Winter Activities Feed

Watch and Participate in the 2018 Stowe Derby

Find out when and how to experience the most popular ski races in Stowe during the 2018 Stowe Derby, Sunday, February 25. Whether you want to zip down the mountain yourself or just watch from the sidelines, this is a race you shouldn’t miss.

The 73rd Stowe Derby Brings Hundreds to Stowe

Man-skiing-on-winter-daySince 1945, this derby has brought to Stowe competitors from the Canadian Ski Team to NCAA Champions. This year it's bringing back the Fat Bike Race and features the Derby Short Course, presented by Ben & Jerry’s! You may register to participate by February 9.

Cross-Country Ski Race

This 12.5-mile course features challenging terrain with a vertical drop of nearly 2,800 feet. Participants will ski down this difficult course while spectators watch over 45 minutes of great skiing action. This is one of the oldest and most unique races in the country – you wouldn’t want to miss it.

Fat Bike Race

This race will benefit the Stowe Mountain Bike Club as riders compete on the same course as the skiers, but starting from the bottom. Riders may participate in the Fat Derby or the Fat Derby Meister, which combines the Fat Derby and the Freestyle Race.

After spending an exciting day at the Stowe Derby, find your way back to historic Stowe Village to warm up. Book your Stowe Derby weekend stay at Green Mountain Inn, where you can relax by a cozy fire with hot tea or coffee. Comfortable rooms are waiting for you near these activities so can have fun in Stowe with no worries.


Start Skiing in Stowe with Excellent Deals

Stowe Mountain offers all the fresh, powdery snow you crave during wintertime. Find out how you can maximize your time playing in the snow on some of New England’s finest mountains.

Never Miss Out with the Stowe Epic Pass

Man-jumping-with-snowboard-from-mountain-hillStowe Mountain is the first ever eastern United States mountain to become part of Vail’s Epic Pass. With a Stowe Epic Pass, you gain access to season-long fun at 15 world-class resorts – with no blackout dates. You can choose when you play in the snow at Stowe, Vail, Breckenridge, and more!

With this pass, you also get the chance to experience 30 European resorts. Purchase your pass and book a stay at Green Mountain Inn, where you will receive a discount on lodging – no matter the time of the week.

Discover Your Best Options for Ski Packages in Stowe

When you maximize your time, you also want to maximize the value you get for the money you spend, right? Look no further than Green Mountain Inn’s Ski, Ride & Stay Package. This package includes discounted accommodations for one night, as well as a one-day lift ticket to Stowe Mountain Resort.

With this package, you and your friends can zip down the mountain all day, with zero worries about where you’ll get warm. You can all look forward to coming back to a warm, cozy inn where you can relive all the crazy runs you experienced. At Green Mountain Inn, you can curl up in front of a fire with a cup of tea knowing the mountain is just a quick ride away.


Plan a Snowy Party During Winter Rendezvous

Experience a pride celebration unlike any other you have experienced in Stowe, Vermont. From January 17 through January 21, hundreds of skiers in the LGBTQ community congregate in Stowe for Winter Rendezvous 2017.

Go Skiing in Stowe

Mountains-and-ski-equipmentDuring these five days in January, Stowe’s Winter Carnival Festival and Winter Rendezvous make Stowe a lively village. Fans of all winter sports will find something to enjoy during this weekend, whether you are a skier, a snowboarder, or simply love parties!

After the holiday stress, it is finally time to relax and take some time for you. Spend a vacation weekend on this wintry ski hill to unwind during this exciting weekend.

Celebrate Love for All

During Stowe gay ski week, you have a chance to celebrate the LGBTQ community while experiencing a winter wonderland. There is a fabulous event lineup throughout Winter Rendezvous, including a downhill costume drag ski race with gay icon Miss Coco Peru. Need to warm up after spending time on the ski hill? Check out the pool party, too!

Can your weekend in Stowe get any better? You bet – let us show you how at Green Mountain Inn. Located right in downtown Stowe, our Inn is the perfect place to unwind after a long day on the mountain or after partying it up during Winter Rendezvous. Book your room today!


It’s a Snowy Celebration at Stowe Winter Carnival

Celebrate all things winter when you head to the Stowe Winter Carnival. This annual festival is chock-full of fun events, winter sports, performances, competitions, and food.

Attend Vermont Winter Festivals

The carnival is held from January 13 to 27, 2018 at various locations around Stowe. Mark your calendar for some winter wonder!

Snowgolf and Snowvolleyball Tournaments

These wacky sports events are a blast for everyone involved. For Snowgolf, teams dress up in costume for a round of 11 holes at Stowe Country Club – in the snow. It’s happening January 14.

Meanwhile, the Snowvolleyball Tournament is like sand volleyball’s crazy cousin. Each team will compete in the snow at The Alchemist Brewery on January 27.

