But most restaurants, hotels, motels, and apres-ski pubs are strung along the 7-mile access road that stretches from Stowe to the mountain. Barhopping means hopping in your car.

The most famous place to stay is the Trapp Family Lodge, which is almost a self-contained cross-country ski resort in its own right. The Mount Mansfield Resort is a complex of condominiums and a hotel at the base of the mountain.

For information call the Stowe Area Association at (800) 24- STOWE. Or: Stowe Mountain Resort, 5781 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT 05672; (802) 253-3000; for reservations at the resort only: (800) 253- 4754- On the Internet: www. stoweinfo. com.

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