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Stowe Is Your East Coast Home for Spring Skiing and Snowboarding

All of the fun without the frigid temperatures – you can still ski Stowe throughout March and April!

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When you picture Stowe skiing and snowboarding, do wintry weather conditions on the slopes and being bundled up in so many layers you can hardly grasp your poles or stay upright on your board come to mind? Throughout the winter months, many skiers and boarders take to the multitude of resorts to get in some shredding on fresh powder and brave frigid temperatures and the wrath of Mother Nature to do so. Did you know that if you really want to ski and snowboard Stowe, the spring months of March and April might be the most ideal options.

Spring skiing and snowboarding are not offered in all areas of the East Coast. The milder temperatures can make it harder to keep the snow on the slopes. Yet for many places throughout Stowe, Vermont, this is a challenge that is readily accepted! The higher elevations of the peaks and a little expert snowmaking skills have made our skier’s paradise open for spring skiing and snowboarding through April.

One of the most popular spots to ski or snowboard Stowe in the warmer months is Stowe Mountain Resort. With state-of-the-art snowmaking capabilities that keep even their novice hill, Spruce Peak, open into the warmer months, along with the more difficult trails down Mount Mansfield (the highest peak in all of Vermont), you will not be disappointed! The variety of slopes that they keep open promise skiers and boarders of every skill level that they will be able to have fun in the great outdoors in Stowe! By the end of April, 80% of the snow may be manmade but that doesn’t make skiing it any less fun! Better yet, you will find discounts on lift tickets and rentals for equipment as it is considered the “off-season”!

For any of your Stowe outdoor pursuits, you will want a comfortable and convenient home base to return to after your day out in the snow (and sun) is done. Located in the heart of downtown Stowe, The Green Mountain Inn is just a quick eight-mile drive away from Stowe Mountain Resort. Be sure to check out our special offers to get even more value out of your trip!


Celebrate the Season of Carnival at the Mardi Gras Boogaloo

You don’t need to be in The Big Easy to throw a Mardi Gras Boogaloo!

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Pre-Lenten (also known as Shrovetide) celebrations date back as far as the BC era. Yet in modern times, celebrating Carnival takes on a much more festive tone, culminating in one final party before the ritual fasting associated with the Lenten season. For all of us in Stowe, Vermont, Fat Tuesday is coming a little earlier this year when both Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas hit the stage at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center for a Mardi Gras Boogaloo! In honor of this festive event, we are proud to announce that Mardi Gras in Stowe will commence on Wednesday, February 19 at 7:00 PM!

If you are not in Stowe, Mardi Gras falls on the calendar on Tuesday, February 25. But that doesn’t mean you are unable to start celebrating a week earlier. New Orleans, our country’s most renowned haven for Carnival celebrations, starts on the day of the Epiphany (January 6). And now, with the traditional Creole sounds and “musical gumbo” of the New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band and the Zydeco tinged jazz of Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas, The Green Mountain State is getting a chance to catch up on the celebrating! The concert will bring a little bit of The Big Easy to Stowe in the winter. Tickets are on sale now for this powerhouse double-bill of Louisiana musical icons that is sure to be one of the top Stowe events at Spruce Peak all year! 

If you are interested in celebrating the end of Shrovetide at the Mardi Gras Boogaloo 2020, don’t miss your chance to make it an unforgettable experience by booking a stay with us at The Green Mountain Inn. Conveniently located just a quick 8-mile drive from the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, we will make you feel right at home with our comfortable accommodations, upscale amenities, and the most courteous service that can even rival the warmest Southern hospitality found in New Orleans! Our Old World charm may be more New England-inspired, but the good times will roll with us this winter in Stowe! Laissez les bon temps rouler!


Bring On Some Kids Carnival Chaos!

Not everyone will walk away with prizes, but you’ll all be walking away from this family fun in Stowe as champs!

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Winter in Stowe is not all about the great outdoors. Sure, many come to Stowe in the winter to take to the slopes or try their hand at a little ice fishing, but there are many other pursuits that won’t leave you out in the cold. Stowe, Vermont is proud of our small-town atmosphere and quintessential New England charm, and some of the best moments we have throughout the year are spent enjoying the simple pleasures of life. A prime example of this enjoyable pastime is the variety of local winter carnivals that take place during the colder months. And while some Stowe winter carnivals may be country-known, others are more local affairs… but still just as fun!

