Vail Of The East: Everything You Need To Know About Skiing At Stowe Mountain
It used to be you’d have to go out west for a top-notch upscale ski vacation, but fortunately, that is no longer true. With a major transformation over the past 10 years, Stowe Mountain and the Spruce Peak Village will truly give you everything you are looking for in a ski vacation.
This adorable ski town three hours north of Boston — and less than an hour from Burlington, Vermont — can truly make you feel like you are skiing out west. With two separate mountains and a cute village at the base, Stowe has it all.
If you’ve never been to Stowe, you’ll arrive in a quintessential northeast mountain town, with a small walking strip of shops, restaurants and lodging. As you head up the mountain road towards the resort — a few miles from the center of town — you are greeted with a panoramic view of the iconic front four, National, Goat, Starr and Liftline — expert trails for those that are prepared for a thrill. The resort is split between the Mount Mansfield side and Spruce Peak. Mount Mansfield is Vermont’s highest peak and thanks to that, some very long east coast ski runs.
Of course, skiing will look quite different this year, but enjoying the outdoors on the ski slopes of Stowe is still very much possible — especially with Vermont’s COVID-19 numbers being some of the best in the country.
Being a ski family — and quite conservative when it comes to COVID-19 precautions — my family recently made the drive from our home in Boston and enjoyed a four-night stay at Stowe. We felt comfortable with the decision as skiing is a fully outdoor sport and Vermont has many restrictions in place. We skied for two of the days and enjoyed everything the village and town has to offer the other two days. After our time in Stowe, it was clear that the mountain and the village is taking all of the necessary precautions to ensure that skiing is still just as much fun — and most importantly, safe.