This year may just turn out being a ‘skiers Christmas’ as a number of ski resorts in Eastern North America have slashed season pass prices in a bid to retain and attract new skiers. Continue reading ‘Good deals expected for seasonal ski passes’Print This Post
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While most ski resorts will be expanding their snowmaking systems, adding a new lift or building new base lodging this winter, Stowe in Vermont (which has already done all that in the past few years) has announced they’ll be opening a new centre for the arts this December, The Spruce Peak Arts Center at Stowe. Continue reading ‘Stowe to open a new performing arts centre’Print This Post
Stowe Mountain Resort
5781 Mountain Road
With skiing on Mount Mansfield, the highest peak in Vermont, Stowe is one of the best known resorts in the world, and one of the most picturesque. Lift-linked to Smugglers Notch. The world’s fastest eight-passenger gondola opened here in 1992 and there is a full service ski and snowboard shop with demos from many manufacturers. Night skiing is also available. Stowe frequently receives top ratings in US ski and snowboarding magazine reader surveys of East Coast resorts.
With skiing on Mount Mansfield, the highest peak in Vermont, Stowe is one of the best known resorts in the world, and one of the most picturesque, although with a bit of a traffic problem at peak times. The ‘quaint old New England village’ with its white spired church is one of a handful of North American ski centres which merit the name ‘classic’ and can be listed along side other early winter sports meccas such as St Anton, St Moritz, Gstaad and Chamonix. Indeed the resort’s ‘European feel’ is thanks in part to the fact that many of the local lodge owners are from Europe, and the village’s skiing history began with the arrival of Sepp Ruschp from Linz in Austria.
The resort is still a classic and frequently top rated by North American ski magazine reader survey.. Stowe is perhaps the only north American mountain resort that has welcomed tourists since the 1800s. The first recorded descent of Mount Mansfield on skis took place in 1914 and the first trail to be cut specifically for skiing was created in 1933. The first rope tow was added in 1937 but it wasn’t until 1940 that what was then North America’s longest and highest chair lift opened.
More than 50 years later Stowe was still underlining its world class status, opening what was, until recently, the world’s fastest eight-passenger gondola in 1992. It had built the world’s first high speed detachable quad in 1986. Also unlike almost all of North America’s other top resorts it has escaped purchase by one of the big resort owning chains and kept out the big bland hotel chains in order to maintain its unique ambience.
Stowe is well into an 8 – 10 year revitalisation plan, during which the resort is investing over $400 million in new lifts, trails, snowmaking, a hotel, performing arts centre, spa, retail shops, restauraunts and real estate making up a dynamic Alpine village at the base of Spruce Peak. An exciting part of the changes is a transfer lift that better connects Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak.
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Stowe Mountain Resort can now brag about it’s environmentally conscious achievements.
The Vermont ski area has earned the Sustainable Community Certification from an organisation called Audubon International. Stowe is the first ski resort in the U.S. to merit this environmental achievement.
Members of Audubon International’s Sustainable Communities Program are eligible for certification, which recognizes dedication to the process of becoming a more sustainable community and beginning to act on a sustainability plan. The plan covers 15 focus areas, and members must choose timelines and measurable goals. Once progress is documented, members become certified.Print This Post
Vermont’s Stowe Mountain Resort has changed owners, if only technically.
On December 31st troubled insurance giant AIG sold the resort to it’s own subsidiary company, Chartis Insurance. Chartis was formed in the summer of 2009 to take over AIG’s property-casualty and general insurance business. After almost going under and receiving US government bailout funds, AIG announced last May that it would divest itself of certain properties, including Stowe. The company has been a principal owner since 1988 and has been involved in the resort since the 1940s.Print This Post
Stowe Mountain Resort is up for sale according to an AIG spokesman. Ski Rebel Magazine has has learned that company spokesperson, Peter Tulupman confirmed that the beleaguered AIG Insurance company has received a number of unsolicited bids were received from qualified buyers. The names of potential buyers or the conditions of sale have not been unveiled yet.Print This Post
by Paul la Vella
A wide choice of ski resorts in the US and in Canada are available for the skiing fraternity – but for skiing it’s really quality that counts, and North America scores high on this count too.
According to a recent poll, the top 10 ski resorts in the world are: Aspen, Colorado; Cortina, Italy; Mont-Tremblant, Quebec; Stowe, Vermont; Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France; Banff, Alberta; Vail, Colorado; Zermatt, Switzerland; Kitzbuhel, Austria; and Whistler, British Columbia – North America and Europe dominate the list of favourites.Print This Post