My family used to be die-hard Stowe skiers after seasonal homes there and at Smuggs. We've skied everywhere and now find Sugarbush to be the best. Think we'll retire there!
In bad snow seasons (last year 06-07), they had amazing snowmaking/grooming gurus who kept the mountain with decent skiing all winter. Terrain is fabulous altho probably not a lot of selection for beginner skiers. Lots of trees for my kids and bumps/no bumps.
The apres ski scene could be better (tiny pub that gets super crowded) and unfortunately, there is no longer a fireplace in the main Gatehouse Lodge. But swing on over to Mt. Ellen and it's all there and always less crowded - just don't tell anyone. Never a line at Ellen.
Food is great and much better at Timbers since last year. We love the sherpas and parking lot shuttles. Staff makes the day begin / end pleasantly. We also love how the owner skis daily and can be seen assisting at the Super Bravo chair sometimes!