Mad River Glen

Mad River Glen

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Why should you visit Mad River Glen

Mad River Glen boasts the most challenging and diverse terrain in New England.

At Mad River Glen, skiers can descend a 2,037-foot drop with zero run-outs and without having to worry about knocking elbows with fellow powder hounds. The resort guarantees the lowest skier capacity even on the busiest of days. Additionally, Mad River Glen is among the three other areas in North America that prohibit snowboarding.

If you are looking to improve your ski skills, Mad River Glen Ski School provides private and group lessons. Mad River Glen is known to be a venue for racing as they hold non-traditional and traditional racing events throughout the year for all ages.

Before booking your trip to Mad River Glen it is recommended to buy your lift tickets online and in advance to find discounted rates as the resort holds a consistent flat rate when you buy tickets in person. For rentals and repairs there is a shop on site but if you are planning your trip, keep in mind that the shop does not take reservations for rentals.

The season starts around mid-December and lasts until the middle of April. Spring is the best time to visit Mad River Glen as March has the biggest snowfall of the season. This time of year has longer days which leaves opportunity for extended operating hours.

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Ski Resort Details
57 Schuss Pass Rd
Fayston, VT 05673
Ski Resort Details
57 Schuss Pass Rd
Fayston, VT 05673
  • Summit Elevation3,637 ft
  • Base Elevation1,600 ft
  • Vertical Drop2,037 ft
  • Skiable Area800 ac
  • Average Snowfall250 in
Trail Information
  • Number of trails53
  • Easy20%
  • Intermediate35%
  • Expert45%
  • Snowmaking15 %
Lift Details
  • Number of Lifts5
  • Doubles3
  • Surface Lifts/other1

Where to stay

You will not find any ski-in/ski-out lodging in Mad River Glen, but the lodging options around the ski resort are plentiful. For a romantic getaway and located only five miles from Mad River Glen, the historic Featherbed Inn is a great option. With shared living spaces, The European-style Hostel Tevere is the spot to stay if you are looking to meet new people. Only one mile from the ski area, Battleground Condominiums provides warm fireplaces and substantial space for families. Sugar Lodge at Sugarbush includes a hot tub, continental breakfast, free WiFi, and located just minutes from Mad River Glen.

Where to eat

There are a few on-mountain options to choose from at Mad River Glen. Serving pub-style fare and Vermont microbrews, General Stark’s Pub is the go-to après-ski hangout. For breakfast, lunch, and snacks in between, you will want to make your way to the cafeteria located on the main floor of the Basebox Lodge. Here you can find burgers and hot dogs, pizza and sandwiches, soups and salads, and baked goods. The Birdcage, located at the base of the Birdland Chair, is another on-mountain spot serving hot beverages alongside chili and grilled sandwiches. Outside of the resort, you will find a variety of restaurants to choose from, from farm-to-table cuisine to the American classics.

How to get there

Burlington International Airport is the closest major airport to Mad River Glen, located about an hour away. It is recommended that you rent a car to get you to and from the airport and around the region, though there is a free shuttle bus which will take you around the Mad River Valley area.

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