Winter Adventure Abounds in Stowe, Vermont


Stowe, VT – With Summer just behind us, it’s difficult to imagine that in a few short months our mountains will be covered in snow and the town will be bustling with winter-wonderland fun. The combination of magnificent Mount Mansfield and the old world charm of Stowe Village has beckoned guests to our mountain retreat for over 200 years. With an average snowfall of 22 feet, Stowe is typically blanketed in white from mid-November through April. At 4,395 feet, Stowe’s Mt. Mansfield is-literally -the high point of Vermont. This spectacular mountain forms the centerpiece of a region that is legitimately world famous for its outdoor activities and adventures.

Dogsledding in Stowe
The activity of “running dogs” is getting more and more popular as people are discovering the distinctive appeal of being swiftly transported by dog sled through the picturesque snow-covered wilderness. There really is nothing like being pulled or riding the runners behind a friendly and enthusiastic team of sled dogs. Their sense of team work, camaraderie, and extraordinary power will astound you.

Stowe is blessed with some of the best terrain and snow conditions for dog sledding in the east. Take a step back in time before automobiles and snow machines were a way of life, when dog sledding and running dogs was the norm. It will definitely be a highlight of any winter vacation.

Eden Mountain Dogsledding
1390 Square Road
Eden Mills, VT 05653
802-635-9070
866-635-9070
fax: 802-635-9315

Sleigh Riding in Stowe
There is a host of sleigh riding options in Stowe. From romantic 2 person sleigh rides to larger group sleighs filled with hay bales as seats, a ride through Stowe’s snow-filled pastures and woods will be a treat to remember.

Edson Hill Manor: Available all winter long through snow-laden evergreen forests. Throw Blankets are provided for your comfort. Enjoy a romantic ride with your special loved one.

Stoweflake: Old-fashioned horse-drawn sleigh and carriage rides through Stoweflake’s property. Special Wagon Rides Ride and Dinner Under the Stars packages available.
Romantic moonlit rides for two and special group outings. Reservations taken at the Mountain Vacation Planners Desk.

Trapp Family Lodge: It’s over the hills and through the woods with Massie and Jill, Trapp Family Lodge’s resident Belgian horses. Join them for an old-fashioned sleigh ride across their snow blanketed meadows.

Topnotch Resort and Spa offers private sleigh and carriage rides with Gentle Giants Sleigh and Carriage Rides These rides take you through Vermont’s pastoral landscape, over a covered bridge and more Snowmobiling in Stowe Experience the thrill of cruising through fresh powder in the pristine forest of beautiful Stowe, Vermont. Stowe has an extensive network of VAST snowmobile trails available to those bringing their own snowmachines. Check out the Stowe Snowmobile Club website at www.stowesnowmobile.org for complete details and information. For those who prefer a tour or need to rent snowmachines try Stowe Snowmobiles, Stowe’s oldest and largest
Snowmobile Tour. Tours feature scenic reide sthrough the forests as well as
incredible views along the way. It is truly a winter wonderland of fun.

Guests ride on all new 550cc Polaris Snowmobiles with heated handle grips. These are
guided tours and you can choose to ride as a single, double or as a passenger with one of Stowe Snowmobile’s friendly and knowledgeable guides. They outfit you with a helmet and boots. Treat yourself to an adventure and experience back country Vermont in its prime winter season. Call for you next adventure: (802) 253-6221 Tour Site and Reservation Office: Located at Umiak Outfitters on Route 100, 1 1/4 miles south of the Mountain Road. Reservations suggested, Walk-ins are welcome.

Snowshoeing in Stowe

Stowe is home to some of the most extensive and diverse trails in the East, making it the perfect destination resort for winter’s fastest-growing sport: snowshoeing.
Snowshoeing is a fun, healthy way to enjoy the winter outdoors and new, lightweight materials make it easier than ever. Anyone who likes to walk or hike in the summer can snowshoe in the winter, as long as they’re prepared for the weather–it’s that simple.

Stowe has a wide variety of terrain, so snowshoers can go at any pace. A great place to start is on the flat, 5.3-mile Recreation Path, which winds its way through forests and meadows, and crosses the West Branch River 11 times on arched wooden bridges:
Beginners can get used to wearing snowshoes and more experienced snowshoers can either enjoy a leisurely walk or warm up before heading to more difficult terrain.

Guests can get more out of their adventure by taking a snowshoe tour. Snowshoe tours are available at the following centers: Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, Trapp Family Lodge, and Umiak Outfitters.

The Green Mountain Club, Vermont’s largest hiking organization, has compiled a list of nine favorite snowshoe hikes in the Stowe area. The list includes trail lengths, estimated hiking times, degrees of difficulty, locations of the trailheads, and descriptions of the trails. For maps, guide books, and information about snowshoe hikes, visitors can stop at the Green Mountain Club on Route 100.

Stowe’s Cross-Country Ski Centers

Stowe’s interconnected cross-country ski centers provide one of the largest, most diverse trail systems in the United States. More than 150km of groomed and 100km of back-country trails criss-cross Stowe’s landscape. Stowe has something for everyone, featuring perfectly groomed track, smooth wide skating lanes, and some of the finest untracked backcountry skiing anywhere. With trails for people of every ability, you’ll find families learning and experts too. Don’t be surprised if someone in a U.S. ski team uniform glides past you while you are out having fun.

Our area retailers have everything you need to enjoy wintertime activities for your visit to Stowe. From downhill skis, to snowboards, cross country skis, telemark equipment, snowshoes, boots, outdoor weather clothing and sleds, you’ll find it at one of the following locations:

o AJ’s Ski & Sports: alpine skis, snowboards, snowshoes, boots, outdoor weather clothing

o Boots ‘n Boards: alpine skis, snowboards, snowshoes, boots

o The Nordic Barn: alpine skis, cross-country skis, snowshoes, telemark skis and skates

o Pinnacle Ski & Sports: alpine skis, snowboards, snowshoes, boots

o Shaws General Store: sleds

o Stowe Mountain Resort: alpine skis, telemark skis, cross-country skis, snowshoes, snowboards, boots, helmets and two-way radios

o Umiak Outfitters: snowshoes, telemark and backcountry skis, and out-of-the-ordinary sleds like the Mad River Rocket, Hammerhead, and Airborne

Stowe, Vermont combines a legendary historic village with a magnificent mountain.
The peak, Mt. Mansfield, is Vermont’s highest. In summer, Stowe visitors find all the diversions expected of a world-class resort: above-timberline hiking, cycling, paddling, golfing, fishing, horseback riding, rock climbing, tennis and much more. In winter, Stowe offers world-famous downhill skiing and snowboarding, over 150 kilometres of meticulously groomed cross country trails and 100km of backcountry trails. Stowe is also the birthplace of modern snowshoeing with many miles of snowshoeing trails for every ability. And in every season, guests are superbly served by Stowe’s nearly 70 unique shops, 60 lodges and 50 restaurants catering to every taste and budget.
800-GO-STOWE, http://gostowe.com

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