Stowe Mountain Ski Resort

Stowe is a long-standing ski area that has been in operation for over 100 years. It has been a popular destination for generations. Stowe is facing stiff competition today. But, it’s not 1940 anymore. Although the resort does have some flaws it still holds its own against the best East Coast mountain towns.

Stowe has a strong snow record for Vermont. Because the resort is farther north than other Vermont ski areas, it receives more snow and lower temperatures every season. To ensure that the resort is resilient throughout the year, snowmaking is used on many trails, even those that are very difficult. The Fourrunner Quad cable runs at night at a slow speed to prevent icing and protect the lift from weather damage. However, not all trails see snowmaking. Conditions can also be highly variable, as it takes time for extreme runs to open.

Stowe has some of the most challenging terrain on the East Coast. The Mansfield side has the most challenging runs, while the Spruce Peak side is easier. Fourrunner lifts Stowe’s famous “Front Four”, which include the Goat, Starr, and National trails. These trails offer narrow, steep and challenging terrain, as well as the Liftline and National trails nearby.

Stowe offers intermediate terrain. The majority of runs on Spruce Peak and under the gondola are well-groomed cruisers. There are also a few blue runs that the Fourrunner lift provides. Blue trails may have moguls which is a rare feature in Vermont resorts and could catch intermediate skiers off-guard.

Spruce Peak’s side has the best beginner terrain, featuring a reasonably-sized bunny mountain complex with two short lifts.

Most major terrain is served by high-speed lifts. It is quick and easy to travel from one mountain to another.

Mount Mansfield’s side is unique because of its stunning, often snow-capped mountain tops. The Spruce Peak side provides access to backcountry and offers a trail to Smugglers Notch via a short hike. Both resort sides can offer unobstructed views of each other on clear days.

In recent years, the resort has been more developed. The Spruce Peak base is now home many condos and stores. Half of the Midway slope at Mount Mansfield has been turned into a parking lot.

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