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Stowe

Stowe Ski Resort Guide

Stowe, United States

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length63km39 miles
Highest Lift1,090m3,576ft
Resort Height390m1,280ft
 Nearest AirportsBurlington and Franklin
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Stowe

With skiing on Mount Mansfield, the highest peak in Vermont, Stowe is one of the best known resorts in the world, and one of the most picturesque. Lift-linked to Smugglers Notch. The world's fastest eight-passenger gondola opened here in 1992 and there is a full service ski and snowboard shop with demos from many manufacturers. Night skiing is also available. Stowe frequently receives top ratings in US ski and snowboarding magazine reader surveys of East Coast resorts.

Summary

The American ski resort of Stowe is at an altitude of 390m1,280ft, with 63km39 miles of marked runs.

Stowe has direct access to 63km39 miles of downhill skiing, with 56 marked pistes, served by a total of 11 ski lifts.

The skiing is at relatively low altitude, so snow cover can be variable.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Stowe?

The next notable snow forecast is 2cm1in, expected on 28 November, with around 13cm5in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ski Area Stats

Stowe Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
11
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
28
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
 8 
Downhill
Total Length
63km39 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
150km93 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
11

Altitudes

Stowe Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift1,090m3,576ft
Lowest Piste390m1,280ft
Resort Altitude (Stowe)390m1,280ft
Max Vertical700m2,297ft

Ratings & Suitability

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Stowe Overview

With skiing on Mount Mansfield, the highest peak in Vermont, Stowe is one of the best known resorts in the world, and one of the most picturesque, although with a bit of a traffic problem at peak times. The 'quaint old New England village' with its white spired church is one of a handful of North American ski centres which merit the name 'classic' and can be listed along side other early winter sports meccas such as St Anton, St Moritz, Gstaad and Chamonix. Indeed the resort's 'European feel' is thanks in part to the fact that many of the local lodge owners are from Europe, and the village's skiing history began with the arrival of Sepp Ruschp from Linz in Austria.

Stowe is perhaps the only north American mountain resort that has welcomed tourists since the 1800s. The first recorded descent of Mount Mansfield on skis took place in 1914 and the first trail to be cut specifically for skiing was created in 1933. The first rope tow was added in 1937 but it wasn't until 1940 that what was then North America's longest and highest chair lift opened.

More than 50 years later Stowe was still underlining its world class status, opening what was, until recently, the world's fastest eight-passenger gondola in 1992. It had built the world's first high speed detachable quad in 1986. Also unlike almost all of North America's other top resorts it has escaped purchase by one of the big resort owning chains and kept out the big bland hotel chains in order to maintain its unique ambience.

Stowe has recentntly completed a 10 year revitalisation plan, during which the resort is investing over $400 million in new lifts, trails, snowmaking, a hotel, performing arts centre, spa, retail shops, restaurants and real estate making up a dynamic Alpine village at the base of Spruce Peak. An exciting part of the changes is a transfer lift that better connects Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak.

 Notable Ski Runs

The most difficult run is the 'Goat'.

Skiing

Stowe's skiing is spread across two mountains which many believe offer the best skiing in the East of North America. Mathematically the resort can claim that its average trail length is the longest in the region. Stowe is very proud of its 'natural terrain' which it believes is the best in the area offering skiers and riders every type of terrain from wide open cruising to narrow winding trails and glades.

The resort's flagship 'Front Four' trails on Mount Mansfield - National, Liftline, Starr and Goat, are the quintessential classic New England trails with steeps and bumps to get the adrenaline rushing in even the most experienced skiers. Nosedive is another popular bumps run. They typify the predominantly double black and black diamond skiing on Mansfield which is what gets skiers raving about Stowe.

Spruce Peak has largely easy and intermediate skiing and is the base for beginner and early intermediate ski school, where group lessons last 90 minutes each in morning or afternoon. More advanced ski school activities take place on Mount Mansfield.

Both mountains have comprehensive snowmaking although the resort receives an average of more than 27 feet of natural snow each year anyway. Among its many other claims to fame are the fact that Stowe has more mile-long (1600m) lifts that any other East Coast US resort.

Finally, Stowe is a mecca for cross-country skiers with more than 200km of interconnected trails operated by a number of centres.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding

Stowe Mountain Resort has been a mecca for snowboarding since the sport's inception. In fact, Jake Burton Carpenter lives in Stowe and employees of his company headquarters, Burton Snowboards, ride at Stowe. Stowe's terrain park and superpipe are home to a number of exciting freestyle events, such as the Stowe Slopestyle series.

Location and Map

Where is Stowe?

This ski resort is in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Stowe is Burlington, 45 minutes drive away.

Franklin, Morgantown, Johnstown, Clarksburg, DuBois, Montreal Trudeau, Altoona, Manchester-Boston and Jamestown airports are all within three hours drive.

Burlington is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 11 ski lifts are able to uplift 12,326 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, with 120 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Stowe open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

 Open.

Usual opening is late November (Usually opens Saturday before Thanksgiving), and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Stowe, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Stowe Tourist Office for the latest.

Talking about Stowe

Mentions in recent J2Ski News Items and Snow Reports from our users...

Aprés Ski

There's plenty going on in and around Stowe from close-of-lifts to the wee small hours, although many guests choose to stay in their own accommodation complex - most having as many facilities on their own as a small ski resort somewhere else in the world!

For those who do venture out, Happy hour at The Shed is invariably lively or live music at the Rusty Nail - great fun. Evening activities also include night skiing, boarding, tobogganing, snowmobiling and sleigh rides - as well as a visit to the cinema or one of the indoor sports and leisure facilities.

Shopping is the most popular off-slope activity in the resort.

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