Mad River Glen

P.O. Box 1089, Waitsfield , VT (Driving Directions to Mad River Glen)
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Last Updated: 9/19/2014 8:35 PM

Mad River Glen Ski Report, Mountain Conditions and Resort Statistics

  • 15 Beginner
  • 10 Intermediate
  • 20 Advanced
Mad River Glen is one of the most unique ski areas in the country, famous for its legendary expert terrain, beautiful and varied beginner and intermediate trails, and, of course, the nation's last surviving single chairlift.

The extensive trail system follows the contours of General Stark mountain to a single base area, making it easy for families and friends to ... ski together. Located in the "snow corner" of New England, Mad River's 250 inches of annual snowfall combine with uncrowded slopes free of snowboarding, and a pristine mountain environment to create a skiing experience like no other.

Mad River Glen is located in Fayston, Vermont. *Note: Mad River Glen chooses to not allow snowboarding, please be respectful of this decision*
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Mad River Glen Amenities

  • Night Skiing Night Skiing
    Night skiing available; an extra charge may apply.
  • Terrain Park Terrain Park
    Ski area offers at least one terrain park.
  • Half Pipe Half Pipe
    Ski area offers a half pipe.
  • Cat Skiing Cat Skiing
    Cat skiing is available at this resort; may entail an add'l cost
  • Snow Making Snow Making
    Ski area offers snow making for additional coverage.
  • Daycare Available Daycare Available
    Guests have access to daycare services; an additional charge may apply.
  • Slopeside Dining Slopeside Dining
    Resort offers at least one restaurant on the slopes; hours may vary.
  • Slopeside Lodging Slopeside Lodging
    This resort has slopeside lodging available; it may or may not be ski in/ski out.
  • Tubing Tubing
    This resort offers tubing activities; additional charges may apply
  • Wi-Fi Access Wi-Fi Access
    This resort is equipped with internet access; additional charges may apply
  • Skiers Only Skiers Only
    This resort does not allow snowboarding.
  • Ropes Course/Aerial Park Ropes Course/Aerial Park
    Resort offers ropes course/aerial park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Alpine Slide / Coaster Alpine Slide / Coaster
    Resort has Alpine Slide, Alpine Coast or both. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Concerts / Festivals Concerts / Festivals
    Frequent host of concerts or festivals.
  • Event Space/Conference Center Event Space/Conference Center
    Resort has event space & conference center available.
  • Former Olympic Site Former Olympic Site
    Resort is a former Olympic site.
  • Gambling Gambling
    Resort has legal gambling services.
  • Golf Course Golf Course
    Resort has a golf course. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Gondola Rides Gondola Rides
    Resort offers gondola rides.
  • Hiking Hiking
    Resort offers hiking trails and services. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Ice Skating Ice Skating
    Resort offers ice skating activities.
  • Indoor Waterpark Indoor Waterpark
    Resort offers indoor waterpark.
  • Mountain Biking Mountain Biking
    Resort offers mountain biking. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Outdoor Waterpark Outdoor Waterpark
    Resort offers outdoor water park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Segway Tours Segway Tours
    Resort offers segway tours. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Snowmobiling Snowmobiling
    Resort offers snowmobiling. Additional charges may apply.
  • Spa Spa
    Resort offers spa services. Additional charges may apply.
  • Zipline Zipline
    Resort offers zipline activities. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.

Mad River Glen Operations

Status

Open for Summer Fun

Lifts Open/Total

0 of 5

Weekday Hours

--

Trails Open/Total

0 of 45

Weekend Hours

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Mad River Glen Snow Report & Ski Conditions

Base Elevation

1,600 ft

24-hr Snowfall

0"

Vertical Drop

2,037 ft

Avg Base Depth

0"

Peak Elevation

3,637 ft

Mad River Glen Ski Pictures and Photos

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Mad River Glen Reviews & Tips (47)

