Stowe Guide & Magazine Winter/Spring 2013-14

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Ski town jobs by Kate Carter

Ski instructor/bartender. Retail manager. Real estate VP. Carpenter. Cook and goat tender. In a ski town, it’s about the lifestyle, man. Here’s a look at six locals who balance skiing with, well, everything else.



Stowe’s historic ski trails by Brian Lindner

Houghton’s. Dalton. S-53. Navigating every twist and every turn, our ski historian tracks down the elusive origins of how Stowe’s celebrated trails got their names.


Bunny slopes: Kidding around on the mountain by Molly Triffin

Instructors at Stowe Mountain Resort’s 3 Ski Center oversee precious cargo—three-year old skiers and snowboarders—managing emotions, creating fun, and watching the kids’ blossoming confidence on snow.


Jake Jakespeare by Peter Miller

The Silver Bullet. The Keystone Bus Caper. Hot dogger. Floating through the air, the layout somersault a specialty... remembering Jake, the big man who always got the biggest air.



Backyard sugarmakers: How sweet it is by Julia Shipley

Liquid gold. The sweet stuff. Making a gallon of this ultimate Vermont brew requires a substantial investment of time, effort, and passion. Find out why these backyard boilers do it.


Rachel Laundon goes to the animals by Kate Carter

Employing found objects, wood, metals, paint—and a Marmadukesized talent—artist Rachel Laundon finds her niche.


Flannel & The Roost by Marialisa Calta

Topnotch brings two new eateries to the Stowe dining scene.


A labor of love by Nancy Wolfe Stead

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It’s a project of epic proportion, a 30-year endeavor for one Stowe couple as they re-create an early 18th-century home... truly a labor of love.



Dawn Patrol by Gretchen R. Besser

Elder statesmen of Stowe skiing, ages 60 on up, show how to get it done. After all, their mantra, 10-by-10, means 10 runs by 10 a.m. Beat that!


A Lifetime of Vermont People Excerpts from photographer and author Peter Miller’s extraordinary new book.


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First person: Things past Backcountry: Off-piste at Trapps Hall of fame: Billy Kidd skis National Mountain men: Green Mountain Guides Trail journal: Stowe recreation path Race day: Stowe hosts Junior Nationals Ski tracks: Gay ski week Stowe people: Tiger Shaw takes charge Mountain spotlight: Shred the bear Spiritual connections: Blessed Sacrament Star power: Bernstein does jazz History lesson: Ski pioneers

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Getting outdoors

Contributors From the editor

“Movement, color, vibrant light.” That’s how gallery owner Scott Noble of Stowe’s Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery describes the work of Cape Ann artist Charles Movalli, our cover artist this winter. Titled First Run, it’s a 30"x30" acrylic on linen and depicts a familiar scene in a ski town: Heading to the lift for the first run.

Goings on

Skiing • Cross country • Fishing Backcountry • Skating


Galleries, arts, & entertainment Helen Day Art Center • Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center • Guides to exhibits, music, and mixed media


Painting mostly New England seascapes and landscapes, Movalli uses “dramatic brushstrokes and vivid color.” His work draws a viewer’s attention through solid composition and structure. “Simplification and expression are his watchwords.”

Edibles: Local food scene Dining out guide, pp.170

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Movalli describes his process: “It can’t look as though you’ve worked too hard and long, even if you have... for me painting is reaction. It is a matter of swiftly pursuing an insight to its logical conclusion.”


The Cape Ann artist colony in northeastern Massachusetts, the oldest in America, drew such talents as Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, and Vermont painter Emile Gruppe, one of Movalli’s teachers and mentors.




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Mountain men


Jazzing it with Audrey

Movalli has won countless awards for his work, which are held in private and public collections across the globe. In Stowe, he shows at Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery.

CONTRIBUTORS MARIALISA CALTA IN THIS ISSUE: Flannel and The Roost, p. 160. What I love about eating in Vermont: It’s not just the chefs who are talented, but the home cooks. Maybe it’s just my neighborhood (in Calais, Vt.) but I am continually blown away by the culinary skills of my friends and neighbors. Behind the scenes: The friendliness of the Topnotch staff made a marked impression. I made three visits to the resort while researching this story and was repeatedly struck by how helpful everyone was— even when they didn’t know I was there as a reporter—from front desk personnel, to the waitstaff, to a guy who opened a door for me. Currently: In her 23rd year of writing a weekly nationally syndicated food column, Marialisa is also an occasional contributor to The New York Times, Eating Well, and other publications.



Behind the scenes: Meeting all the skiers I interviewed for Ski Town Jobs and The Interview was just plain fun. Everyone was so upbeat and happy to share their job and ski stories. I left each interview saying, “I am really glad I just met that person. I have a great job!” Currently: Kate is a freelance writer and photographer, and when she’s not researching stories or sitting at her computer, she’s cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and doing dog agility with her border collies Phoebe and Ben.

IN THIS ISSUE: Stowe’s Historic Ski Trails, p. 78. Favorite Trail: Centerline. It’s a nice challenge with fewer people. Behind the scenes: I grew up knowing several of the people for whom these trails are named. In the mid-1990s I began to realize that we were already in a situation where many of the trail names had little meaning or relevance to new generations, so I began to write down the ones I already knew from growing up in the Mansfield Base Lodge. Stumped by some of the names, I began to research old documents and ask questions from old-timers. Currently: Brian retired from National Life Group and now serves part-time as its corporate historian. Likewise, he’s the historian for Stowe Mountain Resort, is working on two books about World War II aviation, and serves on the Mt. Mansfield Ski Patrol. “This will be my 60th year on skis and my 41st year at the resort.”

JULIA SHIPLEY IN THIS ISSUE: Backyard Sugarmakers, p. 94. What do you make in your backyard? I raise food—vegetables, lambs, turkeys, chickens, as well as pie pumpkins to sell in my roadside pumpkin shanty.

MOLLY TRIFFIN IN THIS ISSUE: Bunny Slopes, p. 86. Behind the scenes: When you’re a kid, the world is full of “firsts,” and it was very cool to witness little ones—who are still learning to navigate their bodies in the first place— embark on their inaugural ski. (At least, it was cool until they started whizzing past me on the slopes!) Currently: Observing the physical and mental effects of extreme sleep deprivation. “My shirt is on inside-out, and I just called our months-old son Timothy. His name is Theodore.” Has Theo started skiing yet: At three months, he’s not quite mountain-ready. But my husband is already deeply entrenched in a campaign to brainwash him into becoming a skier rather than a snowboarder.

Behind the scenes: There’s something so magical and primal about gathering around the steaming sap pans—it’s like hanging out by a campfire, except that while you wait, this miracle called “syrup” occurs. Currently: Julia is a contributing editor to Yankee Magazine whose work also appears frequently in Seven Days. With profits from this year’s recordbreaking pumpkin sales, Julia and her boyfriend, Howie, splurged on a delicious dinner at Crop.


IN THIS ISSUE: Labor of Love, page 174.

IN THIS ISSUE: Edibles, page 140.

Behind the scenes: I have always been intrigued by other peoples’ homes—styles, novel solutions to architectural problems, tastes, eccentricities—and I love to write about them. But Lyndall Heyer and Scott Dorwart’s home completely bowled me over: their commitment to the project, the skills they have learned, and their willingness to make it their life’s work. It is truly amazing. I come from the it’s-goodenough, let’s-move-on school and Scott and Lyndall have been an admirable lesson in focus and commitment. Plus they are wonderful bakers.

Favorite Vermont food trend: I really appreciate how so many local restaurants grow their own food or use produce and meat from area farms. It’s reassuring to read a menu and know exactly where the eggs, chicken, or beef you’re ordering were raised. And, I’m always up for a sample from one of our great local microbreweries. Currently: Lisa has been a reporter for the Stowe Reporter for the past eight years. She lives in Morristown with her husband and their three daughters.


Currently: Nancy and husband Jim are just back from a birding trip in Panama, where for a week they lived at canopy level in a converted radar dome, with a mama and baby sloth peering through the bedroom window and multi-colored flycatchers, creepers, tanagers, trogons, and a noisy black hawk-eagle in the surrounding trees. “It was a welcome contrast to stick season in Vermont.”


Most memorable job: Manager of the Sharpshooter photo concession at Stowe Mountain Resort. That was back in the film days and your exposures had to be spot on. There was no Photoshop for fixing boo-boos. It was a great way to hone your photography skills, be on the mountain, meet people, and ski. In fact, it was the ultimate ski town job, except for the time our team almost burned down the base lodge. Suffice it to say we had a small problem in the darkroom.





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The day Tom Rooney died


emories of that day popped into my head once before this year, while at an end-ofseason Maple Sugaring Party hosted in May by friends at their commercial maple operation in Waterville, Vt. The party celebrated the close of a banner year where many sugarmakers saw record yields. Old friends and new friends enjoyed piping hot griddlecakes, drizzled with warm, sweet golden syrup, and a hunk of the sweetest, tastiest ham you wish you’d tasted. Fresh coffee and seconds greased a sunny spring morning right into afternoon.

Before that, my last time in a sugarhouse was the day Tom Rooney died, 1987. On assignment for the Stowe Reporter, I grabbed my camera and reporter’s notebook and headed up to the Rooney farm in Mud City. The assignment? An essay and photo series on maple sugaring, and the Rooney farm provided the quintessential Vermont setup: High meadows with sweeping views of valleys and mountains, lush hayfields, a rambling farmhouse, cows in the field. An added bonus? The Rooneys still collected sap in buckets, and collected the buckets with a team of horses. But the sap wasn’t running, so after a few interviews we made arrangements for my return the following day to shoot photos in the woods and the sugarhouse, provided there was any sap to collect and boil. That was the day Tom Rooney died, working in the woods, only at that point no


one knew it. Peter Miller, in his lyrical new book, A Lifetime of Vermont People, described the scene, when David Rooney found his brother:

When Tom didn’t return in the evening, David walked up the road and found him under the beech. “I knew right off he was dead… I tried to feel his pulse. Everything was so still.”

The next morning Dave and his wife Charlene welcomed me as warmly and as graciously as the day before. But something felt different, the mood somber. No one revealed what happened, and treated me as if I belonged there. Farm folks understand when a job needs to be done. For me, it was a story to tell in words and pictures; for them, to boil that day’s run of sap. Finally a family friend took me aside and, then, I knew. Tom had been killed. The fami-

ly insisted that I stay, so I did, but for how long is now a fuzzy memory. Most of that day’s details are lost: Did I eat a plate of food? I took pictures, right? Did steam rise from the sugarhouse that morning? What I’ll never forget is the spirit of that day, a Vermont spirit, if you will. The many kindnesses shown to me, a stranger, a quiet dignity, grace under pressure—on that, the saddest of days. Humanity, laid bare, pure. Peter Miller includes the Rooneys in his book because they are His Vermonters, respectful, humble, community participants, welcoming to all comers yet never telling anyone else how to live. And they are, he writes in the book’s introduction, “a dying breed. For the last 20 years of the 20th century to the present day, gentrification is blending Vermont into a suburban culture. Vermonters are getting pulled along—grudgingly, I might add.” The book overflows with Miller’s Vermonters, and we’re humbled to be able to share two chapters from A Lifetime of Vermont People: Charlene and David Rooney’s story, of course, and Stowe astronomer and telescope maker Arden Magoon. —Greg Popa





like to think of my backyard, the 15 acres of Sterling Valley that I’ve owned for more than a decade, as a wilderness. But I know that’s an exaggeration. Although I occasionally spot a moose, a black bear, or a fisher cat—or signs of them—on my frequent walks across my property, these woods are mostly filled with tamer wildlife, such as white-tailed deer, foxes, gray squirrels, and chipmunks. But it is a wilderness in one regard; these woods are generally free of people. Indeed, in the 10-plus years I’ve traipsed across my land and much of the adjoining Sterling Forest, I’ve rarely seen another person. Granted, I usually stay off the region’s hiking trails, preferring to bushwhack my way through the long-neglected forests and overgrown farmland here, some of which once made up the now-vanished town of Sterling, first chartered in 1782. But I am almost always alone. “Where,” I often wonder as I walk, “is everybody?” A century ago loggers, farmers, and other residents of Sterling filled these woods. And then I’ll spot a cellar hole or the twin ruts of an old logging road and ask myself, “Who worked these woods long ago? Who lived here?” I suppose I’m looking for some connection with these mysterious former residents; some way to link my present to their past. We are, after all, neighbors of a sort.

Remembrance of things past

Chance discovery offers a glimpse into history


/ Robert Kiener

Stowe Resort


Whenever I see an old cellar hole or a tumbledown stone wall it reminds me of the Robert Frost poem Directive, in which he wrote: There is a house that is no more a house Upon a farm that is no more a farm And in a town that is no more a town.

A half-mile or so up Sterling Brook, the meandering slip of a waterway that cuts my property in two, my neighbor Gar Anderson has also been intrigued by the people who once populated this northeastern corner of Stowe. Almost single-handedly he has peeled back the years and documented with others the location of Sterling’s long-vanished homes, farms, and mills. As Anderson cleared the old Sterling land, some of which he owns, he would come across intriguing bits of history, from cellar holes to parts of the old Pike/Shaw sawmill to rusty farm implements. Like Anderson, I was fascinated by these tangible remembrances of things past. Holding a centuries-old plow or a hand-made hammer, for example, offers a direct link to the 1700s or 1800s. It’s a handful of history. For years, as I’ve walked over my property, I’ve hoped to find some link to my former neighbors, some evidence, as Frost might say, from the farmer, or the logger, who is no more. There was nothing. Then last year, hiking through the springmoist lowland near my section of the Sterling Brook, I spotted the gentle curve of a horseshoe that lay half buried in a dry patch of earth. I pried it out of the soil, brushed it free of dirt, and marveled at what looked like hand-made nails still lodged in its holes. It looked very old. Could it have worked its way off the hoof of a logging horse? What was the horse doing down here near the brook? Why wasn’t the horseshoe re-used? Who was working here? While admittedly modest, my find was exciting. After all these years I found, on my own property, evidence that one of my deardeparted neighbors walked, and probably worked, this same land. •••• “It’s a hind shoe. The left hind,â€? Jim Hurlburt, a Stowe-based farrier and knife maker, told me. “You can tell by the way it’s shaped, the

hind hoof of the horse is pointier than the front.� He holds up the rusty horseshoe and pointing to the front of it says, “This is a toe grab; it looks like it was hammered in or welded. This gives the horse extra traction in the mud or ice, as do the toe calks on the tips of the shoe. These are handmade steel nails and they fit inside the shoe’s built-in creases, so they don’t wear out. The shoe could be about a century old and hand made. “It’s a nice shoe,� says Hurlburt as he holds up the battered horseshoe and looks it over. “It’s definitely made for a work horse. Remember, a century ago the horse was the tractor.�


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As Hurlburt explains more about the shoe I begin imagining a scene that may have played out perhaps a century ago—on my property. “He probably lost it when he was working. See the way the nails are bent?â€? asks Hurlburt. “That tells me the horse hooked it on something. Maybe he got his leg twisted in some rocks when he was pulling logs. And look how it’s a bit out of shape; when he pulled off the shoe he bent it.â€? Hurlburt smiles and sighs. “I sure wish this shoe could talk!â€? •••• Thanks to Hurlburt’s expertise, the horseshoe did talk. It spoke of a time before tractors, chainsaws, and electricity. It told me of a time when a logger worked these same woods, and of one particular day when, suddenly, his horse entangled its left rear hoof so severely it threw its shoe. I don’t know much more than that, but that’s plenty for me. It’s proof that the past is not always as distant, as far removed from us, as we think. In fact, sometimes it’s right under our feet. â–

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Trapp Nordic Cup Time Trial Series Every Tuesday. 5k race, classic or skate. Pick a start time between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Great intro to Nordic racing for the beginner, awesome training for the experienced skier. $60 for series; $8 per race. Trapp Family Lodge. JANUARY 26, FEBRUARY 23, & MARCH 30

Vermont Military Day Military families ski free. Stowe Mountain Resort.




First Trick Rail Unveil Free-flowing rail jam for riders and free skiers. Prizes, DJ, and fun. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 5th Avenue Park, Stowe Mountain Resort. DECEMBER 7

Stowe Community Church Christmas Fair Needlecrafts, baked goods, collectibles, wreaths, the Pocket Lady, and Stowe afghans. Quilt raffle. 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Stowe Community Church, Main Street. 253-7257.



Vermont Cup Slalom Slalom Hill. Visit


DECEMBER 21 – 22

Holiday Artisan Showcase Stowe Mountain Lodge. Noon - 6 p.m. DECEMBER 23

Handel’s Messiah Community Sing-In Soloists perform Handel’s masterpiece. 7 p.m.; doors open 6:30 p.m. $8 per person. Stowe Community Church, Main Street. 253-7257. Cruise Into the New Year Race Stowe Mountain Resort. DECEMBER 5 – 7


Festival of Trees and Light & Members’ Art Show Work by art center members, and community decorated Christmas trees. Helen Day Art Center, Stowe Village, 253-8358.


Mountain Fireworks & Torchlight Parade Stowe Mountain Resort comes alive with a spectacle of light. Fireworks from Spruce Camp.



19th BrewFest Part 1 Sample the finest local and regional craft beers. Music and food. 6 - 10 p.m., 21 and older. $18. Meeting House, Smugglers’ Notch Resort. 644-8851. DECEMBER 7

Stowe Mountainfest Demo Day Demo ‘til you drop. Ski and snowboard reps show off hottest and latest gear. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Stowe Toys Demo Center, Stowe Mountain Resort. DECEMBER 14

Mill Trail Snowshoe Stowe Land Trust snowshoe to Bingham Falls. Park in the pull off on Notch Brook Road; bring equipment. 253-7221 or


Winter Trails Day Free rentals and instructional sessions, noon - 4 p.m. for first time snowshoers and cross-country skiers. Smugglers’ Notch Resort Nordic Center, Jeffersonville. or 644-1173. JANUARY 11


A Traditional Christmas in Stowe See calendar on page 114.

Ladies Nordic Ski Expo All-day for women skiers in classic, skating, and telemark/BC. 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. An event for women by women. Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe.

USASA Slalom Competition Vermont’s best slalom skiers compete. Stowe Mountain Resort. JANUARY 10 – 11

UVM Winter Carnival Division 1 college ski teams compete. Alpine at Stowe Mountain Resort; Nordic races at Trapp Family Lodge. or 253-3000. JANUARY 11

Stowe Nordic BKL Mini-Marathon A fun family tour. 22k, 15k, and 5k. Limited to 160 entrants. Chili feed at end. Stowe Mountain Resort Cross Country Center. 253-3688 or

Race to Slayton Pasture Cabin 5k classical race. How fast can you ski to the cabin? Mass start. Register at; 9 a.m., race at 10 a.m. Benefits VTXC. Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe. 253-8511. JANUARY 18

Tour De Trapp Skate Marathon (Zak Cup) 15k and 30k freestyle mass-start skate race. $40. Register at 8 a.m., race at 10 a.m. New FIS race course. Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe. JANUARY 18

Wiessner Woods Ski Tour Stowe Land Trust leads cross-country tour of Wiessner Woods. Meet at the parking area. 253-7221 or JANUARY 18 – 26

Stowe Winter Carnival See Event Spotlight, page 20. JANUARY 18

40th Anniversary of Stowe Winter Carnival: Fireworks Stowe Winter Carnival opens with a Bang! Fireworks from Spruce Peak. 7 p.m.

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Stowe Tour de Snow Ski, walk, snowshoe along the Rec Path. Sled races, slalom course, Nordic terrain park, puck shooting, more. Après tour party, Stowe Village, 3 p.m. JANUARY 25

Stowe Rail Unveil No. 2 Free-flowing rail jam for riders and free skiers. Prizes, DJ. Stowe Mountain Resort. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.


40 Years of Rockin’ Stowe


USASA Skier / BoarderCross What’s more fun than bank turns, rollers, jumps and rubbing elbows on skis or snowboard? $40. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tramside, 180 Terrain Park, Jay Peak Resort. JANUARY 26

Get Out & Backcountry Ski Festival Backcountry instruction and exploration. All abilities. Nordic, tele, AT. All day. Bolton Valley Resort. JANUARY 26

Protect Your Head at All Times PHAT helmet awareness event. Spruce Camp. Stowe Mountain Resort.



2014 TD Bank Craftsbury Marathon Classical ski with 25k and 50k races. Craftsbury Outdoor Center. FEBRUARY 1

Winter Trails Festival Starts at 8:30 a.m. with hikes between 9:30 a.m. - noon. Music and refreshments, 3 p.m. Fee, kids under 12 free. Proceeds support the Long Trail. Green Mountain Club, Waterbury Center. 244-7037. FEBRUARY 1 – 2

NENSA Eastern Cup & UVM Carnival Feb. 1 is a classic sprint and Feb. 2 is a freestyle individual start. Trapp Family Lodge. FEBRUARY 14

Stowe Derby Descent Recon Pre-ski the Stowe Derby descent. Feel what it’s like to tackle those turns on skinny skis. 1:30 p.m., Lookout Double, Stowe Mountain Resort. FEBRUARY 15

Backcountry Ski in Ranch Valley A backcountry tour of Stowe’s first trails with the Stowe Land Trust. Experienced skiers and riders. Ranch Brook Road.



Kids Karnival Kaos What’s a carnival without games, costume characters, music, and a bouncy house? Dance to a DJ and win prizes! 1 - 3 p.m. Stowe Elementary School. JANUARY 18

Jake Blauvelt Naturally Local backcountry snowboarder Jake Blauvelt premieres his movie Naturally. Benefits Mountain Light Project, dedicated to funding kids in mountain-based education programs. 5 - 7 p.m. Vermont Ski Museum. JANUARY 18

Opening Night Fireworks! Welcome the 40th Anniversary of Stowe Winter Carnival with a bang! 7 p.m. Spruce Peak. JANUARY 18

Opening Night Dance Parties Celebrate winter with Seth Yacovone at the Matterhorn, or The Whiskey Dicks at Piecasso. 7 - 11 p.m. JANUARY 19

Rockin' Stowe Barn Dance Rock out to Joey Leone & Chop Shop. Supports Vermont VA and Mountain Light Project. 8 p.m. Matterhorn. JANUARY 20

Snowgolf Tournament Costumed teams gather at Rimrock’s Mountain Tavern, then play 11 chilly holes of wacky golf. Après party at Rimrock’s. 11 a.m. JANUARY 22

Stowe’s Voice Karaoke Mimic your favorite recording artist in Stowe’s own The Voice. Be judged by crazy characters that you don’t want to miss. Entry fee, prizes. 9 p.m. Piecasso. JANUARY 23

Warren Miller Movie Night No winter is complete without Warren Miller. 7 p.m. Vermont Ski Museum.


Stowe Super-G Schuss Speed demons compete. Helmets required. Skiers and snowboarders over 10 welcome. Spruce Peak. 8 - 10 a.m. Race at noon. JANUARY 24

Ice Carving Demo Day Watch pro carvers make masterpieces in front of local business. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. JANUARY 24 3 PM – 6 PM Snowvolleyball Happy Hour Party Come taste featured snowvolleyball brews and sign up your team. 3 - 6 p.m. Sunset Grille & Tap Room. JANUARY 24

N.I.C.A. Ice Carver’s Welcoming Party Meet and greet the carvers. 7 p.m. Sunset Grille & Tap Room. JANUARY 24

Ice Carvers Rock On Live music at the Matterhorn. 9 p.m. JANUARY 25

Snowvolleyball Tournament All-day tournament at the Sunset Grille and Tap Room. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. JANUARY 25

14th Nationally Sanctioned Ice Carving Competition Watch as ice carvers turn ice into creative masterpieces. Spruce Peak Courtyard, Stowe Mountain Resort. Awards. Noon - 4 p.m. JANUARY 25

Stowe Winter Carnival’s Meltdown Parties Richard James & The Name Changers at the Matterhorn, and The Eames Brothers at Piecasso. 9 p.m.

GOINGS ON Stowe Mountain Film Festival A week-long celebration of mountain sports and culture. 7 p.m. Details at FEBRUARY 19

Mountain Fireworks & Torchlight Parade Stowe Mountain Resort comes alive with a spectacle of light. Spruce Camp. FEBRUARY 23

Stowe Derby Oldest downhill cross-country race starts at the top of Mt. Mansfield and winds its way 16k to the village. Stowe Mountain Resort. FEBRUARY 23

Hope on the Slopes Vertical Challenge Eight-hour ski and snowboard event to raise money for the American Cancer Society. 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.


MARCH 1 – 8

USSA 2014 CrossCountry Ski Junior Nationals 450 Olympic hopeful athletes from across the U.S., ages 14 - 19, compete in Stowe. Trapp Family Lodge. See story, page 66. MARCH 1

Ben & Jerry’s Winter Festival Ice sculptures, music, games, give-aways, local foods, and plenty of Vermont’s finest. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free. Waterbury factory.

MARCH 14 – 16

U14 Eastern Championships Stowe Mountain Resort. MARCH 14 – 16

80’s Weekend in Stowe Break out the stretch pants and straight skis and turn back the clock to relive 1980s fashion, equipment, and lifestyle. Stowe Mountain Resort. MARCH 15

Kirchner Woods Snowshoe Trails at Kirchner Woods meander through a forest of towering sugar maples. Meet at the woods, bring equipment. Stowe Land Trust. MARCH 20

UVM Snowboard Team Box Social Stowe Mountain Resort. MARCH 22

Relay for Life Nordicstyle Fun-filled, overnight event that raises money to fight cancer. 6 p.m. Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe. MARCH 29

VTXC Fools’ Race A wacky farewell to winter. 5k with fun obstacles and backcountry shots. Costumes... strongly encouraged! Prizes, après ski. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. $25. Trapp Family Lodge. MARCH 29

19th Spring BrewFest Part 2 Music, munchies, prizes, and local/regional brews. 6 - 10 p.m., Meeting House. $18; 21 and older (802) 644-8851.

■ MARCH 3 – 7

Stowe Mountain Film Festival A week-long celebration of mountain sports and culture. 7 p.m. Details at MARCH 7

Pork Loin Take Out Dinner Pork loin with all the fixings. Pick up at the Waterbury Center Community Church, Route 100. 4 - 6 p.m. Reservations: 244-8089. MARCH 9

Catamount Trail Classic Bolton to Trapps Tour Ski a classic section of the Catamount Trail. Music, food, refreshments. Bus transportation from Trapps to Bolton, then ski back at your own pace. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (802) 864-5794 or MARCH 9

Extreme Skiing Challenge Ski the Madonna headwall, an ungroomed steep with a double fall line descent filled with cliffs, bumps, trees, chutes, and stumps. Smugglers’ Notch Resort.


APRIL 5 – 6

Sugar Slalom One of the oldest ski races in the U.S. Shoot the gates, enjoy sugar on snow at the finish. Stowe Mountain Resort. APRIL 20

60th Easter Sunrise Service & Easter Egg Hunt Non-denominational service atop Mt. Mansfield. Free gondola rides from 5 - 6 a.m. Arrive early. Easter Egg Hunt, Spruce Plaza, 9 a.m. Stowe Mountain Resort. (Resort’s scheduled closing day.) APRIL 25

Turkey Takeout Dinner Turkey with all the fixings. Pick up at the Waterbury Center Community Church, Route 100. 4 - 6 p.m. Reservations: 244-8089.


USASA Slopestyle Stowe Mountain Resort. MARCH 14 – 16

2014 U.S. Ski Orienteering Championships Racers follow marked routes, and the one who finds all the checkpoints wins. Clinics taught by U.S. Ski-O Team members. Trapp Family Lodge.


MAY 2 – 4

Stowe Weekend of Hope Celebration of life and learning for people with cancer and those who love them. Various locations throughout Stowe. ■


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POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE This curious elephant float, created by Stowe native Orson Smith, was a highlight of the town’s centennial celebration in 1894, marking the 100th anniversary of the town’s settling. Stowe celebrated its 250th anniversary this year.

a moveable beast: ll that remains of the 24-foot-long elephant once pulled by 20 horses and used to celebrate Stowe’s Centennial are these few pictures, and one enormous question: “What on earth does an elephant have to do with the 100th anniversary of the settling of Stowe?” The surviving facts, scant and tantalizing, are peanut-sized. On Aug. 8, 1894, according to the front page story of the News and Citizen, “a salute of 100 guns ushered in the sunrise” of the Stowe Centennial Celebration for which “5,000 people were present by midday.” Described as “undoubtedly the best centennial ever given in the state,” the events included a parade under the direction of Chief Marshal C.L. McMahon. The float, described as “mastodon giganteus” was cited by the unnamed reporters of both the News and Citizen and The Boston Evening Transcript as “the most memorable,” even among a procession that included descendants of Stowe’s first settlers, Oliver Luce and family, towing a hand-sled; a coach containing Stowe’s eldest residents, 25 persons of 80 years or more; an ox cart containing “seven old lady residents” and a live bear, the


STOWE ’ S CENTENNIAL ELEPHANT Though no one knows what happened to “The Pachyderm,” as Barbara Baraw, president of the Stowe Historical Society calls it, Smith’s behemoth commands attention in these few surviving photographs. His beast was six feet longer than a Cadillac Coupe de Ville and 13½ feet high, something like a limo mated with a UPS truck. According to Walter Bigelow, author of The History of Stowe Vermont from 1763–1934, “The elephant … was constructed … from lattice work covered by cloth.” For all the effort that went into building such a convincing imitation of a creature perhaps not yet ever seen in Vermont, (note the sagging skin on the thick legs and the apt positioning of the tusks), it seems none of the reporters of the day thought to ask Mr. Smith, “Super cool Sir, but why the heck an elephant?” Was he paying homage to the mastodon, whose bones were discovered in the Hudson Valley in 1801 or was he honoring Vermont’s loyal political party, whose colossal emblem was adopted just two years before the Centennial, after an elephant was drawn to depict “The Republican Vote” in a cartoon published in Harper’s in 1892? Was he following in the gargantuan footsteps of other elephant construc-

Orson Smith’s elephant earned more appreciative newspaper mentions than any of the dignitary’s Centennial orations, than the appearance of Stowe’s founding families, than the black bear on a chain, and the mock fight between the cowboys and Indians. “great bear Hunter,” controlled by Curtis Brown. But the elephant alone, one writer reported, “was worth double the price of admission.” Stowe native Orson Smith, who worked as a carpenter, joiner, brickmason, and farmer, built the elephant. Smith was also the creator of another, albeit stationary, decorative centennial wonder: a rustic arch, constructed of logs “neither sawn, nor hewn and illuminated at night by electricity.” Smith displayed an “unusual ability at many trades,” according to his obituary from 1943: “His handiwork in the construction of fireplaces is visible today in many parts of the state.” He is credited as serving in the Civil War, working for the Union Pacific Railroad, and most verifiably, operating the threestory Pleasant View Hotel in Moscow with his wife Katie. 24

tions, such as the development gimmick erected in 1881 in Margate, N.J., a six-story wood-and-tin sheeted elephant named Lucy (now a national historic landmark); the Cape May colossus built in 1882 named “the Light of Asia,” which could be accessed through the rear in order to purchase concessions such as soda and ice cream; or the biggest of all, the Coney Island mammoth, finished in 1885, which housed a 60-foot by 35-foot “stomach room” (a room big enough to hold the Stowe elephant!)? Or maybe Orson Smith built his elephant because it was just plain cool. Smith’s unforgettable Pachyderm lumbers on as his legacy, an impressive, compelling feat of carpentry and sheer quirkiness, into the long history of the Town of Stowe. —Julia Shipley


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he smell is unmistakable. Musty, sweaty, crisp, with a hint of hot dogs. The sights are indelible. An old Ms. Pac Man machine, black paint chipped off the cabinet. Concrete walls, caked with four decades of green paint. Aluminum fencing shaking in a winter breeze. An American flag. The sounds are unforgettable. Sharp, scraping blades on ice. Rubber pucks whacking into hard plastic. For generations, it’s been a nightly sacrament. Jackson Arena, blemishes and all, a 1970s ice rink with character, a leaky relic in a town full of fresh paint and high-end homes. A first skate for drippy-nosed youths. A return

“It’s very sentimental to me,” says Janet Godin. She and husband Bruce have shepherded the arena and its programs with love and Vermont ingenuity for decades. “There’s so much history in these walls. It’s something that can never be replaced. It’s just really sad.” “It’s going to be a huge transition,” Bruce Godin adds. “I remember tying kids’ skates who are now playing pro hockey. It’s an old building. There’s lots of nostalgia to it, lots of history.”

forty years: memories of jackson to glory for hockey lovers in retirement. But the third-period buzzer will sound no more. Excavators have dismantled this fortress of memories and built anew. A $6.5 million rink will rise in the same location, by Depot Street in Stowe Village.

Bruce Godin, a Stowe native who has worked as the town’s parks superintendent since 1979, has personally overseen the evolution of the arena—and many of its more unique moments. In the late 1990s, when the town needed a place to store water for its Zamboni

machine, Stowe’s Roy Durgan came across a dairy farm storage tank in a barn in Williamstown. For close to nothing, Godin, Durgan, and the farmer hauled the tank up to Stowe, jerry-rigging it into a contraption that’s still storing water for the machine today. “A classic Vermont fixer-upper,” Godin says. The new $6.5 million rink will be open for the winter season. Features include 500 seats; six locker rooms; a pro shop; and a large viewing window in the lobby. The old rink was named in honor of Jim Jackson, the driving force to create a skating facility in Stowe. In an homage to the times, the naming rights for the new rink are going to the highest bidder. —Nathan Burgess

END OF AN ERA Clockwise from top: Handshakes all around as the Stowe Slugs play the last game at Jackson Arena. Clint Thompson, builder, Gub Langdon, Jim Jackson, benefactor, and Ed Billings, architect, present a rendition of the proposed Jackson Arena in this early 1970s photograph. Bruce Godin with Sue Parda during the installation of new boards, 1987. Vintage hockey. The first Stowe High School team. 26

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Lori Furrer “Without good people around you, you really can’t be successful” Lori Furrer directs Mt. Mansfield Winter Academy, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in Stowe in November. She and her husband, Josey, live in Wolcott on an 87-acre sheep farm. The couple has two children, Kelby, 23, who recently graduated from Sierra Nevada College in Incline Valley, Nev., and Cameron, 21, who attends St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt.

How long have you been the director of the Mt. Mansfield Winter Academy?


I’ve been with the academy since its inception in 1993. I had been a ski coach for the Mt. Mansfield Ski & Snowboard Club in the 1980s. When Josey and I were married we moved to Zermatt, Switzerland, where he is from, for three years. In 1990 we came back to Vermont, and I returned to the ski club as the head J5-6 coach. The academy was started at about the same time, and I was recruited to be the director.

What was the reason for starting the Mt. Mansfield Winter Academy? It came out of a need to offer an option for middle- and high-school kids who don’t want to go to full-time ski academies. We have residential as well as day students. Our program is 18 weeks long and runs from mid-November to the end of March. For their first and fourth quarters the students attend their regular public or private schools. Our objective is to turn out well-rounded kids, who happen to be elite skiers, and who have other things going on in their lives. Kids come primarily from New England, but we’ve also had international kids from Australia and Spain. Our maximum enrollment is 50, though we feel most comfortable at 45.

Who teaches at the academy? We are lucky to have a core group of returning teachers. We live in an area with an eclectic group of people who have amazing talents. Every five years we are reviewed by the Department of Education, and they often compliment us on the quality and diversity of our teachers.

How did you and Josey meet? Years ago I was a coach for Swiss Challenge, which was based in Stowe. For five years I spent my summers coaching in Zermatt. During the fifth summer we were doing an overnight to Monte Rosa Hut and Josey, a fifth-generation climber and fourth-generation ski guide, led our trip. Josey’s great-great-grandfather was the first to climb the Dom in the Pennine Alps. At the time we met I was really into climbing, and one thing led to another. For our honeymoon we climbed Unter Gabelhorn near Zermatt.


How long have you been skiing? I grew up in Ludlow, Mass., in a blue-collar family. We were not a ski family. I started skiing in middle school and then went to Johnson State College where I ran cross-country. That led me to Nordic skiing and racing for JSC, and through it all I kept up my alpine skiing. JSC hired me to be its ski coach, and from there I went to Mt. Mansfield Ski & Snowboard Club. I’ve been coaching alpine skiing for 30 years.

How often do you ski now? I’m only on snow twice a week. During the week I’m busy with running the academy, but on weekends I still coach the little guys at the ski club. I love that age group of 8- to 10-year olds. They have such a great perspective and say the funniest things. It is so cool and such a gift that I get to work with them from age 8 to 18 and watch them grow into fine young human beings.




What do you do in your spare time? I volunteer as a guardian ad litem, which means I’m a legal, unbiased voice advocating for children in the foster-care system in Lamoille County. And I’m working on my master’s degree in counseling at Johnson State. I also like to hike, bike, golf, kayak, and run. Yoga is my newest thing.

What does the future hold for Mt. Mansfield Winter Academy? We just got our SEVIS certification, which stands for Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. It allows us to assist international students in the whole visa process. Looking ahead, we want to evolve with the times, especially the digital times, but to temper it. I still think the oneon-one in the classroom is the best way to teach. We have been at our current location for seven years and it could stand some remodeling. My big dream is to tear down the two chalets and put up a new building with a nice gym.

What is something that most people would not know about Mt. Mansfield Winter Academy? It’s an amazing community of very tight people who take care of each other and are there for each other. I’ve been very fortunate to have really great people around me, like Tiania Adams and Jody Buzzell, but without the support and encouragement of my husband the academy would not have happened. A lot of people compliment me on the academy, but without good people around you, you really can’t be successful. It’s definitely not a one-man show. MORE INFO: Go to









1. Selina French, Hassan (camel driver), Peigi Guerra, and Lizzie Guerra touring with Berber tribesmen in the Magyarab Desert, Morocco, June 2013. Peigi and Selina— “two Stowe transplants”—were visiting Lizzie, a born and bred Stoweite, while she was living in Morocco. 2. Caroline Barns hikes Glendalough, Ireland (an hour outside of Dublin), June 2013. A Bostonian, Caroline’s family has a house in Stowe. “We’ve been coming here for 30-plus years. It is our favorite place to come no matter the season!” 3. Douglas Boucas (far left) from Sao Paulo, Brazil, with friends Maurice, Rodrigo, Ricardo, and Marcelo on a trip to the Valle Nevado ski resort in Chile, in the middle of the Andes. The group skied in Stowe in March 2013. Douglas says: “We really like Stowe and plan to come back next year—for sure!” Do you have a photo of our magazine on some far-flung island or rugged mountain peak? Send a high-res copy to us at, with Stowe Magazine in the subject line. We’ll pick the best one—or three!—and run it in the next edition.


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Ted Ross, one of the many colorful Stowe personalities from the ’60s and ’70s, when the town became a magnet for suburban and city transplants seeking another kind of life, died last March at his home in Hudson, N.Y. One of the founders of the iconic—and now defunct—Shed Bar and Restaurant on the Mountain Road, Ross moved north from the New York area in the early 1960s, and was a skier, dog trainer, hunter and fisherman, epic drinker, writer, and bon vivant. A Stowe ski instructor for 25 years, he eventually moved away and made a living as a writer, trained and worked with Springer spaniels in the field, and ran a fishing camp in Nova Scotia in the summers—making careers from his passions. Ross called his kennel Liver’s End, and his entertaining memoir, Stick Season Grouse (Silver Print Press), is still available. Ross is best remembered in Stowe for his role in starting The Shed, which until 2011 had been a celebrated hub of drinking and eating for nearly half a century. According to an oft-repeated story, in the


1960s Paul Biedermann was addressing a gathering of friends, advising Ross and his compadres on their careers. When Biedermann came to Ken Strong, he said: “Ken, you can’t afford to drink with these people, so you should probably open a bar.” Strong did just that, with Ted Ross as his partner. The Shed opened in 1965. “The Shed became pub-central for Stowe,” remembers Peter Miller, a lifelong Ross friend. “Everyone who had a sense of booze, gossiping, picking up someone for a dalliance, or having a good time being a robust part of Stowe society cozied up to the bar. This was before the social cliques were established with their unwritten prejudices, so everyone mixed together—farmers, trustfunders, ski patrol and instructors, ski bums, lodge owners.” “It was a great decade,” echoes Strong. Adds Miller: “This was the kind of Stowe it was. Lots of affairs and eventual marriages started at The Shed; many affairs and marriages ended there, too. … It was the prime searching ground for the broke ski bum to play up to the trustfunder.” Ted Ross was there through it all. —Biddle Duke

SPOTLIGHT The first practical over-the-snow vehicle was designed for World War II winter combat ski troops for the famous 10th Mountain Division. The rugged Studebaker Weasel was admired by troops for its ability to carry both men and heavy equipment over snow-covered mountains. ••• After the war, Weasels became surplus and at least one of them came to Stowe Mountain Resort to perform work around the mountain, both on and off the snow. ••• By 1949 the ski area began to develop the trails on the Spruce Peak side of the resort and a new type of over-the-snow “tractor” came onto the commercial market. The Weasels had proven to be enormous time savers in all snow conditions, but a more sophisticated vehicle, the Tucker Sno-Cat, replaced them in the marketplace. ••• Sno-Cats combined steel tracks mounted on large pontoons in the back, with turnable skis on the front; they provided amazing traction. Stowe purchased a brand new 1949 model and its performance was so outstanding the resort eventually bought an entire fleet. ••• The Sno-Cats carried tons of food to summit restaurants, ferried passengers from top to bottom, and even pulled early snow-grooming machines. ••• In the 1960s the resort sold off its first Tucker, but it didn’t go far. The Edson Hill Manor, where it is shown above, used it for many years to groom its cross-country trails. By 2010, it had ended up in the hands of a collector in Colorado, and word on the street is he intends to fully restore Stowe’s first Tucker Sno-Cat to its 1949 condition. —Brian Lindner




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ew features in The Reporter, Stowe’s weekly newspaper, generate the kind of buzz the police blotter does. The quirky, often bizarre calls that come into the Stowe Police Department have gained quite a reputation around town, and, thanks to one reader who saw fit to submit an entry to the Ellen DeGeneres show, on national television. Cryptic, confusing and comical, it’s often a reminder that Vermont is a relatively safe place, where even crime has a lighter side. Here are some of the highlights of our 2013 blotter:


Humans apparently aren’t the only species that enjoy lounging on the deck and relaxing in the hot tub on a warm spring day. A local woman looked out her window recently to find two black bears—a full-grown mother and a young cub—exploring her deck in Stowe Hollow. The mama bear even spent some time in the hot tub, which was empty of water. “It was pretty funny. Scary, but funny,” says Judy Lazaro. “I was sitting in my office working and I heard either a rumbling or a crash, and I thought it was my two cats getting into mischief.”

