Skiing

Don't Miss Out on the Stowe Epic Pass!

Only 2 Weeks Left to get your Epic Pass to ski Stowe Mountain Resort! This year, season pass sales end November 19th! After this date, only day tickets will be available for sale. Don't miss the opportunity to ski or ride Stowe as well as all the other Vail Resorts: Vail, Beaver Creek, Whistler Blackcomb, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Wilmot, Mt Brighton, Afton Alps, Perisher, Arapahoe as well as access to 30 European Resorts. For complete details and to purchase on-line visit Stowe.com .

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.

Vermont Season Pass Deals

We have finally had our first hard frost and we woke up to snow in the higher elevations this morning! The foliage has been spectacular this fall, and as Stowe moves past peak it is time to start thinking SNOW and SKIING. There are still a few weeks left to take advantage of great deals on season passes and discount cards to area resorts and touring centers. 

Stowe Mountain Resort offers early season discounts on the traditional Gold and Silver passes but there are other cost saving options available as well. If you live or work in the area you may be eligible for The County Pass or the Stowe Area Association Pass. College Students, Young Adults and Seniors all are eligible for discount season passes and many of then also offer additional savings if purchased before 11/6/2016; so check out Stowe Mountain Resorts Pass Site for details.

Maybe you prefer one of Vermont's other fantastic resorts; or want to ski several different mountains this winter check out the  Ski Vermont website for discounts around the state. Want to leave the state this winter, ready to try skiing out West? You still don't need to pay rack rate, check out Snow.com for great deals on multi-resort passes in Colorado, Utah and others.

However you pay to play on the slopes or trails, just make sure you get out and enjoy this winter!

 

March Madness - Stowe Style

Come experience March Madness - Stowe Style! Some of the season's most zany shenanigans happen on and off snow during the month of March. Call it cabin fever, spring fever or just the pent up desire to have a good time but locals (and those not so local) really tear it up in Stowe during March. The return of longer days and more mild temps brings out the fun loving side in all of us. On-snow events include the wacky 80's Ski Ballet and Retro Jam, the Uphill Ski Race and a Moonlight Cross Country Ski. With this year's change in date for the Stowe Derby don't miss the opportunity to watch almost 1,000 skiers racing down Mt. Mansfield on skinny skis! 

Music lovers will enjoy jamming to tribute bands covering musical greats including Van Morrison, Dave Matthews and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Join the fun during the Mudseason Easter Egg Hunt followed the next morning by the annual Easter Sunrise Service at the top of Mt. Mansfield. 

There are many lift ticket deals offered in March to make the festivities even sweeter; take advantage of Military Ski Free Day, Vermonter Day or 50% off days sponsored by local radio stations.

Winter is far from over, in fact some of the season's greatest events are yet to come! For more details and additional fun opportunities check out the Stowe Area Association website.

 

 

 

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!

 


 

Newest Off-Slope Activities in Stowe, Vermont

While Stowe, Vermont is well known as the Ski Capital of East, the charming village is also a great destination for many off-slope activites. Long famous for cross country skiing and Ben & Jerry's the area is world renowned for luxury spa's, fine dining and boutique shopping. This winter Stowe has added two new activites to the list of fun pastimes to keep the family busy when not cruising down the slopes: outdoor skating at Spruce Peak and bowling at the new Stowebowl located at the newly renovated Sun and Ski Inn.

The Stowebowl, Stowe's first luxury bowling establishment is opening this Wednesday 2/2/2016 in the the Sun and Ski Inn. The Stowebowl promises to be a luxury bowling and casual dining experience.

Enjoy complimentary skating in the plaza at Spruce Peak after skiing or it is great option for those in the group who are looking for a change from the slopes. The rink is set against the stunning backdrop of Spruce Mountain and is especially beautiful in the evening surrounded by twinking lights.

 
 

For additional off-piste activites check out the Stowe Area Association website or visit their office on Main Street. 

  

71st Annual Stowe Derby - Registration Deadline 2/6/2016

Derby Fever is setting in! The Stowe Derby, the oldest Downhill/XC country ski race in North America, is Sunday 2/28/2016. Ski from the top of Mt. Mansfield all the way to Stowe Village on a single pair of skis! Sign up by 2/6/2016 and take advantage of the early registration discount. This year's race features the long course, short course, and back by popular demand - the Fat Bike Derby.

The race attracts over 800 competitors ranging from recreational skiers looking for a thrill to collegiate and professional skiers. 

The Long Course participants ski through 12.5 miles (20km) of challenging terrain, racing down Mt. Mansfield's Toll Road and along the entire length of the Stowe Recreation Path before reaching the finish in the village; enjoying a total vertical drop of almost 2,800 feet.

The Short Course is designed families, children ages 6 and up or those who what to participate but wish to avoid the long and sustained descent. This fun and relatively flat race is approximately 6 km. The course begins on the Stowe Recreation Path and follows the final leg of the Long Course.

The Fat Bike Race is back by popular demand! Riders will compete after the skiers following the same course as the Long Course but starting from a lower elevation.

For additional details on all the races, course specifics, and to register on-line check out the Stowe Derby Website; or for information on all events going on in Stowe during The Derby Weekend visit the Stowe Area Association website.  

 

Thanksgiving In Vermont

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in Vermont. There is always lots to do and plenty to look forward to. Of course there will be the traditional thanksgiving dinner with lots of food, drink, football, friends and family. As well, there are also many things that are more typical to this part of the country and some that you can only do here in Vermont. For some it's a Thanksgiving day of skiing on Mt. Mansfield, for others it's an opportunity to go hunting in the woods. If the weather is nice, as it will be here in Vermont, it's an opportunity to split and stack firewood or go for a hike.

Wherever you are and whatever you are doing this Thanksgiving, please remember to count your blessings and try to think of something that you can do for someone who is less fortunate in your community.

Happy Thanksgiving!

First Snow In Stowe

We just had our first snow of the season in Stowe up on Mt. Mansfield this past Sunday. It snowed up there again last night and it has been spitting snow down in the village all day. We know it probably will not "stick" but it is always exciting.  It's kind of like a verification that "yes, winter will be back again this year" which is good since I just bought a new pair of back country skis.

Even thought I hate to see the warm days of summer leave, I have to admit (and I have to be careful who I admit this to) the first real shot of cold air feels good and exciting. Around here there are two kinds of people when it comes to the first sight of snow on the mountain; those who dread the inevitable coming of winter and those of us who can't wait for it.  After all, it's coming either way so you might as well embrace it.

I guess it's about time I get my wood in and then Pray for Snow!Mt. Mansfield in the clouds, Stowe, VT. Jeff Beattie photo taken 10/12/12