I was surprised at how little terrain was carved out to ski as most of it is glades that requires skiing in the trees. I am not a good tree skier and so I was frustrated that there was not much I could ski. What was a trail (most trails are narrow), seemed to traverse across the mountain (a lot of cat walks) and not downhill, which was unfortunate. The few open trails that are wider and head downhill are intermediate or beginner terrain. The steep stuff was all bumped up with mogels and since they do not groom, it stays that way. The mountain is really for expert skiers who love to ski the trees. I do not agree with other comments about the "Blue' trails at MRG being like "Black" trails. What makes the trail "Black" is that it is full of bumps. Could not find a "Black" that was groomed out, which would have been nice for those of us who are not great in the trees. I got bored skiing the mountain after a while. Reading their trailmaps is impossible and yes, non of the trails in the middle to lower section of the mountain are marked - URGH! If you make mistake doing lower antelope, it does get really narrow and bumped up, know that you have some hiking to do at the end to get back to the base and lifts. The single chair awesome to ride, but waiting in line is not. It can get long. The lifts do get you to the top fairly quickly. Great people work at the mountain. The food at the pub is wonderful and the sandwiches are HUGE! Might want to split it with a friend and get a side of soup. Oh yeah, they serve breakfast with is quite yummy.
Mad River Glen review written Mar 10 2014 - 03:39 PM
 
Eastcoastskiier Advanced Skier
Be sure and check the mountain for local specials prior to purchasing a ticket on Liftopia. I paid $94 for two tickets through Liftopia that the mountain offered for $14/ea that same day. This mistake cost me an additional $72.
Mad River Glen review written Feb 17 2014 - 06:22 AM
 
ahab Advanced Skier
Went on 2/4 and had easily the best day of skiing I've ever enjoyed in all my years of skiing. I'd never been to Mad River, and was instantly impressed with the small mountain feel of the place. The terrain there is incredible; with so many steep, challenging passes to keep you busy all day long. I'm not much of a glades kinda guy, but if I were, this would be the place to be... I spent the day before at Stratton, and wished I had not wasted my time on their boring, flat, and overly-groomed trails. If you're looking for a TRUE ski experience, head to Mad River! I can't wait to go back, maybe this weekend after all the snow that's falling right now!
Mad River Glen review written Feb 13 2014 - 09:44 AM
 
Hayden Advanced Skier
Went on 12/18, and it was great early season skiing. Bumps on a lot of trails but manageable given the soft quality of the snow and the bumps' not being so permanent yet. Lifts are surprisingly fast but make sure you are ready for the temperature drop at the summit. Try to ski with someone who is familiar with the mountain or memorize the map -- the bottom halves and thirds of trails are not marked all that well and some trails are set so that you cannot really see the terrain until it is too late to turn back. Beware of lower antelope on the far left side of the mountain - it ends with a really narrow traverse that is probably the last thing you want to do after finishing that run. Make sure you have a vehicle that can handle the approach to the mountain -- even in an Subaru, the car slipped on the way up to the MRG. This was my first time skiing in 2 years and my first time at MRG - maybe not the best set of circumstances for such a challenging mountain. Will definitely go back.
Mad River Glen review written Dec 23 2013 - 11:22 AM
 
Christian Advanced Skier
I went on March 30, best spring skiing day of the year, fantastic soft bumps, this place makes you better, coverage on lower mountain getting thin so go soon, was my first trip there, sorry I waited so many years to do it, it's a place like no other, real Vermont vibe and good skiers everywhere
Mad River Glen review written Apr 02 2013 - 08:16 PM
 
skimoreskimoreoften Advanced Skier
I love mad river. Make sure you have a good base on the day you're going. But after that go crazy. The woods are great and the top is nice and steep
Mad River Glen review written Mar 06 2013 - 02:51 PM
 
A Kid Who Skis Advanced Skier
Be sure the conditions will be good or you SOL. Only the practice slope open (i.e. moutain not open) owing to ice and warm conditions the week before. Big disappointment, unable to ski the mountain. Bought my tickets too early and wasted my money. No refund!!!
Mad River Glen review written Feb 05 2013 - 04:59 PM
 
Charlie Intermediate Skier
Ski Mad River and treat yourself to a great "old school"ski experience. You have to love it---a day at Mad River will not empty your wallet, there are great trails, great tree skiing( if that's your thing) and a friendly staff. No frills, just pure skiing joy.
Mad River Glen review written Jan 12 2013 - 05:24 PM
 
Sam Advanced Skier
Paradise is a "WOW", went on march 5th, 2012. 6"+ of fresh snow, even with the single chair, no line at all. Thank's to MRG
Mad River Glen review written Mar 12 2012 - 10:45 AM
 
