September 22, 2017

Last week I had the opportunity to shoot up to Stowe after the rush of Presidents Day Week had settled down. Joined by my son, Mac, and longtime Tweeder, John Greenwood - the three of us experienced the full gamut of New England skiing in just a few days. Stowe has always held a special place in my heart and my visit last week reminded me why.

We kicked it off Monday with crisp, bluebird skies and perfect carving snow, all without a single lift line the whole day. Tuesday's snow conditions were similar, however, we lost the sun that day. Grey skies and super fast snow - most all East Coast skiers are quite familiar with this type of day up North. We concluded Wednesday with deteriorating conditions. Early morning offered up a couple fresh powder runs off of the gondola, however, the snowflakes quickly warmed to raindrops and we were suddenly skiing in freezing rain. While not ideal weather that day, I'm always reminded that experiencing these less-than-ideal conditions really helps me appreciate the classic bluebird days in the Northeast. Gotta' take the good with the bad in this case.

Shifting elevations down to the village of Stowe, the community has continued to do an amazing job offering up all modern amenities, while still being able to maintain a traditional, small-town feel. With a wide variety of restaurant options, there is one in particular that has quickly vaulted to the top for me. Swiss Fondue by Heinz is newer to Stowe, however, it already feels right at home. Run by Heinz himself, a Swiss national, his cozy space takes you right to the base of the Matterhorn. While enjoying our full-range of tasty fondues and seldom-seen Swiss wine, Heinz joined our table to trade stories of the Alps and his journey to the states. After the last banana was finally dipped into our chocolate fondue, our quick trip to Stowe had finally come to an end (for now.)

As mentioned at the top, we really ran the gamut of East Coast skiing last week. And all-in-all, I wouldn't have it any other way!

Catch you on the next chair,
- Skip

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