This is about as good as it gets for the East. The terrain is extremely intense here for the most part, and you have to know how to ski if you want to even try some of the more difficult blue squares. The black diamonds are very challenging to a good skier and the double black diamonds are truly experts only. Upper Goat and Starr are as tough as any marked trail on the east coast. Plus there are iconic trails like Nosedive and a liberal tree skiing policy that says you can basically ski anything with snow on it at your own risk. Stowe is a mountain that demands respect and will humble even the best skiers, a really tough one by eastern standards. Most of the people I met on Mount Mansfield were very good skiers in turn. Just because Stowe has a reputation as a tough mountain to ski doesn't mean there aren't easier trails however. The Toll Road is nearly flat and several miles long. And for those who are more interested in the resort than the actual skiing, Spruce Peak offers some nice terrain right next to Stowe Mountain Lodge that is significantly less challenging than what you'd find on the main mountain. It has something for everyone. Conditions were heavily varied while I was there, from beautiful pockets of fresh powder to large sheets of icy hardpack. This I assume was due to the ever changing Vermont winter weather on the mountain.