One such lesser-known event is the Stowe Parks & Recreation’s Kids Carnival Chaos! Taking place this year on Saturday, January 25, 2020, you will be able to bring all of your family and friends to the Stowe Elementary School Gym for a day of fun carnival activities away from the chill of the winter air. This kids' carnival in Stowe is FREE to the public(tickets available for games and food) and starts at 1:00 PM! From costumed characters to face painting to games and the ever-popular bounce houses, you and your little ones will have a full day of family fun in Stowe.

The Green Mountain Inn is located in the heart of downtown Stowe, Vermont. If you are coming to the area for any of our area’s winter carnivals, booking a stay at our hotel ensures you a comfortable, convenient home-away-from-home for your event. Spend the day enjoying some Stowe fun and the night relaxing in the comfort of your spacious accommodations. We know you will enjoy your visit to our charming town!


Keep Your Holiday Celebrations Going at the Stowe Winter Carnival

Just because Christmas is over doesn’t mean the holiday fun in Stowe has to end!

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As soon as the hectic schedule of celebrating the December holidays in Stowe ends, the magic of the winter season truly comes alive in our beloved town. If you have been in Stowe for the holidays in the past, you most certainly know that even though the calendar changes to the next year, our celebrations continue on. The winter weather may continue to be frightful at times, but the outdoor family fun in Stowe is always delightful, especially during the four-day traditional celebration known as the Stowe Winter Carnival!

Now in its 46th year, this long-standing Stowe Carnival is set to return to our historic town on Thursday, January 23 through Sunday, January 26, 2020. As per tradition, this beloved event highlights all of the reasons visiting Stowe in the winter should be near the top of your list, but with a theme tying many of the attractions together. Last year took us all “To Stowe and Beyond… 2019” and this year, organizers are still working on the perfect way to ring in this new decade while keeping all of our rustic heritage burning bright!

If you are in Stowe for the winter, this signature event, annually ranked by Country Living as one of the “15 Best Winter Festivals All Across the U.S.” is truly a can’t-miss celebration of Green Mountain traditions. With over 20 major activities and attractions from live entertainment, the professional and NICA sanctioned Ice Carving Competition, and a slew of inventive sporting competitions such as Snowgolf and Snowvolleyball, the final weekend of January is full of winter holiday fun in Stowe for all ages. And be sure not to miss out on the Ice Fishing Derby, celebrating another year-round favorite pastime of the area, with different levels of competition so even the youngest anglers in the family can get in on the fun.

While the daily schedules and full information regarding the Stowe Winter Carnival will be posted soon, you can never start planning too early! Get ready to enjoy exhilarating days and evenings at the variety of attractions, then plan to come back, kick off your snow boots, and relax in true home-away-from-home comfort at The Green Mountain Inn. Take advantage of not only our convenient location in the heart of downtown Stowe, Vermont but our spacious, modernly-appointed accommodations in a variety of spaces designed to suit each and every guest’s needs.


Party with Pride During the 2020 Stowe Winter Rendezvous

Live your best life at one of the top LGTBQ Events in Stowe in 2020!

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It may not be June, but one of the top LGTBQ Events in Stowe is set to return to our slopes this January. Celebrating Pride is an all-year-round occurrence in the Green Mountain State and for the 36th straight year, Stowe’s Winter Carnival Festival will feature one of the top gay ski events in the entire country! This celebration of Pride in Stowe, which is also the longest-running gay ski week in the Northeast known as Winter Rendezvous, will give skiers a chance to hit over 40 miles of terrain while also enjoying a variety of activities and entertainment celebrating Vermont in the winter. This year, the Winter Rendezvous in Stowe kicks off with a Karaoke Party at the Backyard Tavern on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, and ends with some last bit of slope shredding on Sunday, January 26, 2020.

If you plan on visiting at any point during this year’s Stowe Winter Rendezvous, there are few special events that you may want to pencil in on your calendars. Even though it may be winter in Stowe, that doesn’t mean all of the fun is exclusively on the slopes. On Thursday, January 23 at the Trapp Family Lodge, there will be a Pool Party featuring music spun by DJ Keith James. Not to be outdone, Friday night at the Golden Eagle Resort, Stowe, Vermont will be on fire… literally at the Cocktail Bonfire Reception for the Rendezvous. And although it may signal the end of the festival for the year, Stowe Pride cannot be outdone and is on full display at our town’s largest LGBTQ dance party of the year on Saturday night!

