Stowe Mountain Resort Winter 2023/24 Tip Sheet
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Stowe Mountain Resort is an internationally renowned four-season destination co-located on Mount Mansfield, the highest mountain peak in Vermont, and proximate Spruce Peak. The resort is Vermont's exclusive luxury mountain of active and authentic adventure, a premium luxury destination providing the Green Mountains experience amplified by the historic New England village of Stowe, inspirational heritage and deep-rooted alpine traditions. Simply put: Stowe renews and deepens our connections to family, nature, history, freedom and adventure.;
- 90th Anniversary of the Mount Mansfield Ski Patrol: At Stowe, we’re celebrating Mount Mansfield Ski Patrol’s (MMSP) 90 Years of Service all season long with educational events on health and safety, a coming documentary series highlighting MMSP’s storied history and more.
- Gondola Gallery by Epic: The mountains are for everyone, and this winter, we’re collaborating with artists who love the mountains as much as we do to bring this message to the slopes like never before. Together, we’re transforming gondola cabins at some of our most legendary resorts into one-of-a-kind works of art that celebrate the different ways we all enjoy the snow. This art installation is an invitation and a message of inclusion to all. This is Epic for Everyone.
CREATING YOUR LINE is original artwork by printmaker Jim Harris, which will turn the sit ski and wheelchair-accessible cabin (#76) of Stowe's Mansfield Gondola into an invitation for people of all abilities to create their own lines on the mountain. "For people with disabilities," Jim says, "there's a lot less opportunity to get out and have a choose-your-own-adventure connection to a place." Since being paralyzed, Jim has pushed toward a remarkable recovery as a walking paraplegic able to ski again while finding new opportunities to be involved in adventure storytelling. With CREATING YOUR LINE giving new visibility to Stowe's accessible gondola cabin, his story continues: “Any way that we can invite some more people in, I think is a positive change,” Jim says.
Adaptive Passes are available here.
- Welcome Shannon Buhler, Stowe Mountain Resort’s New VP/GM: This year, Stowe Mountain Resort welcomes a new leader. Shannon Buhler began her career at Vail Resorts nearly 20 years ago in the product Sales and Services at Breckenridge Mountain. Since then, she’s led various departments at five different resorts within the Vail Resorts network including Vail Mountain, Breckenridge Resort and Keystone Resort before being appointed General Manager at Snow Creek Resort, where she led all resort operations and successfully oversaw the integration from Peak Resorts to the Vail Resorts network. Most recently, Shannon led the expansive mountain operations for Northstar in Lake Tahoe, California, which has 3,170 skiable acres and 100 trails. There, she picked up the friendly (and accurate) nickname, “Snow Boss.”
In addition to her work within operations, Shannon is Co-Lead of Vail Resorts’ Women & Allies employee resource group and is a champion and advocate for bringing more women into leadership roles within the company and the industry overall.
Shannon works tirelessly to provide an Experience of a Lifetime for her team so that they in turn can provide an Experience of a Lifetime for our guests. Throughout her tenure, she has built dynamic team environments, while serving as a catalyst for positive change. Her focus on exceptional performance and safety, as well as listening to the needs of her communities, has enabled Shannon to lead through cross-functional environments and deliver long-term growth.
Shannon brings an invaluable depth and breadth of experience and dedication to the Vail Resorts values and vision of leadership. In her spare time in the Stowe area, she enjoys being outdoors, including hiking, swimming, skiing and golfing, with her wife and two young daughters.
- New Signature Events: This year, Stowe Mountain Resort will offer a range of exciting new signature events for local and visiting guests. Events include Skål, a series of on-mountain champagne/sparkling cider toasts at the Octagon Café deck at 3:30 PM on 12/30, 1/20, 2/17, and 3/30, which will be open to all Epic Passholders. On select Saturdays, Stowe will also be offering Cookies & Cocoa open to all guests to enjoy complimentary freshly baked cookies and warm hot cocoa served on the Mt. Mansfield side of the Over Easy Transfer Gondola from 2:00- 3:00 PM. Finally, this year Stowe Mountain Resort will host the first ever Solar Soiree, celebrating the Total Solar Eclipse slated to cross over Mount Mansfield on Monday, April 8, 2024. The day will feature multiple viewing parties both on and off-mountain. More details coming soon.
