First Timer’s Guide
Welcome to Stowe! From skiing and snowboarding, to golf, hiking, mountain biking, shopping and relaxing at the spa, there is an abundance of adventure and fun to be had in Stowe. If you are new to the area, take the time to read this page which is packed full of helpful tips and ideas. We know from experience that taking a Vermont vacation with friends or family is best done with planning, and this guide will help you get organized.
Winter Pre-Arrival Tips:
Buy your lift tickets online in advance for the best rate available & register for Stowe ByPass (free to sign up, no commitment and no ticket window required).
Click here to discover what Stowe ByPass is all about…and how it can save you time & money.
The free Resort Charge feature eliminates the need to carry cash or credit cards at the mountain – use your Evolution Stowe Card at any on-mountain restaurant, retail store or rental facility. Sign up here.
As we build the future of Stowe Mountain Resort – we apologize for our parking challenges. We have implemented the following efforts to mitigate these challenges this winter:
- Beat the crowds and arrive early! You experience the mountain earlier in the day after our grooming crew have worked their magic.
- If you have children in the Adventure Center – utilize the 30 minute drop off area at the entrance to the Adventure Center at Spruce Peak.
- Visit the interactive STOWE ARRIVAL GUIDE – know the parking lots – all lots are lettered, named and colored as each lot offers different services and amenities.
- Take the free Mountain Road Shuttle – now enabled with GPS tracking via the Ride Systems app for your smart phone and tablet device. The shuttle is a popular option to get to the mountain from the village of Stowe (and several stops on the Mountain Road, Rt. 108). There are three convenient drop-off areas at Spruce Peak and Mansfield. Best of all, no parking required.
- The Resort has multiple [free] guest shuttles that cycle through the resort. If you have children and need a ride to Spruce Peak – take the Resort inter-mountain shuttle.
- Boot up! If possible – arrive prepared ski/ride from your vehicle – due to the location of a few of the lots, the quickest access to skiing and riding is often from your vehicle to the lift – be sure to load your direct-to-lift Evolution Stowe Card before you arrive.
- Take the Inn or resort shuttle – If your Inn or resort has a shuttle service, this is the best and most efficient way to access the resort.
- Car Pool – If and whenever possible.
Enjoy this week’s photos for a sense of what’s happening on and around the mountains.
Mount Mansfield is Vermont’s highest peak (4,395′) and offers a wide range of skiing terrain for every ability level. It’s well known for the double-black diamond (most difficult) “Front Four” trails, but also offers some of the longest intermediate cruisers in the East, and a lovely group of beginner trails in the Toll House area. Spruce Peak is geared toward beginner and intermediate skiers and riders. Lower Spruce – the area nearest the Spruce Base Area Complex – is a great place to learn, while Upper Spruce is the next step up. View our trail map and check out the different Mountain Zones to plan where you’d like to explore. Mount Mansfield also offers cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.
Whether you’re interested in fine wine, a culinary adventure, perfectly groomed runs or fresh powder, Stowe delivers. It’s a multi-dimensional community with many interesting personalities and things to do, including a dynamic freestyle scene. Our e-newsletter offers year-round updates and information on what is happening on the mountain and around the Stowe Community. And you can sign up here on the site to have the weekly newsletter sent directly to you via email.
If you prefer slope-side accommodations, The Inn at the Mountain’s Condominium & Townhouse Rentals or the Stowe Mountain Lodge offer two great options. We also invite you to explore other options around town – from cozy B&Bs to full-service hotels with spas offered through the Stowe Area Association lodging guide.
Getting here and getting around
Getting to Stowe is easy, and you’ll enjoy an extraordinary landscape on the way. Once here, a car is convenient but not entirely necessary. The Mountain Road Shuttle is FREE in winter and runs regularly between Stowe Village and Stowe Mountain Resort, with abundant stops along the way. Looking for a ride all your own? Call Peg’s Pick Up at 802-253-9490.
Mailing Address: 5781 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT 05672
An Evolution Stowe Card is the only ticket you’ll need at Stowe Mountain Resort. In addition, a number of special vacation packages are available to suit various needs, including the Winter Specials, which are seasonal deals that are regularly updated. If you plan to ski or ride at the resort more than 12 days a year, a Season Pass might just be the thing for you.
If you need ski or snowboard equipment, getting your rentals or performance demos at the mountain means you won’t have to lug your gear around. Leave it at the ski check (free for multi-day rentals) and grab it the next morning right next to the lift!
Regardless of your ability level, a lesson is likely to advance your skills to the next level. Even World Cup ski racers seek the advice of coaches – why not you? Stowe has programs for every age and ability, and the perfect classroom (Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak) for your lesson. The Stowe Ski and Snowboard School is one of the country’s oldest and most-respected winter sports instruction organizations.
If your little ones aren’t quite ready for the slopes, consider the Cubs Childcare Center, a Vermont State licensed program, accepting children one to three years old. We are dedicated to providing a warm, safe and fun environment that is developmentally appropriate. Our facility is located in a cozy ski chalet nestled at the base of Lower Spruce, just below the Mountain Cabins, providing easy access to the slopes.
Stowe delivers with dining options from the Cliff House Restaurant atop Mount Mansfield, the Great Room Grill located inside the new Spruce Camp Base Lodge and many more. Don’t forget about the cozy environs of the Fireside Tavern open on weekends for après ski cocktails and entertainment. The Stowe Mountain Lodge is home to the Hourglass bar and lounge for casual food and drinks or Solstice for artisan-inspired fine dining. Around town, there are scores of other options from sushi, to authentic Italian fare or just a good old burger and fries.
Inspired by the natural surroundings of Vermont and the rustic elegance of the Green Mountains; The Spa at Stowe Mountain Lodge creates an unsurpassed environment for relaxation, renewal and rejuvenation. Down the mountain, indulge yourself with a spa treatment at one of Stowe Village’s many spas. Or just kick back and enjoy a cold one at a local pub.
Bring a piece of Stowe home
The resort’s retail shops offer a wide selection of products, including top-of-the-line equipment and the latest clothing for the mountain lifestyle. Also don’t forget to visit Atmosphere located in the Stowe Mountain Lodge and the First Chair Alpine Co. in the heart of the Spruce Peak Village Center. Ready to shop until you drop? Take a stroll through town and enjoy an eclectic mix of independently-owned shops are sprinkled throughout Stowe Village.
Visit Year Round!
While best known as a skiing and snowboarding destination, Stowe actually sees more visitors in the summer and fall. Stowe Mountain Resort is the premiere 36-hole golf destination in New England, featuring both the classic and gorgeous Stowe Country Club and the new Stowe Mountain Club Golf Course.
Other summer and fall activities include the ZipTour Adventure, TreeTop Adventure, Mount Mansfield Toll Road and the Gondola Skyride. Kids especially enjoy the Summer Adventure Camp - single day passes available!
Give us a call toll-free at 800-253-4754 or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d be happy to assist you in planning a vacation to remember!