a little over a week ago, my family and i made the 3.5 hour drive up to stowe, vermont for a few days of skiing. it was a super easy drive coming from massachusetts, and extremely beautiful once you hit the mountains. i loved seeing the snow once we crossed over state lines! (for those of you who are reading this, yes, as hard as it is to believe…there still isn’t any snow in boston).
we stayed at the stowe mountain resort, which is legitimately slopeside perfection. it is an internationally renowned four-season destination nestled at the base of the majestic mt. mansfield, which is the highest peak in all of vermont! the resort is packed with activities and adventures for everyone of all ages.
we ended up renting a room located in the stowe mountain lodge (at the resort) through stowe mountain rentals. sounds confusing, but let me break it down for you. essentially you “rent” a room in the lodge that is owned by stowe mountain rentals, while still being able to enjoy most of the amenities the lodge has to offer (we actually found it to be cheaper than booking a room through the lodge!). the only amenities that aren’t included in the rental were: daily maid service & access to the exercise room ($50 per visit). since we were only staying for a few days, missing out on these two amenities didn’t bother us at all.
first and foremost, this is a ski-on, ski-off resort. which is just the best thing ever. there are trails mere steps from the lodge, or you can take the “over-easy” gondola to the main mountain. the resort has over 100 trails ranging from easy to extremely difficult. going off my experience, i would say this mountain is one of the harder ones i’ve skied (mainly because most of the trails are quite steep!).
have you ever heard of alpine concierge? i hadn’t before staying at stowe mountain resort. it’s a total game changer! instead of having to lug your equipment to and from the mountain, you essentially “check-in” your skis and poles upon arrival. they are stored and taken care of for you at the lodge, and when you’re ready to ski, the staff has them waiting for you. it sounds so simple, but having this completely taken care of during our entire trip felt like we were being spoiled!
there’s something so beautiful about snow covered trees. the views here were absolutely incredible. i couldn’t help myself, i kept stopping to take pictures as i was skiing down the mountain!
one of the things we enjoyed most about staying at stowe mountain resort was that they offer many other activities besides skiing. they have a skating rink right outside the lodge, as well as a little marketplace with clothing stores, a handful of coffee shops, a few places to eat, and even a toy shop with penny candy. and although we didn’t have the chance to check it out, the resort has a state-of-the-art rock climbing gym, located in their adventure center. perfect for kids who are always on-the-go! and on the flip side, if finding your zen after a long day of hitting the slopes is more your style, the lodge’s spa and wellness center has your name written all over it. when we go back next time, i’m definitely booking massages for me and my mom!
and although you could probably just spend most of your time within the resort, don’t forget to check out the surrounding area of stowe. from cross-country skiing at the nearby vonn trapp family lodge (think sound of music!) to snow-shoeing near smuggler’s notch, to grabbing a beer at a local brewery, there’s really no shortage of things to do.
all-in-all, it was such a great trip. we’re already planning our next one for winter 2020!