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Advice for trails at Stowe [beginners having trouble with icy conditions]

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Hello everybody,

We have skied two of our three days here at Stowe. We are beginner skiers for the most part and used yesterday to get acclimated to everything and moved up to some blue trials today. We mainly stayed at Spruce Peak on the greens and blues there and took the Summit lift when we were feeling more confident. Everything was going well on Spruce Peak except for some icy conditions here and there so my dad and I decided to take the Over Easy Gondola to Mt Mansfield. I meant to go on the Mountain Triple lift with my dad but accidentally got on the lookout double with my dad. We then took the blue slope to the left of the lift when you're getting off. We got our butts kicked by that slope and if you skied Stowe today and saw two guys struggling, falling, and sliding around on Sunrise that was my dad and I. We asked some ski hosts at Stowe who asked us if we were ok where to go for the easiest trail and they directed us but we kept struggling on the icy conditions. The hosts also told us hat Sunrise was the easiest Blue on Mt Mansfield. We finally made our was to Toll Road which was icy and made our way back down to the base. By then the time was about 3:45 so we headed in. We want to know what some fun slopes are that aren't very icy and that will challenge us but will also give us lots of fun.

Thank you for the help!
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My advice on a weekend like this is to go early. In general, the further to the skier's right you go on Mansfield the easier the skiing. I've no doubt things were getting really skied off today. Toll road if open is the easiest way down. Ridgeview to Sunrise to Lullaby Lane is probably the next easiest. Most of Perry Merrill off the Gondi is not real steep but it gets a lot of traffic. Upper Gondolier and then across Gondolier is the easiest way dow off the easiest way down. IMO< Stow can get very busy on busy weekends/holidays and while I generally love the Mountain it can get too busy and the traffic will ski the good snow off. And there's not a lot of good lower intermediate terrain on Mansfield. Parts of North Slope, Lord, T-Line are pretty dark blue, especially if heavy traffic and skied off.

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my advice is to go early or not go over to mansifield at all during a busy time period. 

 

Stowe does not really have light blue terrain and with people scraping snow off it just makes it worse. IMO for people of your level spruce peak is a much more enjoyable experience.

 

I do not consider toll road easy, its narrow, has a large mix of people on it, and is actually fairly pitched for its narrowness in places. 

 

If its not to crowded the mountain triple is your friend, and the best thing to do is cut right of the triple, go just below the terrain park on the "5th avenue" section of lord. cross sunrise, over to lullaby lane, take cross over to lower tyro back to the triple. Beside crossing sunrise that runs is normally not crowded or icey even on the iceist of days. 

 

 

Just remember their are signs at the bottom of the mansfield quad that say clearly "no beginner terrain off this lift" and if you would have asked me, I would have never sent you over there. 

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