Skiing and Snowboarding for ALL levels at Stowe Mountain Resort
Winter is well underway for us here in Northern Vermont and it is a fantastic one! Lots of the fluffy white stuff has fallen this season and the mountains look amazing. If you’ve been hankering for a getaway to a winter wonderland, don’t wait another minute!
One of the questions we find that new guests have about skiing or snowboarding at Stowe is whether or not it is a good place for all skill levels.
It’s not uncommon for there to be people of all abilities within one group or family, and Stowe is a great place for everyone to have fun!
We have lots of experience skiing at Stowe and have even taught our own children to ski and love the sport there. It is a perfect mountain for all levels from beginner on up.
For Experienced Skiers and Riders
Stowe offers varied terrain for experienced skiers and riders. It consists of two main areas, Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak. Spruce Peak offers more beginner terrain (although it has plenty of intermediate and advanced areas as well), while Mansfield is renowned for its challenging trails.
Mansfield is Vermont’s tallest peak, and this mountain offers some steep chutes and some of the longest runs on the East Coast.
Experts will want to find some speed on one of the “front four” or try out some tricks at the terrain parks. Twenty-nine percent of the downhill trails at Stowe Mountain Resort are considered expert terrain, so there is no fear of getting bored if you want a challenge.
For New Skiers and Riders
The resort welcomes new skiers and riders and has plenty of terrain for the beginner and many services geared to the first-time or infrequent skier.
It’s easy to rent any type of gear or equipment you need for your mountain adventure from local shops with friendly staff who can help you determine the size and fit of the gear you need.
Stowe also offers a huge variety of lessons! You can find something for adults, beginners, teens, kids, cross-country, etc. Lessons are offered in group and private sessions and you can save money by booking ahead of time online.
If You Are Skiing and Riding with Small Children
Teaching your kids to love this winter sport is a great idea! We have our own children and love getting out with them in the winter for some healthy exercise and fresh air.
Having taught small children to ski, we have a few tips that will make your time even more enjoyable:
- Use lockers at Spruce Base camp and give yourself plenty of time to gear up and put on appropriate layers.
- Take some snacks with you to save money so you can treat yourself to the lunch at Spruce Base Camp or the Skinny Pancake.
- Start kids early getting familiar with skiing. Kids 4 and under ski for free so take advantage when they are little!
- The magic carpet is your friend – trust us. It’s fine to spend a lot of time at this fun spot!
- Ditch the poles (both adults and kids when they are learning. It’s easier to get them on and off the lift).
- Take advantage of the varied terrain at Spruce Peak. Kids can graduate from one level of ability to another before heading over to the Mansfield side.
- Give your family something to look forward like hot chocolate breaks and après ski snacks in front of a fire or while playing a game.
- Focus on having fun and keeping your family engaged with the sport. Take breaks when needed.
If you are starting them young and getting out on the slopes year after year, here are some of our favorite trails for different age groups/abilities.
Age 3-6 (Beginner I at Spruce)
- Magic carpet
- Easy Street
Age 5-7 (Intermediate at Spruce)
- West Run to West Slope
- Side Street to Upper Meadows
Age 8-11 (Intermediate at Mansfield)
- Ridgeview to Sunrise to Lullaby Lane
- Upper lord to Lord to Standard
- Perry Merrill top to bottom
Age 11 + (Advanced at Mansfield)
Age 14 + (Advanced at Mansfield)
- All mountain
It’s always good to get an idea of the terrain and location of various areas before you get to a mountain resort. Take a little time exploring the trail map to get yourself acquainted (and excited) about your trip!
You can also check out the Stowe snow report anytime for the latest snow conditions and sometimes even some fun videos that let you get a look at the fun people are having on the trails.
Still have questions about planning a ski vacation at Stowe? We’ve got budget friendly tips, as well as some advice on indoor activities when you need a break or the weather is iffy. Or, give us a call – we can help you plan a trip to Stowe and let you know about our great lodging deals going on right now!