STOWE, Vermont — It all started 150 years ago with the Summit House atop Mt. Mansfield. Guests would venture from the city to escape the hustle and heat of summer. A lot has changed in Stowe since then, and a lot hasn’t. Stowe Mountain Resort’s summer attractions open June 20, with daily service from 10:30am ??вЂњ 4:30pm through September 7. The activities will then be open weekends through October 18. From the historic Auto Toll Road to Stowe Mountain Resort’s new mountainside luxury hotel and spa, summer at Vermont’s highest peak offers fun for the entire family. All-day attractions packages are $73 per adult and $66 per junior (6-12 years) or senior (65+). Children under 5 years are free with a paid adult.
Alpine Slide – Stowe’s alpine slide is an exhilarating 2,300 foot ride down Spruce Mountain on luge-style tracks. You control the speed, depending on your own comfort level. Adult one-ride tickets are $20, and junior tickets are $18. Three-ride packs are also available for $40 (adult) or $36 (junior).
Bungee Trampolines – This attraction consists of a support structure with elevated steel arms, bungee cords, and a series of trampolines. The rider is strapped into a harness, which is suspended between 2 of the arms by bungee cords. The rider then jumps on the trampoline and with the aid of the bungee cords can jump extremely high, even flip forwards and backwards. The Stowe Bungee Tramp will feature 3 jumping stations. Three-ride packs are available for $26 (adult) or $20 (junior).
Inflatable Obstacle Course – See how fast you can run through this pumped-up proving ground. Run it on your own, or go head-to-head with your friends and family for fastest time bragging rights. Three-run packs are available for $20 (adult) or $17 (junior).
Auto Toll Road – The Mt. Mansfield Auto Toll Road is over 150 years old. The 4.5-mile unpaved road begins next to the Inn at the Mountain and climbs to an elevation of 3,850 feet. The road ends at a parking lot next to the Mt. Mansfield Summit Station. Tolls are $24 per car ($7 per person over six people). Bikes and motorcycles are not allowed. The road’s upper terminus presents spectacular hiking options. To the north, the Cliff Trail, Long Trail, and Canyon Trail – all about 1.5 miles long and climbing about 550 feet – offer three routes to Mansfield’s “Chin.” Southerly trail options include the Lakeview Trail, Forehead Bypass, and Long Trail to the Forehead. All hikers should stop into the Green Mountain Club prior to hiking for an orientation. Hiking maps are distributed upon arrival.
Gondola Skyride – An equally spectacular mountain ascent is provided by the Gondola Skyride. The comfortable, eight-passenger gondolas depart from the Gondola Barn, which is served by its own access road and parking lot approximately ?? mile north of the historic Mt. Mansfield Base Lodge. Tickets are $23 for adults (round trip), $15 for juniors, $19 for seniors, $17 for a one-way adult ride, $14 one-way junior, and $53 for a family pack. While the Auto Toll Road ends at the Nose, the gondola terminates at Stowe Mountain Resort’s newly renovated Cliff House restaurant, which is open daily for lunch. From there, the Cliff Trail and Long Trail both provide short hikes to the Chin and Mansfield’s true summit.
Children’s Summer Mountain Adventure Camp ??вЂњ This daily program offered at the mountain is available for kids ages 4 to 12. Daily and flexible five-day passes allow you to choose the dates. Camp hours are 8:30am to 3:30pm every day through September 6. A single-day pass is $130 and the Five-day flex pass is $520.
Golf ??вЂњ Stowe boats two of New England’s finest courses, both on and off the mountain.In the heart of it all you’ll find the Stowe Country Club. With its beautiful undulating fairways and manicured greens, the public country club occupies what was a turn of the century dairy farm. The 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains, the long temperate summer days, and the feeling that everything is going your way makes each shot a memory to cherish.Stowe Mountain Club is the course that has caught the attention of the golfing world.
Stowe Mountain Club, recognized by Golf Magazine as one of the “Top ten new courses in the United States that you can play,” meanders along the slopes of Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak, reaching an elevation of more than 1,800 feet. The resort course is available to Stowe Mountain Club members, as well as guests of the extraordinary new Stowe Mountain Lodge.
About Stowe Mountain ResortStowe is an internationally renowned four-season destination. Stowe Mountain Resort and majestic Mt. Mansfield are filled with activities for every season; golf, tennis, hiking, fishing, skiing, snowboarding, world-class dining, shopping, spas and much more. Stowe’s historic village combined with Vermont’s most spectacular landscape creates the quintessential New England getaway. For more information visit www.stowe.com or please call 800-253-4754.