I'll take a stab at giving you an overview of Stowe skiing, lodging, dining, etc.:Skiing
The ski area consists of 2 mountains - Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak. The 2 mountains lie on opposite sides of VT route 108. They're linked by a gondola, new within the last few years.
The Spruce Peak side has a lot of intermediate terrain, including a few good top-to-bottom runs. I haven't skied on Spruce in a few years, but I understand that they've replaced some of the old lifts and upgraded the snowmaking coverage. Spruce is also home to Stowe's new base development, which will include high-end homes, condos, etc.
Mt. Mansfield consists of 3 base areas. The Toll Road base serves beginner terrain. The other 2 bases -- Mansfield and Gondola -- serve green, blue, black. The Mansfield base has 3 lifts -- a high-speed quad, a double, and a triple. The quad and the double both provide access to top-to-bottom runs. The triple doesn't go quite as high, but still gives access to good terrain, and is a great alternative when the quad and double are crowded.
As for trails, there are the Front Four -- Starr, National, Liftline, and Goat. These are <> to <><>, depending on snow coverage, conditions, bumps, etc. Other <> trails include Nosedive, Haystack, and Centerline. For blue trails, good choices are Lord, North Slope, Standard, Tyro, and Gulch.
Over at the Gondola base, the 8-passenger gondola serves mostly blue trails. Perry Merrill and Gondolier are wide cruisers.Lodging and Dining
There lots of options, primarily off-mountain. Lodging options range from cheap to very expensive. At the high end, there's the Trapp Family Lodge and Top Notch at Stowe. Good options for a bit less $$ include The Golden Eagle, Mountain Road Resort, Grey Fox Inn, The Green mountain Inn, and the Town & Country. Go to http://www.gostowe.com
for a complete listing.
Stowe village and the Mountain Road are loaded with dining options. Some of my favorites include The Shed, Cactus Cafe, Charlie B's, and the Foxfire Inn.