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Vail Resorts Purchasing Stowe Mountain Resort

The rumors were confirmed on February 22nd that Vail Resorts will be acquiring Stowe Mountain Resort from the Mt. Mansfield Company.  The $50 million dollar purchase will be Vail's first mountain resort on the east coast, adding an iconic one to its portfolio of 10 mountain resorts, like Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and Blackcomb in British Columbia.  This likely bodes well for all of Stowe, bringing more here to ski and for other activities, year-round.  Also, Vail's Epic Pass will be very popular, which will allow local pass holders here in Stowe the ability to ski and ride at any one of the other Vail mountain resorts at a very affordable price.

You can read more about this exciting news in Vermont Ski and Ride's article.

Stowe's Stone Hut to reopen soon!

Almost a year ago, Stowe’s legendary Stone Hut burned to the ground.  With a lot of hard work, and community and state funding, the iconic one-room cabin will be available for occupancy again, on December 1.    On Tuesday, November 1, Governor Peter Shumlin, and Vermont State Parks Commissioner Michael Snyder rode a snowcat to the top of Mt. Mansfield to celebrate the rebuilding of  the Stone Hut.  The lottery system will be in place again, for those who want to stay there, and get 1st tracks at sunrise. 

The hut, originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1936, burned last December 23rd, after a fire started when a wet log was left leaning against the wood stove.  The estimated cost to rebuild is around $276,000.

It's been rebuilt pretty much as it was, with an attempt to keep the original character and the coveted experience. There's no electricity or running water, and you'll need to bring your own mattress pad this year.

See you on the slopes!

source: VT Ski+Ride

photo source: vtstateparks.com

Stowe's Exceptional Properties

Summer is the time when we see a lot of properties come on the market, in Stowe.  There is never a better time for buyers to have so many wonderful choices.   Stowe is highlighted by so many things, like being a world class 4-season resort.  There is skiing, riding, mountain biking, concerts, craft breweries, acclaimed restaurants, and a wide variety of arts and activities.  Stowe is also known for its exceptional properties, and luxury homes.  Each has its unique qualities, along with special features and benefits.

Here is a sampling of some of our current luxury properties, listed for sale.

Luxurious living on 11 private acres with a winding driveway leading to an exciting contemporary home with beautiful landscaping. From the moment you enter the home you know this place was created for the view: every window looks to mountains, gardens, and pond.

For additional details, price, and a virtual tour, you can go to our website.

Want to be able to ski home or leave from you house to cross country ski, mountain bike or hike? This is the perfect home for you. This home has never before been on the market, and is located in a very desirable area, just before the Toll House.  Lots of privacy, yet easy access to Stowe Mountain Resort.

For more information on this property, you can go to our website.

Rarely does a home become available that checks the boxes for most every kind of buyer. Imagine walking into your home and looking straight out onto a massive pond with Mt. Mansfield as a backdrop. Enjoy the easy access to Stowe village and Route 100 South, yet have privacy on 11 acres of beautiful land, surrounding you.

For more information on this property, you can go to our website.

 

Don't Ski, but You're Here on Vacation in Stowe?

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are So Many Things To Do In Stowe

Are you here on vacation, and everyone else you know is skiing?  Looking for something to do until they come back?  Here are some suggestions:

1. Walk, snowshoe or hike in Smuggler's Notch - just steps away from the Mt. Mansfield parking area.

2. Snowshoe at Trapp Family Lodge, or one of the many Stowe Land Trust conserved properties, like Wiessner Woods, or Kirchner Woods.

3. Treat yourself to a spa day!  Topnotch, Stoweflake and The Lodge all offer wonderful options for treating yourself to what you deserve.

4. Relax at a cozy coffee shop, or at Cork in the afternoon with a glass of wine, after checking out the art exhibit at Helen Day Art Center, or perhaps checking out a book at the library

5. Shop 'til you drop at any one of these places, and more.

6. Take in that movie you've been wanting to see, by treating yourself to a matinee.

7. Check out the Stowe Area Association website for a continued list of fun things to do. 

Enjoy your stay in Stowe, Vermont, and happy New Year!

It's Mud Season - What to Do?

  

IT’S MUD SEASON IN

VERMONT

Win a pair of boots *

 

WHAT TO DO DURING MUD SEASON

This is the season where you can count on snow, rain, sleet, hail, sun, and temperatures from 0 to 75 degrees, and the roads full of muddy ruts. Top ten things to do:

10. Finish the ski season with the best skiing of the year, no crowds   

9. Take the gondola up the mountain, hike to the top and have a picnic on the way down. Bring skis or snowshoes, space blanket to sit on and enjoy the view

   8.  Check out the new goats and lambs at a farm

   7.  Have a bowling party

   6.  Go to a climbing wall and try out your skill

   5.  Sign up for a trail work day

   4.  Take a ‘staycation’ with deals on hotels and spa treatments

   3.  Go to a monster truck mud race

   2.  Visit a maple sugar house, eat sugar on snow

 

And the #1 best thing to do:

Look at real estate because you can see the potential for views on a wooded lot or get a deal before the prices and the mortgage rates rise.