The full itinerary is available as the organizers continue to put the finishing touches on all of the fun that will be happening in and around Stowe this year. If you plan on being one of the hundreds of LGBTQ winter enthusiasts coming to Stowe, Vermont for the event, start off your rendezvousing in style by booking a room with us at The Green Mountain Inn. Our home-away-from-home comfort and convenient location in the heart of Downtown ensures that you will have a perfect home base for all of your winter fun in Stowe!


The Historic Stowe Derby Turns 75!

Wintertime in Stowe never seems complete without this bet-turned-traditional race down Mt. Mansfield!

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2019 saw the return. 2020 will see its unique skiing greatness truly take flight once again! For three years, the Stowe Derby was canceled due to severe weather conditions. After the third heartbreaking cancellation, organizers knew a change needed to be made. The Stowe Winter Derby is one of the oldest and unique ski races in all of North America and not having it for three straight years was a bitter pill for many in the Green Mountain State to swallow. In 2019, the race was pushed back further into the winter in Stowe and Mother Nature fully supported the effort. Mark your calendars and get ready to race on Sunday, February 23, 2020!

Beginning as a bet between two amazing skiers in 1945 – race from the top of the highest peak in Vermont to the historic Stowe village on one pair of skis – the Stowe Derby continues to attract hundreds of skilled competitors to Stowe, Vermont each year. Over the years, this winter fun in Vermont has added new aspects of the event. In addition to the tradition Long Course, the Derby now features a Fat Bike Race, a Derby Meister for those seeking an extra challenge, and the Short Course designed for children. Whether on skis or fat bike, the traditional course will take you over the hillside terrain of the mountain’s façade then wind you down to the scenic Recreational Path before finally crossing the finish line in the center of Stowe Village.

The historic Nordic pursuit of the Long Course is still the standard-bearer of the event. Descending the full 2,600 vertical feet, covering over 12 miles of downhill and cross-country track, the challenging race is always a memorable event and test for racers of all ages. The elite of the elite will finish the course close to 40 minutes from their descent while recreational skiers will spend upwards of a few hours on the slopes. Don’t let the air of competition fool you – this annual (fingers crossed) tradition is all for fun and fun for all in Stowe, Vermont!

The deadline to register for the race is Saturday, February 15, 2020. At that time, you will have to decide which Derby pursuit you wish to pursue. Start your Derby weekend off right by booking a room with us at The Green Mountain Inn. After racing down the highest peak in our entire state, Mt. Mansfield, you will need a warm and cozy home-away-from-home to return to. Nestled in the heart of downtown Stowe, we have everything you could desire to help you warm up, recharge, and celebrate your achievement in true Green Mountain style!


Before His Big Sleigh Ride, Skate with Santa at Stowe Arena

Be sure you are on the “Nice” list this year and come skate with Santa in Stowe this holiday season!

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“Naughty” or “Nice”? The Big Man in Red will soon decide your fate and you have one last chance to get on his good side. The magic of the holiday season may soon be coming to a close, but Stowe Arena strives to keep it going all the way to the big day on December 25. Christmas falls on a Wednesday this year, giving the youngest members of the family (and the young at heart) a few extra days for some winter fun in Stowe that have a bit of a Christmas spin.

Speaking of “spinning”, how about take a spin on ice and skate with Santa in Stowe? Take this opportunity to get some quality “nice” time with Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick while enjoying holiday music and special seasonal treats! We are sure there will be many cookies on hand for both you and the man of the hour to enjoy. Snap a selfie or write a letter and deliver it to him firsthand, ensuring that your Christmas List will not be lost in the mail (our sincerest apologies to the parents out there).

Skating with Santa at Stowe Arena takes place on Saturday, December 21 from 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM. If you are coming to Vermont in the winter, start by booking your room at The Green Mountain Inn. Our location is right in the heart of the Village and less than a mile away from the Arena, making us a comfortable home-away-from-home for all of the fun during wintertime in Stowe.


Celebrate the Season with A Traditional Christmas in Stowe

Even if your plans for Christmas do not include celebrating the holidays in Stowe, you can still experience all of the charm and merry joy of the festivities earlier in the month.

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The words “A Traditional Christmas in Stowe” tend to conjure up images of celebrating the beloved holiday in genuine Old New England charm on December 25th. But that’s not how our town rolls – to Stowe, Vermont, the holiday season begins as soon as the day of “Giving Thanks” has passed. To commemorate the true start of the holiday events in Stowe, Vermont, Stowe Vibrancy hosts a weekend full of family-friendly activities centered around the joyous nature of the season – A Traditional Christmas in Stowe!

