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Skiing For Scholars Program

Skiing For Scholars!

The Mad River Glen Cooperative is launching the Skiing for Scholars Program in an effort to enable local students to enjoy the sport of skiing. This unique, new program will run on Fridays from February 14 to March 20 and is available to students in the Mount Abraham and Harwood Unified School Districts.

The program offers free all-mountain skiing from 2-4 pm on Fridays, plus extended skiing until 5 pm on the Practice Slope lift. The program also includes free equipment rentals and free instruction with MRG instructors and Race Team coaches.

According to Matt Lillard, Mad River Glen’s General Manager, “The rising cost of skiing makes it difficult for some kids to have access to the sport. This program will enable more of our local students to get outside and experience the joy and thrill of skiing.” Mad River currently offers free skiing programs for elementary school kids, and this grant will enable services to be expanded to middle and high school students as well..

The goal of the program is to encourage our local youth to get outside, feel a sense of accomplishment, and experience the camaraderie that is an essential part of skiing. It is also a natural extension of Mad River Glen’s commitment to encouraging youth to ski. This commitment is exemplified by the mountain’s twenty year tradition of offering free season passes to all kids under the age of 12. “This is a tremendous opportunity for Mad River Glen to expand free skiing beyond the elementary schools,” notes Lillard.

Mad River Glen is America’s only skier-owned, community based, ski area and part of its mission includes encouraging affordable, recreation access to the mountain. This innovative program is designed do just that for local youth. 

Program Details

Skiing for Scholars is available to all students enrolled in the Harwood (all Valley schools and Waterbury) and Mount Abraham (Bristol/Lincoln area) Unified School Districts.

The program is on Friday afternoons from February 14, 2020 to March 20, 2020

The program includes;

Free all-mountain lift tickets for students from 2-5pm

Extended lift and skiing operations off of Lift 4 (Practice Hill) until 5pm. See trail map for reference.

Free rentals (helmets not included)

Free Learn to Ski program featuring two 3-week sessions with Mad River Glen Ski School instructors Lessons. The Learn to Ski program is for new skiers only.  Sessions are February 14, 21 and 28 and March 6, 13 and 20 from 3:30-5pm. Pre-registration is required, reserve at the ski school desk, via email or call (802) 496-3551 ext. 125.

Free “Fast Start”, an introduction to racing  for the more experienced skiers interested in learning basic ski race techniques and the thrill of running set courses with video analysis. Led by a MRG Race Team coach. The group will meet weekly from 3:30 to 4:30pm. Meet at the Flag Pole!