Winter in New England is a lot more fun when you don’t fight the cold weather, but rather lean in and enjoy it! And that usually involves some skiing! And our favorite place to do that is Vermont. Here is our travel guide to skiing the east at Stowe!
Where to Stay
Our choice for lodging near Stowe Mountain is a wonderful, family owned resort and spa, Stoweflake. Located just a few minutes down the road from the mountain, Stoweflake is a convenient, charming choice for skiers heading to Stowe!
Truly a full service resort, with onsite dining, a world class spa and fitness center (they even have a squash court!), an indoor pool, an outdoor pool and so many other amenities, there is fun for the whole family year round!
As soon as you check in you can tell that you are in a family run establishment, all the staff are friendly, helpful and attentive. And like any good hotel, they pay attention to the details. Things like locally sourced ingredients at the restaurant and authentically prepared dishes, make the experience just that much more rich. When we visit Vermont, we want to really experience Vermont and you get to do that at Stoweflake.
The spa offers a fantastic assortment of treatments. With over 100 spa treatments to choose from, you will leave feeling rejuvenated, relaxed and pampered, which is a great way to end your trip to Stowe after a weekend of skiing! We were fortunate enough to try out the Ayurvedic Vishesh Massage, which is a deep tissue massage that incorporates Ayurvedic techniques for the whole body. We really left feeling like a million bucks!
Stowe is home to the highest peak in Vermont, Mt. Mansfield (4,395’), 116 trails, and 12 lifts (including 2 gondolas!). Stowe is a luxury mountain, but it is also definitely a skier’s mountain. The amazing views, high speed lifts and dining options available on mountain really make for a fun ski weekend!
Like any ski resort in the East, you want to get there early to enjoy the best conditions and the best parking space! So plan on arriving around 8:30 each morning. Enjoy yourself exploring the mountain and when you need a break, there are mountain top lodges, base lodges with so many great eateries available to refuel before you hit the slopes again in the afternoon! And if you want to enjoy some off mountain dining, Doc Ponds, a gastro pub just down the street is a must!
Everyone knows that Apres Ski is usually the best part about the ski season. Coming back to the lodge with your friends and enjoying a few cozy cocktails is a part of the ski culture. And we like to get creative with our Après cocktail list, this year our go to ingredient is Kahlúa. So versatile and perfect for all the cozy drinks that go perfectly with a day on the slopes, Kahlúa is always welcome at the party! We love to include it in everything from spiked coffee and hot chocolate to cocktails like Black Russians and Mudslides.
Warming up after a chilly day on the mountain is a lot tastier with Kahlúa and we are also loving all the limited edition flavors, like the Pumpkin Spice, it adds a festive kick to our après ski!
For your next ski weekend, be sure to bring some Kahlúa along with you when you head up north! Après ski definitely takes the bite out of winter in New England!
This blog post was brought to you in partnership with Kahlúa.