MAD RIVER GLEN

SKI - - RESORTS OF THE YEAR 2019 - —Con­nor W. Davis

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.

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