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Families will love:

  • One of New England's finest ski areas
  • A gateway to four-season outdoor fun
  • Charming village of shops and restaurants

Most people think Stowe is simply a ski area in northern Vermont. And yes, Stowe is one of New England's finest places to ski, with ribbons of trails streaming down Vermont's largest peak, the 4,393-foot Mount Mansfield. But it's probably best to think of Stowe as a gateway to the outdoors, much like a smaller version of Boulder, Colorado or Bend, Ore. More than a mere ... more
Most people think Stowe is simply a ski area in northern Vermont. And yes, Stowe is one of New England's finest places to ski, with ribbons of trails streaming down Vermont's largest peak, the 4,393-foot Mount Mansfield. But it's probably best to think of Stowe as a gateway to the outdoors, much like a smaller version of Boulder, Colorado or Bend, Ore. More than a mere ski slope, Stowe features some of the foremost backcountry terrain in the country, some trails created by the Civilian Conservation Corp back in the 30s before the ski area opened. Add the hundreds of miles of groomed cross-country ski terrain, led by Trapp Family Lodge, and you have the ideal winter playground.

In late spring, summer, and fall, Stowe is just as glorious. There are many hiking routes that take you to the top of Mansfield or through that dramatic arch of rock they call Smugglers' Notch. You can bike along the paved 5-mile Recreation Path or canoe on a lonely river past the dairy farms and green meadows.

Unlike many New England ski areas, where all amenities are found on a road leading to the mountain resulting in the look of a strip mall, Stowe grew up around a 240-year-old Vermont village. The charm of skiing Stowe is that you can leave the mountain behind and stroll down Main Street (Route 100) past the requisite white steeple atop Stowe Community Church. Go inside Shaw's General Store, open since 1895, to purchase a flannel shirt and you've been transported back in time. Even along crowded Mountain Road, there are few chain restaurants or stores. Backed by the spine of the Green Mountains, the commercialism doesn't feel like an eyesore.

Written by Stephen Jermanok less

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