By Julie Michaels On the Thursday before Christmas, Jonathan Greer pulls up to the front door of his Chestnut Hill home, where his wife, Lynne, and their three children are bundled up and ready to head north for a week of skiing in Stowe, Vermont, the most classic of New England ski towns. The family has packed light—no jumble of skis and poles to tie to the car roof, no almost-forgotten helmets and goggles, no heavy ski boots to pile into the trunk. Three peaceful hours later, the Greer children tumble out of the backseat as a valet opens their car door. Welcome to Spruce Peak at Stowe, a new community at the base of Stowe Mountain Resort that has been a second home to Sydney, 9; Charlotte, 7; and Max, 3, since 2008, when their parents purchased fractional owner- ship in a three-bedroom residence that looks out over their favorite ski trails. The Greer’s three-bedroom is one of 34 Front Four residences that occupy the penthouse levels of the Stowe Mountain Lodge, a full-service, four-season resort that offers guests and members access to a 21,000 square-foot spa and wellness center, an outdoor, heated pool, 36 holes of championship golf, and a new 420-seat perform- ing arts center. In summer, spring, and fall, families go fishing, horseback riding, kayaking,
and hiking. In winter, they can choose snowshoeing or dogsledding, and, of course,
ski-in, ski-out access to one of the most beautiful mountains in America and the best
skiing in the northeast.
“Our kids love it here,” says Jonathan, who is executive director of wealth management at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. “From the minute we arrive, they’re among
friends. The doormen, the waiters, ski-valet, the concierge—everybody knows them.”
Spruce Peak at Stowe is where the Greers go to relax. Lynne’s family comes
to visit from Canada; they invite old friends or share dinner with neighbors they
meet on the slopes. The children have all learned to ski on Mt. Mansfield, and, in the
evening, they swim in the four-season outdoor pool, watch a movie, or play a game
of laser tag organized by the resort.
Come Home to
Building a Legacy for You and Your Family
—Mark Condon, Mountain Cabin owner
STOWE MOUNTAIN RESORT
“We never dreamed our home at Spruce Peak
would become such an important part of our lives.”
is a “real place,” and they delight as much in their summer hikes as their winter sports.
“We bought our cabin thinking it would be a winter getaway,” says Mark. “ We never
dreamed it would become such an important part of our lives.”
Both the Condons and the Greers agree their Spruce Peak homes have given
them something priceless: time together and precious memories they will take home
each time they visit. “We were so lucky to find Spruce Peak at Stowe,” says Jonathan
Greer. “This place feels 100 percent right for us, the best investment my family has
ever made. I know we’ll be gathering here forever.”
If you are interested in becoming a resident at Spruce Peak, consider the Experi-
ence Stowe Package. For $999, qualified real estate prospects can stay three days and
two nights in a 3,000 square foot, four-bedroom Front Four residence. Along with
experiencing the personal service Stowe Mountain Lodge is known for, you’ll also re-
ceive two ski passes or two rounds of golf, as well as a $200 Spa at Stowe Mountain
Lodge credit. There is also a continental breakfast in the morning and evening wine
and cheese. With your private resort tour by a Spruce Peak real estate executive,
you can view two, three, and four-bedroom condominiums in which you can pur-
chase a one-eighth interest, starting at $219,000. You will also have the opportunity to
tour one of Spruce Peak’s 3,000 square foot, four-bedroom, private mountain cabins,
priced from $2.2 million.
Julie Michaels is a partner in Spence & Sanders Communications LLC.
“Our kids love it here; from the moment
we arrive, they’re among friends.”
—Jonathan Greer, Front Four owner
“The service is extraordinary,” says Jonathan of the property that was just named the
#4 Ski Hotel in North America by Condé Nast Traveler. “The staff knows when you’re
scheduled to arrive and they have all of your personal items arranged to receive you.
We take the elevator down to the lobby where the ski valet has our helmets, boots,
skis, and poles waiting. In five minutes, we’re on the slopes. No chaos, no fuss.”
Best of all, says Jonathan, his overscheduled family can reconnect with nature and
each other without the second-home worries of plowing, mowing, and maintenance.
“We visited Spruce Peak fourteen times in the last year,” he says, explaining that
members are welcome on a space available basis during the off-season, when he and
his wife invariably take in a round of golf on the Bob Cupp course, which is part of
Stowe Mountain Club.
Software entrepreneur Mark Condon is also delighted at the amenities his family
has enjoyed since purchasing their slope-side Mountain Cabin at Spruce Peak in 2006.
He and his wife, Jean, have seen all four of their daughters develop into first-rate skiers.
But Mark’s real pleasure in coming to Stowe is the complete year-round experience.
“It’s not just a ski mountain we’re going to,” he explains. The Condons love that Stowe