East Coast skiing and snowboarding often suffers as the butt of most West Coast skiers’ all-too-easy jokes (usurped, perhaps, only by skiing in the Mid-Atlantic or the Mid West). And yes, we concede that New England skiing can be pretty miserable. Frostbite-cold–except when it’s raining. Slopes covered in sheets of inches-thick ice–except when it’s a sludgy, soupy mess. Runs that aren’t as long as their Colorado or California counterparts–except when they’re utterly unforgiving in their pitch and drop. But hit the right day at a New England ski resort, and you’ll be ready to counter the dismissive claims of the not-so-enlightened.
And perhaps no place better exemplifies all that East Coast skiing has to offer than Stowe Mountain Resort.
Here’s a quick primer to get you to the best that this famed mountain has to offer.
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