Jan. 1, at 1:39 a.m.: A large group of people— including one dressed as a chicken—was seen playing a game in the parking lot of the Golden Eagle. The group was gone when police arrived. Jan. 7, at 12:58 p.m.: Man called police to complain that his four-day pass at Stowe Mountain Resort was only good for four consecutive days.

“The cub could not have been more than 14 inches long,” Lazaro said. “Even standing up straight he was tiny.”

Feb. 8, at 9:59 p.m.: Police took a complaint of a man wearing “only a sweater” on Route 100. He was gone when police arrived.


Throughout the visit, Lazaro felt a mix of emotions, from fear to tenderness. “I was excited, scared, in awe, and the little one was just the cutest thing you’ve ever seen. It was a beautiful sight, I have to say, especially how attached the cub was to the mother.” —Matt Kanner

March 5, at 5:51 p.m.: A man was upset because he got the wrong sunglasses from eBay, so he called the police. The police told him to contact eBay. May 10, at 6:20 p.m.: A woman reported suspicious men coming to her house saying they were selling Electrolux vacuums. May 16, at 5:44 p.m.: A man on Gold Brook Road reported his green iguana was missing.

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Though catamounts haven’t been seen in the Green Mountain State for some time, one particular breed of feline has apparently been making the trek to Stowe. Cougars—older women with a penchant for younger men—have ranked the lodge ninth in a list of top 10 resorts for cougars, according to a poll from dating site The website pairs young “cubs” with willing “divorcees, single moms and sexy singles,” according to its homepage. In a poll of 3,533 “seasoned” members, Stowe Mountain Lodge made the cut as a top North American destination for cougaring. “Well-off cougars prefer active vacations that include golf, tennis, and oft-times too much fun with their instructor,” wrote author Anthony Neal Macri on last July. According to the poll, 76 percent of cougars participating in the poll plan on “securing a hook-up on site,” while 64 percent said they would “pounce on hotel/activity staff members.” —Nathan Burgess


May 23, at 5:19 p.m.: A landlord claimed his tenant put glue in the locks of his apartment; police couldn’t find evidence of that. July 1, at 4:36 p.m.: A woman found a cat and brought it home. She put up posters around town to find the owner. One day, she returned to the house and someone had opened the window and taken the cat. Aug. 9, at 11:11 a.m.: A man said he was getting goofy prank calls. Police declined to release the content of the messages, because they weren’t appropriate for the newspaper. Aug. 11, at 6:58 p.m.: The town highway department complained about a man taking down a directional sign on Moscow Road. Police confronted the man, who said he took it down because “he didn’t like it.” An officer told him he had to put it back up. He did. Aug. 29, at 10:15 a.m.: A local builder discovered large bones buried at a job site, and worried they may be human remains. They were bones from a cow or horse. Sept. 3, at 8:21 p.m.: A woman complained that a man knocked on her door, claiming to be delivering a pizza. But she hadn’t ordered a pizza and asked the man to leave.

Cara McLaughlin, Anna Colavito, and Maria Davies.


Toni Barr, Vickie Alekson, Kerry Glanz, Brooke Mitchell, Deb Schoepke, Denise Gutstein, and Hannah Barr.

Jessica Wells, Katrina Ouellette, and Laura Nichols.

Ladies Stroll, Shop, & Save:

Monica Irauzqui and Pascale Savard.

Ashley Taylor, Emily Bradbury, and Christine Fortenberry. Shop, taste, sip, save—all to benefit Stowe Education Fund, October 25.

Nina Atkinson, Lisa Matckie, Lisa Senecal, and Diane Lepikko.

The crowd.

Giulia Eliason, Vanessa Violette, and Oscar.




Stacey Ambler and Annie Parsons.

Shaun Zemanek and Pierre and Valerian Planche.

Andre and Suzy Blais.

Johannes von Trapp

Aaron Black.

Greg Trulson and Willie Docto. Biddle Duke, Chris Francis, and Jack Pickett.

Liz and Ryan Romano.

Jeff D’Amato and Chris Belanger.

Paul Martin and Alex Sharpe.

Frost & Fire:

Topnotch Resort grand opening party, July 18.

Lucy, James, and Rachel Moore.

Luca, Oscar, Leo, and Xavi.

Nico and Leo Listi.

Kids Are All Bike:

Stowe Co-op Nursery School family bike day at Piecasso to encourage safe bike riding for kids of all ages, May 18.


Go Beer!

Helen Day Art Center paired local brews with a tasting menu prepared by Black Diamond Barbeque Catering and Vermont Ale House, October 26.

Getting a beer education.

Bottoms up.

Art of the pour.

Contemplating the next one.

Best suds.

Thumbs up.

Coming to a head.

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SUPERFOOD Dr. Bob Arnot’s new book takes a scientific approach to health and diet.


very year a latest and greatest diet book hits the newsstands. Some of the diets are fads, while others are based on facts. This year Dr. Bob Arnot, former medical correspondent for NBC and CBS and part-time Stowe resident, authored a diet book based on scientific research—The Aztec Diet: Chia Power: The Superfood That Gets You Skinny and Keeps You Healthy. The diet emulates the eating habits of the ancient Aztecs of Central Mexico, who lived during the 14th and 15th centuries. “I’m always looking for the next big thing,” Arnot says. “I did a lot of ethnic diet research for ESPN and noticed the Aztecs had the healthiest diet on the planet during their time. They lived an average of 10 years longer than most people, who could barely make it through the day. They were one of the most powerful empires in history. “This diet really works,” Arnot adds. “It adheres to the most current and advanced sci-

A friend introduced Arnot to chia. An avid athlete, Arnot struggled to maintain a weight that would give him an edge in endurance sports. “I usually weighed around 210 to 212,” he says, which is not bad for a guy who stands about six feet three inches tall. But it’s not fighting weight. “The chia diet killed my appetite,” Arnot says. “Now I’m down to 195 pounds. It’s a great performance diet. It gives me sustained energy throughout the day and helps me stay mentally sharp.” The Aztec diet scores a food’s nutritional value. The lower the score, the more nutritious and healthy the food. In a lighthearted tone, Arnot tells his readers which foods are their friends and which are not. He calls the enemies “carb bombs” and “flame throwers.” To keep the reader engaged, he avoids medical jargon and documents two women who adhere to the diet and reports on their successes. The book has 100 healthy and creative recipes, including a variety of chia smoothies, such as Dr. Bob’s Kale Blueberry Smoothie, which will sustain you during phase one. Phase two and three feature whole food recipes such as Lemon Pine Nut Crusted Salmon. Arnot also addresses other factors, such as exercise and sleep, how to deal with the “urge to splurge,” and how to recognize when you’re eating out of boredom. The book ends with a questionnaire, recommended blood work, a buyers’ guide for Aztec grains, and a list of supplements Arnot recommends. Most important, Arnot emphasizes that chia is not a magic food that causes weight loss on its own, without additional diet or lifestyle changes. The Aztec Diet is Arnot’s twelfth book. A New York Times bestseller, the book is available at local bookshops and online ($25.99). A paperback edition arrives November 2013. —Kate Carter

GOING AZTEC: Bob Arnot’s diet book entific information, and it changes health risk factors in the right direction.” At the heart of the Aztec diet is chia seeds, from Salvia hispanica, a plant that is native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala. It replaces wheat or oats for the ultimate glutenfree diet, and expands up to seven times in the stomach. The Aztec diet has three phases, beginning with a month of chia smoothies three times a day. It progresses to a morning and evening smoothie and a highly nutritional meal at lunchtime. Part three focuses on eating whole foods and making smart, nutritious food choices for the rest of your life.

THREE PEAT! For the third year in a row the Stowe Guide & Magazine took first place honors at the New England Newspaper & Press Association’s annual awards in the niche publication category. Judges said, “This is a first-class visitor and lifestyle magazine, beautifully designed and brimming with ad support.” 40

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FAMILY BUSINESS Three generations of the Baraw clan. Bea and Stu Baraw started it all. An old brochure of the original Stoweflake.

Stoweflake Resort— and the Baraw family—celebrate 50 years of hospitality this year. The Baraw clan’s excellent adventure started in 1948 when Beatrice and Stuart Baraw Sr., built a getaway cottage in Stowe as a place to spend weekends and holidays with family and friends. “Christmas of 1962 we had a ton of friends up,” the late Bea Baraw told the Stowe Guide & Magazine in 2001. “I told Stu I was tired of washing sheets for houseguests, so why not move up here. Stu was so excited he went out and had two friends, one an architect, the other a contractor, come up with a plan. We thought I would be bored if I just quit my job as operating room nurse and had nothing to do, so they designed a house for us with 20 guest rooms. We opened for business in time for Christmas 1963.” They called it the Stoweflake Inn. “We didn’t do a speck of advertising,” said Bea. “We were so naive that we just relied on word of mouth. ... but our rooms were inexpensive and we did well. Late in the evening, I would leave a note on my door and people would wake me up at two or three in the morn42

ing for a room. I learned to do payroll, doubleentry bookkeeping, hiring and firing, decorating.” The resort, now called Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, has come a long way since its inception. It has seen continual growth, including the addition of 80 luxury rooms and suites, a conference center, a luxury spa, and a large ballroom. The surrounding 60 acres—originally pasture for the local Gale Farm—features a poolside café, a nine-hole par-three golf course, and tennis courts. From the onset, the Stoweflake was a family business. Stuart Baraw Sr., was the visionary and taskmaster, though he never took part in hotel operations, and his three children all played roles in the business over the years. Stuart Baraw Jr., and his wife Marion helped Bea, later opening a real estate office next door to the inn; Chuck dug trenches and did construction while on school vacations; and daughter Donna, while a high school student, sewed all of the drapes and filled in as chambermaid and desk clerk. Today, two generations of Baraws still run the Stoweflake: Chuck is president; Chuck’s daughter, Sheri Baraw Smith, is vice president and general manager; and Stuart Jr.’s son Scot is vice president of sales. Other family members play active roles as well. Over the years Stoweflake has won numerous awards and accolades, including recognition by Fodor’s Travel as one of the “Top 10 Resort Spas in the U.S.” Virgin Holidays ranked Stoweflake as one of the top three best ski hotels in America, and Ski Magazine ranked the Spa at Stoweflake in its top six. Clearly, the family’s formula has been one for success. With a fourth generation in the wings, it’s one that will surely continue. /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Information:

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It’s been nearly 40 years since Alex Stein jumped the wall at third base during the Aug. 5, 1974 Reds vs. Dodgers game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. It was a stunt that launched Alex and his dog on a career that lasted well beyond the dog’s lifetime. Stein and his whippet, Ashley, were the rock stars of canine Frisbee at Ohio State, where Stein was a student. Wherever they went they drew a cheering crowd that loved to watch Ashley’s amazing athletic abilities. Determined to make a career of their street performances, Stein moved to LA and began knocking on doors. “It was my dream to get discovered in Hollywood,” says Stein, who lives in Stowe and owns the Edelweiss Mountain Deli with his wife Judy. “I’d tell people I had a dog who jumped four-anda-half times his height and had a 90 percent accuracy rate catching a Frisbee. Nobody was interested.” Stein was undeterred. And he’s is a risk taker. They just needed to be seen by the right person, and there was no greater audience than Monday night baseball. Maybe the right person would be watching. At that 1974 game, as the pitcher warmed up for the last of the ninth inning, Stein ran down the bleachers with Ashley, threw a Frisbee out over third base, and followed Ashley over the wall and onto center field. Game on! “I had it all premeditated,” Stein says. “I knew there were 55,000 people in the stadium and 10 million watching on TV. I expected to get a few throws in before security grabbed me, but the crowd went wild. They loved it. They roared every time Ashley caught the Frisbee. After eight minutes I thought, ‘I gotta get out of here,’ and I jumped back over the wall and made a run for it.” He didn’t quite make it. Charged with trespassing, Stein went to jail for the night and Ashley went missing. While in the holding tank, a man walked in looking for the man with the dog. He slipped Stein a business card with the LA Rams logo. Turns out he was the half-time coordinator. The back of the card said, “Call me when you get out of jail.” The next morning when Stein was released, he walked back to the stadium to get his car and drove to NBC. “Vin Scully had done a playby-play broadcast of us, and everyone knew who we were,” says Stein. CBS aired the news that Ashley was missing. Irv Landers of Wham-O, the maker of Frisbees, was sitting in the stands and saw the performance. Wham-O offered a reward and before long man and dog reunited. Then Stein made the critical phone call that changed his life’s trajectory. He called the number on the business card and was hired to perform during half-time for the LA Rams. 44


“My first show was in the LA Coliseum. I got 35 dollars,” he says. “I did four games a year for seven years and was eventually making $250 a show.” Later, Ashley starred in a television commercial, entertained Amy Carter and her friends at the White House, performed at halftime at Super Bowl XI, and was a guest with Stein on such television programs as Wide World of Sports, Good Morning America, The Tonight Show, and others. He entertained at practically every NFL and Major League Baseball stadium in the United States and Canada, and starred in Floating Free, a short film documenting Ashley’s skills that was nominated for an Academy Award. Not only did Stein and Ashley make a career out of throwing and catching a Frisbee, they were the cornerstone of a new sport called canine disc, also called disc dog or Frisbee dog. Alex and Ashley traveled and performed for many years. Along with Wham-O promoter and PR genius Irv Lander, they elevated the sport of canine disc and managed national competitions for many years. There’s even a canine disc museum in Ashley’s honor, the Ashley Whippet Museum, which provides an overview of the sport’s history. “After Ashley won three World Championships I retired him and began to promote the sport,” says Stein. He recently attended the European Championships in Trentino, Italy, where he’s a spokesperson for canine disc. He then attended the 36th annual Ashley Whippet Invitational World Finals in Tampa, Fla., where he presented a trophy to the top team in the world. “It always amazes me. I see new people entering the sport every year and

FLIGHT PLAN Clockwise from top left: Alex Stein and Ashley at the Rose Bowl. Ashley in flight. Alex and Ashley looking good. Alex today. Inset: Irv Lander’s book about Ashley.

they just keep getting better and better,” Stein says. In the U.S. there are about 20 states that have disc dog clubs, including Green Mountain Disc Dog in Vermont. When Stein looks back on his journey with Ashley, it’s not the competitions that stand out most. “The highlight of our career was performing a routine during halftime at Super Bowl XI in New Orleans in the Superdome,” he says. Stein fulfilled his dream of making it big in Hollywood, but it’s not the end of the road. Stein’s enthusiasm for the sport remains strong as ever, and he has a new dream. “I want someone to make a motion picture of what I did with my dog. It would be a story of a guy whose dream was to go to Hollywood, how he made his dream come true, and how far he got. It would be a great Disney story for kids.” Aug. 4, 2014, will be the 40th anniversary of Stein and Ashley sneaking onto the field at Dodger Stadium. It just happens to be a Monday night. A game is scheduled. Maybe a reenactment is what it will take to attract the interest of some Hollywood producer. Mark your calendars now! —Kate Carter //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Information: and 45



THE BIG TIME Dylan Walker in a time trail. The Walker sisters: Dylan, Ty, and Haley. On the podium at the 2013 USASA Nationals, Copper Mountain, Colo., where Dylan snagged three national titles.

ylan Elizabeth Walker is one of those kids who is more comfortable on a snowboard than she is walking. Last April she won the USASA National Snowboard Championships at Copper Mountain, Colo., at the ripe age of nine. Of the five disciplines, she won slopestyle, boardercross, and slalom, placed second in GS, and eighth in halfpipe. The end result was overall best girl in the nine and under division. Dylan, who lives in Stowe and attends Stowe Elementary, started snowboarding at four. “I skied at first, but I wasn’t good at it,” she says. Now she rides with the Friday afternoon school program and on weekends with SWAT—Specialized Winter Assault Team. “We used to be called Stowe Snowboarders. This year it’s expanded. There are more kids. The oldest is 12 and the youngest is 7,” she says. “Everyone is very competitive and has won contests before.”


Dylan’s coaches are Sam Lukens and “Danger” Dave Boldwin, who returns to the Mt. Mansfield Ski and Snowboard Club this winter. “Danger Dave coached my sister Ty, and I’m really glad he’s back. I’ve very excited,” Dylan says. Ty, now 16, has her sights set on the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in February 2014. Dylan says she’s not as competitive as Ty. “I don’t want to be a professional snowboarder like my sister. I want to do Nationals, and I want to be really good, but I don’t want to go to all those places like the Olympics.” But that’s not stopping her from learning all four 180s this


year: frontside, backside, switch backside, and cab 180. “I ride ‘regular’ with my left foot forward. If you ride with your right foot forward it’s called ‘goofy’,” she explains. “Cab 180 is like a frontside 180 but with your other foot forward.” When she’s free riding, Dylan heads for the woods. “I really like woods trails. My favorites are Haselton and Kitchen Wall,” she says. When Dylan’s not snowboarding, she likes to play soccer, bounce on her trampoline, and hike. “I’ve hiked to the Chin on Mount Mansfield, but not from the bottom. We did it from the top of the Toll Road.” In school she does well in all subjects and excels in math. She also takes piano lessons from local piano teacher Lynn Paparella. Dylan will attend the National Snowboarding Championships again in April 2014. She already has an invitation to compete, based on last year’s results. This time she’ll be competing with girls in the 10-11 age group. If she masters all four 180s, she should have no problem holding her own with those 11-year olds. —Kate Carter

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STOWE SKIING, CIRCA ‘38 The eyes of many a ski memorabilia collector perked up in 2012 when an exceptionally rare brochure promoting early skiing at Stowe appeared on the auction site eBay. Published in 1938, the brochure is packed with photographs of very early skiing on Mt. Mansfield as well as other activities around the town of Stowe. It depicts skiers at the top of Nose Dive, arriving downtown by bus, jumping and racing—two years before the first chairlift was even built! Ski tourists could peruse the brochure for the many places to stay and eat around Stowe. For its time, the brochure was very high quality and very expensive to produce. Stowe resident Rob Wardwell won the eBay auction and quickly loaned the original to the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum, where an enlarged version is now on display. Thanks to Wardwell this rare piece of Stowe history is now safely preserved for future generations. —Brian Lindner


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towe’s two magnificent mountains, Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak, form a grand panorama defined by the rugged cliffs of Smugglers’ Notch, and Stowe’s bounty of natural snow, its open glades, uninterrupted fall line, and the spectacular twin summits of Vermont’s highest peak were a magnet for the pioneers of skiing in America. And today, over 75 years later, alpine, crosscountry, and freestyle skiers—and snowboarders—continue to bring world fame to this proud mountain community. In fact, of all of America’s winter Olympic teams, few have failed to have a representative from Stowe. Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak capture skiers’ and snowboarders’ interest because they boast a total of 2,160 feet of vertical on 485 acres, offering the longest average trail length in the East. Skiers and riders will find every type of terrain, from wide-open cruisers to narrow, winding trails and glades. What makes Stowe so special? It starts with Mt. Mansfield, Vermont’s highest mountain at 4,395 feet and home to the East’s greatest natural ski terrain. Stowe thrills guests with its famous doublediamond Front Four trails: National, Liftline, Starr, and Goat. The Front Four are the quintessential classic New England trails with steeps and bumps that pump even the most accomplished skier’s adrenaline. They hold their place with the world’s great runs, and among skiers the world over they’re household words. LONG HISTORY OF SKIERS Its awesome and timeless beauty inevitably strikes first-time skiers at Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak. Gliding toward the top of Mt. Mansfield, one is embraced by the stillness of a panoramic bowl that stretches toward forbidding cliffs guard-

THE NSAA CODE* Skier / Snowboarder Responsibility Code Always stay in control. People ahead of you have the right of way. ■ Stop in a safe place for you and others. ■ Whenever starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield. ■ Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment. ■ Observe signs and warnings, and keep off closed trails. ■ Know how to use the lifts safely. Be safety conscious and know the code. It’s your responsibility. ■ ■

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From Kim Brown, intrepid ski bum columnist for the Stowe Reporter, pictured below at Copley Hospital after a spill in last year’s Stowe Derby.

Mt. Mansfield receives an honest 250 - 300 inches of snow each winter. In a good year for those who hike, our first powder day is in late October and our last is in May. For those skeptics out there, remember that if an area receives 20 - 25 feet of snow a year there ought to be a few powder days along the way. Preferred set-up: Dynastar Big 175-cm mounted telly. Running a close second: Dynastar Big mounted alpine. No. 3: Any fat ski mounted any way. There are damn few Stowe locals who don’t own powder skis.


Most pathetic chairlift comment from a tourist, “Oh… those fat skis you have on… aren’t those powder skis you need out West?” Reply… “Oh, yes ma’am, I use them here to ski the ice…” (Hey folks, anyone can ski those wide-open bowls GLENN CALLAHAN out West on conventional skis, but if you really want to ski the trees here, powder skis are the tool.) For those who have fallen prey to the illusion that the only glade skiing exists at those Vermont mountains that promote their glades heavily, please feel free to ski at those resorts. Stowe has placed skiers on 13 of the 14 U.S. Winter Olympic teams—a tribute to how strong and well-established Stowe’s mountain culture is. Jimmer Moran and Justin Patnode are from Stowe, not Colorado or Utah. So are Tiger and Beach Shaw, Erik Schlopy, Chip Knight, Tasha Rigby, and a few other good skiers you might have heard of. Jake Burton Carpenter lives in Stowe for a good reason. Even though Mt. Mansfield is only 4,395-feet high, a good run for those that hike can include 2,800 vertical-foot descents. 2,000 feet of untracked powder is every bit as sweet at 4,000 feet as it is at 11,000 feet. Just sayin’. Not only do Stowe’s skiers and riders have access to a great trail system, the knowledgeable lift-served backcountry types ski in many directions along two adjoining ridgelines that offer many miles of routes. The best thing of all about Stowe is that it has the fabulous terrain of Smugglers’ Notch Ski Area on the backside. In fact, this is what sets Stowe apart from Sugarbush, Jay, Killington, Sugarloaf, Cannon, Whiteface, and other reputable eastern resorts—we have Smuggs’ and they don’t.

Areas of Stowe Mountain Resort marked outside of the ski area boundary on trail maps and with signage on the mountain itself, is hazardous backcountry terrain, containing unmarked hazards such as cliffs, thick, brushy terrain, riverbeds, stumps, rocks, avalanches. This area is not patrolled or maintained. Vermont law states that any person who uses ski area facilities to access terrain that is outside the open and designated trails shall be liable for any costs of rescue, medical, or other services. — 52

ing the narrow pass known as Smugglers’ Notch. Many of the trails gracing the flanks of Vermont’s highest mountain can trace their history back to the birth of skiing in North America. Nathaniel Goodrich, a Dartmouth College librarian, made the first recorded descent in 1914. Others soon followed. By the 1930s, even before the first lift, skiers flocked to Stowe. These ski pioneers came here first for a simple reason: best mountain, best snow. Most of Stowe’s trails were cut in the first half of the 1900s, and without the benefit of bulldozers. The first ones were handcut by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1940s. Charlie Lord, the architect of trails like Nose Dive, Goat, and Perry Merrill, had a natural sense of a mountain’s fall line. His trails flow down the mountain like poetry. Those of you who like to follow the sun will find Stowe is laid out perfectly to ski around the mountain. In the morning, the Front Four bask in soft morning light. In the early afternoon, work your way to the right and ski off the gondola. And to catch that elusive afternoon warmth, head to Spruce, which gets magnificent afternoon sunshine. The forgiving terrain of Spruce Peak’s sun-washed slopes also provides a haven for the youngest or newest skiers. On Mt. Mansfield, the 3.7-mile-long Toll Road is the perfect spot for beginners. The trail meanders through woods, letting you work on finding a rhythm, and you’ll see absolutely breathtaking views. The wonderful thing about the Toll Road is that it allows beginners to enjoy an experience that advanced skiers get all the time: seeing the whole mountain. Intermediate skiers can test themselves on miles of groomed cruising runs. The broad expanses of Gondolier and Perry Merrill at the Gondola, or Sunrise and Standard, where the sun shines late on the shortGREG PETRICS, STOWE MOUNTAIN RESORT est days of winter, are popular with skiers and riders of every ability. Skiers who like wide cruisers will be completely exhilarated after taking a few runs down Gondolier. A favorite of many skiers is at the top, off the quad. Ridgeview, not quite as wide open as Gondolier, provides the perfect place to practice short-radius turns. Spruce Peak is also an intermediate skier’s paradise. For those learning to tackle bumps, Gulch is covered with medium-sized moguls, so skiers can concentrate on technique without being tossed around. Mt. Mansfield also has premier glade skiing for the adventurous. After a storm when there’s a solid base of snow, advanced intermediates will want to head for the consummate off-piste experience. Stowe Mountain Resort offers a number of gladed areas—all described on the ski area’s handy interactive trail map—including Tres Amigos, Sunrise, and Nose Dive glades. Remember too that venturing into terrain that is not on the trail map can be very dangerous, especially if you aren’t familiar with the area. Those who require rescue will be held liable for the expenses. This is worth noting because Stowe has seen an increasing number of people who think it would be exciting to venture into the woods and end up getting hurt, lost, or both. You can still find plenty of excitement on trail. So be safe, and have fun! ■


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On skinny skis Stowe boasts one of the largest, most diverse trail systems in the United States. More than 150 kilometers of groomed and 100 kilometers of backcountry trails crisscross its landscape. One of those backcountry trails is the Catamount Trail, 300 miles of wilderness skiing over the spine of the Green Mountains from Massachusetts to Quebec. It connects 15 ski centers throughout the state, including those in Stowe. Trapp Family Lodge, the first commercial ski center in the U.S., is the heart of Stowe’s network with 60k of groomed trails and 100k of backcountry trails. Stowe Mountain Resort CrossCountry Touring Center’s accessibility to the downhill ski area creates an uncommon fusion of Nordic and alpine skiing. Stowe Mountain Resort’s 35k of groomed and 40k of backcountry trails are the highest in elevation in Stowe. Topnotch at Stowe Resort and Spa offers additional terrain. Over the mountain in Cambridge, the Smugglers’ Cross Country Center at Smugglers’ Resort offers 30k of cross-country trails and 24k of dedicated snowshoe trails through woods and fields.

Figure 8, anyone? Public skating is offered daily at Jackson Arena. The arena has skate rentals. Call the hotline for public skating schedules: 802 253-3721.

Snowshoe heaven The Stowe area is home to one of the most extensive and diverse trails systems in the East, making it the perfect destination for snowshoeing. From the flat 5.3-mile Stowe Recreation Path to the challenging summit of Madonna Mountain, snowshoers go at their own pace and reap the benefits of a safe, aerobic exercise. The Green Mountain Club, on Route 100 in Waterbury Center (, has compiled a list of favorite snowshoe hikes in the Stowe-Smugglers’ area. Stowe Land Trust ( allows snowshoeing on many of its conserved properties.

Maple mojo Mid- to late-winter means maple time in Vermont, producer of the world’s best maple syrup. Many maple producers keep their sugarhouses open year round. It’s most fun during boiling time! A great resource is

Winter fish tales This may be the Ski Capital of the East, but don’t tell the fish that! Fish do not go dormant in the winter. Their metabolism slows, but they still need to eat. So if you enjoy eating—or just catching—fish, there’s nothing better than a mess of yellow perch out of Vermont’s frigid waters. Local outfitters will be thrilled to help you set your line.

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OFF-PISTE SKI Going backcountry at Trapps STORY


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am von Trapp’s a busy guy. To see him in action is to understand the meaning of perpetual motion—chatting with customers and employees at his family’s lodge and Nordic center, meeting with managers, checking around the property. On a Sunday afternoon, he gave himself—and Stowe backcountry skier Oliver Sweatman and me—a gift. Sam turned off the ringer on his cell phone and led us into the woods on backcountry skis. Sam had been telling me for years about the fine tree skiing on his land. I had my doubts. By skiing, we’re talking about the kind that’s mostly about gravity: You climb up and you ski down, preferably in powder or corn snow. Trapps is mostly rolling hills crowned by the 2,360-foot Round Top mountain, whose very name doesn’t sound promising for heart-thumping powder descents. But if Sam says the skiing’s good, he’s probably not imagining it. The 38-year-old was a professional alpine ski instructor in Aspen and Chile for a decade, and has been in ski photo shoots around the world. Perhaps highest on the credibility meter are his several victories in the Stowe ski bum race series. When Sam took the helm several years ago at Trapp Family


Lodge, he began its steady transformation from a place that has long rested on its mythical status as the Vermont home of the Sound of Music family. His vision is for it to become a center for outdoor enthusiasts. Sound of Music fans needn’t worry, they’ll just be joined by cyclists, climbers, hikers, nature lovers, and, in winter, snowshoers and Nordic and backcountry skiers. Nordic skiing and Trapps have been synonymous for half a century; the Trapp Nordic Center was the first of its kind in America. Although backcountry Nordic skiers have enjoyed Trapps for years, offering equipment and guided skiing is Sam’s idea, and it’s a good one. Recent market studies show that backcountry and adventure skiing are taking off nationwide. They’re among the fastestgrowing segments in the ski business. At Trapps you can rent backcountry gear and try it for yourself. You can even take lessons or go on a guided tour. I have my own gear—lightweight boots and fat, short, waxless touring skis—but I went for the full Trapp experience, renting lightweight Rossignol boots and Rossignol BCS 125 skis. I brought some climbing skins for the steeper ascents, which I was glad to have. We spent four hours climbing and descending, using the Nordic trails as a network base of operations. We started by ascending to the highest point at Trapps—35 minutes of kick-

INTO THE WOODS Clockwise from lower left: Slayton Pasture caretaker parcels out some soup. The Bolton to Trapp race through the backcountry. Sam von Trapp leads the way on a backcountry ski outing at Trapp Family Lodge with the author. Although backcountry Nordic skiers have been enjoying Trapps for years, the lodge now offers equipment and guided skiing.

ing and gliding on the groomed trails and 10 minutes of skinning. The first 600-verticalfoot descent took us down a sweeping little gully that emptied into a glen dominated by widely spaced, massive yellow birch. It was good enough for 40 or 50 nice turns in soft, untracked snow and then a long, fast, bouncy run-out through saplings onto one of Trapp’s Nordic trails. From there, we poked opportunistically into the woods where it looked good, occasionally climbing and traversing. And, yes, we found powder. Excellent powder, in fact. The resort’s crews have been carefully trimming the resort’s woods, building unmarked trails. The backcountry descents remain intentionally unmarked and unidentified on the ski maps; you need a guide or the willingness to search for those hidden trails. Intermediate-and-above alpine or Nordic skiers can enjoy themselves in Trapps backcountry. There are gentle, open slopes, steeper gullies, nicely pitched treed slopes. The best way to experience this backcountry is to set aside an entire day. If you need practice, spend the morning working on your turns, preferably with an expert. For optimal fun, organize a group, get a Trapp guide, and head into the woods. Bring food, water, or a thermos of hot tea; nourishment enables you to stay out longer. I suppose you can enjoy the backcountry at any pace. But we were with Sam, and it was, in his words, “a power workout.” On the climbs, he was up ahead chatting, and on the descents he was down through the trees like a snowshoe hare. Our final run began at the Chapel, which seemed fitting, as it would conclude with turns in the orchard by the lodge. By the end of the day, after a total of four descents, we figured we skied (down) about 1,500 to 2,000 vertical feet—about one run’s worth on Mount Mansfield. Happy and exhausted, it felt like 10,000 feet. And, it was all powder. ■

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FAVORITE TRAIL A powder day on National, one of Olympian Billy Kidd’s favorite runs. Kidd in the 1970s. National and Liftline in the 1950s. Note the old race shack.

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If you’ve ever looked down from the top of National, you’ll know immediately why it’s a legend. It’s part of Stowe’s fabled Front Four (with Liftline, Starr, and Goat), and you’ll swear you’re going to need pitons and carabiners just to get to the bottom. It looks like you’d slide all the way into Stowe if you fell—it’s a classic, narrow, tree-lined, Eastern monster run. National and I go way back to the days when I was a young ski racer growing up in Stowe. One of my coaches was Othmar Schneider, who won the slalom in the ’52 Olympics. (The course in Oslo was like National—steep and icy.) He told me about an exercise for slalom: Go up on the bumps on National, especially when it was icy, and try to make as many turns as I could on each mogul. So I’d make three or four turns on each. I remember cold days with nobody on the lifts, doing this, huffing and puffing, soaking wet with sweat, even though it was 20 below. Later though, it all paid off. The slalom course in the ’64 Olympics at Innsbruck was extremely steep and icy. The other racers were really

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intimidated, but it felt like home to me. That’s where I took my silver medal. National was already famous in racing circles. Reclusive Stowe owner C.V. Starr loved ski racing, and in the ’50s he’d foot the bill for Sepp Ruschp (who actually ran the ski area) to fly top-notch European racers over every other year to compete with American racers in what was called The Internationals. The downhill was run on Nosedive and the slalom on National, making them the most famous ski runs in America. The event was literally the only chance American racing fans had to see the best ski racers: the Andrea Meads and Buddy Werners against the best Europe had to offer. Last time I skied National was a few years back, with Tiger Shaw, Peter Ruschp (Sepp’s son and the director of skiing), and a friend from Stowe. I’d forgotten how steep and intimidating is was. It averages 17.3 degrees; the steepest upper sections, which are never groomed, are 35.7 degrees. Its gradient is rated at 72 percent. Worse still, the Forerunner quad chair—which is the way to get to National— goes right up beside it on the former site of the old Stowe single chair. There’s no way not to embarrass yourself. You ski the West and you get used to wide trails and sunny days. You ski National and it brings you down to life-size. You have to be a good skier just to survive it; to enjoy it you have to be superb. ■



GETTING OUTDOORS HAND CRAFTED Clockwise from left: Mike Thomas shows off the Vermont Ski at the Skiershop. Renovations on Barnes Camp began last summer. The Vermont Ski features solid wood-core construction.


ermonters love finding things “uniquely Vermont”—Darn Tough socks, sugar-onsnow, a Johnson Woolen Mills plaid hunting jacket. The quirkier the better, as long as it’s high quality. And if there’s a charitable cause involved, even better. That’s the idea behind The Vermont Ski. The Bomber Ski Company, based in Manhattan, has teamed up with Stowe’s Skiershop to produce and sell a high-end ski that embodies skiing in the East. The Vermont Ski is an all-terrain ski handmade at Bomber’s shop outside of Milan, Italy. Bomber is an official supplier of the U.S. Ski Team and the Canadian Ski Team, and the company specializes in making small runs of promotional skis. Cool things: The ski has a traditional camber, shape, and side cut, and features Austrian steel edges, an Austrian base, and solid-wood Swiss-core construction. “It’s basically the best hand-selected core materials,” says Mike Thomas at the Skiershop. “And the performance reflects that.” The Vermont Ski, not surprisingly made to look like vintage wood, is the first of its kind. No other state has a ski named after it, at least none that we could find. Stöckli is the Swiss ski,


and Rossignols are branded as French, but a ski named after a state or country? The product certainly can only help preserve Vermont’s place in the constellation of the world’s important and historic ski destinations. But all that comes at a price. The ski, which comes in 152cm, 162cm, 172cm, and 182cm lengths, retails for $1,749. Ten percent of the purchase price is donated to the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum in Stowe. “It’s a really great all-mountain ski. Not too stiff. Lots and lots of edge grip. Just a fun ski,” Thomas says. The idea for the ski came together quickly. Skiershop contracted with Bomber in November 2012, and the skis were on the sales floor in time for Christmas. Bomber does many “interesting small-run products,” and likes to include a charitable component, according to a company spokesman. The graphic on the Vermont Ski is a laminate that makes it look like a vintage wooden ski and is a real conversation starter on the chairlift. —Amy Kolb Noyes INFORMATION: or

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The renovation of historic Barnes Camp in Smugglers’ Notch has begun. Once complete, Barnes Camp will serve as a welcome and environmental education center for the Smugglers’ Notch Scenic Highway and State Park. Barnes Camp, built in 1927 and located at the southern gateway to Smugglers’ Notch, provided food and shelter for hikers Ski history: and skiers at the dawn of the state’s ski industry. The building’s exterior will be returned to the appearance of an earlier era, including restoration of now-missing or blocked windows, a refurbished fireplace, and reconstruction of a south wing depicted in historic photos. The interior of the building will contain meeting and display space, as well as two composting toilets. As part of the effort, the Long Trail will be relocated so that hikers no longer need to walk on the shoulder of Route 108. Barnes Camp will serve as a trailhead. “We’re really excited to get this going,” says Seth Jensen, senior planner at the Lamoille County Planning Commission. “We’re going to try to incorporate some historical materials as well as some Vermontgrown timber. It should be looking really nice by next summer. “It’s worth noting that we’re still fundraising. We’re trying to raise about $10,000 for the interior work.” The goal is to restore the interior of the building over the winter and open the new camp next spring. The renovation of Barnes Camp is a major effort of the Friends of Smugglers’ Notch, a group of area businesses, non-profit organizations, and state agencies working to protect the environment and improve visitor safety and enjoyment in the Notch. —Nathan Burgess








Green Mountain Guides Outdoor duo helps hikers, climbers, bikers, and skiers reach new heights STORY


/ Kate Carter

ant to try rock climbing? Does mountain biking make you a tad nervous? Or maybe going into the backcountry on skis is next on your thrill agenda. Whatever the activity, Stowe offers wide-ranging outdoor adventure opportunities, but not everyone who comes here knows where to find the action. Some visitors—and locals—simply don’t want to go it alone. Others just want to learn a new skill, such as bouldering in Smugglers’ Notch or skiing the wilds of Ranch Valley. Sunrise Mountain Guides is here to help. “The natural resources we have within walking distance of our office are fantastic,” says Sunrise Mountain Guides coowner Greg Speer, who is eager to share his knowledge of the area’s history, geography, and recreation. “We get a lot of clients who are interested in other outdoor activities besides


downhill skiing and they also want to learn about Stowe’s natural history.” Formerly called Green Mountain Guides, Sunrise Mountain Guides has been owned over the years by some of the area’s finest rock and ice climbers and guides. Bill Pelkey of Westford and Tom Kontos of Cambridge founded Green Mountain Guides in the early 1990s. Since then it has changed hands, and names, several times, and it is no coincidence that the different owners were in active duty as members of the Army’s Mountain Warfare School, based in Jericho, Vt. Running the guide service was always a part-time venture for them while they served in the armed forces. Recently Greg Speer and Alex Sargent, both native Vermonters, acquired Sunrise Mountain Guides from Bert Severin, an Iraq War veteran who is still serving. Sargent, who served in the army in Afghanistan, lives in Jeffersonville and is a skilled rock climber with experience in

ON BELAY Clockwise from left: A busy day at the Sterling Valley Gorge ice climbing pitch. Greg Speer and Alex Sargent. Sargent explains the basic of rocking to first-time climbers in Smugglers’ Notch.

adventure racing. Speer lives in Stowe and is a member of Stowe Mountain Rescue. He owns the former Inn at Turner Hill, where Sunrise Mountain Guides is based. Most of their clients come from New England and the Eastern Seaboard. Sargent and Speer offer their services to hotel guests at Topnotch Resort, Stowe Mountain Resort, and the Golden Eagle Resort. Excursions include walking, hiking, rock climbing, trail running, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, backcountry skiing, mountaineering, snowshoeing, and ice climbing. Even rainy days can lead to an exciting walk through the Ranch Valley or an introduction to bouldering. Activities also take place over the Notch in Jeffersonville. “Our mission is to teach our clients well so they don’t have to hire us again,” explains Speer. “We’ll give them the tools they need to feel comfortable and to appreciate outdoor adventures on their own. We’re bringing it more to the ground level for the people who come here to visit.” “We also help people get prepared for bigger adventures, such as climbing Denali in Alaska,” adds Sargent. “We meet with them, do an assessment of their abilities, and create a personal program that focuses on what they need to do to achieve their goals.” Speer and Sargent work with people of all ages. “We often get older groups who are looking for a moderate hike, or couples who want to try backcountry skiing, and families who want to learn how to rock climb. We even get calls from people who were clients 20 years ago. They remember having a great experience and want to come back for another.” Sunrise Mountain Guides is a full-time venture for Speer and Sargent, and they often hire former owners and guides to lead outings. “There’s a circle of military guys who are passionate about rock and ice climbing in the area,” explains Sargent. “A lot of first ascents in Smugglers’ Notch were done by guys in the military.” “Stowe Mountain Resort and Smugglers’ Notch Resort together offer unmatched alpine skiing in the East,” says Speer. “Clearly outdoor recreation doesn’t stop there. Our goal is to connect visitors to all that our mountains have to offer—the variety of activity, adventure, challenge, natural beauty, and lifestyle.” ■






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hat began as a 2.7-mile three-season path in 1981 grew to 5.3 miles in 1989, but it wasn’t until 2010 that skiers could find groomed tracks on the path for skiing. Thanks to the Friends of Rec Path Grooming, which raised private funds, and the Stowe Town Parks Department, which handles the grooming, a new Stowe winter experience was born. Recognized both statewide and nationally—President Bush singled out the path in April 1990 as his 119th Point of Light—the path acts as an anchor for Stowe’s businesses and outdoor lifestyle. Since its construction, the path has become an essential part of what it means to visit or live in Stowe. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of children have learned to ride bikes on the path, shedding their training wheels and enjoying the sounds of the West Branch of the Little River on one side and farmland and forests on the other. It is a gathering place, an outdoor gym, a place for informal picnics, and a welcome, traffic-free zone for leisurely strolls and romantic rendezvous.


Stowe Recreation Path:

A true four-season attraction


In winter, the Stowe Recreation Path takes on new life. Stowe Parks Department Superintendent Bruce Godin and his team groom the path for cross-country skiers and snowshoers from start to finish, with only a slight detour between the Rusty Nail and Cape Cod Road. From the path, enthusiasts can connect to all of the trail systems in town: Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe Mountain Resort, the Catamount Trail, Edson Hill, and all the ungroomed backcountry trails in Stowe. In fact, you could put on your skis at the Stoweflake Mountain Resort and ski all the way to Massachusetts or Canada. There are myriad possibilities, and with a map, the right clothes, and a pack full of food, you can explore the hundreds of linked trails in town. If you are feeling adventurous, you could even use the Recreation Path as the backbone for a Stowe-style hut-to-hut tour. While the lodging may not be as remote, with a little creativity and a small pack (or even a support vehicle meeting you at your destination), you could ski from inn to inn, crisscrossing the valley and enjoying all the terrain the path


POINT OF LIGHT Clockwise from left: The Stowe Recreation Path follows the West Branch of the Little River. Fierce Stowe Derby competitors cross one of the path’s bridges en route to the finish. The Stowe Tour de Snow helps introduce youngsters to Nordic skiing.

