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Any tips for Christmas week at Stowe?

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While we spend a pretty decent amount of time at Stowe, it has been a very long time since I have been there during a school vacation week.

Any tips to navigating the mountain, or stick with the model for busy Saturdays (arrive early, ski hard until 10 or so, switch to double or Gondi when quad singles line gets ridiculous, early lunch, ski through regular lunch when the crowds dissipate...).

Are all days from Christmas - 1/4 likely to be equally busy, or should things calm down Sunday 12/29?

Finally, for lessons: for my daughter, is it worth doing the kids adventure a couple of days, or should we wait til we are back during a quieter time(we have built in babysitting), she had a great time when we were up last week, and I want to good experiences to continue. For myself and my wife, how busy do the mountain clinics get? Part of me thinks of it as a good way to cut the lines while also working on improving, but if they are usually packed, I'll hold off. We are up 2-3 times a month, and I have limited budget for lessons, so total number of lessons will be the same this season whether we do them this week, or later in the season.
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I'd say, arrive early and ski hard for the first 2hrs on the quad then slide over to the gondi for a couple runs. Take lunch early then go to the Sensation lift on Big Spruce and ski there for a while, as things slow down in the early afternoon on Mansfield head back and ski either the Gondi or Quad till your too tired to keep skiing.

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While we spend a pretty decent amount of time at Stowe, it has been a very long time since I have been there during a school vacation week.

Any tips to navigating the mountain, or stick with the model for busy Saturdays (arrive early, ski hard until 10 or so, switch to double or Gondi when quad singles line gets ridiculous, early lunch, ski through regular lunch when the crowds dissipate...).

Are all days from Christmas - 1/4 likely to be equally busy, or should things calm down Sunday 12/29?

Finally, for lessons: for my daughter, is it worth doing the kids adventure a couple of days, or should we wait til we are back during a quieter time(we have built in babysitting), she had a great time when we were up last week, and I want to good experiences to continue. For myself and my wife, how busy do the mountain clinics get? Part of me thinks of it as a good way to cut the lines while also working on improving, but if they are usually packed, I'll hold off. We are up 2-3 times a month, and I have limited budget for lessons, so total number of lessons will be the same this season whether we do them this week, or later in the season.

 

I think you are on the right track. Be aware of Over Easy getting jammed up at busy times - everyone is going to Spruce for lunch and for kiddie pickup, so make sure you are ahead of them. I don't know if this is still the case, but in the past Mountain Clinic was limited to only 3 people per group. If you want to do a lesson MAKE A RESERVATION same goes for your kids. It will sell out guaranteed. You might want to consider a lunch reservation in the Cliff House for one of the very bust days such as Saturday. Kid's Ski School will be busy and groups will be on the big side, but this isn't our first rodeo I think she'll do just fine.

 

As for which days are busy, I expect that the 26th will be very quiet, it usually is and I expect it will taper down after New Years.

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