Stowe Mountain Resort

62nd Easter Sunrise Service Atop Mt Mansfield

Join fellow early risers atop Mt. Mansfield for a non-denominational Easter Sunrise Service provided by the Stowe Community Church. Arrive early and enjoy the beauty of sunrise atop Vermont's highest peak. A wonderful way to start the day with first tracks down Gondolier.

A complimentary Mountain Gondola ride will operate from 5am – 6am to transport the public to the service (weather permitting). Participants may ski down after the service or ride the Mountain Gondola. Head over the Spruce Peak Plaza for the annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Stowe Hosts will be collecting donations during the service to benefit the Lamoille County United Way. Please consider contributing a monetary donation. 

 

For more details and specifics on arrival time check out the Stowe Area Association or Stowe Mountain Resort websites.

Skiing in Stowe, Vermont Underway!

Early skiing and riding in Stowe, Vermont and the surrounding areas has started! Despite a warmer and dryer start to the ski season most resorts in the area have opened or will open in the next week. There is even some nordic skiing to be found! Early to mid-December is a great time to take advantage of reduced lift ticket and lodging rates and uncrowded trails. With investments and advancements in snowmaking, more trails are open early season and several nordic centers are operational without any natural snow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Always check the dailiy ski report and your favorite resort before heading out. Below are links to the ski condition reports at some of our favorite local hills:

Stowe Mountain Resort

 

Smuggler's Notch Resort

 

Trapp Family Lodge

 

Craftsbury Nordic Center

 

Bolton Valley Resort

 

 

Embrace Stick Season in Stowe, Vermont

Stick Season is here! This quiet, grey time of year immediataly following the beauty of foliage is often dreaded and vilified by locals (and tourists) but Stick Season may be the most unappreciated time of year in Stowe, VT. The Village is calmer and the average speed on Mountain Rd rises above 20 mph. Hiking this time of year is so special, with the leaves and undergrowth down and snow still a month away it is easy to enjoy the beauty of the mountain terrain and unique features along favorite trails. Paths that are often dark and shady are open and sunny, the afternoon sun warms the chilly air and trails are usually dry. The recreation path is almost deserted and a drive through the Notch can be enjoyed at your own pace.

It is hunting season so make sure to wear orange while hiking and don't forget bright colors for your dogs as well!

Check out the Stowe Land Trust website for some great Stick Season walking, hiking or biking ideas.

While a few stores and restaurants close in early November to provide owners and staff a much deserved break before the winter season, most not only remain open, but offer great deals during this time. So before the snow flies and the holiday season rush starts get our and enjoy the "worst" season in Stowe, Vermont.

For a list of events going on this time of year check out the Stowe Area Association calendar of events:

 

Foliage in Stowe, Vermont

Fall is upon us! There is a nip in the air, the first frost warning has been posted and late afternoons have that warm, golden glow. Autumn in Stowe, Vermont, voted one of the Top 10 Most Gorgeous Towns by Travel and Leisure readers to visit during foliage:  http://www.thrillist.com/travel/nation/fall-s-10-most-gorgeous-american-towns-voted-by-travel-leisure-readers?ref=facebook-869

Stowe comes alive again for foliage after a couple of quiet weeks at the end of summer. It seems as if every weekend is packed full of special events to take advantage of, as if viewing the beautiful colors is enough. Take a hike, go for a bike ride or drive the back roads then head into town to enjoy events ranging from The British Car Invasion, Pumpkin Chuckin Festival, Oktoberfest, Vermont Crafter's Festival, Exhibits at Helen Day Art Center, Performances at Spruce Peak Performing Arts, Stowe Theater Guild or Lamoille County Players. Phew... that is just a sampling. A good resource for all events going on the are is Stowe Area Association. Here is the link to their calendar: http://www.gostowe.com/events/events-all/eventdetail/1442/-/the-vermont-pumpkin-chuckin-festival

Fall in Stowe, Vermont

Winter Activities in Stowe - Off the Mountain

Winter outdoor activities in Stowe, VT

Cross-Country skiing in Stowe, VT

Winter activities in Stowe, VT

Snowshoeing on the Rec Path.

Now that the Holiday's are behind it is time to get out and start enjoying all the winter activites that Stowe, VT offers. The Stowe, Vermont region received tons of snow over the past couple of weeks so despite a few warms days there is plenty of the white stuff on the ground and more on the way over the next few days.

Downhill skiing, while certainly the main winter attraction in Stowe, isn't the only outdoor winter activity to enjoy. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, winter hiking, skating, sledding... the list goes on.There are great places to enjoy these activities: from resorts such as Trapp Family Lodge and Stowe Mountain Resort to  Town owned properties such as the Recreation Path and Cady Forest. The Stowe Land Trust website is a great resource for trail locations for winter activites. For a backwoods x-country skiing adventure also check out the Catamount Trail that passes through several locations in Stowe. Marshall hill behind Stowe Elementary is a local favorite for sledding. Close by the elementary school is Jackson Arena, check out the attached schedule for public skating times.

Winter outdoor activities in Stowe, VT

Bluebird sky in Stowe, VT

For a longer adventure The Long Trail runs along the spine of Mt. Mansfield with opportunities for snowshoe, winter camping and backcountry skiing. Before heading out on the Long Trail in winter please check in with The Green  Mountain Club.

If you are looking for a slower paced outdoor activity try a horse drawn carriage ride along the Rec Path with The Gentle Giants or take a walk on any of Stowe's back roads. What ever you speed or equipment there is always somewhere beautiful to get out and enjoy!

Continued Improvements at Stowe Mountain Resort

Enjoying great skiing at Stowe Mountain Resort, Stowe, Vermont

Over the last 8 years Stowe Mountain Resort has been implementing their half-billion dollar master plan (yes, that is billion with a "b") which includes the Stowe Mountain Lodge, Spruce Peak Base Camp and new lifts. What many don't realize is that just as key to the massive building and lift upgrades is the investment in infrastructure for the snowmaking system. Just this past summer almost $5M was invested in new snowmaking guns, pipe and snowmaking towers that will improve not only the skiing experience but are more energy and emission efficient.

Stowe opened this past Saturday for season pass holders! Earlier than usual with rave reviews from skiers and riders. The ability to open earlier with more terrian and quality man-made snow will help Stowe continue to set itself apart from the competition.

Money well spent.

For details on the new snowmaking upgrades:

http://www.stowe.com/ski-ride/conditions/offseason-snowmaking-investments/