Ice Carving

Girl-Bundled-Up-with-Ice-SculptureSee masterpieces carved out of ice at Ice Carving Demo Day, which will be held along Main Street on January 19. You can also enjoy food, drink, and shopping while you check out the “gallery” of ice sculptures at the Ice Carving Stroll on the same day.

Kids’ Carnival

Kids can enjoy games, music, a bouncy house, and more at this kick-off event on January 13.

Moonlight Cabin Snowshoe Tour

Tour the Vermont woods by moonlight on a snowshoe trek. Then, warm up with drinks and hors d’oeuvres afterward. Umiak Outfitters will host this event on January 26.

There’s even more where that came from for Vermont winter festivals like this one. Discover it all when you spend winter in Stowe and stay with us at Green Mountain Inn.


Holiday Candy Cane Making in Stowe Is a Real Treat

It’s the season of gumdrops and sugarplums dancing in your head – and candy canes. Luckily, the best candy cane making in Stowe is found at Laughing Moon Chocolates.

Join in for Holiday Celebrations in Stowe

This local chocolate and candy shop offers candy cane making and demonstrations every year during the holiday season.

Candy-cane-and-candyThis year, visit the shop on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays between November 24 and December 23, 2017, to experience candy making magic. The event happens at 11 a.m. each day plus an extra session on Saturdays at 2 p.m.

Demonstrations

If you’d simply like to watch expert candy-makers at work, show up for a live demonstration. You’ll see artisans boil up the candy and pull/twist/roll it into its famous shape. It’s free to watch, but calling ahead to register is recommended, as space is limited.

Make Your Own Candy Cane

Make your very own candy cane in flavors like peppermint, spearmint, wintergreen, cinnamon, or maple. The fee is $6 to create and take home your own holiday candy. Call ahead to ensure you nab a spot on your chosen day.

Enjoy fun holiday celebrations in Stowe when you book your seasonal stay with us at Green Mountain Inn.


‘Tis the Season for Holiday Celebrations in Stowe

The most magical time of year is absolutely enchanting in Stowe, VT. Visit the village for a festive season you’ll never forget with holiday celebrations in Stowe.

Christmas Celebrations in Stowe

There are tons of chances for merry-making at Christmas celebrations in Stowe.

Reindeer Quest

For a fun shopping adventure in Stowe, join in for Reindeer Quest. Pick up a Quest Card at participating retailers and fill it up with colored snowflake stamps. You get one stamp every time you make a purchase at participating businesses. Collect five stamps for a prize and to be entered into a weekly drawing.

A Traditional Christmas in Stowe

Girl-with-santa-clausFor this event held on December 1 and 2, 2017, the entire community gets merry. The whole weekend is filled with festive fun all over Stowe.

For example, head to Main Street on December 1 to see the Children’s Main Lantern Parade, or visit the Helen Day Art Center for the Festival of Trees and Light.

On December 2, the day begins with the Annual Christmas Fair at Stowe Community Church. There will also be Candy Cane Twisting and Hot Chocolate at Laughing Moon Chocolates, and Santa and Mrs. Claus’ arrival at Stowe Mercantile. Don’t forget some free wagon rides in Stowe Village, ice skating, cookie decorating, holiday performances, and more.

Check out the full list of events for more details.

Make your holiday magical and celebrate with us at Green Mountain Inn.


Step into Our Winter Wonderland During Christmas in Stowe

When the holidays roll around, Stowe becomes a magical place that looks straight out of a snow globe. Spend your Christmas in Stowe for winter wonder and stay at the idyllic Green Mountain Inn.

Picture-Perfect Holiday Packages in Stowe

Christmas-at-green-mountain-innJoin us for the holidays in Stowe at our charming country inn. We’ll be serving up Christmas dinner and offering great deals.

Christmas Dinner in Stowe

Attend our Vermont Christmas Dinner for a fantastic feast. You’ll get a choice of soups, salads, entrees, and desserts along with homemade fresh bread like Vermont cheddar-herb or honey oatmeal.

Tuck into the roasted Vermont turkey breast served with apple sausage stuffing, rainbow carrots, English peas, mashed potatoes with sage gravy, and cranberry relish. Or, try one of our other main dishes, like the marinated lamb leg or the pumpkin ravioli.

For dessert, we’ll be serving luscious chocolate tuxedo cake and blood orange Grand Marnier cheesecake.

Holiday Hotel Packages

Snuggle up at the Inn with our Christmas package. It includes discounted room rates, a fruit and cheese plate with a bottle of wine, plus a Green Mountain Inn gift upon arrival. During your stay, you’ll enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride, Christmas dinner with us in our Main Street Dining Room, a big breakfast daily, and afternoon tea and cookies.

Book holiday packages in Stowe at Green Mountain Inn for a cozy and magical holiday.


