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Stowe Mountain Resort
Stowe, Vermont
The Stowe base area (likely early 1940s)
The Stowe base area (likely early 1940s)
Stowe Mountain Resort Details
First Year of Operation:1937
Vertical Drop:2,160 feet
Lifts in Operation:2 gondolas, 3 high speed quads, 2 triples, 4 doubles, surface lifts
Lifts Removed/Non Operational:1 gondola, 1 high speed quad, 3 doubles, 1 single, surface lifts
Dating back to the first CCC ski trail in 1933-34, Mt. Mansfield has long been one of the best known ski centers in the Northeast.

Lift serviced skiing at present day Stowe started when Sepp Ruschp and the Mt. Mansfield Ski Club opened a rope tow on the Toll House slope on February 2, 1937.

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 the first day (with dozens of reports on board), the single chairlift would remain a fixture at the mountain for nearly half a century.

Two years later, American International Group (AIG) founder Cornelius Van der Starr visited Stowe and quickly fell in love with the area. His 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 gradually purchased majority shares and had them all rolled 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 initially planned for the following season, only a T-Bar would be constructed. The Spruce Peak double chairlift would be 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.

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. Including in the complex were a base and summit lodge, as well as five trails.

The gondola (2011)
The gondola (2011)
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.

In the midst of a major development 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.

CCC Trails
Trail NameStatus
Bruce TrailOpen
Lord TrailOpen
Nose DiveOpen
Perry MerrillOpen
Teardrop TrailOpen

Expansion History
Spruce Peak1949Open
The Chin Area1968Open
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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 Map1963-64 Stowe Trail Map
1964-65 Eastern Ski Map1964-65 Stowe Trail Map1965-66 Eastern Ski Map1967-68 Stowe Trail Map
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Name Type Brand Installed Removed After
Standing Lifts
Adventure TripleChairlift - Triple - FixedLeitner-Poma  2004-05    
Alpine DoubleChairlift - Double - FixedDoppelmayr  1982-83    
Easy Street DoubleChairlift - Double - FixedDoppelmayr  1982-83    
Fourrunner QuadChairlift - Quad - DetachableDoppelmayr  2011-12    
GondolaGondola - 8 PersonPoma  1991-92    
Lookout DoubleChairlift - Double - FixedRiblet  1979-80    
Midway Surface LiftPlatter  1990s    
Mountain TripleChairlift - Triple - FixedDoppelmayr  1985-86    
Over Easy GondolaGondola - 10 PersonLeitner-Poma  2006-07    
Sensation QuadChairlift - Quad - DetachableLeitner-Poma  2005-06    
Sunny Spruce QuadChairlift - Quad - DetachableLeitner-Poma  2004-05    
Toll House DoubleChairlift - Double - FixedDoppelmayr  1983-84    
Past Lifts
Big Spruce DoubleChairlift - Double - FixedRoebling  1954-55  2004-05  
Forerunner QuadChairlift - Quad - DetachableDoppelmayr  1986-87  2010-11  
GondolaGondola - 4 PersonPHB Hall  1968-69  1990-91  
Little Spruce DoubleChairlift - Double - FixedRiblet  1963-64  2003-04  
Mt. Mansfield DoubleChairlift - Double - FixedRiblet  1960-61  1985-86  
Mt. Mansfield SingleChairlift - Single - FixedAmerican Steel & Wire Company  1940-41  1985-86  
Mt. Mansfield T-BarT-Bar  1946-47  1978-79  
Spruce Slopes T-BarT-Bar  1950-51  1981-82  
Toll House T-BarT-Bar  1956-57  1982-83  

Skier Visit History
Season Skier Visits Source
2010-11330,000GraphStowe Reporter  
1957-58140,000GraphDaytona Beach Sunday News-Journal  

Ticket Price History
Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket
Season Price Source
1992-93$39.00GraphBoston Globe  
1991-92$39.00GraphBoston Globe  
1990-91$38.00GraphBoston Globe  
1989-90$36.00GraphBoston Globe  
1988-89$35.00GraphNew York Times  
1987-88$33.00GraphBoston Globe  
1983-84$24.00GraphSki America  
1982-83$23.00GraphRand McNally Winter Recreation Map  
1981-82$21.00GraphSki America  
1980-81$19.00GraphSki America  
1969-70$10.00GraphBoston Globe  
1963-64$6.50GraphBuxton's Eastern Ski Slopes  
1962-63$6.50GraphBuxton's Eastern Ski Slopes  

Visitor Memories
Peter Benoliel
Mar. 26, 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.
Anders, jr Hengsteler
Oct. 7, 2013
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.
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External Links
  • Stowe Mountain Resort - official site
  • Mt. Mansfield - Hiking Guide
  • Last updated: December 22, 2013

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