Call or email the Smith Macdonald Group for an appointment: smg@smithmacdonaldgroup.com

Peggy: 802 793-3566   McKee 802 375-5009

* A free pair of rubber boots to the first person that signs a deal in April

photo source: vermontgreentree.com

              

Stowe, VT #2 Place To Ski Now | Men's Journal | Stowe Blog

Winter View 1 (Large)Stowe, VT ranked #2 Place To Ski

In the November issue of Men's Journal featuring the five best ski resorts in North America, Stowe, VT ranked number 2.  The combination of over 2,000 feet of vertical, history dating back to 1933 and a true New England village Stowe offers something for everyone.  The recent renovations and upgrades in the infrastructure and luxury at Stowe Mt. Resort have created a skiing experience that rivals many high-end resorts in the Rockies.

One of Stowe's most famous skiers Tiger Shaw was recently named CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, which governs Olympic freeskiing and snowboarding in the U.S.  This adds to the long history of ski industry pioneers who have come from Stowe or chose to call it home.

Check out the Article below from Men's Journal:

Stowe SnowLike all ski resorts in the Northeast, Stowe is a hostage to geography. But unlike any of the others, Stowe is a big mountain in miniature - 3,719 feet, with 2,160 feet of vertical, to be exact. It's a steep, rugged crag of Appalachian relief with groomers as wide as interstates, some of the scariest bump runs in America, and glades and gullies that reward an adventurous spirit. "Stowe offers some of the steepest terrain in the country and is one of the few places on the East Coast where you can get the feel of big-mountain skiing," says Chip Knight, a three-time U.S. Olympic team skier who has skied Stowe his entire life. "Hike up to the Chin or duck into the trees off Nosedive or Chin-Clip after a big snowstorm and you'll even find some exceptional sidecountry skiing."

Terrain aside, Stowe is also the rare resort with the one quality that separates a good ski town from a great one, no matter what part of the country you're in: history. There's a difference between a ski area that exists because it has good mountains and one that was a town before, with a farming or mining industry. It's the difference between Vail and Aspen, Whistler and Revelstoke, or between pretty much any other resort in the East and Stowe.

Whittled out of the Green Mountains and drizzled in maple-syrupy charm, Stowe was a mill town, then a farm village, and then a kind of refuge for European immigrants who wanted a place to log and trap and mine that reminded them of home. It didn't hurt, of course, that the state's highest peak, Mount Mansfield, was there, on whose inclines these same immigrants began to climb up and slide down on trails cut by the Civilian Conservation Corps way back in 1933. Seven years later, the longest, highest chairlift in America was installed, broke down the first day, and then went on to run for nearly 50 years.

The modern world has long since arrived at Stowe in the few ways that really matter - a high-speed gondola, numerous high-speed quads, and the slope-side Stowe Mountain Lodge, a six-story, 312-room timber-and-stone temple to luxury that is one of the finest ski hotels in America. But to visit the town itself, you'd hardly know it. The main street (called, what else, Main Street) has steeples and taverns and actual candles burning in windows. The Matterhorn, everyone's favorite après bar since the days when celebrities and Kennedys skied Stowe, is reachable on skis and looks pretty much the way it did when it opened, in 1950. When McDonald's somehow managed to circumvent the town's ferocious zoning laws, residents were so angered that they ignored it out of business.

"What attracted me is that it feels authentic," says Scott Coggins, a 39-year-old who relocated to the village from New York City in 2010. "So many ski towns have activity on weekends, but they're not real towns. People actually live here." Once or twice a week in season, Coggins gets up, drives 20 minutes to the mountain, and is on the first lift at 8 am so he can get a couple of runs in before work. If it happens to have snowed the night before (not unlikely, since Stowe averages more than 300 inches a year, the most of any Vermont resort), he'll go even earlier, hike up, and lay some of the first tracks in Goat Woods, one of the many glades on a mountain known for its trees and gullies. He definitely won't be alone. "On real powder days, you can see people coming off the mountain with headlamps on."

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    Shopping in Stowe, VT.  Reindeer Quest Begins, Go Shopping

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    It's that time of year again when the shopping starts and cranks into full swing.  If you are in the Stowe area, why not shop and win, in the annual Reindeer Quest!

    HOW IT WORKS

    Beginning November 16, 2012

    SHOP at participating retail stores and receive a stamp on your reindeer Quest Card with each purchase (pick up your reindeer Quest Card at your first shop!).

    COLLECT stamps on four different reindeer on your Quest Card by making purchases at four or more shops. That's right, you need a combination of: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixon, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen or Rudolph. Can't find a shop to get that 4th reindeer stamped? Hint: shops have posters in their store windows indicating which reindeer they are stamping.

