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The Stowe base area (likely early 1940s)
Stowe Mountain Resort
Stowe, Vermont
Status: Open
First Season:1936-37
Vertical Drop:2160 feet
Standing Lifts:2 gondolas, 3 high speed quads, 1 quad, 2 triples, 2 doubles, surface lifts
Past Lifts:1 gondola, 1 high speed quad, 5 doubles, 1 single, surface lifts
Left: The Stowe base area (likely early 1940s)
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Located on the eastern shoulder of the tallest mountain Vermont, Stowe Mountain Resort has long been known as a premiere New England ski destination.

CCC Days
Organized skiing on the eastern face of Mt. Mansfield dates back to 1933, when the Bruce Trail was cut. The trail was the site of the first Mt. Mansfield ski race in February of 1934. Construction of the Barnes Trail started soon thereafter, later becoming better known as the Nose Dive Trail.

Lift serviced skiing at present day Stowe started when the Mt. Mansfield Ski Club and Sepp Ruschp opened a rope tow on the Toll House slope on February 7, 1937. A rope tow was installed at the State Shelter for the following season.

More trails were cut throughout the late 1930s, including Lord and Rim Rock. Meanwhile, on May 31, 1939, a group including Perry Merrill, Sepp Ruschp, and Charlie Lord scouted a potential charlift installation, with the goal of establishing Stowe as a world class winter destination.

Development of Spruce Peak (1956)
Development of Spruce Peak (1956)
A Chairlift Is Built
On November 17, 1940, Ruschp, Lowell Thomas, and Roland Palmedo's Mt. Mansfield Lift, Inc. made national headlines when it opened what was billed as the longest and highest chairlift in the world, at 6,330 feet in length and 2,030 feet in vertical. Though it broke down on its first day operation (with dozens of reporters on board), the single chairlift would remain a fixture at the mountain for nearly half a century.

While many ski areas closed during World War II, Stowe remained a winter destination, with skiers relying upon trains and busses for travel. According to Charlie Lord, the chairlift could not be operated more than 6 hours per day or 6 days per week, due to fuel rationing.

Meanwhile, American International Group (AIG) founder Cornelius Van der Starr visited Stowe and quickly fell in love with the area while establishing a close business relationship with Ruschp. Starr's long history of financing and owning the ski area started circa 1946, when the Mt. Mansfield T-Bar opened, thanks in large part to his funds. Around that time, five separate companies owned the various aspects of the ski area. Starr acquired thousands of acres of land and gradually purchased majority shares in the companies, rolling them into Mt. Mansfield Co. by the time 1950 drew to a close.

Spruce Peak debuted for the 1949-50 season, initially served by rope tows. While a chairlift was originally planned for the following season, only a T-Bar would be constructed. The Spruce Peak double chairlift was installed for the 1954-55 season.

Snowmaking arrived at Stowe for the 1967-68 season, initially on the West and East slopes of Spruce Peak.

The gondola (1990s)
The gondola (1990s)
A Gondola Is Built
Stowe's largest expansion to date took place starting in the late 1960s, as new terrain was developed between the existing chairlift pods. A gondola started service to the new Chin area in either November or December of 1968. Included in the complex were base and summit lodges as well as five trails.

A major modernization effort took place during the 1980s and early 1990s, as original lifts were replaced with new ones. The original single chairlift was amongst the last to go, as the Forerunner Quad, the first high speed detachable quad in New England, took its place. The famous Stowe gondola was replaced with a new Poma gondola for the 1991-92 season.

2000s Modernization
In the midst of a major redevelopment of Spruce Peak in the 2000s, Stowe was eventually affected by the financial problems owner AIG. As a result, AIG spun off Stowe to a new subsidiary company called Chartis at the end of 2009. Major changes during this time included new high speed quad chairlifts in 2004 and 2005, as well as a gondola connecting the Spruce Peak base area to the main mountain.

For the 2011-12 season, the original Forerunner Quad was replaced with a new high speed quad, named the Fourrunner.

Following the 2013-14 season, the Alpine and Easy Street doubles, as well as the alpine slide, were removed. Replacing the chairlifts was new a fixed grip quad.

