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. The runs have a level of difficulty ranging from 15% beginner to 60% intermediate to 25% difficult.
Stowe Mountain Resort is popular with snowboarders for it 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.
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. 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.
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. In Stowe village, turn left on SR108N for 6 miles into the ski resort base village. The nearest airport is located in Burlington.
Overall, Stowe Mountain Resort is the 9th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 12 snowboarding resorts in Vermont.
Local Contacts: Stowe Ski Area (802) 253-3000; Stowe Tourism (802) 253-7321; Dark Side Snowboard Shop, Stowe (802) 253-0335.
Best Season: Dec. - Mar.
Average Difficulty: Moderate
Base Camp: Trapp Family Lodge (802) 253-8511; Edson Hill Manor (802) 253-7371; Green Mountain Inn (802) 253-7301
Luxury Loding: Stowe Mountain Lodge (802) 282-4625; Stoweflake Mtn (800) 253-2232; Topnotch Spa (802) 253-8585
Breakfast Restaurant: McCarthys Restaurant, Stowe
Reference Source: click here http://www.ridestowe.com/
GPS: 44.530376, -72.778564
Date Published: 12/26/2015
Date Updated: 12/3/2018
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