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TRAIL RIDES can offer: groomed trails, steep backcountry powder, and everything in-between. If you choose to stay close to home, look for an expansion of the groomed offerings on town land this winter. Godin, who begins grooming the path as soon as there is enough snow, hopes to extend grooming operations to the Mayo farm fields and perhaps other town properties. Two annual winter events in town take full advantage of the Recreation Path: The Tour de Snow and the Stowe Derby. The Stowe Tour de Snow is organized by the Friends of the Rec Path, a local group that works to promote winter use and sponsors cross-country skiing programs at Stowe schools. This familyfocused fundraising event offers all kinds of skiing and snowshoeing activities along the length of the rec path, from laser rifle target shooting to a Nordic terrain park. The Stowe Derby, one of the town’s most anticipated events, started as a friendly competition between friends in 1945. Today, everyone from collegiate racers and Olympic hopefuls to casual participants race from near the top of Mt. Mansfield to the Stowe Community Church in the village. Just under 1,000 skiers participated in the race last year, an event that gets the whole town out either skiing or spectating near one of the course’s sharp turns, watching for dramatic—but hopefully not injury producing—spills. With no charge for use and ski rental shops strategically located along its length, the Stowe Recreation Path is a great way to enjoy winter, especially for those who are only familiar with it in summer or fall. While the route may be the same, the sights are different, and the experience of cross-country skiing through gentle terrain might be all it takes to spark a lifelong interest in kicking and gliding. ■

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SUIT UP! Clockwise from top: An Eastern Cup race at Trapp Family Lodge. Kristina von Trapp. Historic photo of the Trapp Nordic Center. The Junior National 2014 logo, designed by Hannah Dreissigacker. Grooming the trails. Inset: Eastern Cup racer.

STORY / Biddle Duke

he winters around here are always speckled with highlights—winter carnival, top-level ski races on Mt. Mansfield, the ski bum series, and, best of all, powder days. But 2014 will be remembered as the winter when one of the biggest Nordic skiing events in North America came to a birthplace of American Nordic skiing: Stowe. In a coup that combined hard work, investment, and a little bit of luck, the Trapp Family Lodge and Stowe got the nod earlier this year to host the week-long Junior National Nordic Ski Championships at Trapps on March 1 – 8, 2014. Last year the championships, which attract the nation’s hottest young Nordic skiers (age 14 to 19), were held in Fairbanks, Alaska. The year before, Soldier Hollow in Utah, site of the 2002 Olympic Nordic events and numerous national championships, hosted the event. Stowe and Trapps are in lofty company. And justifiably so. Some 450 athletes, with accompanying coaches, family, friends, and spectators are expected to be in attendance—totaling more than 2,500 people—for the week of ceremonies, festivities, training, and races. Landing the event was the work of Sam von Trapp, an avid skier who owns and runs the resort with his father Johannes, sister Kristina, and brother-in-law Walter Frame. The Trapp Family Cross-Country Ski Center, with its wide, boulevard-style groomed meadow skiing combined with trails that twist and turn and climb through the woods, are renowned. But over the past


Stowe, Trapps host top racers



several years, Sam, Charlie Yerrick, who ran the resort’s Nordic Center until last year, new director Paul McNeil, and the Trapps outdoor center team expanded and improved the network, building a state-of-the-art race start/finish area, with long, banked, sweeping turns in the meadow, miles of race trails through the woods, and additional snowmaking. The work paid off. Teams from throughout New England are now training at Trapps beginning as early as November, and the schedule at the center is packed with races of all levels. The Junior Nationals this winter is the latest affirmation that this is one of the best Nordic centers anywhere. “We are thrilled to be hosting the event, it really is a culmination of a lot of hard work,” says Kristina von Trapp, co-chairman of the Junior Nationals along with Carol Van Dyke, a longtime leader of the Stowe Nordic Club and the Stowe High School Nordic coach. In many ways the event will be a family affair, with the von Trapps rolling out a warm



JN2014 NUGGETS Chief of Competition: Bill Henchey, a 25-year employee of the Trapp Family Lodge. Henchey worked at the Junior Nationals in both Alaska and Utah. Event/race workers & volunteers: 60 to 75 Local Nordic Club: The Stowe Nordic Outing Club Trapp Family Lodge: No. 2 tourist attraction in Vermont and the first commercial Nordic center in North America Athletes: 450 Number expected: 2,500 per day Official website:

Vermont welcome mat, with a touch of Austrian flair. The von Trapps settled here in 1942, after Maria von Trapp, her husband, and children, best known for inspiring the movie The Sound of Music, purchased a farmhouse, outbuildings, and 2,500 acres atop Luce Hill. It reminded them of their beloved Austria. In 1950 they opened their home to guests, and in the winter skiers began to flock to Luce Hill to try the emerging sport of cross-country skiing. Nordic skiing had been going on in and around these mountains for years, but it was in 1968 that Johannes von Trapp opened the first commercial Nordic ski center in North America. Johannes is the youngest of Maria’s children, and he and his own children and their families all now work at the resort, and live and play on the hill where they were raised. The place is pure Vermont, but it also feels uniquely European, thanks to the von Trapp family’s permanent presence and influence. They grow their own food and flowers and raise their own hogs, chickens, and cattle. You get a sense of both tradition and modernity, like many places in the Alps. In a perfect touch that captures all that, maple sugaring has been chosen as the brand for the Junior Nationals, coming as it does smack in the middle of sugaring season. In all

likelihood the von Trapp’s legendary sugar shack will be in full swing, smoke rising from its stacks, churning out maple syrup, even as naked-except-for-a-slip-of-synthetic athletes swoop passed at full bore, gunning to be national junior champion. The von Trapp sugarhouse is on all the event logos, and sap buckets, we are told, will be everywhere around town, carrying event programs, goodies, and even, perhaps, a little maple syrup. Visitors will have a chance on a daily basis to watch training and competitions. (See box for complete schedule.) The opening ceremonies on Sunday, March 2 in Stowe Village will bring together the Stowe community, which is expected to be ablaze with twinkling lights, for a classic winter parade and festivities at the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum. The Junior Nationals will partly be a celebration and a coming home for Vermont Nordic skiing. The museum will showcase Vermont’s deep cross-country history, including its tradition of producing champions. The early March championships here will come a few weeks after the Sochi Winter Olympics, where Vermonters Ida Sargent and Liz Stephen are expected to compete. They chase the Olympic flame in the footsteps of many from this state, including Bill Koch, Jan Reynolds, Cami Thompson Graves, Andy Newell, Marc Gilbertson, Larry Damon, and others, some of whom will be spectators or volunteers here in Stowe this March. ■

JN2014 NORDIC CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Saturday, March 1: Athletes and coaches arrive; training day Saturday, March 2: Training day; Opening Ceremony in Stowe Village, 2 p.m.; Open House at the Vermont Ski Museum, 4 - 6 p.m. Saturday, March 3: Competition day 1: interval start, classic Saturday, March 4: Training day on the sprint course; coaches’ and citizens’ race Saturday, March 5: Competition day 2: classic sprints Saturday, March 6: Training; mid-week awards Saturday, March 7: Competition day 3: freestyle mass start Saturday, March 8: Competition day 4: freestyle relay; final awards and closing ceremonies, 6 - 8 p.m. Apres ski dance, fireworks, bonfire, more, 8 - 10 p.m. 67



STORY / Kate Carter

When Winter Rendezvous first came to Stowe 30 years ago, it attracted 75 people. This year the event, which caters to gay and lesbian skiers and snowboarders, expects 500, according to Rendezvous director Michael Wilson. “We have worked hard at marketing this event,” says Wilson. “There are gay ski weeks in other towns out West, such as Aspen and Bozeman that draw 5,000 people. We chose Stowe because we want Winter Rendezvous to continue to grow and become a world-class event. We are incorporating all the best that Stowe has to offer, such as our host hotel, Stoweflake Resort and Spa, the world-

WINTER RENDEZVOUS Stowe captures gay ski market


class Nordic ski trails at the Trapp Family Lodge, and one of the most beautiful ski resorts in the country, Stowe Mountain Resort.” Rendezvous attendance comes primarily from the Northeast and Canada, with a few people coming from as far away as London and Germany. About 80 percent are men, 20 percent are women, and a few families attend as well. Some have been coming since Winter Rendezvous’ inception 30 years ago. Winter Rendezvous organizes a variety of winter activities—skiing, snowboarding, crosscountry skiing, snowshoeing, dogsledding—but there are plenty of other activities, such as shopping and spending an afternoon at a spa. Day trippers from Burlington and other nearby towns are welcome as well, for the entire five days or for specific events. Tickets can be purchased online in advance or at the door for single activities, such as concerts, dinner parties, and the wildly popular pool party, held this

SKI WEEK Clockwise from top: Cross-country enthusiasts Scott Heller and Dave King, owners of Frog Meadow Farm in Newfane, Vt., one of the sponsors of the Winter Rendezvous. Downhill skiers during gay ski week atop Mt. Mansfield. An après ski party. A member of Vermont’s House of Lemay entertains the group.

year at the Trapp Family Lodge. This year the event is Jan. 22 to 26. Trapp Family Lodge is now on board as the host site for cross-country ski tours, led by Dave King and Scott Heller, who own Frog Meadow, a gay, all-male bed-and-breakfast in Newfane, Vt. Frog Meadow is one of the event’s sponsors. “A couple of years ago we offered to lead some Nordic trips to help round out the activities, potentially attract gay Nordic skiers that might not otherwise attend the event, and also to increase visibility for our business to a key demographic,” says King. “But our main motivation for leading the Nordic events is to meet other gay cross-country skiers and to support an event we believe in.” More importantly, King appreciates the purpose of Winter Rendezvous. “It’s all about comfort. Even today, gay people are nervous about being in public. This is a chance to just have fun with like-minded people. For singles, it’s a nice way to meet other gay people in an outdoor, healthy environment.” Over the years, Stowe has come to embrace the event as well. In a letter to Wilson, Stowe Area Association president Chuck Baraw wrote, “Winter Rendezvous is more than just a celebration of hundreds of winter enthusiasts from across the country and beyond. It is a visible statement to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community that Stowe has long been a popular gay-friendly destination.” “People love this event,” adds Wilson. “In gay culture you’ll often find events are tailored to specific subcultures. Winter Rendezvous is much broader and no one genre dominates. Everyone has so much fun.” ■

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Stowe native to lead USSA

Tiger takes charge STORY / Biddle Duke


t’s been a few years but Tiger Shaw, Olympian and Stowe native, made yet another appearance on the front page of the Stowe Reporter weekly newspaper. In a move celebrated in the East and in Vermont, Shaw was tapped to run the United States Ski and Snowboard Association, the parent organization for the U.S. ski, snowboard, and Nordic teams. Shaw was a regular feature in the local newspaper as a junior ski-race phenom, with two Olympic appearances to his credit, and nine at the top of the podium at the U.S. Nationals. After a 20-year career in business, most recently as director of a Global Rescue, a crisis response company, Shaw will replace Bill Marolt, who has run the expanding USSA enterprise for 18 years. Shaw took the helm Oct. 1 as chief operating officer, working alongside Marolt, who will remain as chief executive officer until the spring of 2014, when he is expected to retire. Shaw, who is 52, will then take over as chief executive.


“I am thrilled,” Shaw says. When Shaw first read the job description earlier this year, he said to himself, “This is me or someone like me. I looked at it and said, ‘I have to do this.’ ” For Marolt, who has steered the USSA during two decades of immense growth, in scope, money, and athletic success, the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games will be his swan song. Shaw takes over an organization that is succeeding at its stated mission of producing the best snow sports athletes in the world in every discipline, from snowboarder Shaun White to world champion skiers Ted Ligety, Mikaela Shiffrin, Lindsey Vonn, and Bode Miller, to name a few. The USSA has more than 30,000 member athletes, coaches, and officials, and about 420 club programs. Its annual revenues are about $40 million. In 2009, the USSA opened its $22.5 million, 85,000-square-foot Center of Excellence headquarters and training center in Park City, Utah. The appointment of Shaw, a well-liked and successful Eastern athlete and businessman, couldn’t come at a better time for the Eastern region, where membership and officials have loudly grumbled that the region is underserved by USSA training, support staff, and coaches, and that the USSA overemphasizes the West. Shaw says that the East’s concerns are very much on his radar and he plans to address them.


TOP DOG Tiger Shaw skiing on his home hill in 1975. Shaw as a member of the U.S. Ski Team. Shaw has been tapped to head the USSA.



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“The East is a priority,” he says. “It is time to fix this.” The East is home to more than half of the USSA membership and is a huge contributor in fees and dues to the organization’s budget. Julie Woodworth, executive director of the Vermont Alpine Racing Association, says, “Tiger is a VARA Hall Of Fame inductee, Vermont native, and he came up through the VARA Council racing system. He will bring a new and refreshing perspective to the Park City office and the nation.” The USSA leadership’s choice of Shaw comes just months after the organization released the results of a lengthy study and management report outlining recommendations for the USSA to increase its credibility, success, and support in the East. Shaw himself was among those on the study/report committee. Shaw and Marolt have been teaming up for years. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Shaw raced in Sarajevo in 1984 and was on the U.S. Olympic Team at the 1988 Calgary Olympic Winter Games under Marolt, who was then the U.S. Ski Team’s head alpine coach. Raised in Stowe, where he spent winters training and racing at Mt. Mansfield Ski Club, Shaw excelled at the sport as a youngster. He went on to compete for 10 years on the U.S. team. (His parents, Gale and M.J., live on Edson Hill.) “This is an exciting time for the organization,” says Shaw. “We have two goals: First, to continue our long-term vision of becoming the best in the world in Olympic skiing and snowboarding by providing world-class training, education, and athletic opportunities to USSA’s athletes. “Second, to keep the Olympic dream burning brightly by increasing the visibility of our sports and continuing to return value to USSA’s members, sponsors, and resort partners.” Shaw, his wife Kristin, and their three children plan a move to Park City where he will be based at the USSA’s Center of Excellence. ■





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SKI TOWN JOBS People of all ages and backgrounds chose to live in Stowe so they can enjoy a lifestyle that allows them to ski as much as they want. Stowe has many job opportunities related to the ski industry that offer flexible schedules, evening hours, and, of course, work that requires stepping into skis and riding the lifts. Stowe also has jobs for independent contractors and entrepreneurs, who can choose to ski fresh powder and work during crowded holidays or when the conditions are uninspiring. Here is a look at six people who have made a successful living in Stowe, while carving out time for their passion—skiing.

n ON THE JOB: Kristi McCarthy Robertson


J.T. VIZE, 28 Bartender at Piecasso / part-time ski instructor

ames Vize, known to everyone as J.T., came to Stowe from Lake Placid, and grew up skiing at Whiteface. He has a degree in human biology from SUNY Albany, where he raced for the college ski team. “For me it wasn’t so much about racing, but more about camaraderie and being with friends. Some of my college teammates are still my closest friends,” he says. After college J.T. returned to Lake Placid and worked a nine-to-five job as a pharmaceutical technician. He and his then girlfriend came to visit Stowe two years ago, fell in love with it, and decided to move. “Coming from a small ski town I could just feel what Stowe was about, and I instantly wanted to live here. I wanted to be away, but close enough to drive home to see my mother and brothers.” It turned out J.T. stayed and the girlfriend left. A mutual friend of Piecasso’s general manager put in a good word for J.T. and he was immediately hired as a waiter. Five months later he became a bartender. “Now I supervise the rest of the crew and lock up at night,” he says. “I worked for 10 years at the Crown Plaza in Lake Placid. It was a corporate job. Now I work at a place that feels like family and it’s fun. It’s so nice to work at a place that appreciates you.” On Saturdays J.T. is a ski instructor for kids, earning the benefit of an unrestricted season pass. “I start my Saturdays at 8:30 and spend the day skiing with kids. Then I go home, shower, and am back at work at Piecasso by 5. We have bands on Saturday nights, so I’m often there until 4 a.m. It’s a long day, but a fun day.” One of J.T.’s most frequently asked question is, “Which mountain do you like better, Stowe or Whiteface?” He’s on the fence. “Whiteface is a great mountain. I used to be a ‘Park Rat’ there. I was always in the terrain park, doing flips, aerial maneuvers, spins, all that stuff. Then I broke my back. I don’t do the terrain park anymore. Now I’m in the woods, and the woods skiing is much better at Stowe. There are more hardwoods and more liberties.” J.T. plans to return to college for his master’s degree, possibly in research and development in the medical field. But for now he’s enjoying life, skiing daily, racing for the ski bum team Party Time, and bartending year round. He doesn’t know the exact number of days he skied last year due to a glitch in the electronic pass counter, but he knows it’s in the high 60s. In the summer he continues to tend bar, mountain bike, and poach his friend Kevin Darcy’s swimming pool.




KRISTI MCCARTHY ROBERTSON, 55 Ski instructor / training manager for Stowe Mountain Resort / PSIA examiner / owner of Covered Bridge Gardens

orn in Stowe and raised in Connecticut, where her grandparents ran a small ski area, Kristi spent all her weekends, vacation time, and summers at her father’s house in Stowe Hollow. “Everything having to do with recreation for me was here in Stowe,” she says. After graduating from Westover, an all-girls high school, Kristi moved back to Stowe full time. While in her 20s she bought her dad’s old farmhouse, which she’s currently renovating. She lives with her partner, Pete Hussey, has a grown daughter, Sierra, and a newborn grandson, Apollo Maximus Hardy. A ski instructor for 38 years, for the past two years she’s also been the ski school’s training manager, overseeing a program that helps ski instructors become better skiers and coaches. She is also an examiner for Professional Ski Instructors of America, a job that requires travel to other resorts. In the summer she swaps her skis for gardening tools and operates a landscaping business, Covered Bridge Gardens. In the late 1990s Kristi held a series of clinics called Women in Motion. “A lot of my special memories come from skiing with women who didn’t think they could ever be good skiers. Some of them stayed with it and now they ski together all the time.” One woman in particular stands out. “This gal had taken a bad



fall on cement and broken her back. She has no feeling in her lower legs. She came to my clinic and together we took on the challenge of her learning to ski again. We tapped into her cognitive abilities and did a lot with visualization. It was so cool to watch her progress. Now she lives in Boston and comes to Stowe most weekends to ski with her husband.” Kristi is on the slopes most days, except opening day, which she calls the white ribbon of death. “Too many people on one trail!” She doesn’t keep tabs on how many days she skis. “I’m not a number person. I just go out and do what I love to do—ski!” Last March she was sidelined when another skier hit her from behind. Her left tibia was shattered just below the knee. She spent spring and part of summer on crutches, doing rehab three times a day and running her business from home. “It’s been a long and arduous healing process, but I expect to be skiing next winter.” Kristi’s passion for both skiing and gardening has kept her motivated on difficult rehab days. “I think it’s important to do something you’re passionate about. I am fortunate to love both of my jobs. I’m not going to be financially rich, but that’s okay, because I am rich in so many other ways.”


l Cook at various restaurants around Stowe / goat tender ob came to Stowe in 1995 and has lived here since, except for three short stints elsewhere: Tahoe, Martha’s Vineyard, and Templeton, Mass., where he grew up. His first job in Stowe was cooking at the Cliff House at the top of the Gondola, where he took great advantage of the easy access to skiing. “It was very laid back,” he says. “If someone ordered a well-done burger I’d put it on the grill, go take a run, come back, flip it.” An after-school ski program at nearby Mt. Wachusett got Bob involved in skiing. “I learned to ski on ice at night and went to bed exhausted. I’m pretty sure that’s why my mother enrolled me in the program.” His mother was a teacher and his father ran a general store, and Bob worked the store’s soda fountain. “I did a lot of ice cream scooping. It was my first food job.” He took a stab at higher education, but Vermont and the ski bum life called. “It’s an escapist lifestyle,” he says. “I guess I’m escaping the rat race of city life. When I’m skiing, all my energy is focused on that moment. Some of my most beautiful experiences have been on skis. Now I’m leaning more toward touring. I don’t want to race; I want to slow down. I like being outside, immersing myself in nature.” After his stint at the Cliff House, Bob went to work for Jack Pickett at the Blue Moon Café, where he worked for 10 years. “It’s my longest-standing job and my favorite. Jack’s the one who got me into being a foodie. He had a passion to do something new and different each day,” he says. In Bob’s skiing heyday—1995 to 2005—he tried to ski 100 days a season. “I was very focused. I kept a detailed journal describing where I skied and who I was with. I’m not as dedicated anymore. I think I’m falling out of the ski bum bit and getting more into farming.” He lives with his girlfriend, Katie Pindell (pictured with Bob), who co-owns Sage Farm Goat Dairy. “She’s a snowboarder and we met on the mountain 10 years ago. She’s still my main ski partner,” he says. They live on a smaller house on the property, where Bob maintains an extensive garden. Last winter Bob skied 42 days on the mountain, many days in the backcountry, and in the spring he took a trip to British Columbia. “I skied three days and on my very last run I skied naked. It was snowing and all I had on were boots and goggles. It was totally exhilarating.” Bob often fills in at the Gables Inn, cooking, in addition to other establishments that regularly call Bob to help out. Until this fall, he made pizzas at Pie in the Sky. He liked it. “It’s a tactile way to cook and I liked the wood-fired oven. Cooking is a beautiful thing, but restaurant work wears on you. It’s not so awesome in July and August, but I love what I do in the winter.”



KATHARINE REQUA, 27 Business development / retail manager / Winterfell ski shop

former educational consultant, Katharine landed in Stowe in a roundabout way. She was living in Boston and enjoying city life, but not thriving in her job. Her friend and mentor, Carolyn Beckedorff, was contemplating opening an exclusive ski shop in Stowe. She invited Katharine to join her on the journey and run the business. Winterfell, located above Edgewise Elite Ski Service on the Mountain Road, was born out of their shared passion for ski fashion. The shop opened last winter and carries uncommon lines such as Bogner, Astis mittens, Jen Black handbags, The Ropes of Maine, Douche Bags (ski bags on wheels), and others. “Shopping at Winterfell is more about the experience than about the actual purchase,” Katharine explains. “So much of what we do is about building relationships. I’ll see a customer around town and our relationship becomes about the runs we took together, or the drinks we shared at a bar. It becomes a much more fluid relationship, an organic exchange.” Katharine believes her passion for skiing is an asset to her job. “I don’t think you have to be a skier to thrive in Stowe, but being a skier does help me relate to our customers. For example, I know what cold is.” She should. She grew up in Newcastle, Maine, with three older brothers. “We skied every weekend and I was always trying to keep up with them,” she explains. At Kent’s Hill Prep School she raced on the ski team. At the University of Maine, which does not have a ski team, she joined the club team. She graduated with a degree in communications and publics relations. Last winter Katharine skied over 70 days, both downhill and Nordic. “There’s something about the people of Stowe. The passion to exercise is contagious. People bleed passion here, and I want to be part of that. There’s a presence about ski towns that’s uniform: work hard and play hard. That is Stowe.” Katharine returned to Boston for the summer and ran the Boston Marathon, her first marathon. Fortunately she was at mile 26 when the bombs exploded and the race was stopped. “I was very lucky,” she says. “No one in my direct circle was physically impacted.” While in Boston she worked preparing Winterfell for the upcoming ski season—checking out new lines, developing the website, creating advertising campaigns, managing the Facebook page, and tending to an endless list of details. On Thanksgiving weekend she returned to Stowe full time to open the shop and immerse herself in ski culture for another season.




SAM GAINES, 33 VP of Spruce Peak Realty / director of real estate and development at Stowe Mountain Resort

f there is one thing Sam has on his mind, it’s this: families skiing together. “It’s what we strive for at Spruce Peak—making the ski experience something everyone in the family can do together.” As an only child, Sam grew up in a skiing family in New Haven, Conn. One of his first ski resort experiences was coming to Stowe and staying at Trapp Family Lodge. He also enjoyed annual trips to a family ski condo in Vail with his parents and cousins. “Skiing at Vail was where I bonded with my mom and dad and extended family. It’s where I formed my ideas of what a ski resort could be.” Sam graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., with a degree in public policy analysis. He returned to the East Coast and worked in New York City, where for eight years he specialized in private equity real estate and development. While there, he came to Stowe many weekends each winter to ski. He consulted for Stowe Mountain Resort for two years before coming here full time in 2011. Sam loves to ski, but he’s also passionate about making skiing hassle-free for families. “Ultimately skiing is a fun activity, but it can be



incredibly inconvenient and it’s very gear intensive,” he says. As director of real estate and development at Stowe, one of his primary objectives is to make the resort appealing to families year round. “I often hear our new real estate owners say, ‘We haven’t spent this much quality time together as a family in years.’ This is what drives me and why I find real estate on the mountain so appealing,” he says. “I’ve been going to ski resorts since I was a kid. In terms of guest experience and well-run resort, I’d say Vail is the best. For skiing, it’s Mammoth and Jackson Hole.” But they come in second to Stowe. “I appreciate everything Mt. Mansfield has to offer,” he says. This past year he skied 18 days at Stowe and about the same amount at other resorts, plus many days alpine touring or Nordic skiing. “There are not many jobs where you can hike up and ski down to work. I’ll take the trailer in Stowe where I work over an office on Park Avenue any day.” It won’t be long before Sam gets to have his own family experience at Mt. Mansfield. He and his wife, Molly (who also writes for this magazine), welcomed Theodore Triffin Gaines to the world on Aug. 11, 2013.


SEBASTIAN GROSKIN, 28 Ski patroller in the winter / carpenter in the summer

ebastian, who grew up in Stowe, played many sports: hockey, tennis, soccer, baseball, and skiing. He attended UVM and graduated with a bachelor of arts in biology and a minor in wildlife biology. He wanted to be a field tech and applied for many jobs across the U.S. “Nothing fell into place and I had to do something for a job, so I got two. I worked in retail at Harvest Market and as a bellman at Stoweflake. I was also an ambassador for Spruce Peak Realty, which got me a ski pass and I did get to ski quite a bit,” he says. Seven years ago some of his friends applied for jobs on the ski patrol, and he decided to give it a try. He received his EMT certification and has been patrolling ever since. “The patrol allows all three disciplines—alpine, telemark, and snowboarding. I work on tele skis. It’s the easiest way to get around.” During the summer he is employed by Gordon Dixon Construction doing carpentry. “I work with a great group of guys and I’m enjoying learning a trade, and I like it that both jobs are very physical and sports-oriented,” he says. The only downside in this otherwise perfect arrangement of seasonal full-time employment is the lack of benefits. He has to purchase his own health insurance, which he does through the state of Vermont. It’s critical that Sebastian is insured. He was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at age 17. “I was on a school trip in France. I was thirsty all the time and urinating all the time. What made it even worse was I was drinking a product called Fanta, which is delicious, but it’s full of sugar. By the time I got home I’d lost 20 pounds.” His father, a doctor, diagnosed his condition. Sebastian never leaves home without his glucometer and food, and he checks his blood sugar every three hours. “It’s easy to be consistent in the summer, because we take breaks every three hours, so I just check my sugar levels when we break. It’s harder in the winter, when my schedule is so unpredictable on the mountain. My friends and bosses have been very supportive and will give me a reminder if I need it,” he says. Growing up, Sebastian’s family skied crosscountry. The Friday afternoon ski program got him into downhill skiing. But it wasn’t until he joined the ski patrol that he fell in love with skiing. “I love it because I can feel like I’m flying. I can’t fly a plane and don’t skydive, so it is my way to get the rush. Flying down a trail on a carpet of powder, making airplane turns—this sort of feeling can make you do whatever is necessary to get it. I’m lucky that it is part of my job at the mountain,” he says. “I love both my jobs. I love living in Stowe and I have great friends here, my mother lives here, and I get to see my brother and sisters when they come home to visit. Life is really good.” ■



stowe’s historic




THE EARLY DAYS Nosedive, 1940s. Near the top of Lookout, early 1960s; note the patrol phone and toboggan. Now known as Lord Loop, this is the only surviving section of Lord that is original. On Spruce Peak: Ricky’s Run, which is in the upper right, vanished when Easy Street was built.



ver wonder how the trails at the Stowe Mountain Resort got their names? Does the Lord have some religious connotation? Does S53 refer to the number of turns on the trail? Is the Starr simply a misspelling of “star” because of its double-black diamond, “Experts-only” designation? Is it called Tyro because someone didn’t know how to spell Tyrolia after the famous region in the Alps? Grab a beverage and get ready. You are about to embark on an historic journey of how the ski trails on Mount Mansfield got their names. To begin with, tracking down the origin of trail names is tricky. In several cases, the trails that exist today are definitely not the same trails they were in earlier decades. For example, trail designer Charlie Lord began work on the original Chin Clip in July 1934 and cutting began that fall. The trail hosted a race on February 23, 1935—the results are now unknown—but it was located far from where we find the current Chin Clip. It originally plunged from a ridgeline below Taft’s Lodge on the Long Trail straight down into Smugglers’ Notch near the state picnic area. Well into the late 1950s, the swath from this old trail was still evident although it is now completely overgrown. Determining the origin of Stowe’s trail names is not an exact science. Versions can vary based on who is telling the story, and Stowe Mountain Resort archives provide precious little supporting documentation. Compounding it all is the fact that the pioneers who came up with the original names are now all gone. The origins of newer trails are easy to prove. The relatively new Hackett’s Highway officially opened in the 1998-99 season. This trail, under the Triple Lift, takes skiers back decades to the time when stumps, rocks, and other hazards were the norm. This is a trail for traditionalists. It was named after fourth generation Stowe native Edson Hackett. Ed, a member of the Mt. Mansfield Ski Patrol from 1963 to 1997, supervised volunteer patrollers and can be seen today routinely pounding the bumps here, there, and everywhere around the mountain. Another new trail made its official appearance during the 1994-95 season. Tres Amigos Glades had long been skied by the locals. Over the years, three of those locals spent considerable effort clearing away dead trees and small brush, which brought more and more skiers into the woods. Eventually it became an official trail. There’s no documentation as to how Houghton’s got its name. Dating from at least


1935—perhaps even earlier—it might have been an old logging road. The best info comes from Jason Michaelides who tells us that a tree farmer named Greg Williams cut trails on Mt. Mansfield and he was friends with Houghton Freeman, whose family connections to the Mountain Company go back to its beginnings. Williams may have named the trail after either Houghton, senior or junior. How about Tyro? Is it really a misspelling? This English noun actually means “beginner.” Although not really a beginner trail it began life as a near-perfect trail for intermediate skiers. Dalton was named after longtime Stowe native Dalton Wells, who worked at the resort for many years. He did a number of jobs including selling tickets. He may have also been the worker who was injured in the 1950s while working on a tower of the single chair. The lift operator mistakenly started the cable in motion without ensuring that everyone’s hands were clear. When viewed from Stowe, Mt. Mansfield has the distinct appearance of a face looking skyward. For obvious reasons, key portions of the mountain have always carried anatomical names such as The Nose, The Chin, The Adam’s Apple, The Forehead, etc. From these features, the connection to trail names was pretty much a natural progression. Since being cut in 1934 and 1935, Stowe’s most famous trail has always been Nose Dive. It was originally known as The Barnes Trail, for Barnes Camp, the rustic building that sits at the entrance to the resort. Charlie Lord noted that his first run—maybe the first ever?—down the new trail was on April 4, 1935. The first sanctioned race on Nose Dive was held Feb. 23, 1936, when Bob Bourdon won the Vermont Downhill Championship in 2 minutes and 30 seconds. This two-mile run drops from under The Nose down through a natural corner in the mountain and ends at the parking lot. It was the second trail cut on the mountain and until 1940, only accessible to those who hiked up due to the lack of lifts. The trail has undergone radical changes over the years, and old photographs show a remarkably different trail. In the 1940s the base area we see today was known officially as the Nose Dive parking lot. Not only have some trails migrated around the mountain, but several have specific sections that have their own individual names and characteristics. Originally, Nose Dive featured Seven Turns as it departed from the Toll Road. The turns were steep, narrow, and winding— hence the Dive in Nose Dive. It wasn’t until 1965-66 that the Seven Turns were reduced to the current number—three. The Shambles was the spot where many an early racer crashed when trying to avoid a couple of trees that once sat dead center on the trail. Virtually every sec-

MAP IT Clockwise from top: The first official trail map of Mt. Mansfield Ski Area, 1940-1941; look how far Chin Clip is from its modern location. Ski school on the Toll House slopes, early 1940s; note the line of trees in the middle of the trail. Ranch Brook: this is what early ski trails looked like. An old postcard depicting all of the ski trails and lifts on Mansfield in 1954, with the exception of Toll House; S-53 twists down and crosses Liftline.


SUN AND STRETCH PANTS Clockwise from top left: Gondolier in the 1970s. This is the very top of Nose Dive and its first turn, 1940s. Inset: Sepp Ruschp cuts an elegant turn off Upper Nose Dive, across the Toll Road and into the Seven Turns, early 1950s. Skiers exiting the single chair in the 1940s faced this view as they looked uphill toward Nose Dive; the Octagon is just out of view on the right.

tion of Nose Dive has its own name, but these are now used mostly by the ski patrol, snowmakers, and groomers for their own purposes. By-Pass was originally cut by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the fall of 1940 as a way of avoiding the Seven Turns. In 1949-1950 it was recut and relocated to where we find it today, but the underlying terrain is still steep enough to get your full attention. The original Chin Clip took its name from the spot on the mountain that looks like a laceration on a boxer’s chin. The original trail was cut in 1934-35. Today’s Chin Clip was completed in 1968 and simply took ownership of the old name. Downhillers, starting as early as 1935 on the old trail, raced down the mountain into Smugglers’ Notch. Depending on which version you trust, Rim Rock was cut in either 1939, 1940, or 1941. Either way, it hasn’t moved very far during subsequent decades. It still follows under the rim of exposed ledges that loom overhead. Cliff Trail, cut in 1968, also got its name from the very same exposed ledges. The Slalom Glades off the north side of Nose Dive were thinned and became an official trail in the fall of 1940—just in time for the opening of the new single chairlift—the longest and highest ski lift in the world at that time. Any 1940 skier coming through a time warp would instantly recognize where he or she was if beamed into the middle of today’s Glades. Where else but at Stowe can a skier enjoy the exact terrain others skied seven decades ago? Midway was just what it says. It was cut in the early winter of 1940 to provide a way for skiers to reach the mid-loading station on the single lift. This station once stood at single chair tower #13, at the top of Thirteen Pitch on Liftline. Especially in the spring, skiers could enjoy the top half of the mountain without having to slog through the mud at the base. Midway has changed over the years, but still emerges onto Liftline exactly where tower #13 once stood. It was probably in 1951 that the section of Midway from Houghton’s down was incorporated into the new National trail. When first cut, Midway began off Rim Rock on the far northern side of the Slalom Glades. Liftline? National? The first was an obvious name for the trail that followed the path of the lift back to the base. National was created and named in 1951, probably because Stowe was emerging as the de facto Ski Capital of the East and clearly becoming “national” in stature. A series of national-level races were held on this trail well into the 1960s. With the coming of the new double chair in 1960, the mountain exploded with new trails. International (current Starr) was cut. Likewise, Chamois (current Goat), Centerline (later widened), Hayride (widened in 1981-82), and Maiden Lane made their appearance for the first time. Interestingly, a map drawn by Charlie Lord and Perry Merrill in 1943 showed a trail named Goat. It appears to have followed the current Haychute, crossed the current Goat and exited laterally at the bottom of the Seven Turns on Nose Dive. During the summer of 2002, Hayride was widened again and re-contoured to meet FIS standards in order to become the new official race trail at Stowe. It was abandoned during the 2009-2010 season, when racing moved back to Main Street on Big Spruce. At the same time, crews widened Skimeister. Starting in 1935, “Skimeister” trains began running from New York City to Waterbury, Vt., with loads of skiers destined for Stowe. First cut in December 1940, the trail wasn’t finished until the fall of 1941. Where is this trail today? In about 1986, the layout was altered and the name changed to Lord. It remains one of Stowe’s most popular trails. The original Lord was first laid out in July 1939 and cut by a CCC crew led by Warren Warner in November. It was a tiny, narrow, and winding trail that began near the Octagon and made its first real drop where Hayride now departs from Centerline. You can still see some short sections of the original Lord. Take a trip down the current Lord Loop (get the connection?) from the Octagon and as you first pitch down over Centerline, look to your left. A mostly overgrown cutoff to Hayride will 82


Other old trails with new official names on the 2007-2008 trail map: Stowe Derby Trail Lower Toll Road Christy Glades and Christiana Lower Ridgeview Lookout Loop Upper and Lower Hayride Hayride Loop Upper and Lower Starr Upper National (closed since about 1986) Lower National Upper Lord Upper Liftline Upper and Lower Nose Dive Upper and Lower Goat Upper and Lower Lookout Lower Lord T-Line Midway Slopes Lower Switchback Upper and Lower Perry Merrill Lower Cliff Trail Upper and Lower Gondolier Waterfall High Road (formerly Crossover) Last Exit Chin Clip Runout Slalom Hill West Smugglers Upper and Lower Smugglers Upper Main Street Mogul Field Catwalk Nastar Hill Upper Meadows Jug Handle Upper and Lower Sterling #1, #2, and #3 Cut Across 84

be visible. You just entered a time warp back to the 1930s. Want another trip back in time? Go down North Slope past Maiden Lane on your left. Continue past Christie on your right. Stop at the next junction where Standard, Lord, and North Slope all come together. This is known by the Ski Patrol as “Sun Spot.” Look north toward the Triple and curving uphill toward Hackett’s Highway is a tiny section of the old 1930s Lord. See it in all the brush? So where did the name Lord come from? The name does evoke a type of religious experience for many skiers in the know. Charlie Lord was the engineering/skiing genius who laid out the bulk of the trails at Stowe. Charlie, a civil engineer, was an early skier. During the Depression, he worked for the CCC and directed the cutting of trails on Mt. Mansfield. To all who ski Stowe, we are deeply indebted to Charlie for creating a trail network that has stood the test of time for over seven decades. In December 1945, he wrote an article about how the section of mountain under the Chin would be perfect for an entirely new network of trails. It wasn’t until 1968 that his imagined trails were cut, pretty much as he envisioned, 23 years earlier. So how did a trail get named after him? Thank forester Perry Merrill, the commissioner

of Vermont’s Department of Forests & Parks. Merrill enthusiastically promoted the use of the CCC to develop skiing trails throughout the state. Knowing of Lord’s instrumental work with the CCC, and his ability to design trails, Merrill declared that one trail on Mansfield would henceforth be known as Lord. Being a very modest person, Charlie objected but nobody dared override Merrill’s decision.

But turnabout is fair play. Before Lord was cut, a new trail under The Chin, already laid out and cut starting on Oct. 25, 1937, needed a name. Charlie decided it should be called Perry Merrill. This original trail began near Taft Lodge and descended to the Nose Dive parking lot. At some point the upper half of this trail was abandoned and the lower half

VIEWS, VIEWS, VIEWS Clockwise from top left: A 1940s view of Liftline, before the Front Four; rocks and stumps made the trail unskiable, and note the unloading station halfway up the mountain at the top of 13 Pitch. Shot from Spruce Peak, a postcard from the mid 1980s; note the islands of trees on North Slope, just above the skier on the left. The original Rim Rock, the uphill section; skiers climbed this part to get to the original Perry Merrill, 1960s. Nov. 17, 1940, the day the single chair opened on Mansfield, heading up an unskiable Liftline.

seems to have migrated to where today’s lower Perry Merrill is found. Until 1968, with the installation of the original gondola, the now relocated (1937) Perry Merrill was only accessible to those who ventured down Nose Dive, through Slalom Glades, and slogged over Rim Rock to finally pitch downhill once again. The very narrow Perry Merrill was littered with trees, rocks, stumps, open brooks, and other such fun items found on any early downhill trail. The bottom half of today’s Perry Merrill follows the original path, but would be totally unrecognizable to any time traveler from pre-1968. The CCC cut all of the original trails, except some possible sections of Skimeister, on Mt. Mansfield. Why isn’t there a trail named after them? Without the back-breaking labor of these men, Stowe Mountain Resort might never have gotten off the ground. But wait. Actually, there is a trail named after them. Laid out in March 1940 and cut in mid-winter by CCC crews under Warren Warner and George Cunningham, today’s S-53 exists for only a few dozen yards, but it once ran down the full length of the mountain. Most of its former self was later absorbed into more modern trails. S-53 was the official designation of the quasi-military CCC camp in Smugglers’ Notch. Their main residential structure still exists and is now known as the State Dorm located at the bottom of CCC Hill on Route 108—directly adjacent to the snowmaking pond. This is the oldest, continually occupied CCC building in the U.S. S-53 came back into official existence on the 20072008 trail map. The mountain and surrounding hills in

Stowe are littered with trails that no longer officially exist. One example is the Bruce trail, the first ski trail cut on the mountain, but which has been officially abandoned since the 1960s. Skiing here today is considered out-of-bounds. The CCC followed Charlie Lord’s direction in cutting trees and pulling stumps. Relying strictly on manpower, it took from Nov. 1, 1933 until Feb. 1, 1934 for the Bruce to be ready for its first skiers. This first downhill trail on Mt. Mansfield was named for Horace M. Bruce, Jr. of Waterbury, a prominent logger, at the suggestion of Craig Burt, Sr., another famous logger, though Burt was from Stowe. Paul Barquin was a member of the CCC crew that cut the Bruce. Almost at the moment when the cutting was complete, he put on his skis and became the first person to use the trail for its intended purpose. He died in Springfield, Vt., in 2010. Charlie Lord once wrote that the Bruce was “skiable from Nov. 23, 1933 on.” Presumably, he meant “portions” were skiable. Ten days after the Bruce opened, it was the scene of an official race, on Feb. 11, 1934. The race started at the Chicken Coop, a small building near the old summit hotel. (It truly had been a chicken coop but renovated to include bunks and a stove.) The upper half of The Bruce was widened by the CCC during the fall of 1940. According to Trim Conkling in the February 1941 issue of Mt. Mansfield Skiing, “The fact that this three-and-a-quartermile trail is not skied on as much as some others is perhaps a blessing in disguise. The Bruce trail now is one of our down-mountain

runs where for several days following a new snowfall it usually is possible to zoom along with ski tips knifing the soft powder, and with a white plume flying at the turns.” The mountain’s oldest “trail” is the Toll Road. First created in 1850, riders on horses, buggies, and carriages paid a toll to drive to the summit. In 1922 it was improved for horseless carriages and today remains an extremely popular beginner trail. In 1946, Lullaby Lane was cut from Toll Road so that skiers could get back to the base of the new T-bar, which once stood at the location of the current Triple Lift. Lullaby was widened in 1953-54. If you look to your right after passing under the Easy Mile lift, you will see a large boulder in the woods. It once stood directly in the middle of this beginner’s trail. A keen observer will notice that immediately uphill from the Easy Mile lift the northern embankment of Lullaby has been cut back. This happened around 1960 to eliminate the steep section of the trail. (Skiing at Stowe since 1953, the only time I have ever been hurt was when I broke my leg on this section in 1958. Bear trap bindings weren’t kind to bones.) And speaking of the old T-bar, what about the trails that were cut in 1946 and 1947, when this lift was built? Tyro, Standard, and Gulch first made their appearance at that time. Blasting to begin construction on North Slope first took place on Oct. 25, 1938. The trail was later extended uphill to the top of the new T-bar. The lower section already existed with its own rope tow. From the Mansfield Base Story continues on page 206



Kidding around on the Mountain



Story by Molly Triffin

VERY FIRST TRACKS Clockwise from above: Waiting to head outside from the lodge. Perfect form! Heading uphill on the Magic Carpet lift. All aboard: An instructor transports the crew to the practice lift via sled.


