What is it about Mad River Glen? Why is Mad River Glen on the MUST ski list for any skiers worth their salt? There are plenty of areas that are bigger, steeper, and offer more amenities. There are certainly plenty of places that get more reliable snow. So what is it that makes Mad River Glen the iconic “holy grail” for so many skiers?

It’s a combination of many things and for every skier the answer is a little different. Mad River Glen offers the most challenging and diverse terrain in New England with an uphill capacity that guarantees low skier density on the trails even on the busiest days. It is one of the last bastions of natural snow skiing in New England and is one of only three areas in North America that prohibit snowboarding. The trails were cut to follow the mountain’s natural contours. Skiers can descend the entire 2,037′ of vertical on true expert terrain with absolutely no run-outs. On the other hand, Mad River’s mountain layout with a single base area makes it an ideal family mountain. The area’s character, the result of a long and proud history, reflects the terrain and natural beauty. There is a special camaraderie among the skiing community, with its co-op ownership, non-commercial, family-friendly atmosphere, dedicated staff, and – of course- the Single Chair, America’s favorite ski lift.

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Alpine

Total Trails: 45
Easy: 18%
Intermediate: 36%
Advanced/Expert: 47%

Glades: 0
Terrain Parks: 0

Total Lifts:
1 Surface
1 Single
3 Double

Total Acreage: 120 skiable acres
Vertical Drop: 2037 feet
Snowmaking: 15%
Average Annual Snowfall: 250 feet

Rentals: Yes
Lessons: Yes
Night Skiing: Yes

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