Skiing & Snowboarding

The Mad River Valley’s alpine resorts deliver more terrain and diversity to skiers and riders than any other resort area in New England.  Combined, Sugarbush Resort and Mad River Glen provide an authentic and unparalleled ski experience.

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Check out this New York Time profile on the Mad River Valley ski experience.


Sugarbush Resort

With 111 trails, 16 lifts and 28 wooded areas spread over two mountains, there’s no question that Sugarbush is one of New England’s largest ski areas. You’ll find over 4,000 acres of pristine on and off-piste terrain to explore including learning areas, long cruisers, steeps, bumps glades and terrain parks.  Amenities include multiple base lodges, resort lodging, onsite restaurants, retail and rental shops, and more.

Mad River Glen

Skiing at Mad River Glen by Jeb Wallace-BrodeurMad River Glen is an incredibly special and unique place that drips with authenticity.  The area’s character, the result of a long and proud history, reflects the terrain and natural beauty. There is a special camaraderie among the skiers, with its co-op ownership, natural snow conditions, non-commercial, family-friendly atmosphere, dedicated staff, and – of course- the Single Chair, America’s favorite ski lift.

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 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 3 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.