In the northeast, winter can be harsh. It brings months of cold, precipitation, and increased darkness. Here in Stowe, we eagerly await this. With winter, comes the snow, and it is in the snow that Stowe takes shape as an alpine wonderland. Outdoor enthusiasts flock to embrace the season's beauty - from adrenaline-pumping adventures to serene nature walks, Stowe is the ski-town for everyone, including those who don’t ski. Let's embark on a journey of "Wrangling Winter" in Stowe, exploring the best ways to embrace the chill.

Skiing and Snowboarding

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Stowe is renowned for its world-class skiing and snowboarding opportunities. With its array of challenging slopes and powdery snow, Stowe Mountain Resort is a haven for winter sports enthusiasts. It was even named one of the top 20 ski resorts in the world by Travel + Leisure! Whether you're a seasoned pro or a novice eager to learn, the resort caters to all levels. Imagine carving through fresh powder with the majestic Green Mountains as your backdrop—a quintessential Stowe winter experience.

Snowshoeing Trails

For those seeking a meditative winter adventure, Stowe offers an extensive network of snowshoeing trails. Venture into the still woods, where the only sounds are the crunching of snow beneath your snowshoes and the occasional call of winter birds. Candy Hill Forest and Stowe Recreation Path are popular choices, providing relatively easy access to gorgeous, immersive forests. Go Stowe offers a guide to snowshoeing trails, making it easy to find hikes at varying levels of difficulty.  

Ice Climbing

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Thrill-seekers, rejoice! Stowe's frozen waterfalls create a natural playground for ice climbers. Experienced guides are available to assist beginners in safely ascending icy cliffs. It's a challenging yet immensely rewarding activity that allows you to conquer the frozen beauty of Stowe's landscape in a unique and exhilarating way.

Sleigh Rides

For a touch of nostalgia and romance, embark on a horse-drawn sleigh ride through Stowe's snow-covered fields. The crisp winter air, the gentle jingle of sleigh bells, and the stunning views make for a memorable experience. It's a delightful way to appreciate the austere beauty of the countryside up close, all while wrapped in cozy blankets.

Cross-Country Skiing

Stowe boasts an extensive network of cross-country skiing trails, including over 3,000 acres of conserved land! This makes it a perfect choice for those looking to truly explore, and ready to embrace a challenging alternative to downhill. The Trapp Family Lodge offers groomed trails for skiers of all levels. Glide through open meadows and dense forests, surrounded by the breathtaking scenery that defines Stowe's winter charm.

Apres-Ski Relaxation

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After a day of invigorating - and no doubt, exhausting - outdoor activities, unwind in one of Stowe's many cozy restaurants, breweries, and bars for an apres-ski. Less than a 15 minute drive from the lifts at Stowe Mountain, downtown Stowe is flush with places to warm up, enjoy a local craft brew, and share stories of the day's adventures. 


With such a sparkling range of winter outdoor activities, it’s no surprise Stowe is a favored destination this time of year. Whether you're seeking thrills or yearning for a peaceful fireside moment, the winter escape you need is here for you. So bundle up, embrace the chill, and come join us among the mountain magic. 

Written by John Rushworth

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