Stowe Mountain Resort#3 in Best Things To Do in Stowe, VT
Price & Hours
It might not be the biggest ski resort around, but Stowe Mountain Resort is still the place to go for skiers and snowboarders in northern Vermont. Why? The resort offers a wide variety of trails, from double-black diamonds on Mt. Mansfield's "Fourrunner Quad" to the beginner terrain at the base of Spruce Peak. There are also trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at Stowe Mountain Resort's Cross Country Ski Center. And in the warmer months, the resort converts its skiing trails to hiking paths. Other warm-weather activities include gondola rides, rock climbing, zip lining and aerial ropes courses.
Many recent travelers enjoyed their time at this resort. However, some warned that roads and parking lots tend to get congested, so consider staying at the property to avoid transit headaches. Another downside: the expensive lift tickets. When purchased on the mountain, passes cost between $72 and $124 per person. To save some coin, purchase your tickets on Stowe Mountain Resort's website before arriving, or buy discounted afternoon or Sunday morning passes on-site.
Stowe Mountain Resort sits about 8 miles northwest of central Stowe near Smugglers' Notch State Park. In winter, free shuttle service is provided by Green Mountain Transit between Stowe Village and the resort. For travelers who plan to visit during the warmer months, driving or hailing a taxi is required, but on-site parking is complimentary. Charges apply for most activities offered at the resort, but visitors are more than welcome to hike the property's trails for free. All ski lifts operate between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. in winter, though many open earlier. Hours for other facilities vary.
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#1 Trapp Family Lodge
As avid fans of "The Sound of Music" already know, the real von Trapp family was a musical troupe that toured the world after their escape from Salzburg, Austria, in 1938. As the family business became lucrative, the von Trapps purchased a small farmhouse in Stowe and settled down to live amid the mountains yet again. Over time, the farmhouse grew into a large resort with cross-country ski trails, mountain biking paths, tennis courts and more.
The now expansive lodge mainly serves as a ski retreat, but the property's hiking trails and horse-drawn carriage rides are equally popular. "The Sound of Music" fans and von Trapp aficionados recommend partaking in a history tour of the lodge to get an overview of the family's history.
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