Environment

Stowe's Foliage - Better Late Than Never!

Although Stowe's world famous foliage season got off to a late start, the stunning colors are here in full force! Depending of which weather expert you believe the colors were slow this year due to too much rain, too little rain, too much heat... but whatever the reason the leaves are beautiful now.

This would be a great time to extend your Columbus Day holiday and visit the area, or if you are a local get out for a drive! Explore the Stowe, Morrisville, Cambridge loop via Smuggler's Notch; drive the back way to Waterbury though Stowe Hollow or loop through Morrisville, Johnson and Belivdere.

This is least weekend of the season for the Summer Adventure Activities at Stowe Mountain Resort. Zip-line or climb the Treetop Adventure course surrounded by the glorious foliage. Drive or ride the gondola to the top of Mt. mansfield to take advantage of the spectacular views. 

However you choose to enjoy this time of year, make the most of it!

Epic Pass Deals Announced

Vail Resorts announced today that the Epic Pass plans to offer unlimited, unrestricted access to Stowe Mountain Resort for the 2017-2018 winter season, subject to the closing of the acquisition. Vail and Stowe announced in February that Vail would buy Stowe's ski operations for $50 million. Current owner AIG will retain the Spruce Peak real estate, lodging and related facilities.

The Epic Pass, Vail's signature season pass program offers unrestricted access to skiing at all Vail properties worldwide at much lower rates than most resorts charge. The unrestricted season pass at Stowe Mountain Resort was $2,313 for the 2016-2017 ski year; with the Epic Pass the same access will cost $859 for 2017-2018.

The Epic program offers additional pass options with varying levels of access, some for as little as $639. There is an early deadline of Sunday 4/9/2017 to purchase some passes but it appears that the core program, The Epic Pass will be available all year.

Additional details are available in this week's VermontBiz and on the Epic Pass site.

B3 Fest: Bikes, Bevs & Beats in Stowe, VT

Come celebrate everything Vermont and Mountain Biking in Stowe, Vermont - June 10-12

3rd annual town wide event June 10-12. Featuring Vermont music, Vermont craft libations (beers, wines, spirits, ciders, root beer), and a celebration of Vermont mountain biking. 

This 3 day festival features free group rides, family friendly events, food and drink specials, live music and more! Area restaurants are hosting events and food specials. Area bike shops are hosting free mountain bike group rides in town which will start and end at participating B3 Fest venues.

B3 kicks off Friday 6/10 with an awesome Village Block Party at 4:30 followed by a Critical Mass Ride up the Mountain Road at 6:45.

For the most up-to-date detail and schedule of events for the B3 Fest weekend, visit stowemountainbike.com/b3

 

 

Stowe Land Trust Partnership Milestone

Honor the Past, Peserve the Future

In 2013, Trapp Family Lodge and Stowe Land Trust aligned to form a partnership focused on informing visitors and the Stowe community of the importance of protecting land for future generations to enjoy.  Through the partnership, Trapp Family Lodge guests donate $1 per occupied room night as a contribution to Stowe Land Trust to assist with land conservation.  To date, this partnership has raised almost $50,000 for Stowe Land Trust.

Four generations of von Trapps have set their roots in Stowe, owning and managing Trapp Family Lodge, continuing the tradition of active farming and forestry, and providing unparalleled opportunities for visitors to get out and enjoy the mountains and valleys.   Continuing the family's true pioneering spirit, Johannes von Trapp helped establish Stowe Land Trust 29 years ago, and through this commitment, the family has permanently conserved over 1,500 acres.  In the years that have passed since Stowe Land Trust's inception, the von Trapp family has continued in their commitment to conservation and stewardship in Stowe.

About Stowe Land Trust

Stowe Land Trust is dedicated to the conservation of scenic, recreational, and productive farm and forest lands for the benefit of the greater Stowe community. The work of Stowe Land Trust, in conjunction with the community, partners, and supporters, has been a critical force in shaping the Stowe landscape.

Learn more about the Von Trapp Partnership or Stowe Land Trust.

Stowe's Newest Conservation Project

The Stowe Land Trust has a long and successful history of land conservation and stewardship in the Stowe, VT area. The Stowe Land Trust is dedicated to the conservation of scenic, recreational, and productive farm and forest lands for the benefit of the greater Stowe community. 

