If you ever want to go back in time to a ski hill, Mad River Glen is the place to go. Located in Vermont, this is not a resort. There are no high-speed quads, no grooming, and no snowboarders. Like the ski fields of New Zealand, where snow loving skiers form small clubs to own and operate the ski area, Mad River Glen is the only cooperatively owned ski area in the United States. The ownership group at Mad River Glen is not focused on building a resort for the money, instead they are focused on having excellent natural snow conditions where skiers can enjoy what Mother Nature gives them. Mad River Glen has the oldest operating chair lift in the U.S., a single chair lift from 1948.
Mad River Glen has 45 trails and even though it is known for its legendary challenging terrain over ungroomed snow, it still offers beginner and intermediate runs for those who aren’t higher level skiers but still want the experience of its old school charm. With the more challenging runs at Mad River Glen, you will find lots of bumps and ungroomed trails. Snowboarding is banned from the lifts, but boarders can hike up if they wish. Obviously, walking up the hill does not make Mad River Glen an attractive place for snowboarders. The lodge is simple has all of the basics you would need.
Mad River Glen Tips:
- If you have never done so, be sure to take a ride up the single chair lift so you can experience the oldest chair lift in the United States.
Mad River Glen Notable runs:
- Paradise – A famous trail at Mad River Glen, this is an experts-only run filled with obstacles. You begin with an 8 foot cliff drop immediately followed by a steep, narrow, ungroomed trail that snakes between trees, boulders, and snowdrifts.