It makes sense that Stowe rhymes with snow, because there’s a lot of it during the winter. However, you’d be mistaken to think that skiing is the only sport Stowe has to offer, although it is the most popular.

  • Skiing: Downhill or cross-country, skiers won’t be disappointed. Stowe's Mount Mansfield, the East Coast’s “Ski Capital,” provides trails for more experienced skiers, wihle Spruce Peak is better for beginners. The Trapp Family Lodge (yes, it’s the Sound of Music Trapps) outfits cross-country skiers and provides maps of Stowe’s nearly 200 kilometers of scenic ski routes.
  • Dog powered sports: Stowe is quickly becoming know as a hot bed of activities for dog lovers the world over. There are many offerings in the area from agility events to fall foliage dog cart rides, and winter dog sled tours. Many area motels and hotels are pet friendly allowing you to bring your own dogs along on your trip to Stowe.
  • Golf: During the summer, tee off at the Stowe Country Club golf course. Its elevated location means that, on clear days, golfers can enjoy panoramic mountain views from the course and from inside the resort’s restaurant and clubhouse.
  • Hiking: Mount Mansfield has nearly 50 ski trails, which in the summer become ideal hiking paths. According to one Trip Advisor reviewer, upon reaching Mansfield's peak:  "..we were blessed with a wonderful view."
  • Alpine Sliding: Spruce Peak, at an elevation of about 2000 feet, offers the opportunity to slide all the way down the mountain in an alpine slide. It's open every day during tourist season (late June to early September), and is reasonably priced at around $15 per ride, with price decreasing the more rides you pay for. Be careful to keep your legs and arms inside the slide!
  • Canoe and kayaking: Umiak Outfitters has canoes and kayaks for sale and for rent. You can rent one from their store or go to their outpost six miles away on the Waterbury Reservoir and rent one right from the beach. They also offer self-guided river trips. These river trips are a great way to see the beauty of Vermont. Take a boat and take your time! They drive you up the river with everything you need and give you expert advice for one of the most enjoyable experiences of a lifetime. 
  • Winooski River: A gorgeous river winding though the Vermont woodlands. Wildlife viewing abounds here! Stop along the way for a swim or picnic and look for otters and great blue herons along the riverbanks.

    9 Mile Trip: Paddle through two sections of Class I and II rapids. About 4 hours long and not recommended for children under 8 or for people with little paddling experience.

    4 Mile Trip: Relax on flat, moving water with glimpses of Camel’s Hump and the Worchester Mountain Range. Perfect for families and first time paddlers. About 2 hours long and not recommended for children under 5.

    Lamoille River: An easypaddle on flat, moving water. Beautiful views of Vermont’s rolling farmland, Mt. Mansfield, and a covered bridge! 4 and 8- Mile Trips are available and not recommended for children under 5.

    Specialty Canoe and Kayak Tours

    Ice Cream Float: Grab apaddle and hold the root beer, this is not your usual Ice Cream Float! This is a 2-hour trip by canoe or kayak down the Winooski or Lamoille River includes ice cream and a half-hour tour of the Ben & Jerry’s factory. You’ll enjoy a self-guided trip down the river with great views and wildlife, then see how Ben & Jerry’s makes their famous ice cream in Waterbury.

    River and Spirits Tour: A 4-mile calm paddle on flat, moving water that ends at Boyden Valley Winery. Discover the art of wine making with a tour and tasting at this family-owned winery and bucolic Vermont working farm. Paddlers on this tour have the option of doing an Ice Cream Float instead.

    Guided Kayak Fishing Tours: Expert guides from The Fly Rod Shop will take you on a tour of the hottest fishing spots on the Waterbury Reservoir. Paddle Umiak’s kayaks set-up specifically for fishing. Stocked with rainbows & browns and is a great place for natural small-mouth bass.  

    Car top rentals are available for a full day or 4-hour afternoon rental at the store at 849 S. Main St. on Route 100 in Stowe’sLower Village. All rentals come with paddles and PFDs (lifejackets). They have temporary roof-rack systems to put your rental on your vehicle for a day of funon the pond, river or lake of your choice. Expert instruction and directionsare free!

    Group Tours: Conferences, Retreats, Reunions,Weddings - they specialize in custom-designing programs to accommodate groups of all sizes. Choose from River and Winery tours, Full-moon Paddles, Naturalist Explorations, white water and sea kayak trips, or design your own! Umiak’s certified guides help keep your trip safe and are knowledgeable of the naturaland historic wonders of the area. Call ahead to discuss details.

    Kayak Classes

    These classes are a great way to learn new skills or refresh old ones. Take a couple of hours during your visit to gain knowledge to enhance your paddling experience for a lifetime. Umiak’s ACA-certified staff teach the classes and give lots of one-on-one instruction. Everything you need is included and reservations are required.

    Intro to Kayaking: This is the first step to learning basic kayaking skills. The 2 hour class covers carrying kayaks, launching, basicstrokes and maneuvers.

    Kayak Rescue: Learn how to do proper wet-exits,review strokes and practice the Eskimo, “T” and paddle float rescue  techniques.This 2 hour class is a must for all recreational boaters.

    Sea Kayaking Essentials: This fullday program is the perfect beginner or refresher course for paddlers who wish to experience open water kayaking on lakes and oceans.

    Kayaking Rolling: Learn the wetexit and Eskimo roll in small, 2 hour classes. Great for whitewater and recreational boaters!