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Old 01-11-2009, 07:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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I have a major gripe, the lift system is Wa-ay outdated and underservices the mountain.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.
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Old 01-12-2009, 10:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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See Stowe is by far my favorite mountain in the east. I like the fact that the mountain is a straight up and down no BS about it. I dont like a mountain like sunday river where i need to take 4 lifts to get to the top. I will admit that the double and triple are super slow, and the quad gets pretty crowded. Recently it has just been windy there, but typically its not an occuring issue throughout the season. I was there a week ago and it was super windy, which was a first there for me. The village is top notch and so is the riding. They get straight dumped on throughout the season.
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Old 03-04-2009, 03:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm not ragging on Stowe in general...perhaps I'm spoiled....just got back from Verbier Switzerland tow days ago
YouTube - Verbier 2009

Bottom line...I think i'm done with the east coast in general. And in regards to Stowe...I'd be plenty happy if I lived 2 hours away from stowe (as opposed to Blue Mountain here in Ontario) .. but I'm just putting it out there...for the money Stowe is charging, they could stand up date their lift system.
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