I got a $49 lift ticket today (normally $92) because Stowe Mountain Resort runs a special once a month called Vermondays, just for Vermont residents.
But I just can't seem to find the heart to give this resort 5 stars. Mainly that's because of things outside the resort's control such as the snow conditions. They'll probably never have the snow that Utah has and rarely do they have a day like you'd find in Mammoth or Tahoe.
The resort has excellent food (5 stars for the fries and salad bar) and very posh bathrooms. But if Stowe is competing on the services at the lodge, where is the espresso bar? You'll find it at the bar/restaurant but there was only whole milk and the lattes were not hot. If you think I'm being too tough on this place, try Alta for $75.
You see, Stowe has to compete on food and bathrooms because the snow is often 3 stars and for me, I just can't give this ski resort 5 stars until the stars are aligned for this place. I'm going to need at least a 4 star snow day, a great salad, a decent latte and be on a discount like a Vermonday again.
4 stars are very good. I'll be back next year...