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Stowe this weekend 2/12-2/15

post #1 of 16
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We currently have reservations for Sunday night through Tuesday night at Stowe. We are planning on downhill only skiing as we have heard that there isn't too much snow.
We are concerned, however, that conditions on the mountain are not that great and we are considering cancelling our reservations and losing our deposit rather than pay several times that cost for mediocre skiing.
Has anyone been to Stowe in the past couple of days that can help us out with our decision?
The website says that most trails are open but the doesn't necessarily mean that conditions are good.
My girlfriend only skis a couple of days each year so I am trying to decide if it would be better to wait until conditions improve than to continue with our plans.
Thoughts?
Thank you.
post #2 of 16
It's hard to say what the conditions are going to be like this upcoming weekend. You can't really base things on what they were this past weekend, because yesterday and last night, Stowe got 8-10 inches of snow , it's supposed to snow more today, and they are saying we MIGHT get a nor'easter this weekend. Just the 8-10 they got yesterday/overnight is enough to make things change quite a bit, for the better, of course.

That said: I didn't ski Stowe this weekend, but I skied Jay. The coverage at Jay is thinner than at Stowe because Stowe makes a lot more snow. Jay's groomers were in pretty good condition, and that's what I am assuming your girlfriend will be skiing, since you say she only skis a few days a year. I have heard that the beginner and intermediate groomers at Stowe are in better shape than at Jay, which bodes well for your girlfriend. I can say that people of all abilities skiing at Jay on Sunday were saying they were pleasantly surprised by the conditions, because they had expected them to be worse than they were, given the weather we've been having up here for the past month. I hear that Sunday was quite different than Saturday, though; Saturday it was icy. But the rain we had Saturday night and Sunday morning made that ice soft and the snow wet. So even within two days, the conditions were very different. Yesterday, it was probably icy again because it went below freezing. But the new snow blended into the groomers today will most likely make it very nice.

It's supposed to stay cold for awhile now, so there shouldn't be a freeze/thaw cycle like we've been having. Hopefully, winter has returned and we can all finally have some skiing worth jabbering about here on Epic! :

Maybe a Stowe local will post later about how it was today so you have some more info to go with. Personally, it it was me, I would make the trip. Even if your girlfriend only skis a little each day, you can't get any more romantic than Stowe for Valentine's Day. With the snow we got yesterday/overnight, there's enough to go snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, perhaps a sleigh ride. It'll even be lovely to walk along the river on the rec path, now that everything is blanketed in snow again. Find a nice place to sit by a roaring fire and sip hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps (or whatever your spiked hot drink of choice is). Have a long leisurely lunch. You get the drift...

Thatsagirl
post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thank you, Thatsagirl.
I do hope that someone who has skied Stowe this week replies as I would appreciate up to date conditions. It would also be helpful to know how cross-country and back-country trails are doing.
In any case, thank you for your updates and for your romantic weekend suggestions.
Even if we decide not to go to Stowe, I may ask for your suggestions for Valentine's Day!
post #4 of 16
man- stowe!
the only world class ski resort in the east.
i have skied stowe when things were warm and dry home in NY, and encountered whiteout blizzards dropping several meters of frsh stuff, and it didn't even make the weather channel. stowe is a world apart. even if it thin (and i HIGHLY doubt it will be, after this week- champlain lake effect and all), you can always enjoy hiking the chin (from the gondola) or the nose (from the quad) , and ski the north face for an amazing east coast experience. really amazing, otherworldly, you will NOT think you're in the east...bring a camera, your friends will think it's emigrant at squaw.
orrrrrr...you can bring some beater boards and go nuts on goat and starr all day, and/or find fat snow still lying quietly in the hollows of big spruce.
stowe.
the mere name gives me chills.
post #5 of 16
just call the main number, ask for the patrol or the school, and ask someone in one of those departments. hell, ask for lifts, and ask a lift supervisor. they tend to be honest with us rubes.
post #6 of 16
I skied here, Stowe, yesterday and this morning...I ski here every morning. The conditions after the weekend were edgeable frozen courdaroy with 1 to 2 inches of fresh blowing around, solid coverage everywhere. Everything for the most part was rolled flat, trails off the Gondi were tilled pretty deep and still soft, the Quad was much firmer but still fun. This morning was a different world, a legit 10", skied laps of freshies in Goat Woods, it's fast with the frozen base but really fun. Vlad is right about Stowe being a special place here in the east. The Chin and Nose are a bit rough right now, fresh over icey base= slough prone snow, I'd stick to 'inbounds' off-piste till we get a bit more snow which is in the forecast for every night this week, chance of a Nor'Easter this weekend. In short the skiing is really good, I'd check out the new terrain on Spruce that is where the Mountain Co. is concentrating the snowmaking.
post #7 of 16
I agree with Whiteroom, I'm here in Stowe this week and conditions today (Tuesday 2/7) are vastly different than just a few days ago.. a solid 8-10" today, and 2-4 yesterday morning.. skiing was very nice..

Conditions off the Gondi were powder to packed all day, no ice,

off the quad things were nice as well, they had the snow guns going on most of the blues off the top which was a pain, but will make for real nice conditions, when they turn them off

Nose Dive was ok, a bit icy in places after getting skied off, liftline was in pretty good shape, My legs can't handle Starr, Goat or National anymore so I'll leave it to others to report on how they are skiing.. but everything else is in fine shape.. I did a couple runs on spruce yesterday and it was pretty decent as well..

