Stowe Ski Resort

Situated on Vermont’s highest peak, Stowe is an east coast stalwart with some of the region’s most varied and thanks to some world-class snowmaking, most snowsure terrain.

Stowe was recently taken over by Vail Resorts, expanding their empire to the east coast and bringing with it good levels of investment. You can now use the Epic Mix app to track lift queue times and your skiing vertical for the day, whilst future plans include upgrades to the lift and snowmaking system (which already covers 83% of the resort’s runs). This will only improve access to the resort’s varied terrain – which ranges from the gentle Easy Street slopes to the steep double diamond black runs beneath the Forerunner Quad. Just be sure to check the forecast before you leave as the Vermont weather can be extremely variable.

Although there is limited accommodation on offer at the base of the hill itself, there is a good range to chose from along the road up from the small, tourist town of Stowe. Smugglers’ Notch is only a few miles up the road, offering further options for a multi-resort trip.

Our Stowe Resort Ratings

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Pros

Each sector of the mountain has something different

Fantastic snowmaking coverage ensures a reliable season

Picturesque setting and lots of accommodation in pretty woods

Cons

Very little accommodation on the hill

All runs are top-to-bottom – lower runs suffer in warm weather and the tops can be frigid in cold weather

Keen skiers will want to explore nearby resorts if coming for a week

Stowe Skiing and Snowboarding

The two main sectors, Spruce Peak and Mt Mansfield are linked by a gondola running over the through road, making getting around nice and easy. Beginners should focus their attention on the former, with the Adventure Centre providing an excellent zone for learning. Intermediates will particularly enjoy the latter and the long, cruisey runs beneath the gondola – which is also the best place to head when the weather is very cold or wet. A trip to nearby Smugglers’ Notch is also very worthwhile.

More advanced skiers and riders should head up to the top of the Forerunner Quad to ski some of the region’s toughest slopes, particularly those on the upper half of the mountain. The Main Street racetrack on Spruce Mountain is also popular. If snow conditions allow, good gladed skiing is on offer under the Lookout chair, whilst freestyle skiers and riders will enjoy the Tyro and Lower Standard terrain parks.

  • Total Pistes: 485 acres
  • Beginner: 16%
  • Intermediate: 55%
  • Advanced: 29%
  • Lifts: 10
  • Altitude: 390m – 1116m

Stowe Piste Map

The local area map can be downloaded here.

Stowe Resort

You can stay up at the base of the mountain in the Lodge at Spruce Peak, but aside from a few other condos there are limited options at the base – it usually remains quiet in the evenings as a result.

Most visitors tend to stay along the Mountain Road that runs up from the small villages of Stowe and West Branch. Along this road, a collection of hotels, B&Bs and condos provide good accommodation options and there are also some good bars, restaurants and even microbreweries in this pretty part of Vermont.

How to get to Stowe

Burlington airport, a quick hop from the major hubs is around 45 minutes to the west. Boston is the nearest major airport, laying a three hour drive to the south of Stowe. New York is around five hours away, but offers a great city break option to tack on to your ski trip.

  • Burlington airport: 1 hour
  • Boston airport: 3 hours
  • New York airport: 5 hours

Stowe Contact Details

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