Tucked away in New England in the small state of Vermont, you will find a mecca of ski resorts with glistening snow terrains welcoming people of all skiing levels. One of them stands above the rest, as Vermont’s highest peak.
At the summit, Mount Mansfield’s majestic peak rises to an elevation of 4,395 feet and averages more than 300 inches of snow each season. Travelers have been skiing for almost 80 years on 485 acres of one of the 10 best ski towns in America, as rated by Forbes, Stowe. This mountain resort town sits next to Mount Mansfield which is connected to Spruce Peak by a gondola. Snowmaking adds to snow quality, keeping the mountains resurfaced for fabulous runs down the mountain, whether by snowboard or skis. In addition, there are many cross-country trails groomed for Nordic skiers.
When planning a ski vacation at Stowe, Vermont, you will have your pick of winter sports, skiing, snowboarding or even dog sledding. Or you can simply, enjoy riding through the wintery woods on a sleigh, while “snowflakes land on your nose and eyelashes”. Once in the mood, head to Trapp Family Lodge, where the Von Trapp family singers that sang the quoted words above, inspiring the Sound of Music movie, made their home, opening it up to guests beginning in 1950. You will find their family history fascinating as you savor the magnificence of the snowy grounds during your tour of the resort.
When you are finished your tour, make your way to the historic village of Stowe, where you can stop in for a photo, at Stowe Mercantile, posing in a vintage gondola…
-Erika K Rothwell