Spring is in the Air at Stowe Mountain Resort
The Gondola and Gondolier trail at Stowe Mountain Resort
I spent the weekend at Stowe Mountain Resort, taking advantage of a stay at the Inn at the Mountain I acquired through a silent auction. The location of the inn is fun—right at the base of the Toll Road and the Toll House double chair lift. The inn itself is very different than the modern developments across the street at Spruce Peak in that it's older and more basic but it's a convenient and welcome place to lay your head after a full day outside on the slopes.
Skiers and riders were enjoying warmer temps this weekend, after what seemed like endless weeks of character-building cold. The lift rides felt more relaxed, and there seemed to be an anticipation for spring skiing in the air.
It had been about a year since I skied at Stowe (the last time was “Ski-ster,” or skiing on Easter, which happened to fall on 4/20/14, Stowe’s closing day of the 13/14 season). I had forgotten how much fun the Gondola is and how impeccable Stowe’s grooming is. Saturday morning, my friends and I took a few Gondola runs, (our first was led by some extremely helpful Stowe hosts, look for them in blue jackets), then we traversed skier’s right and took some runs off the Forerunner Quad. The snow was especially good on Nose Dive, once you got past the first two turns.
Sunday was probably our first real look at spring skiing—we got a few new inches Saturday night/Sunday morning. Even with daylight savings time, I was so excited about the new snow that I almost made first chair. Sunday morning’s low temps made the new snow fast and fun first thing in the morning and by 11am or so temperatures had warmed up considerably, and the snow became soft and playful. After such a cold winter, everyone was appreciating skiing in more comfortable temps!
The buzz on the lifts is for the upcoming ‘80s weekend, March 15 and 16, though I heard some people talking about getting an early start and wearing ‘80s clothes as early as Friday. I’ve even heard rumors of skiers and riders planning to wear ‘80s prom dresses! Here’s a look at what’s officially on tap. Will you be rocking your jorts at Stowe this weekend?
1:30 p.m. Group Photo at the Midway Base Lodge
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.- Ski Ballet and Retro Jam in the Midway Terrain Park. Register in the Midway Base Lodge at 1:45 p.m.
11 a.m. Bikini Slalom on Exhibition Hill (lower section of the Gondolier Trail).
1 p.m. Jorts & Retro/80s Ski Gear Contest on the Midway Deck.
By Sky Barsch. Sky is a writer and editor in Montpelier, Vt. Her passions are mountains, trails, traveling and food, plus her adorable powderhound, Siena.