Budget-Friendly Tips for your next Winter Vacation in Stowe
Let’s face it: The cost of vacationing is not cheap. Make it a ski vacation and you better account for the cost of clothes, equipment and ski passes. With some thoughtful planning and local tips, though, we can help take a little chunk out of that bill and also introduce you to some great local businesses around Stowe.
If you have flexibility in your schedule, consider booking your ski vacation for off-peak times. We have a Ski & Stay package at the Sun & Ski Inn and Suites which gives you 15% off when you book for Sunday through Thursday. Even booking just one of your nights on an off-peak night will save you some dough. The other advantage is the savings on your time and opportunity to enjoy skiing. You will rarely wait in a lift line from Sunday afternoon through Friday afternoon.
Ski tickets and equipment
One of the most popular reasons people come to Stowe during the winter is to ski at Stowe Mountain Resort. If you missed the deadline to purchase the Epic pass, which gives the most value for multi-day skiing, there are still ways to save. Discounted lift tickets can be purchased at Stowe.com 48 hours in advance of your first ski day. You may also purchase discounted lift tickets as part of your lodging package at the Sun & Ski Inn and Suites. Don’t wait to get your tickets at the ticket window, which will be the most expensive option.
Set up your ski rentals in advance. Look for coupons in the brochure rack or look online for the best savings at Pinnacle Ski & Sports and AJ’s Ski & Sports.
Save some gas, alleviate traffic and parking capacity problems, and help the environment when you take the Stowe Mountain Road Shuttle. The Sun & Ski Inn and Suites has both a downhill and uphill (at Mountain River School)
stop for the shuttle. The shuttle is free and runs at least 4 times an hour during peak times and twice an hour during off-peak times. The shuttle can bring you all the way to the mountain with quick access to ski lifts, or down to the historic Stowe Village with many other notable stops along the way. Download the RouteShout 2.0 app for the schedule and real-time GPS tracking.
Start your day with a healthy breakfast at the Sun & Ski Inn and Suites. We have lots of protein and fruit to energize you for an activity-filled day. Choices include a yogurt bar, protein-packed homemade granola, sliced meats and cheeses, hard-boiled eggs, at least two hot items, and other pastry, cereal and bread choices. The best part is that breakfast is included in your stay!
We also serve complimentary Green Mountain Coffee all day at the hotel, but if you are looking to try some other coffee shops around town there are lots of choices. For the most budget friendly option: bring your own coffee mug and pay the refill price. Stowe Bee Bakery has one of the best refill prices we know around town. On top of that, you’ll earn instant loyalty points, which can be applied almost immediately to your next purchases.
Did you know that Stowe Bowl is also home to a great eatery? So close you won’t even have to put your jacket on, we serve a wide variety of burgers, bowls, finger foods, salads and deserts. Mention that you’re a guest at the Sun & Ski Inn and Suites and receive 15% off your food! Other places close by include Piecasso Pizzeria & Lounge (two slices and a beer for $6.50) and Sushi Yoshi (free wings at the bar).
If eating in is your thing, it may be worth upgrading your room to a Deluxe Suite with full kitchen. They are a great value, and as a bonus you get to dine by the fire too!
Book our Stay & Bowl package at the Sun & Ski Inn and Suites Sunday through Thursday for two or more nights and get one hour of bowling for you and your family for free! If you have your own ice skates you can skate for free at the Stowe Mountain Resort ice skating rink. Bring some blow-up tubes and sled down the community sledding spot at Marshall Hill. You can let the kids play a little longer outside after sledding at the Stowe Elementary School playground, which is free and open to the public (when school is not in session). If you like to cross-country ski or
snowshoe there are some great public areas to visit. We recommend Smugglers’ Notch Road, the Stowe Recreation Path (groomed after snowfall or a couple times per week) and Sterling Valley.