Stowe Mountain Resort / Tips & Advice

When you book a holiday to Stowe Mountain Resort with us, we'll send you our annual ‘Stowe Book,’ full of extremely useful information including resort programs, rates, events, lodging, and more much more.

Here are a few insider tips to get you started:

The skiing:

  • Snow – Stowe is known for having more natural snow than any other resort in the East, an average of 300+” annually. When it’s snowing we’re making our own, and with the East’s only PitenBully Elite Fleet of groomers, 90% of our snow surfaces are maintained to the highest level of grooming on a daily biases, and 10 million dollars in recent snowmaking improvements. We recommend starting at our high-speed FourRunner quad on Mount Mansfield in the morning and following the sun all the way over to south-facing Spruce Peak in the afternoon.
  • Getting to the mountain – Stowe offers complimentary Mountain Road shuttle service everyday. If you’re staying mountainside at Stowe Mountain Lodge, our Transfer Gondola moves you back-and-fourth between the two peaks in less than two minutes!
  • To get as much skiing & riding in as possible – Stowe has the earliest lift openings in the country! Our NEW quad opens at 7:30am on weekends and holidays and 8:00am every other day. Additional lifts open in succession to allow for ‘Fresh-Tracks’ at various times throughout each morning across Stowe’s varied terrain.
  • Weather – Mount Mansfield has its very own micro-climate. It’s usually snowing here, even when it’s not snowing downtown.  Our motto is; “There no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear.” Dress appropriately to maximize the enjoyment our outdoor environment. If you need it we’ve got it at one of our shops right at the mountain.
  • Improve your technique - we highly recommend Stowe’s world-renowned Ski & Snowboard School. We offer customized programs and lessons for every age and ability level. Not only where we the first ski school in America, we continue to have the highest cumulative level of certified instructors in the East.

Eating, drinking and entertainment:

On-mountain – Stowe Mountain Resort has the best and most highly regarded on-mountain dining in the East. From the Cliff House restaurant atop Mount Mansfield to wonderful options at Spruce Peak, our food alone will keep you coming back.  The mountain also offers a good range of more affordable options including pizza, chili, soups, BBQ, flatbread wraps, burgers, sandwiches, salads and more if you want something very fast or leisurely. The mountain also offers several unique bars with live music for enjoying a cocktail during your day or après ski including; The Great Room Bar, Hourglass, The Cottage, The Den, Midway and Octagon.

Mountainside Arts and Entertainment – has been elevated to a whole new level second to none the East with our new Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center. The 420-seat multipurpose theater presents performances by world renowned entertainers as well as emerging artists and entertainers from around the state, region, nation and world.

Additional Dining and Après Offerings in the Town of Stowe - In complement to exceptional dinning at the mountain, the Town Stowe, Vermont is alive with culinary cuisine. Over 50 restaurants and bars offer a variety of dining and après options unequaled at ski and golf areas around the Northeast. In New England, only Boston and Providence boast more award-winning dining establishments than our quaint town of 4,300 residents. 

Book tables when eating out - this is particularly important during holiday periods, but is recommended at all times. People tend to eat early in North America. If staying in a hotel, ask the concierge for their advice and to assist with making reservations.


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