|Tree. Mad River Glen.|
I had heard the stories about Mad River Glen, but seeing is believing. Their slogan is "Ski it if you can", and it is generally thought to have most challenging skiing in the east. I did not believe any of it. Until I arrived and in my usual style picked up the a difficult black run to start the day with. First off, the lift for that run was a single chair and getting on it was already challenging by itself, particularly with a backpack. But the 700 meters of vertical on the icy bumps of the "Chute" crushed my belief in my skiing abilities and sent me skiing blue runs -- a rare occurrence. (To add insult to the injury, Telemark skiers seemed to be quite happy skiing the Chute.)
|"Cliff", "not a trail", "cliff", "not a trail", "trail". You figure it out!|
I have now found my favorite ski run. Paradise is not as difficult to ski as it sounds, the bumps actually help on a steep run like this. It is a fun run to ski! But it is definitely one of the most extreme marked ski runs that I know of. Not as extreme as Corbet's, but still challenging, probably the most challenging trail in eastern United States. (The video above gives a glimpse of the run but only lower down where it is no longer so steep.)
|The single chair|
The ski area is owned by a community of shareholders. They value traditional skiing, traditional ski runs, historical lift equipment, and preserving the wooded areas of the ski area. (But it is a bit odd that they also prohibit snowboarding. Maybe that's one of the actions that has lead to the clientèle being relatively old. A striking number of the skiers are greybeards.)
Mad River Glen is an affordable ski area. Lift ticket prices are similar to other places ($65 for day ticket) but other costs are very modest. Soup was 4.50$ at the Basebox and the most expensive lunch option was only $7.
|Not my first association|