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 offers the most challenging and diverse ski terrain in New England. The trails were cut to follow the mountain’s natural contours. On the one hand, skiers can descend the entire 2,037’ of vertical on true expert terrain with absolutely no run-outs. On the other hand, Mad River’s mountain layout with a single base area makes it an ideal family mountain with plenty of blues and greens to satisfy every level of skier.
The Single Chair and our three double chairs limit uphill capacity thus guaranteeing low skier density on the trails even on the busiest days. Mad River Glen is one of the last bastions of natural snow skiing in New England and is one of only three areas in North America that prohibit snowboarding. Combined, these qualities create a ski experience that stands in stark contrast to the mainstream world of skiing. The various facets of the Mad River ski experience appeal to different skiers in different ways, but together they create a sense of place that is truly unique. The mission of the Mad River Glen Cooperative is to protect and preserve these special qualities. You are invited to discover for yourself the experience that the skier-owners of Mad River Glen are dedicated to preserving.
Mad River Glen’s trail system has developed over the decades. You can see how by taking a stroll down memory lane via our historic archive of Mad River Glen trail maps
Beginners can ski Mad River Glen. In fact, with uncrowded slopes, a great ski school and your own lift and area, there is no better place to learn. From the base area ride the Sunnyside Chair and follow the “Easiest” signs to Fox and then Snail to the “Birdland” novice area. Once in Birdland, simply follow the snowflakes (on the map) marking the easiest way down. Here you will discover the charm and diversity of Mad River skiing
Mad River Glen offers a lifetime of interesting intermediate skiing. You can ski off any of the lifts, just look for the “More Difficult” signs which indicate trails that are right for you. Quacky from the top of the Sunnyside Chairlift is an all-time Mad River favorite leading to Porcupine and a number of other enticing trails. Off the Single Chair, Antelope is the ultimate intermediate experience offering two miles of intrigue and challenge. Enjoy
Mad River Glen is home to the most challenging skiing in the East, bar none. Natural snow, legendary bumps and narrow gladed trails create an ever-changing test of skiing ability. If the thrill of a challenge is what gets you going, you’ll find it off the Single Chairlift on Chute, Fall Line, Glade and Liftline. But why limit yourself? Ski the whole mountain, develop your own favorites and remember: