Stowe Mountain Resort: A Huffington Post Travel Ski Resort Guide
Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. As part of a series on ski resorts, Huffington Post Travel offers our guide to Stowe Mountain Resort, featuring all the key information snow lovers need to know before they hit the slopes.
The BasicsIn a review of Stowe Mountain Resort, The New York Times called it "one of the landmark American skiing areas." Located seven miles up Mountain Road from the picturesque Stowe Village and 40 minutes from the city of Burlington with its international airport, this classic alpine ski area has been a favorite winter sports destination since the 1930s. Legendary for its black diamond slopes, Stowe has plenty of terrain to suit all skill levels. In the first decade of the 21st century, the resort upgraded and expanded its base area to include more accommodations, retail and dining options.
The MountainStowe is situated on two mountains: Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak. At 4,395 feet, Mount Mansfield is the highest point in Vermont. Visitors will not be able to ski off the peak of Mount Mansfield but they can still catch some great views at 3,640 feet, the highest skiing elevation inside the resort. The elevation at the base is 1,280 feet and the vertical drop is 2,360 feet. Stowe has the ability to make artificial snow across 80 percent of its 485 acres of skiable terrain and receives an average of 333 inches of the natural stuff each year.
Trails And LiftsAdvanced and expert skiers will want to spend time making tracks on Mount Mansfield, home to a collection of double-black-diamond runs known as the "Front Four." Novice and intermediate skiers will find more suitable terrain on the Spruce Peak side of the resort. A total of 13 lifts, including two high-speed gondolas and three high-speed quads, service 116 runs. Though the mountain is well known for its black diamonds, 60 percent of the runs at Stowe are intermediate level trails and 16 percent are categorized as beginner slopes.
In The NewsThe Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center recently opened its doors, ushering in a new era for the arts at Stowe Mountain. The center is a state-of-the-art music hall that hosts concerts by marquee touring acts, along with theatrical productions, film screenings, lectures and comedy shows. Part of the new development at the base of Spruce Peak, the performing arts center's goal is to serve as a cultural focal point and gathering place for the region.
CostA regular lift ticket costs $88 for adults, $66 for children and $77 for seniors. The price rises on Saturdays, holidays and other peak times to $92, $69 and $81, respectively. Spring skiers get a break starting in early April, when the price drops to $62, $50 and $61. Multi-day passes ranging from two to 10 days are also available. For those who can't get enough of Stowe Mountain, unrestricted season passes cost $1,996 for adults, $635 for children and $1,006 for seniors, with many other pricing options offered for families, as well as cheaper passes with blackout dates.
Apres-SkiStowe has many places to unwind after a long day on the slopes. Enjoy fireside drinks, nibbles and entertainment at the Spruce Camp Bar during its apres-ski hours of 3 to 6 p.m. For refined farm-to-table style dining, head to Solstice at the Stowe Mountain Lodge. Also on the resort grounds is the Hourglass lounge, which is open until 1 a.m. for night owls. USA Today named the Matterhorn, a bar and restaurant between the resort and Stowe Village, one of the 10 great places for post-ski nightlife.
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Legendary Stowe Mountain is a classic alpine ski area and favorite winter sports destination since the 1930s.