No. 2 in Lodging, Dining, and On-Mountain Food? Readers rightly reward Stowe for recent slopeside amenity enhancements, which bolster the already rich offerings of Stowe Village and the bustling Mountain Road. “Stowe Mountain Lodge pampered us to death!” But does that mean the place has gone soft? Terrain Variety and Challenge rankings have slipped to No. 9 and 10, respectively, which doesn’t seem fair but nevertheless knocks Stowe out of the No. 2 ranking it earned last year. Te usual complaints still apply: It’s “a little snooty,” and “way overpriced” (No. 33 in Value). But readers generally agree that Stowe remains the quintessential Eastern icon: charming New England village, rich ski history and culture, Vermont’s biggest mountain. “A classic that continues to improve.”
What’s New >> $4.7 million will buy 325 tower guns, 150 high-efficiency tripod guns, and 16 fan guns—and cut annual fuel consumption by 100,000 gallons.
Off-Hill Restaurant >> All the locals love Frida’s Taqueria these days, and it’s right on Main street in the heart of the village.
Don’t Miss >> Check the spruce Peak Performing arts Center schedule. In its first year it hosted Taj Mahal, Cowboy Junkies, and James Taylor.