Guidebook

Top 20 Freeride Lines at Stowe

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

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Stowe is Vermont’s most historic ski resort, but that doesn’t make it outdated.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. When Mansfield’s bald summit holds snow, freeride lines above treeline are absolutely epic.

For the quickest route to some respectable terrain, ride FourRunner Quad and explore the Front Four, where freeride lines and powder stashes await off in the trees. For bigger lines and wild exposure, you’ll need to ride the gondola then go for a hike. A bootpack up Climbing Gully gets you near the summit of Mount Mansfield, where classic freeride lines like Cliff Trail, Profanity Chute, and Hourglass drop away. The coverage is certainly not always there, but when it is, hard-chargers know it’s worth the climb. Just be sure to keep your bearings and check your maps often; it’s easy to drop the wrong line and end up 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
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
Witch's Hat
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Witch's Hat

Stowe
46 m
31 °
3 m
0.2 km
A fun little freeride zone in the shadow of The Nose.
Difficult
Private
Bypass Chutes
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Bypass Chutes

Stowe
119 m
36 °
0 m
0.3 km
Steep chutes with trees and cliffs, accessed by a sidestepping traverse.
Difficult
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
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
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
Outer Planets
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Outer Planets

Stowe
319 m
31 °
0 m
1.4 km
Long, steep glade runs, involving cliffs and chutes.
Severe
Private
Butt Crack
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Butt Crack

Stowe
221 m
29 °
1 m
0.7 km
A favorite backcountry zone among locals.
Moderate
Private
Rock Garden
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Rock Garden

Stowe
202 m
37 °
15 m
0.7 km
A complex mess of boulders, trees and chutes that makes perfect freerider terrain.
Severe
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
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
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
Hourglass Chute
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Hourglass Chute

Stowe
210 m
46 °
0 m
0.4 km
An hourglass shaped chute for expert skiers only.
Difficult
Private
North Ridge
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North Ridge

Stowe
148 m
35 °
0 m
0.5 km
Technical ridge skiing that is not easy to access.
Severe
Private
Hellbrook
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Hellbrook

Stowe
775 m
39 °
13 m
3.5 km
The crown jewel of Smugglers Notch.
Difficult
Private