The lastest project undertaken by the Stowe Land Trust is the preservation of The Kaiser Family Farm as a productive working farm. The Kaiser Family has maintained their farm in the scenic Nebraska Valley for decades. Stowe Land Trust is working with Vermont Land Trust and Christine Kaiser to conserve the 49-acre farm. Stowe Land Trust and Vermont Land Trust have arranged to purchase an easement on the Kaiser Farm, which will forever protect the farm from development and ensure that the farm will remain affordable to future farmers. The farm is one of the last remaining working farms in Stowe, and is a reminder of the town’s agricultural heritage. Through Vermont Land Trust's Farmland Access Program, a local farm family will be able to purchase the farm at an affordable price. 

The total cost of the project is $372,000, which includes the easement purchase, project related costs, and a contribution to Stowe Land Trust's Stewardship Endowment fund.  With the support of additional donors, The Stowe Land Trust has secured more than 85% of the necessary funds.  Now they need our help to raise the remaining funds.

Give today to help protect one of the last working farms in Stowe and support the next generation of Stowe farmers.

 

Escape the Ordinary - Stowe, Vermont

Stowe, Vermont is extraordinary in all seasons. While many winter visitors think of Stowe for winter outdoor adventures, the area is spectaular all year round. Summer and fall now exclipse winter as the most visited time of year. If you have not experienced Stowe during the 3 seasons outside of winter the following video will be an eye-opening treat. For locals, or visitors familar with the area in all its glory, this is a reminder of changing seasons and the beauty that surrounds the area.   

Local photographer and videographer Mark Vandenburg has created a stunning time-laspe video that has gone "viral" among locals and visitors alike. Over a year in the making this video captures the essence of the area. Enjoy!

 


 

Mandatory Recycling Comes to Vermont

As of July 1st of this year, all recyclable materials have been banned from Vermont landfills. With the adoption of the Universal Recycling law (Act 148), Vermont has taken an ambitious step to reduce the amount of material being sent to the landfill. This landmark law was passed unanimously by the Vermont Legislature in 2012 and sets a goal to keep 50% of the current “trash” out of landfills by 2020.

Among other mandates, the law bans recyclables from being buried in the landfill starting this summer. It also phases in the ban of leaf and yard debris, food scraps and clean wood from the landfill over the next five years. The goal of this law is to increase the diversion of valuable materials from the waste stream and to provide convenient and consistent recycling and disposal options for all of Vermont.

The first phase of the legislation started on July 1, 2014. Under the Universal Recycling law, the Lamoille Regional Solid Waste Management District  (LRSWMD) here in lamoille County began accepting recycling at our facilities at no cost to residential customers. Since then, there has been an increase of over 45 tons of recycling compared to the same time frame last year.

The Universal Recycling law will continue its phased-in approach to materials management this year. Starting July 1, recyclables are banned from the landfill. It will be against the law for you to knowingly include papers, cardboard, plastics, aluminum materials, steel cans or glass jars in with your trash. Please empty and rinse all containers, flatten and beak down cardboard boxes and remove handles from bag and buckets. All of these materials are collected in the same bin in the LRSWMD. There is no cost to you to recycle these items at our facilities so please make the right choice when choosing how to discard your items.

Another important piece of the Universal Recycling law affects customers who receive curbside services from solid waste haulers. Also on July 1 this year, haulers must offer residential collection to all costumers they service. Haulers who are in non-compliance risk state sanctions, losing their hauling license, or potential fines. If you have an experience where a hauler is not providing recycling services to you after July 1, please contact LRSWMD at 888-7317.

The Universal Recycling law brings benefits to Vermont, some of which including stimulating economic growth, reducing the need for landfill space, conserving energy and reducing resource consumption. Since Vermont was the first state to pass statewide material management law, the nation is looking to us to do it well and to be successful. Your actions will help to ensure that we maintain a quality recycling stream and successfully meet the goals of the law. Be part of the process; recycle – it’s what we do here.

 For more information call LRSWD at 802-888-7317 or go to www.lrswmd.org