Was there 3 years ago 1st weekend in April, they had a gate with ski patrol working it to get in. They would say things like can you ski double black diamonds, these chutes have a 35 degree ptich etc. You do need to be a strong skier but if you are skiing the front four at Stowe without much trouble i.e. not side slipping the whole way you will be fine. You can hike way in aprox. 1/2 hr to get over to the fourth chute which is probably the most difficult because it has more trees, skip the 1st chute go to # 2or 3 those are good challeging runs.