Acres: 485 | Vertical: 2,160’ | Snowfall: 314” | stowe.com
When I was seven years old, I’d never seen anything like Stowe’s brand-spanking-new, $80 million Adventure Center that treats little tykes to indoor climbing, a chicken-nugget station, and locker room cubbies that could contain a Kardashian wardrobe. That means, when the kids aren’t skiing, the grown-ups get even more of Stowe’s fabled Front Four (Starr, National, Goat & Liftline) that have bred some of the East’s best skiers. And when the East is a beast? “An awesome snowmaking system and crew really helps offset less predictable weather,” says Stowe local and longtime pro skier Carla von Trapp Hunter. “And there’s an outdoor skating rink for when it all goes to hell.”
Can’t-Miss Run: The Bruce Trail is a four-mile backcountry run that spills skiers into a dizzying spin through the woods from Forerunner Quad. Less agile skiers can take on the 3.7 Toll Road that takes off from the same spot.
Resort Bite: Don’t miss the crêpes at the Skinny Pancake, an outpost of the Burlington-based eatery.
Stay an Extra Day: Loosen up sore ski legs and release toxins from your après ski indulgences with a Ku Nye massage in the 21,000-square-foot spa at the Stowe Mountain Lodge. —Sarah Tuff Dunn
From the Early Winter 2016 issue.