    CASH IN your stamped Quest Card to be entered into our weekly drawings for fabulous prizes such as: snowshoe tours, nordic skiing packages, gift baskets, spa services, Vermont handmade products and more! Prizes are given weekly so the earlier you do your shopping the more chances you have to win! Drawings held on Mondays at 9am.

    YOU COULD WIN!

    INSTANT PRIZES! When you redeem your stamped Quest Card at the Stowe Visitor's Center, you'll get to draw for a gift certificate right on the spot, so you can use it for more holiday shopping!

    EVERYONE GETS REWARDED! When you redeem your stamped Quest Card at the Stowe Visitor's Center, you'll immediately get rewarded with a FREE Stowe Mountain Resort Evolution Stowe Card PLUS a FREE $10 gift card to Pinnacle Ski & Sport.

    Check out the map and list of stores below, and visit Reindeer Quest for more information.

    PARTICIPATING SHOPS
        Upper Mt. Road Nordic Barn Pinnacle Ski & Sports/Inner Bootworks Stowe Mountain Resort Shops Topnotch Resort & Spa Shops Trapp Family Lodge Gift Shops Well Heeled    Lower Mt. Road AJ's Ski & Sports Bumblebell Decisions, Decisions Darkside Snowboards Fine Wine Cellars Green Envy Harvest Market In Company Clothing Mountain Cheese & Wine Once Upon a Time Toys Oxygen Robert Paul Galleries Roselle Artwear Salon Salon Samara's Card & Gifts Skiershop Stowe Eye Care Stowe Hardware Stowe Kitchen Bath & Linens Elements at Stoweflake Resort & Spa Vermont Fine Art Gallery Yellow Turtle     North on Route 100 Paine's Christmas Trees   Village Center Bear Pond Books Boutique Ferro Jewelers Galleria Fine Arte Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery H. E. Shaw's General Store Lackey's Variety Store Laughing Moon Chocolates Stowe Craft - Design Stowe Mercantile Stowe Fabric & Yarn Styles Wooden Needle    South of the Village/Waterbury Ben & Jerry's Evergreen Gardens Fly Rod Shop Green Mountain Camera JK Adams - The Kitchen Store Newhouse Furniture & Mattress Express Stowe Maple Products Uncle George's Flowers Umiak Outfitters Vermont Electronics Ziemke Glassblowing Studio Stowe Shopping Map

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        Skiing at Stowe Mt. Resort

        Skiing at Stowe Mt. Resort

        Skiing at Stowe Mt. Resort

        Stowe Mt. Resort Skiing is Just Around the Corner

        Update to our Blog: Stowe Mt. Resort will open to all seasons pass holders for one day only on November 10th.

        Skiing at Stowe Mt. Resort is coming in less than two weeks, Nov 17th is opening day.  We've had several days this past weekend with snow in the higher elevations, especially at Stowe!  This morning while I was feeding my twins breakfast there were large snow flakes coming down.  It was just a reminder that it's time to get my gear out of the shed, start to tune up the boards and prepare for the season.  Although my girls are only 14 months old, I'm getting excited to get them out in the snow and to start to teach them to ski in the coming years.

        But I wasn't the only one thinking of skiing this morning, the fine snow makers at Stowe Mt. Resort where already hard a work laying the base for the 2012-2013 season.  Here's some footage of the new snow making equipment in effect this morning.  They are blowing snow at the base of the 4-runner quad, but have been bringing in new equipment since last season, so the coverage this year should be very good.

        http://youtu.be/X7Yuh7fOOcw

        There's still time to get some dry land training in, get those legs ready, get the skis tuned up and to add duct tape to last year's gear.  I hope to see you on the mountain this year!

        If you are looking for a rental for the winter season we have several options left and if you are in need of a vacation rental, we have plenty of options, but they are getting booked as many people are planning to visit Stowe this year.  Email me today or visit Stowe VT Rentals to see what options we have available.

        Stowe is scheduled to open on Nov 17th, click here for more info.

        Experience The Stowe Rec Path | Smith Macdonald Group

        Stowe, VT offers year round activities, one of the major draws in this area aside from Stowe Mt. Resort and The Trapp Family Lodge, is the the rec path.

        http://youtu.be/z_kE7G7hvqQ

        The rec path is 11 miles long and runs from the center of Stowe Village up towards Mt. Mansfield, ending near Topnotch Resort. The path follows the West Branch River and the Mt. Road.

        It is great for biking, walking, running in the summer and cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. There are plenty of swimming holes located along the path.

        The path is fun for all ages and there are places to stop and eat along the way so you can fully experience all Stowe has to offer.  During the summer the Helen Day Art Center hosts Exposed in Stowe, an outdoor art exhibit along the path.

        Running next to the paved Rec Path, is the Quiet Path, which is for walking and quiet enjoyment of the natural surroundings, it's also great for walking your dog off the leash.

        For more information on the path click here: Stowe Rec Path