The best off-piste terrain on Vermont’s highest mountain.
Stowe is Vermont’s most historic ski resort, but that doesn’t make it outdated.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.