Stowe is a great place to ski if you actually want to find good powder, glades and bumps in the northeast. If it snows in Stowe you can guarantee that there is no better tree skiing in the east. Lifts can get a bit long sometimes and if you aren't willing to hike above the gondola on that part of the mountain, you wont find too much challenging terrain aside from off of Mansfield. However, the front four Starr, Goat, Liftline and National will NOT be dissapointing especially on a powder day. The terrain park has a bit to be desired, considering it lacks rails and the Tyro park and Standard park have been moved over to Spruce peak where there is no challenge whatsoever. I have heard people say that the staff at Stowe have no personality and are not friendly, but for four or five years now, I have had no problems with them, and they were extremely helpful in the main lodge at mansfield. That being said, the lodge at mansfield is TINY for the number of people in it during holiday periods, and yes lift tickets are more expensive. In my opinion, Stowe is a great place for a day trip OR a week of skiing and if you go in mid winter you are sure to have a powder day at least 3 days out of the week. Great east coast skiing-probably the best in Vermont so go to Stowe.