Each and every year, this patented brand of winter fun in Stowe brings many visitors to our area to enjoy a more ‘traditional’ side of holidays. How best to describe what you will experience during this annual celebration of Christmas in Stowe? The general consensus through the years is all of the classic joys of the season in the historic setting of our charming Downtown Village. From the beloved Children’s Lantern Parade and Tree Lighting all through the Candy Cane making and Hot Chocolate drinking to finally ending with a festive theatrical performance and visit from Santa, it will be hard not to get caught up in the simple joys of the holiday!

Named as a Top Ten Winter Event 2018-2019 by The Vermont Chamber of Commerce, you can expect this celebration of the holidays in Stowe to be bigger and better than ever for 2019! A Traditional Christmas in Stowe will be taking place throughout our town from Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 8. Many of the events are free and open to the public.

Although you may not be planning a visit to Stowe for the holidays, this weekend festival will allow you to still enjoy our traditional flavor of winter fun. Make the most of your time and our peerless location in the heart of Downtown Stowe by settling in with us at The Green Mountain Inn. Complementing the modern comfort desired by today’s travelers but with the traditional charm of our locale, we will ensure your stay is truly cozy and classically unique.


Join Our Community and Say Welcome to Winter in Stowe

The start of winter activities in Stowe is heralded in with some quintessential quaint charm on the first Saturday in December!

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Welcome to Winter! Although the actual season does not begin until December 21, like many other places across the country, the start of winter activities in Stowe begins as soon as the holiday of “Giving Thanks” is done. When December rolls around on the calendar, our historic area of Stowe, Vermont gets into the season with a variety of events to kick off the spirit of holidays that all fall on the first weekend in the month. Voted as one of the Top 10 Winter Events by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, our Traditional Christmas always brings many visitors to our Village for a variety of Stowe activities that center on the holiday. Tree lightings, decorations, wagon rides, each and every aspect of this weekend is brimming with festive cheer.

During this weekend, on Saturday, December 7, 2019, one of the lesser-known parts of this celebration is the Welcome to Winter in Stowe. Taking place at the David Gale Recreation Center from 12 PM – 3 PM, swing on by to partake in some holiday craft making, festive games, and all of the free hot cocoa and cookies you desire. This is a perfect event for the entire family to spend some time together in Stowe in the winter, including a round-trip hay wagon ride to Stowe Mercantile to visit Santa!

There are so many fun events that take place during the Traditional Christmas in Stowe that you may wish to spend the entire weekend getting in the spirit of the season with us. If you are coming to Stowe for the Winter, stay in the home-away-from-home comfort of The Green Mountain Inn. Located right in the heart of downtown Stowe, our inherent traditional charm is a perfect complement to the festivities around us, many of which can be found right outside of our doors!


Make Your Spring Break in Stowe, Vermont 2019 Simply Sensational!

If you love the great outdoors, discover why spending Spring Break in Stowe, Vermont may be perfect for you!

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Winter may melt away a little slower up here, but soon all of the getaways in Stowe, Vermont will take on a slightly milder character (but only in weather)! The action and amazing things to do in Stowe, Vermont in spring make our area the perfect place to visit. Even better is the fact that this season gives you a built-in excuse to discover more ways to enjoy the majestic Green Mountain State. Spend your spring break in Stowe, Vermont!

Whether you are looking at the getaway deals in Stowe or your own version of a little me-time, the fresh mountain air is calling to you. From family-friendly events in Stowe to ideas that highlight the romantic side of our natural wonderland, here are several sensational spring activities to consider for your personal itinerary:

  • Day Hiking – With a plethora of trails available, you will find the perfect one to suit your skill level.
  • Fishing – Fly-fishing expeditions start in earnest as soon as the ice begins to melt.
  • Skiing – This is the perfect time to not only hit the slopes but try your hand at a little “cross country” or Nordic style of spring skiing in Stowe, Vermont! 
  • Go on a Tour – Want to keep things a little less outdoorsy? Whether looking for something sweet during our area’s maple sugaring season or a little “hoppier” at one of the nearby craft breweries, both samplings of our local culture are ideal Stowe, Vermont date night ideas.

Looking for places to stay in Stowe, Vermont? Be sure to reserve your getaway in Stowe, Vermont and stay with us at The Green Mountain Inn. We are ideally located in the center of all of the action in our area’s historic Downtown. The modern comfort and rustic charm of our accommodations perfectly complement any type of spring Stowe getaway!