9 Ways to Maximize Your Spring Skiing and Riding Experience in Stowe

February 27, 2020


The energetic vibe in Stowe during the spring is something to experience–whether it’s for the first time or you want to relive it again. Since 1943, visitors from all over the world have come to Stowe, Vermont to ski, and later snowboard, at Stowe Mountain Resort. Situated at the base of Mt. Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak, Stowe is a premier New England destination with outdoor recreation, culture and history. With a multitude of activities and events taking place through the season, here are 9 ways to maximize your spring skiing or snowboarding escape to Stowe, Vermont—one of Forbes’ “Top 10 Best Ski Towns in America.”

1) Secure sweet late-season deals on lodging.

While it’s best to book early for the best rates and availability of the season, you’ll often find great lodging deals like the Spring 96-Hour Sale with peak ski season winding down. You can also save if you’re an Epic Pass-holder or when you extend your weekend through the season.

2) Enjoy sunny bluebird skies.

When the days are longer and the skies are sunnier, it’s not hard to make lasting memories on the slopes with family and friends.

3) Ski and ride ideal conditions.

Spring offers some of the best skiing and riding conditions of the season. As the sun shines and temperatures rise, the hard and fast snow of the morning transitions to slow and softer snow in the afternoon.

4) Warm up at at Spruce Peak.

Have sunny trails all day long on the more untouched side of Stowe Mountain Resort. Along with blue and black trails, the Spruce Peak side offers beginner-friendly terrain and is home to the Adventure Center where the renowned Stowe Ski and Ride School is based. Pick up rentals, fuel up at the eateries and shop for gear usually on-sale at the end of the season.

5) Ride the iconic red Gondola.

The famed red Gondola at Stowe Mountain Resort is a destination in its own right. The Gondola takes you up to intermediate and expert terrain, though beginners can take a simple joy ride. Consider having lunch at the Cliff House Restaurant.

6) Take in the endless scenic vistas.

Whether you’re riding up the Gondola, having hot cocoa at the Octagon, taking Sensation Quad for a run on Sterling or cruising down via Easy Street, one thing is apparent: the views are stunning and simply breathtaking.

7) Savor amazing après-ski options.

A tradition after a day on the hill, indulge in a local craft beverage afterwards at the Octagon, Mansfield Den or Whistle Pig Pavilion right at the mountain. Other go-to-après favorites along Mountain Road include Piecasso, Doc Ponds and Sunset Grille & Tap Room just off it that also serve dinner. Home-made hot cocoa at Stowe Bee Bakery & Café is a special treat kids love!

8) Celebrate Vermont’s sweetest season.

Don’t miss Stowe’s time-honored events like the Sugar Slalom, one of the most recognized alpine races in America, and Vermont Maple Open House Weekend, where you’ll get to try sugar on snow!

9) Try something new in Stowe.

The longer spring days give you plenty of time to enjoy events and other spring activities afterward. Be sure to visit Stowe’s independent shops and take a piece of Vermont home with you!

Finish the season strong! Tap into spring and save up to 40% off lodging for your last mountain adventures when you by February 28.

Photos are courtesy of Stowe Mountain Resort and Go Stowe.

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