Photographs by Glenn Callahan

Tears, fear, exhilaration, triumph—a ski lesson for toddlers has as many ups and downs as an episode of Survivor. The drama begins long before their miniature boots are snapped into baguette-sized skis and tiny bundled-up bodies are hoisted onto seemingly massive chairlifts. At 8:30 on a bright February morning, the scene at Stowe Mountain Resort’s 3 Ski Center, the home base for three-year-old skiers and snowboarders, is highly charged. Little Jessica, clad in head-to-toe purple, refuses to release her fierce grip on her mother’s legs; Beatrice buries her face in her father’s coat, tears streaming; Nolan throws a tantrum because he wants to wear his Cars T-shirt over his fleece instead of underneath it. Through it all, the no-nonsense program manager Lucie Keene deftly navigates the chaos, swooping up bewildered children and reassuring nervous parents. “You have to choose your battles,” she says as she swaps Nolan’s clothes, transforming him into a Lilliputian superman, Cars tee bulging over a bulky fleece. As the morning progresses, it becomes increasingly clear that a successful lesson hinges on managing emotions (and preventing meltdowns), rather than teaching technical skills. The departure of the parents is the most critical and challenging moment of the day. “In order for toddlers to develop trust, we need to provide an environment of comfort as soon as we meet them,” says ski instructor Annie Parsons. If that trust isn’t established from the get-go, the entire lesson will likely be an uphill battle. To create a sense of belonging, kids are divided into “snow teams” of about three children per instructor, where they’re often given a set of identical stuffed animals and together choose a team name, from Snow Spiders to Princess Snowflakes. Then everyone layers up (one teacher accelerates the process by challenging kids to a getting-ready race), the animals are zipped into the fronts of jackets, and it’s time to hit the snow. The second key to turning toddlers into mini Lindsey Vonns and Shaun Whites? Plenty of play. The goal is to encourage kids to see snow sports as fun, not intimidating. “It’s my job to sell them on the idea, rather than teach them how to do it,” explains Ryan Munn, snowboard instructor and internet manager for Poulin Auto Sales of South Burlington. Newbies stick to flat ground at first, getting accustomed to their equipment with games like the hokey-pokey, Simon Says, and walking like penguins to prepare


them for herringboning uphill. Later in the day, they pile into sleds and instructors pull them to the magic carpet surface lift. With connectors attaching the tips of their skis together into a wedge, they make their way down while the instructor leads them through a game of Red Light, Green Light, Blue Light (blue light means “dance”). Some careen fearlessly; others snake along with trepidation—one little boy sits down on the snow in protest and refuses to go any further.

PLENTY OF PLAY Clockwise from above: Program director Lucie Keene makes a connection with her students at Stowe Mountain Resort’s 3 Ski Center, the home base for three-year-old skiers and boarders. Learning technique. An instructor and her charges take a break on the hill. The class reflected in an instructor’s goggles. It’s not far to fall!


More experienced toddlers, on the other hand, can keep pace with—if not outperform—adults. Munn’s 4-year-old son Victor began snowboarding at 20 months, and he has serious swagger, skidding turns with ease and style. He counts the black diamond Nosedive among his favorite trails and loves riding in the woods; rather than teacher and student, he and his instructor seem more like buddies heading out together for a powder day. “I like to go really fast and pass people,” Victor says. “But I don’t like falling. I get scared.” When asked what he does after a tumble, he replies matter of factly, “I get back up and keep going.” And with that, he’s brazenly shoots down Sunny Spruce. Even the boldest snow devils turn back into little kids during hot chocolate breaks, which are interspersed into the day’s activities at regular intervals. Jessica announces that her dad has two baby brothers named Rose and Marshmallow. Two children play peek-a-boo, sneaking glimpses of each other under the table, while a couple of teachers read to their teams, toddlers curled around them like sleepy puppies. “Hot chocolate is actually very important, because that’s when we go over what we just did and talk about the highlights,” says Parsons. “You can really see their confidence grow.” Plus, as Munn puts it, “Toddlers can only engage in a state of learning once their basic needs have been met. As soon as they have to pee, everything else goes out the window.” ■


1943 – 2012



h, Jake, what a pisser you were! What audacity! What an athlete! No one can match you! You were an artist, a living piece of subway graffiti, wild and spontaneous, uncontrollable, colorful as a zonk on the head, anti-establishment… oh, one could go on and on. No one was like Jake. Born in Bayonne, N.J. (where else?), one of his first works of art was to hot-wire the police chief’s car and move it down the street. It was his first act of postmodern art. His second was as a member, in very bad standing, of two street gangs. Skiing snatched him in college and hooked him for the rest of his life. For a big guy, he was superb on the trampoline, so he took up downhill racing, crashed hard and banged his liver, punctured a lung, and lost a kidney. So he took up bump skiing and squirmed into the hot dog era. Jake was a great showman and he built up his persona carefully. He dropped his Christian name and called himself Jake Jakespeare. (He came into the world as William Walter Jacob, Jr.) He found a silver woman’s cap in a fancy ski store and talked the clerk into giving it to him. Then he sewed the letters Rolex on it and badgered the Rolex people into giving him a watch, which caused them some consternation when he stole that bus. Jake was a hot dogger, as freestyle was known in the late 1970s and 1980s. When it was time for Jake to take off for his front lay-out somersault, the announcer would scream into the mike, “Here comes the Silver Bullet!” Jake would take a last puff of his Gauloise cigarette, flip it, and track down the intake, to the Lone Ranger theme from the William Tell Overture, and soar farther and higher than most everyone else. Front layout somersaults were his specialty. For a big guy, he had tremendous grace in the air. They were wild times. Hunter Thompson wouldn’t have kept up with Jake. About that bus. It became known as the Keystone Bus Caper, 1976. Jake had been on the mountain building bumps. It was hard work and he was walking back toward the lodge, two miles away, when he spied an empty shuttle bus with no driver, but 10 passengers. Jake didn’t waste a second. He hopped on the bus and into the driver’s seat. Keys were in the ignition and he powered up. “All aboard the Hot Dog Bus to Keystone Lodge!” he yelled, and set off full bore. He hit a piece of ice on the first curve and the bus whirled around like Suzy Chafee doing her ballet thing and smacked into a snowbank. Passengers were on the floor, screaming. “Don’t worry folks, the Hot Dog bus will get you there!” and he backed out of the snowbank and sped to the next patch of ice and the bus did a 720. More screams of terror. Jake gunned the engine, swung into the skid and spun out of the 720 and took off for the lodge, yelling at the passengers to stay cool. He parked at the front, was the first out of the bus, and walked up to his room and managed to keep a low profile, very difficult for Jake to do, until it was time to check out. He spent quite a bit of time in Stowe, drinking diet cola, eating junk food, smoking his Gauloises, lifting weights, and impressing everyone with his feats of strength. He became one of the best jump builders in America for freestyle skiing. He catered to the fancy by waxing their Mercedes. He


Story & Photo: Peter Miller also loved to fish and one day he was on the Lamoille in Hardwick behind a motel and saw tucked in the rear a bunch of cars he had waxed. Soon the word was out— gaggles of nicely waxed Mercedes were consorting with each other behind the No Tell Motel. Then there was the Stowe to Sugarloaf ambulance ride. Jake was on the ski patrol at Mt. Mansfield and each spring there was a conference with Sugarloaf, Maine, patrollers to see who were the best drinkers. So Jake and buddies liberated an old ambulance owned by the Mountain Company. When they went through small towns Jake put on the blue flashers and siren. A cop stopped them in New Hampshire and Jake, with that hard voice of authority maybe roughened with a few beers, convinced him they were responding to an emergency in Maine. Cop let them go. But not on the return trip, when they again had the blue lights flashing and the siren screaming. So a bunch of patrollers made a trip from Stowe to post bail. There were a few other Jake moments, like the time he threw a bamboo slalom pole at a hovering helicopter that was hassling the freestylers with rotor wash during a race. He was arrested and jailed; the judge threw the case out. At the banquet at the end of the meet Jake received a standing ovation. Injuries to Jake’s back, innards, and knees curtailed his career. He was a big burly man and his body hit hard. He continued to wax cars and became an ace fly fisherman and eventually became a rep for a Korean fishing company that made exceptional fly rods at a good price. He pursued a young lassie—Christine Wu— and married her. It was a happy time, more so with raising their daughter, Maile Wu, now in her early 20s. Jake and his family moved to Walpole, Mass. There he had a fight with cancer, which eventually overcame him at the age of 69. Ahh, Jake, we make great conversation and laughs when we remember you. But to really experience Jake you had to be at a freestyle event when Jake was about to take some air. As the Lone Ranger theme song galloped over the race course, the Silver Bullet, arms by his side, the wind ruffling his moustache and in syncopation with the music, goes ballistic. He is so high he seems isolated by the blue sky. His back is arched, his arms out like wings, and everything is in perfect form before he flips. Look close and you can see—as Jake floats with the lightness of a thistle—a smile on his face. •••• This remembrance first appeared in Crossroads Anglers newsletter, February 2013. Read excerpts from Peter Miller’s new book, A Lifetime of Vermont People, on page 200.

Jake Jakespeare doing his thing, Heavenly Valley, Calif, 1970s.


Duncan Hastings tests to see how the syrup drips back into the pan. The way it sheets off the spoon tells him it’s ready. 94

BACKYARD SUGARMAKERS how sweet it is...


Julia Shipley /////


Glenn Callahan


Maple syrup making is, essentially, a simple proposition: boil maple sap long enough and at a certain moment—voila—you have syrup. Oh, but to get enough for more than a breakfast of champions, you’ve got to boil a lot of sap—40 gallons yields just one of gallon of the sweet stuff. And even if you score your equipment second hand and improvise the rest, it’s still a commitment of time and energy. Once the sap begins to flow you’ve got to gather it—remember—eight full five-gallon buckets for just one gallon of the golden grail. The whole process, too, is weather dependant. To trigger a run, temperatures must plunge below freezing at night, and sneak above freezing during the day. Wouldn’t you rather skip it and go skiing? Yet for backyard sugarmakers like Phil Young, Duncan Hastings, and Susan and Bob Moeck, it’s an irresistible process, a sweet thing to do every winter, a labor of love.




round noon in late February Phil Young stomps through the snowy woods near his house in Morrisville brandishing a cordless drill. He ambles from maple to maple, standing within kissing distance of each tree, boring a 3/8-inch hole, then inserting a metal spout, or spile. Last, he hangs a bucket. As the sun warms his shoulders and he moves on to the next tree, he hears plunk, plunk, plunk—like a quickening heartbeat—as sap plummets into the buckets. By late afternoon the woods sport 100 taps and 100 buckets and he is “tapped out,” an expression which describes the first phase of making maple syrup. “Tapped out” is also slang for how Phil will feel in six weeks when this 38-year-old middle-school teacher and father of three is running on the dregs of his energy, having gathered a thousand gallons of sap, drip by drip by drip, and boiled it late into the night. I know, because I join Phil in his man cave-ish sugar shack, tucked behind his house, for the final boil of last sugaring season. When I arrive around 8 p.m. on a Tuesday in mid April, it is profoundly dark and significantly above freezing at 39 degrees. I stumble through the mud, following deep tracks scored by a tractor’s wheels down to where Phil is just getting the fire going inside his shack. To the uninitiated this looks like a crazy laboratory. Two bare bulbs illuminate the roughhewn room where glass bottles of syrup decorate the sills, license plates from Michigan (Phil’s birthplace) and Vermont adorn the walls, extension cords snake past a collection of kitchen pots, and a propane burner sits off to the side. But the main feature of the shanty is a large woodstove equipped with an evaporator, a rectangular steel pan seated on its top. Referred to


as an arch, these rigs can vary in size from cute to behemoth. Phil’s evaporator is perfect for a backyard sugarmaker. It’s the size of a diner griddle, and vastly more efficient than the turkey fryer he used to employ. Phil’s arch is supported by two jacks, one from his old Volvo, the other, a regular hydraulic deal. To intensify the woodstove’s heat, Phil positions an old fan with the protective basket removed to act as a blower. He leans it against some bricks and aims it toward the flames. The sugarhouse is hushed except for the spurting and crackling of the fire catching and the soft whir of the fan. “Are any of your friends as fanatic about sugaring?” I ask. “Not a one,” he replies. There’s a lawn chair, with two empty beer bottles lying nearby, suggestive of the kickback-and-relax part of sugaring, where all Phil has to do is make sure the fire’s going full bore, and check that the pans are full of sap, and that the sap is progressing toward, and not beyond, syrup. But those

Clockwise from top left: Phil

Young brings a bucket of sap into the sugarhouse. Phil and his daughter watch the pan as the sap boils. Duncan Hastings’ sugarhouse blazes with light. Pouring off the syrup at the Hastings operation, where a hydrometer hangs on the wall. Inset: Buckets of frozen sap await Phil’s attention.

leisurely moments are still far off as Phil replenishes the sap pre-heater, drawing from a blue five-gallon drum hanging by red straps in the back corner—a gravity-fed device that feeds sap to the pans until Phil shuts off the nozzle. Then Phil’s iPhone rings and, as he takes the school-related call, he adds another few chunks of wood to the fire. As he listens to the prodigious exhortations of his caller, finally acquiescing, “Yes… yes,” he scans his setup, then ducks out of the shed to retrieve two more buckets of sap. For weeks Phil’s been emptying buckets at 5:15 a.m. to get a jumpstart on decanting, then returning home at 4 p.m. to empty them again—a hundred buckets times two. For weeks after putting his kids to bed, he’s fired up the arch to boil the sap into syrup, a gradual act, just like tonight, as the moisture begins to lift in billowy puffs of steam, eventually forming a solid fog as the sap reduces to leave behind a progressively darker, thicker liquid.

But with such a full life, is his allegiance to this process worth it? “It’s my favorite thing to do,” he says. And tonight, on this final boil of sugaring season, he says with genuine awe, “I’ve never seen so much sap as this season and it’s a dream come true—crystal clear and super sweet.”



uncan Hastings is the town manager of Johnson. He’s also the general manager of the electric department, the road commissioner, the deputy health officer, the water and light officer, and the chairman of the Vermont Public Power Supply Authority. Oh yeah, he sugars, too. “It’s in my blood,” says Duncan, whose family has lived in Vermont since the early 1800s, a time when residents sometimes paid 97

their town taxes with maple sugar. “I sugared with my grandfather on 125 acres of a hill farm,” and despite his roster of occupations, Duncan says, “I’d go stir crazy if I wasn’t sugaring.” He taps 39 trees on his acre of land, which includes six hanging buckets and 33 taps connected to a pipeline that draws the sap to a holding tank in the back of his new 8-foot by 8-foot sugarhouse. More like a chapel than a shack, Duncan milled the lumber himself, and built it last summer using pine logs gleaned from line trimmings at the electric department. Now he’s burning his leftover scraps to heat his arch, which is all fired up, the sap making a soft “rahhhh” as it simmers away. Duncan grins easily as he tells me about his 29-year-old daughter and her fiancé in East Montpelier who now are using his old 2x6 evaporator. “When she was a kid she was always in and out of the sugarhouse, and as far as I could tell she didn’t exhibit a real interest… But yesterday, as they were getting ready to sugar off (the term for drawing the ready syrup from the pan), she checked it and said, ‘Nope, it’s not aproning right.’ ” Unbeknownst to him she had observed her father take the scoop, as he was doing now, and dip it into the thickening sap, then hold it aloft to study how the syrup drips back to the pan. The savvy sugarmaker watches for the way it sheets off the spoon; maybe the urge to sugar flows through generations as surely as sap moves through the maples. Duncan opens the door and heads out, returning moments later with an armload of wood, which he dumps within easy reach of the arch. He peers into the pan where the sap seethes. The steam fogs up his glasses. He grimaces, and says, “frogs’ eggs”—even as the froth bubbles up in the pan—“it’s not yet.” Half a beer later we’re there. It sheets off the lifted spoon, so he puts on gloves, scoops up some syrup, pours it into a tall skinny vial and drops in the hydrometer, which measures specific density (ideally 66.5-66.7). This moment matters: if you draw off and the syrup’s too heavy, it crystallizes; too light, it spoils. Satisfied, he draws two quarts out of the pan, pours it though a filter, and offers me a Cuervo shot glass of the stuff. The warm syrup seizes my mouth and tongue. When I swallow, the back of my throat aches with so much sudden sweetness.


sugaring off

hen Bob and Susan Moeck moved from Long Island to Stowe Hollow with their two sons 20 years ago, they had no dreams of sugaring. But maples fill their land, and pretty soon, encouraged by a colleague, they began to tap their trees. The first year they made two pints, boiling it over a 55gallon drum. Now they tap 50 to 60 trees, which takes them to parts of their land that they wouldn’t see otherwise, “It’s creepy, eerie,” Susan says, “you would never go back there—but this way you get to know your land better.” For the past 20 springs they’ve seen turkey, coyote, and deer tracks, and owl scat as they’ve tapped out and gathered. The Moecks skipped building a sugarhouse all together. “It just never seemed important after sugarmaking is over for the year.,” Susan says. So protected by neither shack, nor chapel, they boil outside, standing in whatever the weather is issuing, on an arch the size of a baby cradle, improvising a shed roof when they need to keep out the rain. “It’s like sitting around the campfire,” Susan explains, “When you’re out here, you’re not interrupted.” 98

Susan works as the executive assistant to Stowe’s town manager and clerk to the select board. Her days are consumed with addressing “signage problems, road problems, invoices,” she says. Bob is a carpenter. So during sugaring season they end their workdays or begin their weekends boiling next to a clump of fir trees, standing beside Amadeus the horse in his pasture, chickens pecking around the premises, with Bauer, their basset hound, wandering by and the cat stepping carefully across the pile of firewood. When Susan comes into work the next day and announces, “We made six gallons last night!” it prompts her colleague Steve Bonneau, the superintendent of the Stowe highway department who moonlights for a commercial sugaring operation, to put it into perspective. “Oh yeah?” he says, “We made 160.” Backyard sugaring, if you factor in the investment of time and energy and in some cases money, is not a rational thing to do. It’s not an economical thing to do. It’s a primal thing to do, almost involuntary, much as animals shed their winter coats or migratory birds swerve north. That’s why every winter Phil and Duncan and Susan and Bob and others possessed by the potential of sap rising in the trees instinctively begin changing out bits on their cordless drills, filling their pockets with spiles, and stomping in the direction of their sugar woods.

Phil confesses that his reasons for sugaring have changed as the years go on. “When I first started, it provided a nice connection to where we live—to the woods, the land, the weather, and how everything is connected.” More recently his connection has become a concentrated effort to make the best syrup possible. Even though he’s been doing it for eight or nine seasons, he believes there’s still some mystery to it and a lot of creativity involved. “You can always find better ways to do things,” he says. What hasn’t changed is his feeling when sugaring comes to an end. Though he may be worn out by the long weeks of late nights, “It’s the worst, you’re so bummed out, you won’t have that kind of connection again for a whole year.” So he’s started keeping bees.

As the warm nights and warmer days doom the sugaring season, the bees start to stir. But the bees are a diversion, a holdover, Phil says, until next year when late winter rolls around and he can resume his quest to make the purest, sweetest thing. ■ Clockwise,






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Histories by Barbara Ackerman, Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Johnson State College.

HE HELEN DAY ART CENTER OCCUPIES A central place in Stowe’s art scene, both literally and figuratively. Since taking over the top floor of the old Stowe High School building at the head of School Street in 1981, the Helen Day has provided Stowe with world-class exhibits, community programs, art education, and outreach to tens of thousands of schoolchildren. Notable artists such as Pablo Picasso and Wolf Kahn have shared the space with local artists like Stan Marc Wright, Rett Sturman, and Walton Blodgett, and with countless others from throughout Vermont, the region, and the world. On the other side of the mountain, the Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville is named for Jeffersonville artists Mary and Alden Bryan. Mary Bryan died in 1978 and her husband, also now deceased, built and opened the non-profit gallery in her memory in 1984.

EXHIBITS & OPENINGS BRYAN MEMORIAL GALLERY Main Street, Jeffersonville. Through December 29, Thursday – Sunday, 11 - 4, or by appointment. Winter months: open by appointment. 644-5100. Over 200 artists exhibit, with a focus on landscape painting.

Through December 29 Shades of Fall: Small Picture Exhibit

Winter through April The Legacy Collection & Gallery artists

May 2 A Tribute to Mary Bryan

GALLERY AT RIVER ARTS EXHIBIT 74 Pleasant St., Morrisville., 888-1261.

Through January 2

Harvest Moon, detail, Dorothy Martinez, Bryan Memorial Gallery.

Paul Gruhler

Through January 2 Chris Stearns, Common Space Gallery

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SKI HISTORY Clockwise from left: The museum’s interior. An old ski photo. The building at night. Other photos and ephemera from the collection.

VERMONT SKI & SNOWBOARD MUSEUM Open daily except Tuesday • 12 - 5 p.m. for programs and events. Handicap accessible. Admission is $5 per person/$10 for a family.

December 27 – 28

Vermont Ski & Snowboard Museum Located in the historic 1818 Town Hall on Stowe’s Main Street, the Vermont Ski & Snowboard Museum collects, preserves, and celebrates Vermont’s rich skiing and snowboarding history. “The changes are the result of extensive input from visitors, members, and supporters. The museum will enter its second decade in Stowe with a new exhibit plan that will ensure new and repeat visits,” says Meredith Scott, museum director and curator. The permanent and rotating exhibits highlight this journey, from handcrafted skis eight feet in length to lost ski areas, and from the story of the 10th Mountain Division to Vermont Olympians. These are just a few of the treasures and stories the museum holds. Originally built as Stowe’s town hall, the building once sat on the site of the community church, and was rolled into place at its current home in the 1860s.


When you visit, take some time to watch the films on the first-floor large screen. Display cases contain memorabilia from some of the many illustrious skiers from Vermont, a children’s space, and an exhibit about technological innovations in alpine, cross-country, telemark skiing, and snowboarding. Exhibits at the museum include: ■

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Kick and Glide: Vermont’s Nordic Skiing Legacy Moving Upwards in Skiing: 75 Years of Lift Technology Stowe: A Community for Skiing Artifacts from the Private Collections of Jeff Brushie and the Vermont Slope Posse Vermont Nordic Traditions Vermont and the 10th Mountain Division From Schussing to Shredding

Warren Miller’s Ticket to Ride A journey across the globe to Kazakhstan, Iceland, and beyond with Ted Ligety, Seth Westcott, Julia Mancuso, more. At the VTSSM.

December 29 & January 3 & 10 Warren Miller’s Ticket to Ride Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center 7 p.m. $12

January 23 Warren Miller’s Ticket to Ride At the VTSSM.

January 24 Jake Blauvelt’s Naturally VTSSM.

February 16 – February 21 Stowe Mountain Film Festival Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center. Details at

March 3 – 7 Stowe Mountain Film Festival Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center. Details at

March 15 Vermont Antique Nordic Ski Race Cross-country skiers navigate the trails at Pico Ski Area on old-school gear and period dress. Check the Museum’s website for details.


Alexander Volkov • Oil Terry Gilecki • Oil

Sergio Roffo • Oil


Gerald • Oil

Heralded as one of the countries finest art galleries, we offer a truly outstanding selection of original paintings, sculpture and fine photography by locally, nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. Open every day. Baggy Knees Shopping Center • 394 Mountain Road P.O. Box 1413, Stowe, VT 05672 • (802) 253-7282

Javier Mulio • Oil

Fred Swan • Acrylic

Brian Miller • Mixed Media

Marina Dieul • Oil

Katrina Swanson • Oil




Stowe’s Helen Day Art Center THE HELEN DAY ART CENTER AND THE Stowe Free Library share a beautifully restored 1863 Greek Revival building in the heart of picturesque Stowe Village. The art center offers exhibitions of national and international artists, as well as rotating exhibitions of Vermont artists. Art classes and workshops, lectures, and children’s programs are offered throughout the year.

HELEN DAY ART CENTER Stowe Village. 253-8358. Wednesday - Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m. Free; donations welcome.

December 6 – January 5 Member Art Show & Festival of Trees and Lights Art show that celebrates the rich and varied talents of the Helen Day membership, paired with community decorated evergreens. Opening Dec. 6, 5 p.m. Family day Dec. 14, 1 p.m.

January 24 – April 24 Surveillance Surveillance: privacy and safety, security and freedom, public and personal. Each of these dichotomies point to the gravity of the debate between public and private space. The prevalence of surveillance in our personal, public, corporate, and governmental worlds is growing exponentially. Who are the watchers, and who is being watched? This exhibition features the response of artists who wrestle with these topics in contemporary society. Curated by Nathan Suter.


January 24 – March 2 Julia Oldham in the East Gallery Curated by Rachel Moore.

March 14 – April 20 Andrea Lilienthal in the East Gallery Andrea Lilienthal is a Brooklyn-based mixed media sculptor. Her use of materials derives from nature, then becomes transformed—long brightly painted branches propped against a wall, striped trees with their roots still in tact, and pussy willow buds suspended in space resembling a swarm of bees. Curated by Rachel Moore.

May 1 – June 1 Student Art Show 2014 The 33rd exhibition of local students’ work from Stowe elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as a group of invited schools.

Saturday, April 5 Spring Benefit Gala A must attend social event in Stowe. Live, art, and silent auctions.

Clockwise from top left: The Helen Day exhibit space. Indian Summer

installation, detail, Andrea Lilienthal. Sculpture by Leila Banda, as part of the center’s annual outdoor sculpture exhibit. A tree ornament from the Festival of Trees & Light.

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Green Mountain Fine Art.

Brandy, Carolyn Droge,

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GREEN MOUNTAIN FINE ART GALLERY 64 S. Main St., Stowe Village. 253-1818. Diverse collection of traditional and contemporary works by a variety of Vermont and regional artists. HELEN DAY ART CENTER Stowe Village, Stowe. 253-8358. Wednesday – Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m. Donations welcome. See exhibits, page 106. INSIDE OUT GALLERY 299 Mountain Road, Stowe. 253-6945. Ongoing exhibit of paintings by Vermont artists Robin Nuse, Sue Sweterlitsch, Fiona Cooper.

Borowski glass, Inside Out Gallery.

JULIAN SCOTT MEMORIAL GALLERY Dibden Center for Arts, Johnson State, 635-1469. Monday - Friday, 10 - 6, Saturday 10 - 4. Changing exhibit of student artists and others.

Through December 14 Barbara Ackerman’s Histories Inspired by a trip to the Southwest and Native Americans. Artist talk Dec. 5, 3 p.m.

LITTLE RIVER HOTGLASS 593 Moscow Rd., Stowe. 253-0889. Nationally recognized art glass studio features resident artist Michael Trimpol’s studio.

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OLD FIREHOUSE / GRACE GALLERY 59 Mill St., Hardwick, 472-6857, Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Ongoing: GRACE artists display at Old Firehouse Annex, Hardwick, and Stoweflake Mountain Resort. RED MILL GALLERY Vermont Studio Center, Pearl Street, Johnson. 635-2727. Exhibitions by international, national, local artists. ROBERT PAUL GALLERIES Baggy Knees Shopping Center, 394 Mountain Rd. 253-7282. Original paintings, sculpture, and fine photography by artists from around the world. STOWE CRAFT GALLERY & DESIGN CENTER Gallery: 55 Mountain Road, Stowe. Design Center: 34 S. Main St, Stowe. 253-7677 or 253-4693. Fine crafts, furniture, sculpture, and art.

Through December 30 Wooden Arks by Po Shun Leong Exhibit calendar continues on page 111



Visiting artists: artist Judith Linhares, writer Terrance Hayes, artist Enrique Martinez Celaya, and artist Kyle Staver. VERMONT STUDIO CENTER LECTURE SERIES VSC Lecture Hall, Main Street, Johnson. 8 p.m. Free, confirm day of the event, 635-2727.

December 2

Lorna Ritz (Artist)

December 3

Arnold Kemp (Artist)

December 12

Pat de Gogorza (Artist)

December 13

Alfredo Gisholt (Artist)

December 16 Lan Samantha Chang (Artist) January 9 January 13

Howard Norman (Writer) Julie Heffernan (Artist)

January 14

Leonid Lerman (Artist)

January 23

Allison Schulnik (Artist)

January 24

Lex Braes (Artist)

January 27

Carolyn Cooke (Writer)

February 6

Baron Wormser (Writer)

February 10

Brian Belott (Artist)

February 11

David Hess (Artist)

February 20

Diana Al-Hadid (Artist)

February 21

Hanneline Rogeberg (Artist)

February 24

Marilyn Nelson (Writer) Eileen Myles (Writer)

March 6 March 10

Alun Williams (Artist)

March 11

Rashid Johnson (Artist)

March 20

Sheila Pepe (Artist)

March 21

Judith Linhares (Artist)

March 24

Michael Dickman (Writer)

April 3

Rikki Ducornet (Writer)

April 7

Kyle Staver (Artist)

April 8

Kim Jones (Artist)

April 17

Ellen Driscoll (Artist)

April 18

Glenn Goldberg (Artist)

April 21

Ehud Havazelet (Writer)

May 15

Terrance Hayes (Writer)

May 19

Enrique Martinez Celaya (Artist)

May 20

Elana Herzog (Artist)

May 29

Sopheap Pich (Artist)

May 30 June 2

Julia Fish (Artist) Alison Hawthorne Deming (Writer)



SHRED THE BEAR Mascot helps resort with good works STORY & PHOTOGRAPH / Mark Aiken

Meet Shred the bear. Shred is not just the newest statue and mascot at Stowe Mountain Resort, he also fights homelessness and helps to rally and unite the business and arts communities of Vermont. Some bear, huh? As the Stowe mascot, Shred sports a red instructor jacket and smiles across the Spruce Peak Plaza from his perch in front of the children’s Adventure Center. Regarding his campaign for the homeless and his ambassadorship role in joining business with art, you need to know about last year’s Burlington Bears Its Art fundraiser for COTS— Vermont’s Committee on Temporary Shelter.

Fighting homelessness… and other causes “Burlington Bears Its Art followed a fundraising model that plenty of other cities have used,” says Mike Colbourn, Stowe Mountain Resort’s vice president of marketing. The Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce teamed up with the Burlington Business Association, the Church Street Marketplace, and Citizens Bank for the event, where businesses purchased plain white fiberglass bear statues. Each business commissioned an artist to decorate its bear. Shred and 23 other bears were displayed on Burlington’s Church Street and auctioned off. SITTING PRETTY “Stowe has promoted COTS over the years,” says Shred the bear greets skiers Colbourn, explaining that the resort has a communiand other visitors at Spruce ty outreach program through which it supports Peak Plaza at Stowe numerous causes. “We look to Vermont first,” says Mountain Resort. Colbourn, although the list of causes stretches nationwide.

A bear and his artist Of all the bears in the Burlington Bears Its Art auction, Shred garnered the second-highest bid: $1,500. Colbourn attributes this to Jess Graham, the artist who created him. “Her work is instantly recognizable,” he says. Shred is typical Graham, except that she usually works in 2D or on murals. “My figures have a playfulness and a caricature quality to them,” she says. Shred’s big lively eyes dance behind green goggles and his tongue hangs out—like a true snowsports enthusiast on a powder day. Graham, who has done artwork for the resort in the past, also serves as a snowboard instructor. “I made sure to poke fun at Dave Merriam,” she says, referring to Stowe’s dress code-conscious director of mountain recreation: “Shred’s shirttails are hanging out.”

Shred 2.0 When Stowe’s marketing department came up with the concept for Shred, Colbourn knew he wanted the statue to eventually live at the resort. But Shred’s buyer had other ideas; she took him home to Canada. Back on Church Street, some bears had not received any bids.


One, in fact, was not painted by an artist; rather, schoolchildren covered it in footprints. “It looked like a pretty quick application, more concerned with the process than the product,” says Graham. So the resort bid $550 on the other bear and commissioned Graham to create a second Shred. “Shred 2.0 is a little more detailed in its facial expression than Shred 1.0,” says Graham. She doesn’t favor one over the other—or at least won’t admit it. “I think they both have great qualities,” she says. Like Stowe, Graham is no stranger to philanthropy. Although she was paid for both Shred projects, she donates work to a couple of nonprofits annually. In the case of Burlington Bears Its Art, both Graham and Colbourn enjoyed the fact that doing the “right thing” for the community also made good business and marketing sense. “Strong communities are good for everybody,” says Graham. “I think it’s important for everybody to find a way that they can contribute.”

INFORMATION: See Jess Graham’s artwork at Stowe Mountain Resort’s Octagon Café or visit

EXHIBITS & OPENINGS Exhibit calendar continues from page 108

STOWE GALLERY ALLIANCE For event details, go to VERMONT FINE ART GALLERY Gale Farm Center, 1880 Mountain Rd., Stowe. 253-9653.

December Holiday Small Picture Show

February 15 Winter Show & Soiree, featuring the colors of winter in all its beauty. 5 - 7 p.m.

May 24 Memorial Weekend Studio Day Saturday, featuring studio works by gallery owner and artist Elisabeth Wooden.

VISIONS OF VERMONT GALLERY Main Street, Jeffersonville. 644-8183. Open by appointment. Some of Northern Vermont’s finest painters: Eric Tobin, the Winslows, Thomas Curtin, Emile Gruppe, and others.

Retail Therapy from Head to Toe J Brand Minnie Rose Magaschoni Chan Luu Frye Coclico Cynthia Vincent Aquatalia &more


Twirl #10, Rebecca Kinkead.

WEST BRANCH GALLERY & SCULPTURE PARK One mile from the village on the Mountain Road, Stowe. 253-8943. Indoor gallery and outdoor sculpture park committed to promoting exceptional contemporary art in varied media and styles by regional, national, and international artists. Four gallery spaces spanning 3,000 square feet.

December 7 – 29 Walden Timothy Jude Smith’s work reframes perspectives of Midwestern suburban housing subdivisions named after Walden Pond. Opening reception, Dec. 7.

March 22 – June 21 Rebecca Kinkead and Chris Griffin Two notable artists with distinct styles form exhibition rich in color, texture, and a fanciful take on the small wonders of our world. Opening reception, March 22, 6 - 8 p.m. ■



TALENT EXPLOSION Some of the acts coming to Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center this winter (clockwise from top left): The Logger Rusty Dewees, actress/singer Molly Ringwald, circus troupe RUCKUS, mentalist Joshua Kane, Rudolf Nureyev State Ballet Theatre of Russia. Inset: Burlington Ensemble

SPRUCE PEAK PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 122 Hourglass Drive, Spruce Peak at Stowe Mountain Resort. 802-760-4634. Subject to change.

Sunday, December 29 Warren Miller’s Ticket To Ride: Exotic ski destinations including Kazakhstan, Iceland, and beyond with Ted Ligety, Julia Mancuso, and more. Film. 7 p.m.

Tuesday, November 26

Saturday, December 28

Freedom and Unity, The Vermont Movie Part 5: Ceres’ Children: A film in six parts, exploring Vermont’s independent spirit and tradition of grassroots democracy. Q&A with the filmmakers. 7 p.m.

RUCKUS, A Cirque Spectacular: Trapezists, jugglers, contortionists. 7 p.m.

Saturday, November 30 CONJURE, A Vaudeville Illusion: The Handsome Little Devils: Comedy… Romance… Intrigue… Death Defying Feats of Legerdemain! 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tuesday, December 3 Freedom and Unity, The Vermont Movie Part 6: People’s Power: A film in six parts, exploring Vermont’s independent spirit and tradition of grassroots democracy. Q&A with the filmmakers. 7 p.m.

Tuesday, December 31 The Logger’s New Year’s Eve Variety Show Special: With dump-truck loads of Vermont grade-A flavor, this show is a smooth-paced line-up of comedy and music acts, with musician Peter Wilder, fiddler Patrick Ross, singer Keeghan Nolan, and the Logger, Rusty DeWees. Rated SC for “some cussin’.” 7 p.m.

Friday, January 3

Friday, December 6

Warren Miller’s Ticket To Ride: Exotic ski destinations including Kazakhstan, Iceland, and beyond with Ted Ligety, Julia Mancuso, and more. Film. 7 p.m.

Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus: Film. 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 4

Saturday, December 7

Young Tradition Vermont Alumni Concert: Traditional and folk music showcasing talented young Vermont performers. 7 p.m.

Great Expectations: Dickens classic with all-star cast. Film. 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 8

Friday, January 10

40th Army Band Holiday Concert: Free, but tickets required. 2 p.m.

Warren Miller’s Ticket To Ride: Exotic ski destinations including Kazakhstan, Iceland, and beyond with Ted Ligety, Julia Mancuso, and more. Film. 7 p.m.

Saturday, December 14 An Irish Christmas In America: Traditional Irish music, history, humor, and dance. 7 p.m.

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Friday, January 17

Live from the Red Square: Anna Netrebko and Dmitri Hvorostovsky sing popular arias and duets from Tosca, Eugene Onegin, and Il trovatore. Film. 7:30 p.m.

Burlington Ensemble: Named Angels—A Mohammed Fairouz Musical Portrait: One of today’s most successful and celebrated young composers of symphonies, operas, chamber music. Pre-concert talk at 6 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 21

Saturday, January 18

Longest Night, Merry and Bright—Blue Gardenias: Vermont jazz vocal trio delivers the Great American Songbook. 7:30 p.m.

Chad Hollister Band with special guest Bow Thayer: Heartfelt, honest songwriting with catchy melodies, lyrics and grooves. 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 27

Thursday, January 23

Scrag Mountain Music: Clockwise: Innovative and interactive world-class chamber music. Music by Bach, Holst, Saint-Saëns, more. 7:30 p.m.

Well-Strung, The Singing String Quartet: All-male quartet puts its own spin on Mozart, Vivaldi, Rihanna, Adele, Lady Gaga, more. 7 p.m.

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Saturday, February 1 The Sleeping Beauty—Rudolf Nureyev State Ballet Theatre of Russia: The classic ballet. 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 8 Some Girls: Rolling Stones Live in Texas: The world famous band at the height of its musical career in 1978. Film. 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 15 Joshua Kane’s Borders of the Mind, the Psychic Show for the Whole Family: Mentalist identifies audience members with special powers. Can he read your mind? 7 p.m.

February 16 – 21 & March 3 – 7 Stowe Mountain Film Festival Week: With the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum. For more information visit 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 22 Chicago City Limits: New York-based sketch comedy artists. 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 15 Josie Leavitt: Standup comedy, adult themes. 7:30 p.m.

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Friday, March 21 Burlington Ensemble: French Connection: Faure Piano Quartet in C Minor and Opus 15 and D’Indy Quintet in G Minor, Opus 81. 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 29 Molly Ringwald: Except Sometimes: Iconic film star sings the Great American Songbook. 7:30 p.m.

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Friday, April 4 Burlington Ensemble: Large Czechs Suk Meditation, Opus 35, Suk String Quartet No.1 Opus 11, and Dvorak Sextet in A, Opus 48. 7:30 p.m. Mixed media continues on page 114

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LIVE MUSIC AT SPRUCE CAMP Live music in Spruce Camp and Spruce Plaza is from 2 - 6 p.m., 2nd floor. Free hot cocoa and s’mores every Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 26 – April 2) and every day during holiday periods, 2 - 4 p.m., Spruce Plaza firepit. Subject to change., 253-3000, or

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Annie in the Water.

Jan. 25 Annie in the Water Feb. 1 Danielle Miraglia Duo Feb. 8 Matt Borrello Duo Feb. 15 Malicious Brothers Feb. 18 Dan Walker Band Feb. 19 Richie Ortiz Feb. 22 Woe Doggies March 1 Jesse Terry March 8 Chad Hollister Duo March 15 Dave Keller Band March 17 St. Patty’s Day with Pryden March 22 Funky Crustaceans April 5 Brett Hughes April 12 Brady & Electric Onlychild Experience ARTS & CRAFTS AT SPRUCE CAMP Spruce Camp. Noon - 4 p.m., 2nd floor. Free hot cocoa and s’mores every Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 26 – April 7) and every day during holiday periods, 2 - 4 p.m., Spruce Plaza firepit. Subject to change.,, or 253-3000.

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Henna tattoos / Jo McKay Dux the Balloon Man Logo & stencils / Jackie Mangione Caricature drawing / Marc Hughes Dux the Balloon Man Henna tattoos / Jo McKay Dux the Balloon Man Face painting / Joanna Collins Holiday cards / Sarah Sprague Face painting / Joanna Collins Dux the Balloon Man Face painting / Joanna Collins Caricature drawing / Marc Hughes Logo & stencils / Jackie Mangione Snowflake art / Sarah Sprague Dux the Balloon Man Logo & stencils / Jackie Mangione Dux the Balloon Man Caricature drawing / Marc Hughes Face painting / Joanna Collins Caricature drawing / Marc Hughes

The Rose Ensemble. Alpine Christmas Market. Santa greets a youngster.

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Henna tattoos / Jo McKay Dux the Balloon Man Face painting / Joanna Collins Mural painting / Sarah Sprague Mural Painting / Sarah Sprague Henna tattoos / Jo McKay Dux the Balloon Man Ski painting / Alison Bergman Mural painting / Kate Morrisey Face painting / Joanna Collins Logo & stencils / Jackie Mangione Dux the Balloon Man Mural painting / Sarah Sprague

HOLIDAY FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHS Holiday family photos with Jesse Schloff Photography. Spruce Plaza, 2 - 4 p.m. Dec. 27, 28, 30, 31 & February 19 & 20 ICE CARVING Spruce Plaza, Stowe Mountain Resort. Dec. 26 Ice Slide Dec. 28 Wildlife Dec. 29 Wildlife Dec. 30 Ice Throne Feb. 15 Ice Slide Feb. 20 Wildlife Feb. 21 Wildlife Feb. 22 Wildlife MOUNTAIN FIREWORKS & TORCHLIGHT PARADE Spruce Camp Base Lodge.

