Aging Expectations

Flashback Post – Stowe

At the end of 2012, I redesigned my site and changed my hosting provider.
Many of my old posts did not fare well through the transition.
I thought it would be fun to repost them. That way, I can relive the memories, make the articles a little better (believe it or not, I’ve improved over time), and bring some old stories to life for you.
See, we all win!
The story is below is a repost. I hope you enjoy it.

Stowe, To Ski or Not to Ski

Let me come clean right from the start, I don’t ski. Yes, I’ve tried it.  It’s not that I’m terrible, really, I’ve got pretty good skills. What happens is, when I start to pick up speed going downhill, well…I get scared. There, I’ve said it.  I’m a big chicken. It’s out now and I feel better about it. I’m not so much afraid I’m going to die or crash or anything like that. It’s just the feeling of being out of control. I get completely freaked out by it.

You are probably wondering why I would even bother to go on a ski trip if I don’t ski. I go on ski trips because I want my kids to love skiing. My problem with skiing is I didn’t learn early enough. I didn’t go near a mountain until I was an adult. This delay in learning is why I can’t ski – at least this is my justification as to why I can’t ski. Also, my husband loves to ski. It’s hard to deny someone who loves to ski a ski trip just because you’re a baby. So once a year, I suck it up and go skiing.

So, let’s to go Stowe.

First, packing for a ski trip is twice as hard as packing for any other type of vacation.You just need so much more stuff and the stuff you need is twice as big, think bulky sweater versus tank top. We did manage to get everything we needed into three suitcases, one diaper bag, and one backpack.

We arrived into Burlington on time, breezed through the airport, and to our rental car. The Burlington Airport is very easy to navigate and quite baby friendly, with large passageways, ramps, and easy accessible elevators.

We stopped at a market and picked up some groceries to have in our room and then made our way to the hotel, which was about 40 minutes on the road.  It’s an easy drive from Burlington to Stowe. We checked into the Golden Eagle Lodge. We received our room on the second floor.

The room, one large bedroom, a living room, small kitchen area, and one bathroom is exactly what I expect from a ski lodge. It worked, was comfortable, but outdated and could use an upgrade. The people at the property were very nice. There was a convenient shuttle to and from the mountain.

We also visited Ben and Jerry’s while we were there. How could we resist? It was only about 20 minutes away and the last tours leave at 6p so we had plenty of time even with a full day of skiing. The tour is quick, which is good because there is a free ice cream sample waiting for you at the end!

My husband and son enjoyed the skiing. They had some fresh snow and even though the temperature was low and it was windy, they had fun. One downside to Stowe is the kids ski lessons. We like to have half day lessons so that my husband and son have time to ski together in the afternoon.

Unfortunately, Stowe only offers all-day kids lessons so there’s no choice unless you want to pay for a private lesson. My son took all-day lessons both days and my husband skied with him for a short period on the first day. The second day, he took him from the lesson a bit early to have more time together.

As far as food, my son’s lunch was included in the lesson. His comments on the quality of the food were not very good. This is something to consider if your little one is a very picky eater. The first day my husband ate at the lodge, which he liked. The second day, I picked him up and we ate at Piecasso Pizzeria and Lounge. This was a great place, kid friendly and good food. The portions were large enough and the service good.

The second night we ate at Pie in the Sky. This was a really good place. It also was very kid friendly with great service. There was a lot of variety with the pizza and it everything we ordered was enjoyable. We don’t always choose pizza, just a coincidence there’s only a few places open for lunch.

We returned from our trip on time and made it safely home. Leah was so tired. She went right to bed and even slept late the next morning. Another travel benefit!

Original post date: March 8, 2010


  1. Just a quick comment to say that I completely feel the same as you do about skiing, but at least you have gotten on the slopes to try. I am smart enough to know that my issues with heights, speed, and poor balance would lead to disaster. If I ever DO go on a ski trip, you’ll find me snuggled up inside by the fire with a mug of hot chocolate in my hand!

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