Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Skiing: Midweek Getaway in Stowe

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Skiing: Midweek Getaway in Stowe

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My timing could not have been better for a midweek ski trip to Stowe earlier this week. Snow fell all day on Super Bowl Sunday, blanketing the mountain with eight inches by morning and making Monday a powder day.

It was my first trip to northern Vermont this season and skiing Stowe's steep, fall-line runs got me excited to be on some challenging terrain, especially since it was wasn't icy. Skiing midweek was a bonus, too, with no lift lines and uncrowded slopes.

The gondola was closed because of the high winds, but from the top of the Forerunner Quad, my friends and I took Upper Nosedive to cut over to untouched runs under the gondola via the blue-rated RimRock. The Gondolier trail had my promised untracked powder, windblown in spots, but super soft and easy to maneuver through.

Under the Forerunner Quad, the double-black diamond Liftline trail also had loosely chopped powder and untracked spots filled in from the wind. Guess they call it free refills for a reason at Stowe.

Even after lunch, there was good snow to be had especially on the runs under the gondola like Perry Merrill. Even over at Spruce Peak, the Competition Hill and West Slope delivered soft crud conditions that felt so good underfoot.

Stowe is located at Mt. Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak at 4,395 feet. It's easy to get a lot of vertical in quickly with each run on the quad clocking about 2300-vertical feet. The consistently steep, long runs that follow the fall line kept me wanting more.

While about 30% of Stowe's terrain is expert, over half is intermediate and some of the green runs like the 3.7-mile long Toll Road run from the top of the Forerunner Quad offer scenic views for everyone.

Stowe is now owned by Vail Resorts and is the only area Vail Resorts owns in the East. This means you can buy Vail's famous Epic Pass for about $879 and use it as a season pass to Stowe and any other Vail Resort areas out west such as Breckenridge, Park City and Kirkwood. …

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