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New Year’s Eve Presidents’ Weekend

A TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS IN STOWE Various venues in Stowe Village. Calendar of events subject to change. Fee or donation may be required. or December 5 ■ The Rose Ensemble: Early American hymns, ballads, and spirituals. Stowe Community Church. 7:30 p.m. Presented by Stowe Performing Arts. December 6 ■ Lantern Parade, Caroling & Tree Lighting: Green Mountain Choraleers. Begins at Stowe Elementary School. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. ■ Festival of Trees and Light Opening: Helen Day Art Center. 5 - 7 p.m. December 7 ■ Alpine Christmas Market: Local artists and artisans, food, fun. Akeley Memorial Building, Main Street. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. ■ Candy Cane Making: Laughing Moon Chocolates, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. ■ Christmas Caroling: Local choraleer groups. Main Street and Town Hall. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. ■ Santa Visits: Stowe Mercantile, Main Street. 11:30 - 3 p.m. ■ Stowe Ice Arena Grand Opening: Music, ice skating, food, facility tours, and more. Noon. ■ Free Hay Rides: Stops at Stowe Mercantile and David Gale Center. Noon - 3 p.m. ■ Christmas Cookie Making: Café on Main. Noon - 3 p.m.


November 30 Browse artisanal crafts, stained glass, needlework, quilted articles, and home baked goods in unique timber-frame barn. Hot soup and beverages. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 579 Plot Road, Johnson, just a short hop from the village. 635-1242.

GREEN MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL Dozens of films and documentaries from around the world. Filmmaker talks, special events. Venues throughout Montpelier. (802) 262-3423, March 21 – 30 JSC DIBDEN CENTER FOR THE ARTS Johnson State College. 635-1476. Most events free. All at 7 p.m. (unless noted)

December 6 – 7 Johnson State College Dance Ensembles: Raucous dance celebration by the JSC Dance Club. $5. December 11 Funk/Fusion Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble. December 13 Johnson State College Band Concert December 15 Holiday Musical Gala: 4 p.m. $5. February 12 & February 13 – 15 Agnes of God: Matinée 1 p.m. (Feb. 12). 7 p.m. $5. April 23 & April 24 – 26 Amadeus: Matinée 1 p.m. (April 23). 7 p.m. $5. Mixed media continues on page 119

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RESTORATION Clockwise from top right: Detail of the mural on Stowe’s Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Matt Strong at work during his four-summer restoration of Andre Girard’s original artwork. A wall of murals. Detail of the painstaking process.

STORY / Dirk Van Susteren PHOTOGRAPHS / Glenn Callahan

att Strong delights in the story behind this little church, Blessed Sacrament, sandwiched among the array of restaurants, lodges, and ski shops running up Stowe’s busy Mountain Road to the resort slopes. He turns to a metaphor to describe how the low-slung church, which makes him think of a Polynesian mission chapel, has “fingers” that touch people from the past, like Joseph Ira Dutton, who was born on this site, and noteworthy figures from places like Belgium, France, and Austria. Not to mention Hawaii. With his own fingers, on a sunny September day, Strong is running a hand sander across the church’s front door. As he has on other clement mornings over the past four years, Strong is working to restore the art of French-born André Girard, a famous artist whose murals have graced Blessed Sacrament’s exterior walls since the church was built 65 years ago.


Blessed Sacrament’s miracle of art

Master woodcarver restores church murals


One door to go and this rehab project by Strong, a master woodcarver from Craftsbury, will be done. And it should be good for another 20 or 30 years—until the sun, wind, and snow take their expected toll. Strong drops the sander and offers a visitor a tour. This will be the full 360 degrees, a trip around the building to inspect the artistry of Girard, who in 1948 was invited to tell—with bold strokes of black paint on the white pine siding—the story of Dutton and Belgium-born Father Damien, the religious pair who more than a century ago cared for the sick at the leper colony at Kalaupapa on the Hawaiian island of Moloka‘i. The two worked together for just three years before Damien himself died of leprosy in 1889, leaving Dutton to serve the colony for several more decades. Their good works were recognized at the time by the likes of such disparate figures as Robert Louis Stevenson, Mahatma Gandhi,

and President Teddy Roosevelt. Four years ago, Father Damien was declared a saint by the Vatican. The murals are head-turners. At first glance from, say, the window of a passing car, one might guess vandals had just splashed graffiti on the church’s walls. A close look, however, reveals serious art, modern-primitive expressions of real events. The large figures, angular and austere, in tropical surroundings, are dealing with the everyday agonies of their disease, but experiencing hope, thanks to their religion. “There’s Damien greeting Dutton,” explains Strong, pointing to the first of a dozen murals, a buoyant welcoming scene that’s tempered by the presence of leprosy, now called Hansen’s disease. Other panels show people with hand and facial lesions receiving the sacraments. Girard, as it turns out, was abundantly familiar with suffering, though of the humaninflicted variety. He was an accomplished designer of posters in pre-war Paris, until the Nazi occupation. He arrived in America during the war, and in the United States soon became known for his religious paintings and decorative works on churches in New York, California, and, as it turned out, Vermont. Dutton, in Girard’s final panel on the church’s west side, receives his due. The mural depicts him in 1908, on the shoreline, receiving a full-gun salute from Naval vessels sent to Moloka‘i to honor him on orders of President Roosevelt. Dutton was born in Stowe and raised in Wisconsin, where his family moved when he was four. As a young adult, Dutton taught school, then, in the Civil War, saw combat with a Wisconsin regiment, but also spent weeks tending to the wounded and burying the dead. After the war, he married, divorced, had problems with “John Barleycorn” (his words), quit drinking, joined a monastery, and then, for penance, traveled to Moloka‘i to meet and help Damien. Blessed Sacrament owes its location and artwork to Dutton, but also to a Father Francis McDonough, who in the late 1940s was pastor of Holy Cross Church in nearby Morrisville. Asked by the Catholic bishop of Vermont to consider possible spots for a new church in Stowe, McDonough fell for a site that once was part of the Dutton Farm. McDonough lobbied hard for the place, but the bishop rejected it for various reasons, including the price. Now here’s that Austrian connection. Enter Maria von Trapp of Stowe, family matriarch, refugee with children from pre-war Austria, head of the Trapp Family Singers, celebrated figure in The Sound of Music, devout Catholic, and, as it turns out, someone who could influence a bishop. She too liked the proposed site at the Dutton Farm and got in her car to pay the bishop a visit. Continued on next page

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“Deo gracias! Alleluia, alleluia! You must start building as of yesterday!” McDonough quoted her as saying in a phone call from Burlington immediately after the bishop’s concession. The site was purchased for $2,500, and Blessed Sacrament was built for $14,000. Through McDonough’s connections in New York City, Girard was invited to visit the new church, maybe even provide some artwork. He arrived in Stowe with friends in an old school bus outfitted with bunks and a kitchen, liked what he saw, and made an artistic offer. Girard produced the murals and painted 36 church windows, the latter in vibrant colors depicting scenes from the New Testament. Upon request, Strong switches on the lights of the church’s dark interior to reveal still another medium employed by Girard at Blessed Sacrament: 14 oil-on-canvas paintings of Stations of the Cross, all dramatic representations of Christ’s brutal march to Golgotha for crucifixion. These paintings, done with lively strokes to convey motion and emotion, were the surprise gifts to the church from a couple, Girard’s friends, who owned the paintings and who had accompanied him on his initial visit to Stowe. The four-year project has not been the first restoration of Girard’s work, explains Strong. Back in the ’70s, an artist by the name of Josephine Belloso, a teacher at St. Joseph’s College in New York, who once studied under Girard, spent two years refreshing his works at Blessed Sacrament. But it was time for another re-do, and Strong was hired. Strong says he has occasionally struggled hard to locate Girard’s original brush strokes so he could recreate them with accuracy. One day, in the midst of such confusion, a woman dropped by and mentioned she had worked with Belloso at the church in 1974 and that she knew of the existence of high-quality photographs of the murals as Girard had painted them. The photos became his blueprint for several panels. “Now tell me there’s not a God in heaven,” Strong says with a laugh, referring to the coincidence of the woman’s passing by on a day he was there, and all the other historic and artistic events that touched Blessed Sacrament. ■ •••• Dirk Van Susteren of Calais is a freelance writer and editor.

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December 6 – 8 and 13 – 15 It's A Wonderful Life: On Christmas Eve George Bailey learns about all the lives he’s touched, thanks to guardian angel Clarence. RIVER ARTS CENTER WORKSHOPS Inquire about fees, registration, and materials. Courses constantly added, check website often. 74 Pleasant St., Morrisville., 888-1261.

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December 23 Handel’s Messiah Community Sing-In: Soloists perform Handel’s masterpiece. 7 p.m.; doors open 6:30 p.m. $8 per person. Stowe Community Church, Main Street. 253-7257.

VERMONT PUBLIC TELEVISION FILM SERIES Johnson State College, Stearns Hall cinema. 7 p.m. Free. 635-1200.

December 3: The State of Arizona: Battle over immigration. February 4 Las Marthas: Mexican-American debutante ball. March 18 The Trials of Muhammad Ali: Ali's exile years. April 15 Medora: Medora, Indiana. A town and its varsity basketball team fight for survival. May 6 The New Black: African-Americans grapple with gay rights. ■


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STAR POWER DREAMS DO COME TRUE Clockwise from top left: Two publicity stills of Audrey Bernstein, shot by Orah Moore. Bernstein performs with The Jazzers. The new CD. Bernstein with a few friends on the mountain.

STORY / Kate Carter

Audrey Bernstein loves to sing. She lives to entertain. When she combines the two the result is like warm cognac over ice. “Singing is my tool, and I love entertaining, and when I’m on my A-game at a performance, I can make people laugh and have them feel that my singing comes from my heart,” says the five-foot five former snowboard champion. “I always thought that if there was such a thing as a God-given gift, singing was mine,” Bernstein says. “I have a lot of bravery, but not a lot of self confidence. I think I never did much with my singing when I was younger because I was afraid I would be rejected, and that would be the worst thing, to be rejected for your one true talent.” Bernstein, now 48, worked hard to overcome that lack of confidence. She performs on stage whenever she can, with a variety of jazz musicians. “I enjoy performing jazz at small venues such as Bees Knees and Cork, because I love to sing,” she says, but Bernstein’s latest goal is to become the go-to entertainer for special events and galas, not just in Vermont, but much father afield, from New York City to Los Angeles and abroad.

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Bernstein, who grew up in Frederick, Md., and moved to New York City after high school, came to Stowe in 1987 to dry out and get healthy. “I’d been living a rock-and-roll lifestyle. I was a 95-pound punk rocker with bleached blonde hair and a drug problem,” she says. Stowe provided a job as a ski-lift attendant. “Being outside and working hard every day was a great way for me to get healthy.” She also discovered snowboarding. “I loved it instantly,” she says. She started competing and moved to Breckenridge to train full time. Bernstein made the national team and competed in a World Cup, where she placed seventh overall and third nationally. With no real future in snowboarding, the self-described big-city girl tried New York


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City for a few years, where she started a party-producing business. “Clients hired me for the artistic and interesting guests and celebrities that came to my parties, and the vibe I created,” she explains. In 2000 Los Angeles beckoned, and her business expanded. But it all came to an end after two back surgeries in 2007. A return to Vermont—to get healthy again—reunited Bernstein with two old friends, Annabelle Davies Moynihan and her mother, Molly Davies. “They invited me to a party and strong-armed me into singing. It changed the course of my life,” remembers Bernstein. Acoustic guitarist/singer Don Schabner was a member of the band that afternoon. “He sort of rolled his eyes when I got up to sing, but after he invited me to meet and sing with other local musicians,” Bernstein says. Schabner plays and sings throughout New England, and always enjoys the opportunity to play with Bernstein. “Audrey sounds like she means what she sings, and that’s important to me. She sings songs she cares about,” he says. This spring, Bernstein produced her first jazz CD, Audrey Bernstein Loves Blue. She used Kickstarter to help pay expenses. “I had incredible support from the people in Stowe,” she says. “Lance Olsen of the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center invited me to do the first performance in the Vermont Peak Performance Series. I was very flattered, and nervous. I get most nervous about the turnout, that no one is going to come. But we had a great turnout. It was a wonderful night, a dream come true.” Then things really began to pick up when Bernstein’s former event connections led her back to Los Angeles, where she held her CD release performance at The Residences at W Hollywood. Her band was comprised of the musicians from the TV series Mad Men. Attended by 100 or so of Los Angeles’s finest, along with Mad Men creator Michael Weiner and composer David Carbonara, the night was a hit and another dream come true. Upon returning to Stowe, Bernstein recognized the direction her singing career should take—performing at more events, where she could actually earn a living and be an artist. Her first CD was so successful—it’s now available on Pandora—she’s now working on a second. “I wish I had believed in myself earlier in my life, but that didn’t happen. Maybe I needed all the experiences I’ve had to really be able to sing,” Bernstein reflects. “Now it seems like something inside of me has been unleashed. I’ve even started writing songs. They just come out of me, usually in the bathtub. … I can’t wait to record the next album.”

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SKI CAPITAL Barbara Sorkin and Pat Haslam collaborated on a new book about Stowe’s illustrious ski history.


SKI PIONEERS New book traces Stowe’s rise

hen Pat Haslam and Barbara Sorkin met eight years ago at a Stowe Historical Society meeting, they had no idea they would one day collaborate on a book about the origins of skiing in Stowe. Then fate intervened and a year ago the two combined their talents to write and produce Ski Pioneers of Stowe, Vermont: The First 25 Years. Haslam, a professional genealogist, did the research, compiled the material, and wrote the text. Sorkin, with prior stints in book production for Warner Publishing and the New American Library, a subsidiary of Times Mirror, handled the editing, design, and production. Ski Pioneers of Stowe divides into three sections: part one compiles Charlie Lord’s ski-related articles that appeared in the Stowe Reporter and other publications during the 1970s and 1980s; part two, the centerpiece of the volume, offers the memoir of Sepp Ruschp, detailing why and how he came to the United States, and how he built, with others, the Ski Capital of the East; and part three features biographies of 35 men and women instrumental in building the ski resort.


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“I remember the day in July 2009 when attorney Tom Amidon, executor of Ruschp’s estate, brought in Ruschp’s manuscript and other papers to the Stowe Historical Society,” says Haslam. “A bunch of us were sitting around working and talking when Tom handed us the materials.” Haslam knew the Ruschp’s memoir should be made available to the public, and soon decided to turn the memoir into the focal point of an historical account of the early days of skiing in Stowe. (Ruschp, who had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1990.) Charlie Lord’s essays and the biographies of Stowe’s most influential trail builders and skiers bookend the memoir. Assembling all this information was a daunting task, but not beyond the scope of Haslam, who often tackles in-depth historical and genealogical research. Fortunately for Haslam, when Amidon presented the manuscript, Sorkin volunteered to do the editing and production. “The book touches on so many people who came here to start their lives,” says Sorkin. “There are so many people mentioned in the book. Any descendent would want to have one to honor his or her place in history.” The book’s November 2013 publication piggybacks the 75th anniversary of the National Ski Patrol, which has its origins in Stowe. “The book brings forth buried culture of Stowe’s society,” Haslam explains. In preserving history we’ve tried to maintain the various documents’ original styles, and we are being true to history by reproducing the text as it first appeared.” ■

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Even before you enter the Waterbury Vet Clinic you come face to face with a Rachel Laundon creation. Her welcoming life-sized relief sculpture depicts a serious-looking dog holding a stethoscope to a kitty’s chest. Inside the clinic more of Rachel’s cats and dogs cleverly incorporate themselves into the decor. Four coat hooks hang under the grinning faces of four canines, eyes bulging, heads cocked. In


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another corner sits a bench painted with human-sized cats, as if the cats were actually sitting there, awaiting their appointment with the vet. When veterinarian and clinic owner Emily Crawford opened the clinic some friends gave her the artwork as a business-warming gift. “Rachel used my own dog and cat as the subjects of the front porch welcome sign,” says Crawford. “She told me after the fact that she covertly visited the construction site to choose colors and sizes for the pieces.” The artwork brings levity to a room where animals and humans can be equally apprehensive. You can’t help but smile when you take a closer look at the quartet of dogs that make up the coat rack. “Rachel’s work is fun! I love her eye for the abstract and admire all her work, but of course her dog and cat pieces are my favorite,” says Crawford. “I am a big fan of all things feline and all things French, so I’m hoping the next piece I acquire from Rachel will be a Parisian cat.” Although it’s been a bumpy and circuitous road for Rachel Laundon, like the cats she creates, she’s landed on her feet and found her l


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artistic calling. Born in Nebraska, she and her twin brother were a year old when their family moved to Danville, Vt., a small town near St. Johnsbury, where Rachel and Gabriel’s high school graduating class consisted of 24 students. Rachel attended the University of Nebraska at Carney on a cross-country running scholarship and majored in art. Then things started to go a little haywire.

At age 20 Rachel joined the Navy, hoping the structure would help her settle down. “I did great in boot camp,� she says. “Then I signed up for six months of electrician training, and that’s where I met my first husband.� The Navy frowned on inter-sailor marriages and sent the couple off on separate assignments. Rachel worked on an aircraft carrier, specializing in motor-rewind, repairing big motors. She lived on the ship and could handle the work, but not the environment. “It turned out the Navy was not for me,� she says. “I was getting harassed and I didn’t feel comfortable in my situation. I went AWOL and turned myself in on the 29th day.� Not once, but twice. Eventually, with the help of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Rachel received an honorable discharge. A divorce came soon after. She returned to Vermont in 2003 and earned a degree in art education at Johnson State College. While at JSC she worked at a paintyour-own-pottery shop in Stowe. “That’s when I began painting beads and making jewelry,� she says. An e-commerce business called The Posh Pod followed, where she sold hand-painted l

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The bulk of Rachel’s work is custom orders, such as a quartet of dancing life-sized musicians of undetermined species that decorate a wall in Piecasso’s new bistro, located on the Mountain Road in Stowe. When you study them, or any other of Rachel’s work, you slowly begin to recognize familiar-looking objects: a bicycle cog, one side of a zipper, flanges from a vegetable steamer, feathers, beads, buttons. She uses cabochons, polished gemstones with a convex top and flat bottom, for eyes, that she sources online. When Piecasso renovated its restaurant they gave Rachel the copper from the old bar, which she cuts and molds into fish fins. Originally she attempted to use all recycled materials in her work, but found it too labor intensive. Now she buys birch for the main l


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ASIAN FLAVOR The bar at Sushi Yoshi has already become a popular spot to dine and drink in Stowe.

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igns reading, “Change is inevitable, except from the vending machine” and “??????” offered the only clues to curious motorists as to what was going on at 1128 Mountain Road. The tongue-incheek signs flapped mysteriously in front of the location, a former McDonald’s site that later housed the Hana and Kobe hibachi restaurants. The building had been empty for several months. Amid the din of power tools and construction workers, the secret was soon revealed. Sushi Yoshi, an Asian fusion restaurant, with locations in Killington and New York, was about to open in Stowe. “I know this is a great town, and it’s a great place to open a restaurant,” says co-owner Nate Freund. Freund, the son of former Squash Valley Produce owners Allen and Debbie Freund, owns the business along with Howard Smith, who operates Stowe Snowmobile Tours. The first restaurant opened as a takeout in Killington in 1991; A second location in Lake George, N.Y., followed in 2005. Then Stowe came online in late August. Sushi Yoshi features a full sushi bar, and its extensive menu also offers Hibachi items, Asian fusion, and Chinese gourmet.


Freund says the building went through a thorough overhaul, including a sushi bar, kids’ game room, family seating, and a bar. It seats 125 people, with room for 25 more outside. The business also offers live music. “We want to be the kind of place where people can come in and have a great dinner for $10, or come in and spend $50,” says Freund. “Our businesses have always been focused on keeping the local crowd happy.” If early reviews are any indication, they’re hitting all the right notes. —Nathan Burgess




The couple who brought small-batch coffee to Stowe’s Main Street recently opened a new store in Waterbury Center’s Cabot Annex to spotlight their newest venture—Brave Coffee & Tea Co. Chris and Heidi Townsend began selling single-source roasts and blends under the Brave Coffee label after selling the bustling Black Cap Coffee to new owners. The name came from combining their two children’s names— Brennan, who goes by Wren, and Maeve. Brave Coffee & Tea Co., is a culmination of the Townsends’ dream to get out of the café business and into coffee roasting and tea-purveying full time. The Waterbury Center location is more like an outlet—a coffee and tea boutique where visitors can sample flavors and purchase wares. Their logos are a riff on the theme of bold action, including a woman in an old-fashioned bathing suit and cap in mid-dive and a vintage ski jumper. The store supports the couple’s primary focus: providing coffee and tea for other businesses. They had considered expanding their roasting into a more industrial facility off the beaten path, but they went in the opposite direction because of how important it has been for them to see how their roasts are received. Visitors can watch their small roaster in action. The machine, built by Chris over four years, combines two different roasting methods to allow fine-grain control of temperature and airflow. Tea drinkers can select from a wide range of loose specialty teas chosen by Heidi from around the world, sold from rows of copper canisters on shelves that line one wall. They include different types of black, green and white teas, as well as local herbal varieties.

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One of Vermont’s most popular distilleries is relocating from Stowe to Morristown. Green Mountain Distillers broke ground this fall on a new distillery off Route 100 in Morristown. Set to open in spring 2014, the 2,600 squarefoot space will include a production facility, a tasting room, and a retail shop. Co-owners Tim Danahy and Harold “Howie” Faircloth say they’ve outgrown their current production space, which they’ve used since founding their company in 2002. They annually produce 3,000 cases of liquor including organic vodka, gin, and maple liqueur. Their products are distributed to seven states. While the company has experienced double-digit grown each year since it opened, having limited production space has curtailed its ability to expand its sales to a wider market. “We’ve not been able to pick up other distribution areas so that we can make sure we can take care of the ones we already have,” Danahy says. “We’ll be able to do six times our current production,” Faircloth adds. The company started selling vodka before adding gin and maple liqueur to its offerings. Vodka remains its most popular product. “Our regular vodka outsells everything else,” Danahy says. The new space will allow Green Mountain Distillers to further expand its product line. Soon it will offer a whisky Danahy and Faircloth have been aging for nine years along with a new line of seasonal libations, the details of which they’re keeping under wraps for now. —Lisa McCormack

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Old creamery churns itself into the future orrisville is slowly becoming a restaurant epicenter. First, 10 Railroad Street opened in the old Lamoille Railway depot building. Then Yeah Baby Barbecue and Grill opened in the landmark Munchy’s restaurant. Now Garrett Hirchak, owner of Manufacturing Solutions, Inc., wants to breathe new life into the old Creamery Building off lower Main Street. He’s in talks to purchase the historic building from Morrisville Water and Light, and after refurbishing the 19th century building, he’d like a restaurateur to take it over. The building, which served as a creamery and a mill, has sat unused for decades. Hirchak met with Stowe architect Milford Cushman who will draw up conceptual sketches of what it could look like if it were transformed into a restaurant. Hirchak describes the interior of the 3,000square-foot building, which is largely a shell, as a “stereotypical mill” with high ceilings and ornate trim work. He envisions it brought back to its former glory with a decor focused on wood, stone, and iron.


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Food co-op plan moves forward Area residents may soon be able to shop for locally-produced food year round. MoCo, a local and natural foods co-op planned for downtown Morrisville, is gaining the support and financing it needs to move forward. More than 350 people have pledged $200 each to help start the co-op, says MoCo board member Susan Titterton. The goal is to gather 500 pledges before drafting a business plan and securing financing. “We wanted to have a full, robust pledge drive,” Titterton adds. The MoCo board is holding community meetings throughout the area and has garnered quite a few pledges from Stowe residents. Organizers held a fall fundraising dinner and silent auction and the board will apply for grants from the USDA and other sources. A survey last year found that a majority of Morristown residents would be willing to shop at the co-op. While the goal is for the co-op to locate in downtown Morrisville, the board wants to make sure the location and size matches demand. “We want to be careful and thoughtful about how we go about it and make sure it’s going to be a good fit,” Titterton says. —Lisa McCormack


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t was a whirlwind six weeks for Mark Fucile and Linda Hunter, the new owners of Ten Acres Lodge. They bought the business last November, worked at a rapid-fire pace on renovations, took one day off for Thanksgiving, and opened in time for the busy Christmas holidays. They tore out tired-looking wallpaper, painted the downstairs rooms vibrant shades of red, yellow, blue, and orange, and ripped out the bar and replaced it with a much larger one made from barrels that once held Jim Bean bourbon.

Lagniappe, the Cajun-inspired restaurant the lodge’s former owners opened two years ago, is gone. In its place is the Bistro at Ten Acres offering a fusion of hearty American and European fare. Early reviews on dining web sites have been excellent. One thing that won’t change is the Ten Acres name, which has been in place for decades. The lodge was constructed in the 1820s and has been a popular inn and restaurant since the early 20th century. “It seemed ridiculous to call it anything else,” Fucile says. Hunter and Fucile, partners in life as well as business, are living upstairs from the lodge with their three sons. The couple is new to the restaurant and lodging businesses. Hunter, who moved to Stowe from Scotland eight years ago, has spent most of her career in finance. Fucile most recently was the online business manager for Shearer Chevrolet in South Burlington. Ten Acres will no longer offer bed and breakfast-style lodging. Instead, Hunter and Fucile tranformed two cottages and a two-story building on the property into family-friendly vacation rentals. The two-story building will offer two efficiency suites with balconies, fireplaces, and an open kitchen and living room, and four single rooms. Two other newly remodeled rooms are attached to the lodge. There are rustic touches throughout the Bistro at Ten Acres. Lighting fixtures above the bar are made from mason jars. The industrial carpeting in the restaurant has been torn out, revealing wide-board soft pine floors. Exposed beams cross its ceilings. The atmosphere is reminiscent of a cozy living room. “When people come here we genuinely want them to feel like they’re guests in our home,” Fucile says. The bar has a selection of Vermont-made liquors and eight Vermont microbrews on tap. The new menu offers everything from traditional selections such as roasted chicken to a “seafood epiphany,” which will change daily. A daily selection of breads, soups, and desserts is also ©Stowe Guide & Magazine, Summer 2013, Lisa McCormack offered.

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New restaurant pulls into train station new restaurant has pulled into the historic Lamoille Valley Railroad station in Morrisville. Called 10 Railroad Street, the 80-seat restaurant opened this fall under the watchful eye of Jimmy Goldsmith, a familiar face in the local restaurant scene. He and his wife Kim Kaufman opened the Blue Donkey in Stowe four years ago. Goldsmith and Kaufman bought the railroad station building from Union Bank in April. It formerly housed Melben’s Restaurant, which fell into foreclosure several years ago. The newly renovated space offers several nods to the building’s 100-year history. The former train platform is now part of the dining room. Wainscoting and beadboard cover the walls and ceiling, and some of the original woodwork and windows have been restored. Even the bar calls attention to the building’s glory days as a busy railroad hub. Its foot rests are made from old railroad ties, it has a brass countertop, and its sides are made from sheets of brass and iron. “We tried to recreate an old railroad industrial look,” Goldsmith says. Chef Kermit Melendez describes the menu as “traditional American with creative Vermont




ALL ABOARD Edward Casey, front of house manager; Kyle Ecker, sous chef; Kermit Melendez, executive chef; and owner Jim Goldsmith at 10 Railroad Street.

fare.” It will offer a “hunter’s board” featuring dishes such as rabbit cassoulet, pan-seared pheasant, and grilled elk chops. It will also include house specialties such as macaroni and cheese served in a cast-iron skillet, with optional add-ons such as spicy local sausage and local vegetables with a tarragon cream sauce. The menu will change seasonally. “There’s a wealth of local foods,” Melendez says. “We’ll time things with what’s in season.” The 22-seat bar will have 12 beers on tap, including Vermont, national, and international brews. A special beer refrigerator will keep the beer chilled to the perfect temperature. The restaurant’s location along the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail, a four-season recreation trail that’s under construction, will likely draw a mix of locals and visitors. “We’re hoping this will be a destination,” Goldsmith says. “We’re planning on our food being that good and our service being as good as it gets.” —Lisa McCormack

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Hoist a glass to history at Stowe Inn’s Grant’s Bar it down at the antique mahogany bar in the tavern at the Stowe Inn and you might want to raise a glass to honor Civil War general and U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant. Built around 1907 as a stand-up Irish bar, it was originally located in a tavern next to Grant’s Tomb in New York City. The 35-foot bar was found in an old warehouse basement on Harlem’s 131st Street, highly distressed and in numerous pieces. The Stowe Inn’s former owners purchased it and brought it to Stowe, where local craftsmen Dan Moody, Dave King, and Brian O’Toole restored it in 2003. It’s called Grant’s Bar in part because of where it was found, but also because Grant allegedly enjoyed drinking whisky. The refurbished bar lends “a great atmosphere,” to the tavern, says bartender Ed Duncan. “We’re trying to figure out if any of the burn marks were made by General Grant.” That’s unlikely given the bar was built after Grant’s death in 1885, but it’s an impressive place to enjoy a drink or two nonetheless. Its wood has a rich burnished patina and its wraparound design features beautiful corner moldings and a brass foot rail. —Lisa McCormack




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Janice Blair’s obsession with kale began several years ago when she began eating healthier to lose weight. Blair, a retired teacher, now earns a living making and selling kale chips. She wants to use her company, Vermont Kale Chips, as a platform for teaching people about the benefits of healthy eating. “This is what I’m supposed to do,” Blair says. “Everything just dropped into place.” After tasting kale chips at a raw-foods restaurant in California, Blair Googled some recipes and tried making her own. She purchased a food dehydrator, took courses with the University of Vermont Extension System, and began perfecting her recipes. She started her company in May 2012, making the chips at her Johnson farmhouse. She now rents commercial production space. She begins by washing and de-stemming kale grown in her garden or purchased from local farmers. Next, she coats it with a homemade dressing created from cashews, bell peppers, nutritional yeast, and other all-natural ingredients. Finally, she dehydrates the chips until they are sufficiently crispy before packaging them and storing them in a walk-in cooler to keep them fresh. The chips are sold in one-ounce pages and come in four flavors: original, garlic-scallion, smoky chipotle, and maplecoconut. “Because they’re called Vermont Kale Chips, I thought I should have a variety with maple syrup,” Blair says. The chips provide a healthy and flavorful snack. Each package of the original flavor has just 140 calories, and offers four grams of protein, 170 percent of the recommended daily allowance of

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vitamin C, and 390 percent of the RDA of vitamin A. Blair’s labels include the tagline: Eat well. Feel good. Do good. “When you take care of yourself you feel good and you’re not so self-centered,” Blair says. “You’re more likely to look out for other people. This is my contribution toward doing that.” Blair distributes her kale chips to 30 retailers in Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine, and New York. Most are sold at gourmet food stores, health food stores, and natural food co-ops. She’s thinking about expanding her product line to include a salad dressing/marinade, kale candy made from sweet potatoes, maple syrup, and sunflower seeds, and dog treats made from kale stems. —Lisa McCormack

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Unit “A” - 2,380 sq. ft., accommodates 6-8 persons, consists of a spacious L-shaped Great Room with fireplace, TV, Library, Dining Room, sleeper sofa; dramatic decorator fully equipped Kitchen provides entrance and access to granite porch and private mud/laundry room to heated garage, 3rd bath and extra closets. Second floor contains 3 beautiful and uniquely decorated bedrooms with 2 Jack & Jill bathrooms allowing for 2 master suites and 2 staircases providing more private accommodations. Unit “B” - 2,924 sq. ft., accommodates 6-10. This “ultimate” vacation Great Room boasts fully equipped decorator Kitchen with huge, highly functional island with breakfast bar, 2 dining areas double as card/conversation tables, modified Rumfort fireplace that throws more heat than most woodstoves, TV, powder room, uniquely comfortable brick floors, French doors open on to private patio and herb garden with views of the mountain. Second floor boasts a bridal master suite with bubblier bath, cozy fireplace and spectacular mountain views, two additional bedrooms (one 20’ x 24’ doubles as community room or children’s dormitory with private laundry), fabulous steam shower in spacious 2nd bath and 2 staircases for more private accommodations. Also, Unit “B” has direct access to heated garage and staircase to Unit “C” and Recreation Room if opted. Unit “C” - 1,032 sq. ft., accommodates 1-3, This uniquely apportioned area consisting of basic Kitchen, full shower bath, TV, dining area, day bed living area, woodstove and pull-out double sofa alcove, decorator motif floors with radiant heat and French Doors to a private patio reminiscent of an old English castle.

Recreation Room - 960 sq. ft., 24’ x 40’ with decorator floors, wide screen TV, ping-pong and pool tables, Concept II rowing machine, weights and 3rd laundry. Points of Interests All this and more within a short walk to great Village dining, Mountain Trolley at Town Hall, Recreation Path, Library, Shopping, Ski Museum. 8 mile drive to the slopes of Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak, hiking and climbing in the Notch plus all the Mountain Road has to offer in the way of Galleries, the world renowned Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, fine dining, shopping, movies, etc., Trapp Family Lodge cross-country skiing 10 minutes away, Montpelier 30 min., Burlington and airport 45 min. And if Stowe is not enough, it is located southwest of the Northeast Kingdom within 1 hour of Jay Peak, Craftsbury Rowing, Bierstadtesque scenery at Lake Willoughby and the best view in VT from Cabot Plains Cemetery. Situated one hour from the Canadian border by 1-89, crossing Lake Champlain by bridge and ferry to experience the lakefront Adirondack scenery are all within easy reach. A favorite day is to crisscross the lake by ferry and bridge, have breakfast on the water in Essex, N.Y., lunch at the Middlebury Inn and come home through the Green Mountain State Forest to dinner at Hen of the Wood or The Whip. The opportunities for adventure and scenery are so plentiful you could stay for a whole year and still not experience them all. Come and learn why Stowe is one of the most preferred year-round International destinations on the East Coast and still our best kept secret.

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Heinz Remmel.

Swiss Fondue and Crepes offers a taste of the Alps tep into Swiss Fondue and Crepes by Heinz and the rustic alpine decor instantly transports you to the Swiss Alps. Grab a seat at the counter and you can watch chef-owner Heinz Remmel deftly swirl meats, cheeses, vegetables, and cream in heavy blue-enameled saucepans before scooping the savory mixtures into homemade crepes. Remmel opened the Stowe Village restaurant in September. It seats 24 and he hopes to add outdoor seating next spring. The European-trained Remmel, 68, learned his trade in Switzerland. There, crepe stands are as ubiquitous as hotdog stands in New York City. Since moving to Stowe in 2008, he has worked as a pop-up crepe chef at several Stowe inns and eateries including the Gables, Café Latina, and Black Cap Coffee. The restaurant fills an empty niche within

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the Stowe restaurant scene. “I felt there was a need for crepes and fondue because no one else had it when I came here,” Remmel says. “I’m trying to do something in Stowe that reminds people of the Old World.” Remmel is picky about his ingredients. For instance, the cheese he uses comes from Switzerland where it is aged for 80 days. “You have to use Swiss cheeses,” Remmel says. “Some people use Vermont or Wisconsin cheese, but it doesn’t have the same taste or texture.” He orders Tasso ham—a spicy ham used in a Creole-style crepe—from California, and chocolate for his chocolate and raspberry crepes comes from Belgium and Switzerland. Fondue is the centerpiece of the dinner menu. The classic Swiss comfort food fits in well with the restaurant’s cozy atmosphere, and fills the void left when the popular Swisspot

fondue restaurant closed a few years ago. “Fondues aren’t eaten in a rush,” Remmel says. “It’s a two-hour socializing event. You sit down with friends and have an appetizer and beer or wine.” “I have a small menu but everything is good,” Remmel says. • • • • As if Waterbury’s reputation for craft beer wasn’t strong enough already, beer aficionados can now buy more hard-to-find brews and home-brewing equipment in Waterbury village. The Waterbury Craft Beer Cellar opened in a former auto-supply store on Elm Street in November. “Our aim for the store is to provide a service for expert beer hunters and for people who don’t know much about craft beer and can feel pretty intimidated,” says co-owner



Victor Osinaga. “Hopefully, we can create new craft beer drinkers.” The store sells a wide variety of craft beers from Vermont and national breweries, and includes a growler refilling station. It also sells home-brewing equipment—everything from hops to yeast to all-inclusive kits—and offers beer-making classes and beer-tasting sessions. Osinaga recently moved to Stowe from New York. His business partner, Mark Drutman, plans to relocate to Vermont shortly. A couple of factors steered the pair toward Waterbury while they looked for a spot to open their store. “Waterbury has become the epicenter of a lot of beer tours,” Osinaga says. “When we came down from New York, we’d hang out with other beer aficionados and really liked the vibe. …What’s appealing to us is that Vermonters are pretty sophisticated beer drinkers already, but there are still some people who don’t know much about it (craft beer).” • • • •

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Hen of the Wood co-owners Eric Warnstedt and William McNeil have opened a Burlington incarnation of their renowned Waterbury restaurant. Located on Cherry Street at the newly built Hotel Vermont, the 95-seat restaurant was completely full during its opening week this October. “The grand opening and first week have been outstanding, a really warm reception, and it has been a party in here every night,” Warnstedt says. There’s an expansive bar and a wood-fired grill, and the open-style kitchen allows diners to watch food being prepared. The menu is similar, “yet different,” from the Waterbury restaurant, according to Warnstedt. “Eventually, it will take on a total life of its own,” he says. Continued on next page

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Ted Hoadley.

• • • • A new restaurant in Morrisville offers yearround barbecue. Yeah Baby’s BBQ-N-Grill opened in October in the former Munchy’s restaurant. Ted Hoadley serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week at the 45-seat restaurant. He and his wife, Tracy LaFrance, decided to open a restaurant after successfully running a traveling food truck this summer. Hoadley says he came up with the unusual name as he was experimenting with his recipes. “Every time I’d pull something out of the smoker and try it, I’d say, ‘Yeah Baby’,” he says. He honed his barbecue skills by watching cooking shows on the Food Network and by taking Internet tutorials. He also spent six months perfecting a homemade chipotle-based barbecue sauce he calls My Way Sauce, which he sells at the restaurant. “It’s how I like it,” Hoadley says. “A little bit of spice. A little bit of sweet.” • • • • If you’re looking to grab a quick Mexican meal, head over to one of Stowe’s newest restaurants, Bender’s Burritos. Bender’s, which opened in July in the Gale Farm Center on Mountain Road, offers a huge selection of burritos, tacos, and quesadillas, plus a children’s menu, side dishes, beer, and wine. The small eatery serves lunch, dinner, and takeout. Henry Bender moved to Stowe from Boston a few years ago. “I love Mexican food and the taste of a good burrito,” Bender says. “I couldn’t believe there wasn’t a burrito joint in a ski town.” Bender, a former financial analyst, decided to give the restaurant business a try when the Stowe Dogs space became available. “The concept isn’t just about Mexican food. It’s about being fast and fresh.” “We’re catering to more of a local crowd. ... We’re trying to fill a void.” ■


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Describe your ultimate food fantasy to Stowe resident Skip Rosskam and he could likely turn it into reality. Rosskam is president and CEO of David Michael & Co., an international food and beverage company. David Michael’s latest innovations include chicken pot pie nuggets, buffalo wing potstickers, pear gorgonzola macaroons, and a salted vanilla pretzel snack with salted vanilla icecream-flavored dip. The company develops innovative food concepts and pitches them to national and international food and beverage clients, from chain restaurants to commercial food companies to the food-service industry. Rather than selling the actual food products, David Michael sells the flavorings, colorings, and texture stabilizers needed to re-create them. The company also provides the manufacturing formulas needed to put the food products together. “We think if customers like the ideas we bring them, they’ll buy our flavors,” Rosskam says. Last spring Rosskam hopped aboard a 34-foot bus equipped with meeting space, several flatscreen TVs, and a kitchen for culinary presentations. Over the next 12 weeks, he travelled to 14 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, visiting farmers markets and specialty shops, chef’s kitchens

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and food-industry research and development centers. He gathered information on the latest trends in the food industry, while allowing people to check out his company’s latest creations. Rosskam, 66, bought his Stowe home in 1990 and he and his wife divide their time between Stowe and Philadelphia, where the company is based. Rosskam’s family has owned David Michael & Co. since 1896. The company now has 250 employees worldwide, with facilities in Northbrook, Ill., San Bernardino, Calif., and international offices in Mexico, France, and China. The company generally works on products for one to three years before they hit the market. The popularity of salted caramels inspired the company to create a vanilla salt used for baking and in products such as salted vanilla milkshakes. Some of its concepts are simply wild. Take build-a-burger potato chips. “The concept is for a potato-chip manufacturer to have a variety of chips flavored like what you’d put on a hamburger—beef, cheese, pickles, ketchup. People could take the chips and build the burger they’d like.” The company has had many hits, including apple pie pops, molten lava cookies, and speculoos, a spiced shortbread flavor popular in Europe. It’s also had a few misses. “I always thought black licorice Jell-O would be loved,” Rosskam says. “Our lab made it, but it flopped. It was too alienating.” —Lisa McCormack

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ometimes you just have to wonder: What moves a chef to swirl some pepper jelly into a tarragon butter, and then use it as an accent for stuffed clams? How did said chef decide to incorporate a shot of Sambuca into sauce pooling around plump pierogi? What kind of thinking led to the fried oysters in the BLT? And why does it all taste so good? The chef in question is Steve Sicinski, executive chef at Topnotch Resort & Spa, and overlord of the resort’s newly incarnate restaurants, Flannel and The Roost. Flannel is the resort’s fine-dining venue, occupying the space formerly home to the now-defunct Norma’s. The Roost—located in the newly-built lobby—offers small plates, updated pub food, a sinuous bar, an extremely cool


Vermont-crafted shuffleboard table, and at least one too many television sets. (Okay, it’s a bar. But still…) As for his inventive use of ingredients, Sicinski says, with all modesty, “I think I just have a gut instinct about what goes together.” Take that tarragon sauce, for example. Sicinski wanted to put stuffed clams on the menu, as an homage to his Shelton, Conn., upbringing (where they were called stuffies). “What’s typically served with stuffies? Cocktail sauce!” Sicinski says over lunch at a small window table at The Roost. “I knew that I did not want to go there. I wanted something herby, but with a little bite.” Voila: tarragon butter with a swirl of homemade pepper jelly. l 161

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is shrimp dumplings, made of shrimp, roasted corn, and scallions, float on a bed of quick kimchi (sweet and spicy—but not fermented— cabbage) and an emulsion of white miso. Tempura-battered and fried avocado slices are accompanied by a rich and slightly hot cashew sauce, accompanied by a crunchy pile of fresh wakame seaweed. For the pierogi made with fennel and farmer’s cheese—another homage, this time to his Polish heritage—Sicinski echoed the anise flavor of the fennel with a shot of Sambuca in the cream sauce. “Saucing is my favorite part of cooking,” says Sicinski. “It can really turn the tide on a dish.” He makes it a point of creating a different sauce for each offering, so that each adds a specific note to the plate. “I don’t like re-purposing a sauce,” he says. And so the sauce is never a distraction, or an afterthought, or, worse yet, a cover-up. At the new Topnotch eateries, Sicinski puts each ingredient to work, whether in harmony with or in contrast to each other. The result is surprising and deeply satisfying food. Sicinski, 34, is compactly built, with a short crop of brown hair and the open, friendly face reminiscent of a handsome Irish cop in a Preston Sturges film. He came to Topnotch in 2011, following culinary stints at the now-closed Dover, N.H., campus of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts and the famed Enchantment Resort and Mii amo Spa in Sedona, Ariz. While there, he co-authored a


Topnotch Resort completes $15 million expansion Designed to be upscale yet welcoming, spacious yet cozy, the new Topnotch Resort and Spa reopened in July. In addition to Flannel and The Roost, the resort’s two re-imagined restaurants, the $15 million renovation and 7,000-square-foot expansion includes a new lobby and an outdoor space, featuring a fire pit (pictured below), a bridal/entertainment pavilion, a bocce ball court, and seating for restaurant patrons. The new decor harnesses the outdoors with 18-foot windows; natural elements such as wood, slate, and steel; and a palette of nature-inspired colors like sage, ginger, scarlet, and gray. Paintings of birds, styled after 19th-century field studies, decorate walls in the lobby and the resort’s business center. “It’s as if you are one with nature,” says Monique Gramas, marketing director for Topnotch. The resort’s 68 guest rooms saw upgrades with contemporary country decor and upscale bathrooms. The renovated business space on the resort’s lower level offers a lounge with computers, a reception area, and meeting rooms with a focus on the verdant outdoor space just beyond the glass. The Burlington architectural firm TruexCullins designed the plan. The original Topnotch building was constructed in 1959. One of four major resorts in Stowe, Topnotch eyed expansion plans for many years. The resort began as a private ski club in the early 1950s and two decades later, Jack Cummings and Arthur Kreizel bought the lodge and its acreage on both sides of Mountain Road, ushering in the resort’s golden era. The Cummings-Kreizel team set about creating a luxurious and intimate hotel with a devoted international clientele. It was the first of its kind in Stowe, and it took off. In 2006, the Cummings family had planned a $60 million hotel, restaurant, and spa expansion, but the collapse of the U.S. economy in 2008 and competition from the newly built Stowe Mountain Lodge forced the Cummings to give up ownership of the resort in 2010. The resort is now owned by a subsidiary of Wyoming-based MetWest Terra Hospitality. ■ Lisa McCormack and Biddle Duke contributed to this story.


