Everything you say about Stowe is true, one of my favorites for the very same reasons. And your right about it not being at the top of my list, too. The reasons? First of all, the crowds on weekends are terrible. Made worse because everybody flocks to either the quad or the gondola, which are the only two decent lifts on the mountain. I was going to say modern lifts, but the quad doesn't qualify for that category. The other lifts are so old and slow that you could freeze to death on a cold day before you ever got to the top, and there's plenty of cold days at Stowe. Now I have nothing against old and quaint, but those would be two of the kinder things I could say about the base lodge, which is sorely in need of an upgrade. It's fortunate that Stowe gets ample natural snowfall, because their snowmaking efforts are not on par with the other major New England resorts. Which brings me to my biggest gripe. It would be a lot easier to put up with old and slow lifts, aging facilites, etc, were it not for the fact that it's one of if not the most expensive places to ski in New England (or anywhere else, for that matter). It would be a lot easier to shell out 60 bucks for a lift ticket if you had some indication that some of it was being put back into the mountain. And every year I here that they're going to be doing this and doing that, but I never see it happening. Don't get me wrong, Stowe is one of my favorite places, always make it a point to get up there, even in the summer, but most of my skiing there is done before Christmas, before the crowds and mid season prices arrive.
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8/26/03 at 7:28pm