I think you'll be in excellent shape for your time period.. it is cold, there's quite a bit of snow on the ground, especially at the mountain and no warm ups coming anytime soon. come up and enjoy
post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by vlad
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stowe.
the mere name gives me chills.
Well said. I got chills just looking down any of the famous front four.
post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thank you for all of your feedback.
Okay, so we've decided to go to Stowe and keep our reservations at the Inn at the Mountain since everyone has promised us good conditions! I've never skied Stowe before and my girlfriend hasn't skied it since she was much younger and her dad was writing for Ski Magazine.
So we're there for three nights and we were thinking that we would probably have dinner at the inn on one night and then go to The Whip at The Green Mountain Inn. If anyone has other or better suggestions it would be appreciated. I hate going away and later learning that we should have tried a certain restaurant. On our last visit to Stowe we ate at the Whip Bar & Grille so we aren't necessarily tied into going there.
Thank you again for all of your insight and suggestions.
post #10 of 16
The Whip is really nice, but if you've been there I'd suggest Charlie B's for upscale casual (at the Stoweflake) very cool, mellow Apres feel. Harrison's in the Stowe Inn is really nice and romantic, nice views of the center of town at night, Mr. Pickwicks is one of the best resteraunts in town in the Old English Inn (I know English and great cuisine aren't exactly synonomous, but trust me) The Blue Moon is also really really good. It's hard to go wrong with resteraunts in this town.
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by quickk9
Thank you for all of your feedback.
Okay, so we've decided to go to Stowe and keep our reservations at the Inn at the Mountain since everyone has promised us good conditions! I've never skied Stowe before and my girlfriend hasn't skied it since she was much younger and her dad was writing for Ski Magazine.
So we're there for three nights and we were thinking that we would probably have dinner at the inn on one night and then go to The Whip at The Green Mountain Inn. If anyone has other or better suggestions it would be appreciated. I hate going away and later learning that we should have tried a certain restaurant. On our last visit to Stowe we ate at the Whip Bar & Grille so we aren't necessarily tied into going there.
Thank you again for all of your insight and suggestions.
Lots of excellent choices in Stowe. Many that I'd like to try but have yet to make it, including The Whip. If you like Mexican, I think both Cactus Cafe and Miguel's Stowe away are excellent. Cactus Cafe MIGHT have a slight edge on most usual dishes, but I think the Mole Chicken Enchilada at Miguel's is terrific. I really like Trattoria La Festa -- casual, comfortable, but interesting Italian with a very nice wine list, prices are moderate. I've only had lunch at Mr. B's (SP?) and thought it was very good. If you leave the mountain for lunch Gracie's offers very good American pub grub. Pie in the Sky offers good and interesting pizzas.
post #12 of 16
Dining:

For a "special occasion" dinner:
Blue Moon Cafe (menu changes weekly), Mes Amis, or Michael's on the Hill (just down the road in Waterbury)

For any other kind of dinner:
Harrisons, Foxfire, Tratorria le Festa, Red Basil, Mr. Pickwicks

Breakfast or lunch if you take some time off the slopes:
The Gables (big country breakfast), GiGi's Deli, Gracie's, Pie in the Sky, Dutch Pancake Cafe

Apres-ski:
For music and a general party atmosphere: The Matterhorn, The Rusty Nail

For sipping drinks by a fire: The Whip, Lounge at Mr. Pickwicks

For microbrews: The Shed

For a zillion choices of drinks: Mr. Pickwicks (150 ales and beers, martini bar, wine cellar, malt collection)

Thatsagirl
post #13 of 16
If you haven't done so yet, you should look at the Photos of the Day on Stowe's website. The pics will get you and your girlfriend all excited about how much snow there is. They've got pics of off-piste and groomers.

Thatsagirl
post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thank you everyone who replied for the conditions and restaurant suggestions in Stowe. We are all set to head up there on Sunday.
Thank you Thatsagirl for all of your suggestions for places to eat and romantic things to do. When I get married, I may hire you as a wedding consultant!
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by quickk9
Thank you Thatsagirl for all of your suggestions for places to eat and romantic things to do. When I get married, I may hire you as a wedding consultant!


You are most welcome. I'm pretty sure my husband married me because I always know how to make things romantic and he doesn't have to do any of the work! As far as I'm concerned, he just has to show up and actively participate once the plans are made.

Enjoy yourselves.

Thatsagirl
post #16 of 16
Thread Starter 

Update on Stowe Trip

Because I often wonder if people followed my suggestions...
We arrived on Monday the 13th and had an excellent lunch at Gracies. The dog atmosphere was appropriate as my girlfriend is a veterinarian and we both have dogs.
On Monday night, we had a quiet dinner at Charlie B's where the manager brought us a phone and a local phone book to make reservations for dinner on Valentine's night.
We chose Harrison's and got a window table overlooking downtown Stowe. Excellent food and relaxed service which surprised us since Valentine's Day is usually a bad night to go out for dinner.
On Wednesday, we had excellent, excellent pizza at Pie In The Sky and then we stopped at the Whip for a drink before heading home.
Overall, we had a great stay and we wanted to thank those who replied for their suggestions. Usually, we go away and spend too much time trying to figure out where to eat. The suggestions made our visit more relaxing and guaranteed excellent meals.
Thank you.
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