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Mad River Glen, Waitsfield

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Valley · Hidden Gem · Ski Area
Mad River Glen is a ski area in Fayston, Vermont. Its terrain has been ranked by SKI magazine as the most challenging on the east coast of the United States. Located within the Green Mountain range, it sits in the Mad River Valley, close to the larger Sugarbush Resort. Though not considered a large ski area, it has a vertical drop of, which ranks 14th in New England.It averages over 150in of snow a year and maintains a traditional form of New England skiing that emphasizes snow preservation on narrow trails with little grooming instead of man-made snow on wide boulevards. It has one of only two single chairlifts left in the country and does not allow snowboarding.It is one of a very limited number of ski cooperatives. Individuals purchase publicly available shares and attend regular "Town Hall" meetings, voting on issues regarding the area and management of the cooperative.HistoryMad River Glen was founded in 1947 by a group of investors including members of the Rockefeller family and headed by Roland Palmedo, one of the businessmen involved in Stowe Mountain Resort. Palmedo wanted to create a ski area for dedicated skiers, with a minimum of commercial interests and amenities. The Single Chair was completed and first operated in 1948. Additionally, five trails (Catamount, Chute, Fall Line, Porcupine, and Grand Canyon) and a small base lodge (still referred to as the "basebox") were also completed at that time. Over the next few decades, 3 double chairlifts and a rope tow for a children's learning area, and many new trails were added.
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  • Great autumn view! We rode up and took our time walking down. Amazing views and great hiking experience.  more »
  • This is the real thing! No corporate crap or pretense. This is a skiers only area frequented by purists. From the first arrival, to the unassuming parking lot, the modest lodge and the iconic ‘single....  more »

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