Stowe Mountain Resort

First Timer's Guide to Stowe

Welcome to Stowe! From skiing and snowboarding, to golf, hiking, mountain biking, shopping and rejuvenating at the spa, you have an abundance of pleasant options before you – like which of the more than 50 restaurants in town you should visit. We know that taking a Vermont vacation with friends or family can take some planning, and this guide will help you get organized.

Enjoy this week’s photos or check out the Video Gallery for a sense of what’s happening on and around the mountains.

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.

Stowe culture 
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.

Finding your home away from home is pretty easy with just a bit of web surfing. If you prefer slope-side accommodations, The Inn at the Mountain and Condominiums or the new Stowe Mountain Lodge offers 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

Lift tickets 
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, then a Seasons 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 Cottage at the base of Spruce Peak and the Great Room Grill located inside the new Spruce Camp Base Lodge. 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.

During the winter season, the resort is always hopping with special events, from slopestyle competitions, to live music and more, and around town is just as lively. If you prefer some action with your activities, options like dogsledding, ice skating and tennis are endless. 

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 and POLO Ralph Lauren located in the Stowe Mountain Lodge. 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 Mount Mansfield Toll Road or the Gondola Skyride (Fall only for 2014). Kids especially enjoy the Summer Mountain Adventure Camp - single day pases available!

Give us a call toll-free at 800-253-4754 or send a message to We’d be happy to assist you in planning a vacation to remember!