Stowe, Vermont is a year-round destination for outdoor recreationists, lovers of natural beauty, and anybody charmed by the arts, culture, and lifestyle of the Green Mountain State. But no question that winter has a very special pull around these parts, which happen to feature some of the finest snowsports in New England.
With a room here at Edson Hill, occupying nearly 40 scenic and tranquil acres in between the Green Mountains and the Worcester Range, you’ve got a dream position for enjoying wintertime Stowe to the fullest! Here’s but a sampler-pack overview of what kind of fun and adventure you can get up to as a guest of ours during those gobsmackingly gorgeous snowy months.
Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding
Two of the Northeast’s finest ski resorts lie within a stone’s throw from our historic property here at Edson Hill, both nestled within the expansive Mount Mansfield State Forest. Stowe Mountain Resort offers nearly 500 skiable acres on the mighty shoulders of Mount Mansfield (at 4,375 feet, Vermont’s loftiest peak) and Spruce Peak, with 2,360 feet of vertical, 116 trails, a dozen lifts, and two terrain parks; the resort receives a generous helping of some 314 inches of annual snowfall on average.
Then there’s Smuggers’ Notch Resort (aka “Smuggs”) with its whopping 2,610 vertical feet and its trio of inviting peaks: Morse, Sterling, and Madonna mountains.
In other words: Skiers and riders, eat your hearts out!
Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, and Winter Hiking
Devotees of Nordic skiing and snowshoeing also have a surfeit of nearby options when calling Edson Hill their Stowe-area home away from home this winter. You’ll find cross-country and snowshoeing trails at the two ski resorts, plus additional routes elsewhere in the Mount Mansfield State Forest—including the marvelous backcountry trails maintained by the Catamount Trail Association. There’s nothing like skiing or snowshoeing deep into the snow-bound Vermont forests, relishing deep solitude, raven croaks, and the weaving trails of winter wildlife.
Another classic winter adventure in the region is hiking or snowshoeing up to the whitened summit of 4,083-foot Camel’s Hump in its eponymous state park. Camel’s Hump is the third-highest peak in Vermont and easily one of the state’s truly iconic landforms, and the far-reaching views it affords are all the more far-reaching in wintertime.
Other Stowe, VT Winter Activities
Go ice skating in the Spruce Peak Village Center at Stowe Mountain Resort, in town at the Stowe Arena, or at Smugglers’ Notch Resort. The ski resorts also offer other activities for the whole family, including snow tubing, the fireworks and bonfires at Smugglers’ Notch, and live performances at Stowe Mountain Resort’s Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center. And we’re just getting started here!
Join Us for the Best of a Vermont Winter at Edson Hill
Luxuriate in postcard-perfect wintertime lodgings a stone’s throw from Stowe here at Edson Hill, where the beauty of our snowy hillside grounds comes matched by the coziness within our historic, amenity-filled buildings. Speaking of cozy, you can’t beat a fireside drink at the Tavern or a hearty gourmet meal in the Dining Room at Edson Hill.
So make your reservation for a winter escape to Stowe, Vermont, right in the shadow of Mount Mansfield, and take advantage of soul-soothing hospitality and a wonderfully auspicious location here at the country inn of Edson Hill!