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There's Snow in Stowe! Vermont's Powdery Mountains Welcome Ski Lovers

Stowe Mountain resort skiier

Photo Courtesy of Stowe Mountain Resort
This may come as a surprise to you, but January of 2013 is turning out to have some fairly unpredictable weather. But as low temperatures drive LA to near-panic and a bone-chilling, drizzly haze overtakes New York, the luxury ski resorts of the Northeast are happily open for business. Always an early-season go-to for East Coast snow bunnies, Stowe Mountain Resort opened in mid-November for 2012-2013, saw heavy snows in December, and currently has 300 acres open for skiing. stowe mountain lodge exterior with snow
Weather hasn’t been any less fickle for Stowe, but thanks to a $4.7 million investment in snowmaking improvements, the resort doesn’t have to rely 100% on Mother Nature’s whims. And no matter what the conditions outdoors, Stowe Mountain Lodge is always ready to welcome guests with warmth and fabulous comfort.Stowe Mountain Lodge Private Lobby
As an all-seasons resort in a place that truly does get four distinct and dramatic seasons, Stowe Mountain Lodge is wonderfully adept at offering a great guest experience no matter what the weather conditions. The interior is mountain-rustic in aesthetic, but there’s nothing rustic about the actual construction. It’s up-to-date, cozily insulated, and well able to handle the elements. A blizzard or torrential downpour becomes mere entertainment; you can watch its fury from a full-length window, but not a single draft of chilly air will touch you. Studio accommodations and above have stone fireplaces, while the lobby has a fireplace as well as a piano, plus dozens of couches for guests to get cozy. And when the blizzard lets up, the ski-in/ski-out access gives you first dibs at fresh powder on Mount Mansfield. Stowe Mountain Lodge Rock Climbing
When it’s clear outside there’s a near-endless array of activities, starting with 116 downhill ski trails (approximately 80 are open as of this post), plus a snowboarding halfpipe. For cross country skiers, the resort offers 22 miles of groomed terrain, plus an additional 25 miles of backcountry. Other winter offerings range from snowshoeing and ice climbing to dog sledding and horse-drawn sleigh rides. Fishing is a popular activity year-round, and Stowe Mountain Lodge’s Alpine Concierge is able to help secure licenses and Orvis-certified guides for ice fishing or fly fishing in the warmer months. Stowe Mountain Lodge Golf
The first mountain resort ever to earn Audubon International’s Sustainable Community award, Stowe Mountain Resort has held itself to high environmental standards for approximately 15 years. Some of its environmental practices are visible. For example, the eco-friendly paper products and low-carbon-emission trolley system. Others, such as the energy management system, are a part of the infrastructure. But the most powerful “green living” indicator here is the green space itself. Stowe Mountain Lodge and Spruce Peak at Stowe are encircled by 2,000 acres of protected land, and nature is always a focal point. Stowe Mountain Lodge Cheese Platter
Whether green policies come into your equation or not, Solstice restaurant inside the Lodge scores points for its locally sourced, often organic seasonal cuisine. The entire state of Vermont is known for its farm-fresh products, and Solstice partners with the best local sources for everything from veggies to seafood to maple syrup. It goes without saying that, no matter what you order, you must start with a Vermont cheese platter. We also highly recommend the house-made foie gras Torchon and the hand-rolled gnocchi starters. Of the entrees, grilled prime steak is a specialty and always good, particularly with an “enhancement” like hand-picked lump crab or shaved black truffles on top.  Stowe Mountain Lodge Spa
Want a complete Travel Quote including airfare, special hotel rates and FREE upgrades? Contact our Travel Specialist today!The magic element that Stowe Mountain Resort really delivers is across-the-board friendliness, no matter whom the guests or what the extenuating circumstances. It consistently ranks on “best of” lists for family-friendly lodging, but it also does the lovers-hideaway vibe to perfection. Pets are treated as thoughtfully as humans, and drop-in guests with no reservations get the same attentive customer service as VIPs. It makes for a diverse crowd and a wonderfully cozy atmosphere, no matter what storms may rage outside. Stowe Mountain Lodge Bar

Lena Katz

Lena Katz is the author of the Travel Temptations series (SIP, SUN, SNOW), published by Globe Pequot Press in 2009. Lena is also a travel expert for Celebrations/1800FLOWERS and WEtv (online and on-air). She contributes to the South China Morning Post and ABC News online. Lena is a former Orbitz Travel blogger and former columnist for the LA Times. She's been published in Brides Magazine, Robb Rep...(Read More)

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