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Skiing in Stowe and Smugglers Notch [from UK]

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Hi Guys

My wife and I are taking our first USA ski trip in a few weeks. We come from the uk and have always skied in Europe so apologies for some of the questions, I just don't know what to expect.

We are staying in Stowe for 6 days and have a few questions:

Is it worth mixing up our time and maybe also visiting Smugglers Notch?
If so, is it easy to park in US resorts if you're not staying/lodging there?
Are you able to rent gear and leave at the rental store after the day. Or do you need to take the gear back to where you are staying?
And lastly, do you recommend booking lift passes and gear rentals online before we arrive?

Thanks in advance. Can't wait!

Tim
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Originally Posted by TimBallz View Post

Hi Guys

My wife and I are taking our first USA ski trip in a few weeks. We come from the uk and have always skied in Europe so apologies for some of the questions, I just don't know what to expect.

We are staying in Stowe for 6 days and have a few questions:

Is it worth mixing up our time and maybe also visiting Smugglers Notch?
If so, is it easy to park in US resorts if you're not staying/lodging there?
Are you able to rent gear and leave at the rental store after the day. Or do you need to take the gear back to where you are staying?
And lastly, do you recommend booking lift passes and gear rentals online before we arrive?

Thanks in advance. Can't wait!

Tim


First of all, yes, you should absolutely book online. It will save you money. If you rent at Stowe Mountain Resort, I am pretty sure you can leave your skis at night. You can also switch each day if you would like to try different skis. Stowe is about a 1 - hour drive from Smuggs even though they are two sides of the same mountain. You can easily find 6-days of skiing at Stowe, but if you have a car and want the option, Smuggs is fun too. Parking is tight, but as long as you are not a late-riser will not be a big hassle. You will park at Mt Mansfield.

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

Many thanks Epic. Really helpful. 

 

One last question? Can anyone recommend a place to rent skis from in the area, that isn't at the resorts? I'm thinking we could just grab some for the full time we are there as we have a mid-sized SUV. Might save having to rent new skis in each place. Thinking this might also be a bit cheaper!

 

Thanks

Tim

post #4 of 6

There are ski shops in almost every ski town that will rent you equipment for the week.  For buying Stowe lift tickets you should register online for the Stowe bypass.  This charges your credit card on your first time through the RFID gates when you are getting onto the lift.  It also saves you $19 on the price of a single day adult lift ticket.

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Originally Posted by TimBallz View Post

Hi Guys

My wife and I are taking our first USA ski trip in a few weeks. We come from the uk and have always skied in Europe so apologies for some of the questions, I just don't know what to expect.

We are staying in Stowe for 6 days and have a few questions:

Is it worth mixing up our time and maybe also visiting Smugglers Notch?
If so, is it easy to park in US resorts if you're not staying/lodging there?
Are you able to rent gear and leave at the rental store after the day. Or do you need to take the gear back to where you are staying?
And lastly, do you recommend booking lift passes and gear rentals online before we arrive?

Thanks in advance. Can't wait!

Tim

 

1) I've never been to Smuggler's Notch, so I can't comment on the worthwhileness of heading over there.  As said above, it's a longer drive than you might think though because the direct route is closed.  I've been skiing Stowe for years though and I have yet to get bored there.

 

2) As for parking.  Mid week shouldn't be an issue; parking can get tight on weekends.  All parking at Stowe is over on the Mansfield side, while the Spruce side is the easier skiing (not sure of your ability level).  To get between the two sides, ride the Over Easy gondola.  Try to park near the gondola if you're going to be starting over at Spruce...  it's no fun lugging ski gear through the parking lot.

 

Also, Stowe has the Mountain Road Shuttle.  It's free, and it solves the parking issue nicely.  If it's snowing hard (always a possibility !), it's also a lot less nerve-wracking to let somebody else do the driving if you're not confident with driving in snow.

 

3) As for rentals.  You can rent at the mountain or at various shops in town.  @Whiteroom works at SkierShop and can certainly set you up with whatever you need for the week.

 

4) Most definitely pre-purchase lift tickets for Stowe.  Or use the Bypass system.  Pre-purchasing lift tickets saves you quite a bit over the "walk up" rate.

 

Enjoy your time at Stowe!  It's a fantastic place.

post #6 of 6

Other options are Sugarbush and Mad River Glen.  Both are an easier and shorter drive from Stowe than Smuggler's Notch.  Mad River Glen is a very unique ski area. If you go, go on a weekday. 

http://www.madriverglen.com/  

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