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It started snowing Wednesday night & continued snowing through Friday morning, leaving a total of 13-16" of awesome powder! More snow is forecasted to fall Friday night and through the day Saturday. It is going to be an amazing weekend at Stowe!

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This information has been supplied by SnoCountry Mountain Reports. (

POWDER (PDR) Cold, new, loose, fluffy, dry snow that has not been compacted. This is usually the product of fresh, natural snowfall.

WET GRANULAR (WETGR) Loose or frozen granular snow which has become wet from warm temperatures, rain or humidity. This is typically an easy to ski surface

PACKED POWDER (PP) Powder snow, either natural or machine-made, that has been packed down by skier traffic or grooming machines. The snow is no longer fluffy, but it is not so extremely compacted that it is hard.

HARD PACK (HP) When natural or machine made snow becomes very firmly packed. The snow has never melted and re-crystallized, but it's been tightly compressed through grooming and continuous wind exposure. You can plant a pole in hard packed snow, but it takes more effort than packed powder. Unlike frozen granular snow, hard packed snow is generally white in color.

SPRING CONDITIONS (SC) (Only allowed to be used from March 1st on). This is the spring version of Variable Conditions. Like variable conditions, this term is used when no one surface can describe 70% of the terrain open for skiing. It is not uncommon for other evidence of spring to be present such as bare spots, a discolored surface from melting and traffic. Also firm frozen snow in cool shady spots can be found while heavy wet snow is found in open sunny areas.

LOOSE GRANULAR (LSGR) This surface results after powder or packed powder thaws, then refreezes and re-crystallizes, or from an accumulation of sleet. This is also created by machine grooming of frozen or icy snow

CORN Large, loose granules during the day that freeze together at night, and then loosen again during the day characterize corn, usually found in the spring.

FROZEN GRANULAR (FRGR) This is often a misunderstood surface condition. Frozen granular is a hard surface of old snow formed by granules freezing together after a rain or warm temperatures. There are wide ranges of frozen granular surfaces that offer different textures. Some surfaces may be easy to turn on and others may be more difficult and require sharp edges. Frozen granular will support a ski pole stuck into the surface. In contrast, ice will form chips and will not support the pole. It can and often does return to loose granular after proper machine grooming.

VARIABLE CONDITIONS (VC) When no primary surface (70% or more) can be determined, variable conditions describes a range of surfaces that can be encountered. It could mean that part of the trails are loose granular, part are packed powder, part are frozen granular and some are wet granular.

WET SNOW (WETSN) Powder snow that has become moist and heavy due to a thaw or rainfall, or snow, which was moist, as it fell.

WINDBLOWN SNOW (WBLN) A windy day can blow the surface snow, either powder or granular, into drifts in some places,leaving a firmly packed base snow.

WET PACKED SNOW (WETPS) Natural or machine made snow that has been previously packed and becomes wet usually because of rainfall


Stowe gathers new snowfall data by visiting various, designated locations around the mountain where new snow is less likely to be affected by wind. Night updates and pre-dawn snowfall data comes from Mountain Operations who have personnel on the mountain throughout the night. Snow depths can vary widely from bases to summits, and between different areas of the resort.

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Base depth information is gathered by talking with Mountain Operations, as well as surveying several designated locations around the mountain for trails both with and without snowmaking. The numbers represent average depths at these points for the respective trail types, and some areas of the mountain will vary considerably from these, with more or less snow than the ranges indicate.

The Mt. Mansfield Snow Stake is a measurement of natural snow depth, taken outside of Stowe Resort boundaries above the FourRunner Quad. Everyday at 5pm an independent party relays this snow pack depth information to the National Weather Service in Burlington, Vermont, who then makes it available to the public.


These are the temperatures at the base and summit at the last time the report was updated. If the report is a projection, these are the projected high temperatures forecasted for the mountain for the next day of ski operations. Weather conditions and temperatures can (and do) change drastically in a short amount of time on Vermont’s highest mountain. Also, Stowe’s lifts and terrain cover a massive amount of area. Temperatures and weather can vary considerably from the bottom of the Toll House lift at 1,300 feet in elevation to the top of the Mansfield Gondola at 3,600 feet in elevation and several miles away.


The weather link takes you to a detailed point forecast put out by the National Weather Service for Mount Mansfield at approx. 3400 feet in elevation. This is a more accurate forecast for the resort's weather than what is generally reported for "Stowe" in most weather sites, which use the Town of Stowe for reports - 6+ miles away and thousands of feet lower.

Weather conditions and temperatures can (and do) change drastically in a short amount of time on Vermont’s highest mountain. Also, Stowe’s lifts and terrain cover a massive amount of area. Temperatures and weather can vary considerably from the bottom of the Toll House lift at 1,300 feet in elevation to the top of the Mansfield Gondola at 3,625 feet in elevation and several miles away.

Projected Conditions for Saturday February 10th - 08:00 AM
Reported on Friday, February 09 - 4:00 PM
Print & Post Version
Trails Open: 48 (39.6 Miles)
Lifts Open: 12
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View the Mt. Mansfield forecast from the National Weather Service »
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Last 24 Hours9-10"
Last 72 Hours14-17"
Last 7 Days21-26"
Season Total 139"
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Snowmaking Trails 38" - 50"
Natural Snow Trails 20" - 28"
Mt. Mansfield Stake 53"


News & Events: What began as forecasts of a few inches of snow on Thursday were amplified by Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak into a major snow event. It snowed steadily, and heavy at times, from late Wednesday night until this morning (and even a little more during the day) leaving 13-16"+ of snow in its wake... and it isn't over yet. More snow is forecasted for tonight and snow is expected to fall throughout the day tomorrow! The entire mountain is open and covered with an abundance of incredible, soft snow. This is what it's all about, People. Come and get it!

Maske sure to check out the New England Telemark Telefest & East Coast Slopestyle with certified, professional telemark instructors providing clinics and demo gear and an all-Telemark slopestyle contest. All free-heelers are encouraged to attend! Also make sure to check out all the great entertainment in the base lodges tomorrow - The Mansfield Den has Blue Fox & Rockin Daddies playing from 2pm - 6pm, or listen to Red Hot Juba from 2pm - 6pm in Jose's Cantina, take a ride down to the Fireside Tavern to hear Jim Charonko from 3pm-6pm, or see Brett Hughes play on top of the Mountain from 12 pm - 2pm in the Octagon Cafe.

Lift Times: Over Easy 7am-5pm, FourRunner Quad 7:30am-4pm, Gondola 8:30am-4pm, All Other Lifts 9am-4pm (Adventure Triple 4:30pm).

Caution! You may find unmarked obstacles such as rocks, ledges, stumps, trees, bare spots and variations in terrain. Do not proceed unless you accept responsibility for your safety and equipment, and are willing to confront all conditions and risks of a mountain environment. Lifts and trails exist in a mountain environment, and may close due to weather, usage and/or special maintenance.

For more information:
Snow Phone: (802) 253-3600
General Info: TOLL FREE (800) 253-4SKI

Weather Links:
Stowe's 5-Year Weather Averages

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