MAD RIVER GLEN
This year the local gem tucked deep in the Green Mountains celebrates 70 years of independent ownership and rich history. For many families, this hill is the foundation upon which many special ski memories are built. For diehards, Mad River will always be a skier’s mountain—a rite of passage for any Vermonter who considers him- or herself a true skier. Ask a Mad River skier to sum up what makes the resort so special, and you get a laundry-list: genuinely challenging terrain highlighted by playful tree runs, cliff drops, and fast groomers; the best service imaginable thanks to employees who truly love their jobs; affordable lift tickets that aren’t scanned by robotic gates; hearty food and Sip of Sunshine IPAs at the legendary General Stark’s Pub; and a real sense of simplicity and continuity in the ever-changing climate of the American ski industry. To summarize, this small-but-mighty ski area serves up a thrilling yet refreshing experience—a trip back in time, some would say—that’s arguably impossible to find elsewhere these days. Hop on the single chair, take in the scenery, shred the fall line, beam with joy, and repeat.