The Stowe ski resort is situated in the north-eastern USA, close to the town of Stowe in Northern Vermont – this destination has something for all. It’s a family-friendly ski resort with on and off-slope activities for all snow enthusiasts and some excellent learner slopes and children’s facilities. One of be better known of the USA ski resorts, Stowe has 485 acres of pistes available and has made heavy investment in snowmaking recently.
The slopes span two main sectors: Mount Mansfield, which is Vermont’s highest peak and Spruce Peak, which serves as an appropriate base for beginners due to the quiet slopes and secured area. These two slopes are linked by the Over Easy gondola at base level – ensuring maximum efficiency and simply explicit scenic views.
Snowmaking is continuously extensive in Stowe, with vast investments recently, ensuring that snow surfaces are at their best for guests. The main slopes are dominated by the famous Font Four – a row of double-black diamond runs, with genuine challenges for experts.
There is plenty of easier stuff, too. The nursery slopes at Spruce Peak are excellent, and there are splendid long green runs to progress to. There are six terrain parks, and the resort is popular with snowboarders.
There are a lot of lodgings along the road between the town and the slopes but there are increasing amounts at the base of Spruce Peak - swanky Stowe Mountain Lodge and the new Club Residences. Elsewhere, the Green Mountain Inn has been a favourite from those that have visited and reviewed the resort.
There are a couple of decent eateries. The table-service Cliff House, at the top of the gondola, has had impressive reviews. There are restaurants of every kind in the town; the Spruce Camp Base Lodge, Whip in Green Mountain Inn ('always good') and Piecasso pizzeria are reader tips.
Nightlife is muted, especially later on, but the Matterhorn is 'an institution not to be missed' and the Den at Mansfield base 'still rocks'. Stowe is a pleasant place to spend time off the slopes - at least if you like touristy shopping. There are a cinema, snowmobiling and dog sledding too.
Ben & Jerry's ice cream factory is just down the road.