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Stowe Planning to Provide Lift Served Mountain Biking - Sep. 21, 2015
Stowe Passes $100 Lift Ticket Price - Sep. 26, 2014
Stowe New Quad Installation in Progress - Sep. 2, 2014
Stowe to Install New Quad - Jul. 2, 2014
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CCC Trails
Trail NameStatus
Bruce TrailOpen
Lord TrailOpen
Nose DiveOpen
Perry MerrillOpen
S-53 
Teardrop TrailOpen

Expansion History
Project
Season
Spruce Peak
Open
1949-50
Chin Area
Open
1968-69

Image Gallery
1952-53 Eastern Ski Map1953-54 Eastern Ski Map1956-57 Eastern Ski Map1957-58 Eastern Ski Map
1960-61 Eastern Ski Map1961-62 Eastern Ski Map1962-63 Eastern Ski Map1964-65 Eastern Ski Map
View All Images in Stowe Mountain Resort Image Gallery


Lifts
Click on lift name for information and photos
Standing Lifts
Installed
The Adventure Triple in 2006Adventure Triple
Leitner-Poma
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
2004-05
The new Fourrunner Quad in 2011Fourrunner Quad
Doppelmayr
Chairlift - Quad - Detachable
2011-12
The Gondola circa the early 1990sGondola
Poma
Gondola - 8 Person
1991-92
The Lookout Double in 2013Lookout Double
Riblet
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1979-80
Excavation of the bottom terminal location (right) and tower footings (left) (September 2014)Meadows Quad
Doppelmayr
Chairlift - Quad - Fixed
2014-15
The Midway in 2006Midway Surface Lift

Platter
1990s
The Mountain Triple in 2013Mountain Triple
Doppelmayr
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
1985-86
Construction of the Over Easy Gondola in 2006Over Easy Gondola
Leitner-Poma
Gondola - 10 Person
2006-07
The Sensation Quad in 2013Sensation Quad
Leitner-Poma
Chairlift - Quad - Detachable
2005-06
The Sunny Spruce Quad in 2006Sunny Spruce Quad
Leitner-Poma
Chairlift - Quad - Detachable
2004-05
The Toll House Double in 2004Toll House Double
Doppelmayr
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1983-84

Past Lifts
Seasons
The Alpine Double (left) in 2006Alpine Double
Doppelmayr
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1982-83
-
2013-14
The Big Spruce Double circa the 1950sBig Spruce Double
Roebling
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1954-55
-
2004-05
The Easy Street Double (right) in 2006Easy Street Double
Doppelmayr
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1982-83
-
2013-14
The Forerunner Quad in 2006Forerunner Quad
Doppelmayr
Chairlift - Quad - Detachable
1986-87
-
2010-11
The gondola circa the 1970sGondola
PHB Hall
Gondola - 4 Person
1968-69
-
1990-91
Little Spruce Double
Riblet
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1963-64
-
2003-04
Mt. Mansfield Double
Riblet
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1960-61
-
1985-86
The single chair in 1976Mt. Mansfield Single
American Steel & Wire Company
Chairlift - Single - Fixed
1940-41
-
1985-86
Mt. Mansfield T-Bar

T-Bar
1946-47
-
1984-85
Spruce Slopes T-Bar

T-Bar
1950-51
-
1981-82
Toll House T-Bar

T-Bar
1956-57
-
1982-83

Maps
1963-64 Stowe Trail Map1964-65 Stowe Trail Map1967-68 Stowe Trail Map1980-81 Stowe Trail Map1981-82 Stowe Trail Map1994-95 Stowe Trail Map
View All Stowe Mountain Resort Trail Maps

