Something for everyone

by: Snowboarder51 - Mar 1, 2009

  • Overall Rating 4
  • Family Friendly 5
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 5
  • Terrain Park 0
  • Nightlife 3

    Pros: friendly staff, great terrain, new lodge

    Cons: lift tickets way too expensive

    Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters

    Date Visited: Feb 1, 2009


Full review

I have to say Stowe has changed a lot in just three years. When I first came here 3 years ago Stowe was going under some massive renovations as far as the amenities were concerned. Gone are the temporary bubble tents that use to form the lodge at the base of Spruce Peak. They are now replaced with heated sidewalks and clean and well organized lodges, at least at the Spruce base. They also have new luxury accommodations in the form of the Stowe Mountain Lodge. It no longer feels like just another mountain. Now it is more like an eastern Vail less the village and all of the shops. Thankfully the terrain has not changed which is why I think Stowe is still one of the better mountains on the East Coast. There is something for every level of skier and rider. If you are a beginner you can hang out at the Toll House lift all day and not have to worry about advanced skiers and boarders zooming by you. Be warned though that lift is very slow. For intermediates head for Spruce Peak and ride all of the terrain there and don't forget to ride the gondola and hit the Gondolier trail. If you feel daring hit Chin Clip and its deep moguls for a challenge. For experts hit the Forerunner Quad and hit some really good steeps like the Goat and Lift Line. Don't forget all the glades there as well. Now that Stowe is beginning to feel like the east coast Vail, unfortunately they are pricing their lift tickets like it is Vail to help pay for all of these wonderful upgrades. Hopefully, they do not over develop and make this a playground for the rich only as it does have some of the East's better terrain. By the way March is generally when Stowe gets hit with a lot of snow.

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