Having said that, I have no problems with stowe, its a very beautiful town, but yet again its lift tickets have priced me out. There is terrain similar to Stowe's thats far less money than 65 dollars a lift ticket.
If you like Stowe, you'll also like North Conway Nh. Its bigger than stowe but its less expensive and has a large variety of nearby resorts(Wildcat, Attitash, Bretton Woods, and even Sunday River).
I'll stick to magog as being the nicest, cheapest, base camp. If you've never been there, it is a beautiful town right over the border in Quebec. Jay Peak, Mount Orford, and Sutton give it the best snow record, and most extensive terrain for people who love glades and steeps. Yes it does have a McDonalds, but it also has a lot of wonderful resteraunts.