I took a quick day trip up to Stowe on Thursday, 2-28. It's one mountain that I don't know, but I went with 3 guys who knew there way around, so I just followed. It was around 0 degrees, blue ski and sunny.
We started the morning with an excursion out of bounds past Chin Clip. It was shin to knee deep with fresh tracks to be found easily. some of the upper section was a bit heavy snow, I guess from the exposure, but a little further down was light stuff that could rival Utah. It was sweet, but trying to navigate past the drainages almost didn't make it worth it.
Next we did a bunch of in-bound glades runs. We were rarely on trails, but we when we were, they were either perfectly groomed, or the bump runs had the occasional hard pack that sent me sliding as there wasn't quite enough powder to bury the last rainstorm.
The woods were another story. My favorite was the woods on skiers left of Goat. They were packed powder with about 10" of light fresh powder on top, good pitch, and the trees were pefectly spaced. Tres Amigos, Lookout, the glades between National and Liftline, and the dozens of others that don't have a name, all were in great shape, with fresh tracks to be found everywhere.
We did do one run that was a bit hairy. It ran from just to the skiers left of upper Goat right below the Octagon and was mostly a snowboards width between rock and trees for about 400 vertical feet, and steep as anything at Stowe. I wound up doing falling leaf turns down a lot of it, just angling my tails or tips where I could fit them. That run was just plain silly and did I mention the guys I was with were on a mission. I bumped into a Stowe instructor that I knew, and he said he thought the locals called it mainline, but had never been on it. after surviving the top section, it opened up a bit and got really nice.
All in all, the glade skiing at Stowe was awesome, the trail skiing left a bit to be desired, and Stowe is one STEEP mountain.