It’s all downhill from here. What happens when an adult learns to ski

By Christopher Muther GLOBE STAFF  FEBRUARY 28, 2019

(my old friend and former colleague, Rick Sokoloff, is the Stowe Mountain Resort ski instructor in this article)

A skiier who is far more skilled than the author heads into the sunrise at Stowe Mountain Resort. Photo:  ANDERSON JAMES

A skiier who is far more skilled than the author heads into the sunrise at Stowe Mountain Resort.

STOWE, VT — A funny thing happens every November in the Boston Globe newsroom. My editor mentions that our annual ski issue is coming up, and I make like one of David Copperfield’s rabbits and magically disappear. 

I bear no ill will toward skiing. I have fond memories of sitting in ski lodges and eating nachos, as one does on a ski weekend. But the problem with going skiing is that eventually I’m expected to clip horribly uncomfortable boots to a pair of waxed up planks and go down a hill in the frostbite-inducing cold. I’m convinced this sport is the brainchild of some sort of Arctic Marquis de Sade. 

I’m not saying this as a passive observer. I was a member of my high school ski club, which meant that I climbed on a bus every Monday night, snowplowed my way through a couple of rounds on the bunny hill, and then retired to the lodge with a plate of nachos while watching “Designing Women.” Like a peacock in a parka, I left every ski tag on my jacket through the season, hoping the paper plumage gave the colorful illusion that I was tearing up the slopes.

Read the rest of the article at the Boston Globe.

Last chance to buy your Epic Pass — No more pass sales after November 19

Vail Resorts announced today that it will acquire Stowe Mountain Resort

VT Ski+Ride

Vail Buys Stowe!

For weeks, the signs have been there: fleet cars with Colorado plates cruising the Mountain Road, helicopters hovering over Spruce Peak, rumors of Vail Resort’s senior management locked in closed door sessions with the head honchos from Stowe Mountain Resort and AIG.

Today, at 8:00 am Vail Resorts announced it had entered an agreement to acquire Stowe Mountain Resort from Mt. Mansfield Company, Inc. (MMC), a wholly owned subsidiary of American International Group, Inc. (AIG), for a purchase price of $50 million, subject to certain adjustments. Stowe Mountain Resort will be Vail Resorts’ first mountain resort on the East Coast and complements the Company’s network of 10 world-class mountain resorts and three urban ski areas.

Over the past few weeks, stock prices for Vail continued to soar, rising to 180 as of close on Friday from 168 on January 24 when   VT Ski + Ride first broke the rumors of a potential sale (see 8 Reasons Why Vail Would Buy Stowe) Of particular interest were two SEC filings made last week, Amended Statements of Beneficial Ownership that must be made when a person or organization owns more than 5%. The first was by the Vanguard Group. The second was by Abigail Johnson, who owns a home at Stowe’s Spruce Peak development and also happens to be the CEO of Fidelity Investments.

Read the complete story at VT Ski+Ride

Burlington's Seven Days

Vail to Purchase Stowe Mountain Resort for $50 Million

The rumor mill was right.

Vail Resorts is buying Vermont's most iconic ski area, Stowe, the two sidesannounced Tuesday.

The Colorado-based company will pay $50 million for the ski area on Mt. Mansfield that began as a Depression-era trail cutting project and became known as a luxury winter resort.

“We’re thrilled to add Stowe Mountain Resort to our family of world-class mountain resorts. With the investments in both mountain infrastructure and base area facilities that AIG has made over the years, Stowe Mountain Resort has become the premier, high-end resort for East Coast skiers and snowboarders," said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts. "We look forward to working with AIG to continue enhancing the guest experience and to ensure the resort’s long-term success.”

Read the complete story in the Seven Days

Stowe and Taos Join Mountain Collective for 2015-16 Season

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, by Michael Schrantz at

Photo courtesy of  Taos Ski Valley

Photo courtesy of Taos Ski Valley

The Mountain Collective has turned its resort total up to 11 with the addition of Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico and Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont. Stowe is the collective's first East Coast resort, while Taos brings even more gnar to the ski pass' offerings. Sun Valley and Thredbo were already new to the collective for the upcoming season, but the addition of two more well-known resorts (and only a $30 price bump to $399) makes this pass look even better for the traveling powder hound.

The pass includes two days at Stowe, Taos and the nine other resorts already participating in the collective: Sun Valley, AltaSnowbird, Aspen Snowmass, Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine Village, Jackson Hole, Mammoth Mountain, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Thredbo and Whistler Blackcomb.

Stowe gives the collective a marquee East Coast destination with 2,360 vertical feet, 485 skiable acres and more than 300 inches of snow each season. Without another nearby destination, the addition of Stowe will likely have the strongest appeal for East Coast skiers who already plan on burning some vacation days skiing this winter.

Taos is less of a geographic departure for the pass but opens up access to the resort's new Kachina Peak Lift, which hits 12,450 feet, as well as the resort's famous terrain — still including plenty of hike-to lines for the purists.

The Mountain Collective pass also includes a 50 percent discount on additional days at any resort, making it easy to extend a vacation, and kids under 12 can join in for $99.

· Mountain Collective [Official site]

Thank You from Stowe Mountain Resort

This is a fun video shot mostly on April 19th, 2015, the last day of the 2014-2015 Ski season at Stowe Mountain Resort. I was tickled to see and hear many of my Resort friends and colleagues say, "Thank You!"

Thank you for skiing and riding at Stowe Mountain Resort.

1st to text me wins a free 1-day Lift ticket at Stowe Mountain Resort

2nd to text wins a 40% off voucher for a 1-day lift ticket.

The Resort closes at end-of-day this Sunday, April 19. Winners have to pick up their vouchers at my office in Stowe Village tomorrow or Sunday morning.  Txt "Free Ski" to 802 730 4343

Non-denominational Easter Sunrise Service atop Mt. Mansfield

Join fellow early risers atop Mt. Mansfield for a non-denominational Easter Sunrise Service (April 5th) provided by the Stowe Community Church.

A complimentary Mountain Gondola ride will operate from 5am – 6am to transport the public to the service (weather permitting). Participants can ski down after the service or ride the Mountain Gondola.

Stowe Hosts will be collecting donations during the service to benefit the Lamoille County United Way. Please consider contributing a monetary donation.


  • Arrive early and allow time to park and walk to the Gondola Barn as the Mountain Gondola closes to the public at 6am.
  • Dress appropriately for mountain winter conditions include wearing proper footwear.
  • Check the Conditions Report for projected morning temperatures the evening before the service.
  • Headlamps can be helpful but not necessary.

The Easter egg hunt will take place at 9:00 a.m. on the south end of the Spruce Peak Plaza. Bring your Easter-egg baskets and get ready for a special appearance from the Easter bunny!

The Epic History of Stowe Mountain Resort


by Brian Lindner

Of the more than 100 trails, two famous ski trails at Stowe are named after visionary men who, more than eight decades ago, saw Mount Mansfield as the ideal location to promote an entirely new industry in Vermont. Another trail is named after the man credited with eventually making Stowe "The Ski Capital of the East" and a fourth is named for the man who helped finance major improvements.

Charlie Lord, in black sweater, with his CCC crew in the winter of 1933/34 while cutting The Bruce on Mount Mansfield. The Bruce was Vermont’s first purpose-cut ski trail. The man with a sandwich second from left in the back is Paul Barquin of Springfield who skied down The Bruce the day it was completed making him the first person to ski down a cut ski trail in Vermont.
(Photo: From the collection of Brian Lindner)

Stowe Mountain Resort had its earliest beginnings in a rough old lumber camp in Ranch Valley to the west of today's Vermont 108 — several miles from today's main resort. The only ski trails remaining near the former site of Ranch Camp are those from the resort's Cross Country Center. All downhill skiing long ago migrated further up the road to where the resort sits today at the south entrance to Smugglers Notch.

Nobody knows exactly when the first skis glided across the winter snow in Stowe but it was almost certainly in the mid to late 1800s. Stowe was a farming and logging community after the Civil War and loggers sometimes traveled through the winter woods on long boards with upturned tips.

Brian Lindner is a member of the Mount Mansfield Ski Patrol and historian for Stowe Mountain Resort.

Read the complete history, including many more old photographs, at the Burlington Free Press

See Stowe Mountain Resort's Live Time here

The Resort's Live Time Panel, which can be seen online and in each of the Base Lodges provides an abundance of information about the resort in live time. Information includes activities, conditions, lift reports, zone summaries, dining hours, retail store hours, trail reports, a trail map, and more.

I've embedded Live Time in its own page here at And, of course, you can see it at

How Stowe can you go?: Vermont gears up for ski season

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Rochelle Lash, Postmedia News | 26/11/13 1:26 PM ET
National Post

Winter rules for the 20% of Stowe’s visitors who come from Canada during snow season.

Winter rules for the 20% of Stowe’s visitors who come from Canada during snow season.

With Porter Airlines’ service beginning Dec. 15 for twice-weekly flights from Toronto to Burlington, Vermont, Ontario snow sports fans have many new options for skiing and snowboarding at top resorts such as Stowe. During February and March, Porter will expand to four flights weekly.

Vermont’s snow-sports areas have precious powder days, major steeps and jumps and snow-bunny fun. But destinations such as Stowe have total tourism cred off-mountain, too. Visitors can get stoked for artisan-inspired gourmet cuisine, New England warmth and rockin’ après-sports with dozens of local brews like Long Trail and maple martinis gently stirred with Vermont Spirits craft vodka.

On-mountain, snowmaking and snowboarding are trending at Stowe Mountain Resort, the most sophisticated vacation development in northeastern U.S.A., during any season.

Winter rules for the 20% of Stowe’s visitors who come from Canada during snow season when they can make first tracks on the woodsy Goat trail or master a bump run on the daunting National. Novices also have a new option — an extra-long, covered Magic Carpet surface lift on mellow Spruce Peak. Stowe also has invested $8-million recently in snowmaking — that’s almost 10 times more than any other New England resort — to create a high-efficiency, eco-conscious system that makes more white stuff while using less energy.

Park sharks will love the rails and boxes of the new Jib Nation on Lower North Slope, plus and the expanded freestyle features on Lower Standard, in addition to the biggest jumps on Tyro. Home of Burton Snowboards, Stowe has a Burton High Performance Demo Centre and a full complement of Burton programs.

Deals abound. You can sharpen your game with Stowe for Starters which includes a lift ticket and two 90-minute snow-school sessions — that’s almost all-day learning, for $162 U.S. p.p. The swish Stowe Mountain Lodge has handsome condos, a heated outdoor swimming pool, fine dining and a lavish spa. The Ski and Stay Package starts at $361 U.S. per day, for two people in a studio, or $557 for four in a one-bedroom suite.

When you unbuckle, Stowe’s essential experience includes contemporary American cuisine at Solstice in the Stowe Mountain Lodge, a visit to the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum and an evening at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center. Considering that Stowe is a vintage village with about 5,000 permanent residents, the line-up is jaw-dropping and includes Warren Miller’s dazzling downhill film, Ticket to Ride, capturing incredible snow thrills in Kazakhstan and Iceland, Dec. 29 and the Rudolf Nureyev State Ballet Theatre of Russia staging The Sleeping Beauty, Feb. 1.


Porter Airlines: 888-619-8622,,

Vermont Ski Areas Association: 802-223-2439,; info on approximately 20 Alpine and 30 Nordic areas.

Stowe Mountain Resort: 800-253-4754,; Stowe Mountain Lodge: 888-478-6938,