- In 2022/23, Stowe’s Epic Lift Upgrade saw the Mountain Triple replaced with the Sunrise, a high-speed, detachable six-passenger lift that originates in the Mansfield Base Lodge parking lot – allowing guests unbeatable, direct access to the mountain. The Sunrise is the first-ever six-passenger chairlift for Stowe, which has been home to many lift innovations and firsts throughout its rich, 86-year history. This upgrade significantly increases access to some of Stowe’s best intermediate terrain and also directly services our expanded Adventure Zones, which are becoming more and more popular as an introduction to tree skiing for families and first-timers.
- Your Pass, now on your phone with the new My Epic app: New this season, the My Epic app with Mobile Pass and Mobile Lift Tickets is now available to download, allowing guests to use their phone as their ticket to the slopes. Mobile Pass and Mobile Lift Tickets is a hands-free option for skiers and riders to use at all 36 of Vail Resorts’ owned and operated U.S. resorts for the 2023/24 season, with availability at Whistler Blackcomb to follow in future seasons. It allows guests to buy their pass or lift ticket online, activate it in the new My Epic app, put their phone in their pocket, and get scanned, hands free in the lift line using Bluetooth® technology designed for low energy usage to minimize the impact on a phone’s battery life. This season, to ensure a smooth transition, the company will continue to provide physical cards for passes and lift tickets to all guests. For guests choosing to use Mobile Pass this season, watch this video for some tips. The My Epic app also offers a range of guest-favorite features, including interactive trail maps with GPS location tracking, and mountain and resort alerts, including operational information like grooming updates, terrain status, snow reports and conditions.
Get Your Epic Pass Today Before They Go Off Sale!
Guests planning to visit this winter – whether one day or all season long – are encouraged to purchase their lift access online in advance to save big. The Epic Local Pass allows for Northeast guests to ski or ride all season long at nearly all the company’s resorts across the East Coast, and take a trip out West with unlimited access at Breckenridge, Keystone and Crested Butte, plus 10 days at Vail, Beaver Creek or Whistler Blackcomb.
The Northeast Value Pass offers incredible value to those who only plan to ski or ride out East, with access to many of the same destinations, including to 21 resorts across the Northeast, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic – such as Stowe, Hunter, Mount Snow, Okemo, Wildcat and Seven Springs.
Vail Resorts also continues to offer the Epic Day Pass, which allows guests access to world-class resorts at pre-season pricing for up to 65 percent off when compared to a lift ticket. The Epic Day Pass is perfect for those who plan to ski and ride from 1-7 days throughout the winter season. In effect, skiers and riders can build their own pass and also choose Epic Flex Pay as a convenient payment option. Compare all Epic Pass offerings on the Epic Pass website. And keep in mind – Epic Passes make it easier than ever for those new or revisiting the sport, with Epic Mountain Rewards for 20 percent off food, lodging, group ski and ride school lessons, equipment rentals and more.
Stowe Mountain Resort Fast Facts
Base Elevation: 1,559 feet
Summit Elevation: 4,395 feet (Vermont’s highest peak, Mt. Mansfield)
Vertical Drop: 2,160 feet
Skiable Acres: 485
12 Lifts: 1 inter-mountain transfer gondola, 1 high-speed summit gondola, 1 six-pack detachable chair, 4 high speed detachable quad chairs, 1 triple chair, 2 double chairs, 2 surface lifts
116 Trails: 16% Beginner, 59% Intermediate, 29% Expert
Longest Run: 3.7 miles, Toll Road&nbs
Terrain Parks: 3 freestyle areas
Avg. Annual Snowfall: 300+ inches
Avg. Season Length: late-November to mid-April
Snowmaking Coverage: 83%
Mount Mansfield has long been a source of geographic inspiration in the Green Mountain State and is known to the indigenous Abenaki people as Mozodepowadso (Moosehead Mountain) or “Old Mozo.” The resort’s history represents a long list of ski-industry and mountaineering firsts: Stowe is a place where alpine trails become iconic; where the U.S. Army’s rugged and tactical 10th Mountain Division was born; where the modern ski patrol came to be with the formation of Mt. Mansfield Ski Patrol in 1934 (commemorating 90 years in 2024). More than 80 years ago, the founders’ bold actions and strong beliefs transformed Stowe from an old lumber camp to the world-class ski resort and luxury destination so popular with guests today.
