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,

George

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Snowbirds Sighted Here in Stowe, Vermont!

We enjoy and are truly blessed to be able to showcase Vermont winters to all of our guests and have realized that many of our guests are Snowbirds in what would be considered a non-traditional migration. Some of our guests travel from the far reaches of the south seeking this unique season here in Stowe and to experience their first snowfall. Others from parts south of here have managed to make an annual migration to our little corner of Vermont to get their “snow fix.”

Of course some of the locals here, mostly our retired neighbors, do head south for a few weeks to months during the winter, but, honestly there are many more that stay in Stowe as the scenery and opportunity to get out and take advantage of our winter season is something most don’t want to miss out on.

Our winter so far has provided a lot of variation. From heavy early snow, allowing us to ski well before Thanksgiving, 2012, to a couple of thaws each followed by brisk cold nights/days and then a winter storm dump of 12 – 14″ of snow. One thaw that happened just before Christmas was quickly forgotten with a full blanket of fresh snow arriving on Christmas Eve! Best Christmas present we could imagine.

Stowe Mountain Resort, with the recent addition of an array of new, high tech. snow making equipment has proven that even in our typically challenging Vermont weather, with daily swings in temperatures, and sometimes questionable precipitation that they can consistently provide a first class ski/ride experience. We have skied easily a day or two each week since Thanksgiving (with some time off during our busy weeks!!) to conditions that can only be described as good, excellent and spectacular. And we look forward to skiing right up to and including Easter Sunday, 3/31.

Each year we have the opportunity to experience Easter Sunrise Service at the top of the Gondola Lift. Hopefully, the weather with provide us with a spectacular sunrise experience. Two out of the past three years it was snowing. After the service we ski down and that is typically our last run of the year. So, yes, we will certainly miss the winter and the great outdoor activities available to us but have to admit we also look forward to getting out the bicycles, dusting off the golf clubs, finding our hiking boots and planning the next garden very soon thereafter.

While there is still plenty of winter left (independent of what the groundhog says…) we suggest you check out our “Sweet Winter Deal” as described in the “View Our Current Specials” tab at the top of this page. See how you can take home a taste of Vermont for free! But hurry, you don’t want to miss winter in Vermont.