Guidebook

Top 12 Freeride Lines at Stowe

The best off-piste terrain on Vermont’s highest mountain.

Jesse Weber

Description

Stowe is Vermont’s most historic ski resort, but that doesn’t make it outdated. Boasting some of the gnarliest terrain in the East, skiers from around the country return to Stowe year after year. Mount Mansfield, which makes up most of the terrain, is Vermont’s highest mountain. Snow at this elevation can be surprisingly deep and dry, filling in the trees and gullies, and pillowing the boulders and cliffs. There are plenty of inbounds and sidecountry lines with backwoods feel, then there's hike-to terrain that's well out of bounds.

For the quickest route to some respectable terrain, ride FourRunner Quad and find freeride lines around the Front Four. Steep shots and powder stashes await off in the trees. When you're ready for something else, try the tight glades and narrow cuts off of Gondola.

For bigger lines and wild exposure, you’ll need to go for a hike. When Mansfield’s bald summit holds snow, the rides above treeline can be absolutely epic. A bootpack up Climbing Gully gets you near the top, where chutes and ridgelines drop away. The coverage is certainly not always there, but when it is, hard-chargers know it’s worth the work.

Keep in mind these hike-to areas are unpatrolled and come with serious hazards. It's only for those with proper backcountry experience and equipment, and navigation skills are also key. Even with a clean run, the wrong exit can land you where you don’t want to be–in thick forest and deep snow with a long hike back to the resort.

Goat Glades
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Goat Glades

Stowe
130 m
30 °
1 m
0.5 km
A Stowe Classic, Goat Glades is the popular glade to skiers left of Goat.
Moderate
Private
Partridge
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Partridge

Stowe
136 m
29 °
0 m
0.3 km
An expert glade with an interesting history.
Moderate
Private
Roger's Chute
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Roger's Chute

Stowe
81 m
25 °
0 m
0.2 km
A fun little chute between National and Liftline.
Moderate
Private
Starr Woods
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Starr Woods

Stowe
289 m
35 °
0 m
0.6 km
Popular woods between Upper National/Liftline and Starr
Difficult
Private
Tomba's
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Tomba's

Stowe
50 m
29 °
0 m
0.1 km
A popular glade involving a mandatory icefall
Moderate
Private
Hazelton Trail
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Hazelton Trail

Stowe
332 m
25 °
0 m
1.1 km
A summer hiking trail that requires serious tree skiing skills to negotiate.
Moderate
Private
Angel Food
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Angel Food

Stowe
376 m
28 °
0 m
1.3 km
One of the most popular hardwood glades in The Notch
Moderate
Private
The Bruce Trail
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The Bruce Trail

Stowe
781 m
29 °
14 m
5.6 km
One of the oldest ski trails in the USA and a great run for advanced skiers.
Moderate
Private
Old Nosedive
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Old Nosedive

Stowe
115 m
22 °
0 m
0.4 km
The remnants of a classic New England ski trail.
Moderate
Private
Climbing Gully
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Climbing Gully

Stowe
0 m
36 °
202 m
0.5 km
Climbing Gully serves as the approach for Mount Mansfield, but it also makes a great ski line.
Difficult
Private
Cliff Trail Gully
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Cliff Trail Gully

Stowe
137 m
34 °
0 m
0.3 km
A very straight forward chute, directly above the Gondola.
Difficult
Private
Profanity Chute
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Profanity Chute

Stowe
382 m
42 °
0 m
1.0 km
The most popular descent on Mount Mansfield.
Difficult
Private