Mount Mansfield Vermont is the tallest mountain in the area and has stunning views of the Adirondacks, Lake Champlain, the Green Mountains, the White Mountains, and Mount Royal in Quebec. No matter what time of year you are visiting Mount Mansfield, there are countless activities to take in the gorgeous scenery and explore its unique alpine ecosystem.
During the winter, Stowe Mountain Resort is open for skiing and snowboarding. Known as the “Ski Capital of the East,” the mountain gets more than 333 inches of snow each year, and they produce 90 percent of the snow that covers the mountain. The Stowe Mountain Resort is family friendly; they offer lessons for children and have runs for all levels of experience. Stowe also has 40 km of backcountry land and 45 km of maintained trails for cross-country skiers.
If skiing and snowboarding aren’t your cup of tea, you can still enjoy the mountain during the winter. The resort also offers snowshoeing with guided tours, ice skating, and they have a 30-foot and 40-foot indoor rock climbing wall.
The Spruce Peak Trail is also a great winter hike. The 4.8-mile hike, which is maintained by the Stowe Winter Resort, climbs up the side of Spruce Mountain for some stunning views of the surrounding terrain.
During the summer, Mount Mansfield offers plenty of hiking to take in the views of the mountain terrain. One of the more popular hikes on the mountain is the Sunset Ridge Trail to the summit of Mount Mansfield. The hike is moderately strenuous but is the most accessible compared to the other hikes to the summit and offers spectacular 360-degree views once you get to the top. This hike is three miles one way and usually takes 3-4 to hours to get to the summit. Parking is available at the Underhill State Park, and admission into the park is $4 per person.
If you are unable to hike, or don’t have enough time, you can still summit the mountain by driving up the toll road. The 4.5-mile drive takes about 20 minutes and takes you right up to the summit. You can also take the Stowe Gondola Skyride up to the top of the mountain.
If you want to take in the whole Mount Mansfield Vermont area from a bird’s eye view, check out Stowe Mountain’s ZipTour Adventure. The zipline starts near the summit and heads down the mountain. Ziplines range from the Demo Trainer, which is 10 feet off the ground and 150 feet long, to the Nosedive zip, which is 180 feet off the ground and 4,462 feet long.
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