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book called Journey of Taste. He and his wife, Angela, live in the village of Stowe with their three-year-old son. The new $15-million expansion and renovation at Topnotch, completed in late June after eight months of work and a four-month closure of the resort, is described by Food and Beverage Manager Tyler John as “urban lodge” in style, and by concierge Carol Crawford as “mid-century modern.” The Roost is adjacent and open to the lobby in the new main building. It has 18-foot windows and high ceilings going for it, but the dark zinc walls, industrial hanging lights, and slightly warehouse-y space give it a somewhat futuristic vibe. Whether urban lodge or mid-century modern, one could argue that the design of The Roost did not deliver the kind of cozy nest evoked by its name. But the menu delivers, big time. The Nibbles section offers such an array of tasty— and fairly generous—plates that it begs for a mix-and-match approach to a meal; the dumplings, pierogi, fried avocado, for sure, and also Frito pie, made of beef simmered in a deeply flavored, molé-like sauce. There is a deviled egg salad with pickled celeriac, and pork belly tacos. Hungry yet? “It’s how I like to eat,” says Sicinski, shrugging. “I like to pick. I like to eat something, and have a drink, and then eat something else.” The Roost also offers more substantial dishes of burgers, chicken, steak, and sausages. Menus for both The Roost and Flannel include a selection of artisan cheeses and charcuterie, with an emphasis on those produced in Vermont. Flannel’s wall of windows showcase spectacular mountain views in daylight, but bring


the evening chill tableside once the sun goes down. The flannel motif is subtle; so subtle that I, for one, missed it. It consists of flannel seat cushions and a square of dark, fuzzy material tacked on to the front of the host station. The open kitchen is light and warm, and, on a cold night, it’s tempting to forsake the window tables and sit at the counter and watch the chefs, headed by chef du cuisine Cortney Quinn, do their stuff. comprehensive cocktail and wine list and selection of local beers on draft give patrons plenty of choice. I had never encountered the Red Dwarf ale from Middlebury’s Drop In Brewing Co. and my husband enjoyed his American Red from Rock Art Brewery. Choice, in fact, can be a problem at both venues. At Flannel, a compelling meal can be made from the generously sized smaller plates. Red crab fritters, homemade gnocchi, griddled corn cakes were on the menu the night we visited, but that would mean passing over the killer entrees. The protein choices seem standard: chicken, beef, pork, duck, and tofu; the preparations are anything but. For example, the kale in my husband’s Caesar salad was unaccountably tender, the Halfpipe Cheese—an aged, raw milk cheese from Mt. Mansfield Creamery in nearby Morrisville—a flavorful change from the more traditional Parmesan. The deconstructed Oyster BLT proved to be a plate of light, crispy fried oysters, a generous sprinkling of hearty, smoky bits of North Country bacon, and colorful heirloom tomatoes served with



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bright, lemony tartar sauce. As a diner who tends to gobble, I slowed down to savor the meal, which included an entrée of scallops served on wilted spinach over a bed of the tiniest potatoes I have ever seen, all underscored by a generous slash of saffron aioli. My husband was more than happy with his Duo of Pork, crispy, honey-glazed pork belly and tender pork roast served on cheesy polenta. All the while, of course, we were wondering what we were missing in the chicken dish (with a carrot romesco sauce and sweet pea spaetzle), the duck leg confit (with Tasso ham, onions, and a cherry balsamic reduction), and the other entrees. An aromatic cup of coffee from the Waterbury-based Brave Coffee Co. brought the meal to a flavorful end. We did not know it was Brave coffee until we asked, and that, I think, is to the restaurant’s credit. The waitstaff—informed, attentive, and extremely cheerful—will not bludgeon you with the fact that the coffee comes from a local roaster, or that the kale was from Knee Deep Farm in Jeffersonville, or that the cheese is locally produced. Sicinski is committed to using local ingredients when he can, but let’s face it, he wouldn’t get far trying to serve local seafood in Vermont, and, as it is, we have, as he points out, a short growing season. A list of purveyors, included discretely at the back of The Roost’s menu, includes farms and producers from Maine, New Hampshire, Iowa, Oregon, and Hawaii, as well as from Vermont. The food is thoughtfully sourced, locally when possible, and the presentation is anything but precious. This is Vermont cuisine at it’s best; catholic in its acceptance of inspiration from all over, respectful of excellent ingredients regardless of their geographic origin, smart, and inventive. In this respect, The Roost and Flannel are true Vermont restaurants. ■




/ Nancy Stead

Sitting with Michelle Bisceglia in her Gray Cat Studio on a fine summer morning, I gaze beyond her at the patchwork of farm fields lying serenely under the protection of Camel’s Hump and reflect on the astounding transition in Vermont’s agricultural scene within the past three decades. Gray Cat Studio designs branding, packaging, promotional materials, trade-show displays, websites, and advertising campaigns for Vermont’s growing list of specialty food producers, and it deftly captures the essence of Vermont to give each product its distinctive identity and buzz. Vermont’s image—honest, humble people raising healthy, natural food in a bucolic working landscape—is rooted in the traditional family dairy farm. But in truth, that bedrock of Vermont’s economy and landscape has been slowing declining, pushed out of the marketplace by the huge dairy cartels of the Midwest and West. Each year more dairy farms in Vermont cease operation. Many of the survivors either grow into large-scale dairying operations (at least by Vermont standards) or move away from fluid milk to value-added products like cheese, or to entirely new products. But amid the gloom of losing the working landscape, a miracle has been occurring right under our noses: Intrepid, tenacious entrepreneurs are putting the land to new use. Sheep, cows, and goats raised for specialty cheeses and organic meat; new varieties of grapes planted for wine; berries harvested for delicious, exotic jams, jellies, vinegars and sauces; and produce grown for local markets. Hard cider, gluten-free baked goods, maple products, and locally brewed beers and liquors and liqueurs have joined the expanding list of Vermont-made products. Bisceglia got her training while handling accounts for Cabot Creamery and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters at a local advertising firm during the period when both companies were growing enormously. In 1994, Bisceglia opened her own design studio; portions of the accounts came with her. “We started reaching out to other Vermont food producers using the expertise we learned with Cabot and Green Mountain to help them learn how to grow their businesses,” she says. “It is exciting, and very rewarding, to work with small companies. There are so many resources, and so many talented people.”

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Gray Cat is a close-knit team of three—plus one gray cat, Moon. Bisceglia, Emily Palmer, and Jeff Foran do design work and work directly with clients. When a new project comes along, they often brainstorm ideas together, and the person with the winning concept takes control. Bisceglia picks up an original box of Olivia’s croutons to demonstrate Gray Cat’s design process. “The package was unique in shape and had a nice oval cut-out. But the graphics were dull, there was no buzz, and the company name was unreadable.” The fix took several forms. To create an identity, Gray Cat changed—and enlarged— the company’s signature font. A drawing of Olivia’s actual farm, with its National Historic Register barn, adds color, interest, place, and the underlying motif of “preserving the landscape.” Product varieties—multigrain, parmesan pepper, garlic and herb—are clearly distinguished, while easily visible icons draw attention to each product’s merits—no GMOs, no sugar, low salt. Olivia’s stuffing product, originally sold “in a generic bag,” was redesigned and the new boxes doubled Thanksgiving sales and sold out before Christmas. Bisceglia is quick to emphasize the critical support given to the emerging Vermont food movement by a multitude of state agencies and programs. The Vermont Specialty Food Association is, according to Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross, “the oldest and most active state food association.” It is, Bisceglia adds, “a great resource for bringing a new product to market. There are so many layers for getting the yummy jam you make in your kitchen into the marketplace. They can help with everything from financing to distribution to social-media leverage.” The Vermont Food Venture Center, which is outfitted with different types of kitchens for diverse types of food production, offers rental equipment and chef assistance in

Our menu features pub appetizers, soups, salads, burgers, traditional pub fare and dinner entrees and delectable desserts (our full menu is available online).We’re open Wednesday through Saturday (in season).

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Bistro at Ten Acres

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Cactus Cafe


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Crop Bistro & Brewery

American bistro, pub fare

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$4 - $28

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Depot St. Malt Shop

Casual American, diner

L, D

$3 - $12

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American, casual dining


$5 - $25

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Great Room Grill

Breakfast, lunch, apres-ski

B, L


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Green Goddess Cafe

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Harrison's Restaurant

American, bistro


$5 - $27

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Harvest Market

Deli, bakery, charcuterie

B, L, D

$2 & up

253 - 3800

Hen of the Wood

Seasonal American


$7 - $30

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Hob Knob Inn

American, seafood, steakhouse


$10 - $35

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$2 & up

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American, pub

L, D, LN

$5 - $24

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Pizza, pasta, sandwiches

L, D

$4 - $15

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Piecasso Pizzeria

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$2 - $20

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Pub, American


$8 - $25

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Rimrocks Mountain Tavern

American, pub fare

L, D, LN

$4 - $20

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River House

Seasonal American


$7 - $26

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The Roost & Flannel

American, contemporary

L, D

$8 - $34

253 - 6445


Seasonal American

B, D

$8 - $40

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B, L, D, LN

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Sunset Grille & Taproom

American, bbq, sports bar

L, D, LN

$5 - $20

253 - 9281

Sushi Yoshi

Asian fusion, hibachi, Chinese

L, D, LN

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$6 - $26

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Trapp Family Lodge

European, American

B, L, D

$8 - $42

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Trapp DeliBakery

Sandwiches, deli

B, L, D

$6 - $15

253 - 8511

Trattoria la Festa



$6 - $25

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Vermont Ale House

American, pub fare


$10 - $30

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Whip Bar & Grill

Seasonal American

L, D, SB

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FOOD FORCE The Gray Cat Studio team in their Waterbury Center office: Emily Palmer, Michelle Bisceglia, and Jeff Foran.

managing the transition to largescale production. The Vermont agencies of agriculture, commerce, and community development have teamed up to support a farm-to-plate, ten-year strategic plan. As Vermont’s specialty food movement grows, so does its market. Vermont products enjoy national cachet and attract international notice. Success in the marketplace often means expansion beyond Vermont. Franklin Foods recently opened a plant in Arizona to meet consumer demand from the western states and Asia for its Green Mountain Farms Greek yogurt and cream cheese. The Cabot Creamery Cooperative now includes dairies from all over New England and northern New York, and regularly wins major awards for its many varieties of cheese, yogurt, and butter. At the American Cheese Society Conference in Wisconsin last August, Cabot, in partnership with the Cellars at Jasper Hill in Greensboro, again won first place for its clothbound cheddar. Whether working with its large-production clients or helping smaller businesses and start-ups, Gray Cat Studios, too, has found its niche—helping food producers go from that great idea to a successful one. ■

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Team, and spent 10 years on the pro tour. Scott competed for the Middlebury Ski Team and then joined the U.S. cycling team. Sports remain integral to their lives. The moment of epiphany that shapes their adult lives took place in 1980 when Scott walked into Prentis House at Shelburne Museum. “The whole feel, the aura of antiquity, pushed me over the edge.” The softness and tranquility of old objects in worn settings captivated him. “There is no mystery that I would rather live in a museum.” The couple’s lifestyle—a winter of work at the Heyer family’s Ski Inn and Lyndall’s pro ski-racing sponsorships—gave them modestly sufficient income with summers free to locate and salvage old buildings. In 1981, they found the P.S. Benjamin carriage barn in Wolcott and paid $400 to disassemble it and carry it back to Stowe, one truckload at a time. Samson Burke’s Morrisville house was theirs for $500. In Maine they found the Ward house, brought back from the tiny town of China by flatbed. The abandoned house in Turner, Maine, provided framing materials, foundation granite, and 5,000 old bricks to be used in their restoration of the Ward house—at no cost. “We had to label every piece, keeping a daily journal of everything we did,” Lyndall says pensively, remembering those years. “You have to photograph each and every phase. And you have to have a code, letters, and numbers.” Scott is more blasé. “You label every piece of wood and put it back exactly as it was. There are no decisions to make, you just put things back where they were. That way the wood fits and patinas match.” That labeling system will work fine when the couple begins restoring the Ward House, with its original floor plan and woodwork, but the first phase has been an altogether different story. “That trial-and-error process has been a painful lesson,” Scott admits. He worked for a contractor for a while, went to museums, studied books. He amassed a 600-volume library Story continues on page 190



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their Aga stove in the kitchen, and a cold cellar for canned goods and root vegetables. In 1987 they had a roof-raising party, but it wasn’t until Christmas 1993, when Ian was two-and-a-half years old, that they were able to move in. The Ward shell has been on hold—for 20 years, as it has worked out—while all effort was directed at finishing their living quarters. In an introspective moment Scott confesses, “I had an image of the house with rooms for the kids but it never happened—they grew up before I did it. Was I too ambitious? Will it ever get done? The Ward ell has five fireplaces with 7,000 bricks. That is epic! How many hours?” But then the confessional ends, his face lights up, and he grins, “But people can do more than they think.” Massive as finishing the Ward ell will be, Scott is looking forward to it. The museum quality of restoration to rural New England vernacular of 1803-1806 suits him, and he is ready. In a major concession to modernity he wouldn’t have made two decades ago, he has just told Lyndall that he will indeed install plumbing. He doesn’t know how yet, but she will have it. And he will have the privilege of putting back all the beautiful moldings and paneling exactly as they were, with the wood fitting just so, and all of the patinas matching. Scott manages Stowe Mountain Resort’s cross-country touring center in the winter, leaving summers free for construction. Lyndall works flexible hours doing survey work for the U.S. Census Bureau. With the kids gone, they have time to indulge their passions. Lately, they have opened their home to guests through Airbnb, an online rental database of “unique accommodations from around the world.” They’re finding it a blast. “I guess we got empty-nest syndrome after our kids left for college,” Lyndall says. Guests “can enjoy all our hard work on the house and gardens. It is fun to share what we have done and surprise visitors. Otherwise it would just be us looking at it! If I am going to do all this work on the gardening, it is rewarding to have other people enjoy it. Scott feels the same way about the house. He is a born teacher, and quite enjoys when the occasional visitor asks the right question or notices something special he has done.” ■

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first in line at the lift.” Lois and her husband Midge were to ski together for 65 years until his passing in February 2013. The “Tozzes” hooked up in the 1980s with Gordon Johanson, a native Floridian with a Sunshine State smile, who has become the official pooh-bah, party arranger, photographer, and M&M’S® dispenser for the Dawn Patrol; Bill Nelson, a Pennsylvanian who first tried Stowe in the 1960s and never again skied anywhere else; and a veteran ski patroller named Reggie Hill. The Rev. John Nutting from Duluth, Minn., dubbed the Raven, in tribute to his distinctive hand-embroidered black parka, supplied the official moniker “Dawn Patrol” because it was the only World War II movie his mother barred him from watching. Other Stowe icons joined over the years. Burt Rubin, a social services CEO from Cleveland, and his pal Ted Siegel, a former U.S. Veterans Affairs department head, used to hike up or ski down Mt. Mansfield nearly 365 days a year, collecting a trove of loose change that had fallen out of passengers’ pockets on Lift Line. Bernie Nisenholtz, a retired dentist from New Jersey, gained fame for joke-telling in an array of East European accents; his wife Sandy served for years as a part-time pharmacist at Stafford’s. Speed demon Art Lloyd, Dawn Patrol picnic prexy and pro bono publisher of the Dawn Patrol News, and his ski partner Lee Darrow, bird-counter extraordinaire and erstwhile former Timberholm innkeeper, seek powder everywhere, even underneath snow guns. Steve Lichtenstein—like Art and Dave Siegel, a transplanted New Jersey lawyer—skis unflappably with a wide stance and broad smile. Leader of the pack is Tad Lamell, the only woodchuck in the pile, whose Stöcklis are tuned to one speed—supersonic. Tom Hubbs, one-time recipient of an accolade from the New York Times for his accuracy in ski reporting for Stowe, deserves first prize for skiing 148 days this past season—his personal best—and having his knee scoped the

Gretchen Rous Besser and Dave Siegel. Bob Katz. Marcel Elefant and Dave Siegel.

day after the mountain closed. Dave Siegel, who owns skis for every type of snow and weather conditions and hand-waxes them accordingly, came in second—121 days on the mountain. Mike Alexander and Toni Norris are occasional drop-ins. A former college racer who has been skiing for 70 years, Mike classifies himself as “homeless,” because he’s a nonstop global traveler. Toni, who sashays down any slope with equal style and aplomb, started skiing 75 years ago on a mole hill in Massachusetts. Jan Gibbons is the most youthful and one of the swiftest of today’s new crop of Dawn Patrollers, along with husband Ken, retired president of Union Bank, whose only defection comes on March mornings when the sap is running. The Dawn Patrol holds a traditional barbecue picnic on the first Wednesday in August, heralded by Art in innumerable postseason e-mails. Numbers swelled this year to 84 members and guests chomped on bratwurst and burgers outside the Gondola Barn, venue provided courtesy of Stowe Mountain Resort. A $5 per person contribution, always earmarked for a good cause, this year netted $160 for the Vermont Ski Museum to commemorate Midge’s service in the famed 10th Mountain Division during World War II. Why roll out of bed in pitch darkness and head for the hills before Lamoille County’s earliest rooster utters its morning call? Gordon Johanson loves the camaraderie—which he epitomizes. Dave Siegel finds it “fun to ski with good friends. The best conditions are in the early morning before the grooming gets scraped off or the powder tracked out.” Mike Alexander touts it as “being with a wonderful group of people while enjoying the fun of skiing before everyone else arrives,” while Toni Norris likes “having the rest of the day free”—a good plan for retirees with waiting spouses and chores. The years pass and the faces change, but memories of those who came before remain strong and help to keep the tradition of the Dawn Patrol alive. ■ 199


and turning punky under the heat of the March HE HOME SUGARPLACE, as David and sun. When the sap begins to run there is a pinging Charlene Rooney call their sugarsound throughout the bush as the drops of sap hit bush, is a sloping patch of 150 acres the bottom of the sugaring buckets. David and of sugar maples mixed with beech, Charlene, a helper and their twin children Selina birch and some fir. It doesn’t have and Seri do continual loops through the sugarthe prim look, in the summer, of stately trees risbush with their Belgian horses Prince and Sheik. ing from a bed of lush ferns. Oh, there is a bit of that just south of the sugarhouse but mostly it is a They lift the sap buckets off the trees and dump them into the holding tank on the sledge. In blue-collar sugarbush of mixed growth; a family places the horses pull the operation that produces sledge through snow, “an alternative crop,” says pools of water and mud David. What pays for and Charlene is taut on their organic farm is the the reins. They drive the milk from 55 Holsteins. horses to the sugarhouse The sugarhouse is so and empty the collected well placed among the sap into a holding tank maples that it appears to on the back of the sugarhave grown from the earth house, which feeds the but it was built in 1977 to sap by gravity into the replace another, which evaporating pan. Then the had been used since the horses and Charlene and 1920s. David’s dad David and crew start Hubert was the first another loop, and this Rooney to sugar here. continues until the afterEventually David and his noon, when David and brother Tom took over the Charlene head back to family farm. the barn for milking In 1987 Tom was killed chores. In the sugarhouse in this sugarbush, on an Tom Rooney was killed in the sugarbush by Norman has been making April day when the sap a widow maker. the syrup but this year was not running. He was Selina will be boiling, clearing a sugaring road keeping the evaporator up to temperature, and from a blow-down beech. David warned him to drawing off the new syrup. be careful but the tree caught him and pinned The Home Sugarplace now makes about 400 him. gallons of syrup a year; it was 800 gallons but When Tom didn’t return in the evening, David David has cut back; the trees are stressed and walked up the road and found him under the maybe David is too; he just turned 63. Sheik beech. “I knew right off he was dead… I tried to grew old and was put down, so Princess pulls a feel his pulse. Everything was so still. We had to one-horse sledge and each year David installs get a dozer to winch the tree off him…” more tubing so now half of the maples are conSap and family blood are blended deep in this nected by those green tentacles. Buckets hang on sugarbush that is as much a memorial to the Rooney family as it is a sign—a hopeful sign—of the large maples that line the gravel roads that swing past the farm; one of the Rooneys or a the endurance of Vermont’s family farm. hired hand will drive the tractor and a holding On some sugaring days in this bush the sky is tank and empty the buckets. a crisp blue, clouds scoot by and there is a roarIn a good sugaring year about one-third of ing in the top of the trees from the wind lashing their syrup is graded Fancy. Actually, the finest of down from Sterling Mountain. Yet at the base of the trees it is still and warm, the snow granular continues on page 204




Editor’s note: Waterbury writer and photographer Peter Miller’s latest book, A Lifetime of Vermont People, features profiles and photos of more than 60 Vermonters, including a few from the Stowe area. With Miller's gracious permission, we reprint two chapters of his book: Mud City farmers and sugarmakers David and Charlene Rooney, and astronomer and telescope maker Arden Magoon of Stowe. A Lifetime of Vermont People (Silver Print Press, 208 pages, represents the

culmination of 63 years of photography, featuring 203 black-and-white photos, and lyrical essays about “True Vermonters.” At its core, the book represents Miller’s fiercely independent worldview.

Photos & essays by Peter Miller, from A Lifetime of Vermont People

Though a “flatlander” by birth, Miller, who now lives in Waterbury, has been around long enough to form an opinion about what a “True Vermonter” is—a respectful, humble, easygoing member of the community who is open to all races, creeds, and sexual orientations, but who stops short of telling other people how to live their lives. It’s a dying breed, he writes in the book’s introduction. “For the last 20 years of the 20th century to the present day, gentrification is blending Vermont into a suburban culture. Vermonters are getting pulled along—grudgingly, I might add.” (Purchase Peter’s book at



RDEN MAGOON LOVES his Furbys. He has six of them huddled in a basket. Remember when stores first displayed them in 1998? Twenty-seven million were sold in the next 12 months. They are furry little animal toys, they have eyes and they talk. Wikipedia says they are, in appearance, a cross between a hamster, cat, bat or owl. They are Arden’s companions in his small apartment in Stowe. We don’t know what Arden’s brain is crossed with but it has led him on an eclectic path in his 84-year lifetime. When he was in grade school, he learned the names of the dinosaurs. He began making globes and one showed the extent of the ice cap that covered much of North America 10,000 years ago. That intrigued him so he traced the shoreline of the lake that covered Stowe in those years. “The top of the Stowe church steeple would have been thirty feet underwater,” and Arden would nod his head. “The lake stopped just short of Smugglers’ Notch Road.” There is a good view of the village from Sunset Hill. Look around and you will find a large rock with a hole scoured in it by rocks swirled around in a turbulent current. Arden panned for gold in Gold Brook and found a nugget. He built from scratch an elephant gun, loaded ammunition and of course never went hunting with it. It might not be a record but he shot 1,380 hedgehogs in his life that had a bounty on them—40 cents for a pair of ears—which had to be cut off the porcupine. The hedgehogs were gnawing through the post and beams and collapsing barns. He had a mongrel dog, a porcupine dog he called it, which was fast and looked like a fox.



“Blondie found eight hundred of them, would turn them over on their stomach, bite them once, and I’d finish them off.” Arden is a simple man with a patient, waiting regard, as if he knew the unimportant secrets in your mind. He follows a tradition of Vermont Yankees who have honed their intelligence with curiosity, reading and inventive skills. His face lights up when he explains how battleships were designed, or what the local rock is composed of and… anything at all you want to know about the stars, the moon, the planet, the galaxy. Arden was smitten with stargazing as a 12 year old when his uncle took him into the backyard one moonless night and had him look at the stars through a 40-power scope. So he taught himself astronomy and how to make telescopes. He has a six-inch refractor in his apartment and he made a 90-inch-long telescope for the planetarium at People’s Academy in Morrisville. He built a spectroscope. He taught astronomy at nearby colleges and, in an offhand way, he mentions that he discovered two comets. “The Japanese though, they reported them first. Beat me to it… Did you know that Neptune has a moon with geysers on it, even though the surface temperature is almost minus four-hundred degrees Fahrenheit?” Arden’s face lights up and he gives out that half smile of his. “That moon, Triton, has a mighty hot core. Not water but nitrogen.” 2012. ARDEN STAYS IN SHAPE BY HIKING. He used to do 20 miles a day but has slowed down. He says he can feel the heat from a bear when it is in its den and had one stalk him and considers moose unpredictable, so he carries an 18-inch canister of Mace for protection. ■


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the Rooney maple syrup is lighter in color than the small graded sample bottles bought from suppliers. Their syrup is clean in taste with a delicate nose. David prefers Fancy and so does Charlene. “It’s sooo good when it is hot and freshly drawn,” so says Selina as she drains a cup full... and then another. Although I prefer the thicker, viscous Grade A for pancakes, a sip of their Fancy is the same as savoring a VSOP cognac. I always thought the Rooney syrup was special because their sugarbush is at 1,300 feet elevation, high for a sugarbush, and benefits from cold nights and a strong sun. Swiftly changing temperatures throttle down the flow of the sap and so creates a longer season and does not stress the trees. David thinks the cold temperatures keep the bacteria down. “No,” says Charlene. “David is fanatic about cleaning and that’s what kills the bacteria.” David scrubs the holding tank between sap runs. The evaporator pan is scrubbed down. The galvanized sap buckets—each one—are cleaned and scrubbed. “It’s the cleanliness that makes our syrup so…” Charlene smiles, as she does when she is near horses. She, like many farmers, takes great pleasure and pride in the syrup they produce. Only Vermonters truly comprehend what the sugaring season is really about. Winter can be cold and brutal next to the backbone of the Green Mountains but by sugaring time it has had its back snapped. Warmth seeps in as the mountain protects pockets of woods from the northwest wind. The March sun makes the December solstice a dim memory and without the wind it can be hot; we remove layers of clothing as the sun warms the bush, right down to the circle around the base of the trees where the grass and last year’s leaves lay bare, and then this warmth seeps into the roots. In response, sap surges up. In some ways sugaring is a pantheistic ritual. It celebrates the rejuvenation of life by celebrating the new growing season, in the same fashion as the Incas celebrated, in the spring, the return of the Pleiades, which restored harmony to their life. Our blood surges as does the sap in trees, our primeval soul floats free as a smile. We come out of our winter taut and bunched up, but now our muscles relax and there is the urge to meet neighbors and the new season and what better way than to visit a sugarbush on the south side of a mountain, and smell the moist sap-scented steam in the sugarhouse, and sip a small cup of the new syrup—yes, it’s Fancy, such a good Vermont word—evaluate it and compliment the sap maker, and then watch the warm glow of the afternoon sun softened to the color of syrup on the steam-coated windows of the sugarhouse. But this might become a memory fixed in history. “I think,” says David, “this will end, this making of syrup, in another hundred years. Anyone who does not think there is global warming is out of their mind.”

There used to be four feet of snow in this sugarbush when the sap began to flow in mid March. Without snowshoes you’d be wasted bucking through the snow, from tree to tree. There is less snow and none at all at this writing in January 2007 and the Rooney farm is in one of the heaviest snowbelts in Vermont. David has seen his trees wither from disease and what he thinks is acid rain. “We have fog here and my trees are affected, not like those in sugarbushes on the other side of the mountain.” Recently a lumberjack felled a spruce in the sugarbush that had the diameter of a 40-yearold tree. The lumberjack noticed the rings on the base and cut off a slice and gave it to David. “At the beginning of its life the rings on this tree were far apart, which signaled rapid growth, said David, “Then they became so close together you almost need a microscope to count them.” The tree was 90 years old, stunted in the last 50 years. David and Charlene look askance at the practice of tapping their trees and boiling in January. A tree should have four months of rest, they say, and the snow provides that. Sugaring without this rest causes the trees to weaken. They have no sure idea what this snowless winter will bring, but they hope— hope hard—for a big storm to lay down a thick carpet of snow. As David said, maple syrup is an alternative crop and helps pay some bills. It is also a way of life that they hope will pass down through this century, to their children and their children’s children. They, like most farmers, are caretakers, guardians of their land and trees, something as precious as family. It is not a spreadsheet. “When I was young I could see, in the spring, more than a dozen spots of steam rising in the view below our farmhouse,” said David. “They were sugarbushes. Now they’re gone.”




2012. THE HORSES, SHEIK AND JOE, are gone and plastic tubes have replaced them. A new study has shown that climate change is real for Vermont sugarmakers. The season starts seven days earlier and ends 11 days earlier. Twentythirteen was the oddest year on record and temperatures climbed to the 80s in mid March and the sugar season was scrambled. The alternating rise and fall of temperature led to a very short season. David and Charlene made only 250 gallons of syrup, about half of their usual production. ■ 205

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Lodge, look uphill on the north side of today’s North Slope and you can still see the right edge/tree line for the upper section of the old rope-tow lift line. Standard was the scene of the weekly Stowe Standard Race from the 1940s to the 1960s. Except for some widening and the addition of snowmaking, it has remained largely unchanged since 1946. Gulch originally followed a real geological gulch. Before it was dramatically widened to its current size in 1974, there was a serious choke point between ledges just below the top of the steep pitch above today’s Crossover. Dynamite and bulldozers long ago eliminated most traces of the original gulch and the nearby ledges. It was this same year that North Slope was widened. It was also extended from Christie to the top of the Triple Lift when that lift was built. It is assumed that Christie got its name from the Christienda Restaurant that once stood at the top of Tyro and Standard. Or could it have taken its name from stem christie—a type of turning maneuver on skis? I, for one, can’t say. Crossover. Guess what this trail does for skiers who are on the more southern trails but want to get to the more northern trails and lifts? This is not a $64,000 question! Once the width of a small car, it has been widened more than once. The exact timing is unclear but International became Starr some time after the 1968 death of C.V. Starr, a New York insurance executive whose company held the controlling interest in Stowe Mountain Resort. In 1962-63 the relatively new Chamois was renamed Goat. Probably Chamois evoked a Bambi-like image for a trail that would be more appropriate to a cantankerous old mountain goat. Sepp’s Run is named after the man who almost single-handedly made Stowe the Ski Capital of the East. Sepp Ruschp, longtime president of the Mt. Mansfield Co., remains one of Stowe’s most famous citizens but that’s a story onto itself. In 1983, when Easy Mile Lift was built, the lift line underneath provided a wonderful beginner-intermediate slope, appropriately named Easy Mile. At the junction of Easy Mile and Lullaby Lane there is a small trail on the skier’s right that leads to Toll Road. This is Ryan’s Folly. This name came about after the ski patrol received several calls for an accident on Toll Road, Lullaby Lane, and Easy Mile. Several patrolmen were dispatched but none found the reported accident scene. Jim Ryan (1958-2003), the last patrolman out the door, finally found the scene on this previously unnamed and obscure old work road. Considerable time could be spent on trail names on Spruce Peak, but let’s just look at the four that were apparently built in 1954. Sterling derives its name from the adjoining mountain—Sterling Mountain. Whirlaway

was the name of a famous racehorse from the 1940s that died of a heart attack in France in 1953. Smugglers came from Smugglers’ Notch, the dramatic cut in Mt. Mansfield through which contraband was once smuggled from Canada. The first Smugglers trail ended at Barnes Camp—near the current entrance to the Mansfield parking lot—and climbed straight uphill. No trace of this short trail exists today. There are at least three versions of how Snuffy’s, the trail that leads down the backside of Spruce Peak to the Smugglers’ Notch Ski Area, got its name. Snuffy’s probably came from the nickname of a longtime employee of Stowe Mountain Resort. Freddie White, a regular ole cigar chewer around the resort, was nicknamed Snuffy. Main Street was named for its function— almost everything at Big Spruce flowed in and out of this trail that followed underneath the double chair. During the summer of 2005, Main Street was significantly recontoured for the first time since 1954. The intent was to make this trail and the overall area of the new Sensation Quad more user friendly to less aggressive skiers. A fast cruiser, today it is the resort’s prime racing trail. At least two trails at Little Spruce have completely vanished over the years. Ricky’s Run was a wide novice trail that once came on the extreme skier’s left of what is now Easy Street. The trail then took a slight right turn and returned to East Slope. The last evidence of this trail was bulldozed away when the Adventure Triple was built in 2004. According to former ski patroller William Hays, this may have been named after Ricky Skinger of Stowe, who raced for Stowe and made the National Ski Team. According to Hays, another possibility was that it was named for Ricky Bourdon, whose father was a longtime member of the Sepp Ruschp Ski School. Henry’s was short and relatively steep. When Little Spruce was expanded after the closing of the Toll House, Henry’s was gobbled up and recontoured out of existence. It was named after Henry Simoneau, mountain manager from the 1950s to 1970s. His house once stood just above the base of the Adventure Triple and the trail literally went by his bedroom window. There is no remaining evidence of Henry’s. When the Sunny Spruce Double first opened in December 2004, it allowed skiers to finally use the upper lift line as an official trail. After weeks of indecision, in late February 2005 it was decided to name this “new” trail Gizzy’s Chute, after Giz Gillan, who worked at the mountain for 49 years, retiring in 2004. In December 2008 the longtime slalom/race hill at Little Spruce on the skier’s right of West Slope was re-contoured and designated as a “new trail.” In December 2004, when the Adventure Triple lift opened at Spruce, a brand new trail

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came into existence. Inspiration was named for the view beginner skiers would encounter as they ski down the mountain. They would look directly at Mt. Mansfield and be inspired to excel so as to be able to someday ski the famous Front Four and other difficult terrain. When the 2007-2008 trail map was published, veterans (especially ski patrollers) immediately noted that many small “trails” that had existed for decades suddenly had official names and designations. Duck Walk dates back to 1946 or 1947 and was always known unofficially as The Work Road between Standard and Tyro. It has long been known as a place to catch a little powder when it has been tracked out on the rest of the mountain. The new name recognizes Bill “Ducky” Westermann, longtime ski patroller, ski patrol director, risk manager, and host at the resort. The nickname was derived from a casual observance of “Ducky’s” walking style. Shftr’s Shot is named after Bill Schaaf, also a longtime ski patroller and ski patrol director. “Shftr” is not misspelled. That’s just the way everyone has always spelled his nickname. This trail has existed since 1979 when the Lookout Lift was built and has been an under-used connection to the bottom of the Starr. With a new official status, perhaps it will become more popular. Phil’s Zuggy has existed since 1960 and is a tough little connector between Lift Line and Starr. It is almost never groomed and one needs to be on his or her toes, since it is little more than a steep work road with a water bar at the bottom. This was named after Phil Tomlinson, ski patrol director from 19871992. His bellowing holler still echoes around Mt. Mansfield from the days when he disciplined lowly patrollers for not doing the job to his expectations. Freddie’s Chute was created in 2004 when the lift line for the new Sunny Spruce lift was cut. It was immediately poached as a place to find powder, although it was clearly not an open and designated trail. By 2007 it had proven popular enough to become an official trial. It is named after longtime Stowe Mountain Resort employee Freddie Jones. Spruce Line is a similar story, but off the top of the Sensation Lift on Big Spruce. Armando’s Alley is named after another longtime Stowe Mountain Resort employee, Armando Cervantes, who has worked hard doing nearly a million jobs that make a guest’s visit safe and fun. This includes snowmaking, grooming, and trail maintenance. ■ •••• This history draws heavily on the author’s personal files and recollections as well as the writings of Charlie Lord. Another source was an excellent Stowe timeline created by Kim Danforth. Determining the history of Stowe’s older trail names can be problematic due to a lack of good documentation and surviving eyewitnesses. Readers are encouraged to provide feedback to the editor: 208

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THE MOUNTAIN CHAPEL At the halfway point on the Mt. Mansfield Toll Road. A place for meditation, prayer and praise for skiers, hikers, and tourists. Seasonal Sunday service 2 p.m. The Rev. Dr. David P. Ransom. 644-8144.


ST. JOHN’S IN THE MOUNTAINS EPISCOPAL CHURCH At the crossroads of Mountain Road and Luce Hill Road. The Holy Eucharist is celebrated every Sunday at 10 a.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m. during ski season. The Rev. Rick Swanson officiating. St. John’s is wheelchair friendly and visitors and children are welcome. Office open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 253-7578.

SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST 65 Best Street, Rte. 100 South, Morrisville. 888-7884. Bible Study at 9:30 a.m. Worship at 11 a.m. Saturday. Fellowship meal following service. Pastor: Cornel Preda. Everyone welcome.

STOWE COMMUNITY CHURCH Sunday worship services 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. (Sept.-June), Bible studies: Sundays 8:30 a.m.; Wednesdays (Sept-May) 8:30 a.m.-10 at church, 10:30 a.m. at Copley Woodlands. The Rev. Bruce S. Comiskey: 279-5811, Church: 253-7257.

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF STOWE Services Sundays at 4:30 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Mountain Road in Stowe, September through June. For more information call: (802) 595-0807, or our website:

WATERBURY CENTER COMMUNITY Route 100 next to the Cider Mill. Pastor SangChuri Bae. Sunday worship and Sunday school at 10:30 a.m. Adult class 9:15 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Church is a National Historic Place. We warmly welcome visitors. 244-6286.

CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES BOUTIQUE AT STOWE MERCANTILE Fabulous contemporary fashion for women. From casual to professional, Boutique can make you feel beautiful any time. Lingerie, dresses, skirts, tops, jeans, sweaters, more. We’ll dress you for any occasion. Depot Building, Main Street, Stowe. 253-3712.

CREATIVE CONSIGNMENTS Women’s apparel and ski wear. “Fabulous fashions at prices you can live with.” Established in 2001. Monday through Saturday, 10 - 5. Sunday, noon - 5. 393 Mountain Road, Stowe. 253-8100.

DECISIONS DECISIONS Ladies find what they need to look their best in stylish lingerie, hosiery, sportswear, dresses, jewelry, and accessories from NYDJ, Nic and Zoe, Tribal, Joseph Ribkoff, Calvin Klein, Spanx, Vera Bradley, Wacoal and Hanky Panky. 253-4183.

ESSEX OUTLETS & CINEMA PUMA, Under Armour, Polo, Orvis, Brooks Brothers, Van Heusen, Reebok, Carter’s, OshKosh, Pendleton, Snow Drop, Phoenix Books, Sweet Clover Market, and more. Stadium-seated, T-Rex RealD 3D, digital movie theater. Routes 15 & VT289, exit 10. (802) 878-2851. Essex Junction.,

GREEN ENVY Gorgeous clothing, jewelry, handbags, and shoes for all occasions. Top designers like Theory, Vince, AG, Ugg, Longchamp, and Free People. Jewelry from top designers and local artists. Open Mon.-Sat. 10-6 and Sun. 10-5. 1800 Mountain Road, Stowe. 253-2661.

IN COMPANY Come see what’s in at In Company Clothing—what’s elegant, what’s hot, what’s next. Jewelry, accessories, and top designer clothes for casual, business, and country elegance. 10-5:30 daily. Noon to 5 Sunday. 344 Mountain Road, Stowe. 253-4595.

JOHNSON HARDWARE RENTAL, FARM & GARDEN A big store in a little town, family owned and run for three generations. Rental equipment, plumbing, heating, electrical, Milwaukee tools/repair, toys, clothing, footwear, camping gear, and much more. Route 15, Johnson. 635-7282.

JOHNSON WOOLEN MILLS Home of famous Johnson Woolen Outerwear and headquarters for Carhartt, Filson, Pendleton, Woolrich, woolen blankets, fine men’s and ladies sportswear, sweaters, hats, gloves, scarves, socks. Since 1842. Johnson, VT. 635-2271.

LIEBLING Clothing for women. Casual luxury. Contemporary. Clean. Sexy. Rag & Bone, Inhabit, Helmut Lang, Mother Denim. 198 College St., Burlington. (802) 503-5411.

LENNY’S SHOE AND APPAREL Locally owned outfitters with footwear by Merrell, Keen, and Dansko. Clothing by Prana, Lole, and Horny Toad. Darn Tough Vermont Socks and accessories for the whole family. Williston, St. Albans, Barre.

