Home to Vermont’s highest peak, Stowe is one of the East Coast’s major mountain resorts. It is renowned for its impeccably maintained groomer-cruisers and also, increasingly, for its reliable snow quality. The emphasis for the last few years has been on being able to deliver the snowy goods and to achieve that end Stowe has continued to pump cash into its snowmaking facilities.
The mountain comprises six distinct areas; Spruce Peak is the more chilled of the six with terrain suitable for beginners and intermediates while Mount Mansfield is where you’ll find the “Front Four” - a group of challenging double-black diamond trails. If you enjoy bumps there are some steep ones to be found on Goat, otherwise head to Star which is steep and ungroomed. Hire a guide or make friends with a local so that they can show you where the really good backcountry is.
When it comes to slopeside amenities, Stowe has nailed it. In addition to all of the necessities there are several wellness centres and spas to make you feel warm and rejuvenated. For lunch, head to the rustic yet elegant Cliff House, situated on the shoulder of Mount Mansfield, which serves regional American cuisine.
Transport from NYC
Driving time: 342 miles/6hrs20
Stowe is located a few miles north of Waterbury Exit 10 on I-89.