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Mad River Glen Cooperative

Route 17, Waitsfield, VT 05673
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Ranked #1 of 12 attractions in Waitsfield
Type: Ski/ Snowboard Areas, Valleys
Activities: Skiing, Snow-shoeing, Viewing wildlife, Snowboarding
Description: Popular Vermont ski area and New England's best ski buy.
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English first
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

A single chair lift, most runs are not groomed, no snowboarders allowed, only one restaurant and bar, casually attired skiers (male skiers with large beards found here), and mostly black runs with lots of moguls makes this place feel like "pioneer" skiing! So if you are looking for a great ski challenge and want to experience something totally different from... More

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New York
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220 reviews 220 reviews
40 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I have to come here since its one of the few places left that bans snowboarders. I snowboard as well so I don't favor one sport over another. It is also one of few places with a one-chair lift. I thought I try it before they take it down eventually. This resort has an old feel to it and really... More

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Hove, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
18 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Skied Mad River Glen in mid-December after what to go for years. OK, I was lucky with the weather - masses of snow. Atmosphere at resort was so laid-back and friendly. The trails are amazing. Despite its reputation for being an advanced and experts heaven, it has great green trails curving around from the Sunnyside Chair, and they are stil... More

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New York
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

My first time skiing here was 3/16/14 after a great dump of snow, I'm hooked.. The vibe is so cool the trails are great, love the single chair.. You really have to ski here on a great powder day , and you'll be hooked as well...

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Pembroke, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

A few weeks ago we made our annual pilgrimage to "The Valley" for a weekend of skiing. Mad River Glen is like no other ski "resort." We watched the "Unconventional Terrain Competition" as we rode the Single Chair Lift which first opened in 1948! MRG is the only cooperatively-owned ski area in America and has a unique, laid-back vibe. After... More

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

I only skied at MRG one day, so my experience may not be typical, but I found it beautiful and restorative. It was a Feb. weekend with fresh snow, but it wasn't crowded on the runs. The lifts are old and slow, but I didn't mind so much because I enjoyed the view and fresh air. Great terrain! The soups... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Just returned from MRG for February vacation week with my husband and 3 boys. Everyone was so helpful and friendly! I wanted to give a special thank you to the following folks: * the chair operators who lifted my 3 little sons into the single chair multiple times a day * the cooperative members and locals who proactively gave us... More

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Mays Landing, New Jersey
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

Fantastic classic Vermont ski experience including the USA's only remaining Single Chair Lift. The good, the snow was fantastic and the mountain views amazing. Something for everyone here, ski it, you can! The only negative is slow lifts and long lines on a holiday powder filled weekend. That being said, you wouldn't want high speed lifts here, it would kill... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

If you appreciate a low key, no fuss, no glitter, honest and gritty ski experience, then you will love MRG. It's one of my favorite places, even amongst western spots like Silverton and Powder Mountain. A real time-warp ski area.

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Waitsfield, Vermont
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

Mad River Glen is a great family mountain. Not only is the customer service friendly and personable, the entire mountain community feels like extended family. We look forward to our weekends at the mountain! My children, ages 9 and 11, have grown up skiing at MRG and the LOVE it!

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