Stowe Mountain Rescue was founded in 1980 to serve the Town of Stowe and neighboring communities to support technical rescue in the local area, primarily the Smuggler’s Notch cliff area, which was becoming more and more popular with mountain climbers and ice climbers.
The team grew to support more types of rescue missions, including general backcountry rescue, flood and swiftwater rescue, and wilderness search.
Our team responds to between 45-55 calls per year, most right here in the Stowe back-country vicinity, but we also support emergency calls outside of Stowe when our technical expertise is required.
To be proficient, we meet monthly to discuss rescue and medical protocols and participate in monthly scenario-based training to simulate various technical rescue operations. Periodically, we train with other technical rescue teams, such as the VT State Police (SAR), Colchester Technical Rescue (High Angle) and NY State Police Rangers (Helicopter Operations).
The Stowe Mountain Rescue Team is an accredited member of the Mountain Rescue Association, is certified by Vermont Dept. of Health, EMS Division as a licensed first responder service, and is an approved Mobile Support Unit for the Vermont Dept. of Public Safety.
The team does not charge for its services as we rely primarily on funding from the Town of Stowe as well as some voluntary contributions.