West of Stowe on Mt. Mansfield, the Stowe Mountain Resort has 116 runs spread over 485 acres that are served by 10 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 2,360 feet.
Stowe Mountain Resort is renowned for cliffs, steeps and dense trees. For the most part, the only challenging stuff at Stowe is off the Fourrunner Quad lift (which means you can check it all out in a single day or less). For steeps, check out Starr, Goat or Nosedive. For glades, you must hit Lookout Glade. There is some good side-country to explore called Birthday Bowls. In addition, there are six terrain parks.
Keep in mind that you are really on your own when off the groomed runs so be prepared. The glades (aka woods) are very tight and generally not trimmed. It takes a lot of fresh snow to make the woods enjoyable, or even open for that matter. You really do not want to venture down the glades if there is no fresh snow since they will most likely be icy or even closed. This ski area really needs at least a reported 40 inch base to be worth checking out. Even with 40 inches, there will be bare spots and many exposed ice sections.
Note: Before coming up to this ski area, make sure you are watching trail reports and weather reports for several weeks prior. The more challenging runs will be closed if there is not enough snow or it is too icy. Watch the weather reports for warm weather or rain, which could lead to trail closures on cold days.
Stowe is a cool place to visit with a real New England town. For apres ski, hit The Shed brew pub. For nightlife, try the Rusty Nail; the Back Yard or the Matterhorns Back Bar.
To reach the snowboarding at Stowe from Burlington, head south on US89 to Exit #10 (Stowe / Waterbury exit). At the end of the ramp, turn left on SR100N for 11 miles to the Stowe Village stop sign. Turn left on SR108N for 6 miles into the resort.
Overall, Stowe Mountain Resort is the 9th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 12 snowboarding resorts in Vermont.