NORTH FACE STORE AT KL SPORT Vermont’s largest North Face dealer. An extensive inventory of products includes men’s and women’s outerwear and clothing, equipment, footwear, youth, and infant and toddler apparel. 210 College Street, Burlington. (877) 863-4327.

OXYGEN A refreshing boutique and fitness studio catering to your unique lifestyle. Indulge in an array of Yoga and Pilates classes taught by Vermont’s most renowned teachers, then step into our boutique and discover something wonderful for yourself. 512 Mountain Road. 253-5655.

PRET-A-PORTER Pret-a-Porter is a chic consignment boutique that features designer read-to-wear handbags. Shoes, and accessories, showing off the designs of Judy Klimek statement jewelry. 4 Highland Ave., Stowe Village. 253-7066,

SPORTIVE Largest Bogner selection in Northern New England. Skiwear, sportswear, footwear. Bogner, Kjus, Parajumpers, Helly Hansen, Miller, Smartwool, Dale of Norway, Tecnica, Ugg, White & Warren, Magaschoni. (802) 496-3272.

WELL HEELED Come see what the buzz is all about. A tempting assortment of designer shoes, boots, handbags, belts, clothing, and jewelry presented in a classic 1840s farmhouse. Open 7 days, 10 a.m.6 p.m. Mountain Road, Stowe. 253-6077.

WENDY’S CLOSET Fabulous women’s clothing and accessories. Established 1990. Mountain Road, Gale Farm Center, Stowe. 253-4727. Like us on Facebook.

WINTERFELL A gathering place to experience luxury retail in a living-roomlike setting, featuring Bogner, Astis, Goldwin, M. Miller, ParaJumpers, and more. 1940 Mountain Road, Stowe (above Edgewise). 253-0130.

COFFEE HOUSES THE BAGEL Freshly ground Green Mountain Coffee, plus Nespresso espressos, lattes, and cappuccinos. Breakfast and lunch sandwiches all day plus soups and salads. 394 Mountain Road, 6:30 a.m.4:30 p.m. daily. 253-9943.

BLACK CAP COFFEE Fresh coffee and authentic espresso in a warm inviting atmosphere. House-baked pastries and tasty treats, light breakfast and lunch options. 144 Main Street across from the Stowe Community Church. 253-2123.

HARVEST MARKET Homemade muffins, cookies, tarts, pies, cakes, and other luscious treats. Incredible breads, including our French country bread baked in traditional wood-fired ovens. Fine coffees and espresso. Daily 7-7. 253-3800.

COMPUTERS & Software FIXPC FixPC is the leader in sales, maintenance, and troubleshooting of business and personal computers and local area networks. On-site and drop-off service available. Visit 908 South Main Street, Stowe. Call 253-8006.

DELICATESSEN THE BAGEL Breakfast sandwiches, Nova lox, Reubens, deli sandwiches on breads, English muffins, wraps or NY-style bagels. Salads, soups, baked goods, donuts on the weekends. Baggy Knees, Mountain Road, Stowe. 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 253-9943.

EDELWEISS New York-style deli sandwiches. Bakery products baked daily. Breads, muffins, croissants, pastries, and pies. Beer, wine, soda, grocery items, party and pastry trays, and Vermont products. Stowe’s #1 deli and convenience store. Daily 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. 2251 Mountain Road. 253-4034.


STOWE FAMILY DENTISTRY Chris Pazandak, DDS, Tessa Milnes, DDS, and John Hirce, DMD. Route 100 North. Gentle, quality care. Full range of state-of-the-art dental services including porcelain crowns, complete in one day. New patients welcome. 253-4157.

DOGSLED TOURS EDEN DOGSLEDDING Educational adventure tours for all ages. Join our one-of-a-kind, “Un-Chained Gang” of friendly huskies for a personalized, hands-on tour. Snow-sledding in winter, dogsledding-on-wheels spring, summer and fall. 635-9070.

DRY CLEANING & LAUNDRY DENOIA’S DRY CLEANERS Perc-free dry cleaning and laundry. Same-day service. Wash, dry, and fold. Free pick-up and delivery. Repairs, suede, leather, storage. Satisfaction guaranteed. Mon.-Fri. 8-6, Sat. 9-1. 638 South Main St., Stoware Common. 253-7861.

STOWE LAUNDRY CO. Full-service Laundromat and dry cleaners. Drop-off wash-anddry and fold, same-day service, and alterations. Professional dry cleaning and shirt service. 44 Park Place, Stowe Village. Open 7 days. 253-9332.


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JOHNSON STATE COLLEGE Johnson State College offers more than 30 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, including signature programs and education, environmental science, and fine and performing arts, from its scenic hilltop campus. 635-1219.

KIMBALL UNION ACADEMY Top-flight ski racing and academics at the country’s 5th oldest independent school. FIS, USSA, and interscholastic competition with rigorous college prep curriculum. 20 minutes from Dartmouth College. (603) 469-2100 or

ST. JOHNSBURY ACADEMY Unique among American independent schools, we offer students a truly comprehensive curriculum, first-rate facilities, and outstanding faculty. Nationally recognized, we attract over 255 boarding students from the U.S. and around the world each year.

ENGINEERS LITTLE RIVER SURVEY COMPANY Engineering, surveying, mapping. Boundary, subdivision and topographic surveys. Septic/water system design, site plans, FEMA elevation certificates and LOMA’s. Large document copying, scanning, reducing. 253-8214;

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VERMONT TESTING & CONSULTING CORP. Engineering, structural, geotechnical. Laboratory and field-testing and inspection, consulting. 244-6131.


S TOWE-SMUGGLERS’ BUSINESS DIRECTORY EXCAVATING DALE E. PERCY, INC. Excavating contractors, commercial and residential. Earth-moving equipment. Site work. trucking, sand, gravel, soil, sewer, water, drainage systems, and supplies. Snow removal, salting, sanding. Weeks Hill Road. 253-8503. Fax: 253-8520.

FISHING & HUNTING CATAMOUNT FISHING ADVENTURES Guided fly-fishing, spin-fishing, ice-fishing adventures. River wading, canoe, float tube, motorboat fishing. Guiding Vermont since 1994. Equipment provided. All abilities welcome. Willy, owner/guide, 253-8500. Federation of Fly Fishers certified. Licensed, insured.

FLY ROD SHOP Vermont’s most experienced guide service. Live bait, ice fishing supplies. Drift-boat rips or river wading for fly fishing, spinning. Family fishing trips. Simms clothing, waders. 10,000 flies. Visit our hunting department. Route 100 South, Stowe. 253-7346.

FITNESS EQUIPMENT EARL’S CYCLERY & FITNESS Treadmills, elliptical trainers, and indoor bike trainers from Vision Fitness, Landice, Cycle-ops, and Lemond. Full fitness service department and free delivery in Chittenden County. (802) 864-9197. Toll-free (866) 327-5725.

PERSONAL FITNESS INTERIORS Carrying a wide range of fitness products and equipment from leaders in the industry. Precor, True, Inspire, Landice, Octane, Tuff Stuff, and more. Quality, selection, service. Locally owned for 24 years. (802) 860-1030,

FLOORING FLOORING AMERICA Flooring America in Williston provides a leading collection of carpeting and flooring. We specialize in a variety of flooring colors and materials. 800 Marshall Ave #30. (802) 862-5757.

NEW ENGLAND FLOOR COVERING Complimenting Vermont’s finest homes for over 30 years. Visit our showroom, 257 Pine Street, Burlington. (802) 658-9336.

PLANET HARDWOOD Vermont business specializing in green materials, with an emphasis on wood flooring. Our 6,000 sq. ft. showroom is the best place to really see wood as well as fabulous green products. (802) 482-4404.

DESIGN MATTERS A full-service interior-design center and furniture store offering everything from furniture, lighting, area rugs, accessories, fabric, shades and blinds, and more. 358 Dorset St., S. Burlington. (802) 865-2581.

HOOKER’S FURNITURE Customize your home with beautiful furniture. Vermont-made dining room and bedroom by Lyndon Furniture. Mattresses by Sealy, Stearns & Foster, Tempur-Pedic. Living room by Klaussner, Flexsteel, and La-Z-Boy. Route 100, Waterbury Center. 244-4034.

INSIDE OUT GALLERY Be inspired and refresh your sense of home, inside and out, through vignettes of transcontinental seating, tables, lamps and mirrors. Our samples are just the beginning; we’ll special order too. 299 Mountain Road, Stowe. 253-6945.

WENDELL’S FURNITURE & VERMONT BED STORE Best selection for quality, style, price. Copeland, Norwalk, Flexsteel, and more. Bedroom, living and dining rooms, nursery, office, and entertainment. Next to Costco, 697 Hercules Dr., Colchester. (802) 861-7700.

GIFT & SPECIALTY SHOPS INSIDE OUT GALLERY Find a full range of gifts and wedding presents, Vermont fine art and crafts, photographs, jewelry, table furnishings, candleholders, picture frames, and outdoor décor. A short walk up from Main Street. 299 Mountain Road, Stowe. 253-6945,

LACKEY’S STORE Old-tyme variety store. Gifts, souvenirs, Webkinz, magazines, newspapers, candy, soda, greeting cards. Pottery, balloons, jewelry, toys, over-the-counter drugs, maple syrup, posters, school, and office supplies. Main Street, Stowe Village. 253-7624.

RED BARN SHOPS Stowe’s most exciting stores: Decisions, Decisions (ladies apparel); Samara Cards & Gifts; Mountain Cheese & Wine; Yellow Turtle (children’s clothing/outdoor apparel); The Toy Store/Once Upon a Time Toys. 1799 Mountain Rd., 2 miles north of downtown Stowe.

STOWE CRAFT GALLERY A craft fair everyday. Huge selection of artisan jewelry. Beautiful-functional pewter, pottery, glass, and wood kitchen accessories. Gifts from Vermont and selected studios across the USA. 55 Mountain Road, 253-4693.


FLORISTS & FLOWERS DESIGNS BY WILDFLOWER Stowe’s leading full-service florist. Untouchable quality and service. Specializing in Vermont wildflowers, formal and gardenstyle weddings. Gifts for home and garden. Open daily. Mountain Road. “Simply The Best.” Local and worldwide sending. 253-6303.

FROM MARIA’S GARDEN A floral design studio specializing in country garden style weddings and events. Trendy or traditional, fun and fresh, stamped with your personal style. “Simply beautiful flowers.” Exceptional service. By appointment. (802) 345-3698.

FUEL BOURNES ENERGY Local one-stop shop for all your energy needs. Biofuels, propane, solar, bioheat, heating, cooling, plumbing, auto-delivery, remote heat monitoring, expert service. Bourne’s Energy— Fueling the Future. (800) 326-8763.

STOWE MERCANTILE Fabulous old country store, Vermont specialty foods, penny candy, clothing, bath and body, jewelry, kitchenware, pottery, toys, and Vermont-made products. Play a game of checkers or a tune on our piano. Depot Building, Main Street, Stowe. 253-4554.

TRAPP FAMILY LODGE SPORT & GIFTS Trapp Family Lodge books, music, clothing, and food. Austrian specialty gifts and gourmet products. Vermont-made products and maple syrup. Visit our two locations. 253-8511. Shop online:

VERMCO.COM Gift giving made easy. is a Waterbury Centerbased gift-basket company dedicated to putting a smile on the recipient’s face every time. Vermont product baskets and more. 2931 Waterbury-Stowe Rd., Waterbury Center. 244-4034.





Contemporary and modern furniture for your home. Sofas, sectionals, sleepers, recliners. Dining room, bedroom, mattresses, rugs, lighting, fun and unique accessories. Voted Best Furniture Store 2013. 388 Pine St., Burlington. (802) 862-5056.


More than just a kitchen store. Two floors of accessories, gifts, and food for the entire home. Gourmet kitchenware, bedding, shower curtains, lotions, gels. Tons of unique clothing and gifts. 1813 Mountain Road. 253-8050.

We manufacture and install the finest handcrafted stone countertops for Vermont’s premier builders, fine kitchen and bath designers, and discriminating homeowners. Warehouse stocked with over 100 full slabs to view. (802) 860-1221.

HAIR SALONS LUSH SALON & BOUTIQUE Locally owned by Miss VT USA 2012, Jamie Dragon. Stowe’s premier luxury salon and makeup boutique offering hair, makeup, nails, waxing as well as Oribe, Jane Iredale, Clarisonic, and more. 2850 Mountain Road, Stowe. 253-7750.

SALON SALON Experience the ultimate. World-class Aveda concept salon for men and women. Haircuts, highlighting, coloring, hair straightening, manicures, pedicures, facials, body waxing, body treatments, massage, complete wedding services. Downer Farm Shops, 232 Mountain Rd. By appt. 253-7378.

STYLES HAIR SALON A small, clean, client-focused salon. Offering haircuts, coloring, highlighting, straightening, manicures, pedicures, waxing, and facials. Located in a renovated 1840s building at 147 South Main St. Tuesday-Saturday by appointment. 253-7701.

HARDWARE STOWE HARDWARE & DRY GOODS Unique hardware store providing North Country necessities and quality products such as Craftsman tools, Cabot Stain, Carhartt clothing, a complete selection of fasteners, houseware, homecare products. Open 8-5:30 Mon.-Sat., Sundays 9-3:30. 430 Mountain Road. Established since 1829. 253-7205.

HEALTH CARE COPLEY HOSPITAL A leader in primary care, women’s and children’s services, general surgery and orthopedics. 24-hour emergency services, outpatient services, cardiology and urology, rehabilitation, and wellness programs. Morrisville. 888-8888,

STOWE FAMILY PRACTICE Stowe Family Practice provides routine medical care and treats winter-related and sports injuries. We can cast and splint most types of fractures. Available 24/7 with evening and weekend hours. Call 253-4853.

STOWE URGENT CARE Walk-in medical care for treatment of non-life threatening illness and injury. On-site x-ray. House, hotel, and off-hour office visits available by appointment. 253-2211.

THE WOMEN’S CENTER: OB/GYN Board-certified specialists William Ellis, MD, and Anne Stohrer, MD, and a team of certified-nurse midwives. Providing comprehensive gynecological and obstetrical care including well women care. The Women’s Center, 888-8100,

HEALTH CLUBS & SPAS GOLDEN EAGLE RESORT Daily membership gives you access to the indoor pool, hot tub, saunas, and fitness room. Massage also available. 253-4811 ext. 164; 511 Mountain Road, Stowe.

SWIMMING HOLE Stowe’s premier family fitness and recreation center. 25m lap pool, children’s pool, waterslide, group exercise classes, personal training, aqua aerobics, masters swimming, group lessons, kids fitness programs. State-of-the-art facility. Day passes available. 253-9229.

HOME ENTERTAINMENT & SMART HOMES VERMONT ELECTRONICS Providing local support for custom design and installation of home theater, whole house audio, lighting control, shade control, thermostat control, home automation, and your security needs. 253-6509.

HORSEBACK RIDING VERMONT ICELANDIC HORSE FARM Offering trail rides year round. Winter riding is truly and unforgettable experience. 1-hour rides, half-day rides, full-day rides and multiple day packages, including meals and lodging. (802) 496-7141.;

HOT TUBS GREEN MOUNTAIN FIREPLACES Caldera Spas, the most comfortable, energy-efficient, and highperformance spas on the market—so you can enjoy the full range of wellness benefits that a spa can offer. Hot tubs, spas, and accessories. 800 Marshall Avenue, Williston. (802) 862-8311.

NORTHEAST SOFTUB Northeast Softub sells new softubs at great prices. We also have a softub certified technician to help with all your service needs. We stock all chemicals and accessories for your softtub. Colchester, Vt. (781) 974-3733,

SMUGGLERS’ NOTCH, VERMONT America’s Family Resort. Mountainside lodging. Award-winning children’s programs. Year-round zip line canopy tours. Winter: 3 big mountains, 2,610’ vertical. Summer: 8 heated pools, 4 waterslides. Fall: fun family adventures., (888) 256-7623.

STOWEFLAKE MOUNTAIN RESORT & SPA Ideally located in the heart of Stowe, featuring luxurious guestrooms and townhouses, Charlie B’s Pub & Restaurant for fireside deck-dining and live entertainment, and Spa at Stoweflake with unique treatments beyond the traditional. 253-7355.


HOUSEKEEPING STOWE COUNTRY HOMES Fully bonded, insured, and trained housekeepers available for private homes or rental properties. We use environmentally friendly products and supplies whenever possible. Ask for Reggie. 253-8132, ext. 105.


Elegant lodging and dining. First on the Mountain Road, sited on 4.5-acre historic estate. AAA 3-diamond rating. Free wi-fi. 123 Mountain Road, Stowe. (800) 546-4030; 253-4030.

SUNSET MOTOR INN AAA 55 units and 3 houses, free wi-fi. Located on the VAST trail for snowmobiling. $3 breakfast coupon. 10 miles from Stowe. (800) 544-2347.

BUTLER HOUSE, STOWE Experience the lure and charm of New England village life. Light and airy, newly renovated apartments with fully equipped kitchens boast scenic second floor views of Stowe. By night, week, or longer. 253-7422.

COMMODORES INN Spacious rooms, fireside living room, indoor and outdoor pool, game room, restaurant, popular sports bar, country breakfast and dinner buffet, salad bar. Kids free, pets welcome. Route 100, Lower Village. 253-7131.

GREEN MOUNTAIN INN Classic 1833 resort in Stowe Village. Over 100 rooms, luxury suites, apartments and townhouses, many with fireside Jacuzzis. Two restaurants, newly renovated outdoor year-round heated pool and in-ground spa, health club with Jacuzzi, sauna, massage therapy, game room. Complimentary tea and cookies. 253-7301.

HOB KNOB INN & RESTAURANT Family owned and operated, pet friendly, green inn. Spacious accommodations and fireside dining, on Mountain Road, Stowe. 20 rooms and fireplace suites, hot tub, on site restaurant and lounge. 253-8549, (800) 245-8540.

INN AT THE MOUNTAIN AND CONDOS AT STOWE MOUNTAIN RESORT Classic New England inn located at the base of the Toll Road. Spacious rooms and suites, game room, exercise room, library. Fully equipped condos great for families. Complimentary continental breakfast. Specials and packages: 253-3649,

TOPNOTCH RESORT & SPA All new following a multi-million dollar renovation, Topnotch wows with fully-modernized rooms and suites, 2-3 bedroom resort homes, airy lobby bar and restaurant, top-ranked bistro, world-class Tennis Center and Spa, adventure center, indoor/outdoor pools. 253-8585.

TRAPP FAMILY LODGE Mountain resort in the European tradition. 96-rooms and suites with spectacular mountain views. European-style cuisine, musical entertainment, fitness center, outdoor hot tub, indoor pool, climbing wall, yoga, cross-country and backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, von Trapp history tours. 253-8511.

VILLAGE GREEN AT STOWE Fully furnished condominiums at the center of all Stowe has to offer. Fireplaces, indoor pool, sauna, Jacuzzi. Affordable. 2539705 or (800) 451-3297.

INSURANCE HICKOK & BOARDMAN, INC. Providing superior service and innovative solutions for all your insurance needs. Home, auto, and business insurance since 1821. “Here when you need us.” 618 So. Main Street, Stowe. 253-9707.

STOWE INSURANCE AGENCY, INC. Stowe’s premier multi-line insurance agency since 1955. Our pricing and service is second to none. Glenn Mink, Teela Leach, Robert Mink, and Renee Davis. 253-4855.

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SERVICES Snow Plowing • Snow Removal • Snow Shoveling Roofs & Walkways Sanding of Parking Lots & Driveways Spring & Fall Cleanup • Lawn Mowing Landscaping • Gardening • Stone Walls Land Clearing • Brush Chipping • Grading Ditch Digging • Painting • Post Hole Digging • Rototilling • Electrical Work • Flood Damage Repair • House Cleaning Trash Pick-up • House Checks • Moving Furniture • Carpentry . . . Basically Anything!

Todd Shonio PO Box 479 Stowe, VT 05672 (802) 888-7736 Fax: (802) 888-2713


S TOWE-SMUGGLERS’ BUSINESS DIRECTORY INTERIOR DESIGN & DECORATING CUSTOM COVERS Custom Covers at the Grist Mill is a full-service shop. Designer fabrics, trims, wallpaper, custom-made slipcovers, upholstery, window treatments. By appointment. (802) 324-2123. 92 Stowe Street, Waterbury.

DESIGN MATTERS A full-service interior-design center and furniture store offering everything from furniture, lighting, area rugs, accessories, fabric, shades and blinds, and more. 358 Dorset St., S. Burlington. (802) 865-2581.

STOWE GEMS Fine handcrafted gold, platinum, sterling jewelry. Diamonds, engagement rings, wedding bands. Amazing selection of tanzanite, tourmaline, Tahitian pearls, North American diamonds. Vermont charms, watches, batteries. Named “Best of Vermont.” Stowe Village. 253-7000.

KITCHENS & BATHS BOUCHARD-PIERCE Our professional designers and staff create spaces that reflect your unique style. We offer brand-name cabinetry, countertops, appliances, and more. We fit every design and budget. Essex Junction. (802) 878-4822; Berlin, (802) 476-6644.

DESIGN STUDIO OF STOWE Furniture, custom draperies, carpeting, area carpets, lighting since 1982. Residential and light commercial projects: concept development, space planning, furniture floor plans, specification, implementation. Allied Member ASID. Mountain Road, Stowe. 253-9600.

FAVREAU DESIGN Luxury interior design company specializes in exciting design and exemplary customer service. Steven Favreau was a twotime semifinalist on HGTV’s Design Star and starred on HGTV’s The White Room Challenge. (415) 971-2219.

LINDA POST INTERIORS Providing home furnishings, accessories, and complete interior decorating services. We collaborate with clients to create inviting, comfortable interiors that blend elegance and luxury with refined simplicity. 73 School Street, Stowe. 253-8517.

SELDOM SCENE INTERIORS INC. All aspects of interior design. Full architectural services, design build, and project management. Large comprehensive portfolio. By appointment only. 253-3770.

STOWE CRAFT DESIGN CENTER Browse our 1,800-sq. ft. showroom. Discover luxurious, handsome artisan furniture, unique lighting, wall art, sculpture, and personal interior design services aligned with your interests and style. Portfolio at 34 S. Main St. 253-7677.

TINA’S HOME DESIGNS Full-service interior design services. Exclusive Hunter Douglas gallery. Free in-home measuring and consultation, and free installation in the Stowe area. 21 Church Street, Burlington. (802) 862-6701,

WALL DOCTOR VERMONT Hunter Douglas blinds and shades including Duette Honeycomb, Silhouette, Parkland Wood. Screen shades, woven wood, motorization, and more. 4050 Williston Rd, S. Burlington. (802) 658-2669,

WINDOW PRO OF VERMONT, INC. Serving Stowe for over 30 years. Fabrics, custom draperies, shades, window treatments by Hunter Douglas, Kirsch hardware, solar screens. All expertly installed. Custom bedspreads. 244-7784, (800) 734-7784.

JEWELRY FERRO JEWELERS Vermont’s premier full-service jewelry store, We specialize in custom design, fine diamonds, estate and antique jewelry. American Gem Society. 91 Main Street, Stowe. 253-3033. Visit us on Facebook.

GREEN MOUNTAIN COINS & ESTATE JEWELRY Huge selection of fine estate jewelry and high-end numismatic coins, including museum quality U.S. coins from the 1700s to 1960s. We buy gold, silver, coins, estate jewelry. 9 South Main St., Waterbury. (802)-777-5550, and Facebook.

INSIDE OUT GALLERY Discover new colorful and creative designs made by American artists. Add inspiration and fun to every day. Easy prices. Enjoyable shopping. Short walk up from Main Street. 299 Mountain Road, Stowe. 253-6945,


KNITTING & YARN SHOPS KALEIDOSCOPE YARNS Vermont’s best yarn shop, featuring a full spectrum of products for knitters and crocheters. Call for hours. Closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays. Just minutes from downtown Burlington. (802) 288-9200.

KNITTING STUDIO Full-service knitting store specializing in customer service. Our goal is to help you from the beginning of the process to completion of your project. We carry a huge array of yarns and patterns and offer knitting classes for every level. 112 Main St., Montpelier. 229-2444.

SHEEP THRILLS 134 S. Main St., Stowe. Lessons, inspiration, fun. Wednesday through Sunday: 1-5 p.m. Handspinning, knitting, crocheting, needle felting. See our hand-spun, hand-dried yarns and fiber products, all natural and all handmade in Vermont. (802) 585-2013.

LANDSCAPE DESIGN AMBLER DESIGN Full-service landscape architecture and construction. Working with the landscape to create exceptional outdoor spaces for your lifestyle. Stone walls, patios, natural pools, gardens. See recent projects on our website. 253-4536.

CYNTHIA KNAUF LANDSCAPE DESIGN Beautiful, functional, and green. Creating memorable outdoor spaces that link buildings and people to the site. Emphasis on sustainability through local materials and craftsmanship, green roofs, and rain gardens. (802) 655-0552.

LANDSHAPES Over twenty years of shaping Vermont’s residential and commercial landscape with design, installations and property maintenance. Our projects include unlimited varieties of stonework, gardens, water features, pools and spas. (802) 434-3500.

WAGNER HODGSON LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE The process of uniting program, context, form and materials provides the basis for our work, crafting modern sculptural landscapes expressing the essential inherent beauty of natural materials. (802) 864-0010.

WALPOLE WOODWORKERS Walpole suits your outdoor lifestyle, from pergolas, arbors, and fence to planters, lattice panels, outdoor furniture, and more. In natural cedar or low-maintenance cellular vinyl, an advanced material with the look and feel of wood. (800) 343-6948.

OLSON & ASSOCIATES, PLC General law practice: commercial and residential real estate, estate planning and probate administration, business formation and maintenance, general litigation, family law, mediation services. 188 South Main Street, Stowe. 253-7810.

STACKPOLE AND FRENCH Litigation, real estate, corporate, utility, wills, and estate administration. 255 Maple Street, Stowe. 253-7339.

STEVENS LAW OFFICE Criminal and family law, civil litigation, residential and commercial real estate, personal injury, business formation, estate planning. 30+ years experience. Stowe and Orleans offices. 2 53-8547 or (866) 786-9530.

VALSANGIACOMO DETORA & MCQUESTEN Personal injury, medical malpractice, employment issues, real estate, and environmental law. 172 North Main Street, Barre. (802) 476-4181 x309.

LIGHTING BARRE ELECTRIC & LIGHTING SUPPLY, INC. Indoor and outdoor lighting, fans and home accents. The supplier of choice for area electricians and builders. Come visit our 3,000-square foot showroom featuring working displays for kitchen and bath lighting. Route 302, Barre. (802) 476-0280.

CONANT METAL & LIGHT Conant Metal & Light is a creative designer, maker, restorer, and retailer of fine lighting and decorative accessories. We provide bold, energy-efficient solutions for projects that demand that extraordinary custom touch. (800) 832-4482.

LINGERIE ARISTELLE Bra fitting and fine lingerie store with knowledgeable lingerie specialists and over 100 bra sizes. Carrying brands of exceptional quality, this elegant boutique makes bra shopping fun for all shapes and sizes. 61 Church St., Burlington. (802) 4973913.

MARKETS HARVEST MARKET Stowe’s one-stop gourmet store. Delicious salads, entrées, baked goods, and breads—prepared by our own chefs and bakers. Specialty cheeses and meats. Espresso bar. Farm fresh produce. Great wine selection. Daily 7-7. 253-3800.

MASSAGE & BODYWORK BRAD HIGHBERGER, LMT, RCST Specialized support for relief from trauma, injury, and chronic pain with neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release, and biodynamic craniosacral therapy. Twenty-three years in private practice. 299 Mountain Rd., Stowe. Call 253-6016.

GOLDEN EAGLE RESORT Transform your state of being through massage. Restore, replenish, rejuvenate naturally with Swedish, sports, Reiki, or neuromuscular therapies. Hot stones or body treatments. Daily by appointment. 253-4811, x164. 511 Mountain Road, Stowe.


LAWYERS BARR & ASSOCIATES, P.C. Member Vermont, New York, Massachusetts bars. 125 Mountain Road, Stowe. Vermont, 253-6272; 100 Park Ave., New York, NY, 212-486-3910.

DARBY STEARNS THORNDIKE KOLTER & WARE, LLP General civil practice, real estate, environmental, estate planning, corporate, litigation, personal injury, and family law. Stowe: 25 Main St., 253-7165; Waterbury: 89 S. Main St. 244-7352.

Affordable rates. Integrative massage/bodywork including craniosacral, deep tissue, and energy-work to heal hips, back, neck, shoulder pain, TMJ, headaches, stress. 25 years experience. Stowe office. Call (802) 585-1075 or visit

KATE GRAVES, CMT, BHS Relaxation, deep tissue, moist heat, energy work (Brennan graduate). Maternity, LaStone, Thai. Practicing complementary and integrative medicine over 30 years. Stowe Yoga Center, 515 Moscow Rd.,, 253-8427.

STOWE VILLAGE MASSAGE Massage center offers exceptional bodywork services from relaxation to injury recovery. Certified practitioners in a casual atmosphere. Daily from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. 49 Depot Street, Stowe. Book online at 253-7301.

TRAPP FAMILY LODGE FITNESS CENTER Massage therapists use a blend of techniques to address needs including Swedish, deep tissue, acupressure, and Shiatsu. Other treatments include reflexology, salt glows, and hot stone therapy. Appointments available daily. 253-5722.

MOVIE THEATERS STOWE CINEMA 3-PLEX First-run movies, all new 7.1 Digital Surround EX and 5.1 digital sound with silver screens and RealD 3D. Full bar available as you view. Fresh popcorn, real butter, full concession. Conventional seating too. 454 Mountain Road. Movie phone 253-4678;; or Facebook.

ORAH MOORE PHOTOGRAPHY Consider hiring me to photograph your life. I create dynamic photo books of you. Also shoot weddings, portraits, fashion. Location or studio at Haymaker Card and Gift, 84 Lower Main St., Morrisville. 888-2309.

PAUL ROGERS PHOTOGRAPHY Since 1982, offering quality photographic services to Vermont businesses. Creative images of people, products, and locations. Photography of artwork. Private photographic instruction. RIT photo graduate. 253-7879,

PHYSICAL THERAPY CVMC REHABILITATION SERVICES Physical, occupational, and speech therapies. Specialized service: Parkinson’s disease, urinary incontinence, vertigo, concussions, and more. Clinic in Waterbury. Get evaluated within 48 hours at Rehab ExpressCARE in Berlin. 371-4242.


NEEDLEWORK THE WOODEN NEEDLE Charming needle arts shop in heart of Stowe Village. Counted cross-stitch and needlepoint featured. Specializing in linens, hand-painted canvases, Paternayan wool, Weeks Dye Works, Gentle Art cottons, fun fibers. Park and Pond Streets. 253-3086,

OPTOMETRY DR. ROBERT C. BAUMAN & ASSOCIATES Comprehensive eye exams, immediate treatment of eye injuries/infections. Same-day service on most eyeglasses including bifocals. Area’s largest selection glasses and contact lenses, immediate replacement of lost or damaged contact lenses. Saturday hours available. 253-6322.

STOWE EYE CARE At Stowe Eye Care, we provide personalized vision services. We use advanced technology for the most accurate diagnosis, as well as having a frame selection as unique as we are. 253-7201.

PHARMACY HERITAGE PHARMACY Full-service pharmacy. Compounding available. Over-thecounter remedies, health and beauty aids, first-aid supplies. Conveniently located at 1878 Mountain Road. 253-2544.

Therapies include physical, occupational, hand, speech, aquatic, pediatric, athletic training, orthopedic, cardiac and pulmonary, and other comprehensive rehab services. Clinics in Stowe, Hardwick, Morrisville (Mansfield Orthopaedics and Copley Hospital). 888-8303,

PINNACLE PHYSICAL THERAPY, INC. Skilled physical therapy for orthopedic and neuromuscular conditions, sports, family wellness, pre and post surgery. Personal, professional care, Stowe and Morrisville. Appointment within 24 hours, M-F. 253-2273.

PHYSICIANS ADAM KUNIN, MD — CARDIOLOGIST Personalized cardiac care. Board-certified in cardiology, nuclear cardiology, and internal medicine. Providing general cardiology, advanced cardiac tests, and imaging. Morrisville. 888-8372,

BETSY PEREZ, MD — UROLOGIST Board-certified urologist. Specializing in diagnosis and treatment of problems of the male and female urinary tract and the male reproductive organs. Morrisville. 888-8372,

PATRICIA JAQUA, MD — GENERAL SURGEON Providing a wide spectrum of inpatient and outpatient surgical care. Care includes, but not limited to: gallbladder, hernia, trauma, biopsies and minor surgical procedures. Morrisville. 888-8372,


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Professional digital photography services for weddings, pet and people portraits, interiors, landscapes, products. Memorable images for digital and print publication, and for fine art prints. 244-5017,

Dr. Mahlon Bradley: orthopaedics and sports medicine for active patients of all ages. Berlin. 225-3970. Dr. John Braun: specializing in diseases and conditions of the spine. Berlin. 225-3965. More physicians l

Leighton C. Detora Valsangiacomo, Detora & McQuesten Attorneys at Law 172 North Main Street Barre VT 05641 802-476-4181, ext. 309

An Experienced, Full-Service Law Firm email: 217

S TOWE-SMUGGLERS’ BUSINESS DIRECTORY MANSFIELD ORTHOPAEDICS AT COPLEY Brian Aros, MD; Ryan Duffy, MD; Bryan Huber, MD; John Macy, MD; Joseph McLaughlin, MD; and Saul Trevino, MD. On-site radiology and rehabilitation facility. Morrisville. 8888405,

VERMONT ORTHOPAEDIC CLINIC A leader in the treatment of orthopaedic and sports-related injuries and illnesses. Comprehensive array of effective, highquality treatment methodologies and practices for orthopaedicrelated injuries—chronic or temporary—that compromise health, well-being, and freedom of movement. 160 Allen Street, Rutland. (800) 625-2937,

PICTURE FRAMING ROBERT PAUL GALLERIES We have been offering New England the finest custom framing available for the past 23 years. Specializing in museum quality framing. Open 7 days a week. Baggy Knees Shopping Center, Stowe. 253-7282.

PIZZA PIECASSO PIZZERIA & LOUNGE A recently renovated cosmopolitan restaurant and bar, with game room and entertainment. A local favorite, voted a “Top 11 Slice in the Country” by Creative entrées, craft beers, gluten-free menu, online ordering, takeout, delivery. 253-4411.

PORTABLE TOILET RENTALS HARTIGAN COMPANY SEPTIC SERVICE Special events, construction sites, crowd pleasers, commercial, residential. Locally owned and operated since 1956. 253-0376. 800-696-0761.

PRINTING THE X PRESS Custom business and personal print, copy, and design services. Brochures, letterhead, envelopes, business cards, forms, labels, invitations, banners, specialty products for over 25 years. Office supplies, shipping, scanning/fax service. 253-7883 (fax). Stowe Village, M-F, 8-4:30. 253-9788.

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT STOWE COUNTRY HOMES Property management, maintenance, repair, and renovations specialists. Lawn and garden care, landscaping, trash removal, etc. Renovations large and small. Quality work guaranteed—on budget and schedule. 253-8132, ext. 102.

STOWE HOME CARE MAINTENANCE INC. Full-service property management. Snow plowing/removal, snow shoveling, roofs, and walkways, lot and driveway sanding. Land clearing, driveway grading, trash pick-up, carpentry, furniture moving, brush hogging, tree removal. 888-7736,

PALL SPERA COMPANY REALTORS Stowe and Lamoille County’s leading real-estate company serving Central and Northern Vermont from 3 offices and 24 hours a day at Exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate. 253-9771, 253-1806, 888-1102.

SPRUCE PEAK AT STOWE Spruce Peak at Stowe, a year round alpine community that includes world-class skiing, golfing, fine dining, and spa services. Residences from $179,000. (877) 977-7823 or

STOWE COUNTRY HOMES Vacation homes and condos for short- or long-term rental. Professionally and locally managed. Luxury slopeside properties, secluded private homes, affordable condos—we have what you want, meeting all budgets. 253-8132.

STOWE REALTY Stowe Realty is the leader in Stowe vacation rentals. By the season or by the weekend, from trailside condos and fine private homes to quaint cabins, we have the best selection and prices for Stowe rentals. 254 Mountain Road, Stowe. 253-8484.

STOWE RED BARN REALTY A small boutique office of four professionals, each with a unique love of Vermont. 996 South Main St., Stowe. We look forward to helping you fulfill your real estate sales and rental needs. 253-4994.

STOWE RESORT HOMES Luxury vacation homes for the savvy traveler. Book some of Stowe’s best resort homes—online. Well-appointed, tastefully decorated homes at Topnotch, Spruce Peak, and throughout Stowe. (802) 760-1157.

STOWE VILLAGE Outstanding family accommodations. Two residences and apartments, rec room with 3-car heated garage. Contact owner at (203) 743-1621 or for e-brochure and price list.

THE VILLAS AT TRAPP FAMILY LODGE Luxurious 3 bedroom villas available for purchase as fractional or whole ownership. Over 2,500 sq. ft. include a “lock-off” master suite, full gourmet kitchen, European-style decor and use of the lodge amenities. Nightly and weekly rentals also available. (800) 826-7000 or 253-8511.

RESTAURANTS & NIGHTCLUBS THE BAGEL Our own freshly ground artisan coffee, plus Nespresso espressos, lattes, and cappuccinos. Breakfast and lunch sandwiches all day plus soups and salads. 394 Mountain Road, 6:30 a.m.4:30 p.m. daily. 253-9943.

BENDER’S BURRITOS STOWE RESORT HOMES Personalized management for Stowe’s vacation homes. Home checks, personal shopping, remodeling project management, maintenance coordination, more. We also offer marketing and rental agent services for select vacation homes. (802) 7601157.

REAL ESTATE & RENTALS COLDWELL BANKER CARLSON REAL ESTATE Leading office for real estate sales and rentals. Representing Stowe and surrounding communities. Let us put our knowledge, experience, and dedication to work for you. 25 Main Street, Stowe. 253-7358.

MOUNTAIN ASSOCIATES REALTORS Bigger is not always better. We have chosen to remain small; allowing us to offer experienced representation, personalized service and a team approach to sales and rentals. 253-8518.

NEW ENGLAND LANDMARK REALTY A unique team approach to real estate marketing, sales, and rentals. Harnessing technology to create innovative strategies to maximize exposure for our clients. Offices in Stowe and Waterbury. (866) 324-2427. 253-4711.


We offer fast, fresh, affordable fare for dine-in, take out, or delivery. Burritos, tacos and more with local beers on tap. 1880 Mountain Road in Stowe. Next to the liquor store. (802) 760-6119.

THE BISTRO AT TEN ACRES Simply great, handmade, flavorful food. Craft beers, delicious wines, fresh-pressed cocktails. 1820s Vermont Farmhouse with bar seating, elegant dining rooms, fireside lounge, and beautiful views. Barrows and Luce Hill Roads, Stowe. 253-6838.

BLUE DONKEY The best burgers in town. Salmon, turkey, and veggie burgers too. Hand-cut fries, pulled pork, milkshakes, beer, wine, and spirits. Just off the rec path on the Mountain Road. Take-out and delivery. Open daily. 253-3100.

CACTUS CAFÉ Chef owned and operated. Great authentic Mexican entrées, in-house smoked specials, and our famous 16 oz. handmade margaritas. Lunch: Saturday and Sunday beginning at 11:30. Dinner nightly from 4:30. Over 34 different tequilas. 2160 Mountain Road, Stowe. Reservations accepted. Family friendly. 253-7770.

CAFÉ LATINA Latin-infused cuisine. Breakfast, lunch, tapas, après ski. Enjoy a glass of Rioja by the fire. Fabulous Costa Rican coffee, great wine list. Come experience the menu all the locals are raving about. 253-6777.

CLIFF HOUSE RESTAURANT Panoramic views atop Mt. Mansfield (3,625’), award-winning American cuisine with rustic Vermont flair, fresh seasonal and artisanal ingredients. Hand-selected wine list, tantalizing cocktails. Lunch daily, 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Summit Series dinners/select Saturdays. 253-3665. Reservations:

CROP BISTRO & BREWERY Bistro and brewery featuring American cuisine utilizing fresh local and regional ingredients, handcrafted ales and lagers made on premise. Fireside dining, innovative cocktails, spirits, wines, and local hard ciders. Mountain Road, Stowe. 253-4765.

DEPOT ST. MALT SHOP Moderately priced lunches and dinners. Kids’ menu. 1950s soda fountain atmosphere. Thick and creamy malts, frappes, sundaes, ice cream sodas, fresh Vermont beef burgers, sandwiches, homemade soups, take-out. Stowe Village. 253-4269.

GOLDEN EAGLE COLONIAL CAFÉ Delicious breakfasts at reasonable prices in cozy country dining room. Start the day with fresh baked muffins, homemade breads, local eggs and pancakes with Vermont maple syrup. Daily 7 a.m., 511 Mountain Road. 253-4811.

GRACIE’S RESTAURANT Serving certified black angus steaks and seafood. Vermont Boyden Farm burgers and an array of salad favorites. Gracie’s bakery produces all our desserts, breads, and pastries. Large children’s menu. Reservations recommended. 253-8741.

GREAT ROOM GRILL AT SPRUCE CAMP Unparalleled chef-orchestrated base lodge dining from four exhibition cooking stations serving breakfast, lunch, après-ski fare. Spruce Camp Bar is the gathering place for après-ski cocktails and live entertainment. 253-4754 or

GREEN GODDESS CAFÉ Breakfast and lunch meals, sandwiches, paninis, wraps, soups— all made from scratch and in house. Famous custom salads with over 40 options. Homemade breads, baked goodies. Open daily. 618 S. Main St., Lower Village, Stowe. 253-5255.

HARRISON’S RESTAURANT & BAR Located in historic Stowe Village. Serving seafood, steaks, burgers, and homemade desserts. Dinner nightly. Experience a local favorite in a cozy atmosphere. Reservations accepted. 253-7773.

HEN OF THE WOOD Seasonal American food celebrating the farms of Vermont and the Northeast. Serving dinner 5-9 p.m. Tues.-Sat. 92 Stowe St. Waterbury. 244-7300.

HOB KNOB RESTAURANT Specializing in certified Angus steaks, duck, and seafood served in an intimate setting. Family owned and operated. Fireside dining with mountain views. Dinner served Thursday through Saturday. Private parties welcome. Reservations appreciated. 253-8549.

MCCARTHY’S RESTAURANT / CATERING Delicious breakfasts and lunches. Soups, daily specials. Kids’ menu, low-calorie, low-carb offerings. Homemade muffins, pies etc. Gluten free bread, cappuccino, milkshakes, smoothies. 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mountain Road, Stowe. 253-8626.

