The gondola trails, other than the top, were in awesome shape. Chin Clip, Perry Merrill, and Gondolier were just a pleasure. On the quad side, the front four were in their max splendor.
I always dine at the Cliff House at least one lunch, at the top of the gondola. It is a memorable experience for anyone. They staged a St Antone dinner and decorated the place in an Austrian motif.
Stowe is also going ahead to develop an Adirondac style village where Spruce Mt is presently located. Very upscale... Lowest price for a 2-bedroom condo is 750K and the cheapest lot for a single-family is 1.2M... And with it, a new shopping village right at the base. All designed to keep Stowe as the queen resort of the East.
Since it was a point of reference on another thread in the site, I drove by the hostel and it still seems closed down. However, from talking to the locals, cheap lodging is widely available...
I've only skied Stowe around Xmas time (though in some very good snow years.) How wide is Upper Goat this time of year?