Stowe » the Forefront of WWII Lift Technology
So the wife and I drove down to Stowe VT from Toronto for a week of fun. We had just missed a COMPLETE DUMPING of fresh POW by,like a day, but I'll refrain from blaming the weather here.
Honestly though, I don't see the big deal with Stowe. For our annual East Coast Xmas trip, we usually go to Tremblant...but this year tried Stowe for a change of pace.
I have a major gripe, the lift system is Wa-ay outdated and underservices the mountain. The Mountain is great with lots of park fun and nice double black steepness. But basically, the only lifts are at the bottom, so you have to finsih the whole run and get to the bottom, and then go ALL THE WAY back up...just like EVERYONE else, and hence the clogged line ups.
Tremblant in this respect, excels in that it has mini lifts half way up, so you can just stay in the black diamopnds all you like and not get stuck in major lines with tons of newbies (no offence to newbies, but there is just less traffic in the harder runs, and that's just a fact).
The food on the hill SUCKED! major dissapointment. Typical American Caffetria junk. But the town of Stowe has AMAZING restaurants and places to eat. Actually, besides Chicago, the bext american dining I've ever had....great authentic Mexican, Brit Pubs, and steak houses....and an amzazing bakery on the way to the hill.
We stayed at the Green Mountain Inn...wonderful lodging.
Also, there is a really cool video store to rent DVDs which has awesome movie memorabilia...like prop ammo boxes from Indiana Jones, signed copy of Butch Casidy and the Sundance Kid shooting script...it's like a museum!
All in all...if Stowe put some major cash into their lift system, this could be the best in the East. and for what they charge for e alift ticket, they can obviously afford to.
NOTE: It seemed to me the moutnain sits in a wind channel and several times, the one gondola was in operable due to wind....why build a gondola (with it's obvious wind resistence) if you have wind issues...put in a 8 person chair and the wind will go righ through it and not go out of commission every 2 hours.