A Day at the Mountain
Alpine skiing was made for these times. Fresh air abounds and there is plenty of open space to enjoy a healthy winter activity. The 2020/2021 ski season at Stowe Mountain Resort is all about preparation, so we are devoting this month’s blog to giving you a feel for what to expect for a day at the mountain.
Planning for your ski days
The most important factor for your ski trip is planning your ski days. During the 2020/2021 season, having bought an epic pass does not guarantee a spot on the mountain. All ski days must be reserved in advance. Make sure to do this timely, because capacity is limited and demand high, especially for peak periods. Find more information about planning your trip and links to Stowe Mountain Resort information on our Alpine Ski Planner.
If you need assistance with your ticket or pass when you are at the mountain, you can safely ask all your questions at one of the outside ticket windows.
Arriving and getting ready
There are still two ways to get up to the mountain, either by car or by shuttle. Parking at the mountain has not changed and is available on a first come first serve basis. Once you are there, you may find that more people are using their cars as home base for getting on their ski gear or coming back for a ski break.
The base lodge is available for getting your ski gear on and using the facilities. Both the Mt. Mansfield base lodge and the Spruce Base Lodge have been reconfigured to allow for social distancing. Stowe Mountain Resort staff are monitoring capacity at entry ways and will ask you to show a pass before you enter the building.
The most important thing besides your regular ski gear that you will need is your face mask. Regular turtle necks or ski masks do not qualify as a face mask. The extra layer will be a nice added piece of protection for those chilly temperatures at the top!
The ski lifts are operating as usual, but everybody will be asked to keep a comfortable 6’ distance with the people in front of them. This means the lines will be a bit longer this winter – though the lines do move quickly.
In addition, you’re welcome to ride with people of your own group, but your kids won’t be chatting it up with the random local on their way up. And the windows on the Gondola will stay open to ensure the flow of fresh air.
Ski & Ride School
Classes are limited to 6 persons, no matter the age group, and face coverings are required. You will be asked to complete a self-health screening within 24 hours of your lesson, but to be extra safe you’ll be requested to keep your 6’ from your co-participants anyway. Please book your lessons 48 hours or more in advance to secure your spot.
The Resort has updated the menus of its quick-service restaurants in order to get you fueled up and back to the slopes faster. It’s also introduced “Time to Dine” at Spruce Base Camp, which helps you plan your meals right from the EpicMix app. This way you won’t have to worry about lines when your kids’ tummies start rumbling after their fifth run.
A few of the Resort’s fine-dining establishments are open, though at limited capacity. Per State rules, bars are closed. Masks are required in all restaurants except when eating or drinking. We recommend checking out the different types of dining options here before you go. It is also highly recommended to bring your own water and snacks for in between fuel ups and to avoid crowds.
What’s skiing without the aprés ski? Many of the same aprés ski go to spots are open for sit down dining either indoors or on outdoor patios. It’s not the usual and spontaneous slide up to the bar with groups of people standing close together, but a fun end to your day is still definitely possible. Don’t forget to make a reservation for your table, or how about a bowling lane at Stowe Bowl!
For more information, check Stowe Mountain Resort’s website.