Stowe Mountain Resort
It was a foggy and rainy day in October on the summit...
Mark S Adam <firstname.lastname@example.org> sent this photo showing the classic Mansfield profile with the chin being the high point. This shot was taken right after Hurricane Floyd in September 1999.
I climbed Mount Mansfield on October 22, 1994. It is the most commercial highpoint. It is home of the Stowe Ski Resort, one of the country's biggest ski resorts and an area heavily represented on the net.
The VonTrapps of "Sound of Music" fame opened a resort here after leaving Austria. You can take ski lifts to almost the summit. Or you can hike the Long Trail or you can take the toll road. The hike to the summit over the green schist (hence the state's "Green Mountain State" nickname) can be fun as you go over various features of Mansfield's face.
I drove up on the 4.5 mile Mount Mansfield toll gravel road (which is normally open from June 15 to October 15 but was open because of unseasonable warm weather). I parked just below television tower at the Mount Mansfield Visitors Center. En route I passed a maze of ski trails, gondolas and facilities (such as a skiing chapel).
The mountain top itself was clouded in a thick fog. I climbed up a long ridge (which is said to resemble the profile of a face and hence the name) gaining 550 feet as I hiked along the famous Vermont Long Trail (completed in 1930).
Despite the foggy, viewless atmosphere, at least 15 other people were on the summit including several Canadian students.