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Stowe Ski Resort

Stowe Ski Area

Stowe Mountain Resort is a ski resort near the town of Stowe in northern Vermont, comprising two separate mountains: Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak. The vertical drop from Mount Mansfield of 2,360 feet (720 m) is the fifth largest in New England and the fourth largest in Vermont. The resort is primarily owned by AIG since 1988. The resort has two hotels.

One of the most renowned and picturesque ski resorts on the map, Stowe offers traditional New England charm and the biggest vertical drop in the area. Stowe's two ski areas are Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak. The latter actually backs onto Smugglers' Notch's terrain. As a result, Stowe is amongst a handful of American resorts that have a lift-link to another resort. Stowe offers over 90 shops and 60 restaurants to make sure that visitors do not trek too far away during their stay.

Downhill skiing came to Vermont when the CCC cut the first trails on Mount Mansfield in 1933. The National Ski Patrol was based on the Mount Mansfield Ski Patrol , the oldest in the nation.

Stowe Ski Resort

Stowe Ski Area

With $37 million in revenue during Winter 2007-08, Stowe placed second to Killington's $37.3 million in Vermont. It is undergoing a multi-year $400 Million expansion project, which included the addition of a 139-room lodge in 2008. It contains a 21,000 square feet (2,000 m2) spa and wellness center, including a heated year round outdoor pool; a salon, an 18-hole golf course and 12,000 square feet (1,100 m2) of indoor function space. A new base lodge at Spruce Peak also opened in 2008. Ahead of the 2011C2012 season, Stowe replaced the FourRunner high-speed quad with a new high-speed quad, constructed by Leitner-Poma.

The average annual snowfall at the resort summit is approximately 333 inches (850 cm). The ski area is composed of Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak. Some 116 trails on Spruce Peak and Mount Mansfield provide 39 miles (63 km) (485 acres (1.96 km2)) of skiable terrain.

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