Alpine Skiing & Snowboarding
Stowe Mountain Resort is scheduled to open for the season (weather pending) on November 25, 2020. This year, advanced reservations are required for skiing and riding at Stowe Mountain Resort.
Nestled beside Vermont’s highest peak, Stowe was named a “Top 10 Ski Towns in America” by Forbes. Slice through pristine powder fields on Mt. Mansfield, a peak that averages more than 300 inches of snow annually. For more than 80 years, people continue to travel here to create mountain memories at Stowe Mountain Resort. With 116 ski trails and 13 lifts, Stowe Mountain Resort has been an internationally acclaimed four-season resort area since the 1940’s. A gondola connects the resort’s two mountains, Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak. Carve turns on groomers made to perfection by a snowmaking and grooming team called “outstanding” by snow gun manufacturer HKD and Ski Area Management magazine. Venture off into hidden glades, secret chutes and sidecountry stashes that empty into Smugglers’ Notch, the famous route for rum runners during Prohibition. Share the spirit of the outdoors in wintertime with friends and family.
Key facts about Stowe Mountain Resort:
- Mount Mansfield summit elevation: 4,395′ (Vermont’s highest peak)
- Highest skiing elevation: 3,625′
- Vertical drop: 2,360′
- Annual snowfall (average): 314″
- Total number of trails: 116
- Skiable acres: 485
- Total miles: 40 (16% beginner, 55% intermediate, 29% expert)
- Snowmaking coverage: 83%
- Total lifts: 12 (more mile-long lifts than any other resort in the east)
- Lift types: 1 intermountain transfer Gondola (the OverEasy), 1 high-speed summit Gondola, 4 high-speed Quads, 2 Triples, 2 doubles, 2 surface lifts
- Total hourly lift capacity: 15,516 passengers
Tips to prepare for your visit to Stowe Mountain Resort:
- Save on Lift Tickets: Purchase your lift tickets at least 7 days before your first-day skiing for the best rates. Buy online and skip the ticket line.
- Trail Map. Scope out the terrain before you head up. Busy day on the hill? Check out some of the less-popular lifts like the Sensation Quad (great intermediate/advanced terrain), Toll House Double (beginner/intermediate) and Mountain Triple (intermediate) lifts.
- Get to the mountain early. Weekends are considered peak days at Stowe Mountain Resort. Plan to take extra time to get to your destinations—particularly on a holiday weekend or snow event, and especially when the two overlap. Stowe offers a variety of in-town transportation options, including the complimentary Mountain Road Shuttle that provides convenient service from the mountain to Main Street and points of interest, especially if you’re without snow tires which are encouraged for getting around town. Get an early start on Mountain Road by 7 a.m.—6:30 a.m. on peak weekend and snowy weekend days—and you’ll set yourself up for an excellent day on Mt. Mansfield. Learn more about parking at Stowe Mountain Resort.
- Book equipment rentals in advance. Bypass morning crowds and head straight to the mountain for an exceptional day on the hill by picking up your rentals the night before at one of several sporting good shops in town. Many are often open later on Friday evenings. There are also rentals available on-site at Stowe Mountain Resort.
- Terrain & Lift Status: Be sure to check out the Terrain & Lift Status Report for up-to-date info on lift operations. For live updates on weather, operations, terrain and parking information, go to @StoweMtAlerts on Twitter for the daily 6 a.m. report.
- Trail Conditions & Weather: Check out the latest snow and weather report.
- Lessons & Guides: New to the sport or just looking for a refresher? Stowe Mountain Resort offers exceptional ski and ride school and mountain guide services. Time slots fill up fast, so be sure to book early. To book within 48 hours, call the ski & ride school at (802) 253-3685.
- Stowe Mountain Resort hours of operation: Weekdays 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Weekends & Holidays 7:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.
- Plan your trip to Stowe, Vermont using our Visitor Resource Guide