Jacques Advanced Skier
Went to MRG for the 1st time, and it was like a right of passage, LOL. There were no valet parking, Grateful Dead and old school reggae bumping at the base all day long and TONS of friendly locals. The lift attendant at the double chair even took me and my buddy aside to show us where to hit up the best glades that arent marked on the map the minute he found out we werent locals Thank You Liftopia!!!!
Mad River Glen review written Mar 01 2012 - 05:31 PM
 
kase-1 Advanced Skier
What a treat to ski at MRG!!! Thank you liftopia for my $14 lift ticket. I had never skied here and wow what a diamond in the ruff!! Classic New England trails that make you push your limits. Gazelle I absolutely smiled the whole way down..Grand Canyon so fun and Antelope/Catamount breathtaking views. Met some friendly locals and enjoyed a yummy sandwich and Single Chair Ale at the end of the day..thanks Mad River..keep it real!
Mad River Glen review written Feb 23 2012 - 09:46 AM
 
802skigirl Advanced Skier
Wow- what a day! I don't usually push myself skiing, and I do like the fast rolling and twisting turns of the New England groomers a lot. However, with little exception, these trails at Mad River Glen have a lot of moguls- and are fairly steep. I started out the day struggling, but as I pushed myself and overcame my trepidation of this awesome mountain, I had an epihany! My bump skiing made an amazing improvement, all because I kept working it - and there was no easy way out! By the end of the day, I was having a blast, and didn't want to see that beautiful single chair come to a stop! Thanks Liftopia for the awesome discount that will make me come back again to MRG regardless of the cost!
Mad River Glen review written Feb 19 2012 - 05:30 PM
 
John M Intermediate Skier
Hadn't any natual snow is well over a week, the wife a I finished off our week of skiing in the East with MRG 13.00 w/ liftopia. Overall a great day of skiing, some of the black runs were a bit thin for snow but it added to the adventure. Great music playing at the base and excellent selection of beer on tap. This is a must do for any skier and don't be scared away by the claims of expert only, lots of blues and greens, but yes some of the black runs are pretty sick.
Mad River Glen review written Feb 13 2012 - 10:24 AM
 
Larry Intermediate Skier
I have never been here but my parents have and they say it is great and im ganna come here
Mad River Glen review written Feb 05 2012 - 06:57 PM
 
Tim Intermediate Snowboarder
That is were I learned to ski! Age 2 to 12! Great memories. 1. the blankets for the single chair and 2. the Easter Egg hunts. Mad River Glen ski it if you can!
Mad River Glen review written Jan 17 2012 - 09:55 AM
 
Yvonne Advanced Skier
that's the mountain i learned to ski on. a tough one , but i love it. a nice place too ski. skied with the whiz ski club. always had a great time there.
Mad River Glen review written Jan 17 2012 - 06:50 AM
 
bob Intermediate Skier
MRG is IT. I think they should start offering citizenship passports! I ski it to the point of exhaustion from bell to bell and cry when I arrive and the single chair has closed for the night. Happened to have a MRG lift ticket on my parka when I skied Kirkwood, (CA). I came up to a gang of locals Kirkwooders about to enter off piste and asked to tag along with them off-piste, as I was unfamiliar with the resort. One of them saw my MRG lift ticket and asked how I handled the trails at MRG. When I confessed my sickness for MRG, they welcomed me from 9:30 to 2:30. What a passport MRG was. Mad River Glen is the ultimate skier mountain, and if you ski it, your caliber jumps up to the respect level you could only gain if you ski Jackson Hole, Squaw USA, Kirkwood, Alta. I am a naturalized citizen of Mad River Glen.
Mad River Glen review written Nov 21 2011 - 07:38 PM
 
cansnowplow Advanced Skier
Couldn't have been happier. $20 for a Wednesday where I didn't share a chair or trail with a single person. Amazing experience.
Mad River Glen review written Mar 29 2011 - 09:07 AM
 
markin Advanced Skier
Paradise... wow. Also, hit run #30, and then half way down, jump into the trees on skier's left. Stay in there til bottom. Wow. Liftopia rocks!
Mad River Glen review written Mar 28 2011 - 07:35 AM
 
cpom Advanced Skier
We skied March 16 in fog and rain and still my son (13) can't wait to return. Me. too.
Mad River Glen review written Mar 22 2011 - 08:34 AM
 
Laura W Advanced Skier
Went March 18 60 degrees, great sun, awesome spring conditions! Capped off with a Lawson's Imperial Stout at the lodge. My best ski day of the year! Thanks for the $23.00 ticket liftopia.
Mad River Glen review written Mar 20 2011 - 04:13 PM
 