MICHAEL’S ON THE HILL Farm-to-table European cuisine. Swiss chef owned. Restaurateur & Chef of the Year, Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, and certified green restaurant. Bar, lounge, group facilities. 5 minutes from Stowe, Route 100, Waterbury Center. 244-7476.

O’GRADY’S GRILL AND BAR Relax and enjoy Irish warmth, fresh, local comfort food, extensive beer/wine selection, convenient Mountain Road location. Kids welcome, large parties easily accommodated, catering. Serving noon-10 p.m. 7 days per week. 504 Mountain Road, Stowe. 253-8233.

PIECASSO PIZZERIA & LOUNGE A recently renovated cosmopolitan restaurant and bar, with game room and entertainment. A local favorite, voted a “Top 11 Slice in the Country” by Creative entrées, craft beers, gluten-free menu, online ordering, takeout, delivery. 253-4411.

PIE IN THE SKY Italian family restaurant—from appetizers to desserts, featuring pasta and gourmet or traditional pizzas cooked to perfection in our wood-fired oven. Beer and wine. Delivery available. 253-5100.

THE PUB AT GREY FOX INN & RESORT Join us by the fireplace for a drink. Full-service bar, domestic and international bottled beer, local microbrews, wines. Appetizers, soups, salads, burgers, pub fare, dinner entrees, delectable desserts. Wed.-Sat. 5-9 p.m. 990 Mountain Rd., Stowe. 253-8921.

RIMROCK’S MOUNTAIN TAVERN Dinner/late night daily, lunch Thur.-Sun. Voted Best Aprés Ski Spot 2013. Burgers, tacos, sandwiches, salads. Kids menu, gameroom, takeout, 14 flat screens—Stowe’s best sports venue, 18 beers on tap, NFL/ NHL package. DJs Thur.-Sat. 10 p.m.-2 a.m., no cover. 394 Mountain Rd. 253-9593,

THE ROOST & FLANNEL AT TOPNOTCH RESORT Choose from a new lobby bar and restaurant with awe-inspiring views and après ski attitude, or a warm, friendly bistro with open kitchen. Topnotch masterfully fuses contemporary fare and casual vibe into two superb gathering spots. 253-6445.

RESTAURANTS & SPORTS BARS SUNSET GRILLE & TAP ROOM Stowe’s #1 sports bar and family restaurant. Award-winning BBQ, fresh seafood, steaks, burgers. Four big screens, 30 TVs, satellite system. We’ve got your game. Just off the beaten path. Cottage Club Road. 253-9281.

RETIREMENT COMMUNITY COPLEY WOODLANDS Independent living in a supportive community. Spacious retirement condos with leasing or ownership options available for adults 55+. Copley Woodlands, 125 Thomas Lane, Stowe. 253-7200.

SEPTIC SERVICE HARTIGAN COMPANY SEPTIC SERVICE Septic tank pumping, portable toilets, grease trap, and tank pumping. Pump station repair, TV camera inspection, culvert and catch basin cleaning, line jetting, frozen line thawing. 253-0376, (800) 696-0761.

SHOE STORES WELL HEELED Come see what the buzz is all about. A tempting assortment of designer shoes, boots, handbags, belts, clothing, and jewelry presented in a classic 1840s farmhouse. Open 7 days, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 253-6077. Mountain Road, Stowe.

STONEGRILL RESTAURANT & PUB Try our new heart healthy stone grilled meals or enjoy one of your American favorites. Open daily 6-9 p.m. Live entertainment weekly in our pub. Banquet room with wi-fi. Route 15, Morrisville. 888-4242.

SUSHI YOSHI Experience the best in Chinese and Japanese cuisine. Eclectic menu with something for everyone. Have a great time with the entire family at Sushi Yoshi Chinese Gourmet Hibachi Steakhouse. Open daily. 1128 Mountain Rd., Stowe. 253-4135.

TANGLEWOODS Creative American cuisine featuring seafood and beef served in a renovated Vermont barn. Chef owned and operated since 1989. Dinner 5:30 to close, Tues.-Sun. Fireplace. Reservations. 244-7855. Guptil Rd., Waterbury. Near Ben & Jerry’s.

TRAPP FAMILY LODGE — LOUNGE & DINING ROOM Seasonal menus reflecting both Austrian and Vermont traditions. Open daily. Dining room: breakfast 7:30-10:30 a.m.; dinner 5:30-9 p.m. Reservations: 253-5733. Lounge: lunch 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; tea 3:30-4:30 p.m.; dinner 5-9 p.m.; bar nightly until 11 p.m.; 253-5734.

SKI & SNOWBOARD SHOPS – Rentals & Demos STOWE TOYS RENTAL & DEMO CENTERS Rent at Mansfield Base Lodge, Stowe Toys Demo Center next to the FourRunner Quad chairlift or Spruce Peak Base Camp. Latest skis, snowboards, helmets, more. Rentals and tech support where and when you need it–on the mountain. 253-3000.

SKI & SNOWBOARD SHOPS – Retail AJ’S SKI & SPORTS Stowe’s largest selection of ski and snowboard equipment, clothing. All new K2 rentals. Largest ski demo center in Stowe. Atomic, Volkl, Salomon, Rossignol, K-2, Nordica, Tecnica, and Dalbello. Burton demos. 8-8. Fri., Sat., holidays until 9. 253-4593.

SKIERSHOP Three floors of equipment and clothing. Huge selection of skis and apparel, Mammut, Mountain Hardwear, Stockli, Blizzard, Nordica, Armada, Dalbello, and more. Get expert advice, demos, and tuning. 253-9400.

OUTDOOR GEAR EXCHANGE & GEARX.COM Locally owned since 1995, offering the area’s best prices, service, and selection of gear and clothing for Nordic, telemark, alpine touring, snowshoeing, ice climbing. Open 7 days. Burlington. (802) 860-0190.

Old-fashioned full-service family-style Italian restaurant. Wine Spectator best wine list. Great place to meet locals and celebrities, great music. Dinner 5:30-9:30 p.m. nightly; closed on Sundays except on long weekends. Reservations: 253-8480.

VERMONT ALE HOUSE Craft beer bar within walking distance from Stowe Village. Hot roast beef, fried chicken, flatbreads, grilled wings, and salads. Hand-crafted cocktails. Fireplace and library. 294 Mountain Road. 253-6253.

Our expert staff can quickly and efficiently address your equipment and clothing needs—slopeside. Best selection, competitive pricing. At Spruce Peak Sports, Mansfield Base Lodge, Midway Lodge, Gondola Summit, Stowe Toys Demo Center. 253-3000.

SKIING – Cross Country CATAMOUNT TRAIL ASSOCIATION Catamount Trail Association is a non-profit, member-driven organization that develops, manages, and conserves the Catamount Trail (CT), a 300-mile public access, winter-use ski trail. Visit for information and benefits.

WHIP BAR & GRILL Friendly, casual atmosphere with open grill. Fresh seafood, hand-cut steaks, vegetarian specialties, children’s menu. Serving lunch and dinner daily, Sunday brunch. Green Mountain Inn, Main Street, Stowe. 253-4400, ext 615, for reservations.

TRAPP FAMILY LODGE OUTDOOR CENTER Over 100 km of groomed and backcountry trails in woodlands and meadows with spectacular mountain views. Private, group instruction, rentals, retail shop. Lunch at the Slayton Pasture Cabin. 253-8511. Snow reports: 253-5720.

SKI RESORT BOLTON VALLEY SKI RESORT Bolton Valley is the best value in big mountain skiing and riding in Vermont. Enjoy ski-in/ski-out lodging with access to 71 trails and glades. Just 10 minutes from Exit 10 off I-89. 1-8779BOLTON,

JAY PEAK RESORT Jay Peak offers skiing and riding on the most snow in eastern North America, Vermont’s only aerial tramway, championship golf, an indoor ice arena, and pump house—Vermont’s only indoor water park. (800) 451-4449.

STOWE MOUNTAIN RESORT With $8.1 million in snowmaking improvements since 2012, hands-free lift access, world-class amenities, exceptional service and the East’s most legendary terrain on Vermont’s highest peak, Stowe Mountain Resort truly is bigger than a mountain. Visit or call 253-3500.

STOWE MOUNTAIN RESORT SKI SHOPS Convenient, slopeside service centers with state-of-the-art tuning and expert technicians. Leave your gear overnight for tomorrow’s first tracks. At Mount Mansfield Base Lodge, Spruce Camp Base Lodge, and Stowe Toys Demo Center at the FourRunner Quad. 253-3000.

SLEIGH RIDES GENTLE GIANTS SLEIGH RIDES AT TOPNOTCH New England’s favorite scenic and romantic ride. Go back in time through a covered bridge along a rambling brook in the woods. Spectacular mountain views. Daily. Private couple, family, and group rides. Recommended by Yankee Magazine. 253-2216.

SNOWMOBILE TOURS GREEN MOUNTAIN SNOWMOBILE ADVENTURES Follow a guide on a snowmobile tour through wooded and scenic Vermont trails. Beginner or expert, private or group, we have a tour for you. 644-1438 or visit us online at

STOWE SNOWMOBILE TOURS Beginner to expert. Enjoy all-scenic tours of Mt. Mansfield State Forest. Singles or doubles on new Polaris snowmobiles. Take guided, safe trips at speeds where everyone will feel comfortable. 253-6221.



45 km of groomed trails and 30 km of backcountry terrain. Rental shop offers full menu of Nordic gear including snowshoes, touring gear, performance skate ski, and classic ski packages, backcountry and telemark. Group clinics and private lessons upon request. 253-3688.


SOLSTICE Elegant without being stuffy, Solstice features local artisaninspired cuisine made using farm-to-table produce, Vermont cheeses, and all-natural meats. Private wine-tastings and dining room for up to 16 guests are also available. 760-4735. Reservations recommended.


Featuring Ben & Jerry’s, fondue dinner, and moonlight cabin snowshoe tours. Guided dogsled tours. Snowshoes, telemark, AT and XC skis, winter clothing. Sales and rentals. Open daily 9-6. 253-2317.

SPA THE SPA & WELLNESS CENTER AT STOWE MOUNTAIN LODGE Enjoy a healing lodge with sauna, herbal steam room, Jacuzzi, and cooling rain shower; full-service salon; 18 treatment rooms; full fitness center with heated outdoor pool and classes. 7604782.

TOPNOTCH SPA NORDIC BARN A full-service ski shop specializing in cross country, backcountry, telemark, and AT equipment. Rental equipment for all winter activities. All this in a cozy atmosphere like no other. Mountain Road, Stowe. 253-6433.

Consistently a top 10 spa, with 120 spa and salon services—for body, skin, fitness, beauty, peace. Treatments include full-day access to our secluded spa sanctuary, fitness center, his and hers spa lounges, indoor/outdoor pools. 253-6463.








Family-friendly, year-round treetop adventures including Vermont’s first “world-class” zipline canopy tour, new treetop obstacle course, and climbing program. Adventures from serene to extreme. Ages 4+, good health, max weight: 250 lbs. Reservations recommended. 644-9300.

COLD HOLLOW CIDER MILL Watch our old-fashioned rack-and-cloth press at work during a self-guided tour with free cider samples. Fresh bakery, live observation beehive, Vermont maple products. Manufacturing hours change with seasons. Route 100, Waterbury. (800) 3-APPLES.

The biggest little tile shop in New England. Tiles from around the world. Ceramic and stone tile; local artisans; custom natural stone countertops. Decorative tile our specialty. Cork, reclaimed stone flooring. Design services, installation supplies. Sylvan Park Road, Stowe. 253-7001.

TOURS & TOUR OPERATORS SOJOURN Sojourn specializes in deluxe bicycling vacations in stunning locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Premiere accommodations, fabulous tour leaders, unfailing attention to detail. the good life, by bike™.

YAMPU TOURS GREEN MOUNTAIN COFFEE CAFÉ & VISITOR CENTER The Green Mountain Coffee experience comes to life in Waterbury’s beautifully restored, historic train station. Worldclass exhibits offer a multi-sensory depiction of the coffee bean’s journey from tree to cup. Fresh baked treats. Free coffee samples. Waterbury’s Historic Train Station, One Rotarian Place, Waterbury. (802) 882-2700 or (877) 879-2326.

LITTLE RIVER HOTGLASS STUDIO A nationally recognized art glass studio with on going glass blowing demonstrations. Adjacent gallery features work of resident artist Michael Trimpol. Call for studio hours. 253-0889.

Let the Experts guide you. Yampu’s passionate travel professionals tailor make sightseeing, culinary, safari, family, and adventure itineraries to Latin America, Asia, and Africa. 760-6547,

TOYS & GAMES ONCE UPON A TIME TOYS Ever built an R/C dino, then heard it roar? Dissected a test-tube alien? Vermont’s most exciting toy store for 38 years. Lego/Playmobil, Breyer, music boxes, science/building toys, balloons, party/art supplies. 1799 Mountain Rd., Red Barn Shops. 253-8319.


SPRUCE PEAK PERFORMING ARTS CENTER You will enjoy “Peak Experiences” in a state-of-the-art, acoustically superior arts center designed to bridge the rustic Vermont barn and sophisticated concert hall, with events every Saturday evening all year around. (802) 760-4634 or

STOWE HISTORICAL SOCIETY & MUSEUM Preserving Stowe’s rich history. Visit the museum at the West Branch and Bloody Brook Schoolhouse, next to the Stowe Library in the village. Tuesday and Thursday, 2-5 p.m. and when the flags are out. 253-1518.,

VERMONT TEDDY BEAR FACTORY TOURS One of the most popular Vermont activities. Come and experience our store, take a factory tour and make your own bear. 6655 Shelburne Road, just south of Shelburne Village. (802) 985-3001.

SPECIALTY FOODS HARVEST MARKET Stowe’s one-stop gourmet store. Delicious salads, entrées, baked goods and breads—prepared by our own chefs and bakers. Specialty cheeses and meats. Espresso bar. Farm fresh produce. Great wine selection. Daily 7-7. 253-3800.

SPORTING GOODS POWER PLAY SPORTS The authentic small town sporting goods store that has everything. Ski and snowboard sales and service, rentals, backcountry, XC, snowshoes, hockey, bikes, lacrosse, and more. Open 7 days. 64 Portland Street, Morrisville. 888-6557.

Need a cab? Why pay more? Reliable taxi service since 2004. Offering the cheapest airport transfers. Licensed and insured. Call anytime. 253-0013.

JESSICA’S VITAL TRANSIT Airport Transportation for the Punctually Particular™ available by appointment. Lower Village, Stowe. (802) 279-8251,

LAKE CHAMPLAIN FERRIES Three crossings on Lake Champlain: Grand Isle, VT, to Plattsburgh, NY, open 24/7; Burlington, VT to Port Kent, NY, open mid June – Sept. 29; Charlotte, VT, to Essex, NY, open year round, ice conditions permitting. (802) 864-9804.

MOUNTAIN ROAD SHUTTLE Catch a ride on the free Mountain Road Shuttle, offering seasonal service to ski, lodging, and popular destinations. Daily service, morning through evening on the Mountain Road and Stowe Village. 223-7287.

PEG’S PICK UP/STOWE TAXI For all your transportation needs. Airport, bus, train. (Burlington, Boston, Montréal, New York). Errands and deliveries. Daily courier runs to Burlington. Full taxi service. 253-9490, (800) 370-9490, (800) 293-PEGS.

SNOWFLAKE TAXI Stowe’s favorite taxi. Safe, clean, reliable service. 24 hour, 365 days a year. 4x4. Check out our new luxury 12-passenger van. Airport shuttle. Local family business. 253-7666.

VERMONT CHAUFFEURED TRANSPORTATION Personalized chauffeured transportation to and from Stowe, Burlington airport, Logan/Boston, Montreal; throughout Vermont, New England, Northeast. Group excursions, shuttle services, conferences, corporate events, weddings. (802) 760-3838.

From intimate ceremonies in our lodge to grand receptions under a tent with spectacular mountain views, we tailor to individual tastes and budgets. European-style cuisine, accommodations. (800) 826-7000, 253-8511.

WINE & BEVERAGES FINE WINE CELLARS Fantastic wine selections from around the world. Great prices. From the rare to the exceptional value. Under $10-$100+ we’re nuts about wine. Please see our ad on page 2. 253-2630.

HARVEST MARKET Great wine selection from Cabernet to Viognier, California, Italy, Argentina, Australia, and more. Local Vermont beers. Weekly specials. Daily 7-7. 253-3800.

STOWE BEVERAGE Full-service wine, beer, liquor, mixers, snacks. Stowe’s best wine selection. Best price in town on Vermont maple syrup. Cigars. Free local paper with wine purchases. 9-9 Monday through Saturday; Sunday 11-6. 253-4525.

WINERIES & SPIRITS BOYDEN VALLEY WINERY AND SPIRITS Taste our award-winning wines, Vermont ice wines, and cream liqueurs. Free tours (11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.) Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 644-8151. or find us on Facebook.

FRESH TRACKS FARM VINEYARD & WINERY Award-winning wines from our 14 acres of cold-hardy grapevines. Please check out our website or call for tasting room, directions, and hours. 4373 VT Route 12, Berlin, VT. (802) 223-1151 or

SAXTONS RIVER DISTILLERY, LLC Sapling Vermont maple liquors are distinctly unique craft-made liquors (liqueur, bourbon, rye). New Perc Coffee Liqueur, made with Vermont roasted organic coffee. Hand-made in Brattleboro, Vt., using select local maple syrup.

SHELBURNE VINEYARD Taste our award-winning wines and enjoy touring our ecofriendly winery to learn about our adventure growing grapes and making wine in Vermont’s northern climate. Open daily 115, November-April; 11-6, May-October. (802) 985-8222.

SMUGGLERS’ NOTCH DISTILLERY Father/son artisan distillery. Hand-crafting unique award-winning spirits: corn and winter wheat vodka, bourbon barrel rum, true-distilled gin, and straight bourbon whiskey. Shop open daily 1-5 p.m. 276 Main St., Jeffersonville. (802) 309-3077.

YOGA & PILATES OXYGEN A refreshing boutique and fitness studio catering to your unique lifestyle. Indulge in an array of yoga and Pilates classes taught by Vermont’s most renowned teachers, then step into our boutique and discover something wonderful for yourself. 512 Mountain Road. 253-5655.

STOWE YOGA CENTER Gentle multi-level classes include guided meditation. Special series: prenatal, mom and baby, senior chair, partner yoga. Drop-ins $12, private $50. Mats available. Online schedule. 515 Moscow Rd. 253-8427,

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S TOWE ADVERTISER PHONE DIRECTORY ADAM KUNIN MD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 8 8 - 8 3 7 2 ADAMS CONSTRUCTION CO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 7 8 9 3 AJ’S SKI & SPORTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 4 5 9 3 ALAN GUAZZONI DESIGN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 4 4 - 6 6 6 4 AMBLER DESIGN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 4 5 3 6 ANDREW VOLANSKY ARCHITECT AIA . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 2 1 6 9 ARBORTREK ADVENTURES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 4 4 - 9 3 0 0 ARISTELLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 4 9 7 - 3 9 1 3 ART STORE THE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 2 7 8 7 BAGEL THE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 9 9 4 3 BARR & ASSOCIATES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 6 2 7 2 BARRE ELECTRIC & LIGHTING SUPPLY . . . . . . . . . .1 - 4 7 6 - 0 2 8 0 BEACON HILL BUILDERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 6 7 6 7 BEAR POND BOOKS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 8 2 3 6 BEN & JERRY’S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 8 8 2 - 2 0 3 4 BENDER’S BURRITTOS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 7 6 0 - 6 1 1 9 BETSY PEREZ MD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 8 8 - 8 3 7 2 BIRDSEYE ARCHITECTURE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 4 3 4 - 2 1 1 2 BISTRO AT TENACRES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 6 8 3 8 BLACK CAP COFFEE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 2 1 2 3 BLAZER TRANSPORTATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 0 0 1 3 BLESSED SACRAMENT CHURCH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 7 5 3 6 BLUE DONKEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 3 1 0 0 BOLTON VALLEY RESORT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 7 7 - 9 B O L T O N BOUCHARD-PIERCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 4 7 6 - 6 6 4 4 BOURNES ENERGY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 0 0 - 3 2 6 - 8 76 3 BOUTIQUE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 3 7 1 2 BOYDEN VALLEY WINERY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 4 4 - 8 1 5 1 BRAD HIGHBERGER LMT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 6 0 1 6 BRYAN MEMORIAL GALLERY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 4 4 - 5 1 0 0 BURLINGTON FURNITURE CO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 8 6 2 - 5 0 5 6 BURLINGTON MARBLE & GRANITE . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 8 6 0 - 1 2 2 1 BUTLER HOUSE, STOWE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 7 4 2 2 CACTUS CAFÉ OF STOWE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 7 7 7 0 CAFE LATINA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 6 7 7 7 CARRIAGE HOUSE ANTIQUES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 2 1 0 0 CATAMOUNT FISHING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 8 5 0 0 CATAMOUNT TRAIL ASSOCIATION . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 8 6 4 - 5 7 9 4 CENTRAL VERMONT ORTHOPAEDICS . . . . . . . . . .1 - 2 2 5 - 3 9 7 0 CHRISTOPHER ALTADONNA DDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 7 9 3 2 CLIFF HOUSE RESTAURANT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 3 6 6 5 COLD HOLLOW CIDER MILL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 4 4 - 8 7 7 1 COLDWELL BANKER CARLSON RE . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 7 3 5 8 COMMODORES INN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 7 1 3 1 CONANT METAL & LIGHT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 0 0 - 8 3 2 - 4 4 8 2 COPLEY HOSPITAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 8 8 - 8 8 8 8 COPLEY REHABILITATION SVCS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 8 8 - 8 3 0 3 CREATIVE CONSIGNMENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 8 1 0 0 CROP BISTRO & BREWERY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 4 7 6 5 CUSHMAN DESIGN GROUP INC . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 2 1 6 9 CUSTOM COVERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 3 2 4 - 2 1 2 3 CYNTHIA KNAUF LANDSCAPE DESIGN . . . . . . . .1 - 6 5 5 - 0 5 5 2 DALE E PERCY INC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 8 5 0 3 DARBY STEARNS THORNDIKE KOLTER & WARE .2 5 3 - 7 1 6 5 DECISIONS DECISIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 4 1 8 3 DENOIA’S DRY CLEANERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 7 8 6 1 DEPOT STREET MALT SHOP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 4 2 6 9 DESIGN MATTERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 8 6 5 - 2 5 8 1 DESIGN STUDIO OF STOWE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 9 6 0 0 DESIGNS BY WILDFLOWER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 6 3 0 3 DOWN EAST TILE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 7 0 0 1 EARL’S CYCLERY & FITNESS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 8 6 4 - 9 1 9 7 EDELWEISS MOUNTAIN DELI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 4 0 3 4 EDEN DOG SLEDDING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 3 5 - 9 0 7 0 ESSEX SHOPPES & CINEMA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 8 7 8 - 2 8 5 1 FAVREAU INTERIOR DESIGN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 1 5 - 9 7 1 - 2 2 1 9 FERRO JEWELERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 3 0 3 3 FINE WINE CELLARS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 2 6 3 0 FIXPC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 8 0 0 6 FLOORING AMERICA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 4 4 8 - 4 7 7 1 FLY ROD SHOP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 7 3 4 6 FRESH TRACKS FARM & WINERY . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 2 3 - 1 1 5 1 FROM MARIA’S GARDEN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 3 4 5 - 3 6 9 8 GENTLE GIANTS CARRIAGE RIDES . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 2 2 1 6 GOLDEN EAGLE RESORT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 4 8 1 1 GOOD STUFF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 4 4 - 0 8 0 0 GORDON DIXON CONSTRUCTION . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 9 3 6 7 GRACE BIBLE CHURCH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 4 7 3 1 GRACIE’S RESTAURANT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 8 7 4 1 GREAT ROOM GRILL AT SPRUCE CAMP . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 4 7 5 4 GREEN ENVY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 2 6 6 1 GREEN GODDESS CAFE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 5 2 5 5 GREEN MOUNTAIN COFFEE VISITORS CTR . . . . .8 8 2 - 2 7 0 0 GREEN MOUNTAIN COIN & JEWELRY . . . . . . . . .1 - 7 7 7 - 5 5 5 0 GREEN MOUNTAIN FINE ART . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 1 8 1 8 GREEN MOUNTAIN GLAZE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 4 1 - 4 0 0 0 GREEN MOUNTAIN INN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 7 3 0 1 GREEN MOUNTAIN SNOWMOBILES . . . . . . . . . .6 4 4 - 1 4 3 8 GRISTMILL BUILDERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 6 3 9 3 HARRISON’S RESTAURANT & BAR . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 7 7 7 3 HARRY HUNT ARCHITECTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 2 3 7 4 HARTIGAN COMPANY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 0 3 7 6 HARVEST MARKET . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 3 8 0 0 HELEN DAY ART CENTER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 8 3 5 8 HEN OF THE WOOD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 4 4 - 7 3 0 0 HERITAGE PHARMACY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 2 5 4 4 HICKOK & BOARDMAN INC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 9 7 0 7 HOB KNOB INN & RESTAURANT . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 8 5 4 9 HUNGER MOUNTAIN CHRISTIAN ASSEM . . . . .2 4 4 - 5 9 2 1 IN COMPANY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 4 5 9 5 INN AT THE MOUNTAIN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 3 6 5 6

INSIDE OUT GALLERY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 6 9 4 5 INSPIRED WELLNESS BY SAKE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 5 8 5 - 1 0 7 5 J GRAHAM GOLDSMITH ARCHITECTS . . . . . . . . .8 0 0 - 8 6 2 - 4 0 5 3 JAY PEAK RESORT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 0 0 - 4 51 - 4 4 4 9 JEFFREY R MCKECHNIE DMD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 7 9 3 2 JESSICA’S VITAL TRANSIT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 2 7 9 - 8 2 5 1 JEWISH COMMUNITY OF GREATER STOWE . . . .2 5 3 - 1 8 0 0 JOHNSON HARDWARE & RENTALS . . . . . . . . . . . .6 3 5 - 7 2 8 2 JOHNSON STATE COLLEGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 3 5 - 1 2 1 9 JOHNSON WOOLEN MILLS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 3 5 - 2 2 7 1 KALEIDOSCOPE YARNS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 2 8 8 - 9 2 0 0 KATE GRAVES BODYWORK CMT, BHS . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 8 4 2 7 KIMBALL UNION ACADEMY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 0 3 - 4 6 9 - 21 0 0 KNITTING STUDIO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 2 9 - 2 4 4 4 LACKEY’S VARIETY STORE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 7 6 2 4 LAKE CHAMPLAIN CHOCOLATES . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 4 1 - 4 1 5 0 LAKE CHAMPLAIN FERRIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 8 6 4 - 9 8 0 4 LANDSHAPES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 4 3 4 - 3 5 0 0 LEE HUNTER ARCHITECT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 9 9 2 8 LEIGHTON DETORA ATTORNEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 4 7 6 - 4 1 8 1 LIEBLING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 5 0 3 - 5 4 1 1 LINDA POST INTERIOR DESIGN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 8 5 1 7 LITTLE RIVER HOTGLASS STUDIO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 0 8 8 9 LITTLE RIVER SURVEY CO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 8 2 1 4 LOEWEN WINDOW CENTER OF VT & NH . . . . .8 0 0 - 5 0 5 - 18 9 2 LUSH SALON & BOUTIQUE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 7 7 5 0 MAGIC HAT ARTIFACTORY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 6 5 8 - B R E W MANSFIELD CUSTOM HOMES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 2 7 9 - 2 3 7 3 MANSFIELD ORTHOPAEDICS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 8 8 - 8 4 0 5 MCCARTHY’S RESTAURANT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 8 6 2 6 MGA MARCUS GLEYSTEEN ARCHITECTS . . . . . . .617 - 5 4 2 - 6 0 6 0 MICHAEL GOHL ARCHITECT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 4 7 2 - 6 5 4 7 MICHAEL’S ON THE HILL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 4 4 - 7 4 7 6 M. LEWIS ANTIQUES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 4 4 - 8 9 1 9 MOUNTAIN ASSOCIATES REALTORS . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 8 5 1 8 MOUNTAIN CHEESE & WINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 8 6 0 6 MOUNTAIN ROAD SHUTTLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 2 3 - 7 2 8 7 NEW ENGLAND FLOOR COVERING . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 6 5 8 - 9 3 3 6 NEW ENGLAND LANDMARK REALTY . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 4 7 1 1 NORDIC BARN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 6 4 3 3 NORTHEAST SOFTUB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 8 1 - 9 74 - 3 7 3 3 NORTH FACE STORE AT KL SPORTS . . . . . . . . . . . .8 7 7 - 8 6 3 - 4 3 2 7 O’GRADY’S GRILL & BAR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 8 2 3 3 OLSON & ASSOCIATES PLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 7 8 1 0 ONCE UPON A TIME TOY STORE . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 8 3 1 9 ORAH MOORE PHOTOGRAPHY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 8 8 - 2 3 0 9 OUTDOOR GEAR EXCHANGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 8 6 0 - 0 1 9 0 OXYGEN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 5 6 5 5 PALL SPERA COMPANY REALTORS . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 9 7 7 1 PATRICIA JAQUA MD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 8 8 - 8 3 7 2 PATTERSON & SMITH CONSTRUCTION . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 3 7 5 7 PAUL ROBERT ROUSSELLE ARCHITECT . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 2 1 1 0 PAUL ROGERS PHOTOGRAPHY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 7 8 7 9 PEG’S PICK-UP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 9 4 9 0 PERSONAL FITNESS INTERIORS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 8 6 0 - 1 0 3 0 PIECASSO PIZZERIA & LOUNGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 4 4 1 1 PIE IN THE SKY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 5 1 0 0 PINNACLE PHYSICAL THERAPY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 2 2 7 3 PLANET HARDWOOD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 4 8 2 - 4 4 0 4 POWER PLAY SPORTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 8 8 - 6 5 5 7 PRET-A-PORTER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 7 0 6 6 PUB AT GREY FOX INN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 8 9 2 1 RIMROCK’S MOUNTAIN TAVERN . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 9 5 9 3 ROBERT BAUMAN DR & ASSOCIATES . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 6 3 2 2 ROBERT PAUL GALLERIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 7 2 8 2 ROOST, THE & FLANNEL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 6 4 4 5 ST. JOHNS IN THE MOUNTAINS EPISCOPAL . . .2 5 3 - 7 5 7 8 SALON SALON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 7 3 7 8 SAMARA’S CARD & GIFTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 8 3 1 8 SAM SCOFIELD ARCHITECT AIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 9 9 4 8 SELDOM SCENE INTERIORS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 3 7 7 0 SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH . . . . . . . . . . .8 8 8 - 7 8 8 4 SHEEP THRILLS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 5 8 5 - 2 0 1 3 SISLER BUILDERS INC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 5 6 7 2 SKIERSHOP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 9 4 0 0 SMUGGLERS’ NOTCH DISTILLERY . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 3 0 9 - 3 0 7 7 SMUGGLERS’ NOTCH RESORT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 8 8 - 2 5 6 - 76 2 3 SNOWFLAKE TAXI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 7 6 6 6 SOLSTICE RESTAURANT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 7 6 0 - 4 7 3 5 SPA AT STOWE MOUNTAIN LODGE . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 7 6 0 - 4 7 8 2 SPORTIVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 4 9 6 - 3 2 7 2 SPRUCE PEAK AT STOWE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 7 7 - 9 7 7 - 7 8 2 3 SPRUCE PEAK PERFORMING ARTS CTR . . . . . . . . .1 - 7 6 0 - 4 6 3 4 STACKPOLE AND FRENCH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 7 3 3 9 STEEL CONSTRUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 4 5 7 2 STEVENS LAW OFFICE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 8 5 4 7 STONEGRILL RESTAURANT & PUB . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 8 8 - 4 2 4 2 STOWE BEVERAGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 4 5 2 5 STOWE CHIROPRACTIC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 6 9 5 5 STOWE CINEMA 3-PLEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 4 6 7 8 STOWE COMMUNITY CHURCH . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 7 2 5 7 STOWE COUNTRY HOMES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 8 1 3 2 STOWE CRAFT DESIGN CENTER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 7 6 7 7 STOWE CRAFT GALLERY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 4 6 9 3 STOWE EYE CARE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 7 2 0 1 STOWE FAMILY DENTISTRY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 4 1 5 7 STOWE FAMILY PRACTICE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 4 8 5 3 STOWE GEMS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 7 0 0 0 STOWE HARDWARE & DRY GOODS . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 7 2 0 5 STOWE HISTORICAL SOCIETY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 1 5 1 8 STOWE HOME CARE MAINTENANCE . . . . . . . . .8 8 8 - 7 7 3 6

STOWE INN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 STOWE INSURANCE AGENCY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 STOWE KITCHEN BATH & LINENS . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 STOWE LAUNDRY CO. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 STOWE MERCANTILE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 STOWE MOUNTAIN RESORT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 STOWE MOUNTAIN RESORT XC CENTER . . . . . .2 STOWE PERFORMING ARTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 STOWE REALTY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 STOWE RED BARN REALTY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 STOWE REPORTER PRESS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 STOWE RESORT HOMES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 STOWE SIGN COMPANY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 STOWE SNOWMOBILE TOURS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 STOWE THEATRE GUILD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 STOWE TOYS DEMO CENTER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2

5 3 5 3 5 3 5 3 5 3 5 3 5 3 5 3 5 3 5 3 5 3 - 76 8 8 5 3 5 3 5 3

- 4 0 3 - 4 8 5 - 8 0 5 - 9 3 3 - 4 5 5 - 3 5 0 - 3 6 8 - 7 7 9 - 8 4 8 - 4 9 9 - 2 1 0 0 - 115 - 4 5 5 - 6 2 2 - 3 9 6 - 3 0 0

0 5 0 2 4 0 8 2 4 4 1 7 6 1 1 0

STOWE TOWN OFFICES & SCHOOLS CEMETERY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 ELECTRICAL DEPT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 FINANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 FIRE EMERGENCIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FIRE STATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 HEALTH OFFICER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 LIBRARY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 LISTER’S OFFICE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 PARKS & RECREATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 PLANNING & ZONING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 POLICE EMERGENCIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . POLICE OTHER BUSINESS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 SELECTMENS OFFICE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 PUBLIC SKATING/JACKSON ARENA . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 PUBLIC WORKS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 TOWN MANAGER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 TOWN CLERK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 TRANSFER STATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 WASTEWATER FACILITY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 WATER DEPARTMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 STOWE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 STOWE HIGH SCHOOL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 STOWE MIDDLE SCHOOL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3

- 6 1 3 - 7 2 1 - 6 1 4 9 1 - 4 3 1 - 6 1 4 - 6 1 4 - 6 1 4 - 6 1 4 - 2 2 6 - 2 7 0 9 1 - 7 1 2 - 7 3 5 - 3 7 2 - 8 7 7 - 7 3 5 - 6 1 3 - 4 0 5 - 6 1 3 - 6 5 1 - 4 1 5 - 7 2 2 - 6 9 1

3 5 0 1 5 1 6 5 4 4 5 1 6 0 1 0 0 3 9 5 2 4 9 3

STOWE URGENT CARE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 2 2 1 1 STOWE VILLAGE ACCOMMODATIONS . . . . . . . .2 0 3 - 74 3 - 1 6 2 1 STOWE VILLAGE MASSAGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 7 3 0 1 STOWE YOGA CENTER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 8 4 2 7 STOWEFLAKE MOUNTAIN RESORT & SPA . . . . . .2 5 3 - 7 3 5 5 STUDIO STORE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 3 5 - 2 2 0 3 SUNSET GRILLE & TAP ROOM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 9 2 8 1 SUSHI YOSHI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 4 1 3 5 SUNSET MOTOR INN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 0 0 - 5 4 4 - 2 3 4 7 SWIMMING HOLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 9 2 2 9 STYLES HAIR SALON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 7 7 0 1 TANGLEWOODS RESTAURANT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 4 4 - 7 8 5 5 TEKTONIKA STUDIO ARCHITECTS . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 2 0 2 0 TIMBERHOMES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 6 8 5 - 7 9 7 4 TINA’S HOME DESIGNS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 8 6 2 - 6 7 0 1 TOPNOTCH RESORT & SPA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 8 5 8 5 TRAPP FAMILY LODGE DELIBAKERY . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 5 7 0 5 TRAPP FAMILY LODGE DINING ROOM . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 5 7 3 3 TRAPP FAMILY LODGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 8 5 1 1 TRAPP FAMILY LODGE FITNESS CTR . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 5 7 2 2 TRAPP FAMILY LODGE OUTDOOR CENTER . . . . .2 5 3 - 8 5 1 1 TRUEXCULLINS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 6 5 8 - 2 7 7 5 TWIN CITY LANES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 4 7 6 - 6 1 8 1 UMIAK OUTDOOR OUTFITTERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 2 3 1 7 UNION BANK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 6 6 0 0 UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP . . . . . . . .1 - 5 9 5 - 0 8 0 7 US POSTAL SERVICE STOWE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 7 5 2 1 VALSANGIACOMO DETORA & MCQUESTEN . . .1 - 4 7 6 - 4 1 8 1 VERMCO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 4 4 - 4 0 3 4 VERMONT ALE HOUSE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 6 2 5 3 VERMONT CHAUFFEURED TRANSPORTATION . .1 - 7 6 0 - 3 8 3 8 VERMONT ELECTRONICS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 6 5 0 9 VERMONT FINE ART GALLERY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 9 6 5 3 VERMONT ICELANDIC ADVENTURES . . . . . . . . . .1 - 4 9 6 - 7 1 4 1 VERMONT ORTHOPAEDIC CLINIC . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 6 2 5 - 2 9 3 7 VERMONT STATE LIQUOR OUTLET . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 4 5 2 5 VERMONT SUN STRUCTURES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 8 7 9 - 6 6 4 5 VERMONT TEDDY BEAR CO. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 9 8 5 - 3 0 0 1 VERMONT TESTING & CONSULTING . . . . . . . . . .2 4 4 - 6 1 3 1 VILLAGE GREEN AT STOWE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 9 7 0 5 WAGNER HODGSON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 8 6 4 - 0 0 1 0 WALL DOCTOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 6 5 8 - 2 6 6 9 WALPOLE WOODWORKERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 0 0 - 3 4 3 - 6 9 4 8 WATERBURY CENTER COMMUNITY CHURCH . .2 4 4 - 6 2 8 6 WELL HEELED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 6 0 7 7 WENDELL’S FURNITURE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 8 6 1 - 7 7 0 0 WENDY’S CLOSET . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 4 7 2 7 WEST BRANCH GALLERY & SCULPTURE PARK . . .2 5 3 - 8 9 4 3 WHIP BAR & GRILL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 4 4 0 0 WINDOW PRO OF VERMONT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 4 4 - 7 7 8 4 WINTERFELL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 0 1 3 0 WOMEN’S CENTER AT COPLEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 8 8 - 8 1 0 0 WOODEN NEEDLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 3 0 8 6 X PRESS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 9 7 8 8 YAMPU TOURS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 - 7 6 0 - 6 5 4 7 YELLOW TURTLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5 3 - 4 4 3 4

* ALL NUMBERS FALL WITHIN THE 802 AREA CODE • 253, 635, 644, 888, 223, & 244 exchanges are local calls from Stowe • Cell phone calls may or may not require the area code.










121 126


185 193 208 187 210 191 146 29 199 204





118 121

164 69,159





157 69,159


206 192



166 169 164


166 146










63 65

209 193 215






183 191







117 47 47 10,117 136 107 69,159 122

209 49 192 5 10,117 190 210 208


2 125 117 3






131 108


185 193 189 195


50 217


195 205
















BUILDERS & CONTRACTORS 172 205 189 206 181 199 207 198 193





HEALTH CLUBS & SPAS 127 137 22 39 29 133 135 31 111 131 9 47







123 137 47 108 122


MARKETS 111 135 127






61 10 69,159















45 23 16-17 69,159

55 27 16-17

SKI TUNING 104-105



209 205 15


50 143




13 21

Grace Bible Church, Stowe, 253-4731 Holy Cross Catholic Church, Morrisville,

Morrisville, 888-2225

888-3318 41 43 153 123 115 57 32













43 59 41 213


1 45 63 19


Morrisville Baptist Church, 888-5276 Mountain Chapel, Stowe, 644-8144 New Beginning Miracle Fellowship, Morrisville, 888-4730 Morrisville, 888-2248 Park, 888-3636; Jeffersonville, 644-5533 888-7884

St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal, Stowe, 253-7578

St. John’s the Apostles Church, Johnson, WEDDING FACILITIES TRAPP FAMILY LODGE




2 164 47 158


157 167 148 150 150


Jeffersonville, 644-5322; Morrisville, 888-5610

Jewish Community of Greater Stowe,

Seventh-Day Adventist, Morrisville,


Waterbury Center, 244-5921

Jehovah’s Witnesses,

Second Congregational Church, Hyde


Hunger Mountain Christian Assembly,

Puffer United Methodist Church,


Morrisville, 888-5683

Elmore United Methodist Church, First Congregational Church of Christ,






Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Johnson, 635-2009 Church of Jesus Christ, Johnson, 635-2009 Church of the Nazarene, Johnson,

Elmore, 888-3247


Stowe, 253-7536

Cambridge United Church, Main St.,

Cornerstone Four Square Church,




Advent Christian, Morrisville, 888-4633 Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church,


133 61


St. Teresa’s Parish Center, Morrisville, 888-2761

Stowe Community Church, 253-7257 Trinity Assembly of God, Hyde Park, 888-7326

Unitarian Universalist Fellowhip, Stowe, 595-0807

United Church of Johnson, 635-7249 Waterbury Alliance Church, 244-6463 Waterbury Center Community Church, 244-6286

Waterbury Center Standard Church, 244-6345

Wesley United Methodist Church, Waterbury, 244-6677 223

















THE VILLAGE GREEN AT STOWE A Condominium Resort For All Seasons Offering affordable rentals for 2 nights or more

Our Town Homes Provide

Amenities 2 pools (1 indoor) * whirlpool * sauna * 2 outdoor tennis courts * recreation center * video games * ping pong * pool table

*spacious 2 & 3 bedroom accommodations * fully equipped kitchens * fireplace * cable TV

Other Special Features Include * Majestic views from 40 acres of beautiful property * Direct access to Stowe’s award winning recreation path * Surrounded by the Stowe Country Club & golf course * Discounted rates for midweek, weekly or monthly stays

1003 CAPE COD ROAD, STOWE, VERMONT 05672 802-253-9705 • 800-451-3297 Visit our website at for more info and rates