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Stowe Skiing & Snowboarding Resort Guide

Stowe is a classic Vermont ski and snowboard area, with a nice town to match, it’s vintage New England. The Mountain itself is one of the largest around; Mt. Mansfield is quite literally the highest mountain in Vermont. The resort itself boasts 2,360’ of vertical drop across three peaks. Skiers and snowboarders of all abilities will find something to love on Stowe’s fun and variety rich terrain. Stowe has some of Vermont’s steepest and longest inbounds runs, giving the mountain some of the best terrain on the East Coast. Off of the mountain, the town of Stowe is a cute ski town with plenty to do, and lots of character.

Mountain Overview

Stowe Ski and Snowboard Area

Stowe is a relatively easy ski and snowboard area to navigate because most of the chairlifts run from the base all the way to the summit and highest ridgeline. There are, however, four main parts to the mountain, stadling Route 108, the road to Stowe Mountain Resort. The main part of the ski and snowboard area rises from the Mansfield lodge, and is served by three chairlifts. Here there is great intermediate cruising, as well as a lot of fun advanced and expert gladed terrain. There are also some beginner rated runs that drop in along the Toll House double that drop to some of Stowe’s lodging options.

The Gondola serves one of the other main areas of Stowe. Some of the runs off of here are great long fall line cruisers, like Gondolier, which drops top to bottom. There are some secret stashes in the trees that can be very fun on a powder day, too, some require hiking and most require local knowledge.

Across the road from the main base area, also accessible by gondola, Spruce Peak. At the base, there is a beginner learning areas with magic carpet lifts and a couple chairlifts. There is also more intermediate and advanced terrain off of the 3,390’ summit. The runs are shorter here than the Mt. Mansfield side of the resort.

Mountain Stats & Stowe Trail Map

Mount Snow Trail Map

 Total Skiable Acres485 Beginner Terrain16%
 Base Elevation 1,265' Intermeidate Terrain55%
 Summit Elevation 3,625' Advanced Terrain29%
 Vertical Drop2,360'Snowmaking Coverage83%
Total Lifts12Average Annual Snowfall200"

Travel Information & Directions

Stowe Mountain Resort is located in northern Vermont, equidistant from Burlington and the state capital, Montpelier, a 60 minute drive from either. The self appointed “ski capital of the East,” is under a four hour drive from Boston, too. Check out the Stowe Arrival Guide to get the lowdown on parking and more.
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Getting to Stowe
Stowe Arrival Guide

Lodging Information

There is a wide array of lodging options at Stowe, several of which lean towards luxury. Stowe Mountain Lodge is the cream of the crop in terms of luxury, with a blend of classic, rustic, and modern styling. Off of the mountain and in the town of Stowe, there are many more options ranging from cabins to hotels.
Stowe Mountain Resort Lodging
Greater Stowe Area Lodging

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Local Food Picks

Stowe has a full selection of cafes and restaurants to keep skiers and snowboarders fueled up and full of energy all day long. The on mountain options range from cafes to full sit down restaurants. There are two of the East Coast’s famous Waffle Cabins at Stowe at the Mansfield Base and Gondola summit. The Matterhorn Bar is a favorite local spot for apres, while The Roost is an upscale alternative. Back in town there are a great options for dinner, Michael’s on the Hill is upscale and features some delicious locally sourced cuisine.
Stowe On Mountain Dining
Matterhorn Bar
In-Town Dining
Michael's on the Hill

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Where to Find Lift Tickets to Stowe?

Overall, Stowe lift tickets are among the most expensive ski and snowboard lift tickets in Vermont. However, buying Stowe lift tickets online, in advance, can say up to 25% bringing the price down towards average for a large resort. Children and seniors are also eligible for discount Stowe lift tickets.  
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Stowe Conditions & Weather Information

Stowe sees an average of 314” of natural snowfall every winter. This is much more than the ski and snowboard areas in southern Vermont, meaning there is plenty of powder to be found. Additionally, snowmaking covers 83% of the skiable terrain at Stowe, giving the resort great coverage and snow quality all winter long.
Stowe Weather Resources

Stowe Ski Report
Lift Opening Schedule

Stowe is a classic Vermont ski and snowboard area with great tree and glade skiing, and great amenities off of the hill. The town is quaint, and the powder is consistently some of the deepest in Vermont. While the northern Vermont location may be farther from some of the big cities on the East Coast, Stowe is worth a visit without a doubt.

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