cb27.So I have no idea where we would be going, idek what lift to take, but im pretty sure its one of these three routes. Do you know which way to go to get the best spots?
If you are planning on skiing any the one to lookers left or right above the lift (which is the gondola) you are going to want to go with someone who knows the mountain. It is very easy to get cliffed out up there/find yourself in a place with no easy way out.
That being said, lookers left is quite easy to access, there is often a bootpack as soon as you exit the lookers right side of the gondola that will lead to the top. You can then follow the tracks down with relative ease.
But, to do any of this you are going to need to wait for a window between mid-February to late March for a few reasons. First, you need the right snow conditions. Mansfield gets VERY windy and can blow much of the snow off the top and down into the trees resulting in a very rocky peak. Secondly, you need a day that is not stupidly windy, because it can gust up to 50+ MPH up there. Finally, you need a day with sun/no low-hanging clouds. You lose tree cover up at the top meaning it is very easy to get disoriented and ski off the wrong side if you are socked in with clouds.
If you plan on doing it, you do not really need any gear so long as you know where you are going. You can bring a bag with water/snacks/layers that can also carry skis since a single run will easily take you 1+ hour.
If you don't know where you are going, use common sense and bring a cell phone. So long as you go off the correct side you will drop out on the Notch Road and be able to find your way back to Stowe.
I'm a former racer, I say dumb things.