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Stowe is one of New England's best ski resort destinations, getting over 300 inches of the white stuff a year; and offering spa and other services and amenities.

New England in winter has many things to offer anyone willing to brave the cold, frigid air. Places like the ski resort of Stowe, Vermont. It's always a pip to hear how small towns like this, with just over 4,000 residents, see millions of visitors annually.

Most are on the hunt to careen down the mountainside on its 116 runs. Because most of the trails are for the intermediate skier (around 60 percent of them), it might pay to have some skiing experience before attempting to conquer Mount Mansfield or Spruce Peak, even if they're not all that high with a peak at 4,395 feet (1,340 meters).

The thirteen lifts will get you up there (offering 2 gondolas, 4 double lifts, 2 triple lifts, oh you get the point). Either way, they manage to get upwards of over 15,000 an hour. I know, not as many as say in France--but let's not rush things.

Ski schools in Stowe can help you out here, and they even offer lessons for the kids. Little ones don't wanna hit the slopes? No biggie, you can take them to the Stowe Mountain Resort childcare facilities, offering licensed childcare for babies as young as six months old.

Forget skiing, if someone's watching the kids I'm going to the spa. Just don't be blown away by the price tag on some of the services at the Spa at Mountain Lodge. Any harried mom will fork over any amount of money to be pampered with facials, massages, and vichy showers. Dads, don't worry, they got services with you in mind too.

With your mental health all squared away after a spa treatment, let's think about food. Stowe's got a bunch of restaurants, yet one of the best is Cliff House Restaurant offering Austrian cuisine. Am I in St. Anton again?

Being all fueld up, I'm ready to set out onto the mountain again. I'm not going to try dog sledding or mountaineering, but don't let me stop you. I think I'll try snow shoeing, or maybe cross country skiing.

What's so great about Stowe is that while it's one of the best ski resorts, it's just as wonderful when it isn't winter. Summer hiking on Mount Mansfield is one of the most popular activities, but after the snow's all melted you can truly appreciate the vibrant green of New England.

Nope, that's the green of the fairway on one of Stowe's golf courses. Hitting the links isn't the only summer activity. They're offering Alpine sledding (this is great, just try not to fall off--OUCH), gondola skyrides, hiking, tennis, and bungee trampoling.

Too bad Stowe doesn't have their annual British Invasion in the winter, like they do every September on the third weekend of the month. I guess we can say that the winter brings on the skiers invasion instead. Wouldn't you like to be one of 'em?