Winter Activities in Stowe’s Snowy Wonderland

They don’t call it “the Stowe Globe” for nothing. Stowe is a mecca for winter adventures, whether your idea of a perfect winter day is hitting the slopes and the restaurant scene, or having family fun doing classic winter activities in Stowe.

Winter in Stowe for Everybody

A snowy escape awaits in Stowe. Sure, there’s skiing, but that’s not all. Here are more activities for non-skiers (or skiers who want to shake things up).


Girl-pulling-a-sled-in-snowSleigh Rides

The jingle of a horse harness will lead you down a magical path into Stowe’s snowy wonderland when you take a sleigh ride. This is your chance to appreciate winter's majesty and beauty.

Ice Skating

Lace up your skates for an idyllic afternoon on Spruce Peak’s outdoor rink, or practice your technique at Jackson Ice Arena. It’s just one block away from Green Mountain Inn.

Winter Zip Lining

See Stowe’s winter forests and mountain peaks in a whole new way with winter zip lining. ArborTrek offers canopy tours that will take you along at least eight stunning winter scenes and suspension bridges.

Stowe is a beloved destination for all things winter. For your next winter getaway, get to Stowe and book with us at Green Mountain Inn.


Enjoy the Fun & Adventure of Spring Skiing in Stowe

There is nothing more fun and adventurous than springtime skiing. If you love taking advantage of the winter snowpack during the spring months, you need to know more about skiing in Stowe, Vermont.

Spring Skiing: Springtime Doesn’t Get Much Better

Why should you come to Stowe for a springtime skiing vacation? One reason is because of the vast number of ski trails—116 to be exact. Here are some more reasons why you should plan your next ski trip in Stowe.

Spring-skiing-stoweThe Best Snow: Mid-morning presents the best ski conditions ever: soft, relaxed snow. This type of snow has less ice in it and makes skiing safer and more enjoyable than skiing on watered-down snow.

Plenty of Snow Activities: Besides skiing and snowboarding, those who come to Stowe in the spring will enjoy plenty of other activities. Activities include snowmobiling, ice skating, dog sledding, and snowshoeing.

Gorgeous Weather: The sky is blue, the sun is shining, yet there’s still a nice crispness in the air. While the cool temps still make warm clothing necessary, the temperature isn’t nearly as cold as in winter months. That means you don’t have to dress in such bulky clothes when you go skiing.

Quickly & Easily Plan Your Ski Vacation in Vermont

When you’re ready to spend spring skiing in Stowe, stay with us at Green Mountain Inn. Our fantastic ski vacation package—Ski, Ride & Stay—includes a discounted holiday rate and a one-day lift ticket to Stowe Mountain Resort.

Green Mountain Inn offers comfortable suites, apartments, and townhouses. You’ll also have access to our massage therapy services and our heated winter pool.

If you want to take advantage of this package, you need to act fast. The ski resort is only open until April 23, 2017.

For the best springtime ski vacation, visit Stowe, Vermont and the Green Mountain Inn


For Your Vermont Winter Vacation, Plan on Outdoor Adventure

The ideal winter vacation can be found in Stowe, Vermont. With plenty of mountainous terrain, snow, forest, hills and valleys, activities run the gamut from dog sledding and carting to sleigh rides. Find out all you can do on your next Vermont winter vacation.

Winter Activities in Stowe to Get You Outdoors

Dog Sledding or Carting

Hop aboard a sled or cart behind a team of Alaskan or Siberian Huskies. These hardworking dogs are eager to pull you through miles of beautiful winter terrain in the area. In many cases, you can even help drive the sled. Businesses offering guided tours in the area include Peace Pups Dogsledding, Eden Ethical Dogsledding, October Siberian Sled Dog Adventures, and Umiak Dogsledding.

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing-coupleStrap on some snowshoes and tramp out into the wilderness surrounding Stowe. There are extensive trails to discover and breathtaking winter landscapes to experience. Go at a leisurely pace on Recreation Path, a flat trail that’s 5.3 miles, or try some difficult turf. If you love to hike, you’ll love snowshoeing!

Snowshoe tours are available in the area from Trapp Family Lodge, Umiak Outfitters, and Stoweflake Mountain Resort. Rentals are available at no less than seven locations in town, including the Nordic Barn and Shaw’s General Store.

Sleigh Rides

Sleigh rides are a cozy and picturesque way to take in the Stowe landscape during your Vermont vacation. Bundle into a sleigh behind a team of horses and glide through fields, forest, and snowy hills.

Sleighs can fit anywhere from two people to ten. Trapp Family Lodge offers rides every Saturday and Sunday all season long (through February 26, 2017).

For winter activities in Stowe and cozy accommodations, stay with us at Green Mountain Inn and enjoy country hospitality.