Year by Year History
Adult Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket; Adult Full Price Unlimited Season Pass
2010s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2015-16$115.002015-16 Ticket Price Graph$2224.002015-16 Season Pass Price Graph19.3 daysNovember 25April 242015-16 Skier Visit Graph
2014-15$108.002014-15 Ticket Price Graph$2138.002014-15 Season Pass Price Graph19.8 daysNovember 15April 192014-15 Skier Visit Graph
2013-14$98.002013-14 Ticket Price Graph$2138.002013-14 Season Pass Price Graph21.8 daysNovember 16April 202013-14 Skier Visit Graph
2012-13$92.002012-13 Ticket Price Graph$2056.002012-13 Season Pass Price Graph22.3 daysNovember 17April 212012-13 Skier Visit Graph
2011-12$92.002011-12 Ticket Price Graph$1996.002011-12 Season Pass Price Graph21.7 daysNovember 23April 12011-12 Skier Visit Graph
2010-11$89.002010-11 Ticket Price Graph$1879.002010-11 Season Pass Price Graph21.1 daysNovember 24April 17330,0002010-11 Skier Visit Graph
2009-10$89.002009-10 Ticket Price Graph$1815.002009-10 Season Pass Price Graph20.4 daysDecember 6April 112009-10 Skier Visit Graph
2000s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2008-09$89.002008-09 Ticket Price Graph$1766.002008-09 Season Pass Price Graph19.8 daysApril 192008-09 Skier Visit Graph
2007-08$84.002007-08 Ticket Price Graph$1635.002007-08 Season Pass Price Graph19.5 daysApril 202007-08 Skier Visit Graph
2006-07$76.002006-07 Ticket Price Graph$1570.002006-07 Season Pass Price Graph20.7 daysApril 292006-07 Skier Visit Graph
2005-06$76.002005-06 Ticket Price Graph$1507.002005-06 Season Pass Price Graph19.8 daysApril 222005-06 Skier Visit Graph
2004-05$65.002004-05 Ticket Price Graph$1435.002004-05 Season Pass Price Graph22.1 daysApril 222004-05 Skier Visit Graph
2003-04$62.002003-04 Ticket Price Graph$1415.002003-04 Season Pass Price Graph22.8 days2003-04 Skier Visit Graph
2002-03$60.002002-03 Ticket Price Graph$1380.002002-03 Season Pass Price Graph23.0 days2002-03 Skier Visit Graph
2001-02$58.002001-02 Ticket Price Graph$1350.002001-02 Season Pass Price Graph23.3 days2001-02 Skier Visit Graph
2000-01$56.002000-01 Ticket Price Graph$1290.002000-01 Season Pass Price Graph23.0 days2000-01 Skier Visit Graph
1999-001999-00 Ticket Price Graph$1290.001999-00 Season Pass Price Graph1999-00 Skier Visit Graph
1990s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1998-991998-99 Ticket Price Graph1998-99 Season Pass Price GraphApril 181998-99 Skier Visit Graph
1997-98$50.001997-98 Ticket Price Graph$1230.001997-98 Season Pass Price Graph24.6 daysNovember 151997-98 Skier Visit Graph
1995-96$48.001995-96 Ticket Price Graph1995-96 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 171995-96 Skier Visit Graph
1994-95$43.001994-95 Ticket Price Graph1994-95 Season Pass Price Graph1994-95 Skier Visit Graph
1992-93$39.001992-93 Ticket Price Graph1992-93 Season Pass Price Graph1992-93 Skier Visit Graph
1991-92$39.001991-92 Ticket Price Graph1991-92 Season Pass Price Graph1991-92 Skier Visit Graph
1990-91$38.001990-91 Ticket Price Graph1990-91 Season Pass Price Graph1990-91 Skier Visit Graph
1989-90$36.001989-90 Ticket Price Graph1989-90 Season Pass Price Graph1989-90 Skier Visit Graph
1980s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1988-89$35.001988-89 Ticket Price Graph1988-89 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 24May 41988-89 Skier Visit Graph
1987-88$33.001987-88 Ticket Price Graph1987-88 Season Pass Price Graph1987-88 Skier Visit Graph
1983-84$24.001983-84 Ticket Price Graph1983-84 Season Pass Price Graph1983-84 Skier Visit Graph
1982-83$23.001982-83 Ticket Price Graph1982-83 Season Pass Price Graph1982-83 Skier Visit Graph
1981-82$21.001981-82 Ticket Price Graph1981-82 Season Pass Price Graph1981-82 Skier Visit Graph
1980-81$19.001980-81 Ticket Price Graph1980-81 Season Pass Price Graph1980-81 Skier Visit Graph
1979-80$16.001979-80 Ticket Price Graph1979-80 Season Pass Price Graph1979-80 Skier Visit Graph
1970s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1978-79$15.001978-79 Ticket Price Graph1978-79 Season Pass Price Graph1978-79 Skier Visit Graph
1976-77$14.001976-77 Ticket Price Graph1976-77 Season Pass Price Graph1976-77 Skier Visit Graph
1975-76$12.001975-76 Ticket Price Graph1975-76 Season Pass Price Graph1975-76 Skier Visit Graph
1974-75$12.001974-75 Ticket Price Graph1974-75 Season Pass Price Graph1974-75 Skier Visit Graph
1971-72$10.001971-72 Ticket Price Graph1971-72 Season Pass Price Graph1971-72 Skier Visit Graph
1969-70$10.001969-70 Ticket Price Graph1969-70 Season Pass Price Graph1969-70 Skier Visit Graph
1960s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1967-681967-68 Ticket Price Graph1967-68 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 231967-68 Skier Visit Graph
1965-661965-66 Ticket Price Graph1965-66 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 201965-66 Skier Visit Graph
1963-64$6.501963-64 Ticket Price Graph1963-64 Season Pass Price Graph1963-64 Skier Visit Graph
1962-63$6.501962-63 Ticket Price Graph1962-63 Season Pass Price Graph1962-63 Skier Visit Graph
1961-621961-62 Ticket Price Graph1961-62 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 15April 151961-62 Skier Visit Graph
1959-60$6.501959-60 Ticket Price Graph1959-60 Season Pass Price Graph1959-60 Skier Visit Graph
1950s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1957-581957-58 Ticket Price Graph1957-58 Season Pass Price Graph140,0001957-58 Skier Visit Graph
1949-501949-50 Ticket Price Graph1949-50 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 261949-50 Skier Visit Graph
1930s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1936-37$1.001936-37 Ticket Price Graph$5.001936-37 Season Pass Price Graph5.0 daysFebruary 71936-37 Skier Visit Graph