Pat Advanced Skier
You already know this mountain is great. Some of you might fear the lack of snowmaking...dont. Natural is where it is at. This is east coast skiing and there is going to be a little rain here and there....those man made hills get very hard and slick. No fun. But the natural at MRG you can always get an edge into. And when it warms up a little, the natural gets soft far sooner, and there is nothing better. Afraid of a few scratches on your nice skis? Some people will give up half the fun of skiing so their skis look nice in the closet. Rediculous. Have the fun, and buy a new pair every couple of years with the savings on the lift tickets.
Mad River Glen review written Mar 18 2011 - 02:19 PM
 
Tom P Advanced Skier
One of the best days of skiing (March 15th) ever! beautiful day and great conditions. No lines at all
Mad River Glen review written Mar 17 2011 - 07:13 PM
 
Jack Advanced Skier
Best. Mountain. Ever.
Mad River Glen review written Mar 17 2011 - 02:09 PM
 
TChes Advanced Skier
I skied Mad River on March 9, and I skied on the best snow I have had in years. This is an excellent place for anyone who can ski bumps, though there are some groomers by Birdland. The low lift capacity and the snowboarder ban keeps the trails in reasonable shape considering the lack of snowboarding. I highly recommend this place to any skier who can do or is learning how to do moguls.
Mad River Glen review written Mar 14 2011 - 04:01 PM
 
David G Advanced Skier
This is an old school ski resort. Definately have to be on the top of your game to ski here. Although a few groomers, for the most part this is a place for advanced skiiers. Don't let the trail ratings fool you. Overall the place is run very smoothly and I enjoyed the vibe I got from everybody at Mad River. Music blasting from the single chair and a cool bar to relax at after a nice day. Especially liked the $24 liftopia ticket that I scored, made the day even better!
Mad River Glen review written Mar 14 2011 - 10:25 AM
 
Kaney4 Advanced Skier
When skiing at MRG bare in mind that the trail rating system is only relevant to the mountain you are on. Most "Blue Squares" at MRG would qualify as "Black Diamonds" at any other hill. Also, watch for mogul fields that tend to be created on the downhill side of sudden slope changes. MRG is as pure as skiing can get outside of back country tours!! On a clear day from the top you can see from Whiteface in NY ove to Mount Washington in NH.
Mad River Glen review written Mar 14 2011 - 08:01 AM
 
Josh Advanced Skier
Best ski area in the East. This deal just added more gravy, epic day March 10th. Ski it if you can
Mad River Glen review written Mar 13 2011 - 08:13 AM
 
Russelltribe Advanced Skier
I got over to MRG twice this winter and both days encountered the mountain at it's best. Tons of great snow, toned down vibe, no crowd, very fair lift ticket price, good staff... the whole place is just right.
Mad River Glen review written Mar 12 2011 - 11:43 PM
 
bill Intermediate Skier
Amazing day March 8th! 2 feet of fresh wet powder the day before! This was my first time at MRG but thankfully I got to ski the legendary Paradise and Fall Line, definitely the most wild in-bounds runs I've skiied. Locals were friendly and fun, great vibe all around. Loved it there!
Mad River Glen review written Mar 10 2011 - 02:09 PM
 
Josh Pelland Advanced Skier
great area for advanced skiers..nice people..
Mad River Glen review written Mar 10 2011 - 02:08 PM
 
dave Advanced Skier
Ski more than one day here. This hill deserves it. Thank god for the NO snowboarder rule. Just that alone is heaven.
Mad River Glen review written Mar 09 2011 - 10:09 PM
 
Gawain Advanced Skier
love the liftopia discount!!! Do it if you can!
Mad River Glen review written Feb 19 2011 - 05:51 PM
 
b man Advanced Skier
MRG is so much fun. An "old fashioned" ski area with none of the fluff. Fun bar, great people. We were there when the temp started out at about 3 degrees and got as warm as 6 degrees. One lift was out of service which limited terrain but still an awesome day! Powder up top, nice n deep too. Love the natural stuff as they have no snow making. With the weather (cold) it was truly "ski it if you can"!
Mad River Glen review written Feb 19 2011 - 06:03 AM
 
wmass skier Intermediate Snowboarder
Mad River is hands-down my favorite ski area in the Northeast. It's the only lift-served mountain I've ever been to where you can have a proper adventure. I remember the first time I skied Paradise, I was buzzing for days. The tree skiing is RIDICULOUS. Also, the toned-down vibe of the amenities and the friendly, die-hard nature of the patrons promotes a very special air of camaraderie. There is something beautiful about riding in solitude on the single chair and watching tele-turns through the lift-line moguls. Mad River is truly a skier's mountain.
Mad River Glen review written Feb 18 2011 - 10:28 PM
 
