Stowe Mountain Lodge Review

Stowe is regarded by many ski families as The best skiing in the East, including us! The classic ski trails – the Front Four and Gondolier – on Mt Mansfield are unique, long at 2,000’ vertical and incredibly scenic. The lifts are all modern, the most mile-long lifts in The East, 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 alpine heritage, racing and learn to ski tradition with one of the first and foremost ski schools started by Austrian Sepp Rusch back in 1938. The National Ski Patrol was founded at Stowe too.

Stowe continues to make history, with the ski area being purchased by Vail Resorts – so now its Epic- on the Epic Pass, and the most beautiful ski village the East Coast has ever seen. Spruce Peak is the result of genius alpine planning, and $400 million. The slope-side Spruce Peak village has a centerpiece ice rink – very Beaver Creek, shops, and the 5 star Lodge at Spruce Peak – the best ski hotel in New England, now a Hyatt property.

The Lodge at Spruce Peak, formerly 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 and waiting for you in the morning.

The Lodge’s 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 300+ 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.

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. Splurge on the Chef’s Table for a multi-course culinary experience, perched at a high-top with a front row view of the bustling kitchen, with expert wine pairings at each of Chef’s personally presented exotic plates.

Kids will love The Lodge’s outdoor heated pool and hot tubs, with a ski slope view. Mom and dad will find a very tempting list of treatments in the posh Spa, including the latest CBD and cryotherapy. We can highly recommend the couples’ massage, and ski boot foot relief treatment massage. The Lodge staff is incredibly well-trained, Hyatt owned and operated, 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  Lodge where they also host movie nights and family entertainment.

After a Vermont breakfast at Skinny Pancake, your ski boots are warm and ready at Ski Valet, your skis waiting outside just 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.

Aprés ski at Stowe, your family can enjoy a snow shoe tour, skate or try the Climbing Wall, soak in the pool, roast s’mores on the outdoor fire pits in Spruce Village, or take a shuttle  into Stowe Village for shopping, a visit to the Vermont Ski Museum, and a bite at family oriented pizza places, bistros and Vermont restaurants.

Warning, after a ski vacation at Stowe Mountain’s Lodge at Spruce Peak, it may be hard to ski anywhere else – maybe Deer Valley, Aspen or Beaver Creek. Don’t worry, Stowe offer ownership opportunities, Penthouses, Front Four Private Residences and membership at Stowe’s private Club at Spruce Peak.