Mountain Top Ex­pe­ri­ence

When the snow dis­ap­pears, Stowe Mountain Re­sort un­packs a whole new sea­son of ac­tivit ies.


Tee off at Vermont's Stowe Mountain Re­sort

WHILE MANY FAM­I­LIES FLOCK TO STOWE MOUNTAIN RE­SORT DUR­ING THE WIN­TER FOR its ex­cep­tional ski­ing, spring and sum­mer bring an en­tirely new set of op­por­tu­ni­ties for en­joy­ment. Although you most def­i­nitely will want to pack your clubs for a get­away to Stowe Mountain, you' l l also want to ex­plore some of the many other ways to cel­e­brate the great out­doors.

Start­ing with the Stowe Mountain Club Golf Course, which was rec­og­nized by Golf Magazine as one of the top 10 new cour­ses in the United States when it opened a decade ago, the re­sort of­fers a spec­tac­u­lar way to get away.

“We're for­tu­nate to have 36 holes of golf,” says Ron Philo, Jr., di­rec­tor of Stowe Mountain Club, which i s an ex­clu­sive year- round club. The Stowe Mountain Club Golf Course, whose 18 holes take play­ers through the slopes of Mount Mans­field and Spruce Peak, cap­i­tal­izes on Vermont's serene nat­u­ral beauty and the course reaches an el­e­va­tion of 1,800 feet.

“It re­de­fines mountain golf, with sweep­ing el­e­va­tion changes and ma­jes­tic mountain views,” Philo says of the Bob Cupp- de­signed course. “It's visu­ally in­tim­i­dat­ing but in­cred­i­bly fair. It's not a test of l en­gth, but tee shots de­mand pre­ci­sion and the small greens re­quire play­ers to f ind the right side of the hole.”

The re­sort's sec­ond course, Stowe Coun­try Club, i s set in a space for­merly oc­cu­pied by a turn- of- the- cen­tury dair y farm. Sur­rounded by moun­tains and sport­ing beau­ti­ful un­du­lat­ing greens,


Philo says it of fers a “ter­rific jux­ta­po­si­tion” to the Mountain Club course.

“It i s per­fect for fam­i­lies and golfers of all abil­i­ties, while of fer­ing enough risk- re­ward shot- mak­ing op­tions to keep smiles on the faces of the ac­com­plished golfers in your group,” he says.


Philo ac­knowl­edges that pho­tos of the cour­ses and the sur­round­ing area are noth­ing short of breath­tak­ing, but what makes Stowe's cour­ses stand out even more i s that they are more stun­ning in per­son.

“Even the best photography strug­gles to cap­ture the sheer beauty of the set­ting,” he says. “The No. 1 com­ment we hear from golfers i s that they have never played a course with such spec­tac­u­lar views.”

He cau­tions that those same views may pro­vide a dis­trac­tion from your game; so bring a cam­era but also be sure to bring your l aser- sharp men­tal fo­cus. The fourth and 15th holes of the Mountain

Club course pro­vide the course's best views of Mount Mans­field and the val­ley be­low it.

“Both holes are par-4s on the short-ish side, but they are di­a­bol­i­cal in de­sign and re­quire pre­ci­sion—which is hard to do when you are dis­tracted by the views.”

The most chal­leng­ing mo­ment comes on the sixth hole, with a Re­verse Redan par-3 over­look­ing Pere­grine Lake. Dur­ing the win­ter, that 110-mil­lion gal­lon reser­voir fu­els the re­sort's snow­mak­ing sys­tem, but in warmer months it cre­ates an im­pos­ing and chal­leng­ing ob­sta­cle.

“Again, it's a hole that's not that hard on pa­per,” Philo says, not­ing that it maxes out at just un­der 200 yards. “But the preva­lent winds get mag­ni­fied by the nar­row notch be­tween the moun­tains, and the thin, an­gled green and carry over the wa­ter makes par on the hole a great score.”

If you're wor­ried about your swing and your score, stop by the in­door golf stu­dio first, which in­cludes put­ting and chip­ping ar­eas.


In ad­di­tion to the cour­ses, Stowe Mountain Re­sort is fi lled with ways to ac­tively en­joy the great out­doors. Beyond play­ing the cour­ses, the best ways to see what Stowe has to of­fer is through a Zip Tour or Treetop Ad­ven­ture.

Th e Zip Tour Ad­ven­ture is touted as “the world's fastest and most ex­hil­a­rat­ing zip line ex­pe­ri­ence” and it al­lows you to reach speeds of up to 80 miles an hour while zip­ping above and through the Green Mountain State For­est. Th e mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence be­gins with a ride in the Sum­mit Gon­dola from the base up to the launch­ing point, which is near the top of Mount Mans­field.

Th e TreeTop Ad­ven­ture takes you through the for­est us­ing aerial tree-to-tree con­nec­tions. Six dif­fer­ent cour­ses pro­vide dif­fer­ent views as well as dif­fer­ent lev­els of chal­lenge, and it is de­signed for most ages.

Of course, there are also such ac­tiv­i­ties as ten­nis, hik­ing and fi shing to take in. And, if shop­ping is your sport, the Shops at Spruce Peak Vil­lage Cen­ter are wait­ing for you.


Af­ter a busy day on the golf course, zip­ping through the trees or me­an­der­ing through the shops, you'll have earned your re­lax­ation time. The Spa at Stowe Mountain Lodge is de­signed with ex­actly that pur­pose in mind.

“Our guest en­joy truly be­ing able to re­lax while they're here with us,” says Bill But­ler, spa di­rec­tor. “For some, that comes with the touch of a mas­sage or fa­cial; for oth­ers, it's a yoga ses­sion, laps in the pool, or re­lax­ing in the hot tub and sauna.”

And, af­ter a full day of re­cre­ation and re­lax­ation, the only thing left to do is en­joy one of the many restau­rants at the re­sort.

The Stowe Mountain Club Golf Course is de­signed to fully im­merse golfers in Vermont's nat­u­ral, breath­tak­ing land­scape—the course even reaches an el­e­va­tion of 1,800 feet.

When not on the course, guests spend their time rid­ing the Sum­mit Gon­dola up to the top of Mount Mans­field, re­lax­ing at the re­sort spa or vis­it­ing the farm­ers mar­ket to pick up fresh pro­duce.

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