechanical equipment of ski areas such as snow making equipment, lifts, communication equipment, and race timing devices. Included is the first timing equipment ever used for Vermont or maybe America. Some of the notable Hall of Fame inductees include Jake and Donna Carpenter, owners of Burlington-based Burton Snowboards.
Stowe Vermont Provides A Great Ski Vacation
Stowe is a quaint and charming community of second homes and caters to many wealthy visitors from the Northeast. While the town is fairly quiet most of the year, there are pockets of hustle and bustle, particularly in the central village. The Lower Village, located just south of the Stowe Village, is a great place for families. This area is also convenient for those who want to have a quiet getaway, but still want to be close to the slopes.
The Trapp Family Lodge
The Trapp Family Lodge is a 2,500-acre mountain resort in the European tradition, inspired by the family that inspired “The Sound of Music.” Accommodations at the resort include 96 rooms and suites in their Main Lodge, 18 luxurious Villas, 100 Guest House chalets, a number of European-style restaurants offering cuisine from across Europe and New England specialties. The resort also offers a selection of entertainment nightly for some variety. Afternoon tea, von Trapp history tours, concerts in the meadows, horse drawn sleigh/carriage rides and more.
Pack The Skis On And Hit The Slopes
Despite the fact that it is a small town, the Stowe lodging in the village is quaint and offers breathtaking views of the mountains. Whether you are looking for luxury hotels or cozy cabins, you can find an accommodation that meets your needs. If you’re on a budget, consider staying at a luxurious hotel. There are many great choices near Mount Mansfield, which is Stowe’s highest peak.