Winter In Stowe

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 and its Mountain History

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. When was Stowe chartered?

       *1763

2. When was the first Winter Carnival in Stowe?

       *1921

3. What was the most popular Winter Carnival event the 1st year?

       *Las Vegas Night

4. What year was America's oldest ski patrol founded - which was in Stowe?

       *1934

5. Who was the 1st person to ski down Mt. Mansfield?

       *Dartmouth Librarian Nathaniel Goodrich

6. Who cut the 1st ski trail in Stowe?

       *Charlie Lord (1930)

7. What was the name of the 1st ski trail cut on Mt. Mansfield?

       *The Bruce

8. Who played the piano for years at Sister Kate's?

       *Rock King

9.  What was the name of the Cotillion held in spring in the 1980's?

       *Cowshit cotillion

For more on Stowe's rich ski history, check out Pat Haslam's wonderful book that was recently published: Ski Pioneers of Stowe, Vermont: The First Twenty-Five Years

Stowe Restaurants -- Some of our Favorites Revisited!

 

Many ski towns offer a variety of food, but not a variety with quality.  The Stowe area is known for having both; here are a few of our local favorites:

Markets & Quick Eats:

Cork located in downtown Waterbury, VT at the corner of Stowe Street. This wine bar and market is operated by a long time friend Danielle Moffat. She offers a wide variety of beautiful tasting wines along with a cozy atmosphere. Stop by on your way to Stowe for a drink and pick up a bottle on your way out the door. 

Commodities Natural Market, newly opened in Stowe, this is the second location for Commodities the other being the East Village in NYC.  Run by Michael and Audra Hughes Commodities offers a full array of natural and orgainc products from prepared foods to bulk items.  Commodities has a ton of local products ranging from cheese, veggies, bread to beer and wine. 

Casual Dining:

Harrison's, ask for Andrew and Kathy Kneale, the mother and son duo that has been pleasing locals with their food for decades. Casual dining located in the Stowe village. Known for their mussels, but everything that comes out of the kitchen is great. 

The Bench locatied on the Mt. Road (Rt. 108) just after the movie theater, this new addition to the Stowe restuarant scene has been welcomed by locals and visitors.  Offering wood fired food and tons of beer on tap it makes for a great combo after spending the day on the slopes.  The wings rock and my kids love the mac'n'cheese and pizza. 

Piecasso Pizzeria, NYC slices in Stowe also rated Top 11 slices in America by Travel and Leisure Magazine. They have a great family set up and also a cool bar and game room, plus the pizza is great. 

Phoenix Bar & Table, owned and operated by long time local resturant operator and chef Jack Pickett, Phoenix offers a varitey of seafood and unique eats that span the world.  The kale and wedge salads are terrific as well as the po-boy sandwiches.  A great option for lunch and dinner.  

Plate, located on Main Street, next to Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate, offers locally sourced Vermont food made in a healthly Califorina style.  They offer everything from vegan and gluten free to a full gamut of meat options.  

Gracie's, another Stowe Classic, run by Archie, you'll never leave there hungry. Known for their burgers, Gracie's take it to the next level. I love the boxer and their famous chicken sandwich. 

Cactus Cafe is Stowe's Tex-Mex favorite. Offering their famous jalapeño chips at the table, beware they bring the heat. Also on the menu are slow smoked pulled pork tacos, a southern twist to a Mexican standby. Wash it all down with their Mansfield marg! 

McCarthy's is the only stop for breakfast in Stowe. They've been serving it up for over 30 years and know how breakfast should be done. Ask for Diane, she'll probably be at the door waiting for you with a smile. Their homemade corn beef hash is made from scratch, just like the maple nut bread. 

The Roost & Flannel, located at Topnotch Resort, these are two nice options for different kinds of fun.  The Roost offers a relaxed environmnet with good bites to share along with craft beer and cocktails.  Enjoy shufflepuck or relax outside by the fire.  Flannel, is a more formal dining setting, a bistro with flare and great patio seating. 

