For all its classic enticements—challenging terrain, beautiful scenery, New England charm—the 'Ski Capital of the East' always lacked one component: luxury slopeside amenities on par with elite Western resorts. Not anymore.
To all you wussy Westerners with your smug attitudes, we Vermonters have this to say: Skiing in the East rocks. And while it might not be a universally acknowledged truth that Stowe is the best ski area in the East, only reflexive contrarians are likely to argue. Sure, Mad River, Sugarbush, Jay Peak and Sugarloaf have their adherents, who make compelling arguments. But consider Stowe’s endowments.
The terrain: 2,160 vertical feet of sustained steeps, covered in 333 average annual inches of snow, on Vermont’s highest peak.