Well-known for its classic New England “Front Four” ski trails (Goat, National, Liftline and Starr), Stowe has created an enduring legacy to provide unrivaled mountain experiences augmented by luxe amenities and attentive, friendly and welcoming staff ready to serve and inspire unforgettable mountain memories.
One of the Top 10 Small Towns in America, the New England village of Stowe is famous for its vibrant downtown and placid surroundings bounded by stunning natural landscapes. A postcard-perfect destination with stunning alpine sunsets, a meandering stream bordering Mountain Road, delightful shopping and countless farm-fresh culinary options including world-famous craft beers, Stowe is a year-round place of wonder and discovery rich with experiences to last a lifetime.
Fuel Your Adventure | Stowe Mountain Resort Dining
Stowe Mountain Resort provides experiences of a lifetime for guests, which include dining at the resort. The Cliff House, located near the summit of Vermont’s highest mountain peak Mt. Mansfield, offers fine dining with picturesque views of Vermont from an elevation topping 3,000 feet. Other options range from grab-n-go items to farm-to-table-inspired sit-down experiences, offering something to fit all guests’ needs. A great alternative to The Cliff House is the Octagon Café, offering scenic views and easy access from the top of the FourRunner Quad chairlift.
Pass holders receive 20% off a quick lunch, an afternoon pick-me-up or an après experience, all with stunning views to match. Just scan your pass and save when you visit the following locations at Stowe this winter:
- Mansfield Café
- Midway Café
- Octagon Café
- The Great Room Grill at Spruce Camp
Epic for Everyone – Youth Access and Growing the Sport
The future of winter sports is inclusion. Through investments and partnerships, Vail Resorts is committed to ensuring that all feel welcome, invited, and included. Our Epic for Everyone youth access programs serve thousands of youth annually who may not have had access to the sport. Our programs provide free on-snow sessions including lessons, meals, rentals, mentorship, an introduction to careers in snowsports, and more. This winter, several of our Eastern region resorts will be hosting non-profit organizations for a series of visits.
Stowe Mountain Resort is located just six miles from Main Street (Route 100) on Mountain Road (Route 108). When traveling by plane, we recommend flying into Burlington International Airport, a 45-minute drive to the resort. When traveling by train – whether from DC, New York City, or just about anywhere – take Amtrak to the Waterbury Station and easily arrange ground transportation from the train station.
Stowe Mountain Resort is proud of our plan to curb traffic congestion and foster a more sustainable environment. We emphasize and continue to encourage our guests to carpool, use public transport or consider visiting during non-peak times. Free public transit is offered courtesy of Green Mountain Transit; this is especially helpful for guests staying in local area lodging.
Parking remains free in all Mansfield and Midway Lodge lots Monday through Thursday during non-holiday periods, and after 2:00 PM every day. The Cross Country Center and Toll House parking areas remain free seven days a week. Free parking is also offered at all times in all lots to cars arriving with four or more guests.
Paid Parking in the Mansfield and Midway lots is implemented from Friday through Sunday and during holiday periods.
Enjoy complimentary resort parking on the Mt. Mansfield side of the resort throughout the summer and fall months for on-and-off-mountain adventures, whether hiking, photography or to ride the Mansfield Gondola. Access to the Scenic Auto Toll Road in Stowe is 2 miles down the road from the main resort at the Toll House Conference Center.
Stay Connected with Stowe Mountain Resort: Download the new My Epic app or visit stowe.com for terrain updates, snow reports, local lodging and dining, event details, and the lowest-priced lift tickets guaranteed. Stay connected socially at facebook.com/stowemountainresort and follow @stowemt on Instagram.