Summer Resorts 2003: Stowe, Vermont

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Anyone who thinks Stowe is the essence of Vermont bucolic hasn't ricocheted down the Experience, the 2,300-foot alpine slide on Spruce Peak. Or let their kids loose at the Launch Zone, a 25,000-square-foot skate park with an outdoor halfpipe, quarterpipe and rails. Kids will run out of steam before the resort runs out of diversions: Youngsters can partake in the Children's Day Camp (ages 5-13), where activities include arts and crafts, scavenger hunts and trips to the summit ranger station on Mt. Mansfield. Meanwhile, parents can explore Stowe's softer side: With its great restaurants and pampering spas, there's no shortage of mellow alternatives. Ease into activity on Stowe Country Club's scenic 18. Then avail yourself of Stowe's 74 miles of mountain bike terrain.

Do Day 1 right, and the next day your body will be begging for a break. Heed its pleas, pack a picnic and pile everyone into the car for an old-fashioned morning of touring on the Toll Road. Zigzag your way up to Mansfield's summit, and spread a blanket for a picnic with views of Lake Champlain. Dessert? None better than ice cream at Depot Street Malt Shoppe. Don't worry, Stowe will help you work off the calories.

•DON'T MISS The $35 Attraction Package includes five alpine slide rides, one round-trip gondola ride and access to the Launch Zone Skate Park.

•BEST DEAL A room at the Inn at the Mountain and Condominiums, green fees at Stowe Country Club and a golf cart for $115 per person, double occupancy. 800-253-4754;