Visitor Memories
"Left Boston in 1990 to become a ski bum at Stowe. Worked at the muffin ski shop where I rented skis and delivered the fresh tune skis to every inn on the access road. This was when AIG was leaning on all the small inns and right before some modifications to the resort I rember some inns still having the sixties and seventies feel and feeling the mountain was not keeping up... boy was I wrong it really is a true New England resort, especially since I live in California and have not seen the resort in several years after skiing the sierras for many years I understand why the east produces great skiers a lot of them from Stowe I will never forget the steeple or the folks I met there....... "
Paul Lahaye, Feb. 15, 2015
"We used to go up a lot Once was when shuttle did not make it 29 years agoMy ski mister said they used to get coupon books to ride single I rember the wool blankets on cold days to ride up withLastly we went Stowe for Easter spring skiing them head up to Jay for winter skiing on Sunday"
Stanley shepard, Jan. 29, 2015
"Climbed the mountain from the west several times while a student at Middlebury. My wife, Milly, and I spent our honeymoon at Stowe in 1957. Then you bought coupons for rides on the chairlift. Still have a book of them. I think that it cost .90 per ride or ten rides for 8.00."
Matt Baker, Oct. 18, 2014
"I remember the day tickets starting at $16 in the late 70's. The tickets themselves were shaped liked the Gondola. In the early 70's, Stowe was using coupon books."
Peter Benoliel, Mar. 26, 2014
"My Father's 1st trip to Stowe (Mt. Mansfield) was in 1939 an he stayed at Barnes Camp Inn that was owned by Chelsea Lyons. My 1st trip there was in March 1944, just after my 12th birthday. We returned almost every spring (from Buffalo, N.Y.) until we bought land and moved to Waitsfield, Vt. (Mad River Glen) to build and operate the first ski lodge in Waitsfield in 1949. (Ski Center Lodge) My memories of Stowe and many of the local people there then will be in my mind forever."
Anders, jr Hengsteler, Oct. 7, 2013
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External Links
  • Stowe Mountain Resort - official site
  • Mt. Mansfield - FranklinSites.com Hiking Guide
  • Last updated: February 25, 2016

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