If you are looking for all the frills, Stowe isn't your place. I worked at Stowe for an internship while going to college in Vermont. The people are dedicated, hardworking, and care a great deal about the satisfaction of their clientele. Their true aim is a skier and snowboarders mountain for those that are diehard about the sport. With that being said, they are making a concerted effort (with the expansion of Spruce and the addition of the Village) to make Stowe an experience for the whole family.
As a result, I would not call Stowe a family destination like some other resorts such as Killington or Smugglers Notch, but remember, they're working on it. For those of you who are going to Stowe for a great family destination, you will have fun if your family likes it steep, deep, and doesn't want to be coddled in the lodge or talked to in the lift lines. Otherwise, go to a more family oriented mountain or stay on Spruce Peak and quit whining. Since when did skiing become about talkative lift operators?
Several of these posts mention the lifties don't acknowledge your presence - that cannot be true. However, a good deal of them are coming up here from South America, Southern Europe, and Oceania during their summer to work on a mountain and ski, so take into consideration there could be a substantial language barrier.
Stowe is a mountain for purists not for weekend warriors. If you wanna thrash it, you've come to the right place. If you are up there for the view...go in the summer and ride the gondy for one fourth the price. You'll be doing a favor to me and most of my friends as we won't have to wait behind you in the lift lines or try to ski around you while you're scoping the scenery.
Lastly, those of you complaining about the lift not reaching the summit...you have 2 feet - bring a pack and hike it. I've done it many times and you'll never regret the extra effort to feel unadultered Mansfield powder floating over your head in the Rock Garden or Kitchen Wall.