Ski Like a Local

Ok, this isn’t me skiing, but, it was the scene here in Stowe just 5 months ago (3/18/17 to be exact)!

I know, it is still summer and trust me, we aren’t wishing this wonderful summer here in Stowe away anytime soon.  However, we wanted to pass along this bit of news regarding what we anticipate to be valuable information for our ski and snowboard guests.

As you may have heard, Vail Resorts purchased the Stowe Mountain Resort this summer.  While there are expected to be some positive operational changes (traffic and parking, no. 1) with that transfer of ownership, everything we have heard, and read in the paper, indicates that the experience on the mountain will be even better than ever this coming 2017/2018 winter season.

One significant change and one that we hope gets the attention of our skiing/riding guests is the Epic Pass.  As many may already know, the Vail Resort model seems focused on selling passes versus daily lift tickets.  And as you investigate this difference further you will note that the skiing/riding experience at Stowe has new way to have a more valuable ski/ride experience through the Epic Pass.

The most popular Epic Pass provides the pass holder an amazing option for Unlimited Access to Stowe, several resorts west of the Mississippi as well as access, with some restrictions, to several exclusive Resorts in Europe within the coming ski season 2017/2018.  This standard Epic Pass is listed at $849 (now through Sept. 4, when we understand it is expected to increase in price).  The typical walk up rate last year at Stowe Mountain Resort was $122.  While there were certainly some deals to be had and we did have access to some of those deals and pass along the savings from the Resort to you, the point is with the new price of the Epic Pass at $849 you would pay for the pass with the $122 walk up rate in less than 7 days of skiing/riding, either here OR a combination of here AND out west!

And, the beauty of this pass, especially for those within driving range of Stowe or even fly/drive you can “Ski Like a Local” here in Stowe.

How?  Well, say you planned your escape to Stowe, and ok, New England weather becomes, well, New England weather. You find yourself on the mountain and the conditions are as we say, not exactly pristine.  Well, if you had plunked down the walk up rate (or even a discounted rate) you may have felt the need to “tough it out” and ski/ride through that weather.  With this pass you can do as the locals, try a few runs, say, ok this isn’t my cup of tea, count it as a ski day, and head for early après ski happenings in town and not feel the loss as you would before; just like a local.  All knowing you can come back and ski it again as you have paid for unlimited lifts this season through that pass.

As a “local” ourselves (a transplanted local, for sure) we love the pass idea as it allows us to get as many runs in as possible between check out and check in on select weekdays and the occasional Sunday!  We, as you may be able to see here, are very excited to welcome our new neighbor to Stowe with their Epic Pass.  Give us a call and let us help you coordinate a unique experience here in Stowe, Vermont.

See you outside,


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“What I did on Summer Vacation”

How has your summer been going?  Were you able to get your well earned and much appreciated Summer Vacation?  We can help you fix that if you haven’t with a Stowe Summer Vacation.

We have had and continue to have a busy summer here at the Brass Lantern Inn. Our summer has been filled with welcoming and hosting guests from near and far, renovations and furnishing replacements, expansion of our front gardens and replacement of the front walkway. In between and as a highlight of activities, we have had the wonderful opportunity to dine al fresco at the Stowe Performing Arts, Music in the Meadows Sunday evening Concert Series at the Trapp Family Resort. Other activities out and about in Stowe; working with our son, Patrick, at his Farmer’s Markets for Purely Patrick products, hiking, exploring swimming holes, and as mentioned in several prior blogs, mountain biking.

  Toe tapping/wiggling music from Black Market Trust!

And speaking of Mountain Biking – oh my goodness, I have found another passion to take on here in Vermont. As you may know, Mary Anne and I met on a bike tour here in Stowe (many more years than I care to admit to). That chance meeting was on road touring bikes. Still a wonderful way to see Vermont (and get to know your future wife…), but, my mountain bike now allows me to explore deep into the back-country on single tracks providing a truly unique experience. Not really a replacement to my other biking interests, just another thing to fit into our already busy summer season. My summer vacation is a wonderful staycation exploring the myriad of mt. bike trails in Vermont.

     Into the woods…

Renovations – if you have been following us on Facebook/Instagram you know that this past June we completely overhauled the bathrooms in Sugarloaf Mountain and Roundtop Mountain rooms. These two guest rooms are our most requested rooms in the Inn and admittedly had been showing that level of activity. All new work from the face of studs out allowed us the opportunity to completely change the feel of the room. In place of the shower stall, with three walls, we now have a shower enclosure with floor to ceiling glass walls/door on two sides of the shower. New floor and wall tile, pedestal sink, eco-friendly toilet and exhaust system, and fresh coat of paint round out the improvements. We are very proud of the final product and hope you will appreciate the updates as well.  New photos to come!

Furnishings – The baby grand piano, after much effort, and some heavy lifting help from family and friends, has been removed from the living room. As many may know, the sound board had become cracked and even the best piano technician in Vermont gave us the advice, “best to put her down.” With the piano now removed it has allowed us to create another sitting area in its place that has become a new favorite hang out space of our guests.

Already took a summer vacation, but, realize it wasn’t enough and/or it would be great to get away again, even for just a brief break? There is still plenty of summer left in this season and certainly an amazing Fall Foliage Season to anticipate. We look forward to helping you plan your stay!

Happy Travels,