Stowe and skiing go hand-in-hand. Though the area is known for its diverse alpine slopes, four groomed cross-country ski networks, and miles of backcountry adventures, as well as home to the state’s highest peak, there are those days when simple and scenic will do. On those days, the Stowe Recreation Path is the answer. Flatish and free, the paved path constructed in the early 1980s is a 5.3-mile-long white greenway, utilized by cross-country skiers, snowshoers, and walkers in winter. The small-town atmosphere of Stowe is evident along the path that meanders between the flowing waters of the West Branch River and Stowe’s commercial Mountain Road (Route 108). Stowe is a hip place. Yes, dogs are allowed on the path. However, how many other communities make this request of dog owners: “Please suggest to your dogs that they use the woods (the pavement is nicer when kept clean).” The good thing about the path is that it is used by locals. When playing the visitor, locals are your best resource. Be nice and maybe they’ll let you in on local skiing and aprés-ski secrets. Surface quality: Partially groomed, skier tracked.
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