Stowe is regarded by many ski families as The best skiing in the East. The classic ski trails on Mt Mansfield are unique, long at 2,000’ vertical and incredibly scenic. The lifts are all modern, high speed quads and an eight passenger gondola lift skiers quickly, where once a single chair climbed the snowy mountainside of Vermont’s highest peak. Spruce Peak, the other side of Stowe’s vast skiing, has a long race heritage and learn to ski tradition with one of the first and foremost ski schools started by Austrian Sepp Rusch back in 1938.
Stowe continues to make history, with the ski area being purchased by Vail, and the most beautiful ski village the East Coast has ever seen. Spruce Camp is the result of genius alpine planning, and $400 million. The slope-side Spruce Base Camp village, a $400 mill development, has a centerpiece ice rink and the 5 star Stowe Mountain Lodge, the best ski hotel in New England.
The Stowe Mountain Lodge is the place to stay on your family ski vacation. Your family will be spoiled from the moment you arrive. Valet whisk your car to underground parking, and your skis and boots are brought to the Ski Valet where they will be ready for you in the morning.
The exquisite alpine style lobby welcomes you with a huge stone fireplace, inviting leather couches, copper tables, and soaring birch trees. This would be a cool place to hang out if the Suites weren’t also so spacious and lovely. Each of the 312 suites, from studios to three bedrooms and penthouse apartments, are stylishly appointed in a rocky mountain elegant décor. No expense was spared in the design of this Lodge, from the luxurious slate bathrooms, huge decks with views of Stowe’s snowy trails, to the 21,000 square foot spa.
Families can dine casually at the Lodge’s cozy Hourglass on native Vermont beef burgers with Vermont Cheddar cheese – one of the best burgers in ski country. The more formal Solstice Dining Room is gorgeous with more gourmet farm to table cuisine and an extensive wine list.
Kids will love Stowe Mountain Lodge’s outdoor heated pool and hot tubs, while mom and dad will find a very tempting list of treatments in the posh spa. We can highly recommend the ski boot foot relief treatment massage. The Lodge staff is incredibly well-trained, and they offer kids activities certain evenings along with a Game Room. That coordinates well when there is a concert or comedy performance in the Performing Arts Center at Spruce – a beautiful concert hall just steps from the Stowe Mountain Lodge where they also host movie nights and family entertainment.
In the morning, your ski boots are warm and ready at Ski Valet, and you are steps to the Over Easy Gondola that delivers you to the skiing on the Four Runner Quad and the Gondola, or you can enjoy the pleasant sunny runs on Spruce Peak where the ski and snowboard schools and kids camp are based.
After skiing, your family can enjoy a snow shoe tour, soak in the pool, roast s’mores on the outdoor fire pits in Spruce Village, or take a shuttle or a Mercedes demo vehicle into Stowe Village for more shopping and family oriented pizza places, bistros and Vermont restaurants.
Warning, after a ski vacation at the Stowe Mountain Lodge, it may be hard to ski anywhere else. Don’t worry, they offer ownership opportunities at Stowe, Front Four Private Residences and the Stowe Mountain Club.