However, Mount Mansfield is, perhaps, one of the most challenging mountains in the nation, and, hence, enjoys the widest popularity among advanced skiers who come to experience the thrill and adventure of Stowe skiing.
The Front Four (National, Goat, Lift Line, and Starr) contain a number of natural hazards and steep pitches. Out of these, the Lift Line is the easiest, suitable for strong intermediates. Goat has earned its double black diamond status for being extremely narrow, so that only professionals can experience Stowe skiing here. The most challenging is Starr, a 37 degree pitch, which is never groomed.
Less intimidating trails include the Nose Dive, Centerline, Lord, Hayride, and North Slope. Because of its policy of not acknowledging its unofficial glades and trails, Stowe keeps its tree skiing a secret. Whenever you decide to experience Stowe skiing on unofficial terrain, be aware of real dangers that could be awaiting you.
Most of the activity in the town is concentrated along the Mountain Road and the historic village. The list of activities is so extensive that you wouldn't be disappointed even if you are not an enthusiastic skier. Stowe in Vermont boasts more than 50 restaurants, cafes, and bars, as well as 90 boutiques and shops.
For five subsequent years, Stowe has been ranked the best Eastern US ski resort, according to Ski magazine. Stowe skiing is a unique experience, with the terrain differing greatly from any other, varying from welcoming slopes to challenging drops across tight forests.
The skiing at Stowe Mountain Resort is spread across Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak, both offering an array of opportunities for every skier. Spruce peak, which has been neglected for a long time, is now undergoing some changes and improvements, including a new beginner lift, a high-speed quad, and a new learning trail. The lodging and dining of the resort also receive recognition from several publications. Thus, regarded as a classic New England ski resort, Stowe strives to win general recognition as an ultra-modern resort with the facilities of the latest design.
Currently, there exist only one ski-in ski-out hotel, but within ten years the resort plans to add condominiums and lodging.
Stowe is much more than just a ski resort. In addition to Stowe skiing on an extensive network of trails, you'll be offered opportunity to experience ice-skating and snowboarding in three terrain parks of the resort. Off-season Stowe turns its focus to golf, tennis, hiking, mountain biking, and spa programs. Among the resort's amenities are a sauna, hot tub, indoor pool, central laundry, a playground, two tennis courts, a basketball court, and an Adventure Camp for children aged 3-15.
Staying at Stowe Mountain Resort is a wonderful vacation experience filled with adventure and fun.