- 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
- 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)
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.
Stowe Mountain Resort (1 hour)
Stowe Village (12 km)
- Budget to luxurious accommodation available
- Offers a variety of restaurants and facilities
- Free shuttle to the ski resort
Given the high prices of everything here, Stowe is probably not the best value for beginner skiers. That's not to say their skiing isn't suitable; at the base of Spruce Peak, there is 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!
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.
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.
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 Centre 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!
Stowe is a great pick for non-skiers, as there is so much to do outside of skiing. There is the nearby historic village, accessible by the free shuttle bus, for shopping and dining. There are luxury spas, a great après-ski atmosphere and Spruce Peak Performing Arts Centre, which hosts various cultural events. There is also ice-skating, indoor rock-climbing, hiking one of the best winter hikes in Vermont, and snowshoe tours. Great dining for foodies too!
If you've got little ones starting out on the snow for the first time, Stowe has an amazing ski school! 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||Jay Peak|
|beginner||16 %||20 %|
|intermediate||55 %||40 %|
|advanced||15 %||40 %|
|child lift ticket||Free||Free|
|adult lift ticket||$99 USD ($134 AUD)||$64 USD ($87 AUD)|
|value for money|
|average total snowfall||396cm||574cm|