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 15 to March 29 and is available to students in the Mount Abraham and Washington West 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. The program is made possible as a result of a $15,000 grant by the Reed Family Foundation as part of the Co-op’s Preserve Our Paradise Capital Campaign.