Formal Dining:

Michael's On The Hill located in Waterbury center, just south of Stowe. This chef owned restaurant sources local foods at a very high quality. Offering tasting menus and creativity, Michael's if perfect for a romantic dinner. Try their Manhattan, made with port wine, as a bourbon lover; I give it two thumbs up. 

Hen Of The Wood located just off I-89 in Waterbury this kitchen has been cranking out high-end food for many years. The unique location and old stone mill offers a view of the river and waterfall which is only match by the quality of the food. 

Kitchen Table Bistro, a bit further away, located in Richmond, but well worth the drive. As with the other two they locally source their food and offer a stunning wine list. The menu changes with the seasons and offers a real look into handcrafted Vermont food. 

Stowe VT Real Estate Analysis | 2013 Year-End Smith Macdonald Report | Stowe Blog

Stowe, VT Real Estate Analysis

Stowe, VT Real Estate Analysis, Smith Macdonald Report
Stowe, VT Real Estate Analysis, Smith Macdonald Report

 

Welcome to the Smith Macdonald Report, our 2013 Year-End examination of the Stowe, Lamoille and Waterbury residential and land real e

state market.  This report uses market-wide data based on transactions that closed in 2013 and compares them to closings that took place during 2012.  Since closings usually occur four-to-eight weeks after a contract is signed the sales activity charted here reflects transactions that closed during and through the end of 2013, and does not include contracts signed that have not closed.

In 2013 the Stowe market saw a significant shift in total residential units sold not only year over year, a 10% increase from 2012 but more importantly a 75% increase in sales from the bottom of the market in 2009.  There were 82 total units sold in 2013, equaling a market high from 2005 and matching the largest amount of sales over a nine year period.  While the majority of price points held steady over 2013, the $500K to $1 million price point saw an increase of 42% in unit sales, helping to restore the middle ground in our market.  The increase in sales helped to push inventory down, with a 12% decrease in homes on the market compared to a year ago.  Our market is trending tow

ards a more balanced market in terms of supply.  The sub $500K market is where the majority of the sales continue, there is just over a seven months of supply, basically an even market.  Below $300K there is a shortage of inventory with only a four months supply.  The above $500K market has 11 months of supply of inventory, still a buyer's market.

The Lamoille market (excluding Stowe) had a strong year with a 36% gain in units sold, with gains in the higher-end portion of the market finally breaking through.  The majority of sales still remain below $200K.  The Waterbury market remained stable with only slight drops in median and average pricing, but a 9% increase in units sold.

Smith Macdonald Group ranked 4th in the state of Vermont among all Coldwell Banker teams, the only team located outside the Burlington area, second in sales among all brokers in Stowe and Lamoille County and top 25 in all of Vermont.  Whatever your real estate needs in the coming year, Smith Macdonald Group is the market and technology leader and we encourage you to take advantage of every resource we can offer you.

Peggy Smith                                       McKee Macdonald

President/Broker                             Broker

802.793.3566                                      802.375.5009

SMG@smithmacdonaldgroup.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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    Winter Rendezvous 2014 | Stowe VT | Stowe Blog

     Winter Rendezvous Celebrates 30 Years!

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    The longest running gay ski weekend in the Northeast is celebrating 30 years of coming to Stowe, VT.  Stowe and Stowe Mountain Resort have played host to this fun and exciting crowd for 30 years and are looking forward to the next 30 years.  This year the Winter Rendezvous will take place January 22 to 26, 2014.

    The weekend offers a full array of activities other than just skiing.  Each night offers entertainment, check here for the schedule.  Nightly activities.

    If you've been before or this is your first time you probably have questions, well here are the answers. FAQ

    They offer hotel packages, but if you prefer to stay in a ski home please contact us we have plenty of wonderful ski homes that can accommodate any size party and pets, because who can leave fluffy behind when it's time to party in Stowe!  Ski rental homes.

    For more information on the Winter Rendezvous, click below:

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    Shopping in Stowe VT | Stowe Blog | Stowe VT

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

    in Stowe and Win!

    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.