I have been skiing in Vermont and New York since the 70s. I have to say that Stowe is one of the best mountains in the area from the skiers point of view, just pure skiing without the frills. Lift lines are non existent most of the time because it is way north of New York City destinations like Mount Snow, Stratton, Killington, and Hunter that can get very overcrowded. It is a little difficult to get there, but it is worth it.
Being the highest peak in Vermont and directly to the west of the Lake Champlain snow belt, Stowe consistently gets more snow than any other mountain in Vermont. When it’s raining elsewhere in Vermont, check out Stowe, its probably snowing. Couple to this an excellent snow making system and grooming crew, and you have the best you can achieve from this mountain.
Lodging at the resort and good dinning facilities are sorely lacking, but this will improve dramatically when the new lodge at Spruce Peak is completed. Lodging in the vicinity is plentiful however but a little pricy.
Stowe is actually three mountains, used to be that you could not get from Stowe to Spruce Peak areas without a car, but they have just added a gondola to take you across the road. This allows you to easily reach all three areas expanding your options by 30%.
Stowe offers a lot of variety in the terrain. Not a large mountain by acreage and most of the mountain is intermediate, but they have a few really long beginner cruisers to the south, an improving beginner’s hill at Spruce Peak, and some really challenging diamond and double diamond trails when snow conditions are optimal. Most trails go completely from top to bottom (2000 Ft) and vary from open, to moguls, to narrow tree lined trails.
You can get a lot of skiing into one day and when the heavy snow arrives in mid January to mid February, there is no better sking conditions in the north east.