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Dubbed the ski capital of the East, Stowe is a luxurious resort with challenging terrain and awesome powder...
Stowe Mountain Resort doesn't have an enormous ski area. But what it does have includes both gentle, cruising territory for beginners and intermediates and some genuine challenges - even for experts. And that's what has been luring winter sports fans since the 1930s.
Spilt between two peaks - Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak - most of the slopes that will interest more advanced skiers are on Mansfield, while beginners will generally stick to Spruce.
Intermediates, meanwhile, have the run of most of both mountains - despite Stowe's reputation as a hardcore ski destination.
Resort height: 475m
Both areas are serviced by fast, modern lift systems, which are mostly queue free - except perhaps at weekends when skiers and boarders from local towns come along for the day.
And if the snow fails, the snowmaking facilities that cover a massive 80% of the groomed runs in Stowe kick in to compensate.
There is also a terrain park, and some great children's facilities in the resort.
The small size of the ski area could have you champing at the bit by the end of a week, though. And there is no getting away from the fact that you can only access the pistes by bus from the resort town, which is some five miles away from the ski area.
The closest airport to Stowe is Burlington, which is only about a one-hour drive...
But from the UK, the main gateway airport is Boston, which is three and a half hours away.
Stowe is a great all-round resort with groomed slopes perfect for everyone from first-timers to experts...
The problem is that, despite the varied terrain, the ski area remains pretty small.
Pretty Stowe has plenty for non-skiers to do, whether they are feeling active or in search of a bit of culture...
Stowe is more geared up for families than party animals. But if it's a few drinks by the fire that you're looking for after skiing, the Spruce Camp Bar is the perfect place. Matterhorn, a bar and restaurant located between the resort and the town, and the Hourglass Lounge also offer some livelier times, while Solstice at the Stowe Mountain Lodge serves up some lovely food.
You can find most of the usual activities for non-skiers - such as snow-shoeing and toboganning - in Stowe. The shopping is also good enough to entertain you for a couple of hours. However, the piece de resistance here is the recently opened performing arts centre - a state-of-the-art music hall that hosts concerts, theatrical productions, film screenings and comedy shows.
Cost of living 5/10
As in most North American ski towns, the cost of eating out in Stowe is low in comparison with many European resorts. And while lift passes are more expensive than in a lot of rival resorts, visitors to Stowe can save money by going there towards the end of the season - for example in April - when prices drop.
Attractiveness of the resort 7/10
Stowe is one of New England's cutest little towns, its main street lined with dinky clapboard shops and restaurants. The abundance of charm should help to make up for the schlep to the slopes every morning, but this is not the place for you if you prefer ski in/ski out accommodation.