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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
Status:Open
First Year of Operation:1937
Vertical Drop:2,160 feet
Lifts in Operation:2 gondolas, 3 high speed quads, 1 quad, 2 triples, 2 doubles, surface lifts
Lifts Removed/Non Operational:1 gondola, 1 high speed quad, 5 doubles, 1 single, surface lifts
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 sight 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 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 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.

The gondola (1990s)
The gondola (1990s)
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 originally 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. 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.


NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News
  • Stowe Passes $100 Lift Ticket Price - September 26, 2014
  • Stowe New Quad Installation in Progress - September 2, 2014
  • Stowe to Install New Quad - July 2, 2014

  • CCC Trails
    Trail NameStatus
    Bruce TrailOpen
    Lord TrailOpen
    Nose DiveOpen
    Perry MerrillOpen
    S-53 
    Teardrop TrailOpen

    Expansion History
    Expansion History
    Project NameSeasonStatus
    Spruce Peak1949-50Open
    Chin Area1968-69Open

    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 top terminal footing (2014)Big 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 Map2000-01 Stowe Trail Map2002-03 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
    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 Graph1995-96 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 241988-89 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
    1970s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
    Pass Payback
    Opening Day
    Closing Day
    Skier Visits
    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

    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: May 29, 2015

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