B Advanced Skier
This is a tough mountain to ski. Very challenging, very different, but definitely a good experience. There are not too many intermediate trails. They are either challenging or super easy. But definitely a good time.
Mad River Glen review written Feb 14 2011 - 07:42 AM
 
Mike Intermediate Skier
Awesome. No one was there the entire day and the snow was pouring down all day. The single chair has some great terrain.
Mad River Glen review written Feb 04 2011 - 03:46 PM
 
chris Advanced Skier
Great deal through liftopia arrive super early in AM first skier to hit the glades SWEEEET!!! believe it SKI IF YOU CAN Saludos Capitan STARK
Mad River Glen review written Feb 02 2011 - 06:35 PM
 
Miguel Advanced Skier
Great time...@ $39 midwk, you can't beat it. Go when there's fresh pow, it can't be beaty
Mad River Glen review written Feb 02 2011 - 04:42 PM
 
gw Advanced Skier
Skied Mad River on Friday, 28 Jan 11. It had been 28 years since my last visit and for the life of me I don't know why I waited so long to return. They just don’t make mountains like this anymore. Conditions were very good, high around 20 degrees and no winds with occasional snow flurries on and off all day. The snow was nice and light, especially back in the steeps and trees. Really liked the whole atmosphere, from the individual music tastes of each lift crew to the slow moving, top to bottom chairs. The long chair ride gives you a nice rest which you really need after hitting some of those hidden gems. Saw in one of the marketing brochures the line that the slow old style chairs enable “Low skier trail density” Love it. You really want low skier trail density on some of those runs. I think if you fell wrong on some of the less visible trails, they might not find you until the Spring thaw! I don’t think the base lodge has changed one bit, except for maybe some paint. I will be back and it sure won’t be 28 years before I return again. May even try to give it another shot this year if I can get the time.
Mad River Glen review written Jan 31 2011 - 08:12 PM
 
ElkSnowDrift Advanced Skier
Thanks for the geat deal had a good day as always at the glen.
Mad River Glen review written Jan 24 2011 - 10:06 AM
 
Ed Advanced Skier
My favorite area in New England - classic New England runs that follow the contour of the mountain - no run offs. Very Challenging terrain - the intermediates at MRG are like most expert runs at other mountains. The low capacity lifts are a hidden gem. On busy weekends you will wait in lines at the bottom, but once you get up top you practically have the mountain to yourself. I would rather get in 5 - 7 quality runs in at MRG versus 20 at any of the other resorts with high speed capacity. The fellow MRG skiers are a wonderful crowd! I can't say enough about this place!
Mad River Glen review written Jan 21 2011 - 04:06 PM
 
GTM Advanced Skier
the best mountain in new england when it comes to challange and terrian, this place with beat you down within a few hours, the glades and atmosphere make it a world class ski area. the single chair can be slow but it lets you catch your breath for the next run.rate this a division 1 mountain, 5 out of 5 stars
Mad River Glen review written Jan 20 2011 - 03:30 PM
 
smoker Advanced Skier
MRG was beyond my expectations! Epic day! Keep in mind the blues are like most blacks at other areas. The blacks are beyond description, especially Paradise!
Mad River Glen review written Jan 16 2011 - 04:59 PM
 
old man Advanced Skier
Everything I heard was right on the mark, Skied it during a storm,(go after or during a dump) awesome place...a MUST for dedicaded skiers!!!
Mad River Glen review written Jan 14 2011 - 07:18 PM
 
FranKO Advanced Skier
cn. you obviously don't ski Magic or you want some for yourself...ignore the place at your own peril (and pack snacks for the lines for the single). Magic will become a coop for skiers and boarders. boarders who can't ski mad should buy/borrow some skis...or just ski every other mountain in the USA save a couple.
Mad River Glen review written Nov 22 2010 - 10:09 AM
 
buckethead Advanced Skier
awww poor little snowboarders can't ski it, so they hate it! You would love to ski Mad River if it was you and all skiers. Letting anyone go would scalp and destroy all those perfect moguls and drops so no one has a good time! Go ski some park punk!
Mad River Glen review written Feb 04 2010 - 06:31 PM
 
madski Advanced Skier

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