I have skied at Stowe numerous times and still haven't become a fan. The lift ticket price is way to hi and the lift system is not truly efficient. There are some fun trails but they get crowded skied off quickly. Last time I was there was mid-week and the staff was no where to be seen. The lifties didn't talk even when engaged and it just seemed like people were going through the motions. I mean, you pay $75-80 and it doesn't even come with courtesy.
Mt. Mansfield is a beautiful summit.....too bad it's not part of Stowe's terrain (even though they will make you think it is). I was tricked by that "fact" the first time I decided to go. Insurance companies that own resorts don't seem to have the true core customer in mind and they have priced out so many people in VT it's sad.