Pros: terrain, very friendly staff, snow quality, charming ski town
Cons: a little pricey, lift lay-out could be better
my wife and i skiied two days at stowe over valentine's day weekend (sunday and monday) this year and we had such a great time. it was a bit of a haul for us (we live near philadelphia), but it was well worth the drive.
lodging - we stayed at the green mountain inn, which offered *very* reasonable ski and stay rates. the accommodations were very nice and the food there was excellent. we drove up to the mountain instead of using the free shuttle.
mountain - we got there around 10 am each day and parked in the spruce peak parking lot. the free lockers at the spruce peak base lodge were very convenient and a welcomed suprise (i was expecting to pay an arm and a leg for one). typically, we started at spruce peak for a warm-up run and then spent the rest of the day on mansfield. the snow quality was great, although there were a couple icy patches here and there....but nothing to get excited about. we skiied mostly the blue runs and portions of black runs hayride and chin clip (we didn't hit any of the terrain parks). sunday was more crowded than monday, but even still, the longest we had to wait for a lift was 8-10 minutes (at the gondola). monday, it seemed, that we had the whole mountain to ourself...it was just fabulous. one complaint we did have was the lift layout. the over easy gondola had easy access to the main gondola, but it was a bit of a hike to the fourrunner quad.
food - the on-mountain food there was OK, a little pricey...but all ski areas have pricey food, so it was on par. the town has plenty of options for apres ski.
weather - it snowed a little bit every day we were there. it didn't get too cold (fortunately), but our second day skiing was a bit warm (45 degress!). the day we left they had got 4-6 inches of freshies :\ (sigh)....
staff - the mountain staff was great. we had a couple of issues that got quickly resolved. each time the staff was gracious and very understanding. no complaints from us!
overall - for our money, stowe was a good value. the shear amount and quality of the terrain and the snow quality